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Difficult English Vocabulary

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obstreperous
noisy, loud
contumacious
insubordinate, rebellious
mettlesome
courageous, high-spirited. Don't confuse with "meddlesome," meaning inclined to interfere.
cadge
to beg, to get by begging
pith
heart of the matter, basic trait. Also force, strength, or vigor
supine
lying on the back. Also slow to act, passive.
remonstrate
to protest, object
inveigh
to attack verbally, denounce, deprecate
precepts
rules establishing standards of conduct
impute
to attribute to a cause or source, ascribe
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality; ineffective; careless
decorum
propriety, properness.
penchant
strong inclination, a liking.
appropriate (verb)
take for one's own use, acquire, set aside. Don't confuse with "appropriate (adjective)," which means fitting or suitable.
truculence
aggressiveness, ferocity
garrulity
talkativeness. Adjective is garrulous--talkative
arabesque
a complex, ornate design. Also a dance position.
beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to. Regard as saintly. Don't confuse with "beautify," which means to make beautiful.
forbearance
patience, willingness to wait.
veritable
unquestionable, true.
pragmatic
practical, favoring utility.
arrant
in every way, being completely such.
consequential
pompous, self important. Also having consequence, important. Also following as a result, or being an effect of some cause.
malinger
to fake illness or injury, in order to shirk a duty.
paucity
scarcity, a lacking of
striated
striped, grooved, or banded. Having stripes.
seminal
like a seed; constituting a source, originative.
attenuate
make thin. weaken, enervate.
precarious
uncertain, risky, dangerous.
enervate
weaken, deprive of strength, attenuate.
partisan
one-sided, committed to a party, biased or prejudiced.
equivocate
lie, mislead, conceal the truth.
assiduous
diligent, hard-working, sedulous.
anachronism
something out of place for its time
lassitude
weariness, tiredness
phlegmatic
calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional
sycophant
flatterer, parasite; a suck-up
perfunctory
superficial, listless, not thorough
impair
worsen, diminish in value
transient
temporary, fleeting
qualify
to limit
nascent
coming into existence, emerging
Quixotic
extravagantly chivalrous, romantically idealistic, impractical
reprobate
person hardened in sin; one devoid of decency
libertine
immoral person
tractable
easily influenced, obedient, docile
craven
cowardly
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers. Don't confuse with "picturesque," which means picture-like, charming, or quaint.
sedulous
diligent, assiduous, devoted to a task
aver
affirm, assert, prove, justify
intrepid
fearless, brave, undaunted
impassive
without feeling, not affected by pain
salient
conspicuous, highly relevant, prominent
morose
gloomy, sullen
raffish
low, vulgar, base, tawdry
loquacious
talkative, garrulous
piquant
agreeably pungent, stimulating
demur
to hesitate, raise objections
equipoise
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
abysmal
extreme; low, like an abyss
tawdry
cheap, gaudy, showy, tacky
dross
waste product, sludge; something worthless, common, or trivial
ardor
warm interest, passion, enthusiasm, zeal
insouciant
unconcerned, carefree
volubility
fluency, verbosity, easy use of spoken language
dulcet
melodious, harmonious
mellifluous
sweetly flowing; usually used to describe use of words (sweetly flowing words, as when the speech is characterized by high volubility.
