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Words found in the works of great authors like Pynchon, DeLillo, DFW, et al. (WARNING: This list is actually advanced, unlike other SAT or GRE lists. You will not know these words at first.)
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05/05/2015

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vestal
Definition
Chaste, pure
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bagatelle
Definition
a thing of little importance
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berceuse
Definition
a lullaby
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recherché
Definition
rare, exotic, or obscure
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ectomorph
Definition
a person with a lean and delicate body build
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chaparral
Definition
vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes
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grosgrain
Definition
a heavy, ribbed fabric, typically of silk or rayon
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charmeuse
Definition
a soft, silky dress frabric
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ab initio
Definition
from the beginning (formal or legal)
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abscissa
Definition
the x-coordinate (cf. ordinate)
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ad libitum
Definition
more formal for ad lib
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agronomy
Definition
the science of soil management and crop production
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aliyah
Definition
immigration to Israel OR the honor of being called upon to read from the Torah
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anaphora
Definition
the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to avoid repetition
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apocope
Definition
the loss of a sound or sounds at the end of a word
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arras
Definition
a rich tapestry, typically hung on the walls of a room or used to conceal an alcove
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arriviste
Definition
an ambitious or ruthlessly self-seeking person, esp. one who has recently acquired wealth or social status
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athenaeum
Definition
institution for literary or scientific study
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auricle
Definition
a structure resembling an ear or earlobe
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ballotin
Definition
a decorative cardboard box, slightly larger at the top and with broad flaps, in which chocolates are sold
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barcarole
Definition
a song traditionally sung by Venetian gondoliers
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batiste
Definition
a fine, light linen or cotton fabric resembling cambric
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beau geste
Definition
a noble and generous act
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bestiary
Definition
a descriptive or anecdotal treatise on various real or mythical kinds of animals
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bibelot
Definition
a small, decorative ornament or trinket
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bight
Definition
a curve or recess in a coastline, river, or other geographical feature
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bijou
Definition
small and elegant (esp. of a residence or business establishment)
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bolster
Definition
a long, thick pillow that is placed under other pillows for support
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Borsalino
Definition
a man's wide-brimmed felt hat (trademark)
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brassard
Definition
a band worn on the sleeve, typically having an identifying mark and worn with a uniform
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brasserie
Definition
an informal restaurant, esp. one in France or modeled on a French one and with a large selection of drinks
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Brobdingnagian
Definition
gigantic (cf. Lilliputian)
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brocade
Definition
a rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread
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bugaboo
Definition
an object of fear or alarm; a bugbear
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bumptious
Definition
self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree
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bung
Definition
a stopper for closing a hole in a container
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caesura
Definition
an interruption or break
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callipygian
Definition
having well-shaped buttocks
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calque
Definition
loan translation; an expression adopted by one language from another in a more or less literally translated form
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canard
Definition
an unfounded rumor or story
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caryatid
Definition
a stone carving of a draped female figure, used as a pillar to support the entablature of a Greek or Greek-style building
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catenary
Definition
a curve formed by a wire, rope, or chain hanging freely from two points that are on the same horizontal level
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caudillo
Definition
a military or political leader (in Spanish-speaking regions)
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chaplet
Definition
a garland or wreath for a person's head
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chassé
Definition
a gliding step in dancing in which one foot displaces the other
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chasuble
Definition
a sleeveless outer vestment worn by a Catholic of High Anglican priest when celebrating Mass, typically ornate and having a simple hole for the head
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cheongsam
Definition
a straight, close-fitting silk dress with a high neck, short sleeves, and a slit skirt, worn traditionally by Chinese and Indonesian women
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chiliast
Definition
Someone believing in Christian millenarianism (second coming of Christ, thousand-year age of blessedness)
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chivvy
Definition
tell (someone) repeatedly to do something (trans v.)
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cingulum
Definition
an encircling structure (nerve fibers in brain, enamel on tooth)
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claque
Definition
a group of people hired to applaud (or heckle) a performer or public speaker
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clonus
Definition
muscular apasm involving repeated, often rhythmic, contractions
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cockade
Definition
a rosette or knot of ribbons worn in a hat as a badge of office or party
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comme il faut
Definition
correct in behavior or etiquette
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corniche
Definition
a road cut into the edge of a cliff, esp. one running along a coast
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coup de foudre
Definition
an instance of love at first sight
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couturier
Definition
a fashion designer who manufactures and sells clothes that have been tailored to a client's specific requirements and measurements
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covey
Definition
a small party or flock of birds, esp. partridge
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credenza
Definition
a sideboard or cupboard
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cretonne
Definition
a heavy cotten fabric, typically with a floral pattern printed on one or both sides, used for upholstery
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crotchet
Definition
a perverse or unfounded belief or notion
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cruet
Definition
a small container for salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar
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crupper
Definition
a strap buckled to the back of a saddle and looped under the horse's tail to prevent the saddle or harness from slipping forward
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cui bono?
Definition
who stands, or stood, to gain? (from a crime, and so might be responsible) Latin
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culvert
Definition
a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railroad
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curvet
Definition
(of a horse) a graceful or energetic leap
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dacha
Definition
a country house or cottage in Russia, typically used as a second or vacation home
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dacoit
Definition
a member of a band of armed robbers in India or Myanmar
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damask
Definition
a figured woven fabric with a pattern visible on both sides, typically used for table linen and upholstery
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danseuse
Definition
a female ballet dancer
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dégagé
Definition
unconcerned or unconstrained
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démarche
Definition
a political step or initiative
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demisemiquaver
Definition
a thirty-second note
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de trop
Definition
not wanted; unwelcome
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dormer
Definition
a window that projects vertically from a sloping roof
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dray
Definition
a truck or cart for delivering beer barrels or other heave loads, esp. a low one without sides
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drayman
Definition
a person who delivers beer for a brewery
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dudgeon
Definition
a feeling of offence or deep resentment
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echt
Definition
authentic and typical (adj.)
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ecru
Definition
the light beige color of unbleached linen
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eidolon
Definition
an idealized person or thing
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endogenous
Definition
having an internal cause or origin (cf. exogenous)
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entrechat
Definition
a vertical jump during which the dancer repeatedly crosses the feet and beats them together
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entresol
Definition
a low story between the first floor and the second floor of a building; a mezzanine floor
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epideictic
Definition
characterized by or designed to display rhetorical or oratorical skill
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ergotism
Definition
poisoning produced by eating food affected by ergot, typically resulting in headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and gangrene
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esplanade
Definition
a long, open, level area, typically beside the sea
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etiolated
Definition
having lost vigor or substance; feeble
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faro
Definition
a gambling card game in which players bet on the order in which the cards will appear
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flâneur
Definition
an idler or lounger
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flotilla
Definition
a fleet of ships or boats
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fontanel
Definition
a space between the bones of the skull in an infant or fetus, where ossification is not complete
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fourchette
Definition
a thin fold of skin at the back of the vulva
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gantry
Definition
a bridgelike overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, railroad signals, lights, or cameras
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garçonnière
Definition
a bachelor's apartment
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gateleg table
Definition
a table with hinged legs that swing out from the frame to support the drop leaves that make the surface of the table larger
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Gemeinschaft
Definition
social relations between individuals, based on close personal and family ties; community (cf. Gesellschaft)
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Gesellschaft
Definition
social relations based on impersonal ties, as duty to a society or organization (cf. Gemeinschaft)
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glassine
Definition
a glossy transparent paper (usu. adj.)
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glazier
Definition
a person whose profession is fitting glass into windows and doors
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glyptic
Definition
of or concerning carving or engraving
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goggle
Definition
look with wide open eyes, typically in amazement or wonder (intr. v.)
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grotto
Definition
a small picturesque cave, esp. an artificial one in a park or garden
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hausfrau
Definition
a German housewife
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hod
Definition
a builder's V-shaped open trough on a pole, used for carrying bricks and other building materials
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hummock
Definition
a hillock, knoll, or mound
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hypergolic
Definition
(of a rocket propellant) igniting spontaneously on mixing with another substance
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idée fixe
Definition
an idea or desire that dominates the mind; an obsession
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ideogram
Definition
a written character symbolizing the idea of a thing without indicating the sounds used to say it, eg. numerals and Chinese characters
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immiseration
Definition
economic impoverishment
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impasto
Definition
the process or technique of laying on paint or pigment thickly so that it stands out from a surface
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interregnum
Definition
a period when normal government is suspended, esp. between successive reigns or regimes
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jeroboam
Definition
a wine bottle with a capacity four times larger than that of an ordinary bottle
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jeu d'esprit
Definition
a lighthearted display of wit and cleverness, esp. in a work of literature
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jitney
Definition
a bus or other vehicle carrying passengers for a low fare
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kerf
Definition
a slit made by cutting, esp. with a saw OR the cut end of a felled tree
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Kiwanis
Definition
a North American society of business and professional people formed to maintain commercial ethics
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kleptocrat
Definition
a ruler who uses political power to steal his or her country's resources
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kouros
Definition
an archaic Greek statue of a young man, standing and often naked
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kvell
Definition
feel happy and proud
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latitudinarian
Definition
allowing latitude in religion; showing no preference amoung varying creeds and forms of worship
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laudanum
Definition
an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium and formerly used as a narcotic painkiller
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lea
Definition
an open area of grassy or arable land
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lintel
Definition
a horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window
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lisle
Definition
a fine, smooth cotten thread used esp. for hosiery
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loggia
Definition
a gallery or room with one or more open sides, esp. one that forms parts of a house and has one side open to the garden
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lollop
Definition
move in an ungainly way in a series of clumsy paces or bounds
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maisonette
Definition
a set of rooms for living in, typically on two stories of a larger building and with its own entrance from outside
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mandala
Definition
a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism
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menorah
Definition
a sacred candelabrum with seven branches used in the Temple in Jerusalem
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menorrhea
Definition
the flow of blood at menstruation
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mephitic
Definition
foul-smelling; noxious (esp. of a gas or vapor)
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metathesis
Definition
the transposition of sounds or letters in a word
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minaret
Definition
a tall slender tower, typically part of a mosque, with a balcony from which a muezzin calls Muslims to prayer
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mohel
Definition
a person who performs the Jewish rite of circumcision
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mollycoddle
Definition
treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively (trans. v.)
