Probably the most interesting subdivision of learned words is rep-resented by the words found in descriptive passages of fiction. These words, which may be called "literary", also have a particular flavour of their own, usually described as "refined". They are mostly polysyl-labic words drawn from the Romance languages and, though fully adapted to the English phonetic system, some of them continue to sound singularly foreign. They also seem to retain an aloofness asso-ciated with the lofty contexts in which they have been used for centu-ries. Their very sound seems to create complex and solemn associa-tions. Here are some examples: solitude, sentiment, fascination, fas-tidiousness, facetiousness, delusion, meditation, felicity, elusive, cor-dial, illusionary.