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”).

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”).