“fest-toon” | /fɛsˈtuːn/

n – An ornament such as a garland or chain which hangs loosely from two tacked spots.

“The woman covered her walls in festoons and ornaments for the holiday.”

v – To decorate with ornaments, such as garlands or chains, which hang loosely from two tacked spots.

“The child watched as their parents festooned the hall with bright, neon colors.”

From Late Latin fēsta, from the plural of Latin fēstus (“festive”) +‎ one.


“pally-ate” | /ˈpalɪeɪt/

adj – Cloaked; hidden, concealed. Relieved.

“His palliate misery was concealed by a wide smile.”

v – To relieve the symptoms of; to ameliorate. To hide or disguise.

“He did all he could to palliate the serious offense, peppering in as many excuses and apologies as he could.”


From Latin palliatus (“cloaked”) (in Late Latin the past participle of palliare (“to cover with a cloak”)), from pallium (“cloak”).


“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).


“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”).


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”).


“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”).


“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”).