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07/29/2011

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aroint
Definition
(imperative) begone!
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retrousse
Definition
(of a nose) turned up
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purl
Definition
(of a stream, etc) to ripple along, murmuring
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piebald
Definition
(of an animal) consisting of more than two colors
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alembicated
Definition
(of literary style) too refined
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fulgurating
Definition
(of pain) intense, sudden, like flashes of lightning
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effrenate
Definition
unrestrainedly; violently
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brock
Definition
a badger
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collop
Definition
a bit of flesh or meat
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drawcansir
Definition
a blustering bully
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rimbombo
Definition
a booming roar
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fedifraction
Definition
a breach of faith or covenant
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fardel
Definition
a bundle; a burden; something cumbersome or irksome
Term
pathic
Definition
a catamite; a victim; a passive participator
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escarpment
Definition
a clifflike ridge or fortification
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syncretism
Definition
a combination of different religious beliefs
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farrago
Definition
a confused mixture; a hodgepodge; a medley
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proselyte
Definition
a convert, esp to the Jewish faith
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integument
Definition
a covering
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caitiff
Definition
a coward; a base, weak, or despicable person
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phantasmagoria
Definition
a crowd of phantoms; a series of shifting images or scenes
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gnast
Definition
a dead or dying spark, as of a candle snuffed
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floccilation
Definition
a delirious picking at bedclothes
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helluation
Definition
a devouring gluttony
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ecbole
Definition
a digression
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fugue
Definition
a dreamlike state of altered consciousness
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monomachy
Definition
a duel; single combat
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paradiastole
Definition
a euphemistic half-truth
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epulation
Definition
a feast or banquet; feasting
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ingle
Definition
a fire burning in a fireplace, or the hearth itself
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jarkman
Definition
a forger of counterfeit documents
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trouvaille
Definition
a fortunate find
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affret
Definition
a furious onset or attack
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schiamachy
Definition
a futile battle with an imaginary foe
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franion
Definition
a gallant; a paramour
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apercu
Definition
a glance; an insight
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hecatomb
Definition
a great slaughter or sacrifice (from the public sacrifice of a thousand oxen to the gods, Greece, Rome)
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argus
Definition
a guardian
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tutelar
Definition
a guardian; having the position of a guardian or protector, of or pertaining to a guardian or a guardianship
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phaneromania
Definition
a habit of biting nails, picking at scars, etc
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gonfalon
Definition
a hanging banner
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ecorche
Definition
a human figure portrayed stripped of the skin to show the muscles and anatomy
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perissotomist
Definition
a knife-happy surgeon
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bolide
Definition
a large, brilliant meteor that explodes
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rounceval
Definition
a large, strong, boisterous woman
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slangrel
Definition
a lean or long person or thing
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coffle
Definition
a line of animals, prisoners, or slaves, chained and driven along together
Term
gleed
Definition
a live coal
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elenchus
Definition
a logical refutation
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frondeur
Definition
a malcontent; a rebel
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passepartout
Definition
a master key; a safe conduct or passport
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prend
Definition
a mended crack
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scaramouche
Definition
a ne’er do well
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bildungsroman
Definition
a novel dealing with a person’s life and psychological development from childhood to maturity
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sumpter
Definition
a packhorse or mule
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rhyparographer
Definition
a painter who paints unpleasant or sordid subjects
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jacquerie
Definition
a peasant revolt, esp. a very bloody one
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sward
Definition
a portion of land covered with grass
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zuzwang
Definition
a position in which a person has to move but cannot do so without disadvantage
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accismus
Definition
a pretended refusal of something one desires
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gonkulator
Definition
a pretentious piece of equipment that actually serves no useful purpose
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parnel
Definition
a priest’s mistress; a loose woman
Term
palladium
Definition
a protection or safeguard
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panjandrum
Definition
a self-important, pompous official or person of rank
Term
villein
Definition
a serf
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ombrifuge
Definition
a shelter from the rain
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glissade
Definition
a sliding step
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pecadillo
Definition
a slight offense or sin
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quadrel
Definition
a small block (of stone, wood, etc); a tile
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knurl
Definition
a small ridge providing a rough surface that can be gripped
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rastaquouere
Definition
a social climber who tries too hard to be in fashion; upstart with exaggerated manners or dress
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tracasserie
Definition
a state of annoyance or disturbance; a petty quarrel
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kef
Definition
a state of drowsy contentment or dreamy tranquility, such as that caused by smoking marijuana
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widdendream
Definition
a state of mental disturbance or confusion
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fantods
Definition
a state of restlessness or nervousness; a sudden outpouring of intense emotion; an emotional fit
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molimen
Definition
a strenuous effort or labor
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colluctation
Definition
a struggle; strife
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peripeteia
Definition
a sudden turn of events or unexpected reversal; sudden change in fortune
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borasque
Definition
a tempest at sea
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pasilaly
Definition
a universal language
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mouton enrage
Definition
a usually calm person who is angry; lit. “enraged sheep”
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fremitus
Definition
a vibration
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mumpsimus
Definition
a view stubbornly held even when shown to be wrong
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grassation
Definition
a violent attack
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sweven
Definition
a vision or dream
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hypotyposis
Definition
a vivid description
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quaintrelle
Definition
a woman who emphasizes a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life’s pleasures
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ophelimity
Definition
ability to please or satisfy sexually
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volitorial
Definition
able to fly
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vagile
Definition
able to move about freely
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heteroclite
Definition
abnormal; irregular
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dumose
Definition
abounding with bushes and briars; bushy
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achroamatic
Definition
abstruse; pertaining to deep learning; esoteric
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uberous
Definition
abundant; fruitful; yielding an abundance of milk
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fulsome
Definition
abundant; sickeningly excessive
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obloquy
Definition
abuse; disgrace; slander; censure
Term
barathrum
Definition
abyss
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symphoric
Definition
accident-prone; clumsy
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concomitant
Definition
accompanying
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chevisance
Definition
achievement; performance; profit
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evulsion
Definition
act of uprooting or tearing out
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alligation
Definition
act or state of attaching or being attached
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sanguinolency
Definition
addiction to bloodshed
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panurgic
Definition
adept at all kinds of work; ready for anything
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paraenisis
Definition
advice; exhortation
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tutoyant
Definition
affectionate; intimate
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rowen
Definition
aftermath
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swasivious
Definition
agreeably persuasive
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consilient
Definition
agreeing in inferences drawn from different premises
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subvention
Definition
aid, support, or relief
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azoth
Definition
alchemical name for mercury
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thelemic
Definition
allowing people to do what they like
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illecebrous
Definition
alluring; enticing; attractive
Term
spizzerinctum
Definition
ambition; the will to succeed
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emboyssement
Definition
ambush
Term
oeillade
Definition
an amorous or suggestive glance
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camisade
Definition
an attack made under cover of darkness
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sortie
Definition
an attack of troops out of a besieged place upon the besiegers
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atticism
Definition
an elegant and concise expression
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bouffage
Definition
an enjoyable or satisfying meal
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calvary
Definition
an experience of extreme mental suffering
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sansculotte
Definition
an extremist revolutionary; lit. “without breeches”
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schediasm
Definition
an impromptu action; cursory writing on a loose sheet
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causerie
Definition
an informal talk or chat; a short, informal essay
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wagtail
Definition
an obsequious person; a harlot
Term
machicolation
Definition
an opening in a wall that allowed for defense against attackers by dropping rocks, molten lead, fire, hot oil, etc
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embrasure
Definition
an opening through which missiles may be discharged
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boutade
Definition
an outburst
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bouleversement
Definition
an upset; a violent disturbance
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vetust
Definition
ancient
Term
alembic
Definition
ancient distilling apparatus
Term
raconteur
Definition
anecdote teller
Term
adespoton
Definition
anonymous saying, poem, etc.
