Wondrous Words Wednesday – May 20, 2009

wondrouswordswednesday Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Kathy at Bermudaonion. The idea is for bloggers to post about the unfamiliar words they have encountered in their reading the past week. Click over to read other book bloggers’ Wondrous Words, and leave a link to your post of some Wondrous Words of your own.

Today, I have more words from Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

heliolatry: sun worship

His present aspect, coupled with the lack of all human forms in the scene, explained the old-time heliolatries in a moment.

stopt-diapason: This took some searching, and all I could find out is that it’s an organ term.

apotheosis: 1. elevation to divine status: deification; 2. the perfect example: quintessence

Then their sister, with much augmented confidence in the efficacy of this sacrament, poured forth from the bottom of her heart the thanksgiving that follows, uttering it boldly and triumphantly in the stopt-diapason note which her voice acquired when her heart was in her speech, and which will never be forgotten by those who knew her. The ecstasy of faith almost apotheosized her; it set upon her face a glowing irradiation, and brought a red spot into the middle of each cheek; while the miniature candle-flame inverted in her eye-pupils shown like a diamond.

I also have one word from Justice Hall by Laurie R. King.

anneal: strengthen, toughen

In a moment he would begin to sob, and humiliation would anneal itself to horror to make this day a burden for the rest of his life.

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7 Responses to Wondrous Words Wednesday – May 20, 2009

  1. Kathy says:

    I’m not surprised that Tess of the D’Urbervilles had some tough words in it. I always find new words in older books. Thanks for participating today!

  2. I liked reading Tess. In India, there are many Tess’ out there. Believe me.

    Here are my words

  3. Margot says:

    What, no words from Stephanie or Morelli or Ranger? Surely Lulu had some. lol Nothing like fun, escape fiction for a little balance.

  4. Ladybug says:

    That was a lot of new words to me. Heliolatry is a wonderful new word for one longing for summer :)

    I have one word this week.

  5. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Kathy – Hardy seems to be inordinately fond of flowery language – he’s stretching me!

    Gautami – I haven’t decided if I like Tess yet or not – the book, I mean, not the character. Hardy’s language is a bit much for me.

    Margot – no words I would print – this is a family-friendly blog!

    Ladybug – I agree – bring on the sun!

  6. Care
    Twitter: bkclubcare
    says:

    great words! Fun, isn’t it. I ‘m find that I remember the vocab shared by others but constantly look up the same words when I find them in my reading – strange, huh?

  7. CarrieK
    Twitter: booksandmovies
    says:

    Care – that is strange! I don’t always remember the words I look up, either, especially if they’re so rare that I don’t see them again for years.

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