Here’s another favorite word of mine:
Definition: flagrantly wicked or impious; evil.
Something about nefarious works for me on every level. I can’t say for certain, but I think this is one of those words that when I first read it (although I don’t remember how long ago that would have been), I knew exactly what it meant before I looked up the definition. It simply sounds like it is up to no good. The minute I read or hear the word, it puts me on edge, makes me glance over my shoulder. It almost leaves a sour taste in my mouth when I say it, and the “s” at the end alludes to the sinister qualities that nefarious encompasses. Although someone with nefarious intentions is not to be trusted, the word itself is a reliable, subtle way to make readers uneasy. It seems unobtrusive, innocuous, but the word lingers in the mind, transforming into a poltergeist that haunts the rest of a story.
What are some of your favorite words?