1000+ Fancy English Words

1000+ Fancy English Words

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Abattoir: a slaughterhouse; massacre
Absinthe: wormwood liquor of a bright-green color
Acciaccatura: grace note, an embellishing note usually written in smaller size
Acedia: ennui; state of torpor or listlessness; spiritual apathy
Acervuline: aggregated, heaped up, bundled, collected or localized
Acidulous: somewhat acidic or sour in taste or manner; somewhat sarcastic
Acolyte: ranked clergy member; assistant in liturgical rites
Acoustic: of or relating to sound, the sense of hearing, or the science of sound
Acquiesce: to passively accept; to accept, comply, or submit passively
Adroit: quick or skillful; adept in action or thought
Adumbrate: to explain faintly or opaquely outline; describe
Aeipathy: continued passion; unyielding disease
Aeneous: brassy; a type of golden-green
Aeolian: pertaining to, of, related to, caused by or like the wind or Aeolus
Aeonian: continuing forever; eternal
Aerial: of, in, or caused by the air; existing or living in the air
Aesthete: person who appreciates art or beauty
Aestival: pertaining to, relating, designating, or of summer
Aeviternal: eternal, endless, never-ending
Afflatus: strong creative impulse, especially as a result of divine inspiration; inspiration
Aileron: small moveable platforms on the back of plane wings that alter air movements
Ailurophile: cat-lover, one who loves or appreciates cats
Alabaster: dense translucent, white or tinted, fine-grained gypsum
Alienate: to estrange; to cause to become unfriendly or hostile
Aliment: something that nourishes; food; to supply with sustenance or food
Allegretto: music term, moderately fast tempo
Alleviate: to allay; to lessen in pain or negative occurrence or consequence
Alloquy: speaking to another; an address
Allure: attraction; temptation; to attract with something desirable
Alluvium: unconsolidated sediments carried by water
Amaranth: deep-hued purple; a type of purple flower; used as a metaphor for immortality
Amber: light brown; light yellow
Ambience: atmosphere; a particular environment or surrounding influence; aura
Ambivalence: simultaneous, conflicted feelings towards a thing, person, etc.
Ambrosia: the food of the gods; something overpoweringly delicious or fragrant
Ameliorate: to make better; improve, enhance
Amelus: individual exhibiting Amelia (the congenital absence of one or more limbs)
Amethyst: deep purple; deep-purple gemstone
Amnesia: partial or total loss of memory
Amphisbaena: Greek mythological being, a two-headed snake with a head on each end
Amphora: ceramic, two-handled vase with a narrow neck, usually containing alcohol
Amulet: a charm against evil or impurity, often a piece of jewelry
Analemma: sundial, figure-8 indicating sun’s position
Ancestry: the inception or origin of a phenomenon, object, idea, or style; lineage
Andante: music, moderately slow
Anemone: a flowery marine creature
Antebellum: before or existing before a war, especially the American civil war
Anxiolytic: preventing or reducing anxiety; antianxiety medication; tranquilizer
Aperitif: alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal
Aphelion: point indicated when the orbit of the earth is furthest from the sun
Aphesis: omission of sound or verbiage at the beginning of a word or phrase
Aphotic: devoid of light, especially of areas where no light naturally occurs
Apocope: omission of sound or verbiage at the end of a word or phrase
Apophenia: the perception of or belief in connectedness among unrelated phenomena
Apoplexy: stroke; impairment or neuralgia from cerebral hemorrhage
Aposiopesis: abrupt stop of a thought in a sentence, as if the speaker could not continue
Apostasy: abandonment of one’s religious faith, political party, one’s principles, or a cause
Apostolicity: being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character
Apotheosis: deification; quintessence; exaltation to divine rank or stature
Apropos: appropriate of; appropriate
Aquarelle: painting done in transparent watercolors; watercolor; watercolor painting
Aqueous: of, relating to, or resembling water; made from, with, or by water
Aquiline: resembling an eagle’s beak; hooked like a beak
Arabesque: a ballet twirl; type of artistry involving a continuous, rotating design
Aria: air or song; a melody, solo in an opera accompanied by instrumentation
Artemisia: type of plant, genus of aromatic shrubs or herbs
Ascertain: to understand specific facts; to ferret out information
Ashlar: a squared block of building stone and dressed for outward placement
Asphodel: a type of flower, often associated with the Underworld
Astral: of or pertaining to the aster; stellar; star-shaped; pertaining to the stars
Asylum: refuge; a place to restore sanity or facilitate recovery
Atelier: an artist’s studio; a place designated to create or perform art
Athanasy: quality of being deathless; immortality
Athenaeum: institution for the promotion of literary or scientific learning; phrontistery
Aubade: poem or song about or evocative dawn or morning, the opposite of nocturne
Auburn: moderate reddish-brown
Aura: distinctive and pervasive quality or character; air; atmosphere; emanation
Austere: severe or stern in disposition, discipline, or appearance; somber and grave
Autumnal: pertaining to, like, relating, or evocative of autumn
Auxiliary: additional, supplementary; reserve; acting as a subsidiary
Avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain
Avenue: wide street or thoroughfare; roadway lined with tress
Azalea: type of plant, a common garden plant
Azoth: mythologized universal solvent; panacea
Azuline: light blue; similar to a light blue
Azure: sky-blue or a light blue
Baccalaureate: bachelor’s degree; valedictory speech
Balustrade: architectural term, series of balusters or parapet
Banderilla: a decorated dart that is shot into the neck of the bull during a bull fight
Bardiglio: finely-grained, multi-gray Italian marble
Basilica: large, public building the Romans used, usually as a courtroom or meeting hall
Bastille: imprisonment, jail, prison
Bayonet: blade adapted to fit the muzzle-end of a rifle and as a weapon in close combat
Belladonna: a type of plant, highly poisonous; “pretty woman”
Belle-lettres: “beautiful letters” aesthetic literature, as opposed to didactic
Bellicose: inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious
Bellwether: leader or indicator of future trends, trendsetter
Belvedere: roofed structure, on top of another building, which commands a large view
Berceuse: lullaby; song used to put someone to sleep
Bethesda: a hallowed, sanctified, or holy place; a chapel; holy ground
Bezaleel: the shadow of God, God’s shadow
Bibelot: trinket, bauble; small object which is rare or valuable or beautiful; a small book
Bibliophile: someone who loves (and usually collects) books; book collector
Bijouterie: pl. trinkets or jewelry, gallery thereof, display thereof
Bivouac: temporary military or squad encampment
Blaze: bright flame of fire; bright steady light or glare; hot gleam
Blellum: an idle, indiscreet talker; noisy fainéant
Bliss: joy, rapture, elation, felicity
Blithe: carefree, nonchalant; heedless; lacking concern; joyous
Blossom: billowing; period or condition of flowering or growth
Bloviate: to make pompous or arrogant discourse
Boeotian: marked by stupidity and philistinism; crudely obtuse; loutish
Borasca: a squall, usually accompanied by thunder and lightning
Bordereau: a detailed note or memorandum of account
Boulevard: broad street, avenue; broad spectrum of something
Bouleversement: reversal of fortunes; overturning; tumult
Bourgeoisie: the middle class; the middle class in Communist theory
Braggadocio: arrogant person; braggart; arrogant or boastful behavior
Brecciate: to form rock into breccia (rocks made of sharp fragments set in a grainy matrix)
Breeze: gentle push of the wind
Breviloquence: speech characterized by brevity; shortness, briefness
Brevity: briefness; swiftness; evanescence
Bricolage: something made or put together using any materials that happen are available
Brio: joie de vivre; vivacity; alacrity; gusto; esprit
Burnish: to polish; the shine of a polished surface
Caballero: skilled horseman; gentleman; cavalier
Cabaret: a restaurant with live entertainment
Cadence: rhythmic flow of the sounds of language; lilt
Cadenza: musical or literary improvisation
