Set 26 – FIVE NEW WORDS FOR Jan 26

1. scud

MEANING:
verb intr.:    1. To run or move swiftly.
2. In nautical parlance, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
noun:    1. The act of scudding.
2. Clouds, rain, mist, etc. driven by the wind.
3. Low clouds beneath another cloud layer.

USAGE:
“The moon was bright, but the clouds scudding across kept throwing them [Harry et al] into darkness.”

2. resplendent

MEANING:
adjective: Shining; brilliant; radiant; splendid.

USAGE:
“Gilderoy Lockhart was walking onto the stage, resplendent in robes of deep plum.”

3. slipstream

MEANING:
noun:    1. A stream of air (or another fluid) forced backwards by a propeller.
2. The area of reduced pressure behind a fast-moving object.
verb tr., intr.:    3. To follow behind a vehicle to take advantage of decreased wind resistance.

buf·fet = To force one’s way with difficulty

4. heinous (HAY-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Extremely wicked

USAGE:
“You have been brought here before the Council of Magical Law … so that we may pass judgment on you, for a crime so heinous.”

5. sepulchral (suh-PUHL-kruhl)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to a grave or a burial.
2. Gloomy, serious, or sad.

USAGE:
“A sallow-skinned wizard with a very mournful face got in. ‘Morning, Arthur’, he said in a sepulchral voice.”

6. higgledy-piggledy (HIG-uhl-dee PIG-uhl-dee)

MEANING:
adverb: In a disordered or random manner.
adjective: Confused; jumbled.

USAGE:
“Owl feathers, apple cores, and sweet wrappers littered the floor, a number of spell books lay higgledy-piggledy among the tangled robes on his bed.”

7. canker

MEANING:
noun:    1. A source of corruption or decay.
2. Ulcerous sores in the mouth; also any of various diseases affecting animals and plants.
verb tr., intr.:    1. To corrupt or to become corrupted.
2. To infect with or be infected with canker.

USAGE:
“And in your family, so in the world … we shall cut away the canker that infects us until only those of the true blood remain.”

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