Vol. II Set 1. – Five New Words For 1st January 2014

Theme – Words that aren’t what they appear to be

1. predial or praedial (PREE-dee-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to land, farming, etc.

USAGE:
“Agrarian outbreaks, in many places, assumed the aspect of a predial war.”

2. Hibernian  (hy-BUR-nee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective: Of or relating to Ireland.
noun: A native or inhabitant of Ireland.

USAGE:
“This lively bar is long on Hibernian charm, and patrons are smitten with the pub’s thick Irish stew.”

3. histrionics (his-tree-ON-iks)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Melodramatic or hysterical behavior calculated for effect.
2. Theatrical performances.

USAGE:
“The notion that men can face adversity with stoicism while women are more likely to respond with histrionics is just one example of the gender stereotypes that permeate our culture.”
[stoic – noun –   a person who can endure pain or hardship without showing their feelings or complaining.]

4. blousy or blowsy or blowzy (BLOU-zee)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Having a coarsely ruddy complexion.
2. Disheveled.

USAGE:
“She appears transformed from the dowdy, blousy woman with big hair.”

5. redoubtable (ri-DOU-tuh-buhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Arousing fear or awe; evoking respect or honor.

USAGE:
“Even the redoubtable German economy now seems to be buckling.”

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