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“She is very fetching and becoming and attracted to ailurophiles” What on earth am I talking about? Here are some nice words that are rarely used…how many have you used in your writings? Which is your favourite?

Ailurophile          A cat-lover.

Assemblage       A gathering.

Becoming            Attractive.

Beleaguer           To exhaust with attacks.

Brood                   To think alone.

Bucolic                 In a lovely rural setting.

Bungalow            A small, cozy cottage.

Chatoyant           Like a cat’s eye.

Comely           Attractive.

Conflate               To blend together.

Cynosure             A focal point of admiration.

Dalliance              A brief love affair.

Demesne            Dominion, territory.

Demure               Shy and reserved.

Denouement     The resolution of a mystery.

Desuetude         Disuse.

Desultory            Slow, sluggish.

Diaphanous        Filmy.

Dissemble    Deceive.

Dulcet   Sweet, sugary.

Ebullience           Bubbling enthusiasm.

Effervescent      Bubbly.

Efflorescence    Flowering, blooming.

Elision                 Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.

Elixir                    A good potion.

Eloquence           Beauty and persuasion in speech.

Embrocation      Rubbing on a lotion.

Emollient             A softener.

Ephemeral          Short-lived.

Epiphany             A sudden revelation.

Erstwhile             At one time, for a time.

Ethereal               Gaseous, invisible but detectable.

Evanescent         Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.

Evocative             Suggestive.

Fetching               Pretty.

Felicity                 Pleasantness.

Forbearance      Withholding response to provocation.

Fugacious            Fleeting.

Furtive                 Shifty, sneaky.

Gambol                To skip or leap about joyfully.

Glamour              Beauty.

Gossamer           The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk

Halcyon                Happy, sunny, care-free.

Harbinger            Messenger with news of the future.

Imbrication         Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.

Imbroglio             An altercation or complicated situation.

Imbue                   To infuse, instill.

Incipient              Beginning, in an early stage.

Ineffable              Unutterable, inexpressible.

Ingénue               A naïve young woman.

Inglenook            A cozy nook by the hearth.

Insouciance        Blithe nonchalance.

Inure                      To become jaded.

Labyrinthine       Twisting and turning.

Lagniappe           A special kind of gift.

Lagoon                 A small gulf or inlet.

Languor                Listlessness, inactivity.

Lassitude             Weariness, listlessness.

Leisure                  Free time.

Lilt                           To move musically or lively.

Lissome                Slender and graceful.

Lithe                      Slender and flexible.

Love                       Deep affection.

Mellifluous         Sweet sounding.

Moiety                 One of two equal parts.

Mondegreen     A slip of the ear.

Murmurous        Murmuring.

Nemesis              An unconquerable archenemy.

Offing                    The sea between the horizon and the offshore.

Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.

Opulent               Lush, luxuriant.

Palimpsest          A manuscript written over earlier ones.

Panacea               A solution for all problems

Panoply                A complete set.

Pastiche               An art work combining materials from various sources.

Penumbra           A half-shadow.

Petrichor             The smell of earth after rain.

Plethora               A large quantity.

Propinquity        An inclination.

Pyrrhic                  Successful with heavy losses.

Quintessential   Most essential.

Ratatouille          A spicy French stew.

Ravel                    To knit or unknit.

Redolent             Fragrant.

Riparian                By the bank of a stream.

Ripple                    A very small wave.

Scintilla                 A spark or very small thing.

Sempiternal       Eternal.

Seraglio                Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.

Serendipity         Finding something nice while looking for something else.

Summery            Light, delicate or warm and sunny.

Sumptuous         Lush, luxurious.

Surreptitious      Secretive, sneaky.

Susquehanna    A river in Pennsylvania.

Susurrous            Whispering, hissing.

Talisman              A good luck charm.

Tintinnabulation               Tinkling.

Umbrella             Protection from sun or rain.

Untoward           Unseemly, inappropriate.

Vestigial               In trace amounts.

Wafture               Waving.

Wherewithal      The means.

Woebegone       Sorrowful, downcast.

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