Posts Tagged ‘Adjective’

Amazing Adjectives, Number Fifteen!

April 18, 2017

I have never actually run across this word in any book I have read to date, but you just never know when you will encounter a new word or two.  As exemplified in The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate,

“Even in complex societies, matters of everyday life are often subject to regulation by consuetudinary law.”

consuetudinary

\ kon-swi-tood-n-er-ee, –tyood \, adjective;

 1.  customary; traditional

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Thirteen!

March 7, 2017

Here’s another gem.  I really love my “highly selective” books (dictionary, thesaurus, golden adjectives) “for the extraordinarily literate.”  Here’s a sentence using a word I have never before encountered . . . but may start using myself: “An unusually long rainy season made the region especially uliginous that year.”

uliginous

yoo-lijuh-nuh s \, adjective;

  1.  swampy; slimy; of marshes or water-logged places

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Ten!

December 26, 2016

“In less than an hour fire had reduced the shed and its contents to a cinereous residue” (source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich).  This word originates from the Latin cinereus meaning “ash-colored.” Has also been depicted as cineritious (sin-uhrishuh-s).

cinereous

\si-neer-ee-uh s \, adjective;

1.  in the state of or reduced to ashes
2.  resembling ashes
3.  ashen; ash-colored; grayish
Related words: cinerarium (noun) and cinerary (adjective).
Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjective for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich)

Amazing Adjectives, Number Nine!

December 5, 2016

I remember first encountering this word while reading a book (unfortunately, I don’t remember which book).  And while I should have been able to figure out the meaning just from context, I looked it up nonetheless.  “About all he remembered of the lovely woman were her dark amygdaline eyes . . . ”

amygdaline

uhmig-duh-lin, -lahyn \, adjective;

 1.  of, relating to, or resembling an almond.

This word is from the Latin amygdalinus  and the Greek amygdálinos, menaing “of almonds.”

Some related adjectives include: amygdaloid, amygdalate, amygdaliform, and amygdalaceous.

Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Amazing Adjectives, Number Two!

June 27, 2016

Here are a couple of words that are  both related to berries, just in a different way.

baccivorous

\ bak-siv-er-uh s \, adjective;

1. feeding on berries

“Helen explained that baccivorous game birds living in and over brush were much sweeter to eat that birds living on fish.”

bacciferous

\ bak-sif-er-uh s \, aadjective;

1. bearing or producing berries

“Maine’s bacciferous cranberry vines have established the state as a leading producer of the unique holiday berries.”

Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.

Amazing Adjectives, Number One!

June 6, 2016

Several years ago I ran across a book entitled The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  I have been using this book to introduce some amazing vocabulary words in my blog.  I more recently discovered that Mr. Ehrlich has written a couple of other books (The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate) that I will now be tapping for additional blog content.  Today I will start my series for the adjectives.  Enjoy!

abstergent

\ ab-stur-juh nt \, adjective;

1. cleansing
2. purgative

“Even after using multiple applications of an abstergent substance, the stain remained.”
Source: http://www.dictionary.com and The Highly Selective Dictionary of Golden Adjectives for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.