Term
bathos
Definition
anticlimax with humorous effect; spurious pathos; triteness
Term
fogram
Definition
antiquated; old fashioned
Term
houghful
Definition
anxious; troubled; distressed; mindful of
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juggernaut
Definition
any belief or object needing or receiving sacrifice of themselves by believers; something that crushes everything in its path
Term
sententious
Definition
aphoristic: pompously moralizing
Term
paromology
Definition
apparent concession to opponent’s point which in reality strengthens one’s own argument
Term
ostensible
Definition
apparent, professed
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idoneous
Definition
appropriate
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induciae
Definition
armistice
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brassard
Definition
armlet
Term
cuirass
Definition
armor for breast and back
Term
armiger
Definition
armour-bearer; knight's squire
Term
caparison
Definition
armour; harness; trappings
Term
surquedry
Definition
arrogance; presumption
Term
fastuous
Definition
arrogant; showy
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cahier
Definition
artist's notes or drawings
Term
pixilated
Definition
as if bewitched by fairies; slightly crazy or drunk; bewildered
Term
fakir
Definition
ascetic or mendicant
Term
cinerious
Definition
ashen
Term
synod
Definition
assembly or council, esp. of church
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drabbing
Definition
associating with whores
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grith
Definition
asylum; sanctuary
Term
tantivy
Definition
at full gallop; headlong
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apical
Definition
at the summit or tip
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epigamic
Definition
attracting the opposite sex
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psychagogic
Definition
attractive; encouraging; persuasive
Term
allocution
Definition
authoritative or exhortatory address
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daedalist
Definition
aviator
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expergifacient
Definition
awakening; arousing
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hadiwist
Definition
awareness that if one had only known what is known now, one would have acted otherwise
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gaucherie
Definition
awkward or socially unacceptable remark
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maladroit
Definition
awkward; gauche
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postern
Definition
back door
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carnaptious
Definition
bad-tempered; cantankerous
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incondite
Definition
badly composed or put together; unpolished
Term
coctile
Definition
baked; hardened by fire
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deligation
Definition
bandaging
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ladronism
Definition
banditry; robbery
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badinage
Definition
banter
Term
affusion
Definition
baptism; a pouring of water or liquid
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ferity
Definition
barbarism
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latrant
Definition
barking
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seck
Definition
barren, unprofitable
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verecund
Definition
bashful, modest, shy
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faggotist
Definition
bassoon player
Term
balneary
Definition
bathing place; medicinal spring
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tediferous
Definition
bearing a torch
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securigerous
Definition
bearing an axe
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skewbald
Definition
bearing patches of white and some color other than black
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pruinose
Definition
bearing whitish dust; hoary
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kalon
Definition
beauty in a moral as well as an aesthetic sense; beauty that is more than skin deep
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canescent
Definition
becoming white; hoary
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antemundane
Definition
before creation
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clochard
Definition
beggar; tramp
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retardataire
Definition
behind the times
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geged
Definition
beholden
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necrophilous
Definition
being fond of dead creatures as food
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solipsism
Definition
belief that reality is subjective and all one can know is one’s own state
Term
declination
Definition
bending; turning aside; polite refusal
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withal
Definition
besides; nevertheless; therewith
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thereoid
Definition
bestial; savage
Term
bonification
Definition
betterment
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metagnostic
Definition
beyond comprehension or understanding
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supererogatory
Definition
beyond what is asked for; more than is needed
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outre
Definition
beyond what is proper; extravagant
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clinamen
Definition
bias
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mordacious
Definition
biting; caustic; sarcastic
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ostrobogulous
Definition
bizarre; unusual; interesting; risque
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infumate
Definition
blackish; smoky
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chantage
Definition
blackmail
Term
imputation
Definition
blame
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witeless
Definition
blameless
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bodacious
Definition
blatant; brazen; bold; outstanding
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pigsconce
Definition
blockhead
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wergild
Definition
blood money
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sanguinary
Definition
bloody; bloodthirsty; causing bloodshed
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jactancy
Definition
boasting
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thrasonical
Definition
boasting
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rumbustious
Definition
boisterous
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malapert
Definition
bold; forward; saucy
Term
balefire
Definition
bonfire; beacon; funeral pyre
Term
rand
Definition
border; edge; margin
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ennuyant
Definition
boring
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mutuaticial
Definition
borrowed
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rodomontade
Definition
bragging talk; rigmarole
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aeneous
Definition
brasslike
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furciferous
Definition
bratty; rascally
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stertorous
Definition
breathing loudly or hoarsely; snoring
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pauciloquy
Definition
brevity in speech
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syntomy
Definition
brevity; conciseness
Term
douceur
Definition
bribe; gratuity; gentleness of manner
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apophthegm
Definition
brief, wise saying
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klepht
Definition
brigand
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vitellary
Definition
bright yellow
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nitid
Definition
bright, lustrous, glistening
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luculent
Definition
bright; clear; convincing
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refulgent
Definition
brightly shining
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eclat
Definition
brilliancy; brilliant achievement; acclaimed success; exposure, especially scandalous
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educe
Definition
bring out; develop; elicit
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ostentiferous
Definition
bringing monsters or strange sights
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imbriferous
Definition
bringing or carrying rain
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horrent
Definition
bristling
Term
horripilation
Definition
bristling of hair or creeping of flesh due to cold, fright, etc.
Term
setose
Definition
bristly
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frangible
Definition
brittle
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schiller
Definition
bronzy lustre
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lupanar
Definition
brothel
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fuscous
Definition
brownish-gray
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infuscate
Definition
brownish; obscured
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gurgitate
Definition
bubble
Term
nittiness
Definition
bubbliness
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sepulchre
Definition
burial mound, tomb, or grave
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comburent
Definition
burning
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inustion
Definition
burning in; cauterization; branding
Term
adust
Definition
burnt up or scorched dry by heat; gloomy or sad
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defossion
Definition
burrying a person alive
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erumpent
Definition
bursting forth
Term
ithand
Definition
busy; diligent; plodding
Term
natiform
Definition
buttock-shaped
Term
redhibition
Definition
cancellation of sale of defective merchandise upon its return to vendor
Term
thyestian
Definition
cannibalistic
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deprehendable
Definition
capable of being detected
Term
devorative
Definition
capable of being swallowed whole
Term
expugnable
Definition
capable of being taken by storm
