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Posted by heyrandy on December 12, 2011

Here is some more words I had to look up. I find them in my reading. Extra points to anyone who can find duplicate from the previous lists. The list is alphabetical. Some letter headings have no entries. Fill in the blanks from your own reading.



ateliers n. A workshop or studio, especially for an artist or designer.

Anglepoise n. a lamp held in place by a flexible jointed mechanism that uses springs to maintain position

an·o·mie or an·o·my  (n-mn. 1. Social instability caused by erosion of standards and values. 2. Alienation and purposelessness experienced by a person or a class as a result of a lack of standards, values, or ideals: “We must now brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie and rage” (Charles Krauthammer).

anon 1. adv. At another time; later. 2. In a short time; soon. 3. Archaic At once; forthwith.

apport (Spirituality, New Age, Astrology & Self-help / Alternative Belief Systems) a.  the production of objects by apparently supernatural means at a spiritualists’ seance b.  the objects produced

anacoluthon n. the abrupt change in a sentence. often used for rhetorical effect. eg. I told him if he didn’t stop drinking, what would happen to him.

adjuvant n. an agent added to a drug to increase its effect

agon n. 1. A conflict, especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature. 2. The part of an ancient Greek drama, especially a comedy, in which two characters engage in verbal dispute. 3. A test of will; a conflict: “Freud’s originality stemmed from his aggression and ambition in his agon with biology” (Harold Bloom). 4. A contest in ancient Greece, as in athletics or music, in which prizes were awarded.

Arawak 1. A member of a South American Indian people formerly inhabiting much of the Greater Antilles and now living chiefly in certain regions of Guiana. 2. The Arawakan language of the Arawak.

atrabilious adj.  Inclined to melancholy.  Having a peevish disposition; surly.

attar n. A fragrant essential oil or perfume obtained from flowers: attar of roses.


bally adj & adv (intensifier) Brit slang a euphemistic word for bloody

banlieue n. a suburb of a city

bourn n. a small stream, a brook

boustrophedon a style of writing in which the lines alternate direction

brisance n. The shattering effect of the sudden release of energy in an explosion bri·sant (-zänt, -zät) adj


cambric n. a finely woven white linen or cotton fabric.

campanile n. camp a nee lee  a bell tower; usually stands alone unattached to a building

caparison 1. An ornamental covering for a horse or for its saddle or harness; trappings.2. Richly ornamented clothing; finery.tr.v. ca·par·i·sonedca·par·i·son·ingca·par·i·sons1. To outfit (a horse) with an ornamental covering. 2. To dress (another) in rich clothing.

carceral adj. Belonging to a prison

caryatid n. a supporting column sculptured in the form of a draped female figure

Catherine wheel n. a type of firework that spins around and emits flames

cerecloth n. Cloth coated with wax, formerly used for wrapping the dead

chiaroscuro n. 1. The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation. 2. The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.

chrism n. Ecclesiastical 1. A consecrated mixture of oil and balsam, used for anointing in church sacraments such as baptism and confirmation. Also called holy oil2. A sacramental anointing, especially upon confirmation into the Eastern Orthodox Church.

chunter (v intr; often foll by on) Brit informal to mutter or grumble incessantly in a meaningless fashion

cisvestitism the dressing in clothes appropriate for one’s own sex

corbel n. A bracket of stone, wood, brick, or other building material, projecting from the face of a wall and generally used to support a cornice or arch. tr.v. cor·beled also cor·belledcor·bel·ing also cor·bel·lingcor·bels also cor·belsTo provide with or support by a corbel or corbels.

crapulence n. 1. Sickness caused by excessive eating or drinking. 2. Excessive indulgence; intemperance.

cri de coeur n. n. pl. cris de coeur (kr) An impassioned outcry, as of entreaty or protest.


debridement  n. Surgical excision of dead, devitalized, or contaminated tissue and removal of foreign matter from a wound

dacoit  n. a member of a robber band or gang in India or Myanmar (Burma).

defalcation intr.v. de·fal·cat·edde·fal·cat·ingde·fal·cates To misuse funds; embezzle.

dido n. pl. di·dos or di·does A mischievous prank or antic; a caper.

dingus n. 1. An article whose name is unknown or forgotten. 2. A person regarded as stupid.

