20 Uncommon Words in English

English is an alluring language that embraces a massive word collection. Many of them have almost been eliminated from daily usage. A language so rich and exotic is confined to a corral, surviving with just a few common words in circulation. The exquisiteness of a language surfaces with the use of resonant and mellifluous words it encompasses. Let’s have a look at the not-so-often-used words in day-to-day spoken English.

English
1.  CHATOYANT
Meaning: Shiny or glossy
Sentence: The ‘chatoyant’ party place left the guests awestruck.

2. DEMUR
Meaning: Shy and reserved
Sentence: The ‘demur’ boy next door never came out of his room.

3. EVANESCENT
Meaning: Short lived or fading
Sentence: Delivering an ‘evanescent’ speech, the orator left in a hurry.

4. TINTINNABULATION
Meaning: Loud ringing or clanging
Sentence: The ‘tintinnabulation’ of her cell phone distracted the class.

5. BUCOLIC
Meaning: Rural
Sentence: Brought up in a ‘bucolic’ backdrop, Jane could not survive the city buzz.

6.DESUETUDE
Meaning: Inactive
Sentence: Being ‘desuetude’ can bring unforeseen health complications.

7. EBULLIENCE
Meaning: Enthusiasm
Sentence: New Year was celebrated with extreme ‘ebullience’ at her residence.

8. HALCYON
Meaning: Calm and peaceful
Sentence: One longs for the ‘halcyon’ of the pristine countryside.

9. INURE
Meaning: Accustom or familiarize
Sentence: ‘Inure’ yourself to regular exercise and healthy eating.

10. SUSURRUS
Meaning: Murmur or whisper
Sentence: The ‘susurrus’ in class silenced on Principal’s arrival.

11.WAFTURE
Meaning: Act of waving
Sentence: His ‘wafture’ while departing showed how bereaved he was to leave his parents and work abroad.

12. EMOLLIENT
Meaning: Soothing or healing
Sentence: ‘Emollient’ words from the doctor cured him completely.

13. WOEBEGONE
Meaning: Depressed or troubled
Sentence: ‘Woebegone’ over his High school scores, Tom decided to discontinue his studies.

14. CACHINNATION
Meaning: Laugh or cackle
Sentence: There was a loud ‘cachinnation’ over the participant’s poem recital.

15. REDOLENT
Meaning: Aromatic
Sentence: His aunt’s kitchen was ‘redolent’ with an aperitive dish cooking in the oven.

16. SCINTILLA
Meaning: Trace
Sentence: The killer left no ‘scintilla’ of his heinous crime.

17. DELVE
Meaning: Search deeply
Sentence: Archeologists ‘delved’ into the age-old remains of Harappa and Mohenjodaro.

18. PROVENDER
Meaning: To feed
Sentence: To ‘provender’ the poor is the highest service to mankind.

19. TRAMMEL
Meaning: Hamper
Sentence: Justin’s stern attitude ‘trammeled‘ his professional growth.

20. CRUCIVERBALIST
Meaning: Crossword or word game enthusiast
Sentence: Being a staunch ‘cruciverbalist’, he is perpetually stuck to the morning newspapers.

The hues of English can be mostly seen in writing. Conversations usually lack the usage of uncommon English words. Add life to your spoken English by making use of these near-to-extinct vivacious words that form an integral part of this comprehensive language.

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  1. Payoshni says:

    Lovely read !
    I find ‘Demure’ very english !
    and ‘Tintinnabulation’ the most fun word ever!

    • Gayatri Subramanian says:

      Very True!
      English is such a vibrant language that with the use of such rich words it becomes even more fascinating!
      Words like inure,cachinnation,bucolic are just amazing!

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