Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we’ve encountered in our reading. Feel free to join in the fun.My words for this week come from pages 65 - 295 of The Unfinished Clue by Georgette Heyer. There are lots of them this time.
1) delphically- "'Let him come poking his bad-tempered nose into my kitchen, that's all, Mr Finch!' she said delphically"
delphic (the lowercase version; NOT Delphic) adjective -- oracular; obscure; ambiguous
2) sepulchral- "Your name was spoken in a sepulcgral voice, and out you went, feeling a little sick at the pit of your stomach."
an adjective -- of, pertaining to, or serving as a tomb
3) laconic- "Dinah sighed, wishing that he would be a little less laconic."
an adjective -- using few words; expressing much in few words; concise
4) catarrh- "He was a worried-looking man of about fifty, with a quick, fussy way of talking, and what appeared to be a chronic catarrh."
noun -- inflammation of a mucous membrane, esp. of the respiratory tract, accompanied by excessive secretions (yum!)
5) evinced- "Lola, unlike Camilla, evinced not the slightest desire to leave the Grange."
verb -- to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove
6) matutinal- "She even forebore to complain any more of the matutinal habits of cocks [roosters], though she did once announce that once she was married to Geoffrey the matter would have to be arranged."
adjective -- pertaining to or occurring in the morning; early in the day
7) pecuniary- "'Did Miss deSilva, then, break the engagment for pecuniary reasons?'"
adjective -- of or pertaining to money
8) expatiate- "His tone implied that he was prepared to expatiate on the subject, but the telephone suddenly buzzed at his elbow, and he was obliged to answer it."
verb -- to enlarge in discourse or writing; be copious in description or discussion
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