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Cryptesthesia
[krip-tuhs- thee -zhuh]

Allegedly paranormal perception

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Baleful
[ beyl -fuhl]

1. Full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious

2. Wretched or miserable

2

Oeuvre
[ œ -vruh]

1. (French) the collective works of a writer, painter, or other type of artist

2. Any work of an artist, writer, painter, or etc.

3

Crapehanger
[ kreyp -hang-er]

A person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist

4

Horology
[haw- rol -uh-jee, hoh-]

The art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time

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Kickshaw
[ kik -shaw]

1. A tidbit or delicacy, especially one served as an appetizer

2. A trinket or trifle; something showy but without value

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Pusillanimous
[pyoo-suh- lan -uh-mus]

1. Lacking courage or resolution; cowardly or faint-hearted

2. Preceding from or indicating a cowardly spirit

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Anatine
[ an -uh-tahyn, -tin]

1. Resembling a duck

2. Of or pertaining to the family Anatidae, comprising of the swans, geese, and ducks

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Comeuppance
[kuhm- uhp -uhns]

Deserved reward, usually unpleasant

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Hoyden
[hoid-n]

A boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; tomboy

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Sinistral
[ sin -uh-struhl]

1. Left-handed
2. Of, pertaining to, or on the left side; left (as opposed to dextral)
3. (Of certain gastropod shells) coiling counterclockwise, as seen from the apex

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Gossamer
[ gos -uh-mer]

Noun:
1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn.
2. a thread or a web of this substance.
3. an extremely delicate variety of gauze, used especially for veils.
4. any thin, light fabric.
5. something extremely light, flimsy, or delicate.
6. a thin, waterproof outer garment, especially for women.

Adjective:
7. Thin or light (of or like gossamer)

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Clowder
[ klou -der]

A group or cluster of cats

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Gapeseed
[ geyp -seed, gap -]

1. (British Dialect) a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed.
2. (British Dialect) a daydream or reverie.
3. (British Dialect) an idealistic, impossible, or unreal plan or goal.
4. (British Dialect) something that is gaped at; anything unusual or remarkable.

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Horripilation
[haw-rip-uh- ley -shuhn, ho-]

A bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc; goosebumps

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Slubber
[ sluhb -er]

To perform hastily or carelessly

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Pell-mill
[ pel - mel ]

1. in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.
2. in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.

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Panivorous
[pa- niv -er-uhs]

Subsisting on bread; bread-eating

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Rufescent
[roo- fes -uhnt]

Somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous

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Star-crossed
[ stahr -krawst]

ill-fated

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Chiaroscuro
[kee-ahr-uh- skyoor -oh]

1. the distribution of light and shade in a picture.
2. Painting. the use of deep variations in and subtle gradations of light and shade, especially to enhance the delineation of character and for general dramatic effect: Rembrandt is a master of chiaroscuro.
3. a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors.
4. a sketch in light and shade.

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Apocryphal
[uh- pok -ruh-fuhl]

1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
2. Ecclesiastical. a. ( initial capital letter ) of or pertaining to the Apocrypha. b. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
3. false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.

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Bovarism
[ boh -vuh-riz-uhm]

an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.

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Vespertide
[ ves -per-tahyd]

The period of vespers; evening

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Frigorific
[frig-uh- rif -ik]

Causing or producing cold

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Gaslight
[ gas -lahyt]

1. light produced by the combustion of illuminating gas.
2. a gas burner or gas jet for producing this kind of light.
3. to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation: How do you know if your partner is gaslighting you?

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Zoanthropy
[zoh- an -thruh-pee]

a mental disorder in which one believes oneself to be an animal.

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wanion
[ won -yuhn]

curse; vengeance

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clairaudience
[klair- aw -dee-uh ns]

the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead

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vernacularise
[ver- nac -yuh-luh-rahyz]

to translate into the natural speech peculiar to a people.

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Famulus
[ fam -yuh-luhs]

a servant or attendant, especially of a scholar or a magician.

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Pavlovian
[pav- loh -vee-uh n, -law-, - lov -ee-]

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Pavlov or his work, especially of experiments in which he elicited predictable responses from laboratory animals.

