With the start of a new year comes the influx of New Year’s Resolutions. While some typical resolutions may include working out more or drinking more water, I think you should have a different one at hand: Add more complex words to your vocabulary.
Thanks to Wayne State University’s Word Warriors and USA Today, we have a list of 10 complex words to add to your vocabulary — and impress your friends and family.
Here are 10 new, old words to add to your vocabulary in 2016, alongside definitions from Cambridge University.
- Absquatulate: To discreetly leave a gathering or party without informing the host
- Anathema: Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.
- Delectation: Pleasure and delight.
- Epigone: A less-distinguished follower or imitator of someone, especially an artist or philosopher.
- Puerile: Childishly silly and trivial.
- Rumpus: A noisy, confused or disruptive commotion.
- Sockdolager: Something that settles a matter, a decisive blow or answer.
- Sybaritic: Fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure, self-indulgent.
- Torpid: Mentally or physically inactive, lethargic.
- Turpitude: Depravity, wickedness.