Set 43 – Five New Words For Dec 13

Theme – Miscellaneous words

1. cogent (KOH-juhnt)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Convincing or believable.
2. Relevant.

USAGE:
“[Michael Chabon’s novel] ‘Telegraph Avenue’, tries to weave the stories of nearly a dozen different characters into a cogent narrative.”

2. praxis

MEANING:
noun:
1. Practice, as opposed to the theory.
2. Accepted practice or custom.
3. A set of practice exercises.

USAGE:

“His head hung lower than was its praxis.”

“The contradiction between the declared intent and actual praxis causes a clash.”

3. conterminous (kuhn-TUHR-muh-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having a common boundary.
2. Confined within one common boundary.
3. Having the same scope, in time, meaning, etc.

USAGE:
“Bob Greene estimates he has performed in all 48 states in the conterminous United States.”

4.  aurorean (o-ROR-ee-uhn, o-ROHR-)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or belonging to the dawn.

USAGE:
“The moon shone resplendently above us — its splendid aureola seemed suffused with stolen aurorean light.”

[ aureole – noun- a circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.]
[ suffuse – verb – gradually spread through or over.]

5. cenobite (SEN-uh-byt, SEEN-)

MEANING:
noun: A member of a religious order living in a monastic community.

USAGE:
“He knew a fellow cenobite when he saw one. There was no religious meditation involved, but they were both alone in places where they should not have been alone.”

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