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Vocabulary Words

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This is a running list of vocabulary words I’ve encountered in my reading over the last several years. I use the vocabulary-list feature on my Kindle to collect words, then export them from the Sqlite database with a simple SQL. From there, I have a text file with words that I combine with my existing list, deduplicate and then re-apply formatting to generate the text below.

I will occasionally update this list.

Where a word (e.g. “reef”) has a common definition, I’ve left it off, preferring to include the more-unusual or rarer definition or definitions.
  1. a fortiori – For a still stronger reason; all the more
  2. a-signifying – Incidentally meaningful semiotics; effective but not directly connected to intent, meaning or significance (e.g. purchase-history–based recommendations)
  3. abjure – To renounce or retract, esp. formally, solemnly, or under oath
  4. ablative – Related to removal through melting or evaporation
  5. abnegation – Self-denial; renunciation of your own interests in favor of the interests of others
  6. abrogation – To abolish or annul, esp. by an authority
  7. abstruse – Difficult to understand; obscure
  8. accidie – Spiritual sloth; apathy; indifference
  9. acidulous – Slightly acrid in taste or manner
  10. acnestis – On an animal, the point of the back that lies between the shoulders and the lower back, which cannot be reached to be scratched
  11. acrostic – Poem or text where the first letters of each line form a message
  12. adamant(n): Extremely hard substance
  13. adduce – To cite as an example or means of proof in an argument
  14. adenoidal – Nasal in tone
  15. adiabatic – Occurring without gain or loss of heat
  16. adjunct – Added or connected in a subordinate or auxiliary capacity
  17. adumbrate – To give a sketchy outline
  18. advesperate – To approach evening
  19. aerostat – A lighter-than-air vehicle, like a balloon or dirigible
  20. aerumnous – Full of trouble
  21. aesculapian – Related to the art of medicine
  22. aesthete – A person who is unusually sensitive to beauty in art or nature
  23. aetiology – The philosophy or study of causation
  24. affray – A riot; a large group fighting
  25. aga – leader (civil or military) in the Ottoman empire
  26. agitprop – subversive writing; see samizdat
  27. agnatology – the study of culturally-induced ignorance
  28. aiguillette – An ornamental cord worn on the shoulder of a military uniform
  29. akinesia – Loss of normal motor function, resulting in impaired muscle movement
  30. akrasia – Weakness of will; acting contrary to one’s moral values
  31. Albion – Britain or England
  32. aleatory – Dependent on chance
  33. alee – On the leeward side
  34. alembic – Distilling apparatus consisting of two vessels and a tube
  35. aliform – Shaped like a wing; alar
  36. amanuensis – An assistant
  37. ambuscade – An ambush
  38. amethyst – Purple or violet quartz
  39. amphisbaena – Mythical Greek ant-eating serpent with a head at each end
  40. anaclitic – Psychologically dependent on others
  41. anacoenosis – An appeal by the speaker to his opponents or to the audience for an opinion of the point
  42. analysand – A person who is being psychoanalyzed
  43. anastomosis – Connection of parts of a branching system to form a network (e.g. blood vessels or rivers)
  44. andirons – A pair of metal supports used for holding up logs in a fireplace
  45. anfract – [definition unknown] (from Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before (“[…] following its rifts and anfracts, past corridors of chalk in which vinous harlequins were stuck”)
  46. anhedonia – Inability to express pleasure
  47. anile – unable to think clearly or infirm because of old age
  48. anisotropic – Having properties that differ based on the direction of measurement (e.g. oval)
  49. anodyne – Uncontentious or inoffensive
  50. anoesis – Absence of thought (anoetic)
  51. anorak – A socially inept person with a hobby considered by most people to be boring
  52. anorectic – Marked by loss of appetite (anorexic)
  53. anserine – Goose-like
  54. anterior – Before or in front of; previously
  55. anthroponymy – The study of the names of human beings (syn: anthroponomastics)
  56. antimacassar – A protective and often decorative covering for the back or arms of a chair or sofa.
  57. antinomian – One who denies the fixed meaning or universal applicability of moral law
  58. antinomy – A contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox
  59. antipodes – Group of rocky island near New Zealand, almost directly opposite Greenwich, England
  60. apodictic – Logically certain; demonstrably true or false
  61. apophasis – Allusion to something by denying that it will be mentioned, as in I will not bring up my opponent’s questionable financial dealings
  62. apophenia – The tendency to perceive connections and meaning between unrelated things; confirmation bias
  63. aporia – A state of being at a loss; a statement to that effect
  64. Aposematic – Having bright, colorful markings that warn predators of poison
  65. apostasy – Abandonment of one’s religious faith, party or a cause
  66. apothegm – A maxim
  67. apotheosis – Deification; exaltation to divine rank (nirvana)
  68. apotropaic – Intended to ward off evil
  69. appanage – Provision (usually land) granted (usually to a family member) as a source of revenue
  70. apperception – Conscious perception with full awareness
  71. apposite – Appropriate or relevant
  72. approbation – Official approval
  73. appurtenance – 1. appendage; 2. gear
  74. arbalest – Crossbow-like missile launcher
  75. architrave – The lintel or beam lying across two columns
  76. arcology – A portmanteau of architecture” and “ecology”, a very densely populated habitat (page 231 of Reamde)
  77. armamentarium – The complete range of materials available or used for a task
  78. armet – A late-medieval light helmet with a neck guard and movable visor
  79. armillary – Of or relating to the arm (e.g. bracelets)
  80. arquebus – A portable, long-barrelled gun, predecessor to the rifle
  81. arrant – Utter; out-and-out
  82. arras – A tapestry, wall hanging or curtain (usually Flemish)
  83. arreptitious – Snatched away; seized or possessed, as a demoniac; raving; mad; crack-brained
  84. artilect – A machine or robot possessing artificial intelligence
  85. asafetida – A plant common to Iran and Afghanistan; produces a brownish, strong-smelling resin
  86. aspirate – To draw in or remove by inhalation or suction, esp to suck (air or fluid) from a body cavity or to inhale (fluid) into the lungs after vomiting
  87. asseveration – A positive and emphatic declaration
  88. assignation – A tryst
  89. astragal – A molding that covers a gap (usually to prevent airflow)
  90. ataraxia – A calm of mind; serenity
  91. ataxic – Loss of the ability to coordinate muscle movement (Lucky Jim)
  92. Ativan – Tranquilizer; trade name for lorazepam
  93. atrabilious – Melancholy; peevish; surly
  94. attenuate – To become slender, fine or small
  95. autarky – Quality of being self-sufficient, as in a state or economy
  96. autoclave – A heavy vessel for sterilizing or cooking by means of steam under pressure.
  97. autochthonous – Local; native; indigenous
  98. autolatrous – Self-worshiping
  99. autopoiesis – A closed system capable of creating itself
  100. autotelic – Having a purpose in and justifying itself
  101. avariciously – Greedily, immoderately so
  102. aventurine – A form of quartz; green; translucent with a shimmering or glistening effect
  103. avulsion – The forcible tearing away of a body part; change in landscape due to flooding or riverbed changes
  104. baize – Coarse woolen cloth (used e,g, to cover snooker or billiard tables)
  105. balanitis – Inflammation of the glans penis, usually due to infection
  106. balboa – The official currency of Panama
  107. baldachin – A canopy of state over an altar or throne
  108. ballista – Medieval field weapon similar to a crossbow (heavy projectiles)
  109. bast – The phloem of a plant (bast fiber)
  110. bastinado – A beating on the soles of the feet
  111. Batavia – A former name for Jakarta
  112. bathetic – Portmanteau of bathos and pathetic (anticlimactic, banal, trite)
  113. batrachian – An amphibian, esp. a frog or a salamander
  114. baulk – Line from which croquet, snooker, billiard ball is put into play (or the area behind it)
  115. beadle – Church usher
  116. beignet – A square doughnut without a hole; a fritter
  117. beldam – A hag (also written as beldame)
  118. belie – To misrepresent
  119. benedicence – Benevolence in speech
  120. benthic – Of or pertaining to the bottom of a body of water
  121. besom – Twigs tied to a handle to make a broom
  122. bezique – A card game for two or more players with tricks similar to whist (or pinochle) but with additional points scored for honours and sequences: played with two packs with nothing below a seven
  123. bezoar – hard, indigestible mass food in the stomach or intestines
  124. bibelot – A small decorative object; a trinket
  125. bight – A loop in a rope; a wide bay characterized by a bend or curve
  126. bilious – Peevish; ill-humored
  127. biretta – Square hat worn by ecclesiastics, with three or four ridges on the brow
  128. bitts – A post on the deck of a ship to which ropes or cables are secured
  129. blackleg – 1. A livestock or plant disease, usually fatal. 2. A cardsharp
  130. blench – To draw back or shy away, as from fear; flinch
  131. bloater – A large mackerel or herring, salted, smoked and dried
  132. bodkin – A long needle or awl; a dagger or stiletto
  133. boffin – A person who has extensive skill or knowledge in a particular field (Brit.; similar to wonk in Amer.)
  134. bolster – A long, narrow pillow or cushion
  135. boracic – Having no money; Brit. slang
  136. borage – Southern European bristly herb with blue or purplish, star-shaped flowers
  137. bothy – Small hut or cottage (Scot.)
  138. boustrophedonic – A script that is simultaneously left-to-right and right-to-left
  139. bowdlerize – To expurgate literary material; to censor
  140. boyar – A member of the nobility of Russia, before Peter the Great
  141. bract – A leaflike or scalelike plant part, usually small, sometimes showy or brightly colored, and located just below a flower, a flower stalk, or an inflorescence
  142. bradycardia – Slowness of the heart rate (usually less than 60BPM)
  143. brassica – Genus that includes cabbage, swede, rape and mustard
  144. breechclout – A loincloth
  145. breezeway – An enclosure joining two parts of a building (e.g. a house and its garage)
  146. brigandine – Flexible body armor covered in cloth
  147. bromidrosis – Body odor
  148. bruit – A din or clamor
  149. brume – Fog or mist
  150. burgeon – To begin to grow or blossom (to put forth buds)
  151. buskin – A thick-soled laced half boot worn by actors of Greek and Roman tragedies
  152. buttonholer – Someone who accosts or detains (a person) in conversation
  153. cabochon – A highly polished, convex-cut, unfaceted gem
  154. cadastral – A public register showing details of ownership of the real property in a district, including boundaries and tax assessments
  155. caduceus – A herald’s wand or staff (usually refers to the two serpents logo of Hermes’s staff used by the medical profession)
  156. cafard – A feeling of severe depression (from the French, literally hypocrite, cockroach)
  157. caique – A long narrow rowboat traditionally used on the Bosporus.
