100 rarely used words

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Ailurophile

A cat lover

Assemblage

A gathering

Becoming

Attractive

Beleaguer

To exhaust with attacks

Brood

to think alone

Bucolic

A lovely rural setting

Bungalow

A small, cozy cottage

Chatoyant

Like a cat's eye

Comely

attractive (2)

Conflate

To blend together

Cynosure

A focal point of admiration

Dalliance

A brief love affair

Demesne

Dominion, territory

Demure

Shy and reserved

Denouement

A resolution of a mystery

Desuetude

Disuse

Desultory

slow, sluggish

Diaphanous

Filmy

Dissemble

Deceive

Dulcet

Sweet, sugary

Ebullience

Bubbling enthusiasm

Effervescent

Bubbly

Efflorescence

flowering, blooming

Elision

Dropping a sound or syllable in a word

Elixir

a good potion

Eloquence

Beauty and persuasion in speech

Embrocation

rubbing on a lotion

Emollient

A softener

Ephemeral

short lived

Epiphany

a sudden revelation

Erstwhile

At one time, for a time

Ethereal

gaseous, invisible but detectable

Evanescent

Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time

Evocative

suggestive

fetching

pretty

felicity

pleasantness

Forbearance

withholding response to provocation

Fugacious

fleeting

Furtive

Shifty, sneaky

Gambol

to skip or leap about joyfully

Glamour

beauty

Gossamer

the finest piece of a thread, a spider's silk

Halcyon

Happy, sunny, care free

Harbinger

Messenger with news of the future

Imbrication

Overlapping and forming a regular pattern

Imbroglio

An altercation or complicated situation

Imbue

To infuse

Incipient

Beginning, in an early stage

ineffable

unutterable, inexpressible

ingénue

a naïve young woman

inglenook

a cozy nook by the hearth

insouciance

Blithe nonchalance

inure

to become jaded

labyrinthine

twisting and turning

lagniappe

a special kind of gift

lagoon

a small gulf or inlet

languor

listlessness, inactivity

leisure

free time

lilt

to move musically or lively

lissome

slender and graceful

lithe

slender and flexible

love

deep affection

mellifluous

sweet sounding

Moiety

one of two equal parts

mondegreen

a word/phrase that results from a mishearing of something said/sung

murmurous

murmuring

nemesis

an unconquerable archenemy

offing

the sea between the horizon and the offshore

onomatopoeia

a word that sounds like its meaning

opulent

lush, luxuriant

palimpsest

a manuscript written over earlier ones

panacea

a solution for all problems

panoply

a complete set

pastiche

an art work combining materials from various sources

penumbra

a half shadow

petrichor

the smell of earth after rain

plethora

a large quantity

propinquity

an inclination

pyrrhic

successful with heavy losses

quintessential

most essential

ratatouille

a spicy French stew

ravel

to knit or unknit

redolent

fragrant

riparian

by the bank of a stream

ripple

a very small wave

scintilla

a spark or very small thing

sempiternal

eternal and unchanging

seraglio

rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem

serendipity

finding something nice while looking for something else

summery

light, delicate or warm and sunny

sumptuous

lush, luxurious

surreptitious

secretive, sneaky, daniel park

susquehanna

a river in Pennsylvania

susurrous

whispering, hissing

talisman

a good luck charm

tintinnabulation

tinkling

umbrella

protection from sun or rain

untoward

unseemly, inappropriate

vestigial

in trace amounts

wafture

waving

wherewhital

the means

woebegone

sorrowful, downcast

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