Sagar | Glossary

Glossary.



Glossary of difficult words used on my website(s)

aberrant.
(adjective) departing from what's correct; 

absolve.
(verb) declare (someone) free from guilt, obligation, or punishment; 

accentuate.
(verb) make more noticeable or prominent;
"his jacket unfortunately accentuated his paunch" 

adulterate.
(verb) render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance; 

angst.
(noun) a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general;
informal - a feeling of persistent worry about something trivial 

animosity.
(noun) strong unfriendliness;
being someone's enemy 

atrocious.
(adjective) horrifyingly wicked;
of a very poor quality;
extremely bad or unpleasant; 

avenue.
(noun) an opportunity; a way of approaching a problem or making progress toward something 

badger.
(verb) repeatedly and annoyingly ask (someone) to do something; 

barbaric.
(adjective) violently cruel; 

battered.
(adjective) injured by repeated blows or punishment;
having suffered repeated violence from a spouse, partner, or parent;
(of a thing) damaged by age and repeated use; 

befit.
(verb) be appropriate for;
suit; 

befitting.
(adjective) appropriate to the occasion; 

berate.
(verb) scold or criticize (someone) angrily;
rebuke;
admonish; 

bicker.
(verb) argue about petty and trivial matters;
literary - (of water) flow or fall with a gentle repetitive noise;
patter; 

blather.
(verb) talk long-windedly without making very much sense / substance; 

bloke.
(noun) - informal a man, male, boy, individual; 

bop.
(verb - gerund or present participle: bopping)
informal - dance to pop music;
move or travel energetically; 

bout.
(noun a short period of intense activity of a specified kind; 

broke.
(adjective having completely run out of money; 

budge.
(verb) make or cause to make the slightest movement;
informal - make room for another person by moving;
change an opinion; 

buffoon.
(noun) a ridiculous but amusing person; a clown; 

candour.
(noun) the quality of being open and honest;
frankness;
"a man of refreshing candour" 

clamour.
(noun) a loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting; 

colander.
(noun) a perforated bowl used to strain off liquid from food after washing or cooking; 

concede.
(verb) admit or agree that something is true after first denying or resisting it; confess; admin; acknowledge; accept; 

concierge.
(noun) (especially in France) a resident caretaker of a block of flats or a small hotel;
a hotel employee whose job is to assist guests by booking tours, making theatre and restaurant reservations, etc.; 

conjure.
(verb) make something happen with efforts;
make something appear magically; 

convent.
(noun) a Christian community of nuns living together under monastic vows;
a school attached to and run by a convent 

corroborate.
(verb) confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding); 

craw.
(noun) the crop of a bird or insect;
humorous - - the stomach of a person or animal; 

crevice.
(noun) a narrow opening or fissure, especially in a rock or wall; 

cringe.
(verb) bend one's head and body in fear or apprehension or in a servile manner;
(noun) an act of cringing; 

crossroad.
(noun) an intersection of two or more roads 

cwtch.
(noun) a cuddle or hug that feels like a safe haven; 

dawdle.
(verb) waste time;
be slow;
move slowly and idly in a particular direction;
"And why are they dawdling there?"
"Ruth dawdled back through the wood"
 

defy.
(verb) oppose; 

delectable.
(adjective) (of food or drink) delicious;
humorous - extremely attractive; delightful; adorable; 

denigrate.
(verb) criticize unfairly; disparage; lower the value of; 

desolate.
(adjective) feeling or showing great unhappiness or loneliness;
"I suddenly felt desolate and bereft";
(verb) make (someone) feel utterly wretched and unhappy;
"he was desolated by the deaths of his treasured friends"

detractor.
(noun) a person who regards or represents someone or something as being of little worth; defame it with negative intentions; 

detrimental.
(adjective) tending to cause harm; 

dicey.
(adjective) informal - unpredictable and potentially dangerous;
risky;
uncertain;
unpredictable;
precarious;
perilous; 

dingy.
(adjective) - gloomy and drab;
"a dingy room" 

discordant.
(adjective) disagreeing or incongruous;
of sounds - harsh and jarring because of a lack of harmony; 

disparate.
(adjective) essentially different in kind; not able to be compared
(noun) - archaic - things so unlike that there is no basis for comparison; 

dogmatic.
(adjective) inclined to lay down principles as undeniably true 

drab.
(adjective) - lacking brightness or interest;
drearily dull;
"the landscape was drab and grey" 

ecstatic.
(adjective) feeling or expressing overwhelming happiness or joyful excitement;
involving an experience of mystic self-transcendence; 

effusive.
(adjective) showing or expressing gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner;
"an effusive welcome" 

elation.
(noun) great happiness and exhilaration; 

feud.
(noun) a prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute;
(verb) be engaged in a prolonged and bitter quarrel or dispute; 

fixate.
(verb) cause (someone) to develop an obsessive attachment to someone or something;
technical - direct one's eyes towards; 

