Bermudaonion asks you to share new words that you have learned during your reading adventures in the last week. Feel free to join in the fun!
I've learned a few new words as I've been reading Matrimony by Joshua Henkin:
Pusillanimous: lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
Here is how pusillanimous was used on page 12:
"'Sophmoric' and 'pusillanimous.' Do you know what those words mean?"
"They mean Chesterfield thinks we suck."
Petard(although there are a couple of meanings to this word,the following definition relates to how it is used in this sentence): hurt, ruined, or destroyed by the very device or plot one had intended for another.
Here is how petard was used on page 33:
"You act presumptuous with a girl and you end up hoist with your own petard."
Jejune: without interest or significance; dull; insipid.
Here is how jejune was used on page 36:
Emboldened, Julian explained to Pilar that there were certain words he liked. "Sullied," for instance. And "jejune."
So did you learn any new words this week?