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Vocabulary Fun

  • accretion: 1. the process of growth or increase, typically by the gradual accumulation of additional layers or matter. 2. thing formed or added by such growth or increase
  • acerbic: 1. (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright. 2. tasting sour or bitter.
  • acrimonious: angry and bitter
  • adroit: clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
  • alacrity: eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm; promptness; speed; a cheerful willingness
  • alexithymia: Alexithymia is a personality construct characterized by the sub-clinical inability to identify and describe emotions in the self. The core characteristics of alexithymia are marked dysfunction in emotional awareness, social attachment, and interpersonal relating.
  • anachronism: anything out of its proper time in history
  • anachronous: is an accidental or deliberate inconsistency in some chronological arrangement, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other.
  • anomie: lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group
  • antibiosis: an antagonistic association between two organisms (esp. microorganisms), in which one is adversely affected
  • antithetic: sharply contrasted in character or purpose;
  • antixenosis: a resistance mechanism employed (usually by a plant) to deter or prevent pest colonization
  • apogee: the highest point in the development of something; the climax or culmination
  • apparatchik: a humorous but derogatory term for an official of a large organization
  • ardent: characterized by intense emotion
  • asinine: devoid of intelligence
  • assiduous: showing great care and perseverance
  • atavistic: The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence.
  • athwart: 1. Across from side to side; transversely. 2. So as to be perverse or contradictory
  • austerity: 1. the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures). 2. In economics, austerity is when a national government reduces its spending in order to pay back creditors. Austerity is usually required when a government's fiscal deficit spending is felt to be unsustainable.
  • autodidact: a self-taught person
  • autopoiesis: auto (self)-creation; the process by which systems maintain their organization and regenerate their components in the course of their operation
  • avarice: extreme greed for wealth or material gain
  • bailiwick: the precincts within which a bailiff has jurisdiction, taken as a whole; the limits of a bailiff's authority; an area or subject of authority or involvement; a realm
  • bellicose: ready or inclined to quarrel, fight, or go to war; zealous patriotism expressing itself especially in hostility towards other countries
  • bellwether: One that serves as a leader or as a leading indicator of future trends
  • besotted: strongly infatuated: "he became besotted with his best friend's sister"; intoxicated; drunk
  • bifurcation: the place where something divides into two branches
  • bricolage: Construction using whatever was available at the time; Something constructed using whatever was available at the time
  • callipygian: having well-shaped buttocks
  • cantankerous: bad-tempered, argumentative, and uncooperative
  • capacious: having a lot of space inside; roomy
  • capitulation: the action of surrendering or ceasing to resist an opponent or demand
  • churlish: rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
  • circumlocution: the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive
  • cogent: Reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; Forcefully persuasive
  • cogitation: a carefully considered thought about something
  • compendious: containing or presenting the essential facts of something in a comprehensive but concise way
  • compersion: the feeling of joy associated with seeing a loved one love another; contrasted with jealousy
  • comport: conduct oneself; behave
  • compunction: a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that follows the doing of something bad
  • concinnity: Concinnity is the harmonious or purposeful reinforcement of the various parts of a work of art. Generally the higher the art, the higher the degree of concinnity.
  • conjecture: reasoning that involves the formation of conclusions from incomplete evidence
  • consternation: fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  • corpulent: excessively fat
  • coruscant: glittering; sparkling
  • crepuscular: appearing or active in twilight
  • cryoseism: also known as a frost quake, may be caused by a sudden cracking action in frozen soil or rock saturated with water or ice. As water seeps down into the rock, it freezes and expands, putting stress on surrounding rock. This builds up until it is relieved explosively in a cryoseism
  • diaspora: the dispersion or spreading of something that was originally localized (as a people or language or culture)
  • diatribe: fulmination - thunderous verbal attack
  • diurnal: during the day ;active in the daytime
  • doyen: the most respected or prominent person in a particular field
  • duplicitous: ambidextrous: marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another;
  • ecumenical: universal experience; concerned with promoting unity among churches or religions
  • edacious: devouring or craving food in great quantities
  • effusive: expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner
  • egregious: outstandingly bad; shocking
  • emancipation: freeing someone from the control of another; especially a parent's relinquishing authority and control over a minor child
  • embonpoint: plumpness - the bodily property of being well rounded
  • eudaimonia: wellbeing: a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous
  • excoriation: an area of the skin covered by a crust, or scab, usually caused by scratching
  • exculpatory: clearing of guilt or blame
  • exigent: urgent; needing immediate action; demanding; needing great effort
  • exsanguination: 1. the action of draining a person, animal, or organ of blood, 2. severe loss of blood.
  • facetious: treating serious issues with deliberately inappropriate humor; flippant
  • fecund: producing or capable of producing an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertile
  • felicitous: 1. well-fitting, happening at the right time, 2. working out well, 3. semantically and pragmatically coherent, 4. fitting in the context
  • fervor: intense and passionate feeling
  • fetid: smelling extremely unpleasant
  • foible: a minor weakness or eccentricity in someone's character
  • gargalesthesia: the sensation commonly associated with tickling
  • garrulous: excessively talkative, especially on trivial matters
  • gregarious: 1. (of a person) Fond of company; sociable.2. (of animals) Living in flocks or loosely organized communities.
