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defenestration
1 : a throwing of a person or thing out of a window
2 : a usually swift dismissal or expulsion (as from a political party or office)
enstasy
Enstasis means a “standing within.” It can be contrasted with dis-stasis (non-standing). It can also be contrasted with ecstasy or ec-stasis (a standing out of).. . . The word ‘enstasis’ is normally attributed to Mircea Eliade, who used the word in his 1954 book on yoga to describe yogic samadhi. He used this term in place of the word ‘ecstasy,’ which he said means ek-stasis, or a going out of oneself.
demimonde
1 a : a class of women on the fringes of respectable society supported by wealthy lovers; also : their world b : the world of prostitution
2 : a distinct circle or world that is often an isolated part of a larger world <a night in the disco demimonde>; especially : one having low reputation or prestige
apposite
highly pertinent or appropriate
inchoate
: being only partly in existence or operation : INCIPIENT; especially : imperfectly formed or formulated : FORMLESS, INCOHERENT
coniunctio
The sacred marriage, the ‘coniunctio’ or ‘coitus’, refer to the union of our divine spirit with the soul, and finally with the body.
trope
a word or expression used in a figurative sense : FIGURE OF SPEECH b : a common or overused theme or device : CLICHE <the usual horror movie tropes>
liminality
Liminality (from the Latin word līmen, meaning "a threshold") is the quality of the second stage of a ritual in the theories of Arnold van Gennep, Victor Turner, and others. In these theories, a ritual, especially a rite of passage, involves some change to the participants, especially their social status.

The liminal state is characterized by ambiguity, openness, and indeterminacy. One's sense of identity dissolves to some extent, bringing about disorientation. Liminality is a period of transition, during which your normal limits to thought, self-understanding, and behavior are relaxed, opening the way to something new.

People, places, or things may not complete a transition, or a transition between two states may not be fully possible. Those who remain in a state between two other states may become permanently liminal.
ascesis
SELF-DISCIPLINE, ASCETICISM
semiotics
a general philosophical theory of signs and symbols that deals especially with their function in both artificially constructed and natural languages and comprises syntactics, semantics, and pragmatics
febrile
marked or caused by fever : FEVERISH
jejune
Pronunciation: ji-'jün
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin jejunus empty of food, hungry, meager
1 : lacking nutritive value <jejune diets>
2 : devoid of significance or interest : DULL <jejune lectures>
3 : JUVENILE, PUERILE <jejune reflections on life and art>
lugubrious
Pronunciation: lu-'gü-brE-&s also -'gyü-
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin lugubris, from lugEre to mourn; akin to Greek lygros mournful
1 : MOURNFUL; especially : exaggeratedly or affectedly mournful <dark, dramatic and lugubrious brooding -- V. S. Pritchett>
2 : DISMAL <a lugubrious landscape>
exonymic
The terms "extremism" or "extremist" are almost always exonymic—i.e. applied by others rather than by a group labeling itself.
Miscegenation
the mixing of different ethnicities or races, especially in marriage, cohabitation, or sexual relations. The word was invented in the United States, in 1863. Interracial marriage or interracial dating may be more common in contemporary usage.
anomie
social instability resulting from a breakdown of standards and values; also : personal unrest, alienation, and uncertainty that comes from a lack of purpose or ideals
disquisition
a formal inquiry into or discussion of a subject : DISCOURSE
adventitious
1 : coming from another source and not inherent or innate <a Federal house without adventitious later additions>
2 : arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location <adventitious roots>
dissimulate
Pronunciation: (")di-'sim-y&-"lAt
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): -lat·ed; -lat·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin dissimulatus, past participle of dissimulare, from dis- + simulare to simulate
transitive verb : to hide under a false appearance <smiled to dissimulate her urgency -- Alice Glenday>
concomitant
adj: accompanying especially in a subordinate or incidental way
noun: something that accompanies or is collaterally connected with something else : ACCOMPANIMENT
sodality
BROTHERHOOD, COMMUNITY
2 : an organized society or fellowship; specifically : a devotional or charitable association of Roman Catholic laity
accidie
Pronunciation: 'ak-s&-dE
Function: noun
: ACEDIA
Main Entry: ace·dia
Pronunciation: &-'sE-dE-&
Function: noun
Etymology: Late Latin, from Greek akEdeia, from a- + kEdos care, grief -- more at HATE
: APATHY, BOREDOM
orthography
1 a : the art of writing words with the proper letters according to standard usage b : the representation of the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols
2 : a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling
spagyric
(sp-gîrk) also spa·gyr·i·cal (--kl)
adj.
Relating to or resembling alchemy; alchemical.