Caesious: a type of bluish gray
Caesura: a pause in a line of verse, usually in poetry
Calico: coarse, brightly printed cloth; a type of pattern
Caliginous: misty; dim; obscure; dark; gloomy; tenebrous
Calliope: musical instrument fitted with steam whistles, played from a keyboard
Callipygian: having a beautiful, admirable, or sexy butt
Callow: immature; green, lacking experience; naïve
Calypso: a type of rare orchid; a tribal and fervid dance
Cancrizans: backwards movement; crab walking; music moving backwards
Candelabra: pl. branched candlestick with several candles
Canticle: a song, poem, or hymn, usually of a church choir
Capriccio: music, improvisation, without adherence to rules
Capriccioso: music, lively and free of restraint, restriction, or direction
Capricious: impulsive; whimsical; unpredictable
Caress: touch or stroke lightly in a loving or endearing manner
Cartesian: of or relating to the philosophy of Descartes
Cascarilla: West Indian shrub with aromatic bark, typically used in incense or tonics
Catena: closely linked series; connected series of related things, especially of writing
Cathismata: pl. one of the 20 divisions in a Greek Psalter
Cavil: to object or criticize adversely for trivial reasons; flimsy objection or qualm
Cedilla: a diacritic beneath a letter designed to alter pronunciation “façade”
Celadon: a type of pale green
Celeripedean: quick-footed; swift; fast-running
Celerity: speed; alacrity; briskness
Celesta: ancient musical instrument
Celestial: heavenly; of a higher plane; empyreal; pertaining to or of space
Cello: large, stringed instrument that generates deep tones
Cellophane: thin, flexible, transparent cellulose material used as moisture-proof wrapping
Cellular: pertaining to cells or their structure; containing cells
Cellulite: fatty deposit causing a dimpled appearance, as around the thighs or buttocks
Celluloid: transparent, colorless, synthetic plastic used to manufacture photographic film
Cenotaph: an unmarked grave
Centennial: of or relating to a period of 100 years; occurring once every 100 years
Cerulean: a type of watery blue
Cerumen: yellow, wax-like secretion from the external ears; “earwax”
Cessation: pause; interruption; ceasing; ending
Chalice: cup for consecrated wine; goblet
Chamois: goatlike antelope; type of cloth for cleaning
Champagne: a type of bubbling alcohol with fruity taste
Chandelier: ceiling-mounted light fixture or glass structure
Chantpleure: to cry while singing; to cry and sing simultaneously
Chariot: two or four-wheeled, horse-drawn war or procession vehicle
Chartreuse: a type of swampy green
Chatelaine: the mistress or lady of a castle or large household
Chatoyant: like or resembling a cat’s eye
Chauffer: a designated paid driver for formal occasions
Cheilion: the corner of the mouth or oral cavity
Chevelure: head of hair; hair on the head; tresses; a nebulous aura (as around a comet)
Chiaroscuro: composition of strong contrasts in light and dark
Chiasmus: rhetorical term, inverse sentence, “One should eat to live, not live to eat”
Choreography: the art of creating and arranging dances or ballets
Cicada: loud, locust-like insect that chirrups
Cigány: gypsy; Hungarian gypsy
Cinder: burned substance, one which is no longer capable of combustion
Cinnabar: bright red; glowing red
Cinquefoil: five-leave; plant with limbs that are five-leaved; five-pointed leaves
Circlet: ring-shaped ornament or piece of jewelry, especially for the head
Circuitous: having a circular or winding course; indirect; roundabout
Circular: of, like, related to, or resembling a circle
Cislunar: of or relating to the space between earth and the moon or the moon’s orbit
Cistern: an underground reservoir
Citadel: bulwark; a fortress or stronghold; refuge
Cithara: ancient Greek instrument, like a lyre
Civility: formal or perfunctory politeness; state of being civil
Clandestine: kept secretly or done secretively
Clarion: medieval trumpet with clear shrill tones; clear and shrill; loud burst of sound
Clavicle: the collarbone of a human
Clavilux: an odd machine that generates light to the rhythm of music
Cleanse: to free from dirt, defilement, or guilt; purge or clean
Clemency: mercy; an act of mercy; showing mercy
Clerisy: the well-educated or learned class; intelligentsia; cognoscenti
Clinquant: glittering as gold; glittering with tinsel; showily ornate
Clithridiate: keyhole-shaped; resembling a keyhole
Cloister: monastatic establishment; convent of living
Coalesce: to fuse, intersect, or entwine to create a unity; to unify by an external means
Coelacanth: a type of prehistoric fish, initially thought to be extinct
Coercion: the act of coercing; the use of pressure, threats, blackmail, or intimidation
Collectanea: selection of pieces of writing by an author or by several authors
Colliquate: to change from solid to liquid; to liquefy
Colloquial: informal, as in speech; conversationally informal
Colophon: inscription at the end of a book; an identifying emblem for a book
Coloratura: elaborate or technical vocal music with florid ornamentation
Comestibles: items suitable to be eaten; edible sundries; articles of food; victuals
Communiqué: an official announcement; bulletin board; a dispatch; an official report
Conciliabule: secret meeting of conspirators
Conciliate: to win over from a state of hostility or distrust; appease
Concinnity: harmony in the arrangement or fitness of parts with respect to a whole
Concupiscence: lasciviousness; lewdness; ardent lust
Congelifraction: splitting or disintegration of rocks as a result of the freezing of the water
Constellation: specific arrangement of stars to form an image
Convalesce: to recover or recuperate; recover from a serious injury
Copse: thicket of small trees or shrubs; a coppice; small wood; a tree
Coquelicot: a type of plant, red poppy
Coquette: woman who makes teasing sexual or romantic overtures; a flirt or tease
Coracle: small rounded boat made of waterproof material stretched over a frame
Cordillera: group of mountain ranges forming a mountain system of great linear extent
Coriander: a type of aromatic herb, herb used in a variety of perfumes
Corinthian: pertaining to Corinth or its culture, architectural term
Cortical: of, relating to, derived from, or consisting of cortex
Coruscate: sparkle; reflect brightly; shimmer
Cosmology: study of the physical universe considered a mass of phenomena in spacetime
Cosmopolitan: pertaining to the world at large, without localized prejudices
Coterie: tightly-knit group of persons having a common purpose or interest; cadre, clique
Craquelure: fine pattern of dense cracking formed on the surface of paintings
Crescendo: music, gradual increase of tempo, volume, or intensity
Crystal: mineral with many possible permutations; gemstone-like
Cumulonimbus: type of cloud that augurs, foretells, or indicates bad weather
Cuneiform: wedge-shaped; Sumerian language
Curlicue: fancy curl or twist; flourish of writing
Cursive: flowing, effusive, wavy, type on handwriting in English
Curvilinear: consisting of or bound by curved lines; represented by a curved line
Cuvette: a small, transparent, often tubular laboratory vessel
Cyan: a type of greenish-blue
Cyaneous: a type of deep blue, cerulean
Cygnet: a baby swan; young swan
Cylinder: long, tubular geometric shape rendered in three dimensions
Cymbal: percussive instrument, usually attached to a drum kit
Cynophilist: dog-lover; one who loves or appreciates dogs
Cynosure: that which garners great attention by calling to its brilliance; interest
Cypress: type of swampy tree or plant, plant or tree occurring in swamps
Cytherean: pertaining to beauty or the goddess, Aphrodite
Daedalian: intelligent; crafty; deft; practical; pertaining to Daedalus
Dalliance: flirtation; dawdling; procrastination; frivolous action
Daphnean: shy; timid; demure; modest; bashful
Dapple: a spot or mottled marking, usually occurring in clusters; different tones and hues
Dawn: daybreak; first light of day; the onset of an idea; enlightenment
Decrescendo: gradual lowering of tempo in music or in a situation
Degringoladé: a rapid decline or deterioration, as in strength, position, or condition
Deign: to condescend to do something thought to be slightly beneath one’s dignity
Delenda: that which needs to be deleted; something that has been deleted
Delineate: to describe, explain, or demonstrate
Deliquesce: to dissolve; transform into liquid from a solid
