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anonymous
without known author
rheostat
regulates electricity current
caustic
capable of eating away by chemical reaction; Sarcastic and severe.
schism
a separation into groups
caconym
a wrongly named thing
epitome
a representative or example of a class or type
pseudonym
false name
nautical
nautical relating to ships or navigation
hemostat
an agent that stops bleeding
taxidermy
stuffing dead animal skins
pansophism
claim to know everything
Periodontia
the branch of denistry that deals with the gums around teeth
podiatry
branch of medicine that deals with diseases of the foot
clinometer
measures slope
misoneism
hatred/fear of change
chirogrpahy
penmenship
physiognomy
the art of judging human character from facial features
chiromancy
the practice of art of telling fortunes from the lines on the palms of the hands
cardoialgia
heartburn
pneumatic
relating to air or gases
myopia
nearsightedness
hemorrhage
profuse bleeding
polytechnical
dealing with many industrial arts and applied sciences
anolmaly
deviation from the norm
encephalitis
inflammation of the brain
photophilous
growing/functioning best in strong light
bicephalous
having two heads
osteotomy
surgical divion of bone
dactylogram
fingerprint
necrophilia
obsessive fascination with death and corpses
eccentric
departing from a recognized pattern
orthodontia
orthodontics
apnea
temporary absence of breathing
amorphous
formless, shapeless
asymmetrical
unbalanced
necropolis
cemetary, graveyard
pathos
pity, feelings of sadness
antipathy
aversion, dislike
autonomy
independce, self-government
empathy
understanding, compassion
psychosomatic
all in the head, mental, emotional
anomaly
irregulairty, abnormality
rhinoplasty
nose job
apathy
lack of concern, laziness
opthalmology
eyes
ornithology
birds
paleontology
prehistoric forms of life through study of fossils
parapsychology
psychic phenomenon, ESP
pathology
nature of diseases
petrology
rocks
philology
love of learning
phonology
dialects
physiology
functions and vital processes of lving things
phytopathology
plant diseases
seismology
earthquakes
tautology
needless repetition of words or ideas
toxiocology
poisons
hemophilia
condition in which the blood fails to clot
misanthropy
one who hates all people
synopsis
outline or genergal view
anesthetic
relating to loss of sensation
aristocracy
a hereditary ruling class
bibliophile
a lover of books
plutocracy
government by the wealthy
heliolatry
worship of the sun
duomachy
dual between two people
pyromancy
devistation by fire
panclastic
complete or widespread destruction
syndrome
a group of symptoms that collectively indicate or characterize a disease
synergistic
of or relating to the interaction of two or more agens or forces so that their combined effect is breater than the sum of their individual effects
anathema
an ecclesiastical ban, damnation
antipodes
any two places or regions on opposite sides of the earth
apotheosis
exaltation of devine ranks or stature
atheism
dislief in existence of God
analgesic
a medication that reduces or elminates pain
paraplegia
complete paralysis of the lower half of the body
periphery
a line that froms the boundry
prognosis
a prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease
prognosticate
to predict according to present indications of signs
prothesis
the addition of a syllable at the beginning of a word
epitaph
an inscription on a tombstone in memory
epigram
a short witty poem
epithet
a term used to characterize a person or thing
eugenics
the study of hereditary improvement of the human race by controlled selective breeding
euthanasia
the act of practice of endling life
diathermy
the therapeutic generation of local heat in body tissues
diadem
a crown worn as a sign of royalty
diaphanous
transparent
dysphoria
an emotional state of anxiety
cacophony
jarring, iscordant sound
heterogeneous
consisting of dissimilar elements or parts
cacography
bad handwriting
cataclysm
a violent upheavel that causes great distruction
catatonia
an abnormal condition...flexability of the limbs
agnostic
one who believes there is no proof of the existence of god, but does not deny it
acephalous
headless
aphagia
loss of the ability to swallow
anarchy
Absence or utter disregard of government.
anarchy
Absence or utter disregard of government.
anagram
The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.
anachronism
Anything occurring or existing out of its proper time.
archipelago
Any large body of water studded with islands, or the islands collectively themselves.
