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Abominable Snowman
A mysterious hairy humanoid animal in the Himalaya mountains
ambiance
Typical atmosphere or mood of a place; that which surrounds the atmosphere of an environment
articulate
To exrpess thoughts, ideas, or feelings coherently. To pronounce something or to speak clearly
Banyan
Tree with roots that grown down from the branches ijnto the ground to form secondary trunks. Native to South America
bugbear
A continuing source of annoyance or difficulty. Source of obsessive fear; Story of a Goblin that atre children who left their bed.
Byzantine
Relating to the Byzantine emperor, architecture, or Eastern Orthodox Church
Albert Camus
French novelist and author the pulitzer prize winning novel The Stranger
carnage
Widespread and indiscriminant slaughter of human life
chalice
metal drinking cap used for serving wine at mass
colloquial
appropriate to the spoken language used to create the effect of conversation
concomitant
Happening or existing along with or at the same time as something else
demophobia
Fear of crowds; agorophobia
dues ex machine
Roman drama, God lowered by stage machinery to resolve the plot
duplicity
The fact of being deceptive. The state of being double
endive
Plant grown for its tightly compact curly leaves used in salads
Ganymeade
Trojan prince carred by Zeus to Mount Olympus and named the cup bearer of the Gods
geognosy
Part of geology that studies the structure of the Earth
gyration
The movement in a circle around a fixed center
habeas corpus
A writ issued to bring a detained person to court
hecatomb
Public sacrifice and feast in ancient Greece and Rome
Hypothetical
Existing as an unproven idea, theory, or possibility
inadvertence
Done unintentionally or without thinking
insular
Concerned only with local matters. Physically or emotionally removed from others. Of or like an island
ivory tower
State or situation in which someone is sheltered frim practicalities of ordinary life
Juggernaut
In Hinduism, a form of the god Krishna. During a festival each year his statue is pulled througyh the town on a chariot
juxtaposition
Placr two things next to each other for the purpose of comparison
keelhaul
Drag someone under the keel of a ship as punishment; a harsh rebuke
kibitzer
To interefere or give unwanted advice
kung fu
Chinese form of self defense where fluid, circular arm and leg movements are used to attack an opponent
lapidary
Engraved in stone or on a gemstone
lentissimo
very slowly
Lusitania
British ocean liner sunk by a German U-Boat killing 128 Americans and bring the US into World War I
lyceum
Building where concerts, lectures, or other public events occur
madras
Strong fine cotton or silk used to make curtains
Maimonides
Spanish Jewish philosopher. Considered one of the greatest Jewish theologians
medicant
a beggar; someone dependent upon charity
mettle
Spirited determination; courage or fortitude
Molly Maguire
Member of a secret organziation of coal miners who went around terrorizing mine owners in the hope of bettering their working conditions
muredx
Invertebrate sea animal with a spiny shell
Nibeling
German mythology, dwark who owned a hoard of treasure that was captured by prince Siegfried
nolo contendera
PLea by defendant accepting the charges without accepting guilt
nugatory
Having no importance or legal force
ochlophobia
Fear of crowds or mobs
oriel
Bay window projecting from an outside wall supported from the bottom by a bracket
overweening
Intolerably arrogant or conceited; excessive self importance
Paganini
Intalian violinist and composer
Paparazzi
Freelance photographer who follows famous people to get a scandolous story
per diem
day by day
postiche
Artificial version of something
predacious
Animals that hunt, kill, and eat other animals
procrustean
Trying to establish conformity, by using any means necessary
Pygmalion
Statue brought to life by Aphrodite
quiescent
Inactive or at rest
quisling
Traitor; someone who collaborates with the occupying force
quitclaim
Renunciation of a clean; deed of release