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lachrymiform
having a form of a tear; tear shaped
tripudiate
to dance, skip, or leap with excitement
paresthesia
the pins and needles feeling you get when part of your body falls asleep (obdormition)
deasil
clockwise (following the direction of the sun's movement)
adoxography
literature/fine writing on trivial or base subject
somnificator
one who induces sleep in others
rapin
an unruly art student
awry ("a-rye")
twisted, crooked, out of whack
nirvana
the absence of all longing
Czigany
gypsy
sciolism (sai-o-lism)
pretentious superficial knowledge
arms Akimbo
hands on your hips
atokous
lacking offspring
albedo (al-BEE-doh)
The fleshy, spongy white inner lining of an orange or grapefruit.
antipodal
diametrically opposite (although this is redundant); geo: on opp sides of the globe
grampus
a marine mammal resembling a dolphin
sabulous
sandy
conspue
to spit with contempt
thrall
slavery
triskaidekaphobia
Fear of the number 13
doucer
sweetness, gentleness of manner, bribe, gratuity
internecine
mutually destructive (often applied to warfare)
adimadversion
strong criticism
pecuniary
relating to money; requiring payment of money (impecunious = penniless)
bellicose ("You're sitting next to a bellicose person if his sharpened pencil into your belly goes.")
inclined to or favoring war or strife; warlike
felicitous ("O yes, very agreeable is he, full o' s*** he is")
exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style
Pyrrhic victory
a win achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous win
epenthesis (uh-PEN-thu-sis) (use a pen to write it out- your thesis is horrible orally.)
The habit of mispronouncing words by inserting an extra sound. Example: Pronouncing "athlete" as "ath-a-lete".
atrate
a mourner (one dressed in black)
psithurism
the whispering of leaves moved by the wind
asperate
to make rough or uneven
dysania
state of finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning
fugacious
evanescent
Botts dots
the raised reflective dots in the middle of highways
friable
easily crumbled or broken (toast is ____; eggs are ____)
lugubrious
gloomy
skeuomorph
a design feature copied from a similar artifact in another material, even when not functionally necessary- ex: rivets on jeans, copper color on pennies, the shutter sound on a digital camera
blarney
the ability to talk constantly; persuasive flattery
philter
a love potion
xenium
A gift made to a guest or ambassador; any compulsory gift. As I'm writing, the Christmas season approaches, reminding me of the necessity of a word to reflect a gift you're obliged to give rather than one you really want to. Whenever you go to the wedding of a stranger or an enemy, think of this word and smile. My gift of 'xenium' to you is most definitely desired.
pulchritudinous
having great physical beauty/appeal
ululate
to howl loudly or prolongedly in lamentation or joy
charlatan
fraud; someone that pretends to have more knowledge or skill than he/she possesses
petrichor
how it smells after rain
googol (GOAO-gol)
A number equal to 1 followed by 100 zeroes.
bon vivant
person with refined and sociable tastes, esp one who enjoys fine food and drink
ferrule
The metal part on a pencil.
anthropoid
human-like
agerasia
a lack of the signs of age
agon
struggle or contest (esp. between protagonist/antagonist in literary work)
rectal tenesmus
feeling of incomplete defecation
adroit ("R2D2 is an adroit android.")
Skillful
tacturiency
the desire of touching
longueur
a long and boring passage in a literary work
erinaceous
like a hedgehog
lamia
female enchantress or demon
blandiloquence
complimentary language or speech
swabby
a sailor
biblioclasm
destruction of books
semantic satiation
when you say a word for so long that it loses its meaning
algedonic
pertaining to both pleasure and pain
slaver
to slobber, drool; saliva drooling from the mouth
concubitant
marriageable
cachou
a pastille used to sweeten the breath
nihilarian
one who deals with things of no importance
brobdingnagian
enormous, huge, far larger than is customary for such a thing
abozzo
rough, preliminary sketch
novercal
stepmotherly
solipsism
belief that all reality is subjective, or that the self can know no more than its own
cimicine
smelling like bugs
jettison
throw away, of something encumbering
buffalo
to deceive/hoodwink
dextral
on right-hand side
quidnunc
A small-minded person. A busybody.
avoirdupois
weight, heaviness ("to have of weight")
truculent
savage and cruel
bumbershoot
an umbrella (US origin)
gallinaceous
relating to or resembling chickens or pheasants
cockalorum
a little man with an unduly high opinion of himself
abaculus
a small mosaic tile (usually marble/glass)
balanophagy
the eating of acorns
alacrity
cheerful promptness
balter
to dance clumsily
mascaron
A grotesque face on a door-knocker. Everyone's seen and used them.