desiccate
to dry up, dehydrate
harrow
to distress, create stress or torment
pellucid
transparent, easy to understand
pariah
an outcast, a rejected and despised person
taciturn
untalkative, silent
pique
resentment at being slighted
turgid
excessively ornate; swollen or bloated
]pillory
to punish, hold up to public scorn
adamant
hard and inflexible; unyielding
multifarious
varied, motley, greatly diversified
torpor
lethargy, sluggishness, dormancy
imprecation
an invocation of evil; a curse
audacious
daring; bold
hirsute
hairy, shaggy
tenacity
firmness, persistency, adhesiveness, tending to hang on
apostate
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
lachrymose
causing tears, tearful
welter
turmoil; a bewildering jumble
discomfit
to defeat, put down
laconic
brief, to the point, terse
venal
corruptible, bribable, unprincipled
ossify
to turn to bone; to settle rigidly into an idea or practice, become closed-minded
disingenuous
sophisticated, artful, trying to deceive, cunning
insensible
unconscious, unresponsive, unaffected
turbid
muddy, having the sediment stirred up
erudite
learned, scholarly
saturnine
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
abeyance
suspended action
diaphanous
transparent, gauzy
epitome
representative, a summary or abstract, a typical example
squalid
foul, filthy
quiescent
at rest, dormant, torpid
recreancy
cowardice, a cowardly giving up
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
misogynist
one who hates women/females
castigate
to chastise, correct by punishing
apprehension
misgiving, dread. Also a stopping or arrest. Also an understandingprosaic--dull, tedious, commonplace
gainsay
deny
pungency
sharpness; stinging quality
approbation
approval
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable, intractable
contentious
quarrelsome, competitive, quick to fight, pugnacious
antipathy
aversion, dislike
hapless
unlucky, unfortunate
prevaricate
stray from or avoid the truth; equivocate
countenance
(n) mien, face (v) approve of
dogmatic
positive, certain, arbitrary, without room for discussion
strut
a supporting bar
felicitous
apt; suitably expressed, well chosen, apropos
apropos
appropriate to the situation; apt
implacable
incapable of being placated, unpleasable
raffish
disreputable; tawdry
guileless
without deceit, honest
resigned
unresisting, submissive
vituperate
berate, rail against, attack verbally
render
deliver, provide, represent
diffidence
shyness
sophistry
fallacious reasoning, faulty logic
fulminate
berate, vituperate, to thunder out, to explode,
dynamo
a generator, something that produces electric current; an energetic person
assay
an analysis, examination, test. To put to a test
hallow
to make holy; consecrate
disabuse
to undeceive, correct a false impression
boisterous
loud, noisy, rough, lacking restraint
inveigle
wheedle, led astray
sodden
soaked, saturated
perfidious
violating good faith, treacherous, dishonest
conundrum
a riddle, dilemma, enigma
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
stolid
showing no emotion; impassive
dissemble
present false appearance; deceive
desuetude
cessation of use; disuse
indefatigability
not easily exhaustible; tirelessness
dilatory
causing delay, procrastinating
garner
to gather and save; to store up
intractable
unruly, refractory, stubborn
delineate
to portray, depict, sketch out
ascetic
practicing self-denial, austere, stark
fervid
intense, zealous
daunt
intimidate, make fearful
burgeon
grow forth, send out buds
anomalous
unexpected, not normal, odd
nice
precise, sensitive to subtleness
prodigal
wasteful, reckless with money
lugubrious
mournful, excessively sad
baleful
harmful, ominous, causing evil
credulous
gullible, too willing to believe
incredulous
skeptical, unwilling to believe (NOT "incredible," as many think)
blithe
cheerful, casual, carefree
verisimilitude
appearing true or real
provident
frugal; looking to the future
edacious
voracious, devouring
expostulate
argue earnestly to dissuade, correct, or protest
auspice
protection or support, patronage
auspicious
favorable, successful, prosperous
punctilious
precise, paying attention to trivialities, especially in regard to etiquette
salutary
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
wend
to go, proceed
nostrum
a quack remedy, an untested cure
personable
pleasing in appearance, attractive
salacious
obscene
exscind
to cut out, cut away
sublime
lofty, noble
quail
lose courage, turn frightened
urbane
elegant, refined in manners
tyro
novice, amateur
boorish
crude, offensive, rude
upbraid
reprove, reproach
effete
infertile, worn out, weak
obdurate
stubborn, inflexible, adamant
mince
pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully. Also to take tiny steps, tiptoe
inimitable
defying imitation, unmatchable
inveterate
deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
umbrage
offense, resentment
extirpate
to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
forswear
renounce, disallow, repudiate
ignoble
dishonorable, common, undignified
ostensible
seeming, appearing as such, professed
illusory
deceptive; an illusion
overweening
presumptuously arrogant, overbearing, immoderate, being a jerk
wag
to be incessantly active, to waddle; also a mischievous person
lucubrate
write in scholarly fashion
impetuous
impulsive, forceful, with energy
bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
cabal
a scheme or plot, a group of plotters
irresolute
unresolved, indecisive
complaisance
tending to comply, obliging, willingness to please
apprise
give notice to, inform
pusillanimous
cowardly, craven
polemical
controversial, argued
luculent
easily understood, lucid, clear
poignant
physically painful, distressing, pertinent, touching, stimulating, emotional
engender
cause, produce, give rise to
dissemble
to hide, conceal, disguise
equanimity
calmness of temperament
ingenuous
naive, young, artless, frank, honest, sincere. Don't confuse with "ingenious"--very clever
epicure
food lover, a connoisseur of food
salient
prominent, protruding, conspicuous, highly relevant
inchoate
not yet fully formed, rudimentary, elementary
pugnacious
contentious, quarrelsome, contumacious, given to fighting, belligerent
peremptory
urgent, imperative, unchallengeable, ending debate
exigency
emergency, an urgent situation
ameliorate
improve, make better
august
majestic, venerable. Don't confuse with the month, "August," which is always capitalized.
