While aureate does use Au (the chemical symbol for gold), much like auric (of, relating to, or derived from gold), aureate is used less scientifically and more in a literary fashion. Aureate has lost some of it’s golden lustre in modern use since over time it has come to mean grandiloquence, though I still think it is a highly brilliant word!
Who doesn’t long for a life made gold/ aureated with a sheen so bold? / A life made up of gilded edges/ bringing out the shine each moment alleges. / Don’t simply yearn/ Don’t merely dream/ open your soul and find that brilliant gleam… ~ Ella
Tis a season of aureated delights and so I found it to be a rather fitting word to share. I also think that aureate is an all-season word, one that can remind us of our own golden gleam and the way that we can bring that golden touch wherever we wish. Aureate is also a delight to use when describing overly flowery, bombastic language, which is sometimes the very best kind ’cause who doesn’t enjoy the occasional over-the-top verbiage? I do, how about you?
Namaste ~ Ella
** If there’s a word you’d like to see added to the Word Nerd roster, please feel free to contact me or suggest it in the comments – I enjoy feedback and recommendations!