cosmopolitan
Common to all the world.
criterion
A standard by which to determine the correctness of a judgment or conclusion.
metallurgy
The art or science of extracting a metal from ores, as by smelting.
metropolis
A chief city, either the capital or the largest or most important city of a state.
topography
The art of representing on a map the physical features of any locality or region with accuracy.
apogee
the climax
diatribe
bitter or malicious criticism.
isochromatic
having the same color or wavelength
misogamy
hatred of marriage
achromatic
Colorless
anagram
The letters of a word or phrase so transposed as to make a different word or phrase.
progeny
offspring
demagogue
a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to emotions and prejudices
philanthropy
the effort or inclination to increase human well-being
monotony
A lack of variety.
bigamy
The crime of marrying any other person while having a legal spouse living.
succinct
concise
supercilious
Exhibiting haughty and careless contempt.
transgress
to go beyond or over
travesty
a grotesque imitation
prolific
producing offspring or fruit in great abundances, great event or reaction
prodigal
One wasteful or extravagant, especially in the use of money or property.
decimate
To destroy a measurable or large proportion of.
centenary
Pertaining to a hundred years or a period of a hundred years.
edict
That which is uttered or proclaimed by authority as a rule of action.
malediction
the calling down of a curse
avocation
hobby
invocation
the acto or instance of calling on a higher power
provocation
An action or mode of conduct that excites resentment.
eloquent
Having the ability to express emotion or feeling in lofty and impassioned speech.
colloquial
pertaining or peculiar to common speech as distinguished from literary.
linguistics
The science of languages, or of the origin, history, and significance of words.
consonant
Being in agreement or harmony with.
dissonance
discord
vista
a view or prospect
invidious
showing or feeling envy
improvident
unwise
proviso
a clause in a document making a qualification
unconscionable
unscrupulous
inquistive
inclined to investigate
exonerate
To relieve or vindicate from accusation, imputation, or blame.
effervescent
giving off bubbles or gas
enjoin
to command
extraneous
Having no essential relation to a subject.
intercede
To mediate between persons.
introvert
to turn within
introspection
The act of observing and analyzing one's own thoughts and feelings.
magnanimous
Generous in treating or judging others.
malefactor
One who injures another.
omniscient
Characterized by unlimited or infinite knowledge.
precedent
an instance that may serve as a guide or basis for a rule.
preface
A brief explanation or address to the reader, at the beginning of a book.
decapod
Ten-footed or ten-armed.
decalogue
the ten commandments
paucity
fewness
preternatural
extraordinary
subterfuge
the act of evading
homage
Reverential regard or worship.
infernal
A kin to or befitting hell or its occupants.
subterranean
Situated or occurring below the surface of the earth.
conscientious
Governed by moral standard.
adduce
To bring forward or name for consideration
malignant
Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief.
orthodox
Holding the commonly accepted faith.
pediatrics
The department of medical science that relates to the treatment of diseases of childhood.
neolithic
Pertaining to the later stone age.
pedagogue
A schoolmaster
athereal
airy
aphorism
proverb, harsh statement
dogmatic
Making statements without argument or evidence.
encomium
a formal or discriminating expression of praise.
pyrotechnic
Pertaining to fireworks or their manufacture.
petrify
To convert into a substance of stony hardness and character.
ameliorate
To relieve, as from pain or hardship
amenable
Willing and ready to submit.
connubial
Pertaining to marriage or matrimony.
expatriate
To drive from one's own country.
impeccable
Blameless.
mundane
Worldly, as opposed to spiritual or celestial.
odious
hateful
ossify
to convert into bone
pastoral
having the spirit or sentiment of rural life.
peccadillo
a small sin
penitence
Sorrow for sin with desire to amend and to atone.
penurious
Excessively sparing in the use of money.
platitude
A written or spoken statement that is flat, dull, or commonplace.
potable
Producing offspring or fruit.
remonstrate
To present a verbal or written protest to those who have power to right or prevent a wrong.
tantamount
having equal value
emolument
payment for an office or employment
parry
ward off, deflect
abhorrent
Very repugnant; hateful.
affable
easy to approach
aperture
hole
conflagration
a great fire, as of many buildings, a forest, or the like.
congeal
having some tastes, sympatheic
egregious
extreme
elapse
to pass
equilibrium
a state of balance
exhort
to urge strongly
fatuous
idiotic
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos
fervent
ardent in feeling.
fissure
A crack or crack-like depression.
fruition
Fulfillment.
germane
Relevant.
