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DM Vocab - Interesting Words You May Not Have Known

by Hale J. on April 06, 2021

 7. Torpor 

noun⁠⁠ /ˈtɔːpə/

A state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.⁠⁠
“The dragon lay dormant, in a deep torpor from which he would not easily be roused."

6. Impavid

adjective /ɪmˈpævɪd/

Fearless, undaunted.
“The impavid barbarian jumped into the fray without a thought for his safety.”

5. Semiotics 
noun /ˌsiːmɪˈɒtɪks,ˌsɛmɪˈɒtɪks/

The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.
“The meaning of the inscription has been lost over the generations. Even a master in semiotics likely wouldn’t be able to decipher its full meaning.”

4. Conniption
noun /kəˈnɪpʃ(ə)n/

A fit of rage or hysterics.
“The feudal lord was not a man easy to reason with. If he knew what his son had done he would have a conniption fit in anger.”

3. Denizen
noun /ˈdɛnɪz(ə)n/

A person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in a particular place.
“As the flames flooded the valley engulfing everything in their path, the denizens of the city and surrounding forest frantically fled with no hope of escaping their destruction.”

2. Petulant
adjective /ˈpɛtjʊl(ə)nt/

(of a person or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered, easily irritated or annoyed.
“The prince’s reaction to the accusation was nothing but petulant. The protection of his father has allowed him to maintain a childish manner for far too many years.”

1. Scrimshaw
noun, verb /ˈskrɪmʃɔː/

Scrimshaw is scrollwork, engravings, or carvings done in bone or ivory.
“The intricate scrimshaw showed a scene of death and destruction. Not a more apt place to record this prophecy could be found than carved into bone.”