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ignescent
Definition
capable of emitting sparks; of a volatile mood
Term
manduction
Definition
careful guidance; leading by the hand
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yemeles
Definition
careless; heedless; negligent
Term
apolaustic
Definition
caring only for pleasure
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mastigophoric
Definition
carrying a whip
Term
donjon
Definition
castle keep
Term
obvention
Definition
casual or occasional happening or gift
Term
abreaction
Definition
catharsis, released emotional tension achieved through recalling a traumatic experience
Term
cacestogenous
Definition
caused by unfavorable home environment
Term
internecine
Definition
causing mutual death and destruction
Term
nociceptive
Definition
causing or sensitive to pain
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troglodytic
Definition
cave-dwelling
Term
thurible
Definition
censer
Term
certes
Definition
certainly
Term
catena
Definition
chain; series
Term
shambolic
Definition
chaotic
Term
tumultuary
Definition
chaotic; haphazard
Term
caritative
Definition
charitable
Term
ossuary
Definition
charnel house
Term
heartsome
Definition
cheering; encouraging; merry
Term
gueparde
Definition
cheetah
Term
lallation
Definition
childish mispronunciation; mispronunciation of speech sounds
Term
ramoneur
Definition
chimney sweep
Term
fubsy
Definition
chubby and somewhat squat
Term
wamble
Definition
churning of the stomach; wobbling or rolling motion
Term
amphilogism
Definition
circumlocution
Term
mufti
Definition
civilian dress, esp. as worn by someone who normally wears a uniform
Term
comity
Definition
civility; friendliness
Term
dight
Definition
clad
Term
phratry
Definition
clan or tribe
Term
scandent
Definition
climbing
Term
deasil
Definition
clockwise
Term
conversant
Definition
closely acquainted, having deep knowledge
Term
affined
Definition
closely related; connected
Term
havelock
Definition
cloth hanging from back of soldier’s cap as protection from sun
Term
nubilous
Definition
cloudy; vague
Term
balatron
Definition
clown; buffoon
Term
claviger
Definition
club-bearer; key-keeper or caretaker
Term
Rabelaisian
Definition
coarsely hilarious
Term
cortinate
Definition
cobweb-like
Term
algid
Definition
cold, chilly
Term
haematocryal
Definition
cold-blooded
Term
algor
Definition
coldness; shivering fit in fever
Term
oecist
Definition
colonist; settler
Term
achroous
Definition
colorless
Term
mandament
Definition
command
Term
tortious
Definition
committing a wrongful deed
Term
cogent
Definition
compelling, forceful, convincing
Term
querimony
Definition
complaint
Term
panoply
Definition
complete and splendid array; full suit of armor
Term
blandiloquence
Definition
complimentary language or speech
Term
palinoia
Definition
compulsive repetition of an act until it’s perfect
Term
recondite
Definition
concealed; abstruse; erudite
Term
celation
Definition
concealment
Term
synchoresis
Definition
concession made for the sake of more effective retort
Term
illation
Definition
conclusion; inference
Term
psychomachy
Definition
conflict of the soul
Term
imbroglio
Definition
confused or embarrassing situation or state
Term
mattoid
Definition
congenital idiot
Term
vincular
Definition
connected
Term
concision
Definition
consiceness; division; schism
Term
bricolage
Definition
construction using whatever materials come to hand; something constructed thusly
Term
ribibe
Definition
contemptuous term for an old woman; a bawd
Term
ingravescent
Definition
continually becoming more severe
Term
motatory
Definition
continually moving
Term
voulu
Definition
contrived; affected
Term
colloquy
Definition
conversation; dialogue
Term
opprobrious
Definition
conveying disgrace; disgraceful
Term
recoct
Definition
cook again; improvise
Term
scrivener
Definition
copyist; notary
Term
coign
Definition
corner; angle; viewpoint
Term
gorbellied
Definition
corpulent
Term
sumpsimus
Definition
correct expression that replaces popular but wrong one
Term
antisideric
Definition
countering the effects of iron
Term
prevenancy
Definition
courteous anticipation of another’s wishes
Term
arghness
Definition
cowardice; timidity
Term
recreant
Definition
cowardly, traitorous, unfaithful
Term
sleekit
Definition
crafty; sly; smooth
Term
versute
Definition
crafty; wily
Term
reptant
Definition
creeping
Term
mens rea
Definition
criminal intent
Term
nodus
Definition
crucial or difficult point; knot
Term
dragonnade
Definition
cruel persecution; violent invasion or punitive expedition
Term
ullagone
Definition
cry of lamentation; funeral lament
Term
singultient
Definition
crying; sobbing
Term
vafrous
Definition
cunning; sly
Term
ambry
Definition
cupboard or closet
Term
catholicon
Definition
cure-all; panacea
Term
synclastic
Definition
curved in all directions towards the same point
Term
aduncous
Definition
curved inward, hooked
Term
involute
Definition
curved spirally inwards; complicated
Term
nomic
Definition
customary; conventional
Term
bodkin
Definition
dagger
Term
skean
Definition
dagger
Term
estrade
Definition
dais
Term
perse
Definition
dark blue or bluish-gray
Term
fulgour
Definition
dazzling brightness; splendor
Term
lethiferous
Definition
deadly
Term
vorpal
Definition
deadly
Term
phthartic
Definition
deadly; destructive
Term
surd
Definition
deaf; senseless
Term
mercer
Definition
dealer in textiles
Term
athanasy
Definition
deathlessness
Term
roue
Definition
debauched man; lecher
Term
fleechment
Definition
deceptively flattering or persuasive talk
Term
spavined
Definition
decrepit or broken down
Term
oblate
Definition
dedicated
Term
bathukolpian
Definition
deep-breasted; large-breasted
Term
psellism
Definition
defective pronunciation
Term
wantage
Definition
deficiency
Term
effete
Definition
degenerated; sterile; worn out
Term
retromorphosis
Definition
degeneration; a change for the worse
Term
cunctation
Definition
delay
Term
parisology
Definition
deliberate ambiguity in the use of words
Term
phrenesis
Definition
delirium or frenzy
Term
appersonation
Definition
delusion of insane person that he is another, usually famous, person
Term
spissitude
Definition
density
Term
turpitude
Definition
depravity
Term
weltschmerz
Definition
depression caused by comparing the actual state of the world to its ideal state
Term
condign
Definition
deserved; adequate; appropriate
Term
apotropaic
Definition
designed to avert evil
Term
hypercathexis
Definition
desire amounting to mania for an object
Term
oikonisis
Definition
desire to start a family
Term
wanhope
Definition
despair
Term
fouty
Definition
despicable
Term
obliquity
Definition
deviation from straight line or moral code
Term
roric
Definition
dewy
Term
habile
Definition
dextrous; adroit
Term
sedulous
Definition
diligent, assiduous, persistently or carefully maintained
Term
coronach
Definition
dirge
Term
antithalian
Definition
disapproving of festivity or laughter
Term
diffidelity
Definition
disbelief
Term
epigone
Definition
disciple, follower, imitator, especially in later generation
Term
disaffected
Definition
discontented; rebellious
Term
absonant
Definition
discordant
Term
recusancy
Definition
disobedience; nonconformism
Term
deray
Definition
disorder; merriment; to go wild
Term
scialytic
Definition
dispelling shadows
Term
diaspora
Definition
dispersion
Term
heterotopia
Definition
displacement of an organ from its normal position in the body
Term
signate
Definition
distinct; distinguished; having definite markings
Term
eximious
Definition
distinguished; eminent; excellent
Term
distrait
Definition
distracted; inattentive
Term
night-foundered
Definition
distressed on account of losing one’s way in the night
Term
bobbery
Definition
disturbance; uproar
Term
ruction
Definition
disturbance; uproar
Term
inusitation
Definition
disuse; disrepair
Term
desuetude
Definition
disuse; obsolescence
Term
urinator
Definition
diver
Term
decarnate
Definition
divested of bodily form
Term
sortilege
Definition
divination by drawing lots
Term
tiromancy
Definition
divination using cheese
Term
afflatus
Definition
divine breath; inspiration
Term
enthiate
Definition
divinely inspired
Term
agathism
Definition
doctrine that the ultimate end of all things is good, though the means may be evil
Term
ostiary
Definition
doorkeeper, esp. of church
Term
choller
Definition
double chin
Term
declivity
Definition
downward slope
Term
culvert
Definition
drain or conduit
Term
abducent
Definition
drawing away, as by the action of a muscle
Term
voiturier
Definition
driver of a carriage or coach
Term
somnifugous
Definition
driving away sleep
Term
battue
Definition
driving of game towards guns; massacre of helpless persons
Term
noyade
Definition
drowning, esp. of a number of persons together as execution
Term
temulent
Definition
drunk; intoxicated
Term
xerotic
Definition
dry
Term
simoom
Definition
dry, hot, dusty desert wind
Term
pythogenic
Definition
due to or causing dirt and decay
Term
advenient
Definition
due to outside causes
Term
lurdane
Definition
dull and lazy
Term
hebeate
Definition
dull-witted
Term
beneplacito
Definition
during pleasure
Term
phaeic
Definition
dusky
Term
subfusc
Definition
dusky; dim; drab; dark; devoid of brightness or appeal
Term
pulverous
Definition
dusty
Term
devoir
Definition
duty; best of which one is capable
Term
obnixely
Definition
earnestly; strenuously
Term
sprezzatura
Definition
ease of manner; studied carelessness; the appearance of acting or being done effortlessly
Term
venal
Definition
easily bribed or corrupted
Term
ductile
Definition
easily led
Term
sequacious
Definition
easily led or moulded; servile; logical
Term
ridibund
Definition
easily moved to laughter
Term
transpicuous
Definition
easily seen through or understood
Term
perspicuous
Definition
easily understood; clearly expressed
Term
esculent
Definition
edible
Term
perficient
Definition
effectual; achieving a result
Term
feckful
Definition
efficient; powerful, effective
Term
mahout
Definition
elephant driver
Term
facundity
Definition
eloquence
Term
fugacious
Definition
elusive; ephemeral; volatile
Term
garniture
Definition
embellishment, ornamentation
Term
inanition
Definition
emptiness; starvation; lethargy
Term
viduous
Definition
empty
Term
jejeune
Definition
empty; sterile; dry; naïve; immature
Term
eschaton
Definition
end of the world, end of time, apocalypse
Term
premorse
Definition
ending abruptly as if bitten off
Term
oblectation
Definition
enjoyment; pleasure
Term
versal
Definition
entire; whole
Term
chawdron
Definition
entrails
Term
vestibule
Definition
entrance hall
Term
unasinous
Definition
equally stupid
Term
equipage
Definition
equipment; appurtenances; retinue
Term
sine qua non
Definition
essential adjunct or condition
