Abeyance- temporary suppression or suspension
The earthquake gave us an abeyance from work since we had to evacuate our building.
Acme- highest point, summit; the highest level or degree attainable
Mount Marcy is the acme in New York State.
Glower- to glare or stare angrily and intensely
I glower at bikers who ignore traffic signals.
Guile- deceit; trickery
I’m still in disbelief; I never knew he was capable of such guile.
Hermetic- tightly sealed
I always make sure my water bottle is hermetic.
Idiosyncrasy- peculiarity of temperament; eccentricity
Gary Busey is well known for his idiosyncrasies.
Intransigent- uncompromising; refusing to be reconciled
The New York Daily News is intransigent with their negative views regarding placing bike lanes in New York city.
Malediction- a curse; a wish of evil upon another
In many fairy tales, the antagonist casts a malediction onto the protagonist.
Oblique- indirect or evasive; misleading or devious
The politician can be very oblique when it comes to his campaigning styles.
Peregrinate- to wander from place to place; to travel; especially on foot
There’s nothing more I love than peregrinating around cities I’m visiting for the first time.
Rarefy- to make thinner or sparser
Add water to rarefy the sauce.
Scintilla- trace amount
I love it when dogs get so excited after only sniffing out a scintella of a scent. They love being on the hunt!
Stratagem- trick designed to deceive an enemy
There are many stratagems designed in campaigns.
Surfeit- excessive amount
It seems that all the personal style bloggers have a surfeit of clothes!