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I’ve got a second batch of words from Home in the Morning by Mary Glickman.

The first is a update from last weeks words.

virago – I was privileged to get a comment from the author letting me know of an alternate definition for this word and one I like much better.

“A virago during the Rennaisance was a women of capability, independence, and knowledge. Not an easy trick in those times. Nor in these.” — Mary Glickman

Thank you, Mary for stopping by my blog and for giving me such great words. Come back Friday when I post my review. (here’s a spoiler-I loved it)

Now on to new words to me.

ameliorating – “An ameliorating response was required, but he was damned if he knew what it was.”

Ameliorating means to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve.

spurious – “It took a while, but Jackson eventually realized this claim to nobility was a spurious one.”

Spurious means not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit. — I thought I knew what this word meant because I remember it from Miracle on 34th Street. But since I thought it meant inebriated I guess I was wrong.

opprobrium – “It’s just not right to make an announcement without a ring, and I don’t think I can bear more opprobrium tonight.”

Opprobrium means the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.

What new words did you learn lately?

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