Term
consuetude
Definition
established custom
Term
olid
Definition
evil-smelling
Term
bravura
Definition
exceptional skill; boldness; brilliance
Term
orchidaceous
Definition
exceptionally beautiful; ostentatious; gaudy
Term
nimiety
Definition
excess
Term
perichareia
Definition
excessive and violent rejoicing
Term
preciosity
Definition
excessive elegance, esp. of literary style
Term
maritality
Definition
excessive fondness for (one’s own) husband
Term
illeism
Definition
excessive use of the third person to refer to oneself
Term
godwottery
Definition
excessively elaborate speech or writing; gardening
Term
peine
Definition
execution by crushing to death under heavy weights
Term
waygone
Definition
exhausted from long travels
Term
allotropy
Definition
existence of an element in more than one form
Term
benet
Definition
exorcist
Term
tentation
Definition
experiment by trial and error
Term
peirastic
Definition
experimental; ready to be tried
Term
tatonnement
Definition
experimentation; trial and error
Term
zoopery
Definition
experimenting on lower animals
Term
piacular
Definition
expiatory; sinful
Term
apodcitic
Definition
expressing absolute certainty
Term
morbidezza
Definition
extreme softness or delicacy in artistic representation
Term
obolary
Definition
extremely poor
Term
facinorous
Definition
extremely wicked
Term
nonfeasance
Definition
failure to perform an act or obligation
Term
eboulliment
Definition
falling in of a wall of a fort; landslide
Term
caducous
Definition
falling off easily
Term
subreption
Definition
false or unfair deduction or representation due to suppression of truth
Term
sadogue
Definition
fat, easygoing person
Term
steatopygous
Definition
fat-buttocked
Term
captious
Definition
fault-finding
Term
feracity
Definition
fecundity; fertility
Term
sarcophagous (adj)
Definition
feeding on flesh; carnivorous
Term
lotophagous
Definition
feeding on lotuses; indolent; dreamy; lazy
Term
dedolent
Definition
feeling no sorrow; callous; apathetic
Term
muliebrile
Definition
feminine
Term
foinery
Definition
fencing; swordplay
Term
gyve
Definition
fetter; to shackle
Term
aceldama
Definition
field or scene of bloodshed
Term
truculent
Definition
fierce, cruel, hostile, scathing
Term
breme
Definition
fierce; sharp; cruel
Term
splenitive
Definition
fiery; ill-tempered
Term
metonymy
Definition
figurative use of a word for another closely associated with it, esp of attribute for its subject (ie “the crown” for the sovereign)
Term
borborology
Definition
filthy talk
Term
question extraordinaire
Definition
final or severest torture
Term
charrette
Definition
final, intensive effort to finish a project before deadline
Term
desitive
Definition
final; completing
Term
serein
Definition
fine rain falling from an apparently cloudless sky
Term
meet
Definition
fitting; proper
Term
binnacle
Definition
fixed case or stand for the ship's compass
Term
bannock
Definition
flat, round, unleavened Scottish loaf
Term
gloze
Definition
flattery or deceit; to explain away or gloss over
Term
preterlabent
Definition
flowing by
Term
confluent
Definition
flowing together; combining
Term
transvection
Definition
flying by supernatural means
Term
altivolant
Definition
flying high
Term
serpivolent
Definition
flying serpent
Term
velivolent
Definition
flying with sails
Term
spumid
Definition
foamy; frothing
Term
strapontin
Definition
folding seat in a theatre
Term
myrmidon
Definition
follower; hireling
Term
vitiative
Definition
fond of life
Term
mulierose
Definition
fond of women
Term
stultiloquence
Definition
foolish talk
Term
seely
Definition
foolish; pitiable because of weakness
Term
pelmatogram
Definition
footprint
Term
faute de mieux
Definition
for want of better
Term
exallotriote
Definition
foreign
Term
predevote
Definition
foreordained
Term
adumbrative
Definition
foreshadowing; vaguely indicative
Term
antepast
Definition
foretaste; first course
Term
lethologica
Definition
forgetfulness of words
Term
cyanthropy
Definition
form of insanity in which patient has delusions of being a dog
Term
whilom
Definition
formerly; erstwhile
Term
scortation
Definition
fornication; lewdness
Term
redoubt
Definition
fortification within an outwork
Term
ichnite
Definition
fossil footprint
Term
turbid
Definition
foul; muddy; befogged
Term
olent
Definition
fragrant
Term
suaveolent
Definition
fragrant
Term
gantry
Definition
framelike support
Term
eleutherian
Definition
freedom-giving
Term
micturition
Definition
frequent urination
Term
habitue
Definition
frequenter
Term
bonhomie
Definition
friendliness; urbane manner
Term
fizgig
Definition
frivolous or coquettish girl
Term
cavillation
Definition
frivolous or sophistical objection
Term
march
Definition
frontier; border area
Term
rime
Definition
frost or hoarfrost
Term
frore
Definition
frosty; frozen
Term
Pyrrhic victory
Definition
fruitless victory
Term
tosticated
Definition
fuddled; perplexed
Term
runagate
Definition
fugitive; vagabond
Term
eclaircissement
Definition
full explanation; enlightenment
Term
gambrinous
Definition
full of beer
Term
pecorous
Definition
full of cows
Term
plenary
Definition
full; entire; unlimited; with all members present
Term
exequy
Definition
funeral rights; procession
Term
tenue
Definition
general appearance or manner
Term
veridic
Definition
genuine
Term
echt
Definition
genuine; authentic
Term
aurated
Definition
gilded
Term
cameleopard
Definition
giraffe
Term
hyaline
Definition
glassy; transparent
Term
fulgid
Definition
glittering
Term
clinquant
Definition
glittering with tinsel or garish finery
Term
aestuous
Definition
glowing ; agitated, as with heat
Term
aurulent
Definition
golden-colored
Term
pukka
Definition
good; sound; reliable; genuine
Term
anserine
Definition
gooselike; foolish
Term
quidnunc
Definition
gossiper; inquisitive person
Term
tournure
Definition
grace; poise; expressive phrase
Term
leggiadrous
Definition
graceful; elegant; pleasing
Term
rondure
Definition
gracefully rounded curvature
Term
charientism
Definition
gracefully veiled insult
Term
mome
Definition
grave; solemn
Term
lubricity
Definition
greasiness; wiliness
Term
ingordigious
Definition
greedy
Term
lickerish
Definition
greedy; letcherous
Term
chrysochlorous
Definition
greenish-gold
Term
amadelphous
Definition
gregarious; outgoing
Term
mascaron
Definition
grotesque face on a door-knocker
Term
galere
Definition
group of undesirable people; unpleasant situation
Term
agminate
Definition
grouped
Term
senescent
Definition
growing old
Term
revirescent
Definition
growing young and strong again
Term
creancer
Definition
guardian; mentor
Term
vade-mecum
Definition
guidebook; manual
Term
cynosure
Definition
guiding star; object of common interest
Term
scaturient
Definition
gushing; overflowing; effusive
Term
usance
Definition
habit; custom
Term
assuefaction, assuetude
Definition
habituation
Term
comate
Definition
hairy
Term
crinite
Definition
hairy
Term
helve
Definition
handle or hilt
Term
eumoirous
Definition
happy because innocent and good
Term
festination
Definition
haste; hurrying walk
Term
chatoyant
Definition
having a changeable luster, like a cat’s eye; iridescent
Term
simous
Definition
having a flat, upturned nose
Term
anticryptic
Definition
having a protective resemblance to the environment
Term
scripturient
Definition
having a violent desire to write
Term
chalcenterous
Definition
having bowels of brass; tough
Term
auricomous
Definition
having golden hair
Term
multivious
Definition
having many directions; leading many ways
Term
myriacanthous
Definition
having many prickles
Term
monarsenous
Definition
having one male for every several females
Term
iridian
Definition
having or suggestive of the colors of a rainbow
Term
sonsy
Definition
having pleasing curves
Term
raglan
Definition
having sleeves going all the way to the neck
Term
epicene
Definition
having the characteristics of both sexes; sexless
Term
heterotrichosis
Definition
having variegated colored hair
Term
ithyphallic
Definition
having, showing, or pertaining to an erect penis; indecent or obscene
Term
accipitrine
Definition
hawklike; rapacious
Term
sanative
Definition
healing
Term
psychiasis
Definition
healing in the soul or psyche
Term
vulnerary
Definition
healing wounds
Term
salubrious
Definition
health-giving; respectable; wholesome
Term
embonpoint
Definition
healthy plumpness, stoutness
Term
duramen
Definition
heartwood
Term
supernal
Definition
heavenly
Term
cirogrille
Definition
hedgehog
Term
ilspile
Definition
hedgehog
Term
flagitous
Definition
heinous; villainous
Term
timoneer
Definition
helmsman
Term
apparator
Definition
herald; harbinger
Term
dern
Definition
hidden; secret; dark; somber
Term
exoptable
Definition
highly desirable
Term
pismirism
Definition
hoarding of small or insignificant things
Term
gallimaufry
Definition
hodge-podge
Term
sanctanimity
Definition
holiness of mind
Term
melichrous
Definition
honey-colored
Term
protreptical
Definition
hortatory; persuasive
Term
penates
Definition
household gods
Term
meinie
Definition
household; retinue
Term
yapness
Definition
hunger
Term
esurience
Definition
hunger; appetite
Term
blendling
Definition
hybrid
Term
la maledie sans maledie
Definition
hypochondria
Term
quixotic
Definition
idealistic; altruistic; unpractical
Term
dizzard
Definition
idiot
Term
bavardage
Definition
idle chatter
Term
faineant
Definition
idle; indolent
Term
otiant
Definition
idle; resting
Term
otiose
Definition
idle; useless; futile
Term
solecism
Definition
ignorant error, esp. in grammar; breach of ettiquette
Term
wanion
Definition
ill luck, misfortune
Term
xanthippe
Definition
ill-tempered woman
Term
hofles
Definition
immoderate, unreasonable
Term
profligate
Definition
immoral; dissolute
Term
mithridation
Definition
immunity from poison gained by consuming a series of small doses
Term
alluvion
Definition
impact of water on shore; flood
Term
unthirlable
Definition
impenetrable
Term
subintelligitur
Definition
implication understood though not stated
Term
introuvable
Definition
impossible to find
Term
spado
Definition
impotent person; castrated animal
Term
autoschediasm
Definition
improvisation
Term
maugre
Definition
in spite of
Term
murklins
Definition
in the dark
Term
impassible
Definition
incapable of suffering pain or harm
Term
tephrosis
Definition
incineration
Term
abderian
Definition
inclined to foolish or incessant merriment
Term
pararthria
Definition
incoherence
Term
cacoepy
Definition
incorrect pronunciation
Term
rocambolesque
Definition
incredible; fantastic
Term
swoopstake
Definition
indiscriminately
Term
immanent
Definition
indwelling; inherent; all-pervading
Term
tirailleur
Definition
infantry soldier; skirmisher; sharpshooter
Term
ceilidh
Definition
informal gathering with music, dancing, etc.