disseizin n. law wrongful dispossession of one in possession of real property

doughty adj. stouthearted, brave

drumfire n. heavy, continuous gunfire

drusy (Min.) Covered with a large number of minute crystals


eclat  brilliancy of success or effort; splendor; brilliant show; striking effect; glory; renown 2 demonstration of admiration and approbation; applause

fenfilading 1. Gunfire directed along the length of a target, such as a column of troops. 2. A target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire. 3. Architecture A linear arrangement of a series of interior doors, as to a suite of rooms, so as to provide a vista when the doors are open.

epicanthus n pl -thi [-θaɪ] (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Anatomy) a fold of skin extending vertically over the inner angle of the eye: characteristic of Mongolian peoples and a congenital anomaly among other races Also called epicanthic fold [New Latin, from epi- + Latin canthus corner of the eye, from Greek kanthos]entrepot  n. A warehouse; a magazine for depositing goods, stores, etc.a port where merchandise can be imported and re-exported with paying import duties; a mart or place where merchandise is deposited; as, an entrepôt for shipping goods in transit

fellah n. A peasant or agricultural laborer in an Arab country, such as Syria or Egypt.

fetterlock n. another name for a fetlock A projection on the lower part of the leg of a horse or related animal, above and behind the hoof. b. A tuft of hair on such a projection.

feuilleton n. 1. a. The part of a European newspaper devoted to light fiction, reviews, and articles of general entertainment. b. An article appearing in such a section. 2. a. A novel published in installments. b. A light, popular work of fiction. 3. A short literary essay or sketch.

feuterer someone who keeps a dog

fin de siecle adj. Of or characteristic of the last part of the 19th century, especially with reference to its artistic climate of effete sophistication

flensing tr.v. flensedflens·ingflens·es To strip the blubber or skin from (a whale, for example)

flinders n pl  Bits, fragments, or splinters

fons et origo n.the source and origin

forfend vt. To keep or ward off; avert


grue a shiver or shudder; a creeping of the flesh vb (intr) 1. to shiver or shudder 2. to feel strong aversion

gutta-percha n. A rubbery substance derived from the latex of any of several tropical trees of the genera Palaquium and Payena, used as an electrical insulator, as a waterproofing compound, and in golf balls

gharry n. A horse-drawn carriage, used primarily in Egypt and India, often as a cab.

gloaming n. twilight, dusk

gymkhana n. 1. Any of various meets at which contests are held to test the skill of the competitors, as in equestrian-ship, gymnastics, or sports car racing.

2. The place where such an event is held.


hartal n. the merchants strike where all shops are closed as a form of protest

haver Brit. to talk nonsense, to dither

hierophany the revelation of the sacred

hummock 1. A low mound or ridge of earth; a knoll. 2. also ham·mock (hmk) A tract of forested land that rises above an adjacent marsh in the southern United States. 3. A ridge or hill of ice in an ice field.


illeism the referring of one’s self in the third person

idyll 1.a. A short poem or prose piece depicting a rural or pastoral scene, usually in idealized terms.b. A narrative poem treating an epic or romantic theme.2. A scene or event of a simple and tranquil nature.


in media res  adj In or into the middle of a sequence of events, as in a literary narrative

inosculate v.tr. 1. To unite (blood vessels, nerve fibers, or ducts) by small openings. 2. To make continuous; blend. v.intr.1. To open into one another.

2. To unite so as to be continuous; blend.
inter alia  among other things

interne n. (Medicine) a variant spelling of intern us adj. too odious to mention

immure tr.v. im·muredim·mur·ingim·mures 1. To confine within or as if within walls; imprison. 2. To build into a wall: immure a shrine. 3. To entomb in a wall.

in vivo adj adv Within a living organism


jamais vu the opposite of déjà vu

jodhpurs n. riding pants

jointure 1. Lawa. An arrangement by which a man sets aside property to be used for the support of his wife after his death.b. The property so designated.2. The act of joining or the state of being joined.


karst n. An area of irregular limestone in which erosion has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and caverns

kohl n. A cosmetic preparation, such as powdered antimony sulfide, used especially in the Middle East to darken the rims of the eyelids

kraal n. South African 1. A rural village, typically consisting of huts surrounded by a stockade


lambent 1. Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight. 2. Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit. 3. Having a gentle glow; luminous.

liminal n. the threshold of a psychological or physical response

lissa jous Lissajous curve (or Lissajous figure), a mathematical figure showing a type of harmonic motion. Lissajous orbit, an orbital trajectory resembling a Lissajous curve.

louche adj. of questionable taste or morally decadent

laicization n. lacize vt. to free from ecclesiastical control, give over to the laity

leechcraft n. The art of healing; skill of a physician

logrolling n. The exchanging of political favors, especially the trading of influence or votes among legislators to achieve passage of projects that are of interest to one another. 2. The exchanging of favors or praise, as among artists, critics, or academics.