floozy.
(noun) informala girl or a woman who has many casual sexual partners;
"they were attacked for canoodling with floozies in nightclubs" 

flounder.
(verb) struggle or stagger clumsily in mud or water;
struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion; 
be in serious difficulty; 

flutter.
(verb) (of a bird or other winged creature) fly unsteadily or hover by flapping the wings quickly and lightly;
flap (its wings) quickly and lightly;
move with a light irregular or trembling motion;
"a couple of butterflies fluttered around the garden"
"flags of different countries fluttered in the breeze"
 

fructify.
(verb) (formal) make (something) fruitful or productive; 

frugal.
(adjective) sparing or economical as regards money or food;
simple and plain and costing little; 

fruition.
(noun) the realization or fulfilment of a plan or project; 

gravitate.
(verb) move towards or be attracted to a person or thing; 

gregarious.
(adjective) tending to associate with others of one's kind;
social;
marked by or indicating a liking for companionship;
sociable;
of or relating to a social group; 

grime.
(noun) dirt ingrained on the surface of something;
"the windows were thick with grime"
(verb) blacken or make dirty with grime;
"the windows were grimed like a coal miner's goggles" 

head-over-heels.
(phrase of head) turning over completely in forward motion, as in a somersault;
madly in love;
"he fell backwards, tumbling head over heels down the steps"
"I immediately fell head over heels for Ashish"
 

iffy.
(adjective) full of uncertainty; doubtful;
of doubtful quality or legality 

indulge.
(verb) allow oneself to enjoy the pleasure of; 

ingrain.
(verb) firmly fix or establish (a habit, belief, or attitude) in a person; 

inharmonious.
(adjective) not forming or contributing to a pleasing whole;
discordant; 

innate.
(adjective) inborn;
natural; 

insipid.
(adjective) lacking flavour; weak or tasteless;
lacking vigour or interest; 

insolvent.
(adjective) unable to pay debts owed; 

instil.
(verb) gradually but firmly establish (an idea or attitude) in a person's mind; 

irk.
(noun) the amount of freedom to move or act that is available; 

lapel.
(noun) the part on each side of a coat or jacket immediately below the collar which is folded back on either side of the front opening; 

leeway.
(verb) irritate; annoy; 

lowbrow.
(adjective) not highly intellectual or cultured;
"lowbrow tabloids"
(noun) a lowbrow person; 

lucid.
(adjective) expressed clearly;
easy to understand;
literary - bright or luminous; 

misogyny.
(noun) dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against women;
"she felt she was struggling against thinly disguised misogyny" 

mystic.
(noun) a person who seeks by contemplation and self-surrender to obtain unity with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or who believes in the spiritual apprehension of truths that are beyond the intellect;
(adjective) another term for mystical; 

mysticism.
(noun) belief that union with or absorption into the Deity or the absolute, or the spiritual apprehension of knowledge inaccessible to the intellect, may be attained through contemplation and self-surrender;
vague or ill-defined religious or spiritual belief, especially as associated with a belief in the occult; 

niggle.
(verb) cause slight but persistent annoyance, discomfort, or anxiety;
criticize or annoy (someone) in a petty way;
(gerund or present participle: niggling)
"Doreen wanted to discuss matters that niggled at her mind" 

nuisance.
(noun) a person, thing, or circumstance causing inconvenience or annoyance; 

override.
(verb) overpower; overthrow; extend over; overlap; use one's authority to reject or cancel (a decision, view, etc.); 

obliterate.
(adjective) (of food or drink) pleasant to taste;
(of an action or proposal) acceptable or satisfactory; 

oblivious.
(adjective) not aware of or concerned about what is happening around one;
"she became absorbed, oblivious to the passage of time" 

palatable.
(verb) destroy utterly;
wipe out;
make invisible or indistinct;
conceal or cover;
cancel (e.g. a postage stamp) to prevent further use; 

perpetuate.
(verb) make (something) continue indefinitely; 

philander.
(verb) (of a man) readily or frequently enter into casual sexual relationships with women;
"they accepted that their husbands would philander with other women" 

plaudits.
(noun) praise;
the applause of an audience;
"the network has received plaudits for its sports coverage" 

precarious.
(adjective) not securely held or in position;
dangerously likely to fall or collapse; 

profound.
(adjective) (of a state, quality, or emotion) very great or intense;
(of a person or statement) having or showing great knowledge or insight; 

prolific.
(adjective) present in large numbers or quantities;
plentiful; 

promiscuity.
(noun) the fact or state of being promiscuous;
immorality;
having or characterized by many transient sexual relationships;
demonstrating or implying an unselective approach;
indiscriminate or casual; 

propensity.
(noun) an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way;
"his propensity for violence" 

prude.
(noun) a person who is or claims to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity;
"the sex was so ambiguous and romantic that none but a prude could find it objectionable" 

prying.
(adjective) excessively interested in a person's private affairs; too inquisitive; 

quiver.
(verb) tremble or shake with a slight rapid motion;
"the tree's branches stopped quivering"
(noun) a slight trembling movement or sound, especially one caused by a sudden strong emotion;
"she couldn't help the quiver in her voice" 

ramble.
(verb) walk for pleasure in the countryside;
talk or write at length in a confused or inconsequential way;
"I spent most of my spare time rambling and climbing"
"'He's rambling like an idiot,' I whispered."