  • groupthink: The practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility
  • gymnophoria: the sensation that someone is mentally undressing you
  • hagiography: 1. The writing of the lives of saints. 2. Adulatory writing about another person. 3. A biography idealizing its subject.
  • halcyon: tranquil; happy; calm; peaceful
  • harbinger: something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
  • heed: pay close attention to;
  • heuristic: enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves
  • hierophant: a person, especially a priest in ancient Greece, who interprets sacred mysteries or esoteric principles
  • histrionic: exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention
  • holon: a holon (Greek: holos, "whole") is something that is simultaneously a whole and a part.
  • impetuous: acting or done quickly and without thought or care; impulsive; moving forcefully or rapidly
  • indolent: wanting to avoid activity or exertion; lazy
  • ineffable: beyond expression in words; unspeakable
  • internecine: destructive to both sides in a conflict
  • invidious: likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others
  • Keynesian: A position held which supports J. M. Keynes & economic theory, and which has as its starting point the assumption that state finances should be used to counteract cyclical economic downturns. The argument implies that governments should focus on issues of employment and economic growth, rather on variables such as inflation.
  • kibitz: make unwanted and intrusive comments
  • kitsch: art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but appreciated in an ironic way
  • laodicean: lukewarm or halfhearted, especially with respect to religion or politics
  • lascivious: feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire: he gave her a lascivious wink.
  • legubrious: looking or sounding sad and dismal.
  • litotes: ironical understatement in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary (e.g., you won't be sorry, meaning you'll be glad ).
  • loquacious: tending to talk a great deal; talkative
  • magnanimous: very generous or forgiving, especially toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself.
  • mendacity: untruthfulness
  • meretricious: apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity
  • merinthophobia: fear of being bound or tied up
  • metonymy: the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant
  • modicum: a small, modest or trifling amount
  • moleosophy: is a technique of divination and fortune telling based upon the observation and interpretation of bodily marks, particularly moles and birthmarks
  • mondegreen: is the mishearing or misinterpretation of a phrase, typically a standardized phrase such as a line in a poem or a lyric in a song, due to near homophony, in a way that gives it a new meanin
  • monotonic: consistently increasing and never decreasing or consistently decreasing and never increasing in value; in mathematics, a monotonic function is a function which preserves the given order
  • montivagant: wandering through the hills and mountains
  • nefarious: infamous by way of being extremely wicked
  • neologism: 1. The use of a new word or an old word in a new sense 2. newly coined term recently introduced in professional discourse
  • nepotism: favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power
  • nidificate: make or build a nest
  • numinous: having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity
  • obsequious: obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
  • obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant; boisterously and noisily aggressive;
  • oculoplania: letting one’s eyes wander while assessing someone’s charms
  • odious: abominable: unequivocally detestable;
  • oleaginous: 1. rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily or greasy2. exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary;
  • ontology: is the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality in general, as well as of the basic categories of being and their relations
  • ophelimity: ability to please or satisfy sexually
  • opprobrium: 1. harsh criticism or censure, 2. public disgrace arising from someone's shameful conduct.
  • osculator: kisser: someone who kisses
  • panopticon: an area where everything is visible; a circular prison with cells arranged around a central well, from which prisoners could at all times be observed
  • panurgic: adept at all kinds of work, ready for anything
  • paroxysm: 1. a sudden attack or violent expression of a particular emotion or activity. 2. a sudden recurrence or attack of a disease; a sudden worsening of symptoms.
  • parsimonious: extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
  • pecuniary: of, relating to, or consisting of money
  • pecuniary: of, relating to, or consisting of money
  • pedantic: Overly concerned with minute details, a narrow focus on the trivial aspects of learning. Striving for the utmost correctness, eliminating ambiguity.
  • perdition: eternal damnation; hell; absolute ruin
  • perfidious: deceitful and untrustworthy
  • perfidious: deceitful and untrustworthy
  • peripatetic: traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods
  • peripatetic: traveling from place to place, especially working or based in various places for relatively short periods
  • pernicious: having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
  • perspicacious: having a ready insight into and understanding of things.
  • perturbation: activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, interruption or disruption
  • pestilence: 1. A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague. 2. A pernicious, evil influence or agent.
  • petrichor: the distinctive scent which accompanies the first rain after a long warm dry spell
  • petulant: 1. showing sudden, impatient annoyance or irritation, typically over something minor. 2. childishly sulky or bad-tempered
  • phantasmagoria: a sequence of real or imaginary images like that seen in a dream.
  • phlegmatic: showing little emotion
  • physic: purgative: a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels
  • plebeian: a commoner
  • polemic: a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something; the art or practice of engaging in controversial debate or dispute
  • Polytheism: Believing in the existence of more than one god.
  • predilection: Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition
  • preternatural: surpassing the ordinary or normal;
  • proclivities: A natural propensity or inclination; predisposition.