minatory
menacing, threatening
froward
intractable, not willing to yield or comply, stubborn (NOT "forward")
fetter
to shackle, put in chains
pundit
a learned scholar, an authority on a subject
venal
corruptible, open to bribery
belie
contradict, give a false impression
epitome
brief summary or abstract; representative example; a typical model
prosaic
everyday, mundane, commonplace, trite, pedestrian
hermetic
sealed by fusion
fervor
zeal, ardor, intense emotion
endemic
prevailing in a specific area
reticent
reserved, untalkative, silent, taciturn
rapacious
voracious, greedy, plundering
coeval
of the same period, coexisting
austere
forbiddingly stern, simple, unadorned, very plain
indolence
laziness
pristine
primitive, unspoiled, pure, as in earlier times, unadulterated
capricious
fickle, whimsical, given to change, unpredictable
edifying
enlightening
philistine
a smug ignorant person; one who lacks knowledge
maladroit
clumsy, bungling
detumescence
diminishing or lessening of swelling
stygian
gloomy, dark
calumniate
to slander, present false accusal
baneful
causing harm or ruin, pernicious, destructive
forestall
prevent by taking action in advance, preempt
occult
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
irascible
irritable, easily angered
facetious
humorous, funny, jocular
trenchant
forceful, effective, vigorous; extremely perceptive, incisive
stymie
to hinder, obstruct, or block
intransigence
unwillingness to compromise, stubbornness, intractability
mundane
worldly as opposed to spiritual; commonplace, everyday
mitigate
appease, lessen, propitiate
abstruse
difficult to comprehend; obscure
expatiate
to roam, wander freely
propitiate
appease, mitigate
slake
to assuage, to satisfy, allay
contentious
argumentative, pugnacious, combative, quarrelsome
inscrutable
incapable of being discovered or understood
elegy
a lament, a melancholy composition
derivative
unoriginal, obtained from another source
supercilious
disdainful; characterized by haughty scorn
sundry
various, miscellaneous, separate
mercurial
quick, changeable in character, fleeting
desultory
aimless, haphazard, digressing at random
sanctimony
self-righteousness, hypocritical, with false piety
indomitable
not easily discouraged or subdued
foment
to stir up, arouse, incite
splenetic
bad-tempered, irritable
flout
reject, mock, to go against (as in going against tradition or conventions)
obfuscate
to darken, make obscure, muddle
noisome
unwholesomely bad-smelling, putrid; (NOT "noisy")
incursion
a raid, a sudden attack
paean
a song of praise or triumph
turpitude
wickedness, shamefulness
detraction
slandering, verbal attack, aspersion
chastened
corrected, punished
brook
to tolerate, endure
ignominious
shameful, dishonorable, undignified, disgraceful
prolix
long and wordy
bane
cause of injury, poison, source of harm
abrogate
abolish or annul by authority; put down
conciliatory
reconciling, soothing, comforting, mollifying
insularity
narrow-mindedness, isolated
untoward
perverse, unruly, unseemly
perverted
twisted, corrupted, turned from normal course
odium
contempt, dislike, aversion
dissolution
disintegration, looseness in morals
sophomoric
self-assured though immature, affected, bombastic, overblown, lacking maturity
enormity
excessive wickedness; evilness. Don't confuse with "enormousness," which means great size. ENORMITY DOES NOT MEAN "BIGNESS" OR "GREAT SIZE"
obdurate
hardened and unrepentant; stubborn, inflexible
fatuous
complacently stupid
burnish
to polish, rub to a shine
tenuous
unsubstantial, flimsy, weak
repudiate
disown, disavow, reject as untrue
denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame
maverick
rebel, nonconformist
effluvia
outflow in a stream of particles; a noxious odor or vapor
alacrity
cheerful promptness
salubrious
healthful
paradigm
a model, example, or pattern
apotheosis
deification, glorification to godliness
officious
meddlesome, pushy in one's services
cogent
convincing
spurious
false, counterfeit
panegyric
formal praise, eulogy
mollify
to soothe
peregrination
traveling about, wandering
acarpous
effete, no longer fertile, worn out
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner
alloy
to debase by mixing with something inferior
fecund
fertile