Delirium: state of mental disarray and unstable consciousness from intoxication or fever
Delitescent: hidden, concealed; kept secret
Dell: small, usually wooded valley; vale
Delphic: brotherly; oracular or prophetic
Demarche: course of action; maneuver; specific movement
Demesne: a lord’s privately owned manor or section of land
Demure: shy; modest; reserved in demeanor or behavior; having sedate reserve or sobriety
Denouement: final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot
Desuetude: state of disuse; state of uselessness
Diablerie: dealing with the devil or devils; witchcraft; sorcery; consorting with demons
Diaphanous: light; delicate; gossamer; translucent
Diaspora: dissemination, dispersion; random or selective re-distribution
Dilettante: one who dabbles in an occupation or hobby without serious intent
Dioscuric: describing a twin, whether person or event, of a twin; of a duplicate
Dislodge: to remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied
Dissemble: disguise or conceal one’s true motives, feelings, or beliefs; to mislead
Dissimulate: to conceal or disguise; to hide with the intent of deceit
Divisi: music term, divided, separated
Dulcet: sweet-sounding; mellisonant
Dulciloquy: speech characterized by sounding soft or sweet
Dulcimer: stringed instrument having three or four strings and a fretted fingerboard
Dulcinea: sweetheart; lovely person; one whom a person loves or cares about
Dyslexia: disorder in which lexical figures are perceived in a chaotic order
Ebon: black; made of ebony
Echelon: tier; level; rank in job; formation of soldiers
Echo: a repetition of sound produced by the reflection of sound
Echolalia: immediate and involuntary repetition of words or phrases just spoken by others
Eclipsareon: a device for illustrating and demonstrating eclipses
Eclipse: any obscuration of light; reduction or loss of splendor, status, or reputation
Effervesce: to bubble over; to boil with frothy bubbles; to excite
Effleurage: a light, stroking movement used in massage; a soft caress
Effluvium: foul discharge or emanation; emission
Efflux: something that flows out or forth; effluence; passing or an expiration, as of time
Effulgent: marked by as if by brightly shining light; coruscating; shimmering
Effusive: gushing out or expressive; moving; cascading
Eglantine: a type of plant, European rose; sweetbrier
Eiderdown: the down of a duck used as stuffing for quilts or pillows
Eidolon: ghost, specter; reappearing; continuously visiting or persisting image
Élan: esprit; brio; gusto; ardor; vivacity
Elapse: to pass or go by; to happen
Elasticity: quality or state of being elastic; the tendency to keep shape after stretching
Elation: quality or state of being elated; feeling or state of great joy or pride
Eleemosynary: of, relating to, or dependent on charity; contributed as an act of charity
Element: fundamental, essential, or irreducible constituent of a composite entity
Eleven: the eleventh integer in a series, “11”
Elicit: to bring or draw out (something latent); educe; summon; to provoke a reaction
Elision: omission of a vowel, consonant, or syllable in pronunciation
Elixir: solution of alcohol and water; substance believed to maintain life indefinitely
Ellipsis: omission of a word or phrase necessary for a complete syntactical construction
Elliptical: of, relating to, or having the shape of an ellipse; with a word or words omitted
Eloign: to move away a distance; to move a distance with something concealed
Eloquence: well-stated speech; flowing language; articulated speech and proper execution
Elucidate: to explain further; clarify; to elaborate upon
Elusive: difficult to find, catch, or achieve; avoiding or having a tendency to avoid or evade
Elysian: blissful, delightful; pertaining to the Elysian Fields or Elysium
Elysium: a section of the underworld, the resting place of heroes and the virtuous
Emaciate: to make abnormally thin or weak, typically due to illness
Emanation: emission; something that is issued by a source
Embarcadero: a landing place, especially a landing place on an island waterway
Ember: small, glowing fleck of burning wood or coal
Emerald: deep, dark green; dark green gemstone
Emissary: an agent sent on a mission to represent or advance the interests of another
Emission: discharge; emanation; chemical release
Emollient: substance that softens and soothes the skin; lotion
Empyreal: related to the empyrean; celestial
Emulate: to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation
Emulsify: to pour liquid into another non-soluble; creating visible density
Enamel: vitreous, usually opaque, protective or decorative coating or shell
Enceinte: pregnant, carrying a baby, gravid; line of fortification enclosing a town or castle
Encomium: formal, enthusiastic praise; abundant, exuberant expression of admiration
Enhalo: to affix with a halo; to cause to wear a halo; to encircle; surround
Ennui: listlessness; weariness; discontent
Ensconce: establish or settle in a safe, secure, or comfy place
Epée: fencing sword or blade without a cutting edge
Epergne: table centerpiece; object designated as a centerpiece
Ephebe: young man; swain, young suitor
Ephemeral: brief; transient; evanescent
Epicede: dirge, requiem; funeral song or ode
Epicurean: hedonistic; gastronomical; pertaining to good taste
Epigone: inferior imitator; disciple; second-rate replica; counterfeit
Epileptic: pertaining to epilepsy; flickering rapidly; seizing
Epiphany: revelation of thought, typically conceived after an eventful experience
Epistle: a formal letter; a letter with a cachet
Epitaph: an inscription on a tombstone
Epithelium: a type of body tissue
Epitome: a perfect example of a particular quality or type
Equestrian: of, relating to, or featuring horseback riding
Equinox: an annual event wherein after the sun reaches a height, night and day occur simultaneously
Equipoise: equal distribution of weight or balance; balanced
Eristic: characterized by disputatious, often subtle and specious reasoning
Escadrille: a small squadron, usually of six; a small team, typically of six airplanes
Escalade: the act of scaling a wall, usually with a ladder or rope
Escamotage: juggling; hand trickery; sleight of hand; legerdemain
Escarole: type of green chicory
Esclavage: a necklace having several rows of chains, beads, or jewels
Escritoire: writing desk; desk designed for studies
Esculent: edible; able or safe to be eaten
Esoterica: item or thing that is esoteric, obscure, rare, or valuable
Esper: a being of advanced mentality or with psychic abilities
Esprit: brio; wit; vivacity; joie de vivre
Essence: intrinsic or indispensable properties that serve to typify or identify something
Esssse: pl. archaic plural of ashes
Estuary: inlet or arm of the sea; an open river that connects to the sea
Esurient: hungry; greedy; hedonistic in pursuit of things
Ethereal: heavenly; airy in substance; spectral; insubstantial and light
Etiolate: to stunt growth; to deprive of strength; to whiten by blocking sunlight exposure
Etude: a piece of music designed for didactic purposes
Eunoia: normal mental health; beautiful thinking
Euphonious: nice-sounding; sounding pretty
Euphoria: feeling of great happiness or well-being; felicity
Evanescent: brief; transient; ephemeral
Evaporation: the act of liquid dissipating or drying due to humidity or exposure
Eviscerate: to disembowel; exenterate; to remove the viscera of something
Evocative: that which evokes; something that reminds, inspires, or impresses
Excelsior: fine, curled wood shavings
Exclusion: the act of excluding; the act of shutting out or preventing entrance
Existential: of, relating to, or dealing with existence; pertaining to existentialism
Expatiate: to speak or write at length or in considerable detail; expound, elaborate
Exuviate: to shed a shell; molt; unsheathe
Façade: affected aura or mannerisms to beguile or deceive
Facility: building made or used for convenience; ease of moving or doing; aptitude
Facsimile: copy or reproduction of an item, typically a book
Fainéant: sluggard; do-nothing; ne’er-do-well; idle and ineffectual
Falciform: falcate; curved; convex; sickle-shaped
Famished: extremely hungry; ravenous; starved
Famulus: sorcerer’s apprentice or assistant
Felicity: state of happiness; joy; ecstasy
Fissure: long narrow opening; a crack or cleft; process of splitting or separating; division
