52 Novel Nouns

The purpose of this list is to bring you interesting words, that I particularly love. These words are specifically nouns and I have organized them alphabetically for your convenience and quick referencing.

  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 reflection
  12. Comity – Mutual courtesy; civility
  13. Consanguinity – Close relationship or connection
  14. Cunctator – A procrastinator.
  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 and 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. Peradventure – 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 judgment.
  40. Sang-Froid – Coolness of mind; calmness; composure
  41. Sastruga – Ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of wind
  42. Schlemiel – 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.

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