Delineate and Succinct – Word Blog #2


09/09/2015 – Blog Number 2

Thirteen words this time…

Delineate – [verb] To describe or portray (something) precisely.

i.e. The main characters are clearly delineated in the first chapter.

[verb] To show a line or border, for example on a map.

i.e. The boundary of the car park is delineated by a low brick wall.

Dotage – [noun] The period of life in which a person is old and weak.

i.e. “you could live here and look after me in my dotage”

[noun] Excessive fondness; foolish affection. To dote on someone.

i.e. He dotes on his partner.

Frisson – [noun] A sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill.

i.e. The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger.

Frivolous – [adjective] Not having any serious purpose or value.

i.e. “frivolous ribbons and lacy frills”

[adjective] (of a person) carefree and superficial.

i.e. “the frivolous, fun-loving flappers of the twenties”

Inept – [adjective] Having or showing no skill; clumsy.

i.e. “the referee’s inept handling of the match”

Kernel – [noun]  A softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its shell.

i.e. “the kernel of a walnut”

[noun] The central or most important part of something.

i.e. “this is the kernel of the argument”

Lucrative – [adjective] Producing a great deal of profit.

i.e. “a lucrative career as a stand-up comedian”

Maudlin – [adjective] Self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental.

i.e. “a bout of maudlin self-pity”

[adjective] (of a book, film, or song) highly sentimental.

i.e. “a maudlin jukebox tune”

Meted – [verb] to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usually followed by out).

i.e. to mete out punishment.

Obsolete – [adjective] No longer produced or used; out of date.

i.e. “the disposal of old and obsolete machinery”

[verb] Cause a product or idea to become obsolete by replacing it with something new.

i.e. “we’re trying to stimulate the business by obsoleting last year’s designs”

Raucous – [adjective] Making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise.

i.e. Raucous laughter.

Solicitous – [adjective] Characterized by or showing interest or concern.

i.e. “she was always solicitous about the welfare of her students”

[adjective] Eager (usually followed by an infinitive).

i.e. He was always solicitous to please.

[adjective] Careful or particular.

i.e. a solicitous housekeeper.

Succinct – [adjective] Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse.

i.e. a succinct reply Or a succinct style.

And if you guys want to check out the book where these words came from…

Vampire In Denial (Family Blood, Book 1) by Dale Mayer.

Thanks for reading. Have you come across any words in books that you didn’t know before? Leave a comment below! -C.L.

Disclaimer: All these words can be found on online dictionaries and all examples have either come from online sources or have been composed by myself. 


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