Where there's an alternative, are they (ie euphuisms) still necessary? When? I referenced this. I'm not asking about technical terms (ie polysemy), because they inherit accuracy that would otherwise be lost. A colleague maintains that this 'elevation of diction' evidences learnedness and 'erudition'. Really?
For examples, are there any valid reasons to prefer or need:
- 'brook' or 'countenance' over "endure"?
- comport + with > agree, accord + with?
- conduce' over 'aid' ?
- desideratum > (pre)requisite
- disquisition > discourse
- expostulate > rebuke ?
- importune > harrass or solicit (in a lewd sense)
- obnuilate > cloud, obscure
- otiose > 'impractical', 'useless' ?
- pellucid' over 'lucid' ?
- pretermit > omit or abandon (whichever is relevant).
- recrudesce > recur
- vituperative > bitter/abusive