Pronounced: fay-TIH-dik, adj
Notes: A simple word, but I’ve never heard of it
The word expergefaction means
- awakening or arousing
- the state of being awakened or aroused
This word came into English in the mid-1600s
Background / Comments
Our word comes from the Latin word expergefacere (to awaken), which is made up of expergisci (to become awake) and facere (to make or do).
I recently ran across wormhole in a vocabulary list; I didn’t use it because I know it (I enjoy science fiction). However, I am so used to the sci-fi usage that I almost forgot that it can also simply mean “a hole created by a worm”; nor did I know that the word goes back to the time of Shakespeare.