bromopnea
bad breath
jussive
grammar: signifying command
mizzle
a mist-like rain
antediluvian
extremely outmoded ("before the flood")
altercation
a violent dispute
august
majestic, awe-inspiring
asthenic
extremely thin or wasted
apolaustic
devoted to enjoyment
calamistration
the act of curling the hair
deipnosophist
one who excels at conversations at the dinner table
chthonic
dwelling in or under the earth (i.e. Gods of the underworld)
caitiff
a despicable coward
cachinnator
one who laughs too often or too loud
peccability
the capacity for sinning
fescennine
extremely rude
flink
twelve or more cows
sobriquet
a nickname
consenescence
the act of growing old togeter
whigmaleerie
a whim or fanciful notion/ornament (Scottish)
affidavit
a written statement made on oath
detente
the relaxing of tension between rivals (esp between nations)
famulus
attendant to a sorcerer/magician
obdormition
when part of your body falls asleep
sesquicentennial
occurring every 150 years
gobemouche
one who believes any absurdity (from Fr; lit = "with his mouth open swallowing flies")
vinegaroon
an arachnid which emits vinegar odor when annoyed
contretemps
an inopportune or embarrassing occurrence
tatterdemalion
a person wearing ragged or tattered clothing
gambol
to frolic
fiat ("Stalin ordered 4548 people to be killed and stuck out his tongue at his soldiers. Fiat!")
an arbitrary or authoritative command or order; formal or official authorization or sanction
floccinaucinihilipilification
the concept that something is worthless (flok-sih-noh-see-nee-hee-lee-pee-lih-fih-kay-shun)
commensurate ("Come men! Sure it will be the same, I swear the government will catch up!" Said Obama.)
equal in measure, extent, or duration; "A new era that was witnessing transformations in the traditional ways of life demanded ____ transformations in the government"
anguine
snakelike
gynarchy
Government by women.
redolent ("Redo your house with some other freshener, it lends a smell of roach.")
having or exuding fragrance; scented. Serving to bring to mind; evocative; suggestive (usually used with 'of' or 'with')
inaniloquent (into any locale and direction her ceaseless chatter will go...)
pertaining to idle talk
panurgic
ready for anything
affray
public brawl
ubiquitous
being everywhere at once; omnipresent
behemoth
a great and mighty beast; in Job it might be the hippo
satiety
state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction
natatorium
an indoor swimming pool
logolepsy
an obsession with words
virgate
shaped like a wand
confabulate
to chat
mungo ("you mun' go there, you'll come out stinkin'")
a dumpster diver - one who extracts valuable things from trash
austral
of, relating to, or coming from the south
crepuscular rays
Rays of sunlight coming from a certain point in the sky. Also known as "God's rays." You know the ones.
strigiform
like/pertaining to an owl
concinnous
harmonious/fit/elegant
illusory
based on or having the nature of a illusion
lucubration
Study or composition lasting late into the night. This is a fantastic word for the activities of 'night owls' such as myself, without synonym or parallel and having a striking sound.
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant
growlery
A retreat for times of ill humour. This term has largely become obsolete, which is strange, given that so many people seem to have a place to go when they are in a bad mood - a place to be alone and think. It's similar in meaning to the Latin-derived sanctum sanctorum, with the added connotation that the individual in question is going to the place to be alone while upset.
delenda
things to be deleted or destroyed
vituperate
speak bitterly, harshly, abusively
maututinal
active/wide awake in the morning
logorrhea
an excessive flow of words, prolixity
aleatory
accidental
chutzpah
impudence (unbelievable audacity- from Yiddish "khutspe")
finifugal
shunning the end of anything (like a good meal or book)
rubicundity
redness of face (as from eating and drinking well)
tattoo
a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping; display of military exercises given as evening entertainment
aplomb
self-confident assurance
steatopygia
development of fatty deposits in the buttocks
atrabilious
gloomy
induratize
to harden the heart (to make stubborn, insensitive or callous)
dyspeptic ("Dis pep ticks!" Screamed the angry Frenchman at his wife about their twitching dog.)
bad-tempered
zeitgeist
spirit of the age; taste/outlook/spirit characteristic of a period
moribund ("Well if you're not life-bound and are so inclined to death, don't let me stop you.")
