A to Z Challenge : A

Welcome to the first day of the A to Z Challenge.   Is everyone ready to learn some new words with me?

Augur (verb)
Definition: to give promise of something to come later.
Sentence: "I may augur, from the silence of my family, that they object to the resolution I have taken." - Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Anathema (noun)
Definition: a person or thing detested, loathed, or hated.
Sentence: That subject is the anathema to all he stands for.

Ailurophobia (noun)
Definition:  an abnormal fear of cats.
Sentence: The doctor diagnosed Fred with ailurophobia because of his fear of cats.

Abacinate (verb)
Definition: blind by holding a red-hot metal plate before someone's eyes.
Sentence: The prisoners were abacinated by their captors.

Adventitious (adjective)
Definition: happening or carried on according to chance rather than design or inherent nature.
Sentence: My adventures were always adventitious, always thrust on me."


  1. I think I'm going to enjoy your A to Z Challenge posts. I especially like the last three words, though abacinate doesn't sound like much fun!

    1. I had a lot of fun doing them, there are a lot of weird words out there. :) My vocabulary has expanded a great deal.

  2. Abacinate? Shivers! I love to learn new vocabulary. Readers Digest has a section with new words and we always quiz each other on them.

  3. Your posts are really going to help my writing. ;)

    A fear of cats? Hmm...I guess there's a fear for everything.

    -Chrys Fey
    Tremp’s Troops - A to Z Co-co-host
    Write with Fey

  4. Good one! Love obscure words.


  5. Oh I like new words, thank you! I often come up with words and think 'wow! That is a cool word that feels right for my writing' And I have no idea how I know the word I just do. And when I look it up in the dictionary it means what I feel. I think I am channelling an inner English teacher LOL And welcome to the challenge, if you want to see what I am up to for the challenge pop by http://www.kellymartinspeaks.co.uk/

  6. Great choice of words, what sci-fi ones have you got?

  7. What an interesting theme! Thanks for sharing - I'm A-Z Blogger number 596 Leaning On The Gate - and having great fun so far!

  8. I love this, especially the cat phobia!



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