Vocabulary Words

I enjoy language and I enjoy learning new words. Here are some that are not used in every day conversation.

re·vanche (rə-vänch, -väNsh) pronunciation

  1. The act of retaliating; revenge.
  2. A usually political policy, as of a nation or an ethnic group, intended to regain lost territory or standing.

[French, from Old French revancher, to revenge : re-, re- + vengier, vencher, to avenge; see revenge.]

revanchism re·vanchism (-vänchĭz-əm, -väNshĭz-) n.
revanchist re·vanchist adj. & n.
revanchistic re·vanch·istic adj.

a.[L. ridere, risum, to laugh.]
Pertaining to, or producing, laughter; as, the risorial muscles.

pa·ron·y·mous (pə-rŏnə-məs) pronunciation

Allied by derivation from the same root; having the same stem; for example, beautiful and beauteous.

a.[L. rugatus, p. p. of rugare to wrinkle, fr. ruga a wrinkle.]
Having alternate ridges and depressions; wrinkled. Dana.

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  1. Jack's Shack February 19, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    My pleasure.

  2. Elie February 18, 2007 at 9:21 pm

    Neat! I love learning new words.

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