If you don’t have a list of your favorite words on your phone then what kind of writer are you…
Impunity – exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.
The reason we have had countless Black Lives Matter protests is because police officers have been killing people of color with impunity.
Ostensibly – apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually.
He seemed like he was unperturbed by the sight, ostensibly even enjoying it.
Facetious – treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant.
I tend to make inappropriate jokes with a straight face, and often have to remind others that I am being facetious.
Surreptitiously – in a way that attempts to avoid notice or attention; secretively.
The girl surreptitiously left the room to hide her tears.
Duplicitous – deceitful
His duplicitous actions will not go unpunished.
Pragmatic – dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.
The girl’s friend relied on her gut instinct, but the girl was a bit more pragmatic.
Disparage – regard or represent as being of little worth.
The disparaging remarks about the girl’s career did not go unnoticed by her boyfriend.
Obsolescence – the process of becoming obsolete or outdated and no longer used.
Apple making a new and more expensive phone every year is an example of planned obsolescence.
Patrician – noun – an aristocrat or nobleman. adjective – belonging to or characteristic of the aristocracy.
They really picked an odd looking man for the head of the Volturi in Twilight, but he does look quite patrician.
Derision – contemptuous ridicule or mockery.
Instead of the usual cheers that Trump got at his rallies, he was now only met with derision and disbelief.
Resplendent – attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous.
The girl looked absolutely resplendent in her rich, red dress.
Fastidious – very attentive to and concerned about accuracy and detail.
The fastidious little assistant never let a single one of her boss’s emails go un-spell-checked.
Anachronistic – belonging to a period other than that being portrayed.
Trying to write a story set in a different time period can lead to some anachronistic mistakes.
Ineffable – too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
Her ineffable beauty dazzled the masses, but left her feeling ostracized.
Ardent desperation – intense hopelessness
Andria looked for her keys in ardent desperation, running out of energy and hope.
Verbatim – in the exact words
Andria quoted Trump verbatim in her featured image.
Precarious – dependent on unknown circumstance, lacks stability
The cup sat on the edge of the table very precariously.
Apropos – being both relevant and opportune
Andria found the use of Trump’s quote apropos for this post.
Cohesion vs coherence
Clandestine -marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy
The clandestine meetings between Andria and her cohorts were of much discussion as no one know what was going on behind closed doors.
Reactionary – opposing political or social liberalization or reform
Most of the room was in agreement that the needed to be police reform, but there were a few reactionaries that stopped the proposition in it’s tracks.
Amicable – characterized by friendliness and goodwill
He was quite amicable around the parents despite his peers thinking him a bully.
Impropriety – noun. a failure to observe standards or show due honesty or modesty; improper language, behavior, or character.
Forgive me for my improprieties; my behavior has been less than acceptable recently and I do apologize.
Acquiesce – to accept reluctantly but without protest
His apology for his improprieties was less than perfect, but she acquiesced.
Discombobulated – characterized by confusion or disorder
The teacher came in the room discombobulated; holding several objects in her hands, with her hair a mess, and missing a shoe.
Specificity – the quality of belonging or relating uniquely to a particular subject.
Andria’s post was all over the place and lacked specificity.
Malfeasance – wrongdoing or misconduct especially by a public official
Chagrin – distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
Bill Clinton’s malfeasance in the oval office will never be forgotten, much to the chagrin of Monica Lewinsky.
Egregious – outstandingly bad; shocking.
The egregious actions of the president got him ultimately impeached but sadly not removed from office.
Ominous – foreboding or foreshadowing evil
The ticking of the clock in the complete silence of the room was ominous as we waited to hear the news.
Rapport – (pronounced rah-pore) a friendly, harmonious relationship
The two of them grew a rapport between them rather quickly.
Impromptu – made, done, or formed on or as if on the spur of the moment
When the party looked as if it were dying, the boys decided to put on an impromptu show.
Hellscape – a harshly unpleasant place or environment
The current state of the U.S. looks to other countries as a complete hellscape.
