Words the H and I found in the Sunday Chronicle last night. All definitions paraphrased from the Oxford English Dictionary (what else?)
I am delighted that the Chron hasn't sold itself to the lowest-common-denominator-reader. I enjoy being forced to look up words.
Febrile = feverish
"...the angry tone of the narrator and the febrile quality..."
Coruscating = sparkly
"...the ill-resolved election in hour history and that its enormous and coruscating success..."
I actually now recall seeing this word in Mark Twain's "Roughing It" but I'd never seen it refer to a "success." He used it in describing molten lava in Hawaii.
encomia = a flattering or or formal expression of praise
"As the many encomia on the recent death of..."
avatar = incarnation of a hindu deity.
Hmm, can't find the quote. I have seen this word on a storefront in down town flip flop.
peripatetic = itinerant or travelling
[caption] "Paripatetic designer Karl Lagerfeld"