Fleur-de-lys: stylized insignia of a lily
Foliage: plant leaves or greenery, as a collective
Formulaic: being of no special quality or type; average; routine; undistinguished
Forte: niche in which a person excels
Foudroyant: dazzling; scintillating; sudden and overwhelming
Frescade: a cool, breezy walk; a shady place; a relaxing place with ample shade
Frolic: to behave playfully and candidly; romp; to engage in flirting, joking, or teasing
Frost: hoarfrost; degree or state of coldness; covering of minute ice needles
Fuchsia: bright pinkish-purple
Fuliginous: having the color of soot; dark; dusky; charcoal-colored
Fumarole: hole in an area of volcanic activity from which gases and hot smoke escape
Fumulus: a thin cloud resembling a veil and forming at any level
Furrow: to wrinkle; a wrinkle, a rut, groove, or trench
Fuselage: central body of an aircraft, to which the wings and tail assembly are attached
Fusillade: salvo; rapid discharge of firearms
Galaxy: collection of stars, gas, and dust bound together by gravity
Gale: a harsh gust of wind; a strong current of wind
Galleria: spacious passageway, court, or indoor mall, usually with a vaulted roof; gallery
Gallery: raised area, often having a stepped or sloping floor, in a public building
Gambol: to skip or jump merrily
Gaucherie: awkwardness; inexperience; embarrassments
Girandole: a mirror having attached candle holders
Glacial: slow; staggering; of or pertaining to glaciers or ice sheets
Glimpse: brief, incomplete view or look; to glance at
Glisten: to shine by reflection with a sparkling luster; coruscate; shimmer
Gloaming: dusk, twilight, evening, vesper
Gloom: sadness; melancholy; depression
Glyph: a sigil or specific insignia; a letter of language; an arcane mark
Gossamer: delicate; light; flimsy; transparent and thin, like a spider’s silk
Gracile: gracefully slender or thin; graceful
Grandeur: splendor; magnificence; quality or state of being grand
Grazioso: a direction in music, graceful, smooth, or elegant in style
Hacienda: the main building of a farm or ranch
Halcyon: legendary kingfisher; tranquil, calm, without strife, serene
Hallucinate: to affect or be affected with visions or imaginary perceptions
Hazel: light brown or light yellow
Heath: plain tract of wasteland; uncultivated land
Hegemony: predominant influence; dominance, supremacy, preeminence
Heliotrope: a type of purple flower; a light purple
Helix: a spiral; spiral-shaped object or string
Henna: reddish-brown dye used in tinting the hair, skin, or nails
Hubris: excessive pride; overbearing arrogance
Hue: gradation or variety of a color
Humiliate: to enervate or embarrass through specific actions or events
Hyacinth: tropical, American herb; red, transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone
Icicle: a sliver of tapered, frozen water, usually hanging from something
Idyllic: Like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque
Ilium: upper part of the bony femur at the hip joint
Illusion: erroneous mental representation;  false image made by outside force or the mind
Illusory: produced by, based on, or having the nature of an illusion; deceptive
Illustrate: to clarify or explain with examples or comparisons
Imbroglio: extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation
Imbue: to embed with a quality, to inspire or permeate with a feeling or quality
Immaculate: spotless; free of sin; without blemish or impurity
Immure: to enclose with walls; ensconce
Impedimenta: pl. things that hinder growth or movement
Impetus: a drive or compelling force; motivation; a reason to do something
Impluvium: of a Roman house, rectangular pool in an atrium used to gather rain water
Imprimatur: a sign or mark of approval; insignia of approval
Incalescent: becoming hotter or growing more ardent; boiling
Incarnadine: pinkish; flesh-colored; blood-red
Incense: to induce rage; infuriate; aromatic element designed to induce relaxation
Incipient: in or at an initial stage; beginning to exist or appear
Incisive: penetrating; clear, and sharp, as in operation or expression
Incunabula: pl. book printed before 1501
Indolence: laziness; extreme ease or comfort
Ineffable: indescribable; impossible to describe; enchantingly amazing
Inertia: tendency of a body to resist acceleration, “a body at rest wants to stay at rest”
Influenza: acute contagious viral infection, commonly called the “flu”
Ingénue: a naive, innocent girl or young woman
Inglenook: a nook or corner beside an open fireplace; chimney corner
Ingravescent: gradually becoming more severe; worsening, usually of a medical condition
Innocent: without sin; pure, free from legal or specific wrong; guiltless; naïve; simple
Inoccuity: the quality or state of being harmless, trifling, or insipid
Inoculate: introduce an idea or view into the mind of; to inculcate; to inject a serum or vaccine
Insipid: lacking flavor or zest; lacking excitement, stimulation, or interest; dull; vapid
Intaglio: an engraving or incised figure in stone or other hard material
Inundate: deluge; to fill quickly beyond capacity; to cover with water; drench; overwhelm
Inure: to take effect or to become accustomed to something, typically unpleasant
Iris: the colored portion of the eye that encircles the pupil
Iscariotic: traitorous; treacherous; given to betrayal; having committed betrayal
Isinglass: thin sheet(s) of translucent mica
Isosceles: of a triangle, having two equal sides
Isthmus: narrow strip of land connecting two larger masses of land
Ivory: pure white color; material derived from elephant tusks
Jacqueminot: a type of flower, a crimson rose
Jaunt: short excursion for pleasure; brief stay
Jejune: naïve; juvenile; simplistic; uninteresting; superficial
Juxtapose: to place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast
Kaleidoscope: optical item that utilizes mirrors to create interior symmetrical visions
Kismet: fate; fortune; chance; faith in fate, chance, or fortune
Knell: to ring slowly and solemnly; funeral bell-ring
L’esprit de l’escalier: “staircase wit”, the usage of a witty retort after the moment has passed
Labial: pertaining to, of, or utilizing the lips
Labyrinth: maze; puzzling complex or circuitous plan
Lacerate: to cut or tear irregularly; to distress; mangle
Laconic: brief in speech; matter-of-fact; terse, using few words
Lacquer: varnish that dries via evaporation
Lacuna: omission or empty space; gap in chronology
Lagniappe: gift for extended patronage; gift or compensation for valued customers
Lambent: glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance
Laminate: to beat or compress into a thin plate or sheet; to divide into thin layers
Languid: characterized by disinclination for physical exertion
Laodicean: indifferent or lukewarm in politics and or religion
Lapis Lazuli: a gemstone of intense blue
Largesse: the generous giving of gifts; a generous or courteous gift; charitable donation
Lascivious: lewd, lustful, prurient
Lassitude: weariness; lack of energy or motivation
Lathe: machine for shaping a piece of material by rotating it rapidly along its axis
Lattice: open framework of material, typically in a crisscross pattern
Lavadero: a laundry room; a place designated for washing gold
Lavender:  a type of light purple; a type of flower; an oft perfumed scent
Lavish: expended, bestowed, or occurring in large amounts; using or giving in great amounts
Layer: single thickness of a material covering a surface
Legerity: mental or physical agility, dexterity, or quickness
Leitmotif: musical passage associated to a specific situation, character, or idea
Lemniscate: the infinity symbol; any figure-eight symbol
Lemonade: beverage typically consisting of lemon juice, sugar, and water
Lesbian: female sexually attracted to other women, exclusively
Lethe: the condition of forgetfulness; oblivion
Leveret: baby rabbit; a young rabbit
Leviathan: very large animal, especially a whale; something of unusually large size
Levitation: the act of floating; supernatural floating
Lexiphanes: pretentious word user; bombastic or magniloquent person
Liaison: illicit sexual relationship; case of contact between two parties, usually a person
Libeccio: southwest wind occurring in Italy
Lilliputian: very small, tiny; pertaining to Lilliput
Lilt: cadence of voice; rhythm of language or sentences; good vocal or musical structure
Limerence: extended infatuation or crush, contrast love
