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abeyance
temporary suspension of activity, cessation
abstemious
eating or drinking in moderation
acaulescent
having no stem
ad hominem
using personal considerations rather than logical
ad nauseam
sickening or disgusting extent
aerophobia
terrible fear of fresh air or drafts
aesthetics, esthetics
conception of what is very artistic; branch of philosophy dealing with beauty
aiguillette
cord worn on the shoulder of a high-ranking offier; strip of food
alienation
separate from normal function; isolation
altocumulus
high, fluffy cloud formation having shady portions
amentaceous
producing catkins on a tree, such as a willow or a birch; resembling a flower
androgynous
having both staminate and pistillate flowers in the same cluster
anomaly
irregularity
apparatchik
person devoted to his organization; secret agent
Aristophanes
Greek playwright, onidered the greatest satire author of ancient times
au courant
fully informed and up-to-date
australopithecine
pertaining to apes that are very similar to humans
Bahaism
religious movement in Iran that accentuates the idealistic unity of man
ballottement
medical procedure for diagnosing a floating kidney or a pregnancy
bathypelagic
relating to existence in ocean depths usually between 2,000 and 10,000 feet
bdellium
fragrant resin similar to myrrh, produced by certain Asian and African races
Beauvoir
French existentialist and feminist writer
Bellerophon
Corinthian hero from Greek mythology
belles-lettres
light entertaining literature
bibliomancy
divination by the interpretation of a randomly chosen book
bicephalous
possessing two heads
biometeorology
tudy involving the relation between weather and living organisms
bodhisattva
enlightened being in the Buddhist religion
booboisie
class of persons considered to be stupid or naive
bossism
domination by top officials
Buchenwald
town in central Germany that was the site of a Nazi concentration camp
Caddo
nation of Indians that inhabited areas around the Red River
canaille
rabble, riffraff; criminal people who loiter on the streets
catastasis
complication that immediately precedes the climax of a dramatic play
ceilidh
Scottish or Irish gathering with traditional music, dancing and storytelling
centaur
mythical Greek creature that is half man and half horse
centripetal
moving towards an axis; unifying
Cezanne

(backwards accent over the first e)
French artit of the postimpressionist period
chanoyu
Japanese tea ceremony
chersonese
peninsula
chiaroscuro
colorless pictorial representation using only light and dark shades
chthonic
suggestive of the underworld
cismontane
situated on the same side of the Alps or mountains
clinquant
glittery or ornate
codicillary
belonging to a written adjunct to a will
cognitive
based on factual knowledge, characterized by relating to knowledge
collocation
act of arranging in order, state of being arranged in order; arrangement
Comanche
Indian tribe that roamed the southern Great Plains
comedogenic
causing acne
commutative
characterized by interchange or lack of specific order
complaisant
obligin, characterized by an inclination to be agreeable
compos mentis
sane, having a sound mind or memory
Corcovado
mountain in Brazil overlooking Rio de Janeiro
couscous
North African pasta made of semolina
cumulonimbus
high, fluffy cloud formation often spreading in an anvil shape
de trop
superfluous, unneeded, too much
debauched
corrupted morally, debased
defeasance
rendering null and void; overthrow; defeat
definiens
word or term that describes the meaning of another term
deltiology
hobby of collecting postcards
derailleur
bicycle gear mechanism
desquamate
diatomaceous
dicephalous
possessing two heads
discommoded
inconvenienced, put to extra trouble
donnee

(backwards accent on the first e)
set of principles as basis for creative work or act
doppelganger

(optional umlaut over the a)
apparition of a living person
doxology
short hymn of thanks during church service
dragee

(backwards accent on the first e)
candy with medicine in the center
drupaceous
pertaining to or containing an indehiscent fruit that has one seed
dura mater
outer membrane of the three that cover the brain and spinal cord
ecce homo
representation of Christ with a crown of thorns
ecorche

(backwards accent on both e's)
representation of the body of a part of it without skin to show musculature
effendi
title of respect for Turkish men
ekistics
science of human communities, including city planning
eminent domain
government's right to take private property for public use
encomiast
person who praises; eulogist
enouncement
formal declaration; clear pronounciation
entablature
arhitrave, frieze and cornice spanning across the capitals of columns
epicycloid
curve made as a point on a circumference of a circle rolls onto another circle
epigrammatic
relating to a witty form of writing with a satirical and concise end
estoppel
bar preventing someone from contradicting a previous statement of the truth
ethereal
relating to heavenly regions; spiritual
etui