  158. caisson – A watertight structure for performing work or repairs under water
  159. caitiff – A despicable coward; a wretch
  160. caleche – A light two- or four-wheeled horse-draw carriage
  161. calenture – A tropical fever thought to be caused by heat; similar to sunstroke
  162. caliche – A mineral deposit of gravel, sand, and nitrates
  163. caliginous – Dark, misty and gloomy
  164. calk – 1. A spiked plate that is fixed on the bottom of a shoe to prevent slipping and preserve the sole.; 2. A pointed extension on the toe or heels of a horseshoe, designed to prevent slipping.
  165. callipygian – Relating to or having buttocks that are considered beautifully proportioned
  166. callow – Immature
  167. calque – To make a loan translation from (a word in another language)
  168. caltrop – Metal spikes thrown across a road
  169. calvados – A French brandy made from apples.
  170. canaille – The common people; the masses; the hoi polloi
  171. candlewick – A fabric resembling chenille, made with closely-spaced tufts of cotton and used primarily for bedspreads and robes
  172. canescent – Turning white or grayish; becoming hoary
  173. cannula – A tube inserted into a body cavity (e.g. a nose tube)
  174. cantrip – A deceptive move; a sham
  175. caoutchouc – Untreated rubber
  176. caparison – Fancy dress or ornamentation for a man or horse (or to make fancy by decorating in this way)
  177. capsid – A virus’s protein coat
  178. captious – Nitpicky; deliberately confusing; underhanded debating tactics
  179. caracole – A half-turn performed by a horse and rider (or to perform same)
  180. caravansary – An inn built around a large court for accommodating caravans (mostly in Asia)
  181. carnelian – A pale to deep red or reddish-brown variety of clear chalcedony, used in jewelry.
  182. casement – A window or part of a window set on a hinge so that it opens like a door
  183. casuistical – Specious reasoning intended to mislead
  184. castrum – An old Roman fortress or encampment
  185. catabolic – The metabolic breakdown of complex molecules into simpler ones, often resulting in a release of energy.
  186. catafalque – A funeral bier
  187. catamite – A boy who has a sexual relationship with a man.
  188. catastasis – The part of a drama immediately preceding the climax
  189. catawampus – Skewed, twisted
  190. catechism – 1. A manual giving basic instruction in a subject, usually by rote or repetition; 2. A body of fundamental principles or beliefs, especially when accepted uncritically
  191. catechumen – A novice; one who is being instructed at an elementary level
  192. catenary – The curve formed by a cable suspended by its endpoints
  193. caudal – Situated beneath or on the underside; inferior; opposite of anterior
  194. cautery – The act or process or cauterizing (or an agent used to cauterize)
  195. cavil – To quibble
  196. cenotaph – A monument honoring a person buried elsewhere
  197. cernuous – Drooping, as the leaves of a plant
  198. chaff – Trivial or worthless matter; dry bracts of seeds, removed during threshing; metal bits emitted by a plane to foil radar
  199. chalcedony – A translucent to transparent milky or grayish quartz
  200. chancellery – The rank, position, office or department of a chancellor
  201. chandler – One that makes or sells candles
  202. chaparral – An area covered by a dense growth of mostly small-leaved evergreen shrubs
  203. charivari – An elaborate, noisy celebration, often mocking (page 508 of the Idiot)
  204. chary – 1. Very cautious; wary; 2. Not giving or expending freely; sparing
  205. chatelaine – The mistress of a castle or of a large, fashionable household; a hooklike clasp with chains for suspending small objects, as keys worn at the waist by women esp. in the 18th and 19th centuries
  206. chautauqua – A summer school or educational meeting held in the summer
  207. chiaroscuro – The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation
  208. chiasmus – A rhetorical inversion of the second of two parallel structures, as in “Each throat / Was parched, and glazed each eye” (Samuel Taylor Coleridge).
  209. chicane – 1. An artificial narrowing or turn on a road or auto-racing course; 2. To resort to tricks or subterfuges
  210. chilblain – An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold
  211. chimerical – Highly improbable or illusory
  212. chine – 1. The backbone or spine, esp. of an animal; 2. a cut of meat containing same
  213. chintz – A printed and glazed cotton fabric, usually of bright colors
  214. Chiron – The wise centaur who tutored Achilles, Hercules, and Asclepius
  215. chiropodist – A podiatrist or foot doctor
  216. chiton – 1. A mollusk that lives on rocks and has a shell consisting of eight overlapping calcareous plates. Also called sea cradle or coat-of-mail shell; 2. A tunic worn by men and women in ancient Greece
  217. choad – a. A penis (esp. one that is wider than it is long); 2. Someone who is obnoxious or annoying
  218. chode – Past tense of chide
  219. cholecystitis – Inflammation of the gallbladder
  220. chyron – A graphic that is digitally superimposed over the lower portion of a broadcast television image, often scrolling or otherwise animated
  221. cimicine – Smelling like bugs
  222. circumvallate – Encircle as with a rampart
  223. cisalpine – Relating to, living on, or coming from the southern side of the Alps
  224. cislunar – Of or relating to the space between the earth and the moon
  225. clabber – Sour, curdled milk; to curdle
  226. clapboard – 1. A long thin timber board with one edge thicker than the other, used in wood-frame construction by lapping each board over the one below; 2. a house made of same
  227. cloistered – Secluded or shut up from the world
  228. clotted cream – A thick cream made primarily in England by heating milk until a layer of cream forms on its surface that is then cooled and skimmed off
  229. clyster – An enema
  230. codon – A sequence of three adjacent nucleotides constituting the genetic code that determines the insertion of a specific amino acid in a polypeptide chain during protein synthesis or the signal to stop protein synthesis
  231. coffle – A line of animals or slaves, chained together
  232. colliery – A coal mine together with its physical plant and outbuildings
  233. colloidal – A liquid within which very fine particles are evenly distributed so that they stay suspended
  234. colloquy – Written dialogue
  235. coloratura – Vocal music characterized by florid ornamental passages
  236. colporteur – A peddler of devotional literature
  237. colubra – A female snake
  238. colubrine – Serpentine
  239. Columbine – A flower from the buttercup family
  240. commensality – The act or practice of eating at the same table
  241. communard – One who lives in a commune
  242. compendious – Containing or stating briefly all the essentials of something; comprehensive and concise
  243. comprador – A person who acts as an agent for foreign organizations engaged in investment, trade, or economic or political exploitation
  244. concessio – “A rhetorical stylistic tool in which one takes up the opponent’s argument, acknowledging it as correct while simultaneously weakening it. (E.g. “Yes. Günther has behaved immorally,
  245. but he can not be legally punished for it.”) See paromologia.”
  246. concomitant – Occurring or existing concurrently
  247. concupiscent – Lascivious
  248. condign – Deserved; adequate
  249. congeries – A collection
  250. conjunctivitis – Inflammation of the conjunctiva, characterized by redness and often accompanied by a discharge
  251. connubial – Of marriage or wedlock; matrimonial; conjugal.
  252. consilience – A chance happening or coincidence
  253. constult – To act stupidly together
  254. contemn – To view with contempt; despise
  255. contra mundum – Against the world; in defiance of all general opinion
  256. contretemps – 1. An inopportune or embarrassing occurrence or situation; 2. an argument or dispute
  257. contumacious – Anti-authoritarian
  258. contumely – Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence
  259. conurbation – A predominantly urban region including adjacent towns and suburbs; a metropolitan area
  260. convolvulus – Any typically twining herbaceous convolvulaceous plant of the genus Convolvulus, having funnel-shaped flowers and triangular leaves
  261. copula – The word or set of words that serves as a link between the subject and predicate of a proposition
  262. coracle – A small, rounded, primitive boat (stretched skin over wooden frame)
  263. corse – A corpse (archaic)
  264. corybantic – To dance in a fashion similar to rites for the Phrygian goddess Cybele, celebrated with music and ecstatic dances
  265. cotise – A narrow stripe that usually occurs as one of a pair, with each stripe occurring on either side of a bend, fess, or other charge in heraldry
  266. crepuscular – Resembling twilight; dim; active at twilight (from Reamde)
  267. cresset – A metal cup, often suspended on a pole, containing burning oil or pitch and used as a torch
  268. cretonne – A heavy unglazed cotton, linen, or rayon fabric, colorfully printed and used for draperies and slipcovers
  269. crim – Short for criminal
  270. crotchet – An odd, whimsical, perverse or stubborn notion
  271. cuirass – A piece of armor for protecting the breast and back, often consisting of two pieces fastened together
  272. cuirassier – A horse soldier in European armies whose equipment included the cuirass
  273. culverin – 1. An early, crudely made musket; 1. A long heavy cannon used in the 16th and 17th centuries
  274. cumbrously – In a cumbersome manner; difficult to handle because of size or weight
  275. cunctation – Procrastination; delay
  276. cupidity – Excessive desire, esp. for wealth; covetousness or avarice
  277. curate – 1. A member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar; 2. To take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit); 3. To gather and present to the public
  278. curlew – Any of several brownish, long-legged shorebirds of the genus Numenius, having long, slender, downward-curving bills
  279. curtilage – The area considered legally part of a house or dwelling by virtue of its enclosure by a fence or habitual use in domestic activities.
