COMPLEX WORDS FOR SIMPLE THINGS




Sometimes you just want to impress the living hell out of someone with your knowledge of the English language. When the run-of-the-mill just won't do, break out one of these doozies on your family and friends and witness the ensuing reaction. They'll doubtless ask, "Why didn't you just say [insert simple word here]?"



COMPLEX WORDS FOR SIMPLE THINGS
Key: The word's language of origin appears directly below it, and to the right of that is an example sentence and an etymology, along with any related themes.

Word
Phonetic Pronunciation
Part of Speech
Definition
confabulate
Latin
con-FAB-u-late
1. to talk informally; CHAT
2. to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication
Ex.
Rel. Themes:


Why not just say:
Dad is in the parlor confabulating with a prospective customer
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chat, converse, talk?



eleemosynary
Late Latin
e-li-MAW-sin-air-ee adjective of, relating to, or supported by charity; CHARITABLE
Ex.

Ex. 2.
Etym.
Rel. Themes:

Why not just say:
Victims of large natural disasters frequently depend on eleemosynary relief from private individuals.
The church is supported by donations from an anonymous, eleemosynary benefactor.
From the Late Latin eleemosyna, “alms.”
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charitable?



libidinous
Latin
le-BID-i-nus
having or exhibiting lustful desires
Ex.

Rel. Themes:

Why not just say:
It is perhaps every young man’s dream to find a libidinous mate and her like-minded circle of friends.
Complex Words For Simple Things

lusty, horny, sexually forward?



obnubilate
Latin
aub-NOO-bi-late
to becloud or obscure
Ex.

Rel. Themes:


Why not just say:
The judge’s ruling included excessive amounts of dicta, which did nothing but obnubilate his main points.
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obscure?



prestidigitation
Italian
Latin
pres-tuh-dij-i-TAY-shun
sleight of hand, esp. when performing magic tricks
Ex.

Re. Themes:

Why not just say:
Had I not dealt the cards myself, I would have sworn my friend had engaged in prestidigitation to win the hand.
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sleight of hand, trickery?



pulchritude
Latin
PUL-kri-tood
physical beauty
Ex.
Rel. Themes:


Why not just say:
He was a dashing figure of great pulchritude, sculpted as from a stone by the gods.
Complex Words For Simple Things | High-Falutin' Praises | Likely Literary | Little-known Synonyms for Well-known Words

beauty?



rebarbative
Middle French
re-BAR-buh-tiv
extremely unattractive; repellant; irritating
Ex.
Rel. Themes:

Why not just say:
Her rebarbative demeanor made it difficult for me to maintain my composure.
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irritating, offensive, annoying?





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