in a dying state; at the point of death; becoming obsolete or inactive
rorqual
any whale with longitudinal skin folds running from below the mouth to the naval
osculable (from osculate)
able to be kissed
gynecomastia
man-*****
lalectryomachy
cock-fighting
stegophilist
one who climbs buildings for fun
guyot ("The guyot erupted, and yodeled lots of goo.")
underwater mountain
odalisque
a female slave or concubine in a harem
latibulate
to hide oneself in a corner
wamble
stomach rumble
myrmidon
a blindly obedient follower
zabernism
misuse of military power
homodoxian
a person who has the same opinion as you
caprine
goat-like
nugatory
worthless, trifling
tyrotoxism
poisoning from a toxin in milk or cheese
delectation ("I took great pleasure messing around with d'electrician.")
great pleasure, delight, enjoyment
avuncular
like an uncle
phosphenes
the lights you see when you close your eyes and press your hands to them
roseate
overly optimistic; bright or cheerful. Resembling a rose (esp. in color)
lunule
the white, crescent shaped part at the top of a nail
asymptote
a value which a function approaches but never reaches
sophism
deceptive/fallacious argument
aerumnous
full of trouble
cacology
incorrect diction
concupiscent
having strong sexual desires
purlicue
space between the thumb and the forefingers
funambulate
to walk on ropes/to tightrope-walk
casuistry/casuist
solving of moral dilemmas by application of general principles of ethics/sophist resolver of questions of conscience
amorphous
shapeless
acushla
term of address: darling (From Irish "ícuisle"- o pulse of my heart)
tittle
the dot over an 'i' or 'j'
specious
not genuine but appearing so
hornswoggle
to deceive
abstruse
highly technical information
missive
a written message; letter
ennuis
boredom
ruffing
stomping of feet as a form of applause
acaulescent
having a very short stem
micturient
having a strong desire to urinate
defenestrate
to throw from a window
peen
the side opposite a hammer's striking side
procrustean
mercilessly dismissive of individual circumstances (making every situation fit a prescribed formula- can be through violent or arbitrary means)
tmesis
separation of the parts of a word by another word (ex: abso-bloody-lutely)
pertinacious
stubbornly unyielding
armscye
the armhole in most clothing
sesquipedalian
characterized by the use of long words (in Latin, "a foot and a half")
abstemious
practicing moderation in drink (Shakespeare: or sex)
philtrum (pl. philtra)
little dimple on upper lip
horripilation
The bristling of the body hair, as from fear or cold. Goose bumps.
convivial
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
effrontery ("Vanessa H. screamed, 'EFFRON! TERRY?! HOW DARE YOU CHEAT ON ME?")
Insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; insolence
fleeten
the color of skim milk
mulct
a fine or penalty (n.); to defraud or swindle (v.)
picayune
(informal terms) small and of little importance; petty, carping, or prejudiced
resistentialism
The theory that inanimate objects, such as photocopiers, computers, and cars, demonstrate hostility toward us.
accismus (ak-SIZ-muhs) (A kiss? MUST I? Well all right then.)
Feigning lack of interest in something while actually desiring it. [From Greek akkismos (coyness or affectation).]
Haecceity
The aspect of existence on which individuality depends; the hereness and nowness of reality. First coined by the philosopher Duns Scotus, ~ is that sense one gets of being in the present tense, the pure experience of a single moment in time. No other word has such subtle connotations. In addition, it sounds and looks very interesting.
noceur
a late-night person (party animal!)
bathos
anticlimax with humorous effect; spurious pathos; triteness
averse, adverse
I am __________ (unwilling) to eating. The food is __________ (unfavorable) to me.
hallux (chop off her hateful hallux with that axe)
A person's big toe.
prolegonmena
introductory remarks
agathokakological
composed of both good and evil
sidereal
pertaining to the stars
demur
hesitate; refuse
unasinous
being equal in stupidity
caducity
effects of old age
agitprop (Mao was agitated when the props went missing, because the dramatic agitprop wouldn't be as effective.)
propaganda, esp. pro-communist political propaganda, disseminated through literature, drama, music, or art
constult
to act supidly together
mesonoxian
pertaining to midnight
indurate
physically or morally hardened; unfeeling; stubborn. To become established or fixed. To harden against; habituate.
mellifluous
flowing with honey/sweetness
catty-corner
diagonal (adv = in a diagonal position)
louche
of questionable taste or morality
indigent ("He's diggin' in de gent, asking for money, pennies, anything")
poor enough to need help from others
ragamuffin
dirty, shabbily clothed child; urchin
palpebral
of or pertaining to the eyelids
terriculament
to inspire one with groundless fear
acclivity ("A cliff is an example of acclivity.")
