Words of the Week: Week 1

Generally when I read non-fiction I like to have my book right in front of me with my laptop to the right, so I can look up definitions of new words. Recently, I decided to add my notebook to the mix and start writing down all these interesting and obscure words I was coming across. And that’s how I got to the idea of ‘Words of the Week’.


This is my weekly compilation of all the interesting words I’ve come across in the past week and hopefully reading, writing, and now typing them out will help cement them in my lexicon. Enjoy!


Phantasmagoria: noun. A sequence of real or imaginary images like those seen in a dream.

Succor: noun. Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.

Quixotic: adjective. Exceedingly idealistic. Unrealistic and impractical.

Colloquy: noun. A conversation.

Obscurantism: noun. The practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known.

Millenarianism: noun. The belief by a religious, social, or political group or movement in a coming/impending major transformation of society, after which all things will be changed.

Raconteur: noun. A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful or amusing way.

Itinerant: adjective or noun. Travelling from place to place or a person who travels from place to place.

Reticent: adjective. Not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily.

Incredulous: adjective. (Of a person or their manner) unwilling or unable to believe something.

Philistine: noun or adjective. A person who is hostile or indifferent to culture and the arts, or who has no understanding of them.

Collegial: adjective. Relating to or involving shared responsibility, as among a group of colleagues.

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