Are you yearning to replace a few plain ole everyday words in your prepared speech or presentation?  Here’s a list of 10 obscure yet elaborate words, with definitions, that will enhance your value as a speaker; even in casual conversation.

  1. Pluviophile (n.) A lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.  Example: My brother is a real pluviophile; he really enjoys the weather in the rainy season.
  2. Sequoia (n.) A 7 letter word that has the letter Q, and all 5 vowels.  A redwood tree, especially the California redwood.  Example: I like visiting forests where you can see a sequoia.
  3. Clinomania (n.) Excessive desire to stay in bed.  Example: I definitely have clinomania; I love sleeping, making mornings a struggle for me.
  4. Supine (adj.) Lying face upwards.  Example: He was lying supine on the beach chair looking at the sky.
  5. Petrichor (n.) The pleasant, earthy smell after rain.  Example: Although I do love the charming, dewy petrichor of the post-rain afternoon, I still hope the weather stays sunny.
  6. Aurora (n.) The dawn in the early morning.  Example: The aurora over the skyline was too beautiful not to photograph.
  7. Grandiloquent (adj.) Extravagant or pompous in language, style, or manner.  Example: His speech was a grandiloquent celebration of Canadian glory.
  8. Obdurate (adj.) Stubborn, refuse to change a course of action or one’s opinion.  Example: I argued with him to see the flip side of the coin, but he was obdurate.
  9. Exigent (adj.) Demanding, pressing; or requiring immediate action.  Example: The exigent demands of medical school can take a toll on first-year medical students.
  10. Inchoate (adj.) Not fully formed or developed, just begun. Example: The new nation’s constitution is inchoate.
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