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Philosophaster
[fil-los-uh- fas -ter, fi- los -uh-fas-ter]

a person who has only a superficial knowledge of philosophy or who feigns a knowledge he or she does not possess

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Happenstance
[ hap -uh n-stans]

a chance happening or event

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Prithee
[ prith -ee]

"pray thee"

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Verbigeration
[verb-bij-uh- rey -shuh n]

the constant or obsessive repetition of meaningless words or phrases

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Nostomania
[nos-tuh- mey -nee-uh]

Intense homesickness; an irrepressible compulsion to return home

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Whippersnapper
[ hwip -er-snap-er, wip -]

an unimportant but offensively presumptuous person, especially a young one

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Weltanschauung
[ velt -ahn-shou-oo ng]

(German) a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity's relation to it

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Thalassic
[thuh- las -ik]

1. of or pertaining to seas and oceans.

2. of or pertaining to smaller bodies of water, as seas and gulfs, as distinguished from large oceanic bodies.

3. growing, living, or found in the sea; marine.

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Subfuscous
[suhb- fuhs -kuh s]

slightly dark, dusky, or somber

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Chutzpa
[ khoot -spuh, hoot-]

(Slang) unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall

(Slang) audacity; nerve.

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Beforetime
[bih- fawr -tahym]

formerly

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Mysophobia
[mahy-suh- foh -bee-uh]

(Psychiatry) a dread of dirt or filth

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Larrikin
[ lar -i-kin]

disorderly; rowdy

a street rowdy; hoodlum

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Frenetic
[fruh- net -ik]

frantic, frenzied

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Vinous
[ vahy -nuh-s]

of, resembling, or containing wine.

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of wine: a vinous fragrance.

produced by, indicative of, or given to indulgence in wine.

wine red; wine-colored: a vinous hue.

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Mirth
[murth]

gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter: the excitement and mirth of the holiday season.

amusement or laughter: He was unable to conceal his mirth.

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Evanesce
[ev-uh- nes ]

to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.

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Flapdragon
[ flap -drag-uh n]

an old game in which the players snatch raisins, plums, etc., out of burning brandy, and eat them.

the object so caught and eaten.

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Incunabula
[in-kyoo- nab -yuh-luh]

the earliest stages or first traces of anything.

extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.

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Remunerative
[ri- myoo -ner-uh-tiv]

affording remuneration; profitable: remunerative work.

that remunerates.

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Niveous
[niv-ee-uh s]

resembling snow, especially in whiteness; snowy

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Gleed
[gleed]

a glowing coal

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Rallentando
[rah-luh n- tahn-doh]

slackening; becoming slower (used as a musical direction)

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Sororal
[suh- rawr-uh l]

of, relating to, or characteristic of a sister or sisters; sisterly

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Cogitation
[koj-i- tey-shuh n]

concerted thought or reflection; meditation; contemplation: After hours of cogitation he came up with a new proposal

the faculty of thinking: She was a serious student and had a great power of cogitation

a thought; design or plan: to jot down one's cogitations.

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Interosculate
[in-ter- os -kyuh-leyt]

to form a connecting link

to interpenetrate; inoculate

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Dowie
[ doh -ee]

Scot. and North England. dull; melancholy; dismal

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Railbird
[ reyl -burd]

any kibitzer or self-styled critic or expert

a horse-racing fan who watches races or workouts from the railing along the track

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Alight
[uh- lahyt ]

to settle or stay after descending

to dismount from a horse, descend from a vehicle, etc.

to encounter or notice something accidentally

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Fiddlestick
[fid-l-stik]

anything; a bit

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Subrogate
[ suhb -ruh-geyt]

to put into the place of another; substitute for another

Civil Law- to substitute (one person) for another with reference to a claim or right

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Dalles
[dalz]

the rapids of a river running between the walls of a canyon or gorge

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Cabotage
[ kab -uh-tij, kab-uh- tahzh]

navigation or trade along the coast

Aviation- the legal restriction to domestic carriers of air transport between points within a country's borders

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Sodality
[soh- dal -i-tee]

fellowship; comradeship

an association or society

Roman Catholic Church- a lay society for religious and charitable purposes

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Indemnify
[in- dem -nuh-fahy]

to compensate for damage or loss sustained, expense incurred, etc

to guard or secure against anticipated loss; give security against (future damage or liability)

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Comminate
[ kom -uh-neyt]

to threaten with divine punishment or vengeance

to curse; anathematize

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Nonesuch
[ nuhn -suhch]

a person or thing without equal; paragon

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Mizzle
[ miz -uh l]