(backwards accent mark on the e)
small ornamental container
ex nihilo
from nothing
ex officio
by virtue of one's office
Excalibur
King Arthur's sword
exegesis
critical interpretation of a portion of Scripture
exempli gratia
as an example
extemporaneous
impromptu
farouche
lacking social graces
farraginous
formed of various disorderly materials
Fasciti
members of controlling political group in Italy under Mussolini
feme covert
woman who is married
femme fatale
irresistible or seductive woman
fianchetto
position in chess making room for a bishop
Franciscan
relating to an order of monks
frondescent
featuring or resembling an abundance of leaves
galantine
cold dish of stuffed meat or fish
garrulous
talkative, loquacious
gegenschein
faint nebulous light on the ecliptic opposite the sun
Gehenna
place or condition of great suffering, dwelling of condemned souls
glabella
smooth part of the forehead between the eyebrows
glaucous
having a pale yellow-green color or waxy coating; pale yellow-green
gnomon
object casting a shadow that is used as an indicator
Goidelic
group of Celtic languages that includes Gaelic; relating to these languages
gouache
style of watercolor using opaque pigments
guillemot
auk of northern seas having a narrow bill
habergeon
short coat of chain mail; tunic of chain mail
halophile
living thing that requires a salty environment to thrive
Hamite
one of the peoples of northern Africa
hapax legomenon
word that is found only a single time in all records of a language
haplology
shortening of a word by omitting a syllable in pronunciation
Havasupai
Native American tribe southeast of Grand canyon; member of this tribe; language
hecatomb
large quantity of people or animals offered as a sacrifice
helminthology
study of parasitic worms
hemialgia
pain experienced in one half of the body
hemophobia
irrational fear of blood
hypothalamus
part of brain responsible for body temperature and other autonomic processes
iatrogenic
caused by a doctor during treatment, usually unintentionally
ichneumon
mongoose; small black and brown mammal the size of a ferret; insect
impetigos
contagious skin infections
impudicity
state of being shameless or without modesty
in absentia
while not present
in medias res
in the midst of a story or plot
incapacitant
substance or device, as tear gas, that temporarily disables others
incommodious
uncomfortable, usually due to lack of space
inferential
deducible by inductive reasoning
infundibuliform
having the shape of a funnel
Interlingua
artificial language developed to be international in scope
interminable
endless, long and wearisome
ipecac
dried roots used to induce vomiting
irascible
easily angered, testy, cranky, hot-tempered
Javanese
relating to a particular Indonesian island or its inhabitants
kakemono
picture or writing on silk or paper that is appropriate for hanging
keratectomy
removal of portion of the cornea
farraginous
formed of various disorderly materials
Fasciti
members of controlling political group in Italy under Mussolini
feme covert
woman who is married
femme fatale
irresistible or seductive woman
fianchetto
position in chess making room for a bishop
Franciscan
relating to an order of monks
frondescent
featuring or resembling an abundance of leaves
galantine
cold dish of stuffed meat or fish
garrulous
talkative, loquacious
gegenschein
faint nebulous light on the ecliptic opposite the sun
Gehenna
place or condition of great suffering, dwelling of condemned souls
glabella
smooth part of the forehead between the eyebrows
glaucous
having a pale yellow-green color or waxy coating; pale yellow-green
gnomon
object casting a shadow that is used as an indicator
Goidelic
group of Celtic languages that includes Gaelic; relating to these languages
kinesthesia
muscle sense, sensation of movement of muscles, tendons and joints
kyphosis
abnormal backward curvature of the spine
labiodental
voiced using one's lower lip and upper teeth
lagniappe
something given as a bonus
langlauf
cross-country ski race
latosol
soil that is rich in iron, aluminum or silica
leachate
product that results from percolating a liquid, especially contaminants in soil
lederhosen
German leather shorts with decorative suspenders
leishmaniasis
infection spread to humans by sand flies; disease caused by certain protozoans
levorotatory
turning the plane of light polarization left; related to a chemical solution
lexicography
process of compiling a dictionary
Liechtenstein
small principality located between Austria and Switzerland
limacine
relating to a slug, resembling a slug
limicolous
inhabiting muddy regions
lingua franca
means of communicating between different languages
lobectomy
surgical removal of a lobe
lobscouse
sailor's stew
loggerhead
turtle; tool with long handle and bulged end; post on a whaleboat; idiot; large
logician
one dealing with the science of formal principles of reasoning
lorgnette
pair of opera glasses with handle
Lupercalia
ancient Roman festival for fertility
lycanthropy
alteration of a person into a wolf by supernatural means
machicolate
build a gallery on top of a castle wall with a row of arches
malapropos
inopportunely, in an inappropriate manner
maquiladora
plant on the Mexican border that assembles goods from the United States
massasauga
small rattlesnake
meno mosso
musical direction to perform at a slower speed
Mescalero
Apache tribe of New Mexico
mesopelagic
having to do with living 600 to 3000 feet deep in the ocean
metagnathous
having a crossbill, as a bird
minacious
having a threatening character
mirabile dictu
delightful to tell
mirepoix
seasoning made from chopped sauteed vegetables and sometimes meat
misfeasance
wrong action
misology
dislike of reasoning
monochasium
flat-topped flower with a single bloom on each axis
morphogenesis
formation, growth and differentiation of tissues and organs
moulage
making of molds for evidence in criminal investigation
mucilage
sticky solution used as glue
mutatis mutandis
necessary changes having been handled, having established a new set of terms
myrmecology
scientific study of ants
narcoanalysis
psychotherapy under hypnosis
nephrectomy
removal of a kidney by surgery
nicotinism
effect of the use of tobacco in excessive amounts
nidifugous
leaving the nest shortly after hatching
nihil obstat
approval recognized as official
nomothetic
relating to the making of laws, legislative
nucleophile
chemical compound attracted to a cell's core and often sharing electrons
numismatist
collector of coins
nutation
plant movement related to growth; act of nodding one's head, involuntarily nodding
nystagmus
rapid movement of eyeballs
obfuscation
state of being confused, state of being unclear or clouded
objurgate
rebuke harshly; bring a lawsuit
obloquy
abusive language, calumny
obstreporous
unmanageable, marked by unruly noisiness, loud
ochlocracy
mob rule; government led by the mob or the lowest group of people
omniscience
state of knowing all things, having infinite knowledge
omphalos
focal point; navel
orthoscopic
having undistorted vision or giving image free of distortion
osteopathy
medical practice dealing with disease of the bone
paillard
French beef that is often hammered and cooked
palinode
palpable
panacean
having qualities of a universal cure-all
Panglossian
very optomistic and upbeat; pertaining to the belief that all is for the best
paranoiac
person afflicted with extreme distrust of others
paronychia
inflammation of tissue around a fingernail
parsimonious
excessively frugal to the point of stinginess; having poor quality
parthenocarpy
growing fruit without fertilization
passacaglia
instrumental musical composition consisting of variations on ground bass