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moraine
Definition
a mass of rocks and sediment carried down and deposited by a glacier
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muscat
Definition
a variety of white, red, or black grape with a musky scent, grown in warm climate for wine or raisins or as table grapes
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mutatis mutandis
Definition
(used when comparing two or more cases or situations) making necessary alterations while not affecting the main point at issue (adv.)
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natation
Definition
swimming
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neoplasm
Definition
a new and abnormal growth of tissue in some part of the body, esp. as a characteristic of cancer
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nugatory
Definition
of no value or importance
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nymphaeum
Definition
a grotto or shrine dedicated to a nymph or nymphs
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ombré
Definition
(of a fabric) having a dyed, printed, or woven design in which the color is graduated from light to dark
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omophagy
Definition
the eating of raw food, esp. raw meat
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ontic
Definition
of or relating to entities and facts about them; relating to real as opposed to phenomenal existence
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organdy
Definition
a fine translucent cotton or silk fabric that is usually stiffened and is used for women's clothing
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osculate
Definition
(of a curve or surface) touch another curve or surface as to have a common tangent at the point of contact OR to kiss
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pampas
Definition
extensive, treeless plains in South America
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paradiddle
Definition
one of the basic patterns of drumming, consisting of four even strokes played in the order of left-right-left-left or r-l-r-r
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parapet
Definition
a low, protective wall along the edge of a roof, bridge, or balcony
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parterre
Definition
a level space in a garden or yard occupied by an ornamental arrangement of flower beds
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passementerie
Definition
a decorative textile trimming consisting of gold or silver lace, gimp, or braid
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penetralia
Definition
the innermost parts of a building; a secret or hidden place
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pentimento
Definition
a visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas
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pergola
Definition
an archway in a garden or park consisting of a framework covered with trained climbing or trailing plants
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pillion
Definition
a seat for a passenger behind a motorcyclist
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piquet
Definition
a trick-taking card game for two players, using a 32-card deck consisting of cards from the seven to the ace
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planchette
Definition
a small board supported on casters, typically heart-shaped and fitted with a vertical pencil, used for automatic writing and seances
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plicate
Definition
(biology) folded, crumpled, or corrugated
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polysemy
Definition
the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase
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pongee
Definition
a soft and typically unbleached type of Chinese plain-woven fabric, originally made from threads of raw silk
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pons asinorum
Definition
the point at which many learners fail, esp. a theory or formula that is difficult to grasp
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porte cochère
Definition
a covered entrance large enough for vehicles to pass through, typically opening into a courtyard
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potable
Definition
safe to drink; drinkable
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prate
Definition
talk foolishly or tediously about something
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prie-dieu
Definition
a piece of furniture for use during prayer, consisting of a kneeling surface and a narrow upright front with a rest for the elbows
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primogeniture
Definition
the state of being the firstborn child
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privet
Definition
a shrub of the olive family, with small white, heavily scented flowers and poisonous black berries
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providential
Definition
occuring at a favorable time; opportune
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pullulate
Definition
breed or spread so as to become extremely common (often adj. form)
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qualia
Definition
the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions, arising from stimulation of the senses by phenomena
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raddled
Definition
showing signs of age or fatigue
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rataplan
Definition
a drumming or beating sound
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refractory
Definition
stubborn or unmanageable
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ruction
Definition
a disturbance or quarrel
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saccade
Definition
(usu. pl.) a rapid movement of the eye between fixation points
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Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
Definition
a hypothesis that the structure of a language determines a native speaker's perception and categorization of experience
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sastrugi
Definition
parallel wavelike ridges cause by winds on the surface of hard snow, esp. in polar regions
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schooner
Definition
a sailing ship with two or more masts
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scow
Definition
a wide-beamed sailing dinghy
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Seder
Definition
a Jewish ritual service and ceremonial dinner for the first night or first two nights of Passover
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serac
Definition
a pinnacle or ridge of ice on the surface of a glacier
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serge
Definition
a durable twilled woolen or worsted fabric
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shamus
Definition
a private detective
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shantung
Definition
a dress fabric spun from tussore silk with random irregularites in the surface texture
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shtetl
Definition
a small Jewish town or village in eastern Europe
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shtup
Definition
have sexual intercourse with (someone)
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simonize
Definition
polish (a motor vehsiroicle) (v.)
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sirocco
Definition
a hot wind, often dusty or rainy, blowing from North Africa across the Mediterranean to southern Europe
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slew
Definition
(of a vehicle) turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction
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snood
Definition
an ornamental hairnet or fabric bag worn over the hair at the back of a woman's head
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soi-disant
Definition
self-styled; so-called
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sommelier
Definition
a wine steward
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soubrette
Definition
a minor female role in a comedy, typically that of a pert maidservant
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steppe
Definition
a large area of flat unforested grassland in southeastern Europe or Siberia
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Stygian
Definition
of or relating to the Styx River
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subaltern
Definition
an officer in the British army below the rank of captain, esp. a second lieutenant
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submontane
Definition
passing under or through mountains (adj.)
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succès d'estime
Definition
a success through critical appreciation, as opposed to popularity or commercial gain
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tam-o'-shanter
Definition
a round woolen or cloth cap of Scottish origin, with a pom-pom in the center
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tarantella
Definition
a rapid whirling dance originating in southern Italy
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tartan
Definition
a woolen cloth woven in one of several patterns of plain, esp. of a design associated with a particular Scottish clan
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taupe
Definition
gray with a tinge of brown
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tern
Definition
a seabird related to the gulls, typically smaller and more slender, with long pointed wings and a forked tail
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tintinnabulation
Definition
a ringing or tinkling sound
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tippet
Definition
a woman's long cape or scarf, typically of fur or similar material
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topos
Definition
a traditional theme or formula in literature
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toque
Definition
a woman's small hat, typically having a narrow, closely turned-up brim
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toreador
Definition
a bullfighter
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towhead
Definition
a head of tow-colored or very blond hair
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travertine
Definition
white or light-colored calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building
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trivet
Definition
an iron tripod placed over a fire for a cooking pot or kettle to stand on
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urticate
Definition
cause a stinging or prickling sensation like that given by a nettle
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velleity
Definition
a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action
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voile
Definition
a thin, plain-weave, semitransparent fabric of cotton, wool, or silk
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volplane
Definition
a controlled dive or downward flight at a steep angle, esp. by an airplane with the engine shut off (n.)
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wainscoting
Definition
wooden paneling that lines the lower part of the walls of a room
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well-heeled
Definition
wealthy
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Weltschmerz
Definition
a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness
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whicker
Definition
utter a half-supressed laugh; snigger; titter (v. or n.)
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yenta
Definition
a woman who is a gossip or busybody
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plié
Definition
a movement in which a dancer bends the knees and straightens them again, usually with the feet turned out and heels firmly on the ground
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calico
Definition
printed cotton fabric OR multicolored or mottled (of a cat)
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carpetbagger
Definition
a political candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections
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scud
Definition
move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind
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trousseau
Definition
the clothes, household linen, and other belongings collected by a bride for her marriage
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georgette
Definition
a thin silk or crepe dress material
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tulle
Definition
a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material like net, used for making veils and dresses
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breezeway
Definition
a roofed outdoor passage, as between a house and a garage
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garret
Definition
a top-floor or attic room, esp. a small dismal one
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trellis
Definition
a framework of light wooden or metal bars, chiefly used as a support for fruit trees or climbing plants
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brackish
Definition
slightly salty
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gingham
Definition
lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and a bold color
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poplin
Definition
a plain-woven fabric, typically a lightweight cotton, with a corded surface
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barre
Definition
a horizontal bar at waist level on which ballet dancers rest a hand for support during exercises
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relevé
Definition
a movement in which the ballet dancer rises on the tips of the toes OR each of a number of small plots of vegetation, analyzed as a sample of a wider area
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militate
Definition
(____ against) (of a fact or circumstance) be a powerful or conclusive factor in preventing
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loden
Definition
a thick waterproof woolen cloth
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camion
Definition
a large truck or a bus
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judas
Definition
a peephole in a door
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superintend
Definition
to be responsible for the management or arrangement of (an activity or organization)
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desquamate
Definition
come off in scales or flakes
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jabot
Definition
an ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse, typically made of lace
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bassinet
Definition
a baby's wicker cradle, usually with a hood
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fustian
Definition
thick, durable twilled cloth with a short nap, usually dyed in dark colors OR pompous or pretentious speech or writing (n.)
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placket
Definition
an opening or slit in a garment, covering fastenings or giving access to a pocket, or the flap of a fabric under such an opening
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blowsy
Definition
(of a woman) coarse, untidy, and red-faced
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hassock
Definition
a thick, firmly padded cushion, in particular a footstool
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phalanstery
Definition
a group of people living together in community, free of external regulation and holding property in common
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ichthyology
Definition
the branch of zoology that deals with fishes
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distrait
Definition
distracted or absentminded (fr.)
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exophthalmic
Definition
having or characterized by protruding eyes
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bluestocking
Definition
(derog.) an intellectual or literary woman (n.)
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pelagic
Definition
of or relating to the open sea
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offscourings
Definition
refuse, rubbish, or dregs
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fimbriate
Definition
having a fringe or border of hairlike or fingerlike projections
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siesta
Definition
an afternoon rest or nap
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weir
Definition
a low dam built across a river to raise the elvel of water upstream or regulate its flow
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zanana
Definition
the part of a house for the seclusion of women (in India and Iran)
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roister
Definition
enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noist or boisterous way
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quattrocento
Definition
the 15th century as a period of Italian art or architecture
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clerisy
Definition
a distinct class of learned or literary people
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camarilla
Definition
a small group of people, esp. a group of advisors to a ruler or politician
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narthex
Definition
an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches, separated oof by railing and used by catechumens, penitents, etc.
