52 Novel Nouns

Today I have compiled a list of unusual nouns that I don’t think most readers would know.  All these words are real words, and all of these words can be found (And MANY more) on dictionary.com. This list, like all other word lists are in alphabetical order.

  1. Aesthete – A person who has or professes to have refined sensitivity toward the beauties of art or nature.
  2. Argy-Bargy – A vigorous discussion or dispute
  3. Asterism – A group of stars.
  4. Autodidact – A person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education.
  5. Babelism – A confusion, as or ideas, speech, etc
  6. Badinage – Light, playful banter
  7. Blatherskite – A person, given to voluble, empty talk
  8. Bovarism – An exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself.
  9. Brolly – British slang for an umbrella
  10. Celerity – Swiftness; speed.
  11. Cogitation – Concerted thought or redlection
  12. Comity – Mutual courtesy; civility
  13. Consanguinity – Close relationship or connection
  14. Cunctator – A procrastinator; delayer.
  15. Eldritch – Eerie; weird; spooky.
  16. Encephalon – The brain.
  17. Factotum – Any employee or official having many different responsibilities.
  18. Fata Morgana A mirage consisting of multiple images, as of cliffs and buildings, that are distorted ad magnified to resemble elaborate castles
  19. Furphy – A false report; rumor
  20. Gaucherie – Lack of social grace, sensitivity or acuteness; awkwardness.
  21. Inconnu – A person who is unknown; stranger
  22. Incunabula – The earliest stages or first traces of anything
  23. Logophile – A lover of words.
  24. Mimesis – Imitation or reproduction of the supposed words of another
  25. Misoneism – Hatred or dislike of what is new or represents change
  26. Nonesuch – A person or thing without equal; paragon
  27. Nosophobia – An abnormal fear of disease
  28. Parapraxis – A slip of the tongue or pen or other error thought to reveal unconscious wishes or attitudes.
  29. Parvenu – A person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners.
  30. Pentimento – The presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over.
  31. Pepper-Upper – Something, as a food, beverage, or pill, that provides a temporary period of energy and alertness.
  32. Perdventure – Chance, doubt, or uncertainty
  33. Piffle – Nonsense, as trivial or senseless talk
  34. Polymathy – Encyclopedic knowledge
  35. Propinquity – Affinity of nature; similarity
  36. Quiddity – The essential nature of a thing.
  37. Quidnunc – A person who is eager to know the latest news and gossip.
  38. Raconteuse – A woman who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly
  39. Sagacity – Acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgement.
  40. Sang-Froid – Coolness of mind; calmness; composure
  41. Sastruga – Ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of wind
  42. Schlemial – An awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right
  43. Selenotropism – Growth in response to moonlight.
  44. Shibboleth – A peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, mode of dress, etc, that distinguishes a particular class or set or persons
  45. Sobriquet – A nickname.
  46. Succarance – The act of seeking out affectionate care and social support
  47. Sweven – A vision; dream
  48. Syzygy – An alignment of three celestial objects, as the sun, the earth, and the moon.
  49. Telegnosis – Supernatural or occult knowledge
  50. Tohubohu – Chaos; disorder; confusion
  51. Toponym – A place name
  52. Vox Populi – The voice of the people; popular opinion.

I hope you enjoyed learning these amazing new nouns as much as I did! Stay tuned for a post on verbs and adverbs.  Auf Wiedersehen! -Wysteria


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