This evening I was watching the movie October Sky, a movie I find inspiring and uplifting, and one of the characters, his name was Quentin – he was ‘the geek’, seemed to really like the word ‘prodigious’ as he used a fair amount throughout the movie. Well that set me on a quest. I needed to look up and define some words, starting with prodigious.My list had to contain good words, words with meaning.
So here is my list of 12 awesome words:
1) pro·di·gious /prəˈdijəs/
Adjective: Remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree. Unnatural or abnormal.
Synonyms: wonderful – stupendous – marvelous – enormous
2) val·i·date /val-i-deyt/
verb (used with object), val·i·dat·ed, val·i·dat·ing.
1. to make valid; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions.
2. to give legal force to; legalize.
3. to give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to, as elected officials, election procedures, documents, etc.: to validate a passport.
Synonyms: authenticate – verify – prove
3) dis·com·bob·u·late /diskəmˈbäbyəˌlāt/
Verb: Disconcert or confuse (someone).
4) Serendipity /ser-ən-ˈdi-pə-tē/
noun: a “happy accident” or “pleasant surprise”; specifically, the accident of finding something good or useful while not specifically searching for it.
5) in·tu·i·tion /int(y)o͞oˈiSHən/
1. The ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
2. A thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.
Synonyms: insight – instinct
6) an·tiq·ui·ty /anˈtikwitē/
1. The ancient past, esp. the period before the Middle Ages.
2. A specified historical period during the ancient past.
7) strength /streNG(k)TH/
Noun: The quality or state of being strong, in particular, physical power and energy.
Synonyms: power – force – might – vigour – vigor – potency
8) can·dor /ˈkandər/
Noun: The quality of being open and honest in expression; frankness.
Synonyms: candour – frankness – sincerity – candidness – openness
9) pen·chant /ˈpenCHənt/
Noun: A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
Synonyms: inclination – tendency – leaning – liking – propensity
10) fa·mil·iar /fəˈmilyər/
Adjective: Well known from long or close association: “a familiar voice”.
Noun: A demon supposedly attending a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal.
adjective: intimate – acquainted – conversant – close
11) i·ro·ny /ˈīrənē/
Noun: The expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.
Adjective: Of or like iron: “an irony gray color”.
noun: taunt – sarcasm
adjective: iron – ferreous – ferrous
12) in·tan·gi·ble /inˈtanjəbəl/
Adjective: Unable to be touched or grasped; not having physical presence: “cyberspace or anything else so intangible”.
Noun: An intangible thing.
Synonyms: impalpable – untouchable
And there you have it 12 words that I think are pretty awesome! 😀