Limn: to delineate via depictions or suffuse things with light
Limousine: slender car used for formal occasions, notably expensive
Limpid: unclouded; clear; lucid; defined and deep
Lineaments: pl. the distinguishing or characteristic features of something immaterial
Linguistics: pl. the study of human speech, languages, and writing
Linoleum: a type of floor covering
Liquid: a state of matter, compare gas and solid; readiness to flow; a type of sound
Lissom: supple; easily bent; lithe; flexible
Listless: lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort; lethargic
Litany: large amount; plethora; long and tedious address or recital
Literati: intelligentsia; the educated class; clerisy; a group of litterateurs
Lithe: readily bent; supple; flexible; marked by effortless grace
Lithium: silvery, soft, and highly-reactive metal
Lithosphere: outermost shell of a planet; the crust and uppermost mantle
Litote: rhetorical term, a specific type of understatement
Litterateur: literary-minded person; one devoted to the study or writing of literature
Lixiviation: the act of separating soluble from insoluble substances via water or a solvent
Lochetic: lying in wait for prey, used especially of insects
Loom: the art of weaving; to come into view as a massive, distorted, or indistinct image
Loquacious: characterized by talking; talking freely or too much; excessively talkative
Lorgnette: a pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a handle
Lubricious: slippery with oil or lubricant; offensively lewd or intending to be lewd
Lucent: shining; gleaming brilliantly
Lugubrious: gloomy or dismal, especially exaggerated
Lullaby: song or tune devised to lull something to sleep
Luminal: of or pertaining to the lumen (the measure of light perceived by the human eye)
Luminary: one who is an inspiration to others; one who attained success in a chosen field
Lunacy: insanity; insanity with brief moments of clarity
Lunula: white crescent at the base of the fingernail
Luscious: delicious; sexy; cloying; alluring
Lustrous: having noticeable or vivid luster and sheen
Macedoiné: mixture of diced fruits and vegetables; medley; mixture
Magisterial: of, relating to, or having the features of a master or teacher; authoritative
Malady: sickness, illness; ague; ictus; ailment
Malaise: bodily weakness; nondescript illness; vague feeling of discomfort
Malapropos: out of place; inappropriate; in an inopportune or inappropriate manner
Malleable: moldable; able to be modified; easily reshaped; having the ease of form
Mannequin: articulated human figure used for design
Mantelletta: sleeveless vestment worn by cardinals
Maquette: scale model of a large item
Maraschino: cordial made from the fermented juice of the marasca cherry
Marasmus: a type of protein deficiency; state of emaciation
Marble: highly-polished building material; irregularly colored
Marcescent: flower term, withering, but not falling off
Marginalia: notes in the margin or margins of a book
Marionette: a puppet bound by strings and controlled with wooden bars
Marmalade: jellylike preserve made from the pulp of fruits, especially citrus fruits
Marmoreal: of, like, made of, or related to marble
Masquerade: festive gathering characterized by participants wearing masks
Material: secular; worldly; the substance(s) of which a thing is made of or composed
Matriculate: to become admitted to membership in a body, society, or institution
Matutinal: of, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early
Maudlin: overly sentimental; saccharine; mawkish; self-pitying
Mausoleum: large, stately tomb or building housing several tombs
Mauve: a type of pinkish purple
Medallion: jewelry or object worn from a necklace
Medley: heterogeneous mixture of typically complementing elements
Melisma: the stretching of a syllable over a series of notes
Mellifluous: flowing with sweetness or honey; smooth and sweet, often of a sound or voice
Mellisonant: wonderful-sounding; pleasant-sounding
Melody: a series or pattern of notes
Memento: an item of special significance, usually as a token of remembrance
Memorabilia: pl. things remarkable and worthy of remembrance or record
Menagerie: collection of animals in cages or enclosures; diverse hodgepodge; gallery; zoo
Mephitic: poisonous; noxious; lethally dangerous; insidious; toxic; putrid
Mercurial: fickle; erratic; ingenious; changeable; eloquent
Mere: being nothing more nor better than; small; lowly
Meretricious: drawing attention in a vulgar manner; gaudy, tawdry; superficially attractive
Meridian: of or at noon; imaginary line that extends from the North to South poles
Mestizo: a person of mixed racial ancestry
Métier: forte; niche in which a person excels; occupation; profession
Mewl: whimper; cry like an infant; meow like a kitten; to weakly cry
Mezzanine: partial story between two main stories of a building; lowest balcony of theater
Miasma: an atmosphere of disease; fine mist of effluvium or bacteria; noxious emanation
Mica: thin layers of specific, transparent minerals
Midst: in the middle of; among
Mien: air or bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality; demeanor; aura
Milieu: surroundings or environment, especially of a social or cultural nature
Millennium: one thousand years; period of a thousand years
Milquetoast: timid, unassertive, spineless person; one who is easily intimidated
Mimesis: imitation or representation of the world, mostly in literature and art; mimicry
Mimosa: a type of plant; a cocktail drink
Mimsy: flimsy and miserable; someone who excels at what they do
Miniscule: very small; diminutive, when compared to a normal counterpart
Minutiae: pl, tiny, precise details; vestiges; trifles
Mirror: surface able of reflect enough undiffused light to form an image of an object
Miscellany: collection of various items, parts, or ingredients
Mist: mass of fine droplets of liquid
Mithril: a fictional, very light, and silvery steel
Mizzenmast: third mast or the mast aft the mainmast on a ship having three or more masts
Mizzle: fine rainfall; drizzle; mist
Moiety: one of two equal parts; half
Morceau: a small literary or musical composition
Mormorando: musical direction, murmuring or with a murmuring sound
Moue: pouting face or grimace; upset facial expression
Murmur: low, indistinct, and continuous sound; to utter such a sound
Myriad: multitude; litany; an amount of, usually large; collection in large numbers
Myrrh: fragrant resin gum from a type of tree, used chiefly for perfume
Mystique: the special, esoteric skill or mysterious faculty essential in a calling or activity
Mythopoeic: pertaining to the making of myths
Nacreous: iridescent; pearly; like mother-of-pearl or nacre
Naiad: a nymph; a river, lake, fountain, or spring nymph or spirit
Naïveté: inexperience; quality of being naïve; artlessness
Nebulae: pl. a collection of astral gases
Nemesis: source of harm or ruin; unconquerable foe or enemy; vengeful opponent
Nenuphar: a water lily, especially an Egyptian lotus
Neophyte: a novice; tyro; beginner
Nepenthe: drug of forgetfulness; anti-depression drug; remedy for sorrow
Nepheliad: cloud nymph; nymph designated or of the clouds
Nephew: the son of a brother or sister in relation to you
Nickelodeon: a theater that charges a nickel (5 cents) for entry
Nimbus: dark, grey cloud bearing rain; splendid atmosphere or aura; cloudy radiance
Nimiety: excess, overabundance, superfluity
Nirvana: a place or state of rest, harmony, or pleasure
Niveous: snowy or resembling snow; like, of, relating to, or made of snow
Nocive: harmful, injurious, or causing pain
Noctilucence: cloud phenomenon typified by lights at night, being visible or glowing at night
Nonchalant: feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; indifferent
Novae: pl. collapsing or dying stars
Novella: short prose tale often characterized by moral teaching or satire
Novitiate: novice; the living place of a novice; the state of being a novice; neophyte
Nucleus: central part about which other parts are grouped or gathered
Nugacious: trifling, trivial; insignificant; unimportant; worthless
Nullibicity: state of non-existence; quality or state of being nowhere
Nullifidian: a person having no faith, religion, convictions, or beliefs
Numeral: symbol used to represent, denote, or symbolize a number
Numina: pl. presiding divinities or spirits of a place; creative energies
Numismatics: study or collection or currency, coins, paper money, etc.
