The Best Words

If you don’t have a list of your favorite words on your phone then what kind of writer are you…

Capricious – given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior

His capricious girlfriend tends to set the mood of the evening.

Predilection – a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something

The man at the bar seemed to have a predilection for younger girls, as his most recent ex-wife is the same age as his and his first-wife’s daughter.

Assiduously – with great care and perseverance

Biden and his team worked assiduously to avoid another wave of covid that would hurt their precious economy while avoiding working on any other campaign promise, such as student debt relief and healthcare reform.

Salubrious – health-giving; healthy. Pleasant, not run down.

Moving into my salubrious new apartment will give me the boost of serotonin to get through 2021. 

Loquacity – the quality of talking a great deal; talkativeness

The girl was known for her loquacity and high-energy, as she could talk your ear off for hours without skipping a beat.

Emphatically – in a forceful way, without doubt

The girl spoke emphatically and passionately about her stance on vaccinations, but no one was listening.

Coquettish – behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful sexual attraction; flirtatious.

All the guys believed she was a bit coquettish, but she was just having her hot girl summer and wasn’t actually trying to sleep with any of them.

Effervescence – vivacity and enthusiasm. bubbles in a drink.

Because she got her vaccination and the upcoming hot girl summer, the girl was brimming with effervescence.

Magnanimous – generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or less powerful person

Though she hated his guts, she wanted to be magnanimous about the situation, and let him have a second chance.

Alacrity – brisk and cheerful readiness

Though he didn’t deserve her, she feigned alacrity upon his proposal for a second date.

Tempestuous – characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion, stormy

They had a tempestuous relationship, and so no one ever knew on a given day if they were still together or not.

Countenance – a person’s face or facial expression. Or, support.

My pensive countenance often gave away my emotion whether I wanted it to or not.

Espied – a person’s face or facial expression

She espied a very attractive woman at the corner of the room, but could not tell if she was gay, and so she did nothing.

Venerable – accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character.

Due to her wisdom in the dating arena, the venerable woman was oft turned to for advice.

Seditious – inciting or causing people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch

Trump’s words were declared seditious after the storming of the Capitol, and while I love a good rebellion against the state, it was for far too dumb a reason for me to support it.

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. 

Patriciannoun – 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.