Sharp incline of a hill
Mumpsimus
A view stubbornly held even when shown to be wrong; one holding such a view. In an old story, it's said that an ignorant priest, knowing the sound of the Latin Mass but not speaking the language, said the meaningless 'mumpsimus' instead of 'sumpsimus'. When corrected, he is said to have replied, "I will not change my old mumpsimus for your new sumpsimus". This learned joke has lasted five centuries in the form of this fine-sounding word.
tacit (Comprendo + tacit = Comtacit. Come tack it on the wall, right over here...)
understood
maunder ("The cows moo'd and moaned and maundered all over creation, looking for chickens.")
to talk incoherently; to speak in a rambling manner; to wander aimlessly or confusedly
burke
to murder without leaving a trace on the body
coterie ("The ancient Chinese spies passed messages secretly with a coat to read")
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
demi-monde
class of women of doubtful reputation
imbroglio ("The brawl was a bunch of Italians.")
confused situation
absquatulate
to leave quickly or in a hurry
airling
a young thoughtless person
umbriphilous
fond of the shade
appellation ("An Asian named his kid Apple.")
word by which a particular person or thing is called and known; the act of naming
muntin
the strip separating window panes
bumf
Toilet paper. Printed documents of little importance, such as junk mail.
conspectus
a general sketch or survey of a subject; a synopsis; an outline
oxyphonia
excessive shrillness of voice
magada
bridge of stringed musical instrument
idée fixe
an idea that dominates the mind; an obsession
zygodactylous
having 2 toes pointing forward and 2 pointing backward
exophagy
the practice, amongst cannibals, of not eating one's relatives/members of one's tribe
manumit
to free from slavery or servitude
oleaginous
oily personality
emunctory
relating to nose blowing
abluvion
substance/things washed away
boondoggle
a waste of time and/or money
macaronic
using two languages
doyen
one who is knowledgeable or uniquely skilled as a result of long experience in a field of endeavor
oniochalasia
purchasing of objects as a form of mental relaxation
ambisinistrous
clumsy (having 2 left hands)
1) anachorism, 2) anachronism
1) something out of place in or foreign to a country, 2) the erroneous dating of an event
fecund
capable of producing offspring; fruitful. Intellectually productive or inventive
feat
a dangling piece of hair
xenial
pertaining to hospitality, or relations with friendly visitors
mendacious
untruthful
sesquihoral
lasting for an hour and half
solivagant
a person who wanders alone
plenipotentiary
(adj.) containing or conferring full power; (n.) a person invested with full power to transact any business
oeuvre
the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole; or any one of the works
agrestic
rude
tiqueur
a person suffering from tics
ctenophile
a lover or combs
temporize
to be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time or delay action
callipygian
having well-formed buttocks
myrmecology
the study of ants
akrasia
acting against one's better judgment
pulveratricious
covered with dust
amative
pertaining to love; amorous
alexithymia
inability to describe emotions in a verbal manner
specious
plausible but wrong
arcuate
curved or arched like a bow
lilliputian
a very small person or being
syzygy (sih-zih-gee)
An Alignment of Three Celestial Bodies Such That One Body is Directly Between the Other Two, Such As an Eclipse (From Late Latin syzygia ("conjunction"), from Ancient Greek σύζυγος (syzygos, "yoked together"))
sphenoid
wedge shaped
Nepenthe
Something, such as a drink or a drug, capable of making one forget suffering. First mentioned in Homer's Odyssey as a potion capable of erasing all bad memories. By extension, the use of nepenthe today largely reflects the reputed powers of alcohol to get rid of the memory of one's woes. Whether or not this actually works (other than temporarily), the word is marvellous.
aborning
while being created or produced or born
tchotchke
a trinket, knick-knack
lamprophony (clear as a lamp even over the phone)
loudness and clarity of the voice
insuperable ("Nothing is insuperable to the able Superman!)
incapable of being passed over or overcome; insurmountable (i.e. difficulties)
mondegreen
a form of error arising from mishearing a spoken or sung phrase (from the verse "They hae slain the Earl Amurray and laid him on the green")
alimentary
supplying nourishment
Brannock device
the thing that measures your feet at the shoe store
adulate
to flatter and praise to a sickening extent
ambulatory
able to walk
compotation
a drinking party
libdinous
having lustful desires
oenophilist
a connoisseur of wine
foible
a weakness
Morton's Toe
when the second tone is bigger than the big toe
adumbrate (He wasn't completely dumb but only allowed a few words to slip on the rate of gas.)
to foreshadow by disclosing only partially

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