Term
daedalian
Definition
ingenious; intricate; varied
Term
amphiscian
Definition
inhabitant of the tropics
Term
cleronomy
Definition
inheritance
Term
caveat
Definition
injunction to stop proceedings; warning
Term
teen
Definition
injury; grief
Term
atrament
Definition
ink
Term
sprachgefuhl
Definition
innate feel for the essential character of a language
Term
adytum
Definition
inner sanctuary of temple; secret room
Term
ingenuous
Definition
innocent; guileless
Term
intempestive
Definition
inopportune; untimely; out of season
Term
delirament
Definition
insane fancy; delusion
Term
indiscerptible
Definition
inseperable
Term
contumelious
Definition
insolently abusive and humiliating
Term
swith
Definition
instantly; quickly; forcibly; strongly
Term
storge
Definition
instinctive parental affection for one’s young
Term
sollevation
Definition
insurrection
Term
marcor
Definition
intense emaciation due to malnutrition
Term
marasmic
Definition
intensely emaciated due to malnutrition
Term
allision
Definition
intentional collision, esp of ships
Term
ballonet(te)
Definition
interior, volume-variable gasbag of airship or balloon
Term
hermeneutic
Definition
interpretative, explanatory
Term
anacrisis
Definition
interrogation accompanied by torture
Term
raddle
Definition
interweave, wattle
Term
intrinsicate
Definition
intricate; involved; tangled
Term
exordium
Definition
introductory part, beginning
Term
choleric
Definition
iracisible
Term
narquois
Definition
ironic; mocking; malicious
Term
ineluctable
Definition
irresistible; unavoidable
Term
saccadic
Definition
jerky; twitching
Term
atrous
Definition
jet black
Term
ferroniere
Definition
jewel held on the forehead by a chain
Term
carcanet
Definition
jeweled necklace or collar
Term
allegresse
Definition
joy
Term
tregetour
Definition
juggler; trickster; deciever
Term
prosilient
Definition
jumping forth; conspicuous
Term
pheretrer
Definition
keeper of a shrine
Term
clithridate
Definition
keyhole-shaped
Term
plagium
Definition
kidnapping
Term
mactation
Definition
killing, esp. sacrificial
Term
branks
Definition
kind of bridle fixed to the head of a nagging woman as punishment, scold’s bridle
Term
baisemain
Definition
kiss on the hand
Term
cataglottism
Definition
kissing using the tongue
Term
parviscient
Definition
knowing little; uninformed; ignorant
Term
afterwit
Definition
knowledge gained too late to do any good
Term
lucubration
Definition
laborious work, study, or thought, esp. at night; a speech or dissertation
Term
ullage
Definition
lack; deficiency; amount by which something, esp. of liquor, is short of full measure
Term
threnody
Definition
lament; dirge
Term
wayment
Definition
lamentation; grief
Term
pasquinade
Definition
lampoon or satire, esp. exhibited in a public place
Term
pannychous
Definition
lasting all night
Term
dapatical
Definition
lavish; sumptuous; costly
Term
ignavy
Definition
laziness
Term
huderon
Definition
lazy
Term
murcid
Definition
lazy
Term
plumbeous
Definition
leaden
Term
cruentation
Definition
leaking or oozing of blood from dead body
Term
salient
Definition
leaping; outstanding; pointing outwards
Term
femme savant
Definition
learned woman; bluestocking
Term
furlough
Definition
leave of absence; holiday
Term
subsecive
Definition
left over; spare
Term
mancinism
Definition
left-handedness
Term
endlong
Definition
lengthwise
Term
whifflery
Definition
levity
Term
grivoiserie
Definition
lewd and lascivious behavior
Term
putanism
Definition
lewdness in women; prostitution
Term
unwithdrawing
Definition
liberal; lavish
Term
lambent
Definition
licking, lapping, running lightly over a surface, of wit: graceful, lightly playful; of light: flickering, softly radiant
Term
persiflage
Definition
light conversation; idle chatter; banter
Term
peerl
Definition
light, drizzling rain
Term
fanal
Definition
lighthouse
Term
aphotic
Definition
lightless
Term
legerity
Definition
lightness; nimbleness
Term
echinate
Definition
like a hedgehog; prickly
Term
sulline
Definition
like a pig
Term
pythonic
Definition
like a python; like an oracle
Term
salamandroid
Definition
like a salamander; able to withstand fire
Term
anile
Definition
like a very old woman; imbecile
Term
thooid
Definition
like a wolf
Term
eburnian
Definition
like ivory
Term
punctate
Definition
like or ending in a point; like a dot; bearing spots; pitted
Term
clysmian
Definition
like, pertaining to, or caused by a flood
Term
bdelygmia
Definition
litany of abuse
Term
runnel
Definition
little brook
Term
synechthry
Definition
living together of hostile species
Term
feak
Definition
lock of hair
Term
celsitude
Definition
loftiness
Term
anagapesis
Definition
loss of feelings for someone once loved
Term
clamant
Definition
loud; insistent; urgent
Term
philocaly
Definition
love of beauty
Term
philomath
Definition
lover of learning
Term
phialethist
Definition
lover of truth
Term
malapropism
Definition
ludicrous misuse of words
Term
berceuse
Definition
lullaby
Term
latitant
Definition
lurking; lying in wait; hiding
Term
reflet
Definition
lustre, iridescence, esp. on pottery
Term
mollitious
Definition
luxurious; sensuous
Term
sardanapalian
Definition
luxuriously effeminate
Term
delitescent
Definition
lying hidden; latent; obfuscated
Term
subjacent
Definition
lying or situated below
Term
clou
Definition
main point of interest or attention
Term
bel-etage
Definition
main story of building
Term
schlimmbesserung
Definition
making things worse in the attempt to make them better
Term
telamon
Definition
male caratid
Term
theriodic
Definition
malignant
Term
secernate
Definition
mark as different, distinguish
Term
culacino
Definition
mark left on a surface by a moist glass
Term
splenetic
Definition
marked by bad temper or spite; melancholy
Term
cicisbeo
Definition
married woman's lover or escort
Term
brocard
Definition
maxim; axiom; caustic remark
Term
dapocaginous
Definition
mean-spirited; heartless
Term
flummery
Definition
meaningless flattery; nonsense
Term
commensurate
Definition
measurable by the same standard; proportionate
Term
recontre
Definition
meeting; encounter; duel
Term
athymy
Definition
melancholy
Term
saturnine
Definition
melancholy; taciturn; suffering from lead poisoning
Term
melisma
Definition
melodic embellishment or ornamentation of a tune
Term
canorous
Definition
melodic; musical
Term
peritectic
Definition
melting
Term
idolum
Definition
mental picture; fallacy
Term
paralepsis
Definition
mentioning something by saying you won’t mention it
Term
skainsmate
Definition
messmate; companion in arms
Term
collet
Definition
metal collar or sleeve
Term
mansuetude
Definition
mildness, gentleness
Term
katabasis
Definition
military retreat
Term
mirabiliary
Definition
miracle-worker
Term
espileglerie
Definition
mischievousness; a mischievous trick
Term
contretemps
Definition
mishap; awkward situation
Term
brume
Definition
mist or fog
Term
pseudepigraphy
Definition
mistaken attribution of works to wrong authors
Term
caliginous
Definition
misty; dim; dark
Term
catachresis
Definition
misuse of a word
Term
zabernism
Definition
misuse of military authority; bullying
Term
irrisory
Definition
mocking; derisive
Term
scaphism
Definition
mode of execution by smearing criminals with honey and exposing them to insects
Term
sophrosone
Definition
moderation; prudence
Term
bedesman
Definition
monk; pensioner or almshouse inmate who prays for benefactor
Term
claire de lune
Definition
moonlight
Term
flamfew
Definition
moonlight reflected on water
Term
alborado
Definition
morning song
Term
ughten
Definition
morning twilight
Term
polikilitic
Definition
mottled
Term
plangorous
Definition
mournful
Term
lugubrious
Definition
