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Aiding Verbosity:

Procrustes
A robber who forced travelers to lie on a bed and made them fit it by stretching their limbs or cutting off the appropriate length of leg.

Osiris
Egyptian mythology. Died at the hands of his brother and was subsequently restored to new life as ruler of the afterlife. Who ever said only Jesus could be resurrected!

metaphysics
Two main strands: “what exists lies beyond experience” (Plato)/ “objects of experience constitute the only reality” (Kant, the logical positivists, Hume). Also whether what exists is made of one substance or many, and whether it is inevitable or by chance.

deliquescent
Becoming liquid or having a tendency to become liquid.

transmogrify
Transform, esp. in a surprising or magical manner.

Moor
A member of a northwestern African Muslim people of mixed Berber and Arab descent.

sapphic
Of or relating to lesbians or lesbianism.

chimera
A fire-breathing female monster with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail./ A thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve.

Belarus
Country in eastern Europe, official language Belarussian. July 2008: Someone was talking about Belarus on the bus the other day.

meshugah
Mad, idiotic; From Yiddish.

levant
Run away, typically leaving unpaid debts.

telos
An ultimate object or aim.

Sufi
A Muslim ascetic and mystic.

felix culpa
The sin of Adam viewed as fortunate, because it brought about the blessedness of the Redemption. (Latin “happy fault”.)

postmodernism
A late 20th-century style and concept that represents a departure from modernism and has at its heart a general distrust of grand theories and ideologies as well as a problematical relationship with any notion of “art.” (Ie. The Nothing.)

zine
(informal) Like a Magazine But Cooler; Punk. Or Hipster Wannabe-Punk; Indie and Political and Stir-Up-ing.

abstract
Denoting an idea, quality, or state, or existing in thought but not having a physical or concrete existence or event; theoretical. (to describe the geometry of Greek temples.)

Ares
Greek war god, son of Zeus and Hera. Roman equivalent Mars.

eristic
Characterized by debate or argument.

pacific
Peaceful in character or intent.

Ajax
Greek hero of the Trojan War, proverbial for his size and strength.

adulation
Obsequious flattery; excessive admiration or praise.

coterie
A small group of people with shared interests or tastes, esp. one that is exclusive of other people.

metanoia
Change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion. (Related to paranoia?!?!?)

proplylaea
The structure forming the entrance to a temple.

supercilious
(In description of Howard Roark;) Behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.

buss
A kiss.

meta
Referring to itself or to the conventions of its genre; self-referential. / Expressing change.

sophist
A paid teacher of philosophy and rhetoric in ancient Greece, associated in popular thought with moral skepticism and specious reasoning.

callow
Inexperienced and immature.

hedonism
The ethical theory that pleasure (in the sense of the satisfaction of desires) is the highest good and proper aim of human life.

shibboleth
A custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people.

colporteur
Someone employed by a religious society to distribute Bibles and other religious tracts.

liminal
Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

feral
In a wild state; resembling a wild animal.

nadir
The lowest point in the fortunes of a person or organization.

Sheol
Hebrew underworld.

al dente
Italian “to the tooth”

agnosia
Inability to interpret sensations and hence to recognize things, typically as a result of brain damage.

gentrify
Renovate and improve so that it conforms to middle-class taste.

numinous
Having a strong religious or spiritual quality.

ribald
Referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way.

vignette
A small illustration or portrait photograph that fades into its background without a definite border.

platonic
Confined to words, theories, or ideals, and not leading to practical action.

surreptitious
Kept secret, esp. because it would not be approved of.

viz.
Namely. (Abbreviation of videlicet , z being a medieval Latin symbol for -et.)

dagguerreotype
A photograph taken by an early photographic process employing an iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapor.

pedagogue
A teacher, esp. a strict or pedantic one.

id
The part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest. Compare with ego and superego. (ORIGIN 1920s: from Latin, literally ‘that,’ translating German ‘es.’)

manic
Showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy.

emetic
Causing vomiting; nauseating.

bedlam
A name for the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital.

alogia
In psychology (especially as a symptom of schizophrenics) a general lack of additional, unprompted content seen in normal speech.

avolition
A psychological state characterized by general lack of desire, motivation, and persistence.

sordid
Involving ignoble actions and motives.

sartorial
Of or relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress.

macerate
Soften or break up by soaking in a liquid.

ostentatious
Characterized by vulgar or pretentious display.

emeritus
Having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honour.

swather
A device on a mowing machine for raising uncut fallen grain and marking the line between cut and uncut grain.

moxie
Force of character, determination, or nerve: from Moxie, the proprietary name of a soft drink.

abnegate
Renounce or reject (something desired).

Ahriman
The evil spirit in the doctrine of Zoroastrianism, the opponent of Ahura Mazda.

Zoroastrianism
A monotheistic pre-Islamic religion of ancient Persia founded by Zoroaster in the 6th century bc.

penitent
Feeling or showing sorrow and regret for having done wrong.

Potemkin
Having a false or deceptive appearance, esp. one presented for the purpose of propaganda.

intellect
from Latin intellectus ‘understanding,’ from intellegere ‘understand’

parity
The state or condition of being equal, esp. regarding status or pay./ The fact or condition of having borne children; The number of children previously borne.

vacuous
Having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.

eviscerate
Disembowel; Deprive of its essential content.

nubile
(Of a girl) Sexually mature; suitable for marriage.

septuangerian
A person who is from 70 to 79 years old.

incipient
In an initial stage; beginning to happen or develop; Developing into a specified type or role.

stolid
Calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation.

dishabille
The state of being only partly or scantily clothed.

doppelgänger
An apparition or double of a living person.

solipsism
The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

escarpment
A long, steep slope, esp. one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights.

Vitruvius
Roman architect and military engineer who wrote a comprehensive 10-volume treatise on architecture.

travertine
White or light-colored calcareous rock deposited from mineral springs, used in building.

architetonic
Architectural.

ego
The part of the mind that mediates between the conscious and the unconscious and is responsible for reality testing and a sense of personal identity.

clairvoyant
A person who claims to have a supernatural ability to perceive events in the future or beyond normal sensory contact.

trepan
A trephine (hole saw) used by surgeons for perforating the skull; To perforate (a person’s skull) with a trepan.

febrile
Having or showing the symptoms of a fever; Having or showing a great deal of nervous excitement or energy.

succor
Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress.

Plutonian
Of or associated with the underworld.

environ
Surround; enclose.

desiccate
Remove the moisture from (something, esp. food), typically in order to preserve it; Lacking interest, passion, or energy.

impetus
The force or energy with which a body moves.

beguile
Charm or enchant, sometimes in a deceptive way./ Help time pass pleasantly.

temerity
Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity.

charlatan
A person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill; a fraud.

perforce
Used to express necessity or inevitability.

ecumenical
Representing a number of different Christian churches.

lacuna
An unfilled space or interval.

jetsam
Unwanted material or goods that have been thrown overboard from a ship and washed ashore.

avatar
A manifestation of a deity or released soul in bodily form on earth; an incarnate divine teacher/ embodiment of an idea.

simon-pure
Completely genuine, authentic, or honest.

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