Beatitude- Supreme blessedness
- We consider it to be a beatitude to our family that our grandmother survived the cancer scare.
Bete noire- a detested person (disliked or avoided)
- The Joker, from Batman, is a bete noire.
Bode- Be an omen of a particular outcome
- It does not bode well with me that our best player is out sick.
Dank- Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold
- The basement was dank and it sent a tingle down my spine.
-Treat others how you want to be treated is an ecumenical rule of thumb.
Fervid- Intensely enthusiastic or passionate
- I am fervid about water polo.
Fetid- Smelling extremely unpleasant
-Fetid skin is extremely nauseating.
Gargantuan- of great mass
-Godzilla is gargantuan.
Heyday- The period of a person's or thing's greatest success or popularity
-My preteen years has the been the heyday of my lifetime.
Incubus- A cause of distress or anxiety like a nightmare
-Paranormal Activity is an incubus for me.
Infrastructure- The basic physical and organizational structures and facilities needed for the operation
-The U.S infrastructure is lacking.
Inveigle- Persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery
-The student tried to inveigle his teacher to raise his grade by the end of the grading period.
Kudos- Praise and honor received for an achievement
-I gave my sister kudos for graduating college.
Lagniappe- Something given as a bonus or extra gift
-I gave the man lagniappe for working extra hard.
Prolix- Using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy
-The student's essay was very prolix and almost impossible to understand.
Protege- a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's
-The piano protege was the most amazing kid I have ever seen someone under the age of ten.
Prototype- A first or preliminary model of something, esp. a machine, from which other forms are
developed or copied
-The prototype to the robot was a complete failure and made the inventors come up with a whole new blueprint for it.
Sycophant- A person who acts obsequiously toward someone in order to gain advantage; a servile flatterer
-Sycophants are in every classroom and annoy the hell out of me.
Tautology- The saying of the same thing twice in different words
-Tautology is something that is puzzling to me.
Truckle- Submit or behave obsequiously
- The slave truckled before his master and bowed.