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TermDefinition
umber dark, yellowish brown; to darken with light brown
gage to pledge; offering a guarantee in good faith; throwing down something as a challenge; gauntlet
columbine servent girl; saucy sweetheart
rummy odd; drunk
mizzle very light rain; to confuse
raddle red ochre; paint with red ochre; to rub away, obscure
contemn to treat with contempt
claddagh ring in the form of two hands clasping a crowned heart
dandle to bounce a toddler on the knee(s)
thinko mistake in thought process; bad reasoning
milieu environment; social setting
lenitive soothing; easing pain or discomfort
coup de foudre love at first sight; thunderbolt
scry to divine the future with crystals or crystal ball
atweel surely
raffish moderately untoward; a rake
lunula crescent-shaped
andragogy methods of teaching adults
nepenthe something that induces forgetting (esp. of pain or sorrow)
squamous having scales; covered in scales
aspersion slander
ultradian having less than a 24 hour circadian rhythm
kyoodle yelp; howl foolishly
reticulation netlike, or network formation
piacular in need of atonement; expiatory
expiatory atoning; recompensatory
analgesia without pain
psittacine relating to parrots
tumulus having mounds
interoceptive awareness of inner bodily functions
frieze band of decoration, usually in low relief
megalomania delusion of great or unlimited power or importance
entablature cornice, fieze, and architrave
contumacious willfully disobedient; stubbornly perverse, rebellious
perverse determined to be counter to what is expected; persistent in what is wrong
refractory impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient
restive impatient with control, restraint, or delay; restless; uneasy
obstreperous deeply resisting control or restraint; unruly; noisy, clamorous, boisterous
boisterous rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; unrestrained; rough and stormy
obstinate not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty; stubbornly adhering to an opinion or purpose
gauntlet medieval protective glove; protective glove used in industry; open challenge (to combat)
visceral felt as if within internal organs; not intellectual; unreasoning; crude or elemental emotions
infelicitous inappropriate, not well-timed; awkward; unfortunate
inapposite not apt or pertinent
apt fitted or qualified; having a tendency; keenly intelligent or responsive
untoward difficult to guide, manage, work with; trouble or unhappiness; improper; indecorous
appurtenance accessory object; incidental right attached; subordinate part or adjunct
adjunct something added and not essential; a word (or group) that qualifies or completes the meaning of another; associate or assistant
ashram secluded dwelling of a Hindi sage; religious retreat
sibilate hiss; to utter an initial s or sh sound
psychometrics psychological theory or technique of mental measurements
polymorphism state of existing in or assuming different forms; existence of a species in several different forms
tyrosine phenolic amino acid, precursor of important substances (epinephrine and melanin)
serotonin phenolic amine neurotransmitter, powerful vasoconstrictor, esp. in the brain, blood serum
heterozygous dissimilar pairs of genes for any hereditary characteristic
homologous having the same relative position, value, or structure
allele alternative forms of a gene that may occur at a given locus
construct something constructed by the mind, theoretical entity, working hypothesis; product of ideology, history, or social circumstances
pelage the hairy covering of a mamal
secrete to form and give off; deposit in a hiding place; discharge, generate, or release
abridge shorten by omission of words without sacrifice of sense; reduce in scope
abscond to depart secretly and hide oneself
absolve to set free from an obligation or guilt; pardon or forgive (a sin)
absurd ridiculously unsound, incongruous; no orderly relationship to life; meaningless
titfer hat
heritable genetically transmitted or transmittable from parent to offspring
mitotic cell division; involving prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase
blellum an idle, indiscreet talker (Scottish)
habiliment(s) clothes worn in a specific profession, way of life; accoutrements, trappings
dyad two individuals in a sociologically significant relationship; a meiotic chromosome after separation
stentorian extremely loud, implying great power and range
sonorous producing sound when struck; full or loud in sound; imposing, impressive in effect, style; having a high, indicated degree of resonance
clamorous marked by confused din or outcry (may imply insistence, demand, or protest)
vociferous marked by or given to vehement insistent outcry; vehement shouting or calling out
obstreperous unruly, aggressive noisiness; stubbornly resistant to control; so loud or insistent as to compel attention
intractable not easily governed, managed, directed; not easily manipulated, shaped; not easily relieved, cured
recalcitrant determined resistance; obstinate defiance of authority, restraint; not responsive to treatment
contumacious stubbornly disobedient; rebellious; insubordinate; using harsh language arising from contempt
untoward not favorable; marked by unhappiness; unruly; adverse; unpropitious; improper; undecorous
propitious favorably disposed; being a good omen; tending to favor; likely to have or produce a good result
abscission dropping of leaves; the act or process of cutting off; natural separation of flowers, fruit, or leaves
benighted state of contemptible intellectual, moral ignorance; overtaken by darkness
gnathonic sycophantic; fawning
orotund pompous, bombastic; characterized by strength, richness, clearness, and fullness
ham-handed clumsy, inept, or heavy-handed
sequela abnormal condition resulting from a previous disease
agon contest featuring athletics, drama, music, poetry; conflict, esp. between protagonist and antagonist
ineluctable not able to be avoided or changed
nocuous harmful
discomfit confuse, upset; put into a state of complexity and embarrassment; to frustrate the plans of
disconcert throw into confusion; disturb the composure of
decompose separate into constituant parts, elements; cause to be slowly destroyed, broken down
discompose destroy the composure of; disturb the order of
argot language used by a particular group; vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group
idiom expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its separate words alone
quietism a religious mysticism where perfection and spiritual peace are attained
mores the customs, values, behaviors that are accepted by a particular group, culture, etc.
