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Wondrous Words Wednesday

October 24, 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!

This week’s words are brought to you by the letter A and my Word-a-Day calendar since I didn’t get much reading done last week.

1. alembic – “The subtle abstraction of the watercolors suggests that the artist’s landscapes were carefully distilled in the alembic of her mind before taking form on canvas.”

Alembic is a noun that means something that refines or transmutes as if by distillation.


2. alterity – “The novel focuses on the alterity experienced by adolescents, exploring how they both value and fear it.”

Alterity is a noun that means otherness; specifically: the quality or state of being radically alien to the conscious self or a particular cultural orientation.


3. adumbrate – “The documentary’s incendiary title adumbrates the director’s controversial position on the subject.”

Adumbrate is a verb and it means to suggest, disclose, or outline partially.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

14 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2018 6:35 am

    Seems like “alterity” doesn’t get across “otherness” like “otherness” does, just sayin… :–)

  2. October 24, 2018 8:09 am

    There’s more! The word “alembic” originally was the name of a particular device (two chambers connected by a tube) used for distilling chemicals. Alchemists employed it in their experiments: they were seriously looking for a way to turn base metals into gold. Unfortunately, their theories were unsound, and they didn’t succeed, but they left us this nice sort-of-magical word.

    My wordy Wednesday post is here:

    best… mae at

  3. October 24, 2018 8:30 am

    Makes me wish my vocabulary was more extensive *sigh*

  4. October 24, 2018 11:19 am

    I don’t think I have ever seen or heard of these three words.

  5. October 24, 2018 12:04 pm

    I like laterity as it seems like one I can use.

  6. October 24, 2018 12:25 pm

    I had not a clue!

  7. October 24, 2018 2:49 pm

    All new to me

  8. October 24, 2018 3:06 pm

    I’ve learned 3 new words today, thanks!

  9. Carol Evans permalink
    October 25, 2018 9:31 am

    Those are all new to me.

  10. October 25, 2018 6:16 pm

    You get an A today, for these amazing A words!

  11. October 30, 2018 6:15 pm

    this is a fun idea

  12. November 2, 2018 2:55 am

    Thanx! I stole ‘alterity’ for possible use in next year’s A to Z Challenge. 🙂

  13. November 7, 2018 6:37 pm

    It took me a while to get to these. And I sure am glad I did…because I knew NONE of them!

  14. bookingmama permalink
    November 15, 2018 11:05 am

    I’m not sure I’ve ever known any of the words you get from your calendar!

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