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Wondrous Words Wednesday

March 21, 2018

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered or spotlight words you love.  Feel free to get creative!   If you want to play along, grab the button, write a post and come back and add your link to Mr. Linky!

I’ve found a couple new-to-me words in THE GIRLS by Emma Cline.

1. numinous – “The numinous and fanatic faces of the others.”

Numinous is an adjective that means having a strong religious or spiritual quality.


2. meliorative – “Caught up in the rush of her own life, in her certainty of the meliorative trajectory.”

I feel like I should have known this.  Meliorate means to make better; improve.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Patty permalink
    March 21, 2018 9:53 am

    I felt that way about that second word, too!

  2. March 21, 2018 11:08 am

    Didn’t know either. But I liked them both.

  3. March 21, 2018 11:24 am

    Numinous is interesting and new to me too. I wonder why I haven’t seen it before. I guess I’m not reading the right things.

  4. March 22, 2018 12:37 am

    Numinous has a nice sound and meaning! I hope to use the word before too long.

  5. March 24, 2018 5:56 pm

    I knew meliorative because of its Latin roots — nerdy, right?

  6. March 25, 2018 4:32 pm

    I’m going to try and use ‘meliorative trajectory’ in a conversation tomorrow…

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