Tenebrific

Tenebrific (ten-uh-brif-ik)(adjective) –

causing gloom or producing darkness.

(Tenebrific comes from the Latin term tenebrae meaning “darkness”)

‘The swallow has the same mythical meaning as the cuckoo; it is the joyful herald of spring, emerging from the tenebrific winter.’
Angelo de Gubernatis

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Tendentious

 

Tendentious (ten-den-shuh s)(adjective) –
 
having or showing an intentional tendency or bias, esp a controversial one
(From the Latin tendere to stretch, extend, proceed )
 
‘Bereft of serious arguments, anti-Obama types resort to tendentious claims about symbolic slights.’
Raphael Magarik
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Stentorian

 

 

Stentorian (sten-tawr-ee-uh n)(adjective) –
 
very loud or powerful in sound; uncommonly loud
 
(“of powerful voice,” c.1600, from Stentor, legendary Greek herald in the Trojan War, whose voice (described in the “Iliad”) was as loud as 50 men. His name is from Greek stenein “groan, moan,” from PIE imitative root *(s)ten-, source of Old English þunor “thunder.” )
 
“I’ll tell you something else about which I’ve been lately thinking!” he bellowed in a suddenly stentorian voice. “I’ve been thinking about our beautiful country!” George Saunders
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Faineant

 

Faineant (FAY-nee-uhnt) (adjective)    –  Idle,  ineffective

(noun)        –  a do-nothing; idler.

(From French fainéant, alteration of fait-néant (literally, does nothing) So a mistaken assumption about the derivation of the word turned the original French faignant (feigning) into faineant (does nothing), the present form. In French history, many kings have been called les rois fainéants as the real power was in the hands of mayors of the palace)

Yours is the faineant spirit of the decadent.

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Noctambulate

 

 

Noctambulate (noc.tam.bul.ate)(verb)   –   To walk about at night.

(1950s. From nocti- + ambulate, after noctambulation, noctambulator)

‘Right up until the nineteenth century the University police could arrest citizens for noctambulating.’ 1988  R. Johnson

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Asthenia

Asthenia (as-thee-nee-uh)(noun)      –

lack or loss of strength; weakness.

(from the Greek asthéneia weakness)

‘Toward the end of October, his asthenia had diminished enough to allow him to play the piano weakly in three octaves.’

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