  280. cuspidor – spittoon; a large bowl, often of metal, serving as a receptacle for spit, esp. from chewing tobacco
  281. cutis – The dermis and epidermis of the skin together
  282. cynosure – Focal point of attention or admiration
  283. dacoit – A member of a robber band or gang in South Asia
  284. dag – Hanging fur matted with mud
  285. damask – 1. A rich patterned fabric of cotton, linen, silk, or wool; 2. the wavy pattern on Damascus steel
  286. davit – A small crane that projects over the side of a ship and is used to hoist boats, anchors, and cargo
  287. deadhead – To remove dead flowers from a bush
  288. debauch – To corrupt morally; to seduce
  289. debility – Being weak or infirm
  290. decoupage – The technique of decorating a surface with cutouts, as of paper, and finishing with layers of lacquer or varnish
  291. decrepicate – To make a crackling sound when roasted (crystals or salts)
  292. defalcation – Misuse of funds; embezzlement
  293. defeasance – The voiding of a contract or deed
  294. deflagrate – To burn or cause to burn with great heat and intense light
  295. deictic – Directly proving by argument
  296. delation – The act of conveying; carriage (obsolete)
  297. delator – An accuser; an informer
  298. deliquesce – 1. To disappear as if by melting; 2. to dissolve and become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air; 3. to branch out into numerous subdivisions that lack a main axis, as the trunk of an elm
  299. demesne – An extensive piece of landed property; an estate
  300. demiurge – A powerful creative force or personality
  301. demob – Short for demobilization of armed forces
  302. demonym – Official designation for the inhabitant of a region (see gentilic)
  303. deoppilate – To clear a passage through
  304. descant – 1. An ornamental melody or counterpoint sung or played above a theme; 2. A discussion or discourse on a theme
  305. desideratum – Something considered necessary or highly desirable
  306. desquamate – To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin
  307. desuetude – A state of disuse or inactivity.
  308. dialetheia – True contradictions (true statements whose opposite is also true)
  309. diaphoresis – Copious perspiration; usu. a condition
  310. dieresis – Diacritical mark indicating a pronounced vowel
  311. diffident – Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid
  312. dilatory – Causing or intended to cause delay
  313. dioptric – Relating to optical refraction; refractive
  314. disembogue – Pour out; be disgorged in quantity
  315. disheveled – Being in loose disarray; unkempt, as hair or clothing
  316. dissimulate – To conceal one’s true feelings or intentions
  317. dissolute – Lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
  318. distaff – Women considered as a group; female
  319. dithyramb – 1. any wildly enthusiastic speech or writing 2. A frenzied, impassioned choric hymn and dance of ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus
  320. divagate – 1. To wander or drift about; 2. to ramble; digress
  321. doolally – Out of one’s mind; crazy
  322. doss – 1. Sleep; rest; 2. a crude or makeshift bed
  323. dovecote – A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons
  324. dowager – 1. A widow who holds a title or property derived from her deceased husband; 2. an elderly woman of high social station
  325. doxology – An expression of praise to God, esp. a short hymn sung as part of a Christian worship service
  326. draughts – The game of checkers
  327. dropsy – An excessive accumulation of serous fluid in tissue spaces or a body cavity; edema (obsolete)
  328. drupe – A fleshy fruit with a pit (e.g. peach, plum, cherry, etc.)
  329. duckboard – A board or boardwalk laid across wet or muddy ground or flooring
  330. dudgeon – 1. A sullen, angry, or indignant humor; 2. A dagger with a hilt made of this wood.
  331. dupatta – A long wide scarf often worn draped over the head or across the shoulders, chiefly by women in South Asia
  332. duumvirate – 1. A regime or partnership of two persons 2. A coalition of two people holding the same office, as in ancient Rome.
  333. dysarthria – Unclear articulation of otherwise normal speech
  334. easement – 1. The act of anointing as part of a religion; 2. An ointment or oil; a salve
  335. eau-de-nil – A pale yellowish green color, supposedly that of the color of the Nile (taken from the French for “water of the Nile”)
  336. ecclesial – Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution. Syn.: ecclesiastical
  337. echolalia – The uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person, esp. as associated with mental disorder.
  338. écorché – An anatomical representation of all or part of a human or animal body with the skin removed so as to display the musculature
  339. efflorescence – 1. A gradual process of unfolding or developing; 2. the point or time of greatest vigor; the culmination
  340. egregoric – Of or relating to the occult concept of a group mind, egregore
  341. eidolon – An image of an ideal. An apparition.
  342. eisegesis – Reading meaning into a text that is not there
  343. Elbrus – A peak, 5,643 m (18,513 ft) high, in the Caucasus Mountains of southwest Russia near the border of Georgia. It is the highest elevation in Europe
  344. eleemosynary – 1. Of, concerned with, or dependent on charity; 2. Given as an act of charity
  345. elegiac – Of, relating to, or involving elegy or mourning or expressing sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past
  346. elozable – Readily influenced by flattery
  347. embonpoint – The plump or fleshy part of a person’s body, in particular a woman’s bosom.
  348. embouchure – The mouth of a river
  349. emolument – Payment for an office or employment; compensation
  350. empennage – The tail assembly of an aircraft (page 223 of Reamde)
  351. empyrean – Heavenly or sublime; the highest part of the (supposedly spherical) heavens, thought in ancient times to contain the pure element of fire and by early Christians to be the abode of God and the angels
  352. enantiodromia – The principle that a superabundance of a force produces its opposite
  353. enceinte – Pregnant (from the French)
  354. encomiast – A person who delivers or writes an encomium; a eulogist
  355. encomium – Warm praise
  356. endometriosis – The presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea
  357. endue – To provide with a quality or trait; endow
  358. enfeoff – To invest (a person) with possession of a freehold estate in land
  359. Ensor – Belgian expressionist painter, noted for his macabre subjects
  360. entelechy – Actuality as opposed to potentiality (from Aristotelian philosophy)
  361. entheogenic – Hallucinogenic, psychedelic, or mind-altering. It applies esp. to drugs or plants employed in mystical, religious, or spiritual ceremonies
  362. entrepôt – A warehouse; a market or trading center (page 648 of Reamde)
  363. enure – To toughen or harden by use or exposure; accustom; habituate (see inure)
  364. enuresis – The involuntary discharge of urine; urinary incontinence
  365. epeirogeny – Uplift or depression of the earth’s crust, affecting large areas of land or ocean bottom
  366. epenthesis – Insertion of a sound in a word
  367. epergne – An ornamental stand or dish for holding fruit, flowers, etc., used as a centerpiece
  368. epicurean – Devoted to the pursuit of sensual pleasure, esp. to the enjoyment of good food and comfort
  369. epideictic – Designed primarily for rhetorical display
  370. epigenetic – Denoting processes by which heritable modifications in gene function occur without a change in the sequence of the DNA
  371. epigone – A second-rate imitator or follower, esp. of an artist or a philosopher
  372. epigram – A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement (can be a poem); see Yogi Berra or Groucho Marx
  373. epigraph – 1. An inscription, as on a statue or building; 2. a motto or quotation, as at the beginning of a literary composition, setting forth a them
  374. epiphenomena – 1. A secondary or additional phenomenon; by-product; 2. An unexpected or atypical symptom or occurrence during the course of a disease
  375. epistemology – Study of the nature of knowledge
  376. epistle – A literary composition in the form of a letter
  377. epistolary – Of or associated with letters or the writing of letters
  378. epitatic – [definition unknown] (from Oblivion by David Foster Wallace)
  379. epithelium – Membranous tissue composed of one or more layers of cells separated by very little intercellular substance and forming the covering of most internal and external surfaces of the body and its organs
  380. epizeuxis – The repetition of a word with vehemence and emphasis
  381. equanimity – The quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure
  382. equerry – A personal attendant to the British royal household, generally responsible for the horses
  383. ergodic – Of or relating to the probability that any state will recur
  384. erysipelas – An acute streptococcal infectious disease of the skin, characterized by fever, headache, vomiting, and purplish raised lesions, esp. on the face. Also called: Saint Anthony’s fire
  385. Esau – In the Bible, the eldest son of Isaac and Rebecca who sold his birthright to his twin brother, Jacob, for a mess of pottage
  386. eschatology – The branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind
  387. escutcheon – Shield or emblem bearing a coat of arms
  388. estaminet – A small café.
  389. estivation – Dormancy or torpor during the summer
  390. esurient – Hungry
  391. etiolate – 1. To cause to appear pale and sickly; 2. to make weak by stunting the growth or development of
  392. eudaemonic – Producing happiness and well-being
  393. euphonium – A brass instrument similar to the tuba but having a somewhat higher pitch and a mellower sound
  394. evanescent – Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor, ephemeral or transitory, passing out of sight; fading away; vanishing
  395. evection – Irregularity in the moon’s motion caused by perturbations of the sun and planets
  396. excrescent – Abnormal or excessive growth
  397. exegesis – Critical explanation or analysis
  398. exercitant – One who practices religious exercises
  399. exigent – Requiring immediate aid or action
  400. exiguous – Meager or extremely scanty
  401. exophthalmic – Characterized by the prominence of the eyeballs
  402. exordium – A beginning or introductory part, esp. of a speech or treatise
  403. extrorse – Botanical term for facing outward or turned away from the axis
  404. factotum – An assistant who takes on a wide range of tasks and responsibilities.
  405. fain – Happily; gladly (archaic)
  406. falchion – A short and slightly curved medieval sword broader towards the point
  407. fantail – Overhanging stern of a boat (esp. a warship)
  408. fard – To paint the face with cosmetics, so as to hide blemishes
  409. farrago – An assortment or a medley; a hodgepodge
  410. fecundate – Fertilize; make fruitful
  411. felid – Sly, stealthy, or treacherous; belonging or pertaining to the cat family (related to canid for dogs)
  412. fiacre – A small four-wheeled carriage
  413. fillip – 1. A snap or light blow made by pressing a fingertip against the thumb and suddenly releasing it; 2. To stimulate or arouse (or something that does so)
  414. finial – 1. An ornamental terminating part, as on a post or piece of furniture; 2. an ornament on top of a spire, gable
  415. firedamp – Methane
  416. firth – A long, narrow inlet
  417. fissiparous – Having a tendency to divide into groups or factions
  418. flews – The fleshy hanging upper lip of a bloodhound or similar dog
  419. flinder – 1. A butterfly. 2. To scamper about flutteringly 3. To break (something) into flinders (pieces)
  420. flocculent – Having a fluffy or woolly appearance; fleecy
  421. flyblown – 1. Tainted; corrupt; 2. dirty or rundown; squalid
  422. flyover – An overpass, as on a highway (chieflly British)
  423. foolscap – A sheet of writing or printing paper measuring about 13 by 16 inches
  424. foxed – Marked with spots or discoloration, as from age
  425. frowsy – 1. Unkempt; slovenly; 2. ill-smelling; musty
  426. fubsy – Fat and squat
  427. fucus – A seaweed common to intertidal regions and typically having greenish-brown slimy fronds. See also wrack
  428. fulsome – Excessively flattering; obsequious
  429. fulsome – 1. Excessively flattering or insincerely earnest; sycophantic; 2. disgusting or offensive
  430. fungible – Interchangeable
  431. fungo – The act of tossing the ball upwards and hitting it as it descends, a ball hit in this manner or the light bat used to hit such balls
  432. furbelow – 1. A ruffle or flounce on a garment; 2. piece of showy ornamentation
  433. furze – Gorse; spiny evergreen shrubs
  434. rustic – The wood of a large, tropical American tree, Chlorophora tinctoria, of the mulberry family, yielding a light yellow dye.