Nymph: seductive or lustful woman; fairy
Nymphet: pubescent girl regarded as sexually desirable; young, sexually precocious girl
Oasis: fertile, vibrant, or green spot in a desert or wasteland
Objet d’art: object of art; valuable or highly artistic piece or work
Oblivion: condition or quality of being completely forgotten; void; forgetfulness
Obsequious: fawning, sycophantic, servile
Obsidian: volcanic glass of a black shade
Ocelot: undomesticated cat, akin to a small leopard
Odalisque: female servant; female servant in a harem
Oeillade: an amorous glance; ogle
Oeuvre: the corpus of an author, canon, or a collective symposium
Oleander: a type of flower
Opacity: opaqueness; obscurity; impenetrability
Opalescent: milky and iridescent; shimmering with the colors of an opal
Opaque: impenetrable to light; not reflecting light; difficult to explain or understand
Ophidian: snake-like; like, shaped like, or relating to snakes
Opulence: wealth, affluence; great abundance; profusion; pretentiousness
Opusculum: a minor work of literature
Orbital: of, pertaining to, or relating to an orbit
Orchestra: large group of musicians with a variety of instruments
Oscillate: to swing or move in an uninterrupted motion
Ossuary: place, container, or receptacle for holding the bones of the dead
Otiose: indolent; lazy; serving no useful purpose; futile; being a leisure
Oubliette: dungeon with only opening at the top
Palatial: pertaining to a palace; grandiose; magnificent
Palaver: conference or discussion; idle chat; chat with flattery of cajolery involved
Palisade: a fence of pales or stakes set firmly in the ground
Palladian: of or relating to wisdom or learning
Palliasse: mattress consisting of a thin pad filled with straw, sawdust, or hay
Palliate: to alleviate, reduce, or remove pain
Pallid: pale, wan, or deficient in color
Panacea: a cure-all; medicine, herb, or concoction designed or functioning as a cure-all
Panoply: a full collection or array; full set of armor
Panoramic: unbroken view of an entire surrounding area; inclusive presentation; survey
Pantomime: communication through gestures and facial movements
Paradigm: clearly defined archetype; typical example or pattern of something
Paramour: lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship; lover; illicit lover
Paraph: a flourish at the end of a signature, may be used as a safeguard against forgery
Paroxysm: a sudden attack, convulsion, or seizure, usually of an emotional or medical nature
Parvenu: noveau-riche; person having risen to new status, but lacks the social skills necessary for it
Pasquinade: public farce, satire, or lampoon
Pastiche: literary patchwork, hodgepodge; collision of genres used to create a new item
Patina: natural tarnish from wear of usage and passage of time; verdigris
Patois: dialect other than the usual or literary dialect; uneducated or provincial language
Paucity: scarcity; lack of presence; fewness; a small number
Peccadillo: insignificant sin or wrongdoing; trifling fault
Peccavi: admission of guilt; confession
Pellucid: translucently clear, limpid, or ethereal
Peninsula: piece of land mostly surrounded by water, except on one side
Pensive: brooding; reflecting, involving, or engaged in deep or serious thought
Penumbra: a partial shadow; space of partial illumination; the limits of a shadow
Percolate: to filter; to cause to filter; to cause to pass through pores or small holes
Perennial: lasting throughout the year, typically of a plant
Perforate: to pierce, punch, or bore a hole or holes in; stab through; penetrate
Periphery: line that forms the boundary; limited circumference of sight; perimeter
Permeate: to pervade, to spread, or flow throughout; to diffuse through
Perpetuity: the quality or condition of being perpetual, ceaseless, or continual
Phantasm: something apparently seen but having no physical reality; illusion
Philander: to womanize or entertain or elicit casual or wanton sex
Philanthropy: the effort or drive to further the well-being of humankind; generosity
Philosophy: discipline comprising aesthetics, ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology, etc.
Philtrum: subtle curve beneath the nose and on the upper lip
Phoenix: mythical bird of fire which rises from its ashes in a cycle of rebirth
Pianissimo: musical direction, very softly
Piquant: aromatic, appetizing, or appealingly provocative
Pirouette: ballet spin, ballet technique
Pizzicato: music term, played by plucking rather than bowing
Placid: sedate, calm, peaceful, relaxed, serene
Plumage: entire feathery covering or portion of a bird; feathers collectively
Pluvial: characterized or relating to rainfall
Pococurante: nonchalant, indifferent lukewarm in opinion; insouciant
Poignant: profoundly moving; touching; physically or emotionally painful
Ponceau: a strong red to reddish orange
Porcelain: strong, vitreous, and translucent ceramic with glazed colored material
Portfolio: portable case for carrying documents
Portico: porch or walkway with a roof supported by columns, often leads into an entrance
Portmanteau: large suitcase; merging of two words to form a new one, often a pun
Prairillon: a small meadow or tract of grassland; heath; plain
Precocious: manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity
Prelude: preceding event or action; music term, preliminary
Preterlabent: flowing beside or by, especially of a river or stream
Prismatic: refractive light of a spectrum; brilliantly colored
Pristine: in primordial condition; untouched; belonging to the earliest period or state
Promethean: boldly creative, defiantly original, deviating genius
Propinquity: nearness in place; approximate location; proximity; vicinity
Proscenium: Greek or Roman theater stage, the part of a stage in front of the curtain
Prosody: the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech
Provocative: tending or serving to provoke; inciting, stimulating, irritating, or vexing
Prurient: having, relating to, or typified by lascivious or lustful thoughts or desires
Psithurisma: whisper; sound of wind through the trees; sound of wind-rustled leaves
Psittacism: automatic speech without thought of the meaning of the words spoken
Psyche: the mind or self as a functional entity; the center of thought, feeling, and motivation
Punchinello: short, fat clown or clown puppet
Puree: rub through a strainer or process in an electric blender
Purlicue: space between the thumb and forefinger
Pyrrhic: of a victory, having high levels of casualties or damage on both sides
Quaquaversal: directed outward from a common center to all points; omnidirectional
Querencia: the area of the bull-ring where the bull makes its stand
Quintessence: fifth element; perfect embodiment
Quisquose: something which is difficult to deal with
Quiver: shiver; shake; quaver; tremble
Quotidian: daily; mundane; occurring every day
Radii: pl. any line segments from the center of a circle or sphere to its perimeter
Rapture: ecstasy; felicity, state of sheer happiness; happiness to the point of delirium
Rariora: pl. unusual collector’s items, outstanding items, prize pieces
Ratatouille: a type of French dish, vegetable stew
Realm: a region, kingdom, plane, domain, or territory
Recherché: elegant; refined or tasteful; sophisticated
Recidivism: act of repeating punished act; chronic tendency to repeat crimes
Reciprocity: the quality or state of requiting; mutual dependence
Redivivus: revived; come back to life; resurrected; resuscitated
Redolent: piquant, aromatic, or memory-invoking
Regalia: the emblems and symbols of royalty, such as the crown and scepter; jewelry
Relinquish: voluntarily cease to keep or claim; surrender
Reliquary: a receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics
Renaissance: a rebirth or revival; renewal of cultural and intellectual thought
Repartee: swift, witty reply; conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts