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catechumen
Definition
a Christian convert under instruction before baptism
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tatami
Definition
a rush-colored straw mat forming a traditional Japanese floor covering
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ciborium
Definition
a receptacle shaped like a shrine or a cup with an arched cover, used in the Christian Church for the reservation of the Eucharist
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Eucharist
Definition
the Christian ceremony commemorating the Last Supper
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magniloquent
Definition
using high-flown or bombastic language
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ulster
Definition
a man's long, loose overcoat of rough cloth, typically with a belt at the back
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astrakhan
Definition
the dark curly fleece of young karakul lambs from central Asia
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harum-scarum
Definition
reckless; impetuous
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pollard
Definition
cut off the top and branches (of a tree) to encourage new growth at the top
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frogmarch
Definition
force (someone) to walk forward by holding and punning their arms from behind
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greave
Definition
a piece of armor used to protect the shin
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joist
Definition
a length of timber or steel supporting part of the structure of a building, typically arranged in parallel series to support a floor or ceiling
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aspic
Definition
a savory jelly, often made with meat stock, used as a garnish
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rapine
Definition
the violent seizure of someone's property
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notional
Definition
existing only in theory or as a suggestion or idea
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serried
Definition
standing close together (adj.) (of rows of people or things)
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imperium
Definition
absolute power
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catafalque
Definition
a decorated wooden framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or while lying in state
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albumen
Definition
egg white, or the protein contained in it
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brazier
Definition
a portable heater consisting of a pan or stand for holding lighted coals
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chiffon
Definition
a light, sheer fabric typically made of silk or nylon
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felucca
Definition
a small vessel propelled by oars or lateen sails or both
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orthogonal
Definition
of or involving right angles; at right angles
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pneuma
Definition
the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person
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expropriate
Definition
take away (property) from its owner
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slipway
Definition
a slope built leading into water, used for launching and landing boats and ships or for building and repairing them
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shellback
Definition
an old or experienced sailor, esp. one who has crossed the equator
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compos mentis
Definition
having full control of one's mind; sane (adj.)
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repoussé
Definition
(of metalwork) hammered into relief from the reverse side (adj. and n.)
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demitasse
Definition
a small coffee cup
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sackbut
Definition
an early form of trombone used in Renaissance music
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julienne
Definition
a portion of food cut into short, thin strips
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straitened
Definition
characterized by poverty
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ashram
Definition
a hermitage, monastic community (in the Indian subcontinent)
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hieratic
Definition
of or concerning priests
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terrazzo
Definition
flooring material consisting of chips of marble or granite set in concrete and polished to give a smooth surface
Term
putsch
Definition
a violent attempt to overthrow a government
Term
patrimony
Definition
property inherited from one's father or male ancestor
Term
Wanderjahr
Definition
a year spent traveling abroad, typically immediately before or after a university or college course
Term
fossa
Definition
a shallow depression or hollow (anatomy)
Term
compline
Definition
a service of evening prayers forming part of the Divine Offic of the Western Christian Church, trad. said before retiring for the night
Term
fascicle
Definition
a separately published installment of a book OR a bundle of structures, such as nerve or muscle fibers
Term
bittern
Definition
a large marsh bird of the heron family
Term
gnosis
Definition
knowledge of spiritual mysteries
Term
roomette
Definition
a private single compartment in a railroad sleeping car
Term
peristyle
Definition
a row of columns surrounding a space within a building such as a court or internal garden or edging a veranda or porch
Term
becalm
Definition
leave (a sailing vessel) unable to move through lack of wind
Term
williwaw
Definition
a sudden violent squall blowing offshore from a mountainous coast
Term
bursar
Definition
a person who manages the financial affairs of a college or university
Term
Laodicean
Definition
lukewarm or half-hearted, esp. with respect to religion or politics (adj. or n.)
Term
investiture
Definition
the action of formally investing a person with honors or rank
Term
serape
Definition
a shawl or blanket worn as a cloak in Latin America
Term
gourd
Definition
a fleshy, typically large fruit with a hard skin
Term
dragoman
Definition
an interpreter or guide, esp. in countries speaking Arabic, Turkish, or Persian
Term
hydrocephalic
Definition
A condition in which fluid accumulates in the brain, enlarging the head
Term
mortise
Definition
a hole or recess cut in o a part which is designed to receive a corresponding projection (a tenon)
Term
deictic
Definition
relating to or denoting a word or expressionwhose meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used (here, you, next Tuesday)
Term
burgher
Definition
a wealthy citizen of a town or city
Term
cafard
Definition
melancholia
Term
doctrinaire
Definition
seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances
Term
catarrh
Definition
excessive discharge or build-up of mucus in the nose or throat
Term
fain
Definition
pleased or willing under the circumstances
Term
bosky
Definition
(adj.) covered by trees or bushes; wooded
Term
revanchist
Definition
someone who believes in revanchism, a policy of seeking to retlaiate, especially to recover lost territory
Term
cenotaph
Definition
a monument to someone buried somewhere, esp one commemorating people who died in a war
Term
canticle
Definition
a hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text
Term
dybbuk
Definition
a malevolent wandering spirit that enters and possesses the body of a living person
Term
benthic
Definition
relating to benthos, the flora and fauna found on the bottom of a sea or lake
Term
couchant
Definition
lying with the body resting on the legs and the head raised
Term
cloacal
Definition
relating to the common cavity at the end of the digestive tract
Term
anamnesis
Definition
recollection, especially of a supposed previous existence
Term
mithridatism
Definition
immunity to a poison induced by administering gradually increased doses of the poison
Term
gamine
Definition
a female street urchin
Term
paphian
Definition
a prostitute
Term
catechise
Definition
to instruct orally in the elements of the Christian religion by repetition or question and answer, esp. using a catechism
Term
menarche
Definition
the first occurance of menstruation
Term
pertinacious
Definition
holding firmly to an opinion or a course of action
Term
mackinaw
Definition
a short coat or jacket made of a thick woollen cloth, typically with a plaid design
Term
yeoman
Definition
a man holding and cultivating a small landed estate (with work, efficient or useful help in need)
Term
apian
Definition
relating to bees
Term
granular
Definition
resembling or consisting of small grains or particles
Term
purlieu
Definition
the area near or surrounding a place
Term
dotage
Definition
the period of life in which a person is old an weak
Term
palmate
Definition
(of a leaf) having five or more lobes whose midribs all radiate from one point
Term
darkle
Definition
become dark or gloomy, OR make obscure, darken
Term
apsis
Definition
either of two points on the orbit of a planet or satellite that are nearest or furthest from the body round which it moves
Term
primipara
Definition
a woman who is giving birth for the first time
Term
crispate
Definition
(of a leaf) having a wavy or curly edge
Term
callidity
Definition
craftiness, cunning
Term
quod
Definition
(BrE) prison
Term
comity
Definition
an association of nations for their mutual benefit
Term
afferent
Definition
conducting or conducted inwards or towards something (cf. efferent)
Term
degage
Definition
unconcerned or unconstrained, OR (ballet) a movement in which weight is shifted from one foot to the other in preparation for the execution of a step
Term
soignee
Definition
meticulously dressed, well-groomed (single 'e' for males)
Term
sere
Definition
dry, withered
Term
manse
Definition
a house provided for a minister of certain Christian churches
Term
merkin
Definition
an artificial covering of hair for the pubic area
Term
brigand
Definition
a member of a gang that ambushes and robs people in forests and mountains
Term
polder
Definition
a piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dykes
Term
billet
Definition
aplace, esp a civilian's house, where soldiers are lodged temporarily
Term
flange
Definition
a projecting flat rim, collar, or rib on an object, serving for strengthening or attachment
Term
educable
Definition
able to educated
Term
ruche
Definition
a frill or pleat of fabric as decoration or soft furnishing
Term
lorry
Definition
a truck for transporting goods or troops
Term
pestle
Definition
a heavy tool with a rounded end, used for crushing and grinding substances
Term
aspirate
Definition
prounounce with an exhalation of breath
Term
laity
Definition
lay people, as distinct from the clergy
Term
mullion
Definition
a certical bar between the panes of glass in a window
Term
intaglio
Definition
a design incised or engraved into a material
Term
cruet
Definition
a small container or set of containers for salt, pepper, oil, or vinegar
Term
palatal
Definition
(of a speech sound) made by placing the blade of the tongue against or near the hard palate
Term
preterition
Definition
the action of passing over or disregarding a matter, esp rhetorical technique of making summary mention of something by professing to omit it
Term
rallentando
Definition
with a gradual decrease of speed
Term
laminar
Definition
consisting of laminae (a thin layer of sedimentary rock, organic tissue, etc.)