(South Midland and Southern U.S.) to rain in fine drops; drizzle; mist

(South Midland and Southern U.S.) mist or drizzle

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Brobdingnagian
[brob-ding- nag -ee-uh n]

of huge size; gigantic; tremendous

an inhabitant of Brobdingnag

a being of tremendous size; giant

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Winnow
[ win -oh]

to separate or distinguish (valuable from worthless parts)

to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., especially by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities

to drive or blow (chaff, dirt, etc.) away by fanning

to blow upon; fan

to subject to some process of separating or distinguishing; analyze critically; sift: to winnow a mass of statements

to fan or stir (the air) as with the wings in flying

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Succorance
[ suhk -er-uh ns]

the act of seeking out affectionate care and social support

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Tenebrific
[ten-uh- brif -ik]

producing darkness

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Epistolize
[ih- pis -tl-ahyz]

to write a letter

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Solipsistic
[sol-ip- sis -tik]

of or characterized by solipsism, or the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist

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Peacock
[ pee -kok]

to make a vainglorious display; strut like a peacock

the male of the peafowl distinguished by its long, erectile, greenish, iridescent tail coverts that are brilliantly marked with ocellated spots and that can be spread in a fan

any peafowl

a vain, self-conscious person

(initial capital letter) Astronomy. the constellation Pavo.

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Commensal
[kuh- men -suh l]

eating together at the same table

Ecology. (of an animal, plant, fungus, etc.) living with, on, or in another, without injury to either

Sociology. (of a person or group) not competing while residing in or occupying the same area as another individual or group having independent or different values or customs

a companion at table

Ecology. a commensal organism

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Sternutation
[stur-nyuh- tey -shuh n]

the act of sneezing

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Skookum
[ skoo -kuh m]

Northwest U.S., Canada. excellent; first-rate

Northwest U.S., Canada. large; powerful; impressive

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Triskaidekaphobia
[tris-kahy-dek-uh- foh -bee-uh]

fear or a phobia concerning the number 13

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Pigsney
[ pigz -nee]

Obsolete. a darling

Obsolete. an eye

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Belie
[bih- lahy ]

to show to be false; contradict: His trembling hands belied his calm voice

to misrepresent: The newspaper belied the facts

to act unworthily according to the standards of (a tradition, one's ancestry, one's faith, etc.)

Archaic. to lie about; slander

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Polymathy
[puh- lim -uh-thee]

learning in many fields; encyclopedic knowledge

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Ballast
[ bal -uh-st]

anything that gives mental, moral, or political stability or steadiness: the ballast of a steady income

Nautical. any heavy material carried temporarily or permanently in a vessel to provide desired draft and stability

Aeronautics. something heavy, as bags of sand, placed in the car of a balloon for control of altitude and, less often, of attitude, or placed in an aircraft to control the position of the center of gravity

gravel, broken stone, slag, etc., placed between and under the ties of a railroad to give stability, provide drainage, and distribute loads

Electricity. a. Also called ballast resistor. a device, often a resistor, that maintains the current in a circuit at a constant value by varying its resistance in order to counteract changes in voltage.
b. a device that maintains the current through a fluorescent or mercury lamp at the desired constant value, sometimes also providing the necessary starting voltage and current

to give steadiness to; keep steady: parental responsibilities that ballast a person

to furnish with ballast: to ballast a ship

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Thaumaturge
[ thaw -muh-turj]

a worker of wonders or miracles; magician

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Effulgent
[ih- fuhl -juh nt]

shining forth brilliantly; radiant

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Doggo
[ daw -goh]

Informal. in concealment; out of sight

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Augur
[ aw -ger]

to conjecture from signs or omens; predict

to be a sign; bode: The movement of troops augurs ill for the peace of the area

to divine or predict, as from omens; prognosticate

to serve as an omen or promise of; foreshadow; betoken: Mounting sales augur a profitable year

one of a group of ancient Roman officials charged with observing and interpreting omens for guidance in public affairs

soothsayer; prophet

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Glitterati
[glit-uh- rah -tee]

wealthy or famous people who conspicuously attend fashionable events

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Brolly
[ brol -ee]

an umbrella

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Demassify
[dee- mas -uh-fahy]

to break (something standardized or homogeneous) into elements that appeal to individual tastes or special interests: to demassify the magazine industry into special-interest periodicals

to cause (society or a social system) to become less uniform or centralized; diversify or decentralize: to demassify the federal government