Palimpsest: erased parchment, which is then reused; manuscript written over earlier ones
Replica: copy or reproduction of a work of art, especially one made by the original artist
Resonance: quality of being resonant; extension of sound via sympathetic vibration
Resplendent: sublime, full of color, or dazzling; splendid
Revenant: specter; ghost; one who returns after a long absence
Reverie: an idle daydream; a thought of idle desire; a surrendering to imagination
Rhapsody: impassioned, inspired, or vibrant literature or music
Rimulose: characterized by or having small chinks, fissures, or cracks
Risorgimento: a time of renewal or renaissance; revival
Roseate: rose-colored, rosy; optimistic; cheerful and bright; promising
Roué: a rake; rouge; philanderer; lothario
Rupestrian: of or composed of rock; sculpted with or by rock
Sable: black; type of animal with a deep, black pelt
Salient: prominent or conspicuous; most important
Saline: salty; pertaining to salt
Salubrious: health-giving; healthy; healthful; relating to good health
Salve: remedial lotion or substance to soothe or allays
Sangfroid: composure or coolness as shown in danger; imperturbability
Sanguine: of a healthy reddish color; ruddy; blood-red; of the color of blood
Sapience: rationality, compare sentience; wisdom or sagacity
Sapphire: bright blue; valuable gemstone of a bright yet deep blue
Sardonyx: type of stone (onyx) with sandy bands
Satellite: celestial body that orbits a planet; a moon; object designed to orbit a planet
Scarlet: a type of bright-red color
Scepter: a rod or wand, usually adorned in regalia
Schefflera: a type of shrubby, tropical plants which are cultivated for their showy foliage
Scialytic: dispersing or dismissing shadows, typically with light, often of a lamp
Scilicet: to wit, that is; namely
Scintilla: an infinitesimal item or mote; tiny thing
Scion: an heir or descendant; a twig or shoot used for grafting, of a tree, shrub, or plant
Sclera: the whites of the eyes
Scoliosis: abnormal lateral curvature of the spine; affliction thereof
Scythe: agricultural implement with a long, curving blade fastened to a long handle
Seizure: act, condition, or instance of seizing or being seized; fit; spasm, convulsion
Selcouth: unusual; rare, unique, or strange
Selenian: designating, relating to, pertaining to, or of the moon
Semblance: apparent form of something, especially when the reality is different
Semiotician: one who studies, applies, or explains the theories of semiotics
Sempiternal: eternal, endless, lasting forever, ceaseless
Senescence: state of being old or growing old; cellular decomposition, studies thereof
Sentient: aware; characterized by the ability to feel or perceive; conscious
Sequacious: pertaining to sequence or order; following
Sequence: succession; an arrangement, either a related or continuous series
Sequester: to relegate to a small space; to cause to withdraw into seclusion
Seraglio: harem, harem house, brothel; living quarters thereof
Seraphim: pl. six-winged angels
Serenade: courtesy performance given to honor or express love for someone; to serenade
Serendipity: occurrence and progress of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way
Serenity: calmness, tranquility, relaxation
Sesquipedalian: having many syllables; long-winded with words; given to or typified by the use of long words
Sestina: poem of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy
Seven: the seventh integer in a series, “7”
Sforzando: direction in music, suddenly or strongly accented
Sfumato: definition or form without hasty outline by mild gradation from light to shadow
Shadow: a shade within clear boundaries, produced by obscuration of light
Shallow: lacking physical depth; lacking depth of intellect, emotion, or knowledge
Shimmer: to shine with a subdued, flickering, or wavering light
Shiver: a tremble; to tremble, shudder, or shake
Shrivel: to wither due to lack of moisture; to cause to contract; to cause to lose momentum
Sibilant: hissing; making a sound that resembles hissing
Sibyl: prophetess; fortune-teller; female prognosticator
Sidereal: of, related, pertaining to, or determined by the stars or constellations
Sidle: walk in a furtive or timid manner, especially obliquely or roundabout
Sienna: yellowish-brown; a type of clay
Sierra: ridge of a mountain or mountains
Sigil: a seal, signet, or glyph; sign or image considered magical
Silence: state or quality of soundlessness; lack of sound
Silhouette: a picture as an outline, often a human profile, filled in by a solid color
Silkscreen: stencil method of printing, in which a design is put on silk or other fine mesh
Tristiloquy: a speech characterized by sadness or gloominess
Silver: shimmering gray color; a type of metal
Simplicity: state or quality of being simple; freedom of complexity or intricacy
Simulacrum: an image or representation; false, unreal, or vague simulation or semblance
Sinecure: an easy occupation or one which requires almost no responsibility
Siphon: to suck through; to absorb through an appendage
Sirocco: hot, humid south or southeast wind of southern Italy
Sisyphean: pertaining to or involving endless labor; pertaining to Sisyphus
Sittella: a small, gregarious songbird
Sleep: state of slumber; position of rest for the physical and mental being of a living being
Slender: long and thin; tall
Slice: a thin section of something; to slash or remove a small section of
Slither: to glide or slide like a reptile
Sluice: artificial channel for conducting water, with a valve or gate to regulate the flow
Smolder: to burn without an accompanying flame; to undergo slow and compressed combustion
Sobriquet: nickname; moniker; adopted name
Soigné: elegant; sophisticated; well-groomed
Sojourn: brief visit; stopover; jaunt
Solace: comfort or consolation in a time of sadness or distress
Solecism: an impropriety; nonstandard grammatical construction; a violation of etiquette
Solemn: serious; dignified; formal; stern
Soliloquy: dramatic monologue; intense speech with exposition but not addressed
Solipsism: philosophical idea that only one’s own mind is sure to exist
Solstice: one of two times in the year when the sun is furthest from the equator
Sommelier: a waiter expertly trained in alcoholic beverages; wine steward
Sonata: music, series of three solos
Sonnet: fourteen-line poem with specific rhyme scheme
Soothe: to allay, alleviate; to relax; pacify
Sorcerer: practitioner of sorcery; wizard; warlock; magician
Sotto Voce: soft-voiced; emphasis on quiet speech
Soubrette: saucy, coquettish woman in comedies
Soufflé: a light, fluffy baked dish
Sough: a soft, gentle sigh; a murmuring, purling, or rustling sound
Souvenir: keepsake; memento; something of sentimental value
Specious: superficially plausible, but actually wrong; misleading in appearance
Spinal: pertaining to, relating to, of, or using the spine
Spiral: helix; string in a successively concentric pattern
Splice: to infuse, join, or interweave; unite
Spool: cylinder with ridges that has spirals string around it
Stasis: equilibrium causing a peaceful inactivity via equal opposing forces
Stiletto: high-heel with sharp point; a small dagger
Stillicide: water falling from the roof of a house or a gutter
Sublime: noble; exalted; majestic; empyreal
Succinct: briefly stated; laconic; terse
Succor: to aid or assist in a time of need; assistance
Suffuse: gradually spread through or over, typically with light, color, music, or liquid
Suicide: the act of murdering oneself
Surreptitious: stealthy; kept secret; hidden
Sussurant: whispering; making a continuous, low, and indistinct sound
Sussurous: pertaining to whispering; whispering
Susurrus: a whisper; something which resembles a whisper
Svelte: suave, urbane, and savvy; slender; lithe; polished; sophisticated
Swain: a young man; suitor; ephebe
Swath: width of a scythe-stroke; strips or radii made by something
Swerve: to abruptly turn or deviate from an otherwise straight course
