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102 terms

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