Set 35 – Five New Words For Feb 4

Theme – There’s a word for it

1. escutcheon (i-SKUCH-uhn)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An ornamental or protective plate surrounding a keyhole, light switch, door handle, etc.
2. Used in the phrase: blot on one’s escutcheon (a stain on one’s reputation).
3. A shield or shield-shaped surface bearing a coat of arms.
USAGE:
“Georgina drew the bolts on the front door and turned the large key in its handsome escutcheon.”

“I’ve never been arrested. I did get a parking ticket last week, but that’s about the only blot on my escutcheon.”

2. crural (KROOR-uhl)

MEANING:
adjective: Relating to the leg.

USAGE:
“She could tell by his occasional grimace that her massage of his crural muscle above the patella on his right knee still caused him discomfort.”

3. acedia (uh-SEE-dee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Apathy; boredom; sloth.

USAGE:
“Acedia plagues the novice much more than the experienced solitary; unlike some of the new guards, I do not suffer from boredom or listlessness.”

4. decant (di-KANT)

MEANING:
verb tr.:
1. To pour, especially in a manner that the sediment is left behind.
2. To rehouse people while their buildings are being rebuilt or refurbished.

USAGE:
“Once a customer makes a purchase, she decants the oil into dark glass bottles.”

“The council say decanting Muirfield pupils to the huts will speed up construction.”

5. quinary (KWY-nuh-ree)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Relating to five.
2. Fifth in a series.
3. Having five things or arranged in five.

USAGE:
“Her eyelids were painted in a quinary array — pearl, gunmetal, pink, midnight blue, and plum.”

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