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Engage in plots and intrigues; scheme.
An argument about words.
Disgust or sicken (someone) with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment.
& ; From mid 19th cent.: alteration of ‘and per se and’ – ‘ & by itself is and,’ chanted as an aid to learning the sign. Whatever that means.
A word/term of which only one instance of use is recorded. EVER.
From Italian grottesca, from opera/pittura grottesca ‘work or painting resembling that found in a grotto’.
Greek astronomer and geographer of the 2nd century, whose Geography was a standard work for centuries despite its inaccuracies.
Pliny the Elder
(23–79) Roman scholar, writer of “Natural History” a vast encyclopedia of the natural and human worlds.
A wave of enthusiastic admiration; a craze.
The highest point in the development of something; culmination or climax. / The elevation of someone to divine status; deification.
Relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral.
Pompous or extravagant in language, style, or manner.
Stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action.
A distilling apparatus consisting of a rounded, necked flask and a cap with a long beak for condensing and conveying the products to a receiver.
A small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed arms like sails. / The group of heroes who accompanied Jason on board the ship Argo in the quest for the Golden Fleece.
Of or relating to the internal organs in the main cavities of the body.
A person or thing seen as comparable to another.
The events, circumstances, remarks, etc., that relate to a particular case.
Pliny the Younger
(c.61– c.112) Roman writer, noted for his books of letters that deal with both public and private affairs.
(From medieval Latin sophisticatus, ‘tampered with’.)
Kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illicit.
Set the boundaries or limits of.
Destroy or debase the moral purity of; corrupt.
A licentious, dissolute person.
Not being what it purports to be./ (Of a line of reasoning) apparently but not actually valid.
Used to express a conclusion for which there is stronger evidence than for a previously accepted one.
Of or relating to the state immediately before falling asleep.
Sexual love or desire. In Freudian theory: the life instinct. Often contrasted with Thanatos. In Jungian psychology: the principle of personal relatedness in human activities, associated with the anima. Often contrasted with Logos .
Greek, “death”. In Freudian theory: the death instinct. Often contrasted with Eros.
An edge produced on woven fabric during manufacture that prevents it from unraveling.
Preceding in time or order.
From Greek magikē ‘(art of) a magus’ : magi were regarded as magicians.
A person whose views or actions have great influence over trends in social behavior.
Render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible. Bewilder.
(From Latin sacro ‘by a sacred rite’ + sanctus ‘holy.’)
Secular rather than religious. (From Latin profanus ‘outside the temple’.)
Pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune.
U.S. chess player, defeated Boris Spassky in 1972 to become the world champion, until 1975.
The detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium as a supposed indication of character and mental abilities. From Greek phren- ‘mind’.
Of or relating to laws or the making of them.
Easily evaporated at normal temperatures; Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, esp. for the worse.
A proposition that follows from (and is often appended to) one already proved. / A direct or natural consequence or result.
A fixed grimace or grin.
The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language. From Greek suntaxis, from sun- ‘together’ + tassein ‘arrange.’
A right to keep possession of property belonging to another person until a debt owed by that person is discharged.
A Roman Catholic organization of laymen and priests founded in Spain in 1928 with the aim of reestablishing Christian ideals in society.
The minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid.
An assembly of all the members of a group or committee; A space completely filled with matter, or the whole of space so regarded.
A person who writes a diary.
Declaration by the pope that a dead person is in a state of bliss, constituting a step toward canonization and permitting public veneration.
Tending or able to change frequently or easily; versatile.
A cell in an ovary that may undergo meiotic division to form an ovum.
A cyst containing a zygote formed by a parasitic protozoan such as the malaria parasite.
An opening or entrance to a passage, esp. one at either end of the cervix of the uterus. (From Latin os ‘mouth.’)
The development of secondary malignant growths at a distance from a primary site of cancer. From Greek, literally ‘removal or change’.
Divert or modify (an instinctual impulse) into a culturally higher or socially more acceptable activity
Economic independence or self-sufficiency.
Feel grief for or because of. / Cause great distress to (someone).
Most noticeable or important; (of an angle) Pointing outward. The opposite of reentrant; Standing on its hind legs with the forepaws raised, as if leaping.
(n, singular) A fact or situation that is observed to exist or happen, esp. one whose cause or explanation is in question. / The object of a person’s perception; what the senses or the mind notice.
The expression of a single idea by two words connected with “and,” e.g., nice and warm, when one could be used to modify the other, as in nicely warm.
Cut back (a tree or shrub) to ground level periodically to stimulate growth.
A line connecting the lowest points of successive cross-sections along the course of a valley or river.
A drink similar to mead, made with fermented honey and water.
(From Old French femelle, from Latin femella, diminutive of femina ‘a woman.’ The change in the ending was due to association with male , but the words male and female are not otherwise linked etymologically.)
Relating to stimuli that are produced and perceived within an organism, esp. those connected with the position and movement of the body. Compare with exteroceptive and interoceptive .
Thing belonging or appropriate to a period other than that in which it exists, esp. a thing that is conspicuously old-fashioned.
The protective care of God or of nature as a spiritual power.
The teachings of a school of ancient Greece that virtue is based on knowledge, and that the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason (Fate) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.
[the] onus [is on…]
Used to refer to something that is one’s duty or responsibility.
(primary definition) The activities associated with the governance of a country or other area, esp. the debate or conflict among individuals or parties having or hoping to achieve power.
The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
Figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa.
The forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew’s living quarters.
A person who talks nonsense.
The white space enclosed by a letter such as O or c. / The back part of a shoe or boot, enclosing the heel.
A metal or plastic tube fixed tightly around each end of a shoelace.
To attach a new upper to (a boot or shoe); To repair or improve something.
A ribbed, reinforced, or decorative border of a shoe, garment or pocket.
Esp. of a lover one cannot forget. From Greek amarantos ‘everlasting,’ from a- ‘not’ + marainein ‘wither.’
A circular painting or relief.
(Scandinavian) The supreme god and creator, god of victory and the dead. Wednesday is named after him.
(From Latin as ‘unity, a unit.’)
The division of something conceptually into two opposed or contrasted aspects, or the state of being so divide.
A theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle.
(From medieval Latin culturare, based on Latin colere, ‘tend, cultivate’.)
(From Latin cultus ‘worship’, from cult- ‘inhabited, cultivated, worshiped’, from the verb colere.)
The view of architecture as a product.
Displace the beats or accents in a rhythm; Shorten a word by dropping sounds in the middle.
(From Old French or Latin, ‘obligation, bond, reverence.’)
“Having more children is desirable for good of the political community.”
Set free, esp. from legal, social, or political restrictions.
Of or relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of land.
Origin: late 16th cent. (denoting a superstitious religious hypocrite).
(From Latin norma ‘precept, rule, carpenter’s square.’)
Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. Compare with theism.
Light, delicate, and translucent.