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Wondrous Words Wednesday

December 19, 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!

Here are a few more words from DOPESICK by Beth Macy.

1. effacacious – “The invitation to the meeting featured a quote from a seventeenth-century English apothecary: ‘Among the remedies which it has pleased Almighty God to give man to relieve his suffering, none is so universal or efficacious as opium.'”

Effacacious is an adjective that means successful in producing a desired or intended result; effective.


2. agonist – “Kristi had already sent Jesse to a rehab in Jacksonville once, in January 2013, a ten-week treatment regimen that began with intensive counseling and medical detox, during which Jesse briefly took buprenorphine (more commonly known by the brand name Suboxone), a partial-opioid agonist designed to stem cravings.”

I assumed this was related to antagonist and I was right.  Agonist means a substance that initiates a physiological response when combined with a receptor.  An agonist produces an action while an antagonist opposes it.


What words do you want to celebrate today?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2018 6:12 am

    That sounds like a very interesting book. I’ve seen other reviews as well. Very apt words! My word for Wordy Wednesday comes from the book “Convenience Store Woman,” here:

    best… mae at

  2. December 19, 2018 9:32 am

    I wish I could toss some of the words you find into every day conversations. But I can’t!

  3. December 19, 2018 10:14 am

    Both words bring back memories of my clinical pharmacist days!

  4. Beth Hoffman permalink
    December 19, 2018 10:40 am

    I knew ” effacacious” but the other word is new to me!

  5. December 19, 2018 11:41 am

    I can see using effacacious in conversation (BTW, my mac wants to spell it differently).

  6. December 19, 2018 2:51 pm

    I am not even gonna try to say that first one

  7. December 22, 2018 12:27 pm

    I knew “efficacious!”

  8. bookingmama permalink
    January 9, 2019 7:11 am

    I’ve never seen agonist but it does make sense.

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