Pragmatic – practical as opposed to idealistic
AOC’s Green New Deal is often thought by conservatives to not be pragmatic enough to get passed in the Republican controlled Senate.
Cognizant – mindful
The boy was not cognizant enough to think to clean his sheets before inviting a new girl over.
Panoptic – showing or seeing the whole at one view.
The panoptic view from the drone’s camera of the Grand Canyon was impressive.
Unfettered – not controlled or restricted
The problem with unfettered capitalism is that there is no longer checks and balances; the entire being of capitalism has grown out of control and it now actively refuses to be tamed.
Vociferously – in a loud and forceful manner
The man vociferously demanded that he was in fact not a racist, claiming that he had a black friend.
Efficacy – the ability to produce a desired or intended result
There is little information about the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 yet some people on Facebook say its the cure.
Inculcate – to instill an idea or habit by persistent instruction
The father tried to inculcate in his son that playing with dolls made him gay, but the boy married a man instead and did not invited his father to the wedding.
Officious – assertive of authority in an annoyingly domineering way, especially with regard to petty or trivial matters.
The officious woman vociferously demanded to talk to the manager about the store policy of having to wear a mask to enter.
Fatuous – silly, pointless, ridiculous
Following the mac and cheese directions word for word seemed fatuous to the woman, but the man insisted that the recipe was very precise.
Sycophant – brown-noser
All of Trump’s sycophants swarm around him for their own self-serving purposes, and yet they are constantly his scapegoats.
Obfuscate – render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
The tricky wording in the document was purposefully meant to obfuscate the true meaning of the agreement.
Insipid – tasteless, boring
The woman was beautiful but her insipid additions to the conversation nearly put him to sleep so he wasn’t looking forward to a second date.
Ostentatious – attracting or seeking to attract attention, admiration, or envy often by gaudiness or obviousness
The decorations were gaudy and ostentatious, purposefully garnering attention from the neighbors and therefore making Karen the talk of the town.
Antithesis – the direct opposite
Bernie Sanders is the antithesis of Donald Trump in nearly every way possible, but in giving him the democratic nomination, the space between them would have been too vast, leaving many moderates to choose between what they consider two extremes.
Infernal – irritating, hellish, infuriating
The children running underneath the tables at the restaurant were an infernal nuisance to the customers, yet the parents did nothing.
Dissident – disagreeing especially with an established religious or political system, organization, or belief
Katniss was a dissident of the Capitol and their Hunger Games, and that made her a target.
Propitious – giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable.
It was a propitious time to start the protests while everyone was up in arms and ready to demand change.
Inexorable – impossible to stop or prevent
The disastrous effects of climate change were once possible to avoid, but now they are inexorable.
Excoriated – censure or criticize severely
The food critic excoriated the man’s restaurant on the basis that rats were making the food in the kitchen.
Nefarious – flagrantly wicked or evil
His intentions were not nefarious, but the outcome was still inexcusable.
Reticent – not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily
The boy was open about his feelings on abortions but was reticent to talk about what he knew about female anatomy.
Recalcitrant – defiant of authority, uncooperative
The recalcitrant toddler would not let the new babysitter feed him, clothe him, or bath him.
Extemporaneous – spur of the moment
The girl gave an extemporaneous speech on her feelings on the confederate flag, even though no one asked, or agreed.
Pedantic – used to describe someone who annoys others by correcting small errors, caring too much about minor details, or emphasizing their own expertise especially in some narrow or boring subject matter.
One would describe the man as pedantic in the way he tends to over-explain irrelevant information about something no one really cares about, but I just call him a mansplainer.
Evocative – bringing strong images, memories, or feelings to mind
The music was evocative, bringing everyone to tears thinking about their own most recent breakup.
Licentious – promiscuous, salacious, lacking in moral or sexual restraint, corrupt
The president’s licentious behavior lead to both relationships with pornstars and tyrannical leaders like Putin and Kim Jong-un.
Prolix – using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy.
The man’s speech was annoyingly prolix, repeating the same points in different words over and over again.
Ineluctable – unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable.
Winter was coming, and it was ineluctable.