Big Words

For the middle aged person that doesn't read much

Ok, Im in my 40's, I'm reading pulp magazines and I'm finding big words I'm (to be polite to myself) unsure about.

I figure if I create a list of such words I might start using them. Let me know of any (Ed: polite and unusual only please!) words you think every middle aged person should know and I'll add it to the list. Thanks.

I'm going to use this dictionary as it has easy to understand definitions : http://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/



Eleemosynary

Definition

Provided by charity

Source

I was look for synonyms of charitable in a thesaurus

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Veritable

Definition

When something is veritable it is true, or at least feels that way. "The trees and lights turned the campus into a veritable wonderland" means that the campus seemed to be transformed into a true wonderland (if there is such a thing).
Veritable comes from the Latin veritas which means true. But unlike true, it does not describe things like statements. It is often used to enhance the word that follows it. "A veritable cornucopia of food" is a lot of food of different varieties. If someone calls you "a veritable force of nature," they don't mean that you are actually a hurricane; they just mean that you have the unstoppable quality of a big old storm.

Source

Dunno

Blog Usages 

None yet! Suggest a place in the comments?

Unwonted

Definition

Unwonted is a pretty old-fashioned word now, meaning something unusual or out of the ordinary. Nowadays, unwonted is a pretty unwonted word itself.

Source

Thesaurus - typical antonyms

Blog Usages 

The main header!!
The secret diaries of health, finance, family & gadgets of an unwonted husband (aged 41 ¼) 


Patriarch

Definition

A patriarch is a male leader. Your father might be the patriarch of your family, but your kid brother could be the patriarch of his club house

Source

Esquire Magazine November Edition

Blog Usages 

None yet! Suggest a place in the comments?


Sanguine

Definition

Optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation.

Source

GQ Magazine November Edition

Blog Usages 

"Well, stick in there, keep a sanguine attitude"


Venerate

Definition

To venerate is to worship, adore, be in awe of.

Source

Esquire Magazine November Edition

Blog Usages 

"Sometimes I so admire, even venerate my Mrs"


Credulous

Definition

People who believe things easily without having to be convinced are credulous

Source

Esquire Magazine November Edition

Blog Usages 

"buy an iPhone like every other credulous exec"

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