A few of my favorite words

All definitions from Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

ardently, adv. : With warmth; affectionately; passionately.

calm, adj.: Still; quiet; being at rest; as the air. Hence not stormy or tempestuous; as a calm day.

captivate, v.t.: To overpower and gain with excellence or beauty; … to bind in love.

curious, adj.: Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive.

discover, v.t.: To find out; to obtain the first knowledge of; to come to the knowledge of something sought or before unknown.

fortitude, n.: That strength or firmness of mind or soul which enables a person to encounter danger with coolness and courage, or to bear pain or adversity without murmuring, depression or despondency. Fortitude is the basis or source of genuine courage or intrepidity in danger, of patience in suffering, of forbearance under injuries, and of magnanimity in all conditions of life. We sometimes confound the effect with the cause, and use fortitude as synonymous with courage or patience; but courage is an active virtue or vice, and patience is the effect of fortitude. (Yes, that is all from Webster.)

gracious, adj.: Favorable; kind; benevolent; merciful; disposed to forgive offenses and impart unmerited blessings.

hope, n.: A desire of some good, accompanied with at least a slight expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable. Hope differs from wish and desire in this, that it implies some expectation of obtaining the good desired, or the possibility of possessing it. Hope therefore always gives pleasure or joy; whereas wish and desire may produce or be accompanied with pain and anxiety.

inspire, v.t.: To infuse into the mind; as, to inspire with new life. Or, to infuse ideas or poetic spirit.

paradox, n.: A tenet or proposition contrary to received opinion, or seemingly absurd, yet true in fact.

prudence, n.: Wisdom applied to practice.

refined, adj.: Freed from impurities or alloy; purifed; polished; cultured; delicate.

renew, v.t.: To renovate; to restore to a former state, or to a good state, after decay or depravation; to rebuild; to repair. 1913 definition: To make new again; to restore to freshness, perfection, or vigor; to give new life to; to rejuvenate; to re-establish; to recreate; to rebuild.

repartee, n.: A smart, ready and witty reply.

revive, v.t.: To recover new life or vigor; to be reanimated after depression.

singular, adj.: Remarkable; eminent; unusual; rare

vivacity, n.: Liveliness; sprightliness of temper or behavior; as a lady of great vivacity.

zeal, n.: Passionate ardor in the pursuit of any thing.

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One thought on “A few of my favorite words

  1. Wow, that’s a powerful list of meanings (I can see why you favor these words).

    One word that I’m surprised to see not on the list (whether on purpose or not I can’t tell) is “beauty.” But as I look at the meanings of the words you listed, all of them are characteristics that are either beautiful in themselves, are commonly seen in beautiful things, or are an action that can be related back to beauty also. (I guess beauty is in a sense defined in this list anyway)

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