  • proclivity: a predisposition or natural inclination, propensity, or a predilection; especially refers to a strong disposition or bent
  • prodigal: 1. lavish: very generous 2. extravagant: recklessly wasteful
  • profligate: debauched: unrestrained by convention or morality
  • propinquity: the state of being close to someone or something; proximity; close kinship
  • puerility: the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
  • pugnacious: 1. eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight; 2. having the appearance of a willing fighter
  • pusillanimous: showing a lack of courage or determination; timid
  • putative: commonly regarded as such; reputed; supposed
  • putrescible: liable to decay; subject to putrefaction
  • putrescible: liable to decay; subject to putrefaction.
  • quixotic: not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic;
  • rapacious: aggressively greedy or grasping
  • recalcitrant: marked by a stubborn unwillingness to obey figures of authority; hard to deal with or operate;
  • recapitulate: the brief recitement of the major points in a narrative, article, or book.
  • reparative: Tending to or intended to repair; Of, pertaining to, or being a reparation
  • resistentialism: resistentialism is a jocular theory to describe "seemingly spiteful behavior manifested by inanimate objects."
  • reticence: the trait of being uncommunicative; not volunteering anything more than necessary
  • rhetoric: the art of using words effectively in writing or speaking so as to influence or persuade
  • sacrosanct: regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with
  • sagacious: having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgment
  • salacious: treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject; lustful; lecherous; an obscenity is that which offends the prevalent sexual morality of the time, is a profanity, or is otherwise taboo, indecent, abhorrent, or disgusting, or is especially inauspicious
  • salubrious: 1. health-giving; healthy; 2. pleasant; not run-down
  • samizdat: the clandestine copying and distribution of literature banned by the state, especially formerly in communist countries
  • sanguinary: involving or causing much bloodshed
  • sanguine: cheerfully optimistic
  • sanguine: optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation
  • sankalpa: thought, intention, or will directed toward a specific outcome
  • sardonic: grimly mocking or cynical
  • sastrugi: Parallel wavelike ridges caused by winds on the surface of hard snow, esp. in polar regions
  • scrofula: tuberculosis of neck lymph glands; progresses slowly with abscesses and pistulas develop; young person's disease
  • sedition: sedition is a term of law which refers to covert conduct, such as speech and organization, that is deemed by the legal authority as tending toward insurrection against the established order
  • selcouth: strange, unusual, rare, marvelous, wondrous
  • sesquipedalian: characterized by long words; long-winded
  • shibboleth: any distinguishing practice which is indicative of one's social or regional origin. It usually refers to features of language, and particularly to a word whose pronunciation identifies its speaker as being a member or not a member of a particular group.
  • shibboleth: 1. a word or saying used by adherents of a party, sect, or belief and usually regarded by others as empty of real meaning. 2. a use of language regarded as distinctive of a particular group
  • shibusa: an openness to nature
  • simpatico: likable and easy to get along with
  • slipshod: characterized by a lack of care, thought, or organization; worn down at the heel
  • somatization: the production of recurrent and multiple medical symptoms with no discernible organic cause
  • sophrosyne: is a Greek philosophical term etymologically meaning healthy-mindedness and from there self-control or moderation guided by knowledge and balance
  • sprachgefuhl: an intuitive sense of what is linguistically appropriate
  • stochastic: random, randomly-determined
  • sublunary: belonging to this world as contrasted with a better or more spiritual one
  • subterfuge: something intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity
  • sufferance: absence of objection rather than genuine approva
  • supercilious: behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others
  • sybarite: a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury
  • sycophantic: bootlicking: attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
  • tacit: Done or made in silence; implied, but not expressed; silent; as, tacit consent is consent by silence, or by not interposing an objection
  • taciturn: reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little
  • tarantism: a psychological illness characterized by an extreme impulse to dance
  • teetotaler: a person who never drinks alcohol.
  • telluric: of the earth as a planet; of the soil.
  • temerity: Reckless boldness; foolish bravery; An act or case of reckless boldness; Effrontery; impudence
  • theopneust: inspired or possessed by a god
  • troubadour: a poet who writes verse to music
  • truculence: eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
  • tryst: a private, romantic rendezvous between lovers
  • tutoyant: affectionate, intimate
  • umbrage: offense or annoyance
  • unredacted: sanitization (also redaction) is the process of removing sensitive information from a document or other medium, so that it may be distributed to a broader audience
  • vacuous: Showing a lack of thought or intelligence
  • vapid: offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging
  • venality: prostitution of talents or offices or services for reward
  • venerable: commanding respect because of age, dignity, character or position; worthy of reverence; ancient, antiquated or archaic
  • verisimilitude: the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
  • vexatious: 1. causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry. 2. denoting an action or the bringer of an action that is brought without sufficient grounds for winning, purely to cause annoyance to the defendant
  • vicissitude: 1. continual or successive changes of circumstances, often for the worse. 2. a difficulty or hardship attendant on a way of life, a career, or a course of action and usually beyond one's control.
  • virulent: 1. extremely severe or harmful in its effects. 2. highly infective
  • widdershins: in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise

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