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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

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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.

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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

8

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.