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Pickwickian
[pik- wik -ee-uh n]

(of words or ideas) meant or understood in a sense different from the apparent or usual one

(of the use or interpretation of an expression) intentionally or unintentionally odd or unusual

of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Mr. Pickwick, central character of The Pickwick Papers

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Inutile
[in- yoo-til]

of no use or service

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Ad hockery
[ad hok -uh-ree]

reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans

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Butyraceous
[byoo-tuh- rey -shus]

of the nature of, resembling, or containing butter

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Emblem
[ em -bluh m]

an object or its representation, symbolizing a quality, state, class of persons, etc.; symbol: The olive branch is an emblem of peace

a sign, design, or figure that identifies or represents something: the emblem of a school

an allegorical picture, often inscribed with a motto supplemental to the visual image with which it forms a single unit of meaning

Obsolete. an inlaid or tessellated ornament

to represent with an emblem

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Switcheroo
[swich-uh- roo ]

an unexpected or sudden change or reversal in attitude, character, position, action, etc

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Variorum
[vair-ee- awr -uh m]

containing different versions of the text by various editors: a variorum edition of Shakespeare

containing many notes and commentaries by a number of scholars or critics: a variorum text of Cicero

a variorum edition or text

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Sastruga
[ sas -truh-guh]

Usually, sastrugi. ridges of snow formed on a snowfield by the action of the wind

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Eyesome
[ ahy -suh m]

pleasant to look at

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Circumvolve
[sur-kuh m- volv ]

to revolve or wind about

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Phillumenist
[fi- loo -muh-nist]

a collector matchbooks and matchboxes

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Chronometer
[kruh- nom -i-ter]

a timepiece or timing device with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy, for use in determining longitude at sea or for any purpose where very exact measurement of time is required

any timepiece, especially a wristwatch, designed for the highest accuracy

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Formication
[fawr-mi- key -shuh n]

a tactile hallucination involving the belief that something is crawling on the body or under the skin

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Magniloquent
[mag- nil -uh-kwuh nt]

Lofty or grandiose in speech or expression; using a high-flown style of discourse; bombastic

speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful

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Momism
[ mom -iz-uh m]

excessive adulation of the mother and undue dependence on maternal care or protection, resulting in absence or loss of maturity and independence

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Spondulicks
[spon- doo -liks]

older slang for money or cash

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Intenerate
[in- ten -uh-reyt]

to make soft or tender; soften

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Dysphemism
[ dis -fuh-miz-uh m]

the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one

an expression so substituted

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Knackered
[ nak -erd]

British Slang exhausted; very tired: He is really knackered after work

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Collywobbles
[ kol -ee-wob-uh lz]

Informal. a feeling of fear, apprehension, or nervousness

Informal. intestinal cramps or other intestinal disturbances

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Brogue
[brohg]

an Irish accent in the pronunciation of English

any strong regional accent

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Beamish
[ bee -mish]

bright, cheerful, and optimistic

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Amain
[uh- meyn ]

Archaic. with full force

Archaic. at full speed

Archaic. suddenly; hastily

Archaic. exceedingly; greatly

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Anthesis
[an- thee -sis]

Botany. the period or act of expansion in flowers, especially the maturing of the stamens

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Mal de mer
[mal duh mer ]

French. seasickness

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Gibber
[ jib -er, gib -]

to speak inarticulately or meaninglessly

to speak foolishly; chatter

gibbering utterance

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Nonevent
[non-i- vent ]

an occurrence of only superficial interest or content; a dull or insignificant occasion

an event or situation that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with much less than the expected impact, especially one that has been widely publicized; anticlimax

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Furtherance
[ fur -th er-uh ns]

the act of furthering; promotion; advancement

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Dendrochronology
[den-droh-kruh- nol -uh-jee]

the science dealing with the study of the annual rings of trees in determining the dates and chronological order of past events

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Forsooth
[fawr- sooth ]

Archaic. (now used in derision or to express disbelief) in truth; in fact; indeed

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Cantillate
[ kan -tl-eyt]

to chant; intone

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Pepper-upper
[ pep -er- uhp -er]

