Pronunciate And Other Rarely Used Dictionary Words

The only time you’ve probably heard the word pronunciate was perhaps in a Language class or at the spelling and pronunciation class in school.

Some English words like pronunciate for obvious reasons are not used as much. Pronunciate for instance, is not used as often as “pronounce” or “pronunciation”.

Ordinarily we hear more of pronounce as a verb more than pronunciate; pronouncement and pronunciation as abstract nouns.

Pronunciate may or may not be found in the dictionary. however defines it as “to declare or pronounce”. It also states that the word is rarely used.


First of, linguists have argued if a word not contained in the dictionary should be considered a word. Well it happens that a lot of words in English neither have a dictionary definition nor even a place in the dictionary.

About 52% of some of these unique English words aren’t listed in major dictionaries.

Putting the dictionary together takes a lot of work, research and energy. As a result it takes time to conclusively have the reasonable backing to put a word and its definition in the dictionary.

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So before these internationally prominent dictionaries enlist a word, alongside its definition, the editors embark on a vetting and research process to make their work authentic and credible.

It has also been argued that the word “Pronunciate” appears to be a blend of the words, “Pronounce” and “Enunciate”.

Enunciate means “to say or pronounce clearly.” Though they have a slight difference in their meanings, “Enunciate” is an efficient synonym for the word pronounce.

The creation and existence of the word “Pronunciate” is not clear since one can use either pronounce or enunciate.

To pronounce has been found to be in use for over 500 years, thus the second and longer verb “pronunciate” is largely considered unnecessary.

Situations like this and more are reasons why some existing words are dormant and useless in the normal everyday verbal communication.

Some of these words may be rarely used because they have become improper, obsolete and archaic. They are found as existent words but they are either out of use or too jaw-breaking that they are less remembered or even known.

Some literary works have however revived some of these words.

Below are some of the words that seems to have no place in the normal everyday communication in English language.

1. Irregardless– Same as regardless

Just like pronunciate, irregardless is considered a non-standard English word.

Without looking it up in the dictionary, one would automatically assume that the word is the antonym for regardless.

For instance in the word, irrespective, the “ir” prefix means “not”. Nonetheless, the dictionary defines it as same with regardless.

Consequently, irregardless is considered an improper word.

2. Misunderestimate- To underestimate someone by mistake

This is a combination of “underestimating” and “mistake.”

The word was used by Past US leader, president Bush. Unfortunately it did not make it to the dictionary.

3. Aeroir- The atmospheric taste of place(Macmillan Dictionary)

You may not find this word in many dictionaries.

4. Disinterested– Not influenced by considerations of personal advantage (Neutral) or not interested

Not everyone knows that disinterested is not always the opposite of “being interested”. Whichever be the case, disinterested is not commonly in use.

When used to show no form of influence, we would commonly choose neutral instead of disinterested. Likewise when used in the context of showing interest, it is easier to use “not interested”  than “disinterested”.

5. Unrespectful– Not showing respect or politeness mentions it as an adjective but notes disrespectful as the antonym. We would agree that the latter comes in handy when speaking or writing in English language.

6. Unlimitless

This is one of those confusing words like irregardless. “Un” means “No”. So if we have something like Unlimited it literally means “no limit”. If we also have “limitless” the suffix “less”, gives a similar “no-limit” meaning.

Having a prefix and a suffix that says the same thing, contradicts the meaning of the entire word.

7. Venery– Hunting

8. Dalliance– Casual romantic relationship

An affair would be commonly used.

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9. Agender– Used for a person who does not identify themselves as having a particular gender.

The word gained recognition in the 1950s. However it is not as popular as “transgender”.

10. Assemblage– Gathering

The word assembly would actually surge up first before assemblage.

11. Twitter-light– Twilight

12. Desuetude– Disuse

13. Snoutfair– Good looking person

When was the last time you saw a good looking person and the word snoutfair came to your head? We’d rather stick with good looking or any other common word that says same.

14. Ununderstandable/Nonunderstandable– Not easily understood Or a difficult person

15. Ordwainer– A shoemaker

16. Ensirient– Hungry

12. Imbroglio– Altercation

13. Serendipity– A beneficial event that happens by chance

14. Wherewithal– The means

15. Beldam– An old woman

16. Circumjacent– Surrounding

17. kakorrhaphiophobia– The fear of failure

Totally jaw-breaking for an oral communication.

18. Monsterful– Wonderful

19. Oxter– The armpit

20. Lumming– Heavy rain

21. Lookupable– Easy to find in the dictionary

22. Woebegone– To be surrounded by sadness

23. Appricity– The sun’s warmth on a cold winter’s day

This is one of the rarely used winter words with a Latin origin.

24. Gorgonize– To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect

The synonyms- stupefy, petrify- are most commonly used.

25. Discombobulate– To confuse someone.