Do you ever come to a point when you want to describe a particular characteristic or personality, but do not know what to call it? Well, it happens to all of us! We thought, why not create a vocabulary list of all such words so that we can keep descriptions on our tongue tips.
Let’s jump straight in!
The Characteristic Vocabulary
A linguist is a person who is versed in many languages. Come to think of it, we have many linguists around us but feel short of words when we want to describe them in one word.
Someone around you is feeling very low and is saying all the negative things that they can. You can very well say, “Hey! Stop being a pessimist.” You can use this word for those who always look at the darker side of things.
Alex is such a misogynist, that as a feminist, I cannot stand being in the same room as him. Does this sentence define the characteristic of Alex? A misogynist is one who hates women.
A pedant is a characteristic that relates to those who are either over-concerned about minor details, or those who enjoy making a display of their learning/knowledge. For example, “While I might call this cheese, some pedants around me show-off by distinguishing it with its actual name and type.“
The word ‘zoo’ is a giveaway of who a zoophilist is; it describes a person who loves animals. “My little one is such a zoophilist, that she wants to visit the animal park every weekend, and does not want to return until told.”
A person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person is a protege. Such a person would be in the care and protection of another person. The professor submitted his protege’s name to contest for the department’s new member.”
Cynics are all around us; they are people who sneer at the aims and beliefs of his fellow men. It is referred to all those who find that people believe in things for their own selfish beliefs. “Some cynics thought that the controversy was all a publicity stunt.”
An accomplice is one who gives company to another in committing a crime, much like, a partner in crime. “The police will keep you in custody till we find your accomplice; after that, you both will go to trial.”
Another word for an imposter is a hypocrite; we can use this for a person who pretends to be someone who they are not. “The host warned the audience of imposters asking for money to be a part of the show.”
There used to be many numismatists before, but one could say it is a lost hobby now. A person who collects coins is a numismatist. “My brother is a numismatist; he has coins from all around the world.”
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