Wondrous Words Wednesday is hosted by Bermuda Onion's Weblog each week. It's an opportunity to share new words you've encountered in your reading or highlight words that you particularly enjoy.
Here are a few of my favorite new-to-me words from my most recent read, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. All definitions come from my online dictionary, Webster's New World Dictionary.
1. the act of vituperting
2. abusive language
"Today I will sing a Letter of Vituperation, " Snow Flower announced. pge 227.
After reading the context I still wasn't sure of the word. Then the dictionary meaning did not help a lot so I went to the Thesaurus. The synonyms for vituperation are censure, disapproval, scolding, verbal abuse. These helped my with the word.
the deliberate breaking of faith; betrayal of trust; treachery
"Perhaps your perfidy is why your husband, your mother-in-law, your children and yes, the betrayed old same before you, do not cherish you as they might." pg 229
These words are both in the same chapter of the book and as you see are certainly related. They are strong words, words not used much in our language these days. At least I was not familiar with them.