sartorial [adj.]
Of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing
At 6’6″ and 150lbs, it’s difficult for me to find nice suits; however, when I make it rich, I hope to keep a skilled tailor on retainer and wallow in sartorial splendour.
synecdoche [n.]
A figure of speech in which a part is used for the whole (as “hand” for “sailor”), the whole for a part (as “the law” for “police officer”), the specific for the general (as “cutthroat” for “assassin’), the general for the specific (as “thief” for “pickpocket”), or the material for the thing made from it (as “steel” for “sword”)
In other words, a metonym is one kind of synecdoche, or perhaps “metonym” is a synonym for synecdoche (say that three times fast)
œuvre [n. pl.]
1. A work of art
2. The sum of the lifework of an artist, writer, or composer.
It can be used interchangeable with the Latin “opus,” from which it takes its etymological roots, but only when you want to sound even more snobbish. Technically speaking, this blog entry could be considered part of my Å“uvre
solicitude [n.]
1. The state of being solicitous; care or concern, as for the well-being of another.
2. A cause of anxiety or concern. Often used in the plural.
When stores hang signs that say “No Solicitation,” they’re only proscribing salesmen, not anxiety-ridden customers.
esurient [adj.]
Hungry; greedy.
The ebullient man was always esurient, probably from being constantly surrounded by luxurious nourishment
lupine [adj.]
1. Characteristic of or resembling a wolf.
2. Rapacious; ravenous.
When deprived of his potables, the porcine person from the previous example becomes positively lupine; that is to say, he’s hopelessly hungry, not horribly hirsute.
vertiginous [adj.]
1. Turning about an axis; revolving or whirling.
2. Affected by vertigo; dizzy.
3. Tending to produce vertigo
4. Inclined to change quickly; unstable.
I’m somewhat vertiginous, so when I’m on a vertiginous ride, my stomach becomes vertiginous.
syncope [n.]
1. [Grammar] The shortening of a word by omission of a sound, letter, or syllable from the middle of the word; for example, “bos’n” for “boatswain.”
2. [Pathology] A brief loss of consciousness caused by a temporary deficiency of oxygen in the brain; a swoon.
I can’t cope with British syncopes, so when they talk, I sometimes feel a syncope coming on.
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