Lucullan adj. lavish, luxurious


marguerite n. any of several similar or related plants having daisylike flowers

maceration vt. to make soft by soaking in a liquid

menticide n. the systematic undermining of someone’s beliefs

meprobamate n. A bitter white powder, C9H18N2O4, used as a tranquilizer, muscle relaxant, and anticonvulsant.

midinette n. a Parisian seamstress or salesgirl in a clothes shop

mirabile dictu interj. Wonderful to relate.

moue n. A small grimace; a pout


nocebo n. an inert substance given as a medicine that cause an adverse reaction in the recipient, the opposite of a placebo

nosology n. the classification of diseases

numinous adj. 1. Of or relating to a numen; supernatural. 2. Filled with or characterized by a sense of a supernatural presence: a numinous place. 3. Spiritually elevated; sublime.


omphaloskepsis n. a form of religious meditation practiced by Eastern mystics who stare fixedly at their own navels to induce a mystical trance. Also called omphalism.

orotund adj. Pompous and bombastic: orotund talk. 2. Full in sound; sonorous: orotund tone

oubliette n. A dungeon with a trapdoor in the ceiling as its only means of entrance or exit

odalisques n, A woman slave in a harem

ogive n. 1. Statistics a. A distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative. b. A frequency distribution. 2. Architecture a. A diagonal rib of a Gothic vault. b. A pointed arch.


palfrey n. (pawl’ free) A saddle horse, especially one for a woman to ride

pandit n. Brahman scholar or learned man

perfervid adj. intense, impassioned

phreatic adj, Of or relating to ground water

polje n. (Earth Sciences / Physical Geography) Geography a large elliptical depression in karst regions, sometimes containing a marsh or small lake

pseudopodia n. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) a temporary projection from the cell of an amoeboid protozoan, leucocyte, etc., used for feeding and locomotion

puissance n. power, might

purulent adj. Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus



Rapallo (Placename) a port and resort in NW Italy, in Liguria on the Gulf of Rapallo (an inlet of the Ligurian Sea): scene of the signing of two treaties after World War I. Pop.: 30 000 (1990 est.)

readeption  n. the regaining of something lost

recusant n. 1. One of the Roman Catholics in England who incurred legal and social penalties in the 16th century and afterward for refusing to attend services of the Church of England.  2. A dissenter; a nonconformist.


salafism n.  a militant group of extremist Sunnis who believe themselves the only correct interpreters of the Koran and consider moderate Muslims to be infidels; seek to convert all Muslims and to insure that its own fundamentalist version of Islam will dominate the world

schadenfreude n. delight in another’s misfortune

sodality n. 1. A society or an association, especially a devotional or charitable society for the laity in the Roman Catholic Church. 2. Fellowship.

solfeggo 1. Use of the sol-fa syllables to note the tones of the scale; solmization. 2. A singing exercise in which the sol-fa syllables are used instead of text

Sublime Porte n.  the Ottoman court in Constantinople

sudorific adj.  Causing or increasing sweat
sumpter n. A pack animal, such as a horse or mule.

shire n. A former administrative division of Great Britain, equivalent to a county. 2. often Shire A Shire horse.


tatterdemalion n. a person wearing tattered clothes

Telamon n. Greek Mythology One of the Argonauts and the father of Ajax.

tegument n. A natural outer covering; an integument


ultimogeniture n law  (Law) a principle of inheritance whereby the youngest son succeeds to the estate of his ancestor Compare primogeniture


valetudinarian n. a weak or sickly person, especially one very concerned about his illness

verdigris n. 1. A blue or green powder consisting of basic cupric acetate used as a paint pigment and fungicide. 2. A green patina or crust of copper sulfate or copper chloride formed on copper, brass, and bronze exposed to air or seawater for long periods of time.

virtu n. 1 A knowledge or love of or taste for fine objects of art. 2. Objects of art, especially fine antique objets d’art, considered as a group

viscera n. abdominal organs


wherry n.  sailing barge used especially in East Anglia

whitsun adj. (Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to Whit Sunday or Whitsuntide




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