This is a new meme to me, and I couldn't pass it up! Whenever I come across a new or interesting word, I write it down to look up or work into my vocabulary later1.
These wondrous words were found in the first half of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carry Ryan. I'm sure to come across more as I continue to read.
"That the world ended with the Return and we are the last bastion."2
Etymology: Middle French, from Old Italian bastione, augmentative of bastia fortress, derivative from dial. form of bastire to build, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German besten to patch
1 : a projecting part of a fortification
2 : a fortified area or position
3 : stronghold 2
"Not having to acquiesce to the Sisters, to acknowledge that I'm wrong about them."3
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): ac·qui·esced; ac·qui·esc·ing
Etymology: French acquiescer, from Latin acquiescere, from ad- + quiescere to be quiet — more at quiescent
: to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively —often used with in and sometimes with to
The words listed below are some that stuck in my brain from the Twilight Saga4.
Pronunciation: \ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ənt, ˈsen-tē-ənt\
Etymology: Latin sentient-, sentiens, present participle of sentire to perceive, feel
1 : responsive to or conscious of sense impressions
2 : aware
3 : finely sensitive in perception or feeling
— sen·tient·ly adverb
Pronunciation: \i-ˈre-və-kə-bəl, ˌi(r)- sometimes ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə-\
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin irrevocabilis, from in- + revocabilis revocable
Date: 14th century
: not possible to revoke : unalterable
— ir·rev·o·ca·bil·i·ty \-ˌre-və-kə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌir-(r)ə-ˌvō-kə-\ noun
— ir·rev·o·ca·ble·ness \-ˈre-və-kə-bəl-nəs, ˌir-(r)ə-ˈvō-kə-\ noun
— ir·rev·o·ca·bly \-blē\ adverb
Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin neophytus, from Greek neophytos, from neophytos newly planted, newly converted, from ne- + phyein to bring forth — more at be
Date: 14th century
1 : a new convert : proselyte
2 : novice 1
3 : tyro, beginner
Knowledge is power! :9
1 Yeah, I'm a nerd, so sue me!
2 Page 72
3 Page 100
4 I can no longer recall the passages featuring these words, so I won't attempt to quote them5.
5 I lied. Yes I will. "The neophyte opened her eyes and realized her conversion to vampirism was irrevocable. Not that she wanted to go back; no, from her first taste of blood to her first throw-down with a sentient being, Bella was hooked," or something like that.