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Carpal
having to do with the bones of wrist
Cerebral
having to do with the brain
Corporal
having to do or inflicted on the body
Eviscerate
remove the guts, intestines, or entrails from; disembowel
Genuflect
bend the knee, as in reverence or worship
Lachrymose
tearful; mournful
Olfactory
concerned with the sense of smell
Prone
1) Lying face downward 2) Predisposed
Sanguinary
bloody; bloodthirsty
Supine
1) Lying on the back, face upward 2) Lethargic; listless
Biopsy
removal and diagnostic examination of bits tissues, cells, or fluids living in the body
Coeval
contemporary
Expatriate
one who lives in a foreign country
Extant
still in existence
Exurbanite
former city dweller that lives in an exurb but continues to earn a living in the city
Macrobiotic
consisting mainly of whole grains and vegetables whose consumption is thought to promote health and long life
Troglodyte
living in seclusion
Viable
able to live
Vita
a brief outline of ones life and experience
Viviparous
giving birth to living offspring from within the mothers body, rather than from eggs
Abiogenesis
theory that life can originate from nonliving matter; spontaneous generation
Agnostic
person who is not committed to believing in either the existence or nonexistence of God or a god
Amnesty
general pardon for an offense, including a political offense against a government
Amorphous
shapeless
Anodyne
drug that relieves pain
Anomaly
irregularity; abnormality
Aphasia
partial or complete loss of the power to use and understand words
Asphyxiation
loss of consciousness due to lack of oxygen or presence of poisonous gases
Atrophy
wasting away or decrease in in size of a body organ or tissue
Acronym
word formed from first letter or letters of other words
Argot
slang
Concrete
tangible; not abstract
Diatribe
bitter spoken; angry criticism
Epithet
word or phrase used to characterize a person or thing disparingly
Euphemism
mild expression substituted for one that may be harsh or unpleasant
Glib
having a ready flow of words but lacking accuracy; superficial
Logorrhea
talkativeness; excessive flow of words
Maxim
concisely expressed statement of a general truth or rule of conduct
Metonymy
naming a thing or person by substituting an associated name
Pejorative
having a derogatory meaning or effect
Shibboleth
password; saying; slogan
Cariogenic
causing the development of tooth decay
Comestibles
edibles
Eleemosynary
supported by alms; charitable
Extrapolate
to estimate unknown information by extending or projecting known information
Hawk
person who advocates immediate firm action to resolve international crisis
Incendiary
arsonist
Interpolate
insert between other parts or things
Polemic
attack on or refutation of another's opinions
Pugilist
professional boxer
Ubiquitous
existing or seeming to exist everywhere at the same time
guttural
produced in throat; harsh; rasping; throaty
spleen
1) organ
2) malice; anger; bad temper
subcutaneous
situated, occurring, applied beneath the skin
vascular
having to do with blood vessels
visceral
having to do with the viscera (internal organs)
abyss
seemingly bottomless pit or gulf
Baedeker
guidebook; handbook
bowdlerize
expurgate; clear of words or passages thought to be objectionable
chauvinist
fanatical patriot
cicerone
guide who explains to tourists the history and special features of a place
damiclean
involving imminent disaster
malapropism
humorous misuse of words by a person unaware of the error
philippic
bitter denunciatory speech; tirade
quisling
traiter; collaborator
quixotic
impractically idealistic
stentorian
very loud
antecedent
word that a pronoun refers to
antediluvian
very old; primitive
antemeridian
occurring before noon
anterior
situated before or toward the front
metastasis
spread of malignancy from its orginal site to other parts of the body
metempsychosis
supposed after existence, or pass of the psyche at death into another body
posterior
coming after; situated behind or towards the back
posterity
those born after a person; descendents; future generations
posthumous
born after the death of one's father; published or occurring after one's death
postprandial
occurring after a meal
prescient
seeming to have knowledge of events before they occur
presentiment
feeling that something unfortunate is going to happen before that event occurs
prophesy
foretell; predict
prophylaxis
preventive treatment against disease
alchemy
medieval chemistry concerned with finding a way to change base metals into gold and a single cure for all diseases; hence, magic, or magic power
baksheesh
gift of money; tip; gratuity
bellicose
inclined to fight; pugnacious; warlike
carp
find fault unreasonably; complain in a petty, nagging way
collation
light meal
cull
select; pick out; choose
demur
object; take exception
desuetude
condition of no longer being used
divert
amuse; entertain; give pleasure to
dun
make repeated, insistent demands for payment
empirical
relying solely on observation and experience
equivocate
deliberately ambiguous; use misleading terms so as not to commit oneself
imprimatur
authorization; sanction; approval
ingenuous
innocent and simple; artless; naive
mendacious
lying; untrue; deceitful
panegyric
formal speech or piece of writing in high praise of a person or thing; tribute
preen
dress oneself carefully or smartly
pusillanimous
lacking in courage; cowardly
quagmire
1)wet, boggy ground that gives way under foot
2) difficult situation
taciturn
habitually disinclined to talk
amble
walk unhurriedly
concomitant
accompanying; concurrent
founder
come to grief; go to bottom; sin; collapse
incursion
sudden, brief invasion; inroad; raid
labyrinth
place full of confusing interconnecting passageways and blind alleys; maze; anything extremely intricate and perplexing
meander
follow a winding intricate course
obsolescent
going out of use; becoming obsolute
peregrination
travel; journey
peripatetic
walking about from place to place; itinerant
somnambulist
sleepwalker
wanderlust
strong, restless longing to travel
yaw
deviate abruptly from a straight course; swerve; veer
charlatan
person who fraudulently claims to have expert skill or knowledge; fake; quack; imposter
exculpate
free from blame
extradition
surrender of an alleged criminal by one state or country to jurisdiction of another
inculpate
incriminate
larceny
unlawful taking of another's property; theft
penal
involving punishment
recidivist
person with a tendency to relapse
venue
locality from which a jury is drawn and in which the trial is held
altruistic
concerned with welfare of others
captious
quick to find fault, esspecially over petty matters
contrite
sorrowful for a misdeed that one has committed
diffident
lacking confidence; timid; shy
gregarious
seeking or enjoying the company of others; sociable
impassive
feeling or revealing no emotion
impetuous
acting suddenly without forethought
indolent
inclined to avoid work
intrepid
not afraid; bold
obsequious
much too attentive; excessively submissive; servile; fawning
obstreperous
excessively noisy; boisterous; unruly
parsimonious
frugal; miserly; stingy
sanguine
confidently optimistic
supercilious
showing haughty contempt; disdainful
vindictive
inclined to seek vengence; inforgiving; spiteful