Term
euchre
Definition
(inf) deceive, outwit, or cheat
Term
gurn
Definition
(BrE) pull a grotesque face
Term
lintel
Definition
a horizontal support of timber, stone, concrete, or steel across the top of a door or window
Term
annulus
Definition
a ring-shaped object, structure, or region
Term
palimpsest
Definition
a manuscript of piece of writing material on which later writing has been superimposed on effaced earlier writing
Term
traduce
Definition
speak badly of or tell lies about someone so as to damage their reputation
Term
adumbrate
Definition
represent in outline
Term
supercilious
Definition
behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
Term
circumambient
Definition
surrounding
Term
inspissate
Definition
to thicken or congeal
Term
filigreed
Definition
ornamented with ornamental work of fine wire formed into delicate tracery
Term
epicene
Definition
having characteristics of both sexes
Term
dissipated
Definition
overindulging in sensual pleasures
Term
dissolute
Definition
overindulging in sensual pleasures
Term
confabulate
Definition
engage in conversation OR fabricate imaginary experiences as compensation for loss of memory
Term
occlude
Definition
stop, close up, or obstruct
Term
fuliginous
Definition
sooty, dusky
Term
celerity
Definition
swiftness of movement
Term
opprobrium
Definition
harsh criticism or censure
Term
palaver
Definition
prolonged and tedious fuss or discussion
Term
venal
Definition
showing or motivated by a susceptibility to bribery, corrupt
Term
desultory
Definition
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
Term
venial
Definition
denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace, slight or pardonable
Term
stridulate
Definition
make a shrill sound by rubbing the legs, wings, or other parts of the body together
Term
vitiate
Definition
spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of
Term
summarily
Definition
in an brief manner, without the customary formalities
Term
obviate
Definition
remove (a need or difficulty)
Term
trenchant
Definition
vigorous or incisive in expression or style
Term
mellifluous
Definition
pleasingly smooth and musical to hear
Term
licentious
Definition
promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
Term
hoary
Definition
old (greyish white) OR overused and unoriginal
Term
imputation
Definition
attribution
Term
sundry
Definition
of various kinds; several
Term
gelid
Definition
extremely cold
Term
abnegate
Definition
renounce or reject
Term
abrogate
Definition
repeal or do away with
Term
intransigent
Definition
unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree about something
Term
distal
Definition
situated away from the center of the body cf. proximal
Term
rectitude
Definition
morally correct behavior or thinking
Term
labile
Definition
liable to change
Term
foment
Definition
instigate or stir up
Term
seriatim
Definition
taking one subject after another in regular order
Term
stertorous
Definition
noisy and labored (snoring)
Term
antipode
Definition
the direct opposite of something
Term
transom
Definition
a strengthening crossbar on window or ship
Term
heuristic
Definition
enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves, through trial and error
Term
jeremiad
Definition
a long, mournful complaint or lamentation
Term
saturnine
Definition
gloomy
Term
diaspora
Definition
the dispersion of the Jews beyond Israel
Term
querulous
Definition
complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner
Term
remonstrate
Definition
make a forcefully reproachful protest
Term
apostasy
Definition
the abandonment or renunciation of a religious or political belief or principle
Term
recreant
Definition
coward (n. or adj.)
Term
afflated
Definition
inspired
Term
sui generis
Definition
unique
Term
indelible
Definition
making marks that cannot be removed
Term
bucolic
Definition
relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life
Term
adduce
Definition
cite as evidence
Term
imprecate
Definition
utter a curse or invoke evil against someone or something
Term
lambent
Definition
glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance
Term
limpid
Definition
completely clear and transparent
Term
vociferate
Definition
shout, complain, or argue loudly or vehemently
Term
lenitive
Definition
laxative (n. or adj.)
Term
peremptory
Definition
insisting on immediate attention or obediance
Term
expiate
Definition
atone; make amends or reparation for
Term
nominal
Definition
existing in name only
Term
asseverate
Definition
the solemn or emphatic declaration or statement of something
Term
rapprochement
Definition
an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations
Term
reify
Definition
make (something) more concrete or real
Term
abject
Definition
(of something bad) experienced or present to the maximum degree
Term
incondite
Definition
ill-constructed, unpolished
Term
dodder
Definition
tremble or totter, typically because of old age
Term
moue
Definition
a pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste
Term
recondite
Definition
little known, abstruse
Term
inclement
Definition
unplesantly cold or wet
Term
merino
Definition
sheep of a breed with long, fine wool
Term
expatiate
Definition
speak or write in detail about
Term
fulminate
Definition
express vehement protest
Term
depredate
Definition
to plunder, pillage
Term
feckless
Definition
lacking initiative or strength of character, irresponsible
Term
meretricious
Definition
apparently attractive but having no real value
Term
propinquity
Definition
the state of being close to someone or something
Term
integument
Definition
a tough outer protective layer
Term
bathos
Definition
an effect of anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial or ridiculous
Term
anathema
Definition
something or someone that one vehemently dislikes
Term
demotic
Definition
denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; colloquial
Term
execrate
Definition
feel or express great loathing for
Term
inter
Definition
place (a corpse) in a grave or tomb
Term
sagacious
Definition
having keen mental discernment and good judgment; wise or shrewd
Term
oleaginous
Definition
oily
Term
apercu
Definition
a comment or brief reference which makes an illuminating or entertaining point
Term
recidivism
Definition
tending to reoffend
Term
vade mecum
Definition
a handbook
Term
eclat
Definition
brilliant display or effect
Term
badinage
Definition
humorous or witty conversation
Term
repugn
Definition
to oppose or refute
Term
reprobate
Definition
an unprincipled person
Term
adit
Definition
a horizontal passage leading into a mine for the purposes of access or drainage
Term
apse
Definition
a large semicircular or polygonal recess in a church, arched or with a domed roof
Term
antinomy
Definition
a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox
Term
bedizen
Definition
dress up or decorate gaudily
Term
tendentious
Definition
expressing or intending to promote a particular cause or point of view
Term
apothegm
Definition
a concise saying or maxim
Term
ur-
Definition
original or earliest
Term
brogue
Definition
a marked accent, esp. Irish or Scottish, when speaking English
Term
bacchant
Definition
a boisterous reveler
Term
lachrymose
Definition
tearful or given to weeping OR inducing tears
Term
expugnable
Definition
able to be overcome, conquered, or defeated
Term
precentor
Definition
a person who leads a congregation in its singing or prayers
Term
inveigh
Definition
speak or write about with great hostility
Term
poleax
Definition
hit, kill, or knock down OR cause great shock to
Term
orotund
Definition
pompous or pretentious
Term
impresario
Definition
a person who organizes and often finances concerts, plays, operas
Term
fop
Definition
a man who is concerned with his clothes and appearance in an affected and excessive way
Term
jingoism
Definition
extreme patriotism
Term
delitescent
Definition
concealed, hidden, latent
Term
churl
Definition
a rude and mean-spirited person
Term
phatic
Definition
denoting or relating to language used for general purposes of social interation, rather than to convey information
Term
belletristic
Definition
relating to literature as art
Term
instantiate
Definition
represent as or by an instance
Term
prenominate
Definition
mentioned beforehand
Term
fulsome
Definition
complimentary or flattering to an excessive degree OR of large size or quantity
Term
inviolate
Definition
free or safe from injury or violation
Term
evince
Definition
reveal the presence of; indicate
Term
vet
Definition
make a careful and critical examination of
Term
internecine
Definition
destructive to both sides in a conflict
Term
sine qua non
Definition
an indespensable condition, essential
Term
fulcrum
Definition
the point against which a lever is placed to get a purchase
Term
skulduggery
Definition
underhand, unscrupulous, or dishonest behavior or activities
Term
sapid
Definition
having a strong, pleasant taste
Term
malediction
Definition
a curse
Term
interloper
Definition
a person who becomes involved in a place or situation where they are not wanted or are considered not to belong
Term
appurtenance
Definition
an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living
Term
welter
Definition
a large number of items in no particular order
Term
provenance
Definition
the place of origin or earliest known history of something
Term
cupidity
Definition
greed for money or possessions
Term
propitiate
Definition
win or regain the favor of someone by doing something that pleases him/her/it
Term
exculpate
Definition
show or declare that (someone) is not guilty of wrongdoing
Term
salutary
Definition
producing good effects; beneficial
Term
tocsin
Definition
an alarm bell or signal
Term
desideratum
Definition
something that is needed or wanted
Term
propound
Definition
put forward (an idea or theory) for consideration by others
Term
anomie
Definition
lack of the usual social or ethical standard in an individual or group
Term
pablum
Definition
bland or insipid intellectual matter
Term
obeisance
Definition
deferential respect
Term
bailiwick
Definition
one's sphere of operations or area of interest
Term
condign
Definition
appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing
Term
quondam
Definition
that once was; former
Term
contretemps
Definition
a minor dispute or disagreement
Term
vouchsafe
Definition
give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious manner
Term
fungible
Definition
replaceable by another identical item
Term
minatory
Definition
expressing or conveying a threat
Term
recriminate
Definition
make counter accusations
Term
invidious
Definition
likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others
Term
phocine
Definition
seal-like
Term
anent
Definition
concerning; about
Term
friable
Definition
easily crumbled
Term
dilatory
Definition
slow to act OR intended to cause delay
Term
obtund
Definition
dull the sensitivity of; blunt; deaden
Term
frowsy
Definition
scruffy and neglected in appearance
Term
raillery
Definition
good-humored teasing
Term
compunction
Definition
a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
Term
brummagem
Definition
cheap, showy, or counterfeit (adj.)
Term
temporize
Definition
avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time
Term
turbid
Definition
cloudy, opaque, or thick with suspended matter
Term
diffident
Definition
modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence
Term
sardonic
Definition
grimly mocking or cynical
Term
sophistry
Definition
the use of clever but false arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving
Term
hie
Definition
to go quickly
Term
cagey
Definition
reluctant to give information owing to caution or suspicion
Term
devolve
Definition
transfer or delegate (power) to a lower level OR pass into (a different state)
Term
fustigate
Definition
to cudgel; beat severely
Term
diremption
Definition
a sharp division into two parts
Term
stentorian
Definition
loud and powerful
Term
parturition
Definition
the action of giving birth to young
Term
prefatory
Definition
serving as an introduction; introductory
Term
casuistry
Definition
the use of clever but unsound reasoning, especially in relation to moral questions
Term
indite
Definition
write; compose
Term
acedia
Definition
spiritual or mental sloth; apathy
Term
refulgent
Definition
shining very brightly
Term
soupçon
Definition
a very small quantity of something
Term
arch
Definition
deliberately or affectedly playful and teasing (adj.)
