laud

“Lod” (Rhymes with ‘log’) | /lɔd/

v – Praise or glorification. A hymn of praise.

“The upper management decided to laud her outstanding contributions to the project.”

 

Borrowed from Old French lauder, from Latin laudō, laudāre, from laus (“praise, glory, fame, renown”), from echoic Proto-Indo-European root *leh₁wdʰ- (“song, sound”).

sedition

“se-dish-un” | /sɛˈdɪ.ʃən/

n – Organized incitement of rebellion or civil disorder against authority or the state, usually by speech or writing.
Insurrection or rebellion.

“The empire would have to evaluate their priorities if they did not want to face sedition across all their factions.”

 

From Old French sedicion, from Latin sēditiō (“sedition, discord”), from sēd- (“apart”) + itiō (“going”).

consternation

“con-stir-nation” | /ˌkɒn.stəˈneɪ.ʃən/

n – Amazement or horror that confounds the faculties, and incapacitates for reflection; terror, combined with amazement;

“It was a design plan that caused substantial consternation to the worker who was fitting the framework for the doorframe.”

From Latin consternātiō: confusion, dismay, alarm,

augur

“awe-grr” | /ˈɔː.ɡə/

n – A diviner who foretells events by the behavior of birds or other animals, or by signs derived from celestial phenomena, or unusual occurrences.

“The king was not interested in the prophecy of doom foretold by an augur. His kingdom army was the strongest in the land.”

v – To foretell events; to exhibit signs of future events.

“Diminishing gas prices augur a high amount of road travel on the upcoming holiday.”

Borrowed from Latin augur, of uncertain origin; akin to augurō (“interpret omens”).

malfeasance

Mal-fee-sens | /ˌmælˈfiːsəns/

n – Misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official and causing damage.

“Reporters have long been the last bastion against tyranny, wrongdoing and malfeasance.”

From Old French malfaisance, derived from malfaire, maufaire (“to do evil”), from Latin malefaciō (“I do evil”), from male (“evilly”) + faciō (“do, make”).

noetic

“no-et-ik” | /nəʊˈɛt.ɪk/

adj- Of or pertaining to the mind or intellect. Originating in or apprehended by reason.

“Since the 6th graders were used to simple calculations, they got a rude awakening with the noetic math mainly focusing on the students’ problem-solving skills”

 

Borrowed from Ancient Greek νοητικός (noētikós), ultimately from νοέω (noéō, “I see, understand”)

ineluctable

“in-uh-luckt-uh-bull” | /ɪn.ɪˈlʌk.tə.bəl/

adj – Impossible to avoid or escape; inescapable, irresistible.

“He has the irritating habit of arguing his opinions as ineluctable facts.”

“It was ineluctable that I became ill after being stranded in the snow for several hours.”

 

From Middle French inéluctable, from Latin inēluctābilis, from in- + ēluctor (“struggle out”) + -bilis.

inveigle

“in-vay-gull” | /ɪnˈviː.ɡəl/

v – To convert, convince, or win over with flattery or wiles.

“The woman was able to inveigle her way into the private club by flirting with the security guard.”

 

Early corruption of French aveugler (“to blind, to delude”), from aveugle (“blind”), from the Old French avugle (“without eyes”), from Latin ab + oculus (“eye”). The in- might be from other a-/en- variations found in Middle English, which was then latinised into in-.

kitsch

“kitch” | /kɪtʃ/

adj – Art, decorative objects and other forms of representation of questionable artistic or aesthetic value; a representation that is excessively sentimental, overdone, or vulgar. Tacky.

“Although the husband loved the gaudy velvet portrait of Elvis, the woman thought it to be extremely kitsch.”

 

From German Kitsch, from dialectal kitschen (“to coat, to smear”), the word and concept were popularized in the 1930s by several critics who contrasted it with avant garde art.