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated manner
Term
macaronic
Definition
muddled; mixed up
Term
pseudoautochiria
Definition
murder disguised as suicide
Term
sicarian
Definition
murderer
Term
thew
Definition
muscle, sinew, strength
Term
orphic
Definition
mystic; oracular
Term
hight
Definition
named; called
Term
yclept
Definition
named; called
Term
diegesis
Definition
narration
Term
hithermost
Definition
nearest to this place or in this direction
Term
nightwhat
Definition
nearly; almost
Term
paizogony
Definition
necking; love play
Term
goety
Definition
necromancy
Term
etui
Definition
needle-case; small case for toilet articles, etc.
Term
incivism
Definition
neglect of one's duty as a citizen
Term
laches
Definition
negligence, carelessness
Term
voisinage
Definition
neighborhood
Term
purlieus
Definition
neighborhood, suburb(s)
Term
yare
Definition
nimble; brisk; ready
Term
sneap
Definition
nip; pinch; put down; repress; snub
Term
strepor
Definition
noise
Term
obstreperous
Definition
noisy, exuberant; unruly
Term
nary
Definition
not a one; not at all
Term
infrangible
Definition
not able to be broken or violated
Term
uneath
Definition
not easily; with difficulty; scarcely
Term
multivolent
Definition
not in agreement
Term
adscitious
Definition
not inherent or essential; derived from something extrinsic
Term
inapposite
Definition
not pertinent
Term
imperscriptable
Definition
not recorded
Term
inchoate
Definition
not yet fully developed, just begun, disorganized
Term
apostille
Definition
note in margin
Term
esclandre
Definition
notoriety; scandal; an incident that gives rise to such
Term
aliment
Definition
nourishment; food
Term
serment
Definition
oath
Term
polysarcous
Definition
obese
Term
morigerous
Definition
obsequiously obedient
Term
dacnomania
Definition
obsession with killing
Term
obdurate
Definition
obstinate
Term
immorigerous
Definition
obstinate; disobedient
Term
contumacious
Definition
obstinate; rebellious
Term
encheson
Definition
occasion; cause; reason
Term
roustabout
Definition
odd job man; unskilled laborer
Term
phlegmatic
Definition
of a calm, unexcitable disposition
Term
priscan
Definition
of ancient times
Term
eoan
Definition
of dawn
Term
mazarine
Definition
of deep blue hue (a red-blue as opposed to a green-blue)
Term
friscalating
Definition
of dusklight, shimmering on the horizon at sunset
Term
mantic
Definition
of or pertaining to divination
Term
propadeutic
Definition
of or relating to preparatory instruction necessary for study in a certain field
Term
chthonian
Definition
of the underworld
Term
stochastic
Definition
of, like, or pertaining to a sequence of random events
Term
ichneutic
Definition
of, like, or pertaining to a tracker or tracking
Term
syrtic
Definition
of, like, or pertaining to quicksand
Term
bumptious
Definition
offensively conceited or self-assertive
Term
oblation
Definition
offering; sacrifice
Term
polypragmatic
Definition
officious or meddlesome
Term
mumsy
Definition
old-fashioned, drab
Term
minimifidian
Definition
one having the smallest possible degree of faith
Term
moiety
Definition
one part of something divided into two parts
Term
vespillo
Definition
one who carries forth dead bodies in the night to be buried, as in times of plague
Term
sloffer
Definition
one who eats greedily and untidily
Term
doryphore
Definition
one who gains pleasure from pointing out minor errors; a nitpicker
Term
bayard
Definition
one who has the self-confidence of ignorance
Term
gradgrind
Definition
one who is interested in only the cold, hard facts
Term
passalorynchite
Definition
one who takes a religious vow of silence
Term
lychnobite
Definition
one who works at night and sleeps during the day
Term
wold
Definition
open tract of country
Term
antibasilican
Definition
opposed to the principle of monarchy
Term
corybantic
Definition
orgiastic; frenzied
Term
hors de combat
Definition
out of combat; disabled
Term
perdu
Definition
out of sight; reckless; lost; hidden; obscured; (of a soldier) placed in a very dangerous position, duty, or mission—essentially, one expected to be lost; expendable
Term
bailey
Definition
outer wall of castle
Term
peregrinity
Definition
outlandishness; foreignness
Term
parrhesia
Definition
outspokenness
Term
gauletier
Definition
overbearing wielder of petty authority
Term
obvolute
Definition
overlapping; twisted
Term
benighted
Definition
overtaken by night; ignorant
Term
pastose
Definition
painted thickly
Term
palimpsest
Definition
parchment, etc, of which first writing was erased to enable it to be used again
Term
enclave
Definition
part of a foreign country enclosed in native territory; any small, distinct area or group isolated within a larger one
Term
discinct
Definition
partly or loosely clad; having belt removed
Term
dithyrambic
Definition
passionate; ecstatic; frenzied; wildly enthusiastic in speech or writing
Term
longanimity
Definition
patience; forbearance
Term
pavonated
Definition
peacock blue
Term
pyriform
Definition
pear-shaped
Term
margaritaceous
Definition
pearl-like
Term
protervity
Definition
peevishness; petulance; perversity; wantonness
Term
metanoia
Definition
penitence; spiritual conversion; fundamental change in character
Term
apperception
Definition
perception of inner meaning and relation of new facts to facts already known; mental assimilation
Term
obreptitious
Definition
performed in an underhanded fashion
Term
nycthemeron
Definition
period of 24 hours; a night and day
Term
antilapsarian
Definition
person denying the doctrine of the fall of man
Term
voluptuary
Definition
person excessively devoted to pleasure
Term
pedant
Definition
person making an excessive display of his knowing; learned person paying excessive attention to insignificant details; schoolmaster or teacher
Term
energumen
Definition
person possessed by evil spirit; fanatic
Term
votary
Definition
person vowed or devoted to god
Term
izzat
Definition
personal dignity; honor; public esteem
Term
personalty
Definition
personal property
Term
idiolect
Definition
personal speech pattern
Term
tonsorial
Definition
pertaining to barber or hairdressing
Term
orectic
Definition
pertaining to desires and their satisfaction
Term
xenial
Definition
pertaining to hospitality or relations with friendly visitors
Term
basial
Definition
pertaining to kissing
Term
saltatory
Definition
pertaining to leaping or dancing; taking place by leaps and bounds
Term
palladian
Definition
pertaining to learning and wisdom
Term
matinal
Definition
pertaining to morning
Term
risorial
Definition
pertaining to or causing laughter
Term
smaragdine
Definition
pertaining to or colored like an emerald
Term
lyncean
Definition
pertaining to or like a lynx; keen-sighted
Term
vitreous
Definition
pertaining to or like glass; glassy
Term
inguinal
Definition
pertaining to or near the groin
Term
venatic
Definition
pertaining to or used in hunting
Term
hyetal
Definition
pertaining to rain
Term
geal
Definition
pertaining to the earth
Term
hesternal
Definition
pertaining to yesterday
Term
camsteary
Definition
perverse; unruly
Term
hypokoristikon
Definition
pet name
Term
parvanimity
Definition
pettiness; meanness; small-mindedness
Term
picayune
Definition
petty, trivial
Term
amyctic
Definition
physically irritating
Term
spoilation
Definition
pillage
Term
disreption
Definition
pillaging; plundering
Term
dispiteous
Definition
pitiless; malicious
Term
lusory
Definition
playful
Term
lepid
Definition
pleasant; charming; amusing
Term
sapid
Definition
pleasantly flavoured; having flavor; agreeable
Term
eutrapely
Definition
pleasantness in conversation
Term
grate
Definition
pleasing
Term
macarism
Definition
pleasure in another’s joy; a beatitude
Term
depredate
