Silver’s Word of the Week – Fuliginous


Welcome to Silver’s Word of the Week where I try to find strange and unusual words to ignite my vocabulary to new levels! Are you ready to learn a new word?

This week our word is the courtesy of (Word of the Day app)

fuliginous WOW

  1. sooty; smoky: the fuliginous air hanging over an industrial city.
  2. of the color of soot, as dark gray, dull brown,black, etc.
  3. murky

My Examples:

The fire burned low as a fuliginous shroud of smoke twisted at the top of the cave wall.

The poem is written in a fuliginous style of prose not used in today’s modern writing. (click the link to hear the word pronounced) shares:

Did You Know?

“Fuliginous is a word with a dark and dirty past – it derives from “fuligo,” the Latin word for “soot.” In an early sense (now obsolete), “fuliginous” was used to describe noxious bodily vapors once thought to be produced by organic processes. The “sooty” sense, which English speakers have been using since the early 1620s, can be used to describe everything from dense fogs and malevolent clouds to overworked chimney sweeps. “Fuliginous” can also be used to refer to something dark or dusky, as in Henry James’ novel The Ambassadors, in which the character Waymarsh is described as having “dark fuliginous eyes.”

What an excellent description from Henry James! I like the sound of this word and although it is not used often I believe this word is a great adjective. It is has a dark mysterious connotation to it.

How would you use “fuliginous” in a sentence?

It has begun




I see a fuliginous message in the sky beckoning to me…

See you next week!

41 thoughts on “Silver’s Word of the Week – Fuliginous

  1. I wonder if Dickens ever used it. Seems to describe, I think, early industrial Britain and a whole lot that went with it. Apt description for Catherine’s Heathcliffe. And my mood when I spilt hot jam all over the kitchen last Friday!

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  2. Hmmm… very intriguing and clever word Colleen. Not sure how I can use this one. Although I do live near a town that’s steel works is closing and I believe it used to produce fuliginous skies, when in full steam. Very sad to see the industry go but it must be good for the air! Interesting word! KL ❤

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