  435. gaff – Barbed spear; stick with a hook on it
  436. gaffer – An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set
  437. Galen – Greek anatomist, physician, and philosopher. His theories, which emphasized maintaining a balance of the four humors, formed the basis of European medicine until the Renaissance
  438. Galicia – A region of east-central Europe on the north side of the Carpathians, now in SE Poland and Ukraine
  439. gallimaufry – A jumble; a hodgepodge
  440. gamelan – An Indonesian orchestra composed mainly of tuned percussion instruments such as bamboo xylophones, wooden or metal chimes, and gongs
  441. gastrocnemius – The largest, most prominent muscle of the calf of the leg, the action of which extends the foot and bends the knee
  442. gauleiter – A person in a position of petty or local authority who behaves in an overbearing authoritarian manner (from a provincial governor in Germany under Hitler)
  443. Gehenna – 1. A place or state of torment or suffering. 2. The abode of condemned souls; hell
  444. gentian – Any gentianaceous plant having blue, yellow, white, or red showy flowers
  445. gentilic – Derived from a place name that depicts the residents of that place; see demonym
  446. ghat – Stairs or a passage leading down to a river (from the Hindi)
  447. gigue – A synonym for jig
  448. glaucous – 1. Of a pale grayish or bluish green; 2. covered with a bluish waxy or powdery bloom
  449. glean – To gather (something) slowly and carefully in small pieces (comes from the word for gathering useful remnants of a crop from a field after a harvest)
  450. gnomic – Marked by aphorisms; aphoristic
  451. godown – Warehouse (esp. in India)
  452. goffer – An iron used for pressing ridges or narrow pleats, or ridges or pleats produced in this manner
  453. gonfalon – A banner hung from a crosspiece, like in the Crusades
  454. gound – The gunk that collects in the corners of the eyes
  455. gowpen – A bowl formed by two hands (Scottish)
  456. grace-and-favour – A house, flat, etc. owned by the sovereign and granted free of rent to a person to whom the sovereign wishes to express gratitude
  457. gravamen – Material substance of a charge or complaint
  458. greaves – Shin armor/guards
  459. greenmail – The practice of a company buying sufficient shares in another company to threaten takeover and making a quick profit as a result of the threatened company buying back its shares at a higher price
  460. griot – A member of a caste responsible for maintaining an oral record of tribal history in the form of music, poetry, and storytelling (chiefly in Western Africa)
  461. grisaille – A style of monochromatic painting in shades of gray
  462. grizzle – To make or become gray
  463. groat – An English silver coin worth four pennies, taken out of circulation in the 17th century
  464. groyne – Variant of groin
  465. gudgen – Pivot; hinge; small fish; one who is easily duped (page 86 of the Brothers Karamazov)
  466. guerdon – A reward; recompense
  467. gurn – To complain, snarl or grimace (also girn; from the Scottish)
  468. gyp – A fraud or swindle, or some who perpetrates same
  469. ha-ha – A wall or other boundary marker that is set in a ditch so as not to interrupt the landscape
  470. haecceity – The property that uniquely identifies an object
  471. hagridden – Tormented or harassed by nightmares or unreasonable fears
  472. halvah – A confection of Turkish origin, made chiefly of ground sesame seeds and honey
  473. hamartia – A tragic flaw; the flaw in character which leads to the downfall of the protagonist in a tragedy (e.g. Achilles’s heel)
  474. hapax legomenon – A word or form that occurs only once in the recorded corpus of a given language.
  475. hardtack – A hard biscuit or bread made with only flour and water. Also called sea biscuit, sea bread, ship biscuit
  476. haruspicy – Divination by natural means (e.g. lightning)
  477. hecatomb – A large-scale sacrifice or slaughter
  478. heliotrope – Any of various plants that turn toward the sun
  479. helotry – The condition of serfdom.
  480. heresiarch – One who originates or is the chief proponent of a heresy or heretical movement
  481. hermeneutics – Theory of interpretation (esp. religious texts)
  482. heterachy – A formal structure (e.g. connected nodes) without any single permanent uppermost node
  483. heterophemize – To say something different from what you mean to say (e.g. as a false compliment)
  484. hierophant – An interpreter of sacred mysteries or arcane knowledge
  485. hippocras – Wine flavored with spices
  486. horripilated – Having goosebumps from either fear or cold or excitement
  487. howdah – A seat for riding on an elephant’s back, esp. one with a canopy
  488. hoyden – Tomboy; a boisterous, high-spirited, saucy girl
  489. hunker – To squat on one’s heels (a synonym from Bill Burr: Vietnamese gambler squat)
  490. hustings – A place where political campaign speeches are made (chiefly British)
  491. hyaline – Resembling glass, as in translucence or transparency; glassy
  492. hypertelorism – Abnormal distance between two paired organs, esp. the eyes
  493. iatrogenic – Unintentionally induced by a physician
  494. icteric – Related to jaundice (to be ill with or a treatment)
  495. idiolect – Unique linquistic pattern with a small group; mini-dialect
  496. illeism – Referring to oneself in the third person
  497. imbricate – To overlap in a regular pattern
  498. immanent – Inherent
  499. impecuniousness – The state of being poor; penury
  500. impetigo – A contagious bacterial skin disease characterized by the formation of pustules that develop into yellowish crusty sores
  501. impluvious – Wet with rain
  502. incalescent – Growing hotter or more ardent
  503. incarnadine – Of a fleshy pink color; blood-red
  504. incunabula – An artifact of an early period (artifact of an early period)
  505. indite – To set down in writing; to compose
  506. infundibulum – Any of various funnel-shaped bodily passages, openings, structures, or parts, esp. the stalk of the pituitary gland
  507. infusoria – Various microscopic organisms found in infusions of decaying organic matter
  508. ingenuous – Candid; lacking in guile
  509. inimical – Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse; unfriendly or hostile
  510. inspissate – To thicken, as by evaporation
  511. intarsia – A decorative inlaid pattern in a surface, esp. a mosaic worked in wood
  512. interpellate – To question (a member of the government) on a point of government policy, often interrupting the business of the day
  513. interpellation – An act of delaying or interrupting the continuity; see interpellate
  514. intransitive – An intransitive verb, on the other hand, describes an action that does not happen to something or someone
  515. inveigle – To obtain by cajolery; seduce
  516. inverter – Any device for converting a direct current into an alternating current
  517. invidious – Inciting ill will; troll-y; discriminatory; envious;
  518. invigilator – Monitor or proctor who watches examination candidates to prevent cheating
  519. irenic – Promoting peace; conciliatory.
  520. irredentism – A national policy advocating the acquisition of some region in another country by reason of common linguistic, cultural, historical, ethnic, or racial ties.
  521. irrefragably – Admittedly; fairly
  522. jasper – An opaque cryptocrystalline variety of quartz that may be red, yellow, or brown
  523. jequirity – Indian liquorice seeds; used to make black rosary beads
  524. jouissance – Jollity; merriment
  525. kedgeree – 1. A dish of India containing rice, lentils, and spices. 2. a dish of rice, fish, hard-boiled eggs, cream, and seasonings
  526. kefir – A creamy drink made of fermented cow’s milk
  527. keloid – An abnormal proliferation of scar tissue, often pink, as on the site of a surgical incision
  528. kenning – A conventional poetic phrase used for or in addition to the usual name of a person or thing, esp. in Old Norse and Old English verse, as wave traveler for boat; see metonymy
  529. kermess – A fair or church dedication
  530. kipper – A herring or salmon that has been split, salted, and smoked
  531. kirtle – 1. A man’s knee-length tunic or coat; 2. a woman’s dress or skirt
  532. knelling – The process of disassembling something and arranging its parts
  533. kukri – A knife with a curved blade that broadens towards the point, esp. as used by Gurkhas
  534. kvass – A Russian fermented beverage similar to beer, made from rye or barley
  535. kwashiorkor – Severe malnutrition of infants and young children, esp. soon after weaning, resulting from dietary deficiency of protein (comes from the Ghanan)
  536. lability – The susceptibility to error or lapses of any kind, as a human failing
  537. laburnum – Any leguminous tree or shrub of the Eurasian genus Laburnum, having clusters of yellow drooping flowers: all parts of the plant are poisonous
  538. laconically – Marked by terseness or concision
  539. lacuna – An empty space or a missing part; a gap
  540. lagniappe – A small gift given with a purchase
  541. lahar – A mass of volcanic fragments, often mixed with water (e.g. rain), moving rapidly down the side of a volcano
  542. lambent – Flickering lightly (e.g. firelight); glowing with soft radiance, luminous
  543. lapidary – Polisher or dealer in precious stones
  544. lapillus – A small, solidified fragment of lava (pl. lapilli)
  545. lapis lazuli – An opaque to translucent blue, violet-blue, or greenish-blue semiprecious gemstone composed mainly of lazurite and calcite.
  546. larrikin – A person given to comical or outlandish behavior; an imp; a hooligan (chiefly Australian)
  547. lascar – An East Indian sailor, army servant, or artillery trooper during the era of European colonialism in Asia
  548. laterality – Preference in using one side of the body over the other.