Spagyric medicine is an ancient natural system of healing with energetic medicine, and is often called the medicine of Paracelsus.
prosopagnosia
Inability to recognize faces.
irrupt (also irruption)
Etymology: Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpere, from in- + rumpere to break -- more at REAVE
1 : to rush in forcibly or violently
2 of a natural population : to undergo a sudden upsurge in numbers especially when natural ecological balances and checks are disturbed
recrudescence
Pronunciation: -'de-s&n(t)s
Function: noun
: a new outbreak after a period of abatement or inactivity : RENEWAL <a recrudescence of the symptoms> <a recrudescence of guerrilla warfare>
quaquaversal
/kweɪkwəˈvɜ:səl/ (UK)


1. going off in all directions at once

* 1990: She had a long look at him, and after having just spent hours with Frenesi’s face, found it easier now to make out, past the quaquaversal beard and smudged eyeglass lenses, as clearly as she ever would in Zoyd her own not-yet-come-to-terms-with face. — Thomas Pynchon, Vineland

2. (geology) dipping away from a centre in all directions

...going off in all directions at once
jardiniere
/"jär-d&-'nir, "zhär-d&n-'yer, -'er/
Function: noun
Etymology: French jardinière, literally, female gardener
1 a : an ornamental stand for plants or flowers b : a large usually ceramic flowerpot holder
2 : a garnish for meat consisting of several cooked vegetables cut into pieces
omnigenous
\Om*nig"e*nous\, a. [L. omniqenus; omnis all + genus
kind.]
Consisting of all kinds.
"trans-Potameides consciousness" (Clifford Pickover)
In Greek mythology, the Potameides were graceful nymphs of rivers and streams. They are a type of Naiad...a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks...the Greeks thought of the world's waters as all one system, which percolated in from the sea in deep cavernous spaces within the bosom of the earth...
exosomatic
Exosomatic memory is the recording of memories outside the brain. The earliest forms of symbolic behavior—scratching marks on bones—seem to intended as exosomatic memory. However it was the invention of writing that allowed complex memories to be recorded.
demotic
Pronunciation: di-'mä-tik
Function: adjective
Etymology: Greek dEmotikos, from dEmotEs commoner, from dEmos
1 : of, relating to, or written in a simplified form of the ancient Egyptian hieratic writing
2 : POPULAR, COMMON <demotic idiom>
3 : of or relating to the form of Modern Greek that is based on everyday speech
renascence
Pronunciation: ri-'na-s&n(t)s, -'nA-
Function: noun
Usage: often capitalized
: RENAISSANCE
percipient
1 : one that perceives
2 : a person on whose mind a telepathic impulse or message is held to fall
countenance
to extend approval or toleration to : SANCTION <refused to countenance any changes in the policy
effluent
Function: noun
: something that flows out: as a : an outflowing branch of a main stream or lake b : waste material (as smoke, liquid industrial refuse, or sewage) discharged into the environment especially when serving as a pollutant

Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin effluent-, effluens, present participle of effluere to flow out, from ex- + fluere to flow -- more at FLUID
: flowing out : EMANATING, OUTGOING <an effluent river>
neotony
Neoteny is the retention, by adults in a species, of traits previously seen only in juveniles (pedomorphosis/paedomorphosis),