There are roughly a quarter of a million words in the English language - give or take a few tens of thousands. We challenge you to identify these 35. Get ready to show us your word prowess.
A "predilection" is a predisposition toward something. This word stems from the Latin "praediligere."
The word "torpid" means slow or inactive. Torpid comes from a Latin word for "numb."
A "dogmatic" person follows a set of beliefs. The word has Greek origins.
A "calumny" is a type of verbal attack. It stems from a Latin word.
A "virtuoso" is a very skilled person. Although the word is often applied to musicians, it can be used for anything.
To "cleave" means to separate with a sharp blow. The word can also mean "to cling to something."
The word "shameful" means "reprehensible." Something reprehensible is typically not forgivable.
"Impute" means to credit with. The word can imply credit, good or bad.
A demagogue is a leader who is appealing because of a style of speaking. The word has Greek origins.
An "aspersion" is a denigrative remark. It is used to cast doubt on someone or something.
To "vilify" someone or something is to discuss negatively. Vilify has its roots in the word "vile."
"Vitriolic" means bitter or malicious. The word can also mean harsh or corrosive.
The noun "presage" means a bad omen or foreboding. Presage can be a noun or a verb.
The word "mendacious" means prone to lying or deceitful. The word refers to intentional lying, not "little white lies."
The word "grandiloquent" means "in a lofty style." Simply put, the word "grandiloquent" means "pretentious."
The word "diaphanous" means "sheer." The word stems from Greek words that mean "visible through."
The word "blandishment" means obvious flattery, used to persuade. One could say it means "cajolery."
The word "maudlin" means foolishly sentimental. Soap operas and chick flicks are often maudlin.
The word "laconic" means "to the point." The word has Greek origins.
A "convivial" person is friendly and enjoys good company. It stems from the Latin word "convivium," which means feast.
The word "preclude" means to render something impossible, before it happens. Preclude is a verb.
The word "dour" means "ill-humored." The word has Latin roots.
Something "arcane" is understood only by those with secret or special knowledge. The word stems from Latin.
The word "antediluvian" refers to the time before the flood mentioned in the Bible. The word is typically used to refer to something that is very old or out-of-date.
The word "litigant" refers to someone involved in a lawsuit. Both the plaintiff and the defendant are considered litigants.
The word "ebullient" means enthusiastic and unrestrained. Exuberant is a good synonym.
The word "modicum" means a small amount. It stems from the Latin word for moderate.
The word "commensurate" means "corresponding with." The word is an adjective.
The word "compunction" is used to indicate a feeling of regret. The word has Latin roots.
The word "ostensible" refers to something that appears to be true, but which may not be. The word is an adjective.
The word "paradigm" means a typical example. The word is a noun.
The word "incontrovertible" means impossible to deny. The word is an adjective.
The word "candor" refers to honesty. "Sincerity" is a good synonym.
The word "nadir" refers to the lowest point. "Zenith" would be a good antonym.
The word "puerile" means to be immature. The word is an adjective.