July 26th, 2006

Additions To My Lexicon

I like descriptive words. I like consulting the dictionary and thesaurus on a frequent basis to use and learn new words. Here are a few of the recent ones I’ve attempted to integrate into my vernacular (definitions from the Oxford Dictionary):

  • neologism: a newly coined word or expression
  • innocuous: not harmful or offensive
  • hubris: excessive pride or self-confidence
  • eschatology: the part of theology concerned with death, judgment, and the final destiny of the soul and of humankind
  • anachronism: a thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists
  • insular: ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one’s own experience
  • tautology: the saying of the same thing twice in different words, generally considered to be a fault of style
  • eschew: deliberately avoid using; abstain from
  • pejorative: expressing contempt or disapproval
  • hegemony: leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others
  • luddite: a person opposed to increased industrialization or new technology
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