  549. laterite – A red residual soil formed by the leaching of silica and by the enrichment with aluminum and iron oxides, esp. in humid climates
  550. latibulate – To hide oneself in a corner
  551. leal – Loyal and honest
  552. lenity – The condition or quality of being lenient; leniency
  553. Lepus – A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Orion and Columba
  554. letabund – Filled with joy
  555. Levallois – A filet-working technique in which a flint is trimmed so that a flake of predetermined size and shape can be struck from it
  556. leyden jars – An early form of capacitor consisting of a glass jar lined inside and out with tinfoil and having a conducting rod connected to the inner foil lining and passing out of the jar through an insulated stopper
  557. lictor – A Roman functionary who carried fasces when attending a magistrate in public appearances
  558. lief – Beloved; ready or willing
  559. limerence – Puppy love; a state of mind resulting from romantic attraction, characterized by feelings of euphoria, the desire to have one’s feelings reciprocated, etc
  560. liminal – Intermediate between two states, conditions, or regions; transitional or indeterminate
  561. lisle – A fine, smooth, tightly twisted thread spun from long-staple cotton
  562. lithotomy – Surgery to remove one or more stones from an organ or duct
  563. litotes – Understating by negation: no mean feat”
  564. locus – A locality; a place
  565. longueur – 1. A tedious passage in a work of literature or performing art; 2. a period of time filled with boredom or tedium
  566. lorgnette – A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses mounted on a handle
  567. louche – Disreputable or sordid
  568. lubricious – Overtly sexual; salacious
  569. ludic – Showing spontaneous and undirected playfulness
  570. lues – Any venereal disease (e.g. Syphilis); pestilence
  571. lumbago – A painful condition of the lower back, as one resulting from muscle strain or a slipped disk
  572. lyceum – A hall in which public lectures, concerts, and similar programs are presented
  573. machicolation – A projecting gallery at the top of a castle wall, supported by a row of corbels and having openings in the floor through which stones and boiling liquids could be dropped on attackers (machiolate: to construct machicolations)
  574. macrocarpa – A large coniferous tree of New Zealand, Cupressus macrocarpa, used for shelter belts on farms and for rough timber. Also called: Monterey cypress
  575. maculate(v): To spot, blemish, or pollute; (n): 1. Spotted, blotched, or stained. 2. Morally sullied or impure
  576. madding – Acting madly; frenzied
  577. maenad – 1. A frenzied woman; 2. a female member of the orgiastic cult of Dionysus
  578. majolica – Italian earthenware covered with an opaque glaze of tin oxide and usu. highly decorated
  579. malesuete – Accustomed to poor habits
  580. malversation – Misbehavior and esp. corruption in an office, trust, or commission; corrupt administration
  581. mandala – Any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
  582. mandamus – A writ issued by a court requiring a public official or entity to perform a duty associated with that office or entity
  583. manqué – 1. Unfulfilled; potential; would-be; 2. Unfulfilled or frustrated in the realization of one’s ambitions or capabilities
  584. manumission – To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate
  585. manumit/manumission – To set free; release from slavery
  586. martingale – Part of a bridle; half-belt on the back of a coat; doubling the stakes after each loss; stability rigging for the bowsprit or jib (see definition)
  587. mascon – Any of several lunar regions of high gravity
  588. matutinal – Of, relating to, or occurring in the morning; early
  589. megatherium – A large, extinct ground sloth that lived from the Miocene through the Pleistocene Epochs, primarily in South America. It was as large as an elephant, had long curved claws, and ate plants
  590. meretricious – Gaudy
  591. merkin – A pubic wig
  592. merlon – The solid portion between crenels
  593. mésalliance – A marriage with a person of inferior social position.
  594. metempsychosis – The theory of reincarnation
  595. metonym – A word used in metonymy
  596. metonymy – A synonym/metaphor; e.g. brass” for upper officers or “plastic” for credit cards; see kenning
  597. mews – A group of buildings containing private stables that have been converted to residences
  598. mezzanine – A low story between two others in a building
  599. miasma – An unwholesome or oppressive atmosphere
  600. micrognathia – Abnormally small jaw
  601. micturition – urination; also, micturate
  602. milt – The sperm-containing fluid of a male fish
  603. mimetic – Of or relating to an imitation; imitative
  604. minatory – Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious
  605. Mindanao – Second largest of the Philippine islands, NE of Borneo
  606. mirabile dictu – Wonderful to relate; amazing to say
  607. misfeasance – Improper and unlawful execution of an act that in itself is lawful and proper.
  608. moidore – A former Portuguese gold coin
  609. moiety – One half
  610. Moloch – Something possessing the power to exact severe sacrifice; a Semitic deity to whom parents sacrificed their children
  611. mondegreen – Misinterpretation of song lyrics (e.g. Israeli Men” instead of “It’s Raining Men”)”
  612. Monophysite – A person who holds that there is only one nature in the person of Christ, which is primarily divine with human attributes
  613. monopsony – A situation in which the entire market demand for a product or service consists of only one buyer
  614. morbific – Causing disease; pathogenic
  615. morganatic – A marriage between nobility and lower rank, where titles and wealth are not shared
  616. morion – A crested metal helmet; black or blackish-brown smoky quartz
  617. morphetic – Of or relating to sleep or dreams
  618. mountebank – A flamboyant charlatan
  619. mudra – Ritual hand movements in Hindu religious dancing
  620. mulct – 1. To penalize by fining or demanding forfeiture; 2. to cheat or defraud
  621. mulga – The outback; bush
  622. mullein – Any of various Eurasian plants of the genus Verbascum of the figwort family, especially V. thapsus, naturalized in North America, having a tall spike of yellow flowers and leaves covered with dense woolly down.
  623. mullet – Freshwater, spiny-finned fish
  624. Munda – A family of languages spoken by scattered peoples throughout central India
  625. murine – A family of rodents that includes mice and rats
  626. murrain – Redwater fever, affecting livestock; a plague, epidemic or crop blight
  627. musquash – Another name for muskrat
  628. mutatis mutandis – The necessary changes having been made (e.g. when applying a concept from one domain to another, e.g. maritime law to space travel)
  629. mythopoeic – Serving to create or engender myths; productive in mythmaking
  630. naphthalene – A white crystalline volatile solid with a characteristic penetrating odour: an aromatic hydrocarbon used in mothballs and in the manufacture of dyes, explosives
  631. natant – Floating or swimming in water
  632. navvy – A laborer, esp. one employed in construction or excavation projects
  633. neep – A dialect name for a turnip, chiefly British
  634. nefandous – Too odious to be spoken of
  635. nepenthe – Something that induces forgetfulness of sorrow or eases pain (mentioned in the Odyssey)
  636. nescience – Ignorance; absence of awareness
  637. Nestorianism – The doctrine that Christ was two distinct persons, divine and human, implying a denial that the Virgin Mary was the mother of God. It is attributed to Nestorius and survives in the Iraqi Church
  638. neuralgic – Sharp, severe paroxysmal pain extending along a nerve or group of nerves
  639. niello – A black metallic alloy (sulfur and copper, silver or lead
  640. nigrescent – Blackish; dark
  641. noctilucent – Luminous at night
  642. noddlen: The head or brains, chiefly British; v: to nod (the head), as through drowsiness
  643. noisome – 1. Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul; 2. Harmful or dangerous
  644. nonplused – Filled with bewilderment
  645. noosphere – The part of the biosphere that is affected by human thought, culture, and knowledge
  646. nosology – The science of classification of diseases
  647. numeraire – A unit or an item of commerce in which prices are measured
  648. numinous – awe-inspiring, mysterious or spiritual; supernatural
  649. nibble – Four bits; also semi-octet, quadbit, or quartet; Brit: nybble
  650. nystagmus – A persistent, rapid, involuntary side-to-side eye movement
  651. obeah – 1. A form of belief involving sorcery, practiced in parts of the West Indies, South America, the southern U.S., and Africa. 2. A fetish or charm used in practicing obeah.
  652. obganiate – To annoy by repeating over and over and over and over
  653. oblation – Any offering made for religious or charitable purposes (e.g. offering of the bread and wine of the Eucharist to God)
  654. obloquy – 1. calumny; detractive language; 2. ill repute
  655. obscurantist – Practicing deliberate vagueness
  656. obsidional – Relating to a siege
  657. occiput – Back of the head
  658. ocherous – Ocher in color (or a mineral used to make that color)
  659. octarine – The Color of Magic or the King Color, the eighth color of the Discworld spectrum, visible only to wizards and cats, a greenish purple yellow color.
  660. ofay – A derogatory term for a White person (see cracker, honky, peckerwood)
  661. ogee – A double curve, resembling an S, formed by the union of a concave and a convex line (often a molding or arch in this shape)
  662. ogive – A diagonal rib or groin of a Gothic vault; 2. A distribution curve in which the frequencies are cumulative
  663. oligopsony – A market with only very few buyers
  664. omphalic – Of or relating to the navel
  665. omphaloskepsis – Literally, the contemplation of one’s navel, which is an idiom usually meaning complacent self-absorption
  666. oneiric – Dream-like
  667. ontology – The study of the essence of being
  668. opprobrium – Ignominy; cause of shame or disgrace
  669. optative – Indicating or expressing choice, preference, or wish
  670. orgulous – Haughty; proud (archaic)
  671. orison – A prayer, a devout petition to God or an object of worship
  672. orogenesis – The process of mountain formation, esp. by a folding and faulting of the earth’s crust
  673. orotund – Pompous and bombastic; resonant; booming
  674. orthography – The art or study of correct spelling according to established usage
  675. osculation – A kiss (page 332 of Doctor Sleep)
  676. osmically – Of or relating to odors or the sense of smell
  677. osteitis – Inflammation of bone or bony tissue
  678. ostler – Man who looks after horses at an inn
  679. otiose – Lazy; indolent; serving no useful purpose
  680. oviparous – Producing eggs lain outside of the body
  681. paillasse – A straw-filled mat or mattress (var. of palliasse)
  682. palimpsest – A hand-written document
  683. palingenesis – The doctrine of transmigration of souls; metempsychosis; the supposed repetition by an organism during its embryonic development of the stages in the evolution of its species, as asserted by the discredited biogenetic law
  684. Palio – Italian Renaissance or Medieval festival
  685. Palladian – Of, relating to, or characterized by wisdom or study
  686. palliasse – A straw-filled mat or mattress (var. of paillasse)
  687. palp – Either of a pair of sensory appendages that arise from the mouthparts of crustaceans and insects
  688. panjandrum – A pompous self-important official or person of rank
  689. pap – 1. A teat or nipple (archaic); 2. material lacking real value or substance; 3. soft or semiliquid food, as for infants
  690. papillote – 1. A paper frill around cutlets; 2. cooked in oiled greaseproof paper or foil
  691. pappus – A ring of fine feathery hairs surrounding the fruit in composite plants, such as the thistle; aids dispersal of the fruits by the wind
  692. paraphilia – Any abnormal sexual behavior; sexual anomaly or deviation
  693. paregoric – An opium derivative used to treat diarrhea
  694. pareve – Prepared without meat, milk, or their derivatives and therefore permissible to be eaten with meat or dairy dishes according to dietary laws
  695. pari passu – At an equal pace; side by side
  696. parlous – full of danger or uncertainty
  697. paromologia – Admitting a weaker point in order to make a stronger one. (See concessio.)
