Ruritanian

“Rue-rih-tain-ee-un” | /ˌɹʊɹ.ɪˈteɪ.ni.ən/

adj – Of or having the characteristics of adventure, romance, and intrigue, as in works of romantic fiction.

“She felt as if she were in a Ruritanian alternate universe with how cinematic her day was going.”

 

After Ruritania, a fictional kingdom used as the setting for stories by Anthony Hope (1863–1933).

resile

“reez-aisle or “rehz-aisle” | /ɹɪˈzaɪl/

v – To start back; to recoil; to recede from a purpose.

“I once described this rather vulgarly as a stupid busy-work project and a waste of time, and I do not resile from that.”

From Middle French resiler (compare French résilier), from Latin resiliō (“spring back”), from re (back) + saliō (“I jump”).

nostrum

naw-strum | /ˈnɑ.stɹəm/

n – A medicine or remedy in conventional use which has not been proven to have any desirable effects. An ineffective but favorite remedy for a problem.

“Although my aunt is not a doctor, she thinks she can cure any illness and is quick to suggest a nostrum to her friends.”

 

From Latin, nominative neuter of noster (“our, ours”).

cogent

“co-jent” | /ˈko͡ʊd͡ʒn̩t/

adj -Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence. Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning. Forcefully persuasive; relevant, pertinent.

“The prosecution presented a cogent argument, convincing the jury of the defendant’s guilt.”

 

From Latin cōgēns, present active participle of cōgō (“drive together, compel”), from cō + agō (“drive”).

moratorium

“More-ah-tore-EE-um” | /ˌmɔ.ɹəˈtɔ.ɹi.əm/

n – An authorization to a debtor, permitting temporary suspension of payments, A suspension of an ongoing activity.

“The company may put a moratorium on research in favor of revenue.”

 

New Latin from Late Latin morātōrium, noun use of the neuter of morātōrius (“moratory, delaying”), from Latin moror (“I delay”), from mora (“delay”), from Proto-Indo-European *mere (“to delay, hinder”).

eddy

“Eh-dee” | /ˈɛd.i/

n – A current of air or water running back, or in an opposite direction to the main current. A circular current; a whirlpool.

“An eddy formed in the massive lake, making it dangerous to swim near the ocean cave for fear of being sucked into it.”

From Middle English eddy, from Old English edēa, from ed- (“turning, back, reverse”) + ēa (“water”), equivalent to ed- +‎ ea

quandary

“kwan-dree” | /ˈkwɑːn.dəɹɪ/

n – A state of not knowing what to decide; a state of difficulty or perplexity; a state of uncertainty, hesitation or puzzlement. A dilemma, a difficult decision or choice.

“He is in a quandary about whether or not he should keep the money he found in the park.”

 

16th century. Origin unknown; perhaps a dialectal corruption (simulating a word of Latin origin with suffix -ary) of wandreth (“evil, plight, peril, adversity, difficulty”), from Middle English wandreth, from Old Norse vandræði (“difficulty, trouble”), from vandr (“difficult, requiring pains and care”).[1][2]

cynosure

“sine-o-sure” | /ˈsaɪnəʃʊɹ/

n – (usually capitalized) Ursa Minor or Polaris, the North Star, used as a guide by navigators.

OR

That which serves to guide or direct; a guiding star. Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration.

“Let faith be your cynosure to walk by.”

From French cynosure (“Ursa Minor; Polaris”), from Latin Cynosūra (“Ursa Minor”), from Ancient Greek Κυνόσουρα (Kunósoura, “Ursa Minor”), literally “dog’s tail’, from κυνός (kunós, “dog’s”) + οὐρά (ourá, “tail”).