Term
expostulate
Definition
express strong disapproval or disagreement
Term
phlegmatic
Definition
having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition
Term
providence
Definition
timely preparation for future eventualities
Term
benignant
Definition
kindly and benevolent
Term
sempiternal
Definition
eternal and unchanging; everlasting
Term
ignominy
Definition
public shame or disgrace
Term
obloquy
Definition
strong public condemnation
Term
gabble
Definition
talk rapidly and unintelligibly
Term
peroration
Definition
the concluding part of a speech
Term
fetid
Definition
smelling extremely unpleasant
Term
tenebrous
Definition
dark; shadowy
Term
digraph
Definition
a combination of two letter representing one sound
Term
cosset
Definition
care for and protect in an overindulgent way
Term
donnée
Definition
a subject or theme of a narrative
Term
magnanimous
Definition
generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person
Term
immure
Definition
enclose or confine (someone) against their will
Term
passel
Definition
a large group of people or things
Term
encomium
Definition
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly
Term
jocosity
Definition
an instance of playfulness or humor
Term
jonquil
Definition
a narcissus with clusters of small gragrant flowers and cylindrical leaves
Term
ad hominem
Definition
attacking an opponent's character rather than answering his argument
Term
vinous
Definition
resembling or associated with wine
Term
peculate
Definition
embezzle or steal
Term
misprision
Definition
the deliberate concealment of one's knowledge of a treasonable act or a felony
Term
kibitz
Definition
look on and offer unwelcome advice
Term
dissimulate
Definition
conceal or disguise (one's thoughts, feelnigs, or character)
Term
depilate
Definition
remove the hair from
Term
deracinate
Definition
uproot (someone) from their natural geographical, social, or cultural environment
Term
scabrous
Definition
indecent; salacious
Term
farrago
Definition
a confused mixture
Term
intenerate
Definition
to make soft or tender
Term
assuasive
Definition
soothingly persuasive
Term
fulgurant
Definition
flashing like lightning
Term
turpitude
Definition
depraved or wicked beahvior or character
Term
hagridden
Definition
afllicted by nightmares or anxieties
Term
volute
Definition
forming a spiral curve or curves
Term
votary
Definition
a dedicated follower, adherent, or advocate of someone or something
Term
fractious
Definition
easily irritated; bad-tempered
Term
acrostic
Definition
a poem, word puzzle, or composition in which certain letters in each line form a word or words
Term
furcate
Definition
divide into two or more branches
Term
privation
Definition
a state in which food and other essentials for well-being are lacking
Term
panglossian
Definition
optimistic regardless of the circumstances
Term
collop
Definition
a slice of meat
Term
profligate
Definition
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources
Term
armamentarium
Definition
the medicines, equipment, and techniques available to a medical practitioner
Term
callow
Definition
inexperienced and immature
Term
entrepôt
Definition
a storage space
Term
a priori
Definition
relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from theoretical deduction rather than from observation or experience
Term
desuetude
Definition
a state of disuse
Term
nictitate
Definition
blinking
Term
exigent
Definition
pressing, demanding (adj.)
Term
nonpareil
Definition
having no match or equal
Term
ad valorem
Definition
in proportion to the estimated value of the goods or transaction concerned
Term
fulvous
Definition
reddish yellow; tawny
Term
somatic
Definition
relating to the body, esp. as distinct from the mind
Term
tamp
Definition
pack (a substance) down or into something firmly
Term
coruscate
Definition
flash or sparkle
Term
weal
Definition
that which is best for someone or something
Term
coeval
Definition
having the same age or date of origin; contemporary
Term
cognate
Definition
related; connected
Term
cotillion
Definition
a formal ball
Term
scurrilous
Definition
making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
Term
superannuated
Definition
outdated or obsolete through age or new developments
Term
spavined
Definition
being of a decrepit or broken-down condition
Term
cerement
Definition
waxed cloth for wrapping a corpse
Term
gamin
Definition
a street urchin
Term
plebeian
Definition
a commoner
Term
abeyance
Definition
a state of temporary disuse or suspension
Term
apace
Definition
swiftly; quickly
Term
tabula rasa
Definition
an absence of preconceived ideas or predetermined goals; a clean slate
Term
littoral
Definition
relating to or situated on the shore of a the sea or a lake
Term
esculent
Definition
fit to be eaten (adj. or n.)
Term
estival
Definition
belonging to or appearing in summer
Term
glaucous
Definition
of a dull grayish-green or blue color
Term
oneiric
Definition
relating to dreams or dreaming
Term
oubliette
Definition
a secret dungeon with access only through a trapdoor in its ceiling
Term
atrabilious
Definition
melancholy or irritable
Term
rufescent
Definition
tinged with red
Term
ratiocinate
Definition
form judgments by a process of logic; reason
Term
fait accompli
Definition
a thing that has already happened or been decided before those affected hear about it, leaving them with no option but to accept
Term
synecdoche
Definition
a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa
Term
pyrrhic
Definition
won at too great a cost to have been worthwhile for the victor
Term
sedentary
Definition
characterized by much sitting
Term
equity
Definition
the quality of being fair and impartial
Term
droit du seigneur
Definition
the alleged right of a medieval feudal lord to have sexual intercourse with a vassal's bride on her wedding night
Term
valediction
Definition
the action of saying farewell
Term
cogitate
Definition
think deeply about something
Term
antanaclasis
Definition
a form of speech in which a word or phrase is repeated and used in a different way OR the repetition of a word or phrase after parenthesis or em dash
Term
forbear
Definition
politely or patiently restrain an impulse to do something; refrain
Term
intern
Definition
confine (someone) as prisoner
Term
proscribe
Definition
forbid, esp. by law
Term
calumny
Definition
the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander
Term
poltroon
Definition
an utter coward
Term
contumely
Definition
insolent or insulting language or treatment
Term
aquiline
Definition
like an eagle
Term
corybantic
Definition
wild; frenzied
Term
myrmidon
Definition
a follower or subordinate of a powerful person
Term
midden
Definition
a dunghill or refuse heap
Term
gambol
Definition
run or jump about playfully
Term
docent
Definition
a person who acts as a guide
Term
wag
Definition
a person who makes jokes
Term
cause célèbre
Definition
a controversial issue that attracts a great deal of public attention
Term
sunder
Definition
split apart
Term
purview
Definition
the scope of the influence or concerns of something
Term
imbroglio
Definition
an extremely confused, complicated, or embarassing situation
Term
décolletage
Definition
a low neckline on a woman's dress or top
Term
fissile
Definition
easily split
Term
mufti
Definition
plain clothes worn by a person who wears a uniform for their job
Term
redound
Definition
contribute greatly to
Term
ontology
Definition
the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being
Term
enjoin
Definition
instruct or urge (someone) to do something
Term
entr'acte
Definition
an interval between two acts of a play or opera
Term
synesthesia
Definition
the production of a sense impression relating to one sense by stimulation of another sense
Term
fauna
Definition
the animals of a particular region, habitat, or geological period
Term
gnome
Definition
a short statement encapsulating a general truth; a maxim
Term
dysphemism
Definition
a derogatory or unpleasant term used instead of a pleasant or neutral one
Term
egalitarian
Definition
believing in or based on the principle that all people are qual and deserve equal rights and opportunities
Term
monitory
Definition
giving or serving as a warning
Term
whence
Definition
from what place or source
Term
ovine
Definition
relating to or resembling sheep
Term
contra-
Definition
against; opposite
Term
monograph
Definition
a detailed written study of a single specialized subject or an aspect of it
Term
convoke
Definition
call together or summon
Term
burke
Definition
to suppress or get rid of by some indirect maneuver
Term
pleonasm
Definition
the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning
Term
swivet
Definition
a fluster or panic
Term
hortatory
Definition
tending or aiming to exhort
Term
efface
Definition
erase from a surface
Term
sine die
Definition
(with reference to business or proceedings that have been adjourned) with no appointed date for resumption
Term
demagogue
Definition
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
Term
ex officio
Definition
by virtue of one's position or status
Term
anodize
Definition
coat with a protective oxide layer by an electrolytic process in which the metal forms the anode
Term
gonfalon
Definition
a banner or pennant hung from a crossbar
Term
semiotics
Definition
the study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation
Term
pace
Definition
with due respect to (someone or their opinion), used to express polite disagreement or contradiction
Term
antimacassar
Definition
a piece of cloth put over the back of a chair to protect it from grease and dirt
Term
liniment
Definition
an embrocation for rubbing on the body to relieve pain, esp. one made with oil
Term
immanent
Definition
existing or operating within; inherent
Term
luxate
Definition
dislocate
Term
arrant
Definition
complete, utter
Term
erstwhile
Definition
former
Term
epithet
Definition
an adjective or phrase expressing a quality or attribute regarded as characteristic of the person or thing mentioned
Term
styptic
Definition
(of a substance) capable of causing bleeding to stop when it is applied to a wound (adj. or n.)