luteal of the ductless gland within the ovary, product is progesterone
estriol estrogenic hormone, occurring in the urine during pregnancy
diapason full, rich outpouring of melodious sound; compass of a voice or instrument
quorum number of officers or members of a body when duly assembled is competent to transact business
genitive grammatical case marking a relationship of possessor or source
logorrhea excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness
periphrasis use of a longer phrasing in place of a shorter form of expression
melancholia a manic-depressive condition of extreme depression, and often hallucinations and delusions
quiddity whatever makes something the type that it is (essence); a trifling point; quibble
taradiddle fib; pretentious nonsense
rodomontade vain boasting or bluster; a bragging speach; rant
gasconade bravado; extravagant boasting
extravagant exceeding the limits of reason or necessity; lacking in moderation, balance, and restraint
conscientious governed by or conforming to the dictates of conscience; meticulous; careful
conscience sense of moral goodness of one's own conduct, intentions, character, with an obligation to do right
consarcinate to patch together
blithe lacking due thought or consideration; happy lighthearted character or disposition
frenetic frenzied; frantic
frantic marked by fast and nervous, disordered, or anxiety-driven activity; emotionally out of control
odious arousing or deserving hatred, repugnance
scintillate emit sparks; emit quick flashes, as if throwing off sparks; sparkle
plunderbund political or business interests, engaged in exploiting the public
orexigenic stimulating the appetite
palilogy repetition of words, esp. for emphasis
quincentenary 500th anniversary
arachnophopia irrational fear of spiders
firmament the vault or arch of the sky; field or sphere of an interest or activity
bevy large group or collection
cowl hood or long-hooded cloak, esp. of a monk; draped neckline; chimney covering; cowling
cowling removable metal covering that houses the engine and sometimes part of the fusillage or nacelle
nacelle streamlined enclosure (as for an engine) on an aircraft
gout mass or aggregate, esp. of something fluid, often gushing or bursting forth
sedition incitement, resistance, insurrection against lawful authority
prelapsarian time or state before the fall of humankind
clarion medieval trumpet with clear, shrill tones
shrill utter or emit an acute piercing sound; scream
brio vigor; vivacity; verve
verve artistic spirit, enthusiasm; vivacity; energy; vitality
cow frighten someone into doing something, using threats or violence
cadge to (try to) get something from someone else without paying for it
gnomic something spoken or written short, mysterious, and not easily understood, but often seems wise
trawl search among many different places in order to find people or information you want
forestall prevent something from happening by acting first
atone do something that shows you are sorry for something bad that you did or failed to do
librate remain poised or balanced; oscillate from side to side
hyaloid glassy or transparent in appearance; hyaline
patina a thin surface layer that develops on something because of use, age, chemical action
notionate fanciful, notional; headstrong, stubborn
tump small rounded hill or mound; a tumulus; a clump of trees, shrubs, or grass
axilla armpit
cockrow dawn
resfeber tangled feelings of fear and excitement before a journey begins
numinous having a deep spiritual quality or connection
concordance agreement (by stipulation, compact, or covenant)
craven lacking courage; contemptibly fainthearted
dicrotic having a double heart beat
commodify to turn into a commodity
vulgarian person lacking cultivation, perception, taste
Luddite one opposed to change, esp. technological
bellicose inclined to quarrels, violence, warfare
plutocracy government by the wealthy; controlling class of the wealthy
clavier an early keyboard instrument
lunk stupid person; dolt
zardozi embroidery worked with gold and silver thread
bund an association, especially a political one
meeple figure used as a playing piece in certain board games
evert turn (a structure or organ) outwards or inside out
messan small pet dog; a lapdog
pukka excellent; appropriate to high or respectable society
autocthonous formed in its present position; indigenous rather than descended from migrants or colonists
prolix containing too many words; tediously lengthy
trammels restrictions or impediments to freedom of action
fugue dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
phare lighthouse or beacon to guide ships at sea
cornpone rustic; unsophisticated; unleavened maize bread
tergiversation make conflicting or evasive statements; change one's loyalties
patzer a poor player at chess
gyan knowledge, especially spiritual or religious knowledge
quip witty remark; to make a witty remark
postern back or side entrance
nostalgia sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past
fecund producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; highly fertile
kiasu selfish attitude arising from a fear of missing out on something
brightwork polished metalwork on ships or other vehicles
crapulous caused by or showing the effects of alcohol
lambent glowing, gleaming, flickering with a soft radiance
rake move across something with a long sweeping movement, esp. gunfire
impugn dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of a statement or motive; call into question
contingent group of people sharing a common feature, forming part of a larger group
sennachie teller of old tales or legends, esp. Gaelic
mana impersonal supernatural power which can be transmitted or inherited
hygge cosiness, comfortable conviviality engendering feelings of contentment, well-being
screed long speech or piece of writing, typically one regarded as tedious
bayou marshy outlet of a lake or river
naevus birthmark or a mole on the skin, esp. in the form of a raised red patch
nary not any; not one
linguaphile person who loves languages and words
cytokines substances, such as interferon, interleukin, and growth factors, secreted by the immune system
thunderstone various fossils or stones thought to be formerly fallen thunderbolts
slainte expression of friendly feelings toward one's companions before drinking
sagamore (among some North American Indian peoples) a chief
rete elaborate network of blood vessels or nerve cells
mugwump person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics
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