Muliebrity [myoo-lee-EB-ri-tee]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 16th century

1. Womanly qualities; womanhood.

Examples of muliebrity in a sentence

“Women express muliebrity in many different ways, ranging from motherhood to paths at home, in the workplace, and in the public sphere.”

“Eileen felt most at home in her muliebrity when she became a grandmother.”


Alluvium [ə-LOO-vee-əm]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. A deposit of clay, silt, sand, and gravel left by flowing streams in a river valley or delta, typically producing fertile soil.

Examples of alluvium in a sentence

“Thanks to a layer of alluvium covering the ground, the valley was easy to walk through.”

“Soil full of alluvium makes a fantastic garden.”


Tocsin [TOK-sin]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Old French, 16th century

1. An alarm bell or signal.

Examples of tocsin in a sentence

“We awoke every morning to the blaring tocsin of the alarm in our neighbor’s apartment.”

“The flooding was the tocsin our county needed to take coastal erosion more seriously.”

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Nosism [nah-si-zəm]

Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, 19th century

1. The use of a first-person plural pronoun (such as “we”) instead of a first-person singular pronoun (such as “I”) to refer to oneself.

Examples of nosism in a sentence

“We could tell our AirBnB host was a character from his use of nosism and the way he referred to the condo as “The Manor.””

“These days, using what is called “the royal we” is so uncommon that anyone who lapses into nosism sounds affected.”


Marmoreal [mar-MOR-ee-əl]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 18th century

1. Made of or likened to marble.

Examples of marmoreal in a sentence

“As the artists drew him, the model stood so still, he was practically marmoreal.”

“Sarah doubted the contractor’s claim that his new application process would give her driveway asphalt a marmoreal appearance.”


Kludge [kloodj]

Part of speech: verb
Origin: Invented word, 1960s

1. Use ill-assorted parts to make (something).

Examples of kludge in a sentence

“The campers kludged a rickety lever and pulley system to carry buckets of water up from the river.”

“The computer that ran the house lights was on the fritz, but Svend managed to kludge a repair, despite his minimal tech skills.”


Factitious [fak-TIH-shəs]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. Artificially created or developed.

Examples of factitious in a sentence

“Outside the fun house, a factitious talking horse gave instructions to those about to enter.”

“The restaurant’s dim lighting is factitious and helped by enormous shades that block out the sun.”


Consentient [kən-SEN-shənt]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 17th century

1. Of the same opinion in a matter; in agreement.

Examples of consentient in a sentence

“We pitched the idea of a new hedge to our neighbors, and they were consentient.”

“All passengers on the boat were consentient, so we decided to stop first at the barrier island before sailing to our final destination.”


Apollonian [ap-ə-LOH-nee-ən]

Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Greek, 17th century

1. (Greek mythology) Relating to the god Apollo.
2. Relating to the rational, ordered, and self-disciplined aspects of human nature.

Examples of apollonian in a sentence

“Our roommate Brad had Apollonian tendencies toward keeping our house well ordered and harmonious.”

“Former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, father of Canada’s current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was known for his Apollonian slogan, “Reason over passion.””