  698. paronomasia – Pun; play on words
  699. parterre – A formally patterned flower garden
  700. parve – Containing neither meat nor milk products and so fit for use with either meat or milk dishes (from Judaism)
  701. passerine – An order of birds characterized by the perching habit: includes the larks, finches, crows, thrushes, starlings, etc.
  702. pastern – The part of a horse’s foot between the fetlock and hoof
  703. pauldron – Shoulder protection in a suit of armor
  704. peaky – Wan, emaciated, or sickly
  705. peavey – An implement consisting of a wooden shaft with a metal point and a hinged hook near the end, used to handle logs.
  706. peccant – Sinful; guilty; corrupt
  707. peccary – A gregarious pig-like mammal that is found from the southwestern U.S. to Paraguay. (reference was “swarm […] like army ants on a drove of peccaries”.)
  708. peculation – Embezzlement
  709. pecuniary – Relating to money
  710. pedlars – Persons who travel about the country with merchandise, for the purpose of selling it; salesmen
  711. pedology – 1. The scientific study of soils, including their origins, characteristics, and uses; 2. the study of the physical and mental development and characteristics of children
  712. pelf – Lucre; wealth or riches, esp. when dishonestly acquired
  713. pellucid – Transparent or translucent
  714. penectomy – Penis removal through surgery, generally for medical or personal reasons.
  715. pentimento – A visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer or layers of paint on a canvas
  716. penurious – Poverty-stricken; stingy; meager
  717. percale – A closely woven cotton fabric used for sheets and clothing
  718. percipient – Perceptive
  719. perdurable – Enduring continuously; immortal
  720. perdure – To last permanently; endure
  721. peremptory – Subject to no further debate or dispute; final and unassailable
  722. perfervid – Extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous.
  723. perfidy – Treachery; deliberate breach of faith
  724. periagua – Another name for pirogue; Also piragua; A canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk
  725. peripatetic – Mobile on foot; an itinerant
  726. peristalsis – The wavelike muscular contractions of the digestive tract or other tubular structures by which contents are forced onward toward the opening
  727. perseverate – To repeat a word, gesture, or act insistently or redundantly
  728. persiflage – Banter; small-talk
  729. perspicacious – Acutely perceptive or discerning
  730. perspicuous – Clearly expressed or presented; lucid
  731. pertinacious – Tenacious
  732. pessary – A device for inserting into the vagina, either as a support for the uterus or (diaphragm pessary) to deliver a drug, such as a contraceptive
  733. petecure – Modest cooking; cooking on a small scale; the opposite of epicure
  734. petitio principii – A form of fallacious reasoning in which the conclusion has been assumed in the premises; begging the question
  735. Petronius – Roman courtier who is credited with writing the Satyricon
  736. pettish – Ill-tempered; peevish (see shirty)
  737. phaeton – A light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses
  738. phalanstery – A self-sustaining cooperative community of the followers of Fourierism. Also called phalanx, or the buildings in such a community
  739. pharisaic – Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Pharisees
  740. philippic – A verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, often insulting language; a tirade
  741. phillumenist – A person who collects matchbox labels
  742. philogynist – A lover or friend of women; one who esteems woman as the higher type of humanity; antonym of misogynist
  743. phimosis – An abnormal constriction of the foreskin that prevents it from being drawn back to uncover the glans penis.
  744. phlebotomy – The act or practice of opening a vein to let or draw blood as a therapeutic or diagnostic measure
  745. phlegmatic – Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional or apathetic
  746. Phoebus – The sun
  747. phthisis – A disease characterized by the wasting away or atrophy of the body or a part of the body (e.g. pulmonary tuberculosis)
  748. phylactery – 1. A reminder or aid to remembering; 2. an amulet or charm (archaic); 3. either of the pair of blackened square cases containing parchments inscribed with biblical passages, bound by leather thongs to the head and left arm, and worn by Jewish men during weekday morning prayers (also called: Tefillah)
  749. piacular – Making expiation for sacrilege; wicked
  750. pilchard – A small, S European marine fish, Sardina pilchardus, related to the herring but smaller and rounder
  751. pillock – A stupid or annoying person (chiefly British)
  752. pinchbeck – Appearing valuable, but actually cheap and tawdry
  753. pinnace – Any of various kinds of ship’s tender or boat
  754. piquant – Pleasantly sharp taste
  755. pirogue – Any of various kinds of dugout canoes; also called piragua
  756. piscatorial – Of or relating to fish, fishing, or fishermen
  757. plangent – Loud and resounding
  758. plastron – 1. A metal breastplate worn under a coat of mail; 2. a quilted pad worn by fencers to protect the torso and side; 3. The front of a man’s dress shirt; 4. the ventral part of the shell of a turtle or tortoise
  759. pleach – To plait or interlace (branches or vines, for example), esp. in making a hedge or an arbor (similar to caning for making chairs from same)
  760. plenteous – Ample; abundant; copious
  761. pleonasm – A newly created word
  762. pleura – A thin serous membrane in mammals that envelops each lung and folds back to make a lining for the chest cavity
  763. pleurisy – Inflammation of the pleura, characterized by pain that is aggravated by deep breathing or coughing
  764. Plimsoll mark – A load line painted on the side of a cargo ship
  765. plinth – A block or slab on which a pedestal, column, or statue is placed
  766. plover – Any shore bird of the family Charadriidae, typically having a round head, straight bill, and large pointed wings
  767. poetaster – A writer of insignificant, meretricious, or shoddy poetry
  768. poleaxe(n): An axe having a hammer face opposite the blade, used to slaughter cattle; v: To strike or fell with or as if with a poleaxe
  769. poleyn – Knee protection in a suit of armor
  770. polygyny – The condition or practice of having more than one wife at one time
  771. polymath – A person of great or varied learning
  772. pomace – The pulpy material remaining after the juice has been pressed from fruit, such as apples or grapes. Also called marc
  773. poniard – 1. A small, slender dagger; 2. a dagger typically having a slender three- or four-sided blade
  774. posset – A drink of hot milk curdled with ale, beer, etc, flavoured with spices, formerly used as a remedy for colds
  775. pothouse – A small tavern or pub (chiefly British)
  776. potsherd – A broken pottery fragment, esp. one of archaeological value
  777. prang – 1. An accident or crash in an aircraft, car, etc; 2. to bomb from the air
  778. prefatory – Of, relating to, or constituting a preface
  779. prelapsarian – Of or relating to the period before the fall of Adam and Eve
  780. premonitory – Giving premonition; serving to warn beforehand
  781. prepossession – A prejudice or bias, esp. a favorable one
  782. presbyopia – A progressively diminishing ability of the eye to focus, noticeable from middle to old age, caused by loss of elasticity of the crystalline lens
  783. prescind – To separate in thought; abstract.
  784. preterite – A tense of verbs used to relate past action, formed in English by inflection of the verb, as jumped, swam
  785. primus inter pares – Literally (in Latin), first among equals
  786. profligate – 1. Shamelessly immoral or debauched; 2. wildly extravagant or wasteful
  787. prolegomenon – A preliminary discussion, especially a formal essay introducing a work of considerable length or complexity
  788. proleptic – 1. The anachronistic representation of something as existing before its proper or historical time, as in the precolonial United States; 2. the use of a descriptive word in anticipation of the act or circumstances that would make it applicable, as dry in They drained the lake dry
  789. prolix – Tediously prolonged; wordy; longwinded
  790. prone – Lying flat or face downwards; prostrate
  791. propinquitous – Near; close in time, place or kinship (page 12 of Main Street)
  792. propitious – Favorable; auguring well; gracious or favorably inclined
  793. proprioception – Unconscious awareness of body movement, e.g. as the inner ear for balance (page 515 of Reamde)
  794. proscenium – The area of a modern theater that is located between the curtain and the orchestra.
  795. prosector – A person who prepares or dissects anatomical subjects for demonstration
  796. prosopagnosia – An inability to recognize faces
  797. prosopopoeia – Literary device involve an absent person speaking; personification; ascribing agency to an inanimate object or concept
  798. protasis – The dependent clause of a conditional sentence (i.e. the “if” part)
  799. protodialectical – Definition unknown (from Oblivion by David Foster Wallace) (dialectical means “the art or practice of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments”)
  800. psalmody – The act of singing psalms or hymns
  801. psephology – The study of political elections and polling
  802. psithurism – The whispering of leaves moved by the wind
  803. psittacosis – A rickettsial disease affecting birds of the parrot family, pigeons, and domestic fowl, caused by the chlamydia Chlamydia psittaci and transmissible to humans
  804. psychogenic – Having origin in the mind or in a mental condition or process
  805. ptosis – Ptosis is the term used for a drooping upper eyelid
  806. puericratic – [definition unknown] (from Oblivion by David Foster Wallace)
  807. pugnacious – Combative in nature
  808. pulchritude – Beauty
  809. pullulate – To breed rapidly or abundantly
  810. punctilio – A fine point of etiquette
  811. purblind – 1. Slow in understanding or discernment; dull 2. Having poor vision; nearly or partly blind
  812. purdah – Muslim practice of screening women from other men or strangers
  813. purlieus – An outlying or neighboring area; outskirts; environs
  814. purslane – A trailing plant (Portulaca oleracea) native to Eurasia, having small yellow flowers, reddish stems, and fleshy obovate leaves that can be cooked as a vegetable or used in salads
  815. purulent – Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus
  816. pusillanimous – Cowardly
  817. putto – A representation of a small child, often naked and having wings, used especially in the art of the European Renaissance. Pl.: putti
  818. pyaemia – Blood poisoning characterized by pus-forming microorganisms in the blood
  819. quadrille – A square dance in 6/8 or 2/4 time of French origin, composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
  820. quag – To shake (said of something that is soft or flabby)
  821. quern – A simple hand mill for grinding grain, typically consisting of two stones
  822. quiddity – 1. Essence of a thing; 2. a quibble
  823. quidnunc – Busybody; Yenta
  824. quiff – 1. A tuft of hair, esp. a forelock; 2. A woman regarded as promiscuous
  825. quintain – A rotating target used in jousting exercises
  826. quire – A set of twenty-four uniform sheets of paper
  827. quirt – A riding whip with a short, stiff handle and a lash made of two or more loose thongs
  828. quit-rent – Payment for distinct rights that were connected with the full enjoyment of the land but not parceled up in the ownership of the land (mostly replaced with property taxes today)
  829. quoin – An exterior angle of a wall or other piece of masonry
  830. quokka – A short-tailed herbivorous marsupial (Setonix brachyurus) found in coastal areas of southwestAustralia
  831. quondam – Former
  832. raceme – A flower cluster in which each flower grows on its own stalk from a common stem. The lily of the valley and snapdragon have racemes.
