December 31st, 2020 – New Vocabulary Words

The key is at the bottom of the page… but don’t cheat

The Words:

1. halcyon
2. afflatus
3. mudita
4. gigil
5. orenda
6. duende
7. phosphenes
8. insouciant
9. odium
10. immure



A. the irresistible urge to squeeze someone because you love them
B. inspiration; an impelling mental force from within
C. widespread hatred or disgust for someone
D. charm, magnetism
E. free from work, concern or anxiety
F. to shut in, exclude or confine
G. calm and peaceful; happy and prosperous
H. stars and colors you see when you rub your eyes
I. a mystical, spiritual energy force present in all natural objects that empowers them to effect changes in their own lives or in the world
J. taking delight in the happiness of others














1. G (i,e. When she knits, all is well with the world, her halcyon shows on her contented face. )
2. B (i.e. She provides the afflatus and we supply the effort.)
3. J (i.e. You could see the mudita bloom in her face as she heard her little girl exclaim when she saw the puppy. )
4. A (i.e. Some days the gigil just captures me and it’s hard to resist.)
5. I (i.e. Though no one said a word, you could hear the orenda of the moment.)
6. D (i.e. Though his motives were wrong, his duende carried the day.)
7. H (i.e. The sensation was overwhelming like amplified phosphenes. )
8. E (i.e. With each passing day, he became more insouciant.)
9. C (i.e. The President unified his opponents in odium.)
10. F (i.e As her health worsened, she became more immure.)