(noun) a walk taken for pleasure in the countryside;
"Since I left those shores, there will be no more rambling through the woods" 

rattle.
(verb) make or cause to make a rapid succession of short, sharp knocking sounds;
informal - make (someone) nervous, worried, or irritated; 

rebel.
(verb) rise in opposition or armed resistance to an established entity; 

reclusive.
(adjective) avoiding the company of other people;
solitary 

reconcile.
(verb) restore friendly relations between;
make (one account) consistent with another, especially by allowing for transactions begun but not yet completed; 

regurgitate.
(verb) repeat (information) without analysing or comprehending it
literally - bring (swallowed food) up again to the mouth; 

repeal.
(verb) revoke or annul (a law or act of parliament);
(noun) the action of revoking or annulling a law or act of parliament; 

rendezvous.
(noun) a meeting at an agreed time and place;
(verb) to meet at an agreed time and place; 

resent.
(verb) feel bitterness about (a circumstance, action, or person); 

resounding.
(adjective) (of a sound) loud enough to reverberate;
unmistakable;
total;
"a resounding smack across the face"
"the evening was a resounding success"
 

reverence.
(noun) deep respect for someone or something; 
(verb) regard or treat with deep respect; 

reverential.
(adjective) of the nature of, due to, or characterized by reverence

ruse.
(noun) an action intended to deceive someone;
a trick; 

scoot.
(verb) go or leave somewhere quickly; 

scrupulous.
(adjective) (of a person or process) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to details; 

seep.
(verb) flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes 

servile.
(adjective) having or showing an excessive willingness to serve or please others;
of or characteristic of a slave or slaves; 

sever.
(verb) divide by cutting or slicing, especially suddenly and forcibly;
put an end to (a connection or relationship);
break off; 

sift.
(verb) examine (something) thoroughly so as to isolate that which is most important; 

snuggle.
(verb) cuddle up;
settle or move into a warm, comfortable position;
nestle; 

snuff.
(verb) extinguish (a candle or flame);
"a breeze snuffed out the candle" 

speculate.
(verb) form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence; 

squall.
(verb) shout at someone;
a loud / mournful cry;
of a baby or small child - cry noisily and continuously; 

stifling.
(adjective) making one feel constrained or oppressed
(of heat, air, or a room) very hot and causing difficulties in breathing; suffocating; 

strainer.
(noun) a device having holes punched in it or made of crossed wires for separating solid matter from a liquid;
"a tea strainer" 

strife.
(noun) angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues;
conflict; 

strut.
(verb) walk with a stiff, erect, and apparently arrogant or conceited gait;
"peacocks strut through the grounds" 

stumble.
(verb) trip or momentarily lose one's balance;
almost fall; 

surreptitious.
(adjective) kept secret, especially because it would not be approved of; 

swaddle.
(verb) wrap (someone, especially a baby) in garments or cloth;
"she swaddled the baby tightly" 

tactile.
(adjective) of or connected with the sense of touch;
perceptible by touch or apparently so; tangible;
"she had a distinct, almost tactile memory of the girl fleeing" 

trapeze.
(noun) a horizontal bar hanging by two ropes and free to swing, used by acrobats in a circus; 

troll.
(noun) In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal, on-topic discussion, often for the troll's amusement. Media attention in recent years has equated trolling with online harassment.
"one solution is to make a troll's postings invisible to the rest of community once they've been recognized";

(verb) "if people are obviously trolling then I'll delete their posts and do my best to ban them"

twitch.
(verb) give or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement;
"her lips twitched and her eyelids fluttered"
(noun) a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement;
"his mouth gave a slight twitch" 

ubiquitous.
(adjective) present, appearing, or found everywhere; 

unadulterated.
(adjective) that which is not adulterated; 

unappetizing.
(adjective) not inviting or attractive;
unwholesome; 

unequivocal.
(adjective) leaving no doubt;
unambiguous;
clear; 

untethered.
(verb) release or free from a tether (a rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement); 

vapid.
(adjective) offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; bland; 

vehement.
(adjective) showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense; 

verbiage.
(noun) speech or writing that uses too many words or excessively technical expressions; 

verbosity.
(noun) the quality of using more words than needed;
wordiness 

vigil.
(noun) a period of keeping awake during the time usually spent asleep, especially to keep watch or pray; 

visceral.
(adjective) relating to deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect; 

zing. - informal
(noun) energy, enthusiasm, or liveliness;
(verb) move or vibrate swiftly or with a high-pitched buzzing noise, attack or criticize sharply;