11 (A-K) Words to Boost your Vocab!

Girly It Girls are well aware of the importance of having a broad vocabulary to add to their level of sophistication. We’ve already established the need to learn at least one new word a day, but just in case you haven’t been taking your daily dose of words, I’ve put together 26 words beginning with each letter of the alphabet to help you satiate your appetite for intelligence. This is Part 1: A-K

acrimonious ( ac·ri·mo·ni·ous)

adjective /ˌakrəˈmōnēəs/

  • (typically of speech or a debate) Angry and bitter
  • full of bitterness
  • Sentence Usage: Her acrimonious comment was not in line with the class and elegance expected of a young lady.

 bequeath (be·queath)

verb /biˈkwēTH/bequeathed, past participle; bequeathed, past tense; bequeathing, present participle; bequeaths, 3rd person singular present

  • Leave (a personal estate or one’s body) to a person or other beneficiary by a will
    • – Her father bequeathed his luxurious penthouse to her.
  • Pass (something) on or leave (something) to someone else
    • – In favour of change, she is bequeathing all the tyrannical policies of the former President.

cognizant (cog·ni·zant)

adjective /ˈkägnəzənt/

  • Having knowledge or being aware of
  • taking notice of
    • – Her cognizant manner confirmed her intelligence in the field of chemistry.

 dogmatic (dog·mat·ic)

adjective /dôgˈmatik/

  • Inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
  • making statements without argument or evidence
    • – As Girly It Girls, we must refrain from not only gossip, but dogmatic inclinations.

 effulgent (ef·ful·gent)

adjective /iˈfo͝oljənt/  /iˈfəl-/effulgence (noun)

  • Shining brightly; radiant
  • (of a person or their expression) Emanating joy or goodness
  • splendour
  • – Your effulgent nature makes you a joy to be around.

felicity ( fe·lic·i·ty)

noun /fəˈlisətē/

  • Intense happiness
    • – By helping others and contributing to the well-being of one’s society, you arouse felicity and a sense of responsibility.
  • The ability to find appropriate expression for one’s thoughts
    • – Expressing yourself through words, art music and the like, you open the gates to felicity and perfection.

grandiloquent ( gran·dil·o·quent)

adjective /granˈdiləkwənt/

  • Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner, esp. in a way that is intended to impress
    • – Her 21st birthday celebration was a grandiloquent event which seemed to rival even those of the A-list celebrities.
    • Although a superb dancer, her grandiloquent attitude made her unpleasant to befriend.

 halcyon (hal·cy·on)

adjective /ˈhalsēən/

  • Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful
  • calm
    • – In the midst of the accident, her halcyon nature was admirable.

 indomitable (in·dom·i·ta·ble)

adjective /inˈdämitəbəl/

  • Impossible to subdue or defeat
  • unconquerable
    • – Elizabeth I was certainly a woman of indomitable spirit and character.

 juxtapose (jux·ta·pose)

verb /ˈjəkstəˌpōz/  /ˌjəkstəˈpōz/ juxtaposed, past participle; juxtaposed, past tense; juxtaposes, 3rd person singular present; juxtaposing, present participle

  • Place or deal with close together for contrasting effect
  • To place close together
    • – A bedroom was beautifully decorated because of the juxtaposition of the pink walls and the black bedding.

 kudos (ku·dos)

noun /ˈk(y)o͞oˌdōs/  /-ˌdōz/  /-ˌdäs/

  • Praise and honor received for an achievement
  • -J.K. Rowling deserved much kudos for the Harry Potter Series.

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