Term
plutocracy
Definition
government by the wealthy
Term
bushwa
Definition
rubbish; nonsense
Term
claustral
Definition
enveloping; confining
Term
euphuism
Definition
an artificial, highly elaborate way of writing or speaking
Term
sesquipedalian
Definition
polysyllabic; long
Term
peccadillo
Definition
a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin
Term
couch
Definition
express (something) in language of a specified style
Term
autotelic
Definition
having an end or purpose in itself (cf. heterotelic)
Term
confute
Definition
prove (a person or an assertion) to be wrong
Term
epigone
Definition
a less distinguished follower or imitator of someone
Term
de facto
Definition
in fact, or in effect, whether by right or not
Term
ipso facto
Definition
by that very fact or act
Term
eo ipso
Definition
by that very act or quality
Term
philology
Definition
the branch of knowledge that deals with the structure, historical development, and relationships of a language or languages
Term
pourparler
Definition
Discussion or negotiation preliminary to an agreement or treaty
Term
commodious
Definition
roomy and comfortable
Term
sumptuary
Definition
relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items
Term
motile
Definition
capable of motion
Term
interpolate
Definition
insert (something) between fixed points
Term
indurate
Definition
harden
Term
metrical
Definition
of, relating to, or composed in poetic meter
Term
anapest
Definition
a metrical foot consisting of two short or unstressed syllables followed by one long or stressed syllable
Term
trochee
Definition
a foot consisting of one long or stressed syllable followed by one short or unstressed syllable
Term
ukase
Definition
an edict of the Russian government
Term
cancrine
Definition
reading the same backwards or forwards
Term
amentia
Definition
severe congenital mental handicap
Term
injunction
Definition
an authoritative warning or order
Term
shibboleth
Definition
a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people
Term
chemise
Definition
a dress hanging straight from the shoulders and giving the figure a uniform shape
Term
peccant
Definition
having committed a fault or sin; offending
Term
panacea
Definition
a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases
Term
parvenu
Definition
a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity
Term
bruit
Definition
spread (a rumor or report) widely
Term
emptor
Definition
buyer
Term
abattoir
Definition
a slaughterhouse
Term
pretermit
Definition
omit to do or mention
Term
arrogate
Definition
take or claim (something) for oneself without justification
Term
patronymic
Definition
a name derived from the name of a father or ancestor, typically be the addition of a prefix or suffix
Term
unctuous
Definition
excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily
Term
pendent
Definition
hanging down or overhanging
Term
epistemic
Definition
of or relating to knowledge or to the degree of its validation
Term
psephology
Definition
the statistical study of elections and trends in voting
Term
mensch
Definition
a person of integrity and honor
Term
troglodyte
Definition
a person who lived in a cave
Term
pediment
Definition
the triangular upper part of the front of a building in classical style
Term
moor
Definition
make fast to the shore or to an anchor
Term
dernier cri
Definition
the very latest fashion
Term
bwana
Definition
a boss or master
Term
stanchion
Definition
an upright bar, post, or frame forming a support or barrier
Term
luxe
Definition
luxury
Term
précis
Definition
a summary or abstract of a text or speech
Term
renascent
Definition
becoming active or popular again
Term
potation
Definition
an alcoholic drink
Term
regatta
Definition
a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races
Term
dint
Definition
force of attack; impact
Term
temblor
Definition
an earthquake
Term
remand
Definition
place (a defendant) on bail or in custody, esp. when a trial is adjourned
Term
prolegomena
Definition
a critical or discursive introduction to a book
Term
manqué
Definition
having failed to become what one might have been; unfulfilled (post positive)
Term
metonymy
Definition
the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
Term
hagio-
Definition
relating to saints or holiness
Term
antediluvian
Definition
ridiculously old-fashioned
Term
exegesis
Definition
critical explanation or interpretation of a text
Term
miscegenation
Definition
the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types
Term
gascon
Definition
a person who boasts about their achievements or possessions
Term
diathesis
Definition
a tendency to suffer from a particular medical condition
Term
corrigendum
Definition
a thing to be corrected, typically an error in a printed book
Term
epicure
Definition
a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink
Term
threnody
Definition
a lament
Term
demiurge
Definition
a being responsible for the creation of the universe
Term
mythopoeia
Definition
the making of a myth or myths
Term
fettle
Definition
condition
Term
ecumenical
Definition
representing a number of different Christian churches
Term
convolve
Definition
roll or coil together
Term
font
Definition
a receptacle in a church for the water used in baptism
Term
vermiform
Definition
resem bling or having the form of a worm
Term
screed
Definition
a long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious
Term
saltation
Definition
the action of leaping or dancing
Term
viand
Definition
an item of food
Term
sine pari
Definition
without equal
Term
endogenous
Definition
having an internal cause or origin
Term
murine
Definition
of or relating to mice or rodents
Term
precatory
Definition
of or relating to a wish or request
Term
paronomasia
Definition
a play on words; pun
Term
coprophagous
Definition
the eating of feces or dung
Term
enfilade
Definition
a volley of gunfire directed along a line from end to end
Term
quitrent
Definition
a rent, typically a small one, paid by a freeholder or copyholder in lieu of services that might be required of them
Term
clement
Definition
mild
Term
rubescent
Definition
reddening; blushing
Term
tessellate
Definition
decorate (a floor) with mosaics
Term
conflate
Definition
combine into one
Term
fluvial
Definition
of or found in a river
Term
recumbent
Definition
lying down
Term
analeptic
Definition
tending to restore a person's health or strength (n. or adj.)
Term
ambuscade
Definition
an ambush
Term
victuals
Definition
food or provisions
Term
traipse
Definition
walk about casually or needlessly
Term
transient
Definition
lasting only for a short time; impermanent
Term
frieze
Definition
a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, esp. on a wall near the ceiling
Term
farinaceous
Definition
containing or rich in starch
Term
irredentist
Definition
a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it
Term
puissant
Definition
having great power or influence
Term
velleity
Definition
a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action
Term
uremia
Definition
a raised level in the blood of urea and other nitrogenous waste compounds that are normally eliminated by the kidneys
Term
colitis
Definition
inflammation of the lining of the colon
Term
ileus
Definition
a painful obstruction in the intestine
Term
peristalsis
Definition
the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles in the intestine
Term
lientery
Definition
a form of diarrhea in which food is discharged undigested
Term
diverticulitis
Definition
inflammation in the colon, causing pain and disturbance of bowel function
Term
tussive
Definition
relating to coughing
Term
inguinal
Definition
of the groin
Term
ordure
Definition
excrement; dung
Term
transude
Definition
discharge gradually through pores in a membrane
Term
emiction
Definition
urination
Term
feculent
Definition
of or containing dirt, sediment, or waste matter
Term
tulle
Definition
a soft, fine silk, cotton, or nylon material
Term
pluvial
Definition
relating to or characterized by rainfall
Term
purl
Definition
flow with a swirling motion and babbling sound
Term
dottle
Definition
a remnant of tobacco left in a pipe after smoking
Term
empyrean
Definition
belonging to or deriving from heaven
Term
crotchet
Definition
a perverse or unfounded belief or notion
Term
outré
Definition
unusual and startling
Term
equerry
Definition
an officer of the British royal household who attends or assists members of the royal family
Term
blancmange
Definition
a sweet opaque gelatinous dessert made with cornstarch and milk
Term
sebum
Definition
an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands
Term
flexion
Definition
the action of bending or the condition of being bent, esp. the bending of a limb or joint
Term
patrilineal
Definition
of, relating to, or based on relationship to the father or descent through the male line
Term
algolagnia
Definition
desire for sexual gratification through inflicting pain on oneself or others
Term
ex cathedra
Definition
with the full authority of office (especially of the pope's infallibility as defined in Roman Catholic doctrine)
Term
frippery
Definition
showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language
Term
august
Definition
respected and impressive
Term
impassible
Definition
incapable of suffering or feeling pain
Term
arrogate
Definition
take or claim (something) for oneself without justification
Term
accession
Definition
the attainment or acquisition of a position of rank or power
Term
donnish
Definition
having a pedantic, scholarly manner
Term
ligature
Definition
a thing used for tying or binding something tightly
Term
affective
Definition
relating to moods, feelings, and attitudes
Term
affined
Definition
related or connected
Term
stochastic
Definition
randomly determined
Term
aleatory
Definition
random
Term
educe
Definition
bring out or develop (something latent or potential)
Term
alienable
Definition
abe to be transferred to new ownership
Term
caliph
Definition
the chief Muslim civil and religious ruler
Term
tautology
Definition
the saying of the same thing twice in different words
Term
regnant
Definition
reigning; ruling (can be postpositive)
Term
arrears
Definition
money that is owed and should have been paid earlier
Term
skep
Definition
a straw or wicker beehive OR basket
Term
caterwaul
Definition
(of a cat) make a shrill howling or wailing noise
Term
fount
Definition
a source; origin
Term
benighted
Definition
in a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance
Term
Occident
Definition
the countries of the West, esp. Europe and the Americas (cf. Orient)
Term
tipple
Definition
drink alcohol, esp. habitually
Term
teetotaler
Definition
a person who never drinks alcohol
Term
comport
Definition
conduct oneself; behave
Term
lubricious
Definition
offensively displaying or intended to arouse sexual desire
Term
intromit
Definition
to send, put, or let in; admit
Term
aplomb
Definition
self-confidence or assurance
Term
parlous
Definition
full of danger or uncertainty; precarious
Term
recrudesce
Definition
break out again; recur
Term
abreaction
Definition
the expression and consequent release of a previously repressed emotion, achieved through reliving the experience that caused it
Term
coloratura
Definition
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody
Term
imago
Definition
an unconscious, idealized mental image of someone, esp. a parent, that influences a person's behavior
Term
peripeteia
Definition
a sudden reversal of fortune or change in circumstances
Term
periphrastic
Definition
indirect and circumlocutory
Term
supererogation
Definition
the performance of more work than duty requires
Term
pogrom
Definition
an organized massacre of a particular ethnic group
Term
frangible
Definition
fragile; brittle
Term
cincture
Definition
a girdle or belt
Term
onomatopoeia
Definition
the formation of a word from the sound associated with what is named
Term
diacritic
Definition
a sign which when written above or below a letter indicates a difference in pronunciation
Term
crèche
Definition
1.a model or tableau representing the scene of Jesus Christ's birth, displayed in homes or public places at Christmas
Term
liana
Definition
a woody climbing plant that hangs from trees, esp. in tropical rain forests
Term
rangy
Definition
tall and slim with long, slender limbs
Term
annus mirabilis
Definition
a remarkable or auspicious year
Term
immiscible
Definition
not forming a homogenous mixture when added together
Term
glacis
Definition
a gently sloping bank, in particular one that slopes down from a fort
Term
intercalary
Definition
of the nature of an insertion
Term
macerate
Definition
soften or break up by soaking in a liquid
Term
legerdemain
Definition
skillful use of one's hands when performing conjuring tricks
Term
aureate
Definition
denoting, made of, or having the color of gold
Term
polity
Definition
a form or process of civil government or constitution
Term
memento mori
Definition
an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as a skull
Term
deontology
Definition
the study of the nature of duty and obligation
Term
lapsarian
Definition
of or pertaining to the Fall of Man
Term
factitious
Definition
artificially created or developed
Term
effleurage
Definition
a form of massage involving a circular stroking movement made with the palm of the hand
Term
tapotement
Definition
rapid and repeated striking of the body as a technique in massage
Term
aqua vitae
Definition
strong alcoholic spirit, especially brandy
Term
artesian
Definition
relating to or denoting a well bored perpendicularly into water-bearing strata lying at an angle, so that natural pressure produces a constant supply of water with little or no pumping
Term
prosody
Definition
the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry
Term
brocade
Definition
a rich fabric, usually silk, woven with a raised pattern, typically with gold or silver thread
Term
flax
Definition
a blue-dlowered herbaceous plant that is culticated for its seed and for textile fiber made from its stalks
Term
bourse
Definition
a stock market in a non-English-speaking country, esp. France
Term
ipsissima verba
Definition
the precise words
Term
apotropaic
Definition
supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck
Term
ungulate
Definition
a hoofed animal
Term
charnel
Definition
associated with death
Term
asperity
Definition
harshness of tone or manner
Term
anfractuous
Definition
sinuous or circuitous
Term
ne plus ultra
Definition
the perfect or most extreme example of its kind; the ultimate
Term
habitué
Definition
a resident of or frequent visitor to a particular place
Term
pas devant
Definition
"not in front of"
Term
pasigraphy
Definition
a system of writing for universal use and understanding using characters instead of words
Term
meliorism
Definition
the belief that the world can be made better by human effort
Term
incunabula
Definition
early printed books, esp. those printed before 1501
Term
cantabile
Definition
in a smooth singing style
Term
alluvium
Definition
a deposit of clay, silt, sand, and gravel left by flowing streams in a river valley or delta
Term
repatriation
Definition
send (someone) back to their own country
Term
zaftig
Definition
having a full, rounded figure; plump
Term
catachresis
Definition
the use of a word in a way that is not correct
Term
innumerate
Definition
without a basic knowledge of mathematics and arithmetic (adj. or n.)