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
hibernal
Pertaining to winter.
illicit
unlawful
incongruous
Unsuitable for the time, place, or occasion.
irascible
prone to anger
jocular
inclined to joke
languid
relaxed
laudatory
Pertaining to, expressing, or containing praise.
licentious
lacking moral discipline or ignoring legal constraint
perfunctory
half-hearted
alienate
disinclude
altruism
Benevolence to others on subordination to self-interest.
ardor
Intensity of passion or affection.
beatitude
Any state of great happiness.
coercion
Forcible constraint or restraint, moral or physical.
doleful
mournful
ebullient
showing enthusiasm or exhilaration of feeling.
imbibe
to drink
atrocity
Great cruelty or reckless wickedness.
purgatory
an intermediate state where souls are made fit for paradise or heaven by expiatory suffering.
expurgate
to remove objectionable material before publication
querulous
Habitually complaining.
rancor
malice
reciprocate
To give and take mutually.
deride
to redicule
risible
capable of exciting laughter.
desultory
Not connected with what precedes; random
swarthy
Having a dark hue, especially a dark or sunburned complexion.
sordid
Of degraded character or nature.
intestate
Not having made a valid will.
tortuous
Abounding in irregular bends or turns.
retort
A retaliatory speech
trepidation
Nervous uncertainty of feeling.
verdant
Green with vegetation.
vestment
Clothing or covering.
divest
To strip, specifically of clothes, ornaments, or accouterments or disinvestment
vicissitude
variation
inveterate
firmly established
anthology
A collection of extracts from the writings of various authors
cryptogram
Anything written in characters that are secret or so arranged as to have hidden meaning.
diatribe
A bitter or malicious criticism.
dogma
A statement of religious faith or duty formulated by a body claiming authority.
pomposity
The quality of being marked by an assumed stateliness and impressiveness of manner.
tenacious
unyielding
corroborate
To strengthen, as proof or conviction.
sustenance
food
compulsory
forced
tenure
the term during which a thing is held.
robust
Characterized by great strength or power of endurance.
convulsion
A violent and abnormal muscular contraction of the body.
precarious
dependent upon chance, risky
impunity
Freedom from punishment.
infringe
to trespass upon
cognizant
taking notice
sanctimonious
Making an ostentatious display or hypocritical pretense of holiness or piety.
notorious
Unfavorably known to the general public.
foliage
Any growth of leaves.
noxious
Hurtful.
arboretum
A botanical garden or place devoted to the cultivation of trees or shrubs.
agrarian
Pertaining to land, especially agricultural land.
aqueduct
A water-conduit, particularly one for supplying a community from a distance.
pernicious
tending to hurt or kill
innocuous
harmless
florid
flushed with red
illuminate
to brighten with light
lucid
easily understood
candid
straightforward
candor
The quality of frankness or outspokenness.
incandescent
white or glowing with heat.
futile
Of no avail or effect.
luminary
One of the heavenly bodies as a source of light.
elucidate
To bring out more clearly the facts concerning.
fortitude
strength used to overcome adversity; patient courage
extradite
To surrender the custody of
proclamation
any announcement made in a public manner.
deity
A god, goddess, or divine person.
nonentity
A person or thing of little or no account.
congenial
Having kindred character or tastes
malignant
Evil in nature or tending to do great harm or mischief.
benign
Good and kind of heart.
indigenous
native
exhume
To dig out of the earth (what has been buried).
lunacy
wild foolishness
egoism
The theory that places man's chief good in the completeness of self
misnomer
error in naming
natal
Pertaining to one's birth.
patrimony
An inheritance from an ancestor, especially from one's father.
patronize
To exercise an arrogant condescension toward.
affiliate
Some auxiliary person or thing.