  833. racketeering – A person who engages in an illegal business or other organized illegal activities
  834. raddled – Twisted together; interwoven
  835. radome – A domelike shell transparent to radio-frequency radiation, used to house a radar antenna
  836. raillery – Good-natured teasing or ridicule; banter
  837. ramose – Having many branches
  838. ravel – 1. To separate the fibers or threads of; to unravel; 2. To tangle or complicate
  839. rawboned – Having a lean, gaunt frame with prominent bones
  840. Reaumurarchaic: a temperature scale with the freezing point of water at 80º.
  841. rebarbative – Tending to irritate; repellent
  842. rebeck – Medieval instrument; a lute-like violin
  843. recondite – Obscure; abstruse
  844. recreant – 1. A faithless or disloyal person; 2. A coward
  845. recrudescent – To break out anew or come into renewed activity, as after a period of quiescence
  846. recumbentibus – A knockdown blow
  847. redolent – Suggestive
  848. reef – A vein of ore
  849. relict – 1. Something that has survived; a remnant 2. A species that inhabits a much smaller geographic area than it did in the past, often because of environmental change
  850. reliquary – A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics
  851. renascent – Becoming active or vigorous again
  852. repine – To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret; to yearn after something
  853. retromingent – One who urinates backwards
  854. retronym – A new word coined for an existing or older thing to distinguish it from something newer or more recent (e.g. analog watch or electric guitar)
  855. revanchism – The act of retaliating, esp. by a nation or group to regain lost territory or standing; revenge
  856. revenant – 1. One that returns after a lengthy absence; 2. One who returns after death
  857. Rhadamanthine – Strictly and uncompromisingly just
  858. rhonchus – A snore or chest rattle
  859. riprap – Piled broken stones used as a foundation or to stabilize an easily eroded bank or slope
  860. risible – 1. Eliciting laughter; ludicrous 2. capable of laughing or inclined to laugh
  861. Risorgimento – The period of or the movement for the liberation and political unification of Italy, beginning about 1750 and lasting until 1870 (from the Italian for “resurgence”)
  862. roman à clef – A novel in which actual persons, places, or events are depicted in fictional guise
  863. rosser – A bark-removing machine
  864. rota – A work schedule
  865. roué – A man who recklessly indulges in sensual pleasures; a rake
  866. roundel – A circular architectural or decorative element, such as a painted panel or a stained glass window.
  867. roundelay – A poem or song with a regularly recurring refrain (as much popular music)
  868. rumbustiousness – Uncontrollably exuberant; unruly
  869. Ruritanian – Of or relating to an imagined European kingdom characterized by provincialism, nationalism, and political intrigue; used in discussions of international law or economic theory
  870. rusk – A light, soft-textured sweetened biscuit
  871. sabine – A member of an ancient people of central Italy, conquered and assimilated by the Romans in 290 bc.
  872. Sadhu – A person who dedicates themself to the pursuit of enlightenment through a life of isolation, self-deprivation, and feats of physical endurance.
  873. Saiva – One who worships Shiva
  874. Salesian – Of or relating to St Francis of Sales or to the religious orders founded by him or by St John Bosco in his name
  875. salmagundi – A mixture; a potpourri
  876. saltire – A cross in heraldry
  877. saltpeter – Naturally occurring potassium nitrate, used in making fireworks, gunpowder
  878. salubrious – Wholesome
  879. salwar – Loose pajamalike pants, typically having a drawstring waist and legs that narrow at the bottom, usually worn with a kameez
  880. samizdat – Underground newspaper (from the Russian)
  881. samphire – An edible coastal plant (Crithmum maritimum) in the parsley family, native to Eurasia (see glasswort)
  882. samsara – The eternal cycle of birth, suffering, death, and rebirth (in Hinduism or Buddhism)
  883. sanguine – Cheerfully optimistic
  884. sapper – 1. A military engineer who lays, detects, and disarms mines; 2. a soldier who digs trenches
  885. Sapphism – Lesbianism
  886. sastrugi – A long wavelike ridge of snow, formed by the wind and found on the polar plains
  887. satori – A spiritual awakening sought in Zen Buddhism, often coming suddenly
  888. satrap – Governor of a province in ancient Persia
  889. satrapy – The territory or sphere under the rule of a satrap
  890. saturnine – Slow and gloomy; morose
  891. sawyer – A bobbing tree in a body of water
  892. scapular – A monk’s sleeveless outer garment that hangs from the shoulders and sometimes has a cowl
  893. sciatheric – Belonging to a sundial
  894. sciolist – A pretentious attitude of scholarship; superficial knowledgeability
  895. scoria – Porous cinderlike fragments of dark lava. Also called cinders, slag
  896. scoriatic – Cinder- or slag-like; rocky, craggy
  897. scotophliic – Functioning best in darkness
  898. scourge – A whip or lash
  899. scramasax – A single-edged knife or sword used by the Anglo-Saxons
  900. scringe – To shrug the back or shoulders from cold
  901. scripturient – Having a strong urge to write
  902. scrouge – To inconvenience or discomfort a person by pressing against him or her or by standing too close
  903. searce – To sift (obsolete)
  904. sebum – The semifluid secretion of the sebaceous glands, consisting chiefly of fat, keratin, and cellular material
  905. secondment – Temporary transfer to another position or employment
  906. sedulously – Assiduous; constant in effort; persevering (from A very short history of driving while black)
  907. seigneur – A man of rank, esp. a feudal lord in the ancien régime
  908. seine – A fishing net or the act of using one (page 653 of Reamde)
  909. semiotics – The study of systems of communication
  910. sempiternal – Infinite; enduring forever
  911. sempstress – A rare word for seamstress
  912. seneschal – A steward or major-domo (in charge of servants)
  913. sepulchritude – Tomb-like; also, sepulchral
  914. sequacious – Unthinking and uncritical; slavish
  915. sequela – A secondary consequence or result; condition resulting from a disease
  916. serotype – A group of closely related microorganisms distinguished by a characteristic set of antigens
  917. sesquipedalian – Given to using long words
  918. shako – A stiff, cylindrical military dress hat with a metal plate or badge in front, a short visor, and a plume or pompom
  919. shibboleth – 1. An inappropriate or outdated custom; 2. A word or pronunciation that distinguishes people of one group or class from those of another
  920. shirty – Ill-tempered; angry
  921. shockheaded – Having a head of bushy or tousled hair
  922. shotcrete – Concrete conveyed through a hose and pneumatically projected at high velocity onto a surface.
  923. sibilent – Hissing sound
  924. sine qua non – An essential element or condition
  925. skittles – Nine-pin bowling
  926. snarge – A collision of an aircraft with a bird (or the remnants thereof)
  927. soca – A style of music, originating in the West Indies, that is a blend of soul and calypso
  928. sockdolager – Something outstanding; a final blow or remark, coup de grace
  929. sodality – Fellowship; fraternity; association; society
  930. soi-disant – Self-styled; so-called
  931. solecism – A grammatical error
  932. solon – A legislator
  933. somatically – Corporeal or physical; of, relating to, or affecting the body, esp. as distinguished from a body part, the mind, or the environment
  934. sommian – A volcanic caldera that has been partially filled by a new central cone
  935. soviet – One of the popularly elected legislative assemblies that were created after the Russian Revolution (1917) and existed at local, regional, and national levels in the former Soviet Union.
  936. spadix – A fleshy clublike spike bearing minute flowers, usually enclosed within a sheathlike spathe, characteristic of aroid plants such as the jack-in-the-pulpit
  937. spall – A chip, fragment, or flake from a piece of stone or ore
  938. sparge – 1. To spray or sprinkle; 2. To run additional water through (a partly or completely drained mash) to extract more fermentable sugars; 3. To introduce air or gas into (a liquid)
  939. spatchcock – To prepare for roasting or grilling by splitting open
  940. spathe – A leaflike bract that encloses or subtends a flower cluster or spadix, as in the jack-in-the-pulpit
  941. spatterdashes – Long leather leggings worn in the 18th century, as to protect from mud when riding
  942. spavined – Decrepit or worn out
  943. speculum – 1. A mirror or polished metal plate used as a reflector in optical instruments; 2. An instrument for dilating the opening of a body cavity for medical examination; 3. A bright, often iridescent patch of color on the wings of certain birds, esp. ducks 4. A transparent spot in the wings of some butterflies or moths.
  944. spinel – A hard, glassy mineral composed of magnesium-aluminum oxide found in metamorphosed limestones and many basic and ultrabasic igneous rocks
  945. spinet – A small, compact upright piano
  946. spitchcock – An eel split and grilled or fried; see spatchcock
  947. sporran – A leather or fur pouch worn at the front of the kilt in the traditional dress of men of the Scottish Highlands
  948. sprezzatura – Studied nonchalance; graceful conduct or performance without apparent effort
  949. sprue – 1. The hole through which molten material is channeled into a mold; 2. The usually plastic rod or framework that secures molded objects, such as model parts
  950. squamous – Covered with or formed of scales; scaly
  951. staggers – Any of various diseases in animals, esp. horses, cattle, or other domestic animals, that are characterized by a lack of coordination in moving
  952. stele – An upright stone or slab with an inscribed or sculptured surface, used as a monument or as a commemorative tablet in the face of a building.