Informal. something, as a food, beverage, or pill, that provides a quick but temporary period of energy and alertness

Informal. something added to food to relieve blandness

Informal. an experience that increases enthusiasm or zeal, as a pep talk

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Globular
[ glob -yuh-ler]

Informal. something, as a food, beverage, or pill, that provides a quick but temporary period of energy and alertness

Informal. something added to food to relieve blandness

Informal. an experience that increases enthusiasm or zeal, as a pep talk

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Funambulist
[fyoo- nam -byuh-list]

a tightrope walker

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Paramnesia
[par-am- nee -zhuh]

Psychiatry. a distortion of memory in which fact and fantasyare confused

the inability to recall the correct meaning of a word

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Malarkey
[muh- lahr -kee]

Informal. speech or writing designed to obscure, mislead, or impress; bunkum: The claims were just a lot of malarkey.

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Boodle
[ bood -l]

the lot, pack, or crowd: Send the whole boodle back to the factory

a large quantity of something, especially money: He's worth a boodle

a bribe or other illicit payment, especially to or from a politician; graft

stolen goods; loot; booty; swag

to obtain money dishonestly, as by bribery or swindling

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Fabular
[ fab -yuh-ler]

of or pertaining to a story, novel, or the like written in the form of a fable

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Oology
[oh- ol -uh-jee]

the branch of ornithology that studies birds' eggs

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Panoply
[ pan -uh-plee]

a wide-ranging and impressive array or display: the dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession; the panoply of European history

a complete suit of armour

a protective covering

full ceremonial attire or paraphernalia; special dress and equipment

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Diddle
[ did -l]

to cheat; swindle; hoax

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Badinage
[bad-n-ahzh ]

light, playful banter or raillery

to banter with or tease (someone) playfully

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Caustic
[ kaw -stik]

severely critical or sarcastic: a caustic remark
capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue

a caustic substance

Optics: a) caustic curve
b) caustic surface

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Brume
[broom]

fog, mist

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Galenical
[gey- len -I-kuh l]

an herb or other vegetable drug, distinguished from a mineral or chemical drug

a crude drug, tincture, or decoction, distinguished from a preparation that has been refined

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Derring-do
[ der -ing- doo ]

daring deeds; heroic daring

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Polyglot
[ pol -ee-glot]

containing, composed of, or written in several languages: a polyglot Bible

able to speak or write several languages; multilingual

a mixture or confusion of languages

a person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages

a book, especially a Bible, containing the same text in several languages.

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Caseous
[ key - see -uh s]

of or like cheese

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Argot
[ahr- go ]

a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification: a Restoration play rich in thieves' argot

the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group: sociologists' argot

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Asafetida
[as-uh- fet -i-duh

a soft, brown, lumpy gum resin having a bitter, acrid taste and an obnoxious odor, obtained from the roots of several Near Eastern plants belonging to the genus Ferula, of the parsley family: formerly used in medicine as a carminative and antispasmodic

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Brio
[ bree -oh]

vigor, vivacity

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Atticism
[ at -uh-siz-uh m]

concise and elegant expression, diction, or the like

the style or idiom of Attic Greek occurring in another dialect or language

attachment to Athens or to the style, customs, etc., of the Athenians

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Gauche
[gohsh]

lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless: Their exquisite manners always make me feel gauche

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Mirepoix
[mir- pwah]

a flavoring made from diced vegetables, seasonings, herbs, and sometimes meat, often placed in a pan to cook with meat or fish

finely chopped vegetables, as onions and carrots, sometimes with meat, often used as a bed for meat that is to be braised

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Bolide
[ boh -lahyd]

a large, brilliant meteor, especially one that explodes; fireball

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Sang-froid
[sahn- frwa ]

coolness of mind; calmness; composure

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Culturati
[kuhl-chuh- rah -tee]

people deeply interested in cultural and artistic matters

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Simulacrum
[sim-yuh- ley -kruh m]

a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or substance

an effigy, image, or representation

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Bafflegab
[ baf -uh l- gab]

Slang. confusing or generally unintelligible jargon

151

Defenestrate
[dee- fen -uh-streyt]

to throw (a person or thing) out of a window

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Bafflegab
[ baf -uh l- gab]

Slang. confusing or generally unintelligible jargon

153

Defenestrate
[dee- fen -uh-streyt]

to throw (a person or thing) out of a window