Term
ensorcell
Definition
enchant; fascinate
Term
inamorata
Definition
a person's female lover
Term
labial
Definition
of or relating to the lips
Term
uxorious
Definition
having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one's wife
Term
misprize
Definition
fail to appreciate the value of (something); undervalue
Term
liminal
Definition
of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process
Term
pied-à-terre
Definition
a small apartment, house, or room kept for occasional use
Term
indigent
Definition
poor; needy (adj. or n.)
Term
finical
Definition
another term for finicky
Term
tertium quid
Definition
a third thing that is indefinite and undefined but is related to two definite or known things
Term
bas-relief
Definition
a kind of sculpture in which shapes are carved so that they are only slightly higher than the flat background
Term
in medias res
Definition
into the middle of a narrative; without preamble
Term
gulch
Definition
a narrow and steep-sided ravine marking the course of a fast stream
Term
effervescent
Definition
giving off bubbles; fizzy
Term
exiguity
Definition
very small in size or amount
Term
divagate
Definition
stray; digress
Term
quiddity
Definition
the inherent nature or essence of someone or something OR a distinctive feature; a peculiarity
Term
infundibuliform
Definition
funnel-shaped
Term
beatific
Definition
blissfully happy
Term
dulcet
Definition
sweet and soothing
Term
numinous
Definition
having a strong religious or spiritual quality
Term
umbra
Definition
the fully shaded inner region of a shadow cast by an opaque object
Term
mammon
Definition
wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion
Term
optative
Definition
relating to or denoting a mood of verbs in Greek and other languages, expressing a wish
Term
hermeneutic
Definition
concerning interpretation
Term
teleology
Definition
the explanation of phenomena by the purpose they serve rather than by postulated causes
Term
rubato
Definition
the temporary disregarding of strict temp to allow an expressive quickening or slackening
Term
matin
Definition
a service of morning prayer in various churches
Term
mountebank
Definition
a person who deceives others, esp. in order to trick them out of their money
Term
comme il faut
Definition
correct in behavior or etiquette
Term
modus vivendi
Definition
an arrangement or agreement allowing conflicting parties to coexist peacefully, either indefinitely or until a final settlement is reached
Term
batrachian
Definition
relating to frogs or toads
Term
umber
Definition
a natural pigment resembling but darker than ocher
Term
truckle
Definition
submit or behave obsequiously
Term
pronate
Definition
put or hold with the palm or sole turned downward
Term
vulpine
Definition
of or relating to foxes
Term
worsted
Definition
a fine smooth yarn spun from combed long-staple wool
Term
wen
Definition
a boil or other swelling or growth on the skin
Term
occiput
Definition
the back of the head or skull
Term
autocrat
Definition
a ruler who has absolute power
Term
iso-
Definition
equal
Term
lingua franca
Definition
a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different
Term
fermata
Definition
a pause of unspecified length on a note or rest
Term
idioglossia
Definition
an idiosyncratic language invented and spoken by only one person or very few people
Term
variorum
Definition
(of an edition of an author's works) having notes by various editors or commentators
Term
chancel
Definition
the part of a church near the alter, reserved for the clergy and choir
Term
onco-
Definition
of or relating to tumors
Term
xeno-
Definition
relating to a foreigner or foreigners
Term
addorsed
Definition
turned back-to-back
Term
cacoepy
Definition
bad pronunciation (cf. orthoepy)
Term
antrorse
Definition
directed forward or upward
Term
antonomasia
Definition
the substitution of an epithet or title for a proper name
Term
veridical
Definition
truthful; coinciding with reality
Term
mauve
Definition
a pale purple color
Term
facture
Definition
the quality of the execution of a painting
Term
deliquesce
Definition
become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air
Term
maquillage
Definition
makeup; cosmetics
Term
cynosure
Definition
a person or thing that is the center of attention or admiration
Term
passacaglia
Definition
a composition similar to a chaconne, typically in slow triple time with variations over a ground bass
Term
pilaster
Definition
a rectangular column, esp. one projecting from a wall
Term
cloaca
Definition
a common cavity at the end of the digestive tract for the release of both execretory and genital products
Term
olio
Definition
a miscellaneous collection of things
Term
scrim
Definition
strong, course fabric
Term
Scylla
Definition
a horrible six-headed monster who lived on a rock on one side of a narrow strait (Charybdis was a whirlpool on the other side)
Term
chary
Definition
cautious; wary
Term
praxis
Definition
pratice, as distinguished from theory
Term
plait
Definition
a single length of hair or other flexible material made up of three or more interlaced strands; a braid
Term
louche
Definition
disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way
Term
slattern
Definition
a dirty, untidy woman
Term
emmetropia
Definition
the state of refraction of the normal eye
Term
kyphosis
Definition
excessive outward curvature of the spine, causing hunching of the back (cf. lordosis)
Term
dulcimer
Definition
a musical instrument with a sounding board or box, typically trapezoidal in shape
Term
telos
Definition
an ultimate object or aim
Term
corticated
Definition
having a cortex, bark, or rind
Term
noisome
Definition
having an extremely offensive smell
Term
epexegesis
Definition
the addition of words to clarify meaning
Term
cabochon
Definition
a gem polished but not faceted
Term
phrenology
Definition
the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities
Term
aquarelle
Definition
a style of painting using thin, typically transparent watercolors
Term
gouache
Definition
a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance
Term
agnate
Definition
a person descended from the same male ancestor as another specified or implied person
Term
derogate
Definition
disparage (someone or something)
Term
Cimmerian
Definition
relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead
Term
cataphatic
Definition
(of knowledge of God) obtained through affirmation (cf. apophatic)
Term
tracasserie
Definition
a state of disturbance or annoyance
Term
manciple
Definition
an officer who buys provisions for a college, monastery, or other institution
Term
runnel
Definition
a narrow channel in the ground for liquid to flow through
Term
costermonger
Definition
a person who sells goods, esp. fruits and vegetables
Term
protreptic
Definition
directive, instructive, didactic (adj.) OR exhortation, instruction (n.)
Term
sibyl
Definition
a woman able to foretell the future
Term
libration
Definition
an apparent or real oscillation of the moon
Term
refectory
Definition
a room used for communal meals
Term
paraph
Definition
a flourish after a signature, originally as a precaution against forgery
Term
rarefy
Definition
make or become thin, less dense or solid
Term
campanology
Definition
the art or practice of bell-ringing
Term
pomology
Definition
the science of growing fruit
Term
agraphia
Definition
inability to write as a symptom of cerebral damage/disorder
Term
quadroon
Definition
a person whose parents are a mulatto and a white person and who is therefore one-quarter black by descent
Term
doyen
Definition
the most respected or prominent person in a particular field
Term
cataleptic
Definition
characterized by a trance or seizure with a loss of sensation and consciousness
Term
aetat
Definition
of or at the age of (abbr.)
Term
lethiferous
Definition
lethal
Term
vintner
Definition
a wine merchant
Term
apterous
Definition
having no wings
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belomancy
Definition
divination by means of arrows
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quire
Definition
four sheets of paper or parchment folded to form eight leaves
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troilism
Definition
sexual activity involving three participants
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omphalo-
Definition
relating to the navel
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garrote
Definition
kill (someone) by strangulation, typically with an iron collar or a length of wire or cord
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crotal
Definition
a common lichen found on rocks, used in Scotland to make a golden-brown or reddish-brown dye for staining wool for making tweed
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postiche
Definition
a piece of false hair worn as an adornment
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decoupage
Definition
the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects
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quincunx
Definition
an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center
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hieratic
Definition
of or concerning priests
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spoonerism
Definition
a verbal error in which a speaker accidentally transposes the initial sounds or letters of two or more words
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rantipole
Definition
wild, disorderly, rakish (n., adj., & v.(!))
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mesomorph
Definition
a person with a compact and muscular body build
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exigible
Definition
(of a tax, duty, or other payment) abloe to be charged or levied
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lusophone
Definition
Portuguese speaking (adj. or n.)