Sweven: dream; vision; premonition
Swoon: fainting spell; a collapse from ecstasy
Syllable: unit of spoken language consisting of a single uninterrupted sound
Sylph: graceful woman; fairy; air elemental
Sylvan: relating to or characteristic of woods or forest regions; forest sprite
Symbiosis: mutual biological synergy between two dissimilar organisms
Symphony: extended orchestral movements
Symposium: conference for discussion of a particular topic
Synchronicity: theory of, study of the coincidences of two or more curiously similar events
Synecdoche: a reference to a part as opposed to the whole, girl as “skirt” ship as “sail”
Syzygy: alignment or unity of specific objects, notably in space terms or literary terms
Tableaux: deliberate picture; arrangement; vivid, graphic description
Tacenda: things to not be mentioned or things to be passed over in silence
Taciturn: reticent; quiet, not talkative; insouciant
Talisman: item marked with magic signs though to confer magical powers or repel evil
Tapestry: heavy cloth woven with rich, varicolored designs or scenes, often hung on walls
Teleology: the study of the philosophical concept of the telos
Tellurian: terrestrial; inhabiting the earth; pertaining to the earth; earthen
Tenuous: long and thin; slender; flimsy; without great substance; diluted
Tercet: group of three lines of verse, often rhyming together or with another triple
Terpsichorean: pertaining, relating to, or referring to dancing or the art thereof
Tessellation: tile pattern sans gaps or extraneous spaces; a specific mathematical pattern
Tête-à-tête: a private conversation between two people
Theophany: religious epiphany or appearance of God to a person
Thionine: artificial red or violet dyestuff, usually for microscopic stains
Threnody: song, hymn, or poem reflecting on mourning or a tribute to the deceased
Thylacine: the extinct Tasmanian Tiger
Tilt: to cause to slope, as by raising one end; incline
Tintinnabulation: ringing or sounding of bells; the sound of bells
Tiramisu: a type of dessert made with cake and espresso
Tolutiloquent: speech characterized by rapidity
Torrential: resembling, flowing in, or forming torrents
Tourmaline: multifarious gemstone of grossly differing colors
Traipse: to walk; to wander without destination; gad; aimlessly or blithely walk
Tranquility: peace, serenity, calmness, relaxation
Transience: brevity, briefness; evanescence; shortness; the state of being temporary
Tregetour: juggler; mummer; conjurer
Tremulous: marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking
Trillium: a type of flower
Trinity: group consisting of three closely related members; a unity of three special objects
Triste: sad; mournful; dismal; depressed
Tryst: an agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place; a date between two people
Turquoise: a type of blue-green color
Ubiquitous: being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
Ultramarine: a type of intense bluish-purple
Umbrage: offense; affront; the shade beneath a tree; shade; suspicion; reason for doubt
Umbrella: apparatus used as a personal rain repellant
Vaccinate: to inoculate with a vaccine of prepared medicine
Vacillate: to waver between actions or decisions; to hesitate
Vacivity: emptiness; absence; space with a lack of matter
Vacuity: emptiness; absence; lack of matter in a space; vacuum
Valance: an ornamental drapery hung across a top edge, as of a bed, table, or canopy
Vale: the world; life; mortal or earthly life
Valiant: possessing valor; brave; marked by or done with valor
Vanilla: ordinary; conventional; flavored with vanilla; flavor extracted from vanilla bean
Vaticinate: prophesy, prognosticate, augur, foretell
Vaudeville: a bygone slapstick era of specific comedic style(s)
Vavasor: superior vassal with other vassals beneath
Velleity: flimsy wish or desire; perfunctory hope or dream
Vellum: mammal skin prepared for writing or printing on
Velvet: soft type of material used in clothing
Veneer: thin surface layer; superficial layer as an enhancement to inferior material
Venial: pardonable; easily excused or pardoned; trivial
Ventriloquist: puppeteer utilizing vocal techniques and manipulations
Veracity: truth; state of being true, trueness
Veranda: open, roofed porch or portico on the outside of a building
Verisimilitude: the appearance or semblance of truth or reality in a fictional medium
Vernal: pertaining to spring
Verve: energy; brio; élan; vigor; joie de vivre
Vespertine: crepuscular; pertaining to, of, or related to the evening
Vestibule: a small entryway between the outer door and the interior of a building
Vestigial: of, relating to, or constituting a vestige (trace, mark, or sign left by something)
Vesuviate: to erupt; explode; fulminate
Vetanda: taboo or forbidden things or topics
Vexation: the act of annoying, irritating, or vexing; quality or condition of being vexed
Vicennial: happening every twenty years
Viceroy: governor; representative of a sovereign
Vicious: having the nature of vice; evil, immoral, or depraved
Vicissitudes: changes of circumstances of fortune
Victuals: food to be eaten; provisions; food cache; pabulum; comestibles; nutrients
Videlicet: to wit, that is; namely
Vigesimal: based on, pertaining to, or related to 20
Vignette: a sketch; brief literary or visual event; description; tableau
Villain: dramatic or fictional character who is typically at odds with the hero
Vincible: able to be harmed; vulnerable, susceptible, or vulnerable
Vinyl: a type of multi-use plastic resin
Viola: a musical instrument having similar qualities and appearance to a violin
Violet: a shade of deep purple
Violin: a stringed instrument played with a bow
Viridian: a type of blue-green pigment
Virtuoso: ace; someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field, especially music
Vis-à-vis: “face to face” opposite to; in relation to; in regard to; a meeting of two people
Visceral: pertaining to the viscera; relating to deep emotions as opposed to the intellect
Vista: view; prospect; perspective; spectrum of peripheral boundaries
Visurient: hungry for visual stimuli; pertaining to the desire evoked from vision
Vitiate: to impair, spoil, or to the reduce quality of; to make worse, worsen
Vivacity: brio; esprit; alacrity
Vivify: to invigorate; revive; energize; galvanize
Vivisepulture: the act of being buried alive or burying alive
Vociferous: loud; stentorian; vehement; angrily impassioned
Voluminous: having great volume, fullness, size, or number; large
Wan: pallid; of a sickly complexion
Warble: trill; croon; purr; chirrup
Weather: state of the atmosphere at a given time and place
Whilom: formerly; former; erstwhile
Whimsy: quaint or fanciful idea; a whim; capricious humor or playful disposition
Whisper: soft speech produced without full voice; something uttered very softly
Winceyette: cotton cloth; cloth made of cotton that has a raised surface
Winnow: to filter out; to remove unnecessary or undesirable parts
Wisteria: a genus of twisting, woody, and climbing vines
Wyvern: a type of dragon, typically portrayed without legs
Xenodochial: friendly or especially kind to strangers or foreigners
Xenoglossy: language learned spontaneously and without prior knowledge
Xysti: pl. covered portico of a gymnasium
Yowl: to utter a loud long cry of grief, pain, or distress; to wail; wail
Zenith: point on the celestial sphere that is above the observer; highest point; maximum
Zephyr: slight burst of gentle wind; gentle breeze
Zitella: maiden; unmarried woman, bachelorette
Zyzzyva: a type of weevil


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  • Massimo Bosco

    Acciaccatura is an italian word

  • H Gerber

    I like that you have shared this with all of us and I hope that you like it a much as I do.

  • henry

    One of the words is “lemonade” (*facepalm*)

  • Raro

    Wow this is amazing thanks so much, it helped me a lot on my homework, keep up the AMAZING work!!!