Set 53 – Five New Words For Nov23

Theme – Together these words use all letters of the alphabet except the letter L.

1. wakerife(WAYK-ryf)

MEANING:
adjective: Wakeful; alert.

USAGE:
“If you’re still wakerife let me suggest another, possibly chastening, exercise in memory.”

“As for me, I’m wakerife and morne, but hope springs eternal. I don’t know how she does it, what with those leg irons on, but spring she does.”

2. quadrennium (kwa-DREN-ee-uhm)

MEANING:
noun: A period of four years.

USAGE:
“Maybe it’s because I’m an Olympic dad, but my wife and I had a baby each quadrennium.”

3. subjugate

MEANING:
verb tr.: To bring under control or to make submissive.

USAGE:
“Even more families lost control of their land, as the Indonesian army divided and relocated communities in its attempt to subjugate the population.”

4. xerophyte (ZEER-uh-fyt)

MEANING:
noun: A plant adapted to growing in a very dry or desert environment.

USAGE:
“Saavik’s bemused comment when Captain Howe, her former first officer, had sent her a ‘get well cactus’ was that on Vulcan it was a superfluous xerophyte.”

5. conversazione (kon-vuhr-saht-see-O-nee, kahn-, -nay)

MEANING:
noun: A formal gathering for conversation, especially on arts, literature, etc.

USAGE:
“We must invite them to our conversazione.”

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