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
peripatetic
walking
mendicant
a beggar
propitiatory
conciliatory, appeasing, mitigating
pedantic
bookish, showing off learning
nadir
bottom, the lowest point
zenith
top, the highest point
broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
obtrusive
projecting, prominent, undesirably noticeable
ramify
to be divided or subdivided; to branch out
exculpate
to clear from a charge of guilt
ineluctable
certain, inevitable
gainsay
to deny, declare false, to oppose
episodic
loosely connected, not flowing logically
iconoclastic
attacking cherished beliefs
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
profligate
wasteful, prodigal, licentious, extravagant
inherent
ingrained within one's nature; firmly established; a natural part of; definitionally so
torpid
sleeping, sluggish, lethargic, dormant
gregarious
sociable, outgoing
recondite
profound, abstruse, obscure
judicious
sound in judgment; wise
sinuous
winding, undulating, serpentine
undulate
to move in wavelike fashion, fluctuate
probity
uprightness, incorruptibility, principle
rubric
heading, title, or category
interdict
prohibit, forbid
harangue
a long, passionate speech
calumny
slander, aspersion
petrous
like a rock, hard, stony
petrify
to make hard, rocklike
conjoin
to join together
nexus
a connection, tie, or link
penury
extreme poverty
idyll
a carefree episode or experience; a short poem describing a picturesque episode
countenance
to favor or approve of
fulsome
disgusting, offensive due to excessiveness
chauvinist
a blindly devoted patriot
veritably
unquestionably, certainly
itinerate
to travel from place to place, to peregrinate
eulogy
formal praise; panegyric
malleable
yielding; easily shaped; moldable; adapting
bilge
bulge, the protuberance of a cask
lubricious
lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
sagacious
having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
impecunious
poor, penniless
recondite
not easily understood, abstruse, inscrutable
querulous
complaining, peevish, discontented
virago
a loud, domineering woman; a scold or nag
rarefy
to make thin, to make less dense, to purify or refine
expurgate
to remove obscenity, purify, censor
propinquity
nearness in time or place, affinity of nature
extenuate
reduce the strength of, lessen seriousness, partially excuse
deprecate
protest against, express disapproval of
excoriate
to flay, strip off the skin; to denounce sharply
obviate
to make unnecessary, get rid of
opprobrious
shameful, expressing disgrace
succor
assistance, relief in time of distress
censure
expression of blame or disapproval; a rebuke
proscribe
ostracize, banish, outlaw
platitude
a trite or banal statement; unoriginality
impetuous
having sudden energy, impulsive, thrusting ahead, forceful
obloquy
abusively detractive language, sharp criticism, vituperation
plaintive
mournful, melancholy, sorrowful
timorous
fearful, timid, afraid
debacle
a breakup, overthrow, sudden disaster
effrontery
boldness, impudence, arrogance
specious
illogical, of questionable truth or merit
redoubtable
formidable, causing fear
regale
to delight or entertain; to feast
volatile
changeable, inconstant, fickle, unstable, explosive
inured
accustomed to, adapted
blandishment
flattery, enticement
pernicious
deadly, very destructive
accretion
growth, increase by successive addition, building up
deposition
accretion, depositing, building up layer by layer
quotidian
daily; commonplace, pedestrian
pedestrian
commonplace, trite, unremarkable
sanguine
cheerful, confident, optimistic
consternation
sudden confusion or amazement
exsert
thrust out, push forth
petulant
impatient, irritable
scurvy
mean, contemptible
surfeit
satiate, feed to fullness or to excess
prevaricate
to equivocate, to stray from the truth
temerity
boldness, brashness, intrepidness
stint
to be thrifty, to set limits
obtain
to be established, accepted, or customary
propitious
auspicious, presenting favorable circumstances
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm; showing excitement
abjure
recant solemnly, repudiate, renounce
encomium
warm or glowing praise; eulogy, panegyric
arduous
steep, difficult ascent; laborious
tautology
a repetition, a redundancy
suppliant