Definition
plunder; ravish
Term
fastigate
Definition
pointed, conical
Term
virose
Definition
poisonous; foul-smelling
Term
fitchew
Definition
polecat
Term
asteism
Definition
polite irony
Term
penurious
Definition
poor
Term
funest
Definition
portending death; deadly; disastrous, lamentable
Term
affiche
Definition
poster or placard
Term
compendious
Definition
precise but comprehensive
Term
porparler
Definition
preliminary or informal discussion
Term
prepense
Definition
premeditated; intentional
Term
antephialtic
Definition
preventative of nightmare
Term
bridewell
Definition
prison
Term
belike
Definition
probably
Term
dilatory
Definition
procrastinating; slow
Term
proxenete
Definition
procurer; marriage broker
Term
teratogenic
Definition
producing monsters or abnormal growth
Term
henotic
Definition
promoting harmony or peace
Term
eirenic
Definition
promoting peace
Term
bienseance
Definition
proper, correct, or fitting thing
Term
allodium
Definition
property under absolute ownership; freehold
Term
defilade
Definition
protection provided by obstacles or fortifications against enemy fire; to arrange fortifications for this purpose
Term
orgulous
Definition
proud; haughty
Term
zeigarnik
Definition
psychological tendency to remember an uncompleted rather than a completed act
Term
reclame
Definition
publicity
Term
bouffant
Definition
puffed out
Term
tractive
Definition
pulling
Term
pultaceous
Definition
pulpy; porridgelike
Term
pertuse
Definition
punched; pierced; slit
Term
theomastix
Definition
punishment or punisher of mortals sent by God
Term
meracious
Definition
pure; unmixed
Term
vastation
Definition
purification
Term
smectic
Definition
purifying
Term
provedore
Definition
purveyor of supplies; steward
Term
arriviste
Definition
pushful, ambitious person; upstart
Term
haeccity
Definition
quality of being here at present
Term
bund
Definition
quay; esplanade; embankment
Term
pysmatic
Definition
questioning; interrogatory
Term
rathe
Definition
quick; early; eager
Term
argute
Definition
quick; sharp; shrill; astute; subtle
Term
betimes
Definition
quickly
Term
nervine
Definition
quieting; soothing nervous excitement
Term
quiddity
Definition
quintessence; unique essence; triviality; eccentricity
Term
quidditative
Definition
quirky; eccentric
Term
miscegenation
Definition
racial interbreeding
Term
effulgent
Definition
radiant; bright
Term
pluviose
Definition
rainy
Term
arrect
Definition
raised up; attentive
Term
degringolade
Definition
rapid deterioration of a situation or circumstance; downfall
Term
cullion
Definition
rascal
Term
temerarious
Definition
rashly or presumptuously daring
Term
clough
Definition
ravine; trench; gully
Term
ravissant
Definition
ravishing; causing rapture
Term
exprobate
Definition
rebuke
Term
leitmotif
Definition
recurring musical theme associated with a person, idea, event, etc.
Term
pyrrhotism
Definition
red-hairedness
Term
alpenglow
Definition
reddish light at sunrise or sunset on mountaintops
Term
pyrrhous
Definition
reddish; rusty
Term
recherche
Definition
refined; carefully done; curious; farfetched; extravagant; rare or exotic
Term
draff
Definition
refuse; dregs
Term
recadency
Definition
relapsing; falling back
Term
affinal
Definition
related by marriage
Term
agnate
Definition
related on the father's side
Term
fideism
Definition
reliance on faith alone
Term
remanent
Definition
remaining; residual
Term
anamnesis
Definition
remembrance of the past; remembrance of ideas the soul had known in its previous existence
Term
debridement
Definition
removal of foreign matter and dead tissue from a wound
Term
discalceation
Definition
removal of one’s shoes, esp. in reverence
Term
attrite
Definition
repentant through fear of punishment
Term
dysphemism
Definition
replacing an unoffensive word with an offensive one; the opposite of euphemism
Term
rejoinder
Definition
reply to an answer
Term
rebarbative
Definition
repulsive
Term
operose
Definition
requiring effort; working hard
Term
pergameneous
Definition
resembling parchment
Term
stomachous
Definition
resentful; haughty; spirited; sullen; obstinate
Term
obluctation
Definition
resistance; opposition
Term
denouement
Definition
resolution of the plot at the end of the play
Term
plangent
Definition
resounding loudly, as a bell; deep or loud sounding
Term
devoirs
Definition
respects, attentions; courtesy
Term
remuant
Definition
restless; fidgety
Term
apocatastisis
Definition
restoration; the conversion of the whole world to Christianity
Term
roborant
Definition
restoring vigor or strength
Term
rapprochement
Definition
resumption of or improvement of relations between countries or persons
Term
talionic
Definition
retributive; like for like; punitive
Term
reboant
Definition
reverberating
Term
atavism
Definition
reversion to ancestral type; throwback
Term
redintegration
Definition
revival of whole of previous mental state at recurrence of part of it
Term
guerdon
Definition
reward; to reward
Term
diasyrm
Definition
rhetorical device of damning by faint praise
Term
asyndeton
Definition
rhetorical device of emitting conjunctions
Term
vallation
Definition
ridge or bank of earth used as fortification
Term
canaille
Definition
riffraff; rabble; the masses
Term
recto
Definition
right hand page; front of printed of manuscript page
Term
rhadamanthine
Definition
rigorously severe and just
Term
nepotation
Definition
riotous behavior; profligacy
Term
ustulation
Definition
roasting; lust
Term
dacoitage
Definition
robbery by gang or mob
Term
rupellary
Definition
rocky
Term
skerry
Definition
rocky island
Term
hypaethral
Definition
roofless; open to the sky
Term
upaithric
Definition
roofless; open to the sky
Term
scabrous
Definition
rough-surfaced; scaly; scabby; full of difficulties; obscene; risqué
Term
ruvid
Definition
rough; tough; barbaric
Term
ambagious
Definition
roundabout; circuitous; devious
Term
viceroy
Definition
ruler having king’s authority
Term
agrestic
Definition
rural; unpolished
Term
bethel
Definition
sacred place
Term
luctual
Definition
saddening
Term
pantagruelian
Definition
satirical, though ribald
Term
allantiasis
Definition
sausage poisoning
Term
roinish
Definition
scabby; despicable
Term
exiguous
Definition
scanty; slender; meager
Term
rampallion
Definition
scoundrel; villain
Term
thersitical
Definition
scurrilous; violent in manner of speech
Term
virason
Definition
sea breeze
Term
thalassian
Definition
sea turtle
Term
cumatic
Definition
sea-blue
Term
spindrift
Definition
sea-spray blown up by a wind; powdery snow blown off a mountain
Term
commissure
Definition
seam; cleft; joint
Term
araphostic
Definition
seamless
Term
clancular
Definition
secret; private; underhanded
Term
reprisal
Definition
securing of redress or compensation by violent measure; act of retaliation in kind or to the same degree
Term
apophenia
Definition
seeing connections where none exist
Term
philonoist
Definition
seeker of knowledge
Term
antilogy
Definition
self-contradictory statement
Term
vecordious
Definition
senseless; crazy; mad
Term
sidereal
Definition
sent from the stars; omenous or evil
Term
schwarmerei
Definition
sentimental enthusiasm; wild devotion
Term
vadelect
Definition
servant; serving man
Term
aristarch
Definition
severe critic
Term
cafard
Definition
severe depression; apathy
Term
troilism
Definition
sexual activity between three people
Term
houghmagandie
Definition
sexual intercourse
Term
volupty
Definition
sexual pleasure
Term
veilleuse
Definition
shaded night lamp; dark lantern
Term
galanty
Definition
shadow play
Term
inverecund
Definition
shameless
Term
harengiform
Definition
shaped like a herring
Term
featous
Definition
shapely; well-made; handsome; neat
Term
