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Mellifluous means having a smooth rich flow.
For example, “Keith’s mellifluous voice could be heard well beyond the shower where he was singing.“
Recondite means obscure; arcane; something that is little known.
For example, “The HR manual’s section on paid time off was so recondite that Keith threw the book away.“
When you expand your vocabulary, you expand your mind. So start expanding, by thumbing through a thesaurus and jotting down new favorite words to use in your everyday speech and writing.
There’s no better time to start than National Thesaurus Day, which just so happens to be January 18th! The first modern thesaurus, Roget’s Thesaurus, was compiled in 1805 by Peter Mark Roget. Since its publication, it has never been out of print.
The word thesaurus is derived from the Greek word thēsauros, which means “treasure.” A fitting name given that a thesaurus is a treasure chest of words!
According to Roget, the main purpose of his book is to enable users “to find the word, or words, by which [an] idea may be most fitly and aptly expressed.”
To help you get started, click on this link to thesaurus.com and start to expand, enlarge, inflate, stretch, dilate, distend, fatten, and tumefy your vocabulary!
Incongruous means incompatible; not harmonious; inconsistent.
For example, “Keith felt that the new design for the headquarters building was an incongruous mix of modern and baroque.“
Impervious means impenetrable; not capable of being affected or disturbed.
For example, “Keith said he was impervious to jet lag and that sleep was for losers.“
Deleterious means causing harm or damage, often in a subtle or unexpected way.
For example, “Keith felt that the CFO’s new strategy would have a deleterious effect on next quarter’s sales.“
Hegemony means leadership or dominance over another person, group, country, etc.
For example, “Keith felt that his sales team’s hegemony in the Northwest was being threatened by a competitor that just moved into Seattle.“
Germane means fitting; relevant and appropriate.
For example, “The CEO politely reminded Keith to keep his comments germane to the topic being discussed in the meeting.“
Caustic means sarcastic in a scathing and bitter way.
For example, “The CFO’s caustic remarks cut Keith to the core.“
Redound means to contribute greatly to a person’s credit or honor.
For example, “Keith would only join committees whose work would redound to his reputation for efficiency.“