  953. stenosis – A constriction or narrowing of a duct or passage; a stricture.
  954. stochastic – Of, relating to, or characterized by conjecture; Involving or containing a random variable or process
  955. stolon – A long thin stem that usually grows horizontally along the ground and produces roots and shoots at widely spaced nodes, as in a strawberry plant. Also called runner.
  956. stook – A group of sheaves of grain stood on end in a field
  957. stot – To jump straight up with straight legs (e.g. antelope)
  958. stoush – A fight or brawl
  959. strabismus – The condition of being cross-eyed
  960. strath – A strath is a large valley, typically a river valley that is wide and shallow
  961. Strega – The Italian word for witch
  962. stridulate – To produce a shrill grating, chirping, or hissing sound by rubbing body parts together, as certain insects do
  963. stroppy – Bad-tempered and argumentative
  964. stylobate – The immediate foundation of a row of classical columns
  965. suasion – Persuasion
  966. subaltern – A person of inferior rank or position
  967. succussation – Trotting, shaking
  968. Suetonius – Roman historian whose major work, Lives of the Caesars, is an account of the lives of the first 12 Roman emperors
  969. sui generis – Unique
  970. Sukkot – A harvest festival commemorating the booths in which the Israelites resided during their 40 years in the wilderness
  971. sumptuary – Laws or limits on private expenses
  972. supererogation – Doing more than required
  973. supernacular – First-rate
  974. supernumerary – 1. One that is in excess of the regular, necessary, or usual number; 2. An actor without a speaking part, as one who appears in a crowd scene.
  975. supine – Lying on the back or having the face upward
  976. surfactant – A substance, such as detergent, that is added to a liquid to increase its ability to spread.
  977. sweetmeat – A sweet delicacy, such as a piece of candy or crystallized fruit
  978. swingeing – Extreme in effect; drastic
  979. swot – To cram; derogatory term for a person who crams
  980. syce – A stableman or groom, esp. in India
  981. syenite – An igneous rock composed primarily of alkali feldspar together with other minerals, such as hornblende
  982. syllepsis – See zeugma
  983. sympatetic – A walking companion
  984. syncretic – 1. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, esp. when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous; 2. The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms in linguistics.
  985. synecdoche – A trope whereby a part is used as a label for the whole (e.g. hand” for “sailor”)”
  986. tabard – A tunic or capelike garment worn by a knight over his armor and emblazoned with his coat of arms
  987. tabes – A wasting of a bodily organ or part
  988. tacenda – Things not to be mentioned; matters that are passed over in silence
  989. tallboy – A high chest of drawers made in two sections and placed one on top of the other; chest-on-chest
  990. talmudic – Related to the collection of ancient Rabbinic writings constituting the basis of religious authority in Orthodox Judaism
  991. tamarisk – Any shrub or small tree having small scalelike or needle-shaped leaves and feathery racemes of small white or pinkish flowers
  992. tangible – Discernible by the touch; palpable
  993. tapotement – Rapid massage
  994. tarpon – Either of two large marine game fishes having a bluish-green back and silvery sides (Megalops cyprinoides of the Pacific and Indian Oceans or M. atlanticus of Atlantic coastal waters)
  995. tegument – A natural outer covering; an integument
  996. Telemachus – The son of Odysseus and Penelope, who helped his father kill Penelope’s suitors
  997. teleology – The philosophical interpretation of natural phenomena as exhibiting purpose or design
  998. telluric – Of or relating to Earth; terrestrial
  999. telos – End of a goal-oriented process
  1000. temerarious – In an audacious manner
  1001. tempera – A painting medium in which pigment is mixed with water-soluble glutinous materials such as size or egg yolk
  1002. tendentious – Partisan; marked by or favoring a particular point of view
  1003. tenebrous – Dark and gloomy
  1004. tensegrity – An architectural technique that involves tensional integrity or floating compression (see Wikipedia)
  1005. tephra – Solid matter that is ejected into the air by an erupting volcano
  1006. Termagant – A scold; a shrew
  1007. thaumaturgic – The working of miracles or magic feats
  1008. theodicy – A vindication of God’s goodness and justice in the face of the existence of evil
  1009. theodolite – A surveying instrument
  1010. theophany – An appearance of a god to a human; a divine manifestation
  1011. throstle – 1. Any of various thrushes, esp. a song thrush; 2. A machine formerly used for spinning fibers such as cotton or wool
  1012. thurible – A censer used in certain ecclesiastical ceremonies or liturgies
  1013. thylacine – Tasmanian tiger; an extinct or very rare doglike carnivorous marsupial
  1014. tipstaff – 1. A staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable; 2. any official who carried such a staff
  1015. titivate – To decorate or spruce up
  1016. tocsin – An alarm sounded on a bell
  1017. tontine – A common fund with increasing annuity for each member’s death and the last living member gets everything
  1018. toothsome – Delicious, luscious, pleasant, attractive, sexually attractive or exciting
  1019. topolect – The language or speech of a particular place (e.g. Züridütsch)
  1020. torpid – Mentally or physically inactive; lethargic
  1021. torrid – 1. Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot; 2. Passionate; ardent
  1022. tosh – Rubbish; nonsense
  1023. tournure – Implement to expand a dress; a bustle
  1024. toxophily – Archery; toxophilite: A student or lover of archery
  1025. tracklement – Savory jelly served with meat
  1026. tref – Unfit to be eaten; not kosher (corresponds to haram or not halal in Islam)
  1027. trenchant – Clear-cut; forceful or convincing
  1028. trepidation – A state of alarm or dread; apprehension
  1029. tressure – A narrow inner border on a shield, usually decorated with fleurs-de-lys
  1030. trews – Trousers; chiefly British
  1031. tripe – Something of no value; rubbish
  1032. trope – Metaphor or non-literal figure of speech
  1033. trow – To think or suppose
  1034. truckle – 1. A small wheel/caster; 2. to be servile
  1035. truckling – To be servile or submissive
  1036. trug – A shallow, usually oval gardening basket made with wide strips of wood
  1037. trypophobia – An intense, irrational fear of objects with small holes
  1038. tsuris – Problems or difficulties (Yiddish)
  1039. tumid – 1. Swollen; distended. Used of a body part or organ; 2. Of a bulging shape; protuberant; 3. Overblown; bombastic
  1040. tumulus – An ancient grave mound; a barrow (pl. tumuli)
  1041. turnkey – Supplied, installed, or purchased in a condition ready for immediate use, occupation, or operation
  1042. ukase – An authoritative order or decree; an edict
  1043. unction – Something that serves to soothe; a balm
  1044. unctuous – Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest; oily
  1045. undecillion – The cardinal number equal to 1036; British: 1066
  1046. undisonant – Making the sound of waves
  1047. usquebaugh – Whiskey
  1048. usufruct – Right to use the property of others
  1049. uxorious – Love of or submission to one’s wife
  1050. vade mecum – 1. A useful thing that one constantly carries about; 2. A book, such as a guidebook, for ready reference.
  1051. vair – Red-squirrel fur; often used a trimming
  1052. valetudinarian – 1. Chronically ailing; sickly; 2. Constantly and morbidly concerned with one’s health
  1053. vambrace – Forearm armor
  1054. vastation – Quick destruction; from the Italian vastare.
  1055. vatic – Of or characteristic of a prophet; oracular (see veridical)
  1056. vecturist – A collector of tokens used in buses and subways
  1057. veisalgia – A hangover (from the Norwegian for “suffering after debauchery”)
  1058. vellum – A fine parchment made from calfskin, lambskin, or kidskin and used for the pages and binding of books
  1059. venery – The indulgence in or pursuit of sexual activity
  1060. venire – The panel of prospective jurors from which a jury is selected
  1061. verdigris – A green patina or crust of copper sulfate or copper chloride formed on copper, brass, and bronze exposed to air or seawater for long periods of time
  1062. veridical – 1. Truthful; veracious; 2. Coinciding with future events or apparently unknowable present realities (see vatic)
  1063. verisimilitude – Believable; appearing to be true
  1064. vermilion – Brilliant or vivid red (also written vermillion)
  1065. versipellous – Changeable, protean
  1066. vesicle – A sac or cyst, esp. one containing fluid
  1067. vespertine – Of, relating to, or occurring in the evening (e.g. active or blooming in the evening)
  1068. vetch – Any of several climbing plants of the legume family, bearing pea-like flowers
  1069. vicambulist – One who walks about in the streets
  1070. vicissitude – Slings and arrows
  1071. vigorish – 1. A fee charged for the placement of bets by an illegal gambling broker or establishment; 2. Frequent and excessive interest payments charged by an illegal moneylender
  1072. villein – One of a class of feudal serfs who held the legal status of freemen in their dealings with all people except their lord
  1073. vinous – 1. Of, relating to, or made with wine; 2. Having the color of wine
  1074. violaceous – Of a violet color; reddish blue
  1075. virago – 1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering; 2. A large, strong, courageous woman
  1076. volvulus – Abnormal twisting of the intestine causing obstruction
  1077. wale – One of the heavy planks or strakes extending along the sides of a wooden ship
  1078. weeper – A hole or pipe in a wall to allow water to run off
  1079. whelm – To cover with water; submerge
  1080. whin – Any spiny European evergreen shrub having rudimentary leaves and yellow flowers (also called gorse or furze)
  1081. whipping boy – Scapegoat; a boy formerly raised with a prince or other young nobleman and whipped for the latter’s misdeeds
  1082. white goods – Large appliances, like refrigerators and washing machines; compare to brown goods, which are TVs, radios, etc.
  1083. widdershins – In a contrary or counterclockwise direction
  1084. withe – Also withy; a tough, supple twig, used to bind
  1085. xenium – A gift given to a guest
  1086. yonic – Related the vagina, esp. religious rel. to Shakti
  1087. zazen – The primary form of meditation in Zen Buddhism, practiced while sitting cross-legged
  1088. zeugma – When a word applies to two others in jarringly different ways (e.g. John and his license expired yesterday.)
  1089. zoetrope – A mechanical device consisting of a rotating drum ringed with narrow apertures through which an animated image is viewed