Words I’ve become acquainted with thanks to “Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf”

Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf - front coverJust had my ass handed to me by Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf.

Even though I have a reasonable vocabulary, and the novel is a slim 336 pages, I needed to look up a few words. Some words were looked up for meaning within context (i.e. the text used a word I understood, but not the meaning I was familiar with), however most I’d never encountered before. The list:

chthonic • gamin • patens • thuribles • furbelow • gittern • ambit • pulsatile • epithalamium • cresset • threnody • habergeons • ophicleidic • cicatrice • chiaroscuro • extirpate • niello • fascicles • termagant • quillets • prolix • quiddity • recondite • equivogues • zeugmatic • recherché • isochronous • nervate • procrustean • nescience • cynosure • de trop • melanzane • apotheosis • mozetta • cincture • hierophant • paean • numinosity • sanbenito • thurifers • plangent • threnody • canaille • recreant • nigrescent • numen • tergiversations • turbid • draff • motet • dithyrambic • ultra vires • systalsis • tintinnabulation • nacreous • steatite • stephanotic • minikin • mansuetudinous • empressement • usufructuary • malapert • chiaroscuro • éclaircissement • dehiscent • pasquinade • panegyric • prolix • periphrasis • peculation • surmullet • triclinium • trouvaille • apotheosis • ratafia • fictile • gallipot • indurated • nugatory • operose • honoris causa • simony • succedaneum • Lateran • undines • patriciate • culverins • porphyry • ochlocratic • hypothecation • prolegomena • imprecations • edacious • consistory • paronomasia • vituperation • gobemouche • rubescent • vermeil-gold • embonpoint • inchoative • effluxionémeute • hortative • febrifuge • girandoles • glaucous • ferruginous • procumbent • inspissated • objurgationobelus • energumen • hetaera • estaminet • papilionaceous • poetaster • psalmody • integument • cauchemar • deeps • confraternity • Viaticum • alembic • effulgence • apostolate • lacuna