asking humbly, beseeching
imperiousness
arrogance, commanding presence, overbearingness
evince
to show clearly, to indicate
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
vitiate
to pervert, debase, make ineffective
contemn
to scorn or despise
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
poseur
someone taking on airs to impress others; a phony
grievous
causing grief or pain; serious, dire, grave
precipitate
(v) to hurl down, to fall headlong (adj) speeding, acting recklessly
sententious
short and pithy, full of maxims/proverbs
palliate
to make something appear less serious, to alleviate, to gloss over, put a positive spin on
floridness
ruddiness; heavily decorated; ornateness
asperity
roughness, harshness, ill temper, irritability (Don't confuse with "aspersion," which means slander
mendacity
dishonesty
involute
intricate, complex
importune
ask incessantly, to beg, to nag
precipitous
rash, foolhardy; dropping sharply, dangerous
aba
garment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric
abacinate
to blind by putting red-hot copper basin near the eyes
abactor
cattle thief
abaculus
small tile for mosaic
abaft
toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft
abampere
unit equivalent to 10 amperes
abapical
at the lowest point
abarticular
not connected with the joint
abasement
action of humbling or degrading
abasia
inability to walk due to lack of muscular coordination
abask
in genial warmth
abatis
rampart of felled trees and branches
abatjour
skylight or device to direct light into a room
abattoir
public slaughterhouse
abature
trail through wood beaten down by a stag
abb
yarn used for warp
abba
Syriac or Coptic bishop
abbatial
of, like or pertaining to abbots or an abbey
abbozzo
preliminary sketch
abditive
remote; secret; hidden
abdominous
having a paunch or big belly
abducent
turning away; bearing away from
abeam
in a line at right angles to the length of a vessel, on the beam
abear
to bear; to comport; to behave
abecedarian
of, like or pertaining to the order of the alphabet; rudimentary
abecedism
word created from the initials of words in a phrase
abele
white poplar tree
aberdevine
alternate name for the siskin
aberuncators
long tool for pruning tall branches
abessive
indicating absence or lack
abiectic
of, like or pertaining to fir trees or fir sap
abigail
a lady's maid
abigeus
cattle rustler
abiogenesis
spontaneous generation of living matter
abiotrophy
degeneration; loss of physical vitality or ability
abirritate
to alleviate irritation; to reduce sensitivity
abiturient
pupil leaving school for university
abject
humble; miserable; craven
ablactation
weaning of a child from its mother's milk
ablative
indicating direction from or time when
ablator
thermal protection on outside of spacecraft
ablaut
variation in root vowel of words to change meaning
ablegate
papal envoy or legate
ablepsia
blindness
ablow
in a blowing state
abluent
cleanser or cleansing product
ablutomania
mania for washing oneself
abnegate
to renounce or repudiate
abodement
an omen; a foretelling
aboideau
tide gate
abolla
Roman military cloak
abomasum
ruminant's fourth stomach
aboral
away from the mouth
abord
to accost; to approach
aborning
during birth; while being born
aborticide
killing of a fetus; abortion
abortuary
anti-abortion term for an abortion clinic
aboulia
loss of ability to make decisions
aboulomania
pathological indecisiveness
aboutsledge
largest blacksmith's hammer
abra
narrow mountain pass
abradant
a substance that abrades
abraid
to awaken or rouse
abraxas
gem engraved with mystical word and bearing human-animal figure
abreuvoir
joint or gap between two stones in masonry
abroach
in a condition to allow liquor to run out
abrosia
fasting
abscind
to pare, reduce, cut off or away
abscissa
horizontal distance from a fixed line to a point
abscission
cutting off; cutting away
absconce
lantern used in monasteries and night offices
abseil
to descend a rock face using a double rope
absentaneous
done in absence; pertaining to absence
absinthial
of, like or pertaining to wormwood; bitter
absinthism
disease resembling alcoholism
absit
leave to pass one night away from college
absolutism
doctrine of government by a single absolute ruler; autocracy
absolutive
indicