Saturday, 28 April 2012

Entry: redolent (adj.)

In context: "'And tonight I'm just settling in in yet another uneven-legged chair, cultivating that glazed passive spectatorial state of mind that is clearly what they're trying to inspire in the ephebe, settling in next to a positively redolent Emil M. and trying to hold my poor addled Denial-ridden mind open with all available main, listening to this ravaged-looking Yalie in yellow slacks detail episodes of tremens whose gruesomeness inderdicted any possible Identification ---'"

Definition: Originally: having or diffusing a pleasant smell, aroma, or scent; sweet-smelling, fragrant. In later use chiefly: strong smelling, pungent.

Other: More than learning really obscure or field-specific words, I'm enjoying getting a better handle on words I'm familiar with, but maybe slightly uncomfortable using.

SNOOT score: 1

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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