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obliviscence
Definition
the state of having forgotten; forgetfulness
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cozen
Definition
trick or deceive
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roulade
Definition
1.a dish cooked or served in the form of a roll, typically made from a flat piece of meat, fish, or sponge cake, spread with a soft filling and rolled up into a spiral OR 2.a florid passage of runs in classical music for a virtuoso singer, especially one sung to one syllable
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allocution
Definition
a formal speech giving advice or a warning
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sudorific
Definition
relating to or causing sweating
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diaphoretic
Definition
inducing perspiration
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sudoriferous
Definition
secreting sweat
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ossuary
Definition
a container or room into which the bones of dead people are placed
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ascot
Definition
a man's broad silk necktie
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marquisette
Definition
a fine light cotton, rayon, or silk gauze fabric, now cheifly used for net curtains
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thyestean
Definition
cannibalistic
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discalced
Definition
barefoot
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wittol
Definition
a man who is aware and tolerant of his wife's infidelity
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decussate
Definition
cross or intersect each other to form an X
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autoclave
Definition
a strong, heated container used for chemical reactions and other processes using high pressures and temperatures
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nutation
Definition
a periodic variation in the inclination of the axis of a rotating object
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oriflamme
Definition
a principle or ideal that serves as a rallying point in a struggle
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faille
Definition
a soft, light-woven fabric having a ribbed texture and originally made of silk
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noumenon
Definition
a posited object or event as it appears in itself independent of perception by the senses
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prescind
Definition
leave out of consideration
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teratogenesis
Definition
the process by which congenital malformations are produced in an embryo or fetus
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regnal
Definition
of a reign or monarch
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toponym
Definition
a place name, esp. one derived from a topographical feature
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crapulous
Definition
of or relating to the drinking of alcohol or drunkenness
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zoroastrianism
Definition
an Iranian religion the principal beliefs of which are in the existence of a supreme deity, Ahura Mazda, and in a cosmic struggle between a spirit of good, Spenta Mainyu, and a spirit of evil, Angra Mainyu
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trichotomy
Definition
a division into three categories
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sacerdotal
Definition
relating to priests or the priesthood
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perquisite
Definition
another term for perk
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aristarch
Definition
a severe critic
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donee
Definition
a person who receives a gift
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de profundis
Definition
a heartfelt cry of appeal expressing one's deepest feelings of sorrow or anguish
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devise
Definition
assign real estate by will
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ductile
Definition
able to be drawn out into a thin wire
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prevenient
Definition
preceding in time or order; antecedent
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paralipomenon
Definition
a thing omitted in the body of work and appended as a supplement
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batik
Definition
a method of producing colored designs on textiles by dyeing them, having first applied wax to the parts to be left undyed
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tergiversate
Definition
make conflicting or evasive statements; equivovate
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subterfuge
Definition
deceit used in order to achieve one's goal
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calenture
Definition
feverish delirium supposedly caused by the heat in the tropics
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neap
Definition
a tide just after the first or third quarters of the moon when there is the least difference between high and low water
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cadastre
Definition
a register of property showing the extent, value, and owndership of land for taxation
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strepitous
Definition
noist; boisterous
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corbel
Definition
a projection jutting out from a wall to support a structure above it
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termagant
Definition
a harsh-tempered or overbearing woman
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gravid
Definition
pregnant
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virago
Definition
a domineering, violent, or bad-tempered woman
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lipogram
Definition
a composition from which the writer systematically omits a certain letter or certain letters of the alphabet
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fillip
Definition
2.a movement made by bending the last joint of a finger against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; a flick of the finger
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irrumation
Definition
insertion of penis into sexual partner's mouth
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contralto
Definition
the lowest female singing voice
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edema
Definition
a condition characterized by an excess of watery fluid collecting in the cavities or tissues of the body
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aphaeresis
Definition
the loss of a sound or sounds at the beginning of a word
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aposematic
Definition
serving to warn or repel predators
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chevalier
Definition
a chivalrous man
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oligo-
Definition
having few; containing a relatively small number of units
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exomologesis
Definition
a full or public confession
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apologue
Definition
a moral fable, esp. one with animals as characters
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étagère
Definition
a piece of furniture consisting of a set of open shelves for displaying small objects and sometimes having an enclosed cabinet as a base
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aposiopesis
Definition
the device of suddenly breaking off in speech
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cadge
Definition
ask for or obtain
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chaismus
Definition
a rhetorical or literary figure in which words, grammatical constructions, or concepts are repeated in reverse order, in the same or a modified form
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mésalliance
Definition
a marriage with a person thought to be unsuitable or of a lower social position
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prolepsis
Definition
the anticipation and answering of possible objections in rhetorical speech
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chartaceous
Definition
of the nature of paper; papery
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exordium
Definition
the beginning or introductory part, esp. of a discourse or treatise
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oniomania
Definition
an obsessive or uncontrollable urge to buy things
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flagitious
Definition
criminal; villainous
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ignivomous
Definition
vomiting or discharging fire
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adjure
Definition
urge or request (someone) solemnly or earnestly to do something
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arundinaceous
Definition
reed-like; reedy
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bifid
Definition
divided by a deep cleft or notch into two parts
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limitrophe
Definition
situated on a frontier; adjacent to another country (n. or adj.)
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bolus
Definition
a small rounded mass of a substance, esp. of chewed food at the moment of swallowing
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consecution
Definition
a logical sequence; an inference, a train of reasoning
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tmesis
Definition
the seperation of parts of a compound word by an intervening word or words
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a posteriori
Definition
relating to or denoting reasoning or knowledge that proceeds from observations or experiences to the deduction of probable causes
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evirate
Definition
emasculate
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simony
Definition
the buying or selling of ecclesiastical privileges, for example pardons or benefices
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hemectant
Definition
retaining or preserving moisture
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exenterate
Definition
remove the contents of (part of body)
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buccal
Definition
of or relating to the mouth
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inhumation
Definition
burial
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comminute
Definition
reduce to small fragments; break down into small particles
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cingulum
Definition
an encircling structure
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transpicuous
Definition
transparent; easily understood; lucid
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gimlet
Definition
a small T-shaped tool with a screw-tip for boring holes
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objurgate
Definition
rebuke severely; scold
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commination
Definition
the action of threatening divine vengeance
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holophrasis
Definition
the expression of a whole phrase in a single word
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interlard
Definition
intersperse or embellish speech or writing with different material
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hosanna
Definition
used to express adoration, praise, or joy
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phaeton
Definition
a light, open, four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage
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cosmology
Definition
the science of the origin and development of the universe
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pavane
Definition
a stately dance is slow duple time, popular in the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in elaborate clothing
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mendicant
Definition
given to begging (adj. or n.)
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halibut
Definition
a northern marine fish that is the largest of the flatfishes
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gneiss
Definition
a metamorphic rock with a banded or foliated structure
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copula
Definition
a connecting word, in particular a form of the verb BE connecting a subject and complement
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fardel
Definition
a bundle
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chattel
Definition
a personal possession
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erethism
Definition
excessive sensitivity or rapid reaction to stimulation of part of the body, esp. the sexual organs
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nervure
Definition
each of the hollow veins that form the framework of an insect's wing
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malinger
Definition
exaggerate or feign illness in order to escape duty or work
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seidel
Definition
a beer mug or glass
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preludium
Definition
a prelude
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guichet
Definition
a wicket, hatch, esp. one through which tickets are sold
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beadle
Definition
a ceremonial officer of a church, college, or similar institution
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esplanade
Definition
a long, open, level area, typically by the sea, along which people may walk for pleasure
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mouton
Definition
sheepskin cut and dyed to resemble beaver fur or sealskin
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mansarde
Definition
a roof, each face has 2 slopes, lower one steeper than the upper OR apartment under roof
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arras
Definition
a rich tapestry, typically hung on the walls of a room
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diadem
Definition
a jeweled crown or headband
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noctiluca
Definition
a roughly spherical marine dinoflagellate that is strongle phosphorescent
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aspirate
Definition
remove or draw by suction OR pronounce (a sound) with an exhalation of breath
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manse
Definition
the house occupied by a minister of a Presbyterian church OR a large stately house
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pestle
Definition
a heavy tool with a rounded end, used for crushing and grinding
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triturate
Definition
grind to a fine powder OR chew or grind (food) thoroughly
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lorry
Definition
a large, heavy motor vehicle for transporting goods or troops; a truck
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sargasso
Definition
a brown seaweed with berrylike air bladders
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pappus
Definition
a tuft of hairs on each seed of thistles, dandelions, and similar plants that assists dispersal by the wind
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goy
Definition
a Jewish name for a non-Jew
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diplopia
Definition
double vision
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garret
Definition
a top-floor or attic room
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emulsion
Definition
a fine dispersion of minute droplets of one liquid in another in which it is not soluble or miscible
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odium
Definition
general widespread hated or disgust directed toward someone as a result of their actions
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Walpurgisnacht
Definition
the night of April 30 when witches meet on the Brocken mountain and hold revels with the Devil
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coccyx
Definition
a small, triangular bone at the base of the spinal column in humans and some apes
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cheval-de-frise
Definition
a portable obstacle, sonsisting of a wooden frame covered with spikes or barbed wire
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janissary
Definition
a member of the Turkish infantry forming the Sultan's guard between the 14th and 19th centuries
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compote
Definition
a fruit preserved or cooked in syrup
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orthogonal
Definition
of or involving right angles
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predella
Definition
a step or platform on which an altar is placed
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phylogenesis
Definition
the evolutionary development and diversification of a species or group of organisms, cf. ontogenesis
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démarche
Definition
a political step or initiative
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lebensraum
Definition
the territory that a state or nation believes is needed for its natural development, especially associated with Nazi Germany
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Entente Cordiale
Definition
a series of agreements signed on 8 April 1904 between Great Britain and France which saw a significant improvement in Anglo-French relations
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casement
Definition
a window or part of a windowset on a hinge so that it opens like a door
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firebrand
Definition
a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action
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brindle
Definition
a brownish or tawny color of animal fur, with streaks of another color
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cerebration
Definition
the working of the brain; thinking
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blandishment
Definition