trenchant
Definition
sharp; cutting
Term
pyknic
Definition
short, stocky, often fat
Term
pursy
Definition
short-winded, esp. because stout
Term
anhelation
Definition
shortness of breath
Term
conclamation
Definition
shouting together
Term
empressement
Definition
show of affection
Term
niaiserie
Definition
simplicity; foolishness
Term
demersal
Definition
sinking to the bottom
Term
velitation
Definition
skirmish; minor argument
Term
argot
Definition
slang, jargon
Term
trucidation
Definition
slaughter
Term
velleity
Definition
slight desire; vague wish
Term
legerdemain
Definition
slight of hand
Term
engleimous
Definition
slimy and venomous
Term
mucid
Definition
slimy, moldy, musty
Term
unctuous
Definition
slimy; oily; greasy; offensively suave and smug
Term
shibboleth
Definition
slogan; watchword; distinguishing linguistic peculiarity
Term
proreption
Definition
slow, secret advance; creeping attack
Term
lenitude
Definition
slowness; lethargy
Term
segnity
Definition
sluggishness; slothfulness
Term
subdolous
Definition
sly; crafty; artful
Term
pawky
Definition
sly; dry; coy
Term
firkin
Definition
small cask
Term
pugil
Definition
small handful; pinch
Term
bibelot
Definition
small object of art; curio; trinket
Term
interstice
Definition
small opening or space, esp. intervening
Term
punctillo
Definition
small point or detail of conduct; close observance of such points
Term
sprauncy
Definition
smart; dapper
Term
subrident
Definition
smiling
Term
oggannition
Definition
snarling; growling
Term
mycterism
Definition
sneering
Term
malacophanous
Definition
soft-voiced
Term
mollescent
Definition
softening
Term
agelast
Definition
someone who never laughs
Term
noceur
Definition
someone who stays up late; a rake or libertine
Term
nelipot
Definition
someone who walks around barefoot
Term
anachorism
Definition
something out of place in or foreign to a country
Term
wonderclout
Definition
something showy but worthless
Term
brimborion
Definition
something useless or worthless
Term
epinicon
Definition
song of victory or triumph
Term
eftsoons
Definition
soon after
Term
hesychastic
Definition
soothing; quieting; keeping silence
Term
fuliginous
Definition
sooty; dusty
Term
elenge
Definition
sorrowful; wretched; full of trouble
Term
frampled
Definition
sour-tempered; cross; peevish
Term
commodious
Definition
spacious; convenient
Term
scintilla
Definition
spark; atom
Term
suaviloquent
Definition
speaking sweetly or agreeably
Term
galliard
Definition
spirited; lively
Term
lemures
Definition
spirits
Term
anagogy
Definition
spiritual exaltation, mystical interpretation of sacred works
Term
numinous
Definition
spiritual or supernatural; mysterious
Term
hircarra
Definition
spy; messenger
Term
stridulous
Definition
squeaky
Term
louche
Definition
squinting; dubious; shady; disreputable
Term
guidon
Definition
standard-bearer
Term
feeze
Definition
state of alarm or excitement; rush
Term
dwaal
Definition
state of befuddlement
Term
alterity
Definition
state of being different
Term
swivet
Definition
state of extreme agitation
Term
fanteague
Definition
state of worry or excitement; ill humor; anxiety or irritation
Term
tentiginous
Definition
stiff; stretched; strained; lustful; lust provoking
Term
urticant
Definition
stinging; irritating
Term
abeyant
Definition
stopped, suspended, inactive
Term
oragious
Definition
stormy
Term
procellous
Definition
stormy
Term
mezzanine
Definition
story between two others, esp between ground and first floor
Term
capilotade
Definition
story that is hashed together
Term
selcouth
Definition
strange; unfamiliar; marvelous
Term
wavenger
Definition
stray animal
Term
porrect
Definition
stretched at length; to stretch forth; to present
Term
foudroyant
Definition
striking, as if by lightning; stunning; dazzling; overwhelming
Term
luctation
Definition
struggle; strive
Term
atelier
Definition
studio; workshop
Term
insipient
Definition
stupid
Term
sotisse
Definition
stupid or blundering act
Term
hebitude
Definition
stupidity
Term
epitonic
Definition
subjected to too great strain
Term
ersatz
Definition
substitute
Term
thole
Definition
suffer; endure; tolerate without complaint
Term
lautitious
Definition
sumptuous
Term
ampliative
Definition
supplementary
Term
millieu
Definition
surroundings; environment
Term
pickthank
Definition
sycophant; flatterer
Term
gnathonic
Definition
sycophantic; flattering
Term
anacoluthon
Definition
syntactical inconsistency or incoherence within a sentence
Term
raisonne
Definition
systematically arranged; ordered
Term
lambitive
Definition
taken by licking up with the tongue
Term
recaption
Definition
taking back that which is unlawfully obtained
Term
wearish
Definition
tasteless; savourless
Term
fulvous
Definition
tawny
Term
larmoyant
Definition
tearful; weeping
Term
moromancy
Definition
telling the future by observing the behavior of fools
Term
tendresse
Definition
tender feeling; care; delicacy
Term
sublative
Definition
tending to remove
Term
capreolate
Definition
tentacled
Term
telluric
Definition
terrestrial, proceeding from the earth and soil
Term
inexpiable
Definition
that which cannot be atoned for
Term
metachrosis
Definition
the ability to change color voluntarily
Term
morsure
Definition
the act of biting
Term
orchesis
Definition
the act of dancing or rhythmical moving of the body
Term
yepsen
Definition
the amount that can be held in two hands cupped together
Term
eschatology
Definition
the branch of theology dealing with death, final judgement, the future state, etc.
Term
auto-da-fe
Definition
the burning of a heretic
Term
wang
Definition
the cheek
Term
epanorthosis
Definition
the correction of a statement as one is making it
Term
karezza
Definition
the deliberate delaying or avoiding of orgasm during prolonged intercourse
Term
omophagy
Definition
the eating of raw flesh
Term
ignoratio elenchi
Definition
the fallacy of ignoring the point in question and arguing the wrong point
Term
jactitation
Definition
the false assertion that one is someone’s wife or husband
Term
saudade
Definition
the feeling of longing for something or someone one loves but has lost
Term
akathesia
Definition
the inability to sit down because of intense anxiety
Term
zemblanity
Definition
the inexorable discovery of what we don’t want to know
Term
epenthesis
Definition
the insertion of an extra sound into a word
Term
l'appel du vide
Definition
the instinctive urge to jump from high places; lit. “the call of the void”
Term
epitrope
Definition
the ironic granting of permission to someone to do what they propose to do
Term
deicide
Definition
the killing or destruction of a god; one who commits such a killing
Term
nadir
Definition
the lowest point
Term
invultuation
Definition
the making of an image for use in witchcraft
Term
metensomatosis
Definition
the migration of a soul from body to body
Term
vivisepulture
Definition
the practice of burying people alive
Term
enantosis
Definition
the rhetorical device of ironically stating the opposite of what is meant
Term
nidor
Definition
the savory odor of cooked food, esp. meat
Term
ancilla
Definition
the sidekick who helps another to accomplish or master something difficult or complicated
Term
petrichor
Definition
the smell of earth after rain
Term
ruffing
Definition
the stamping of feet as a form of applause
Term
cingulomania
Definition
the strong desire to hold someone in your arms
Term
resistentialism
Definition
the theory that inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior towards us
Term
moonglade
Definition
the track made by moonlight on water
Term
patavinity
Definition
the use of local words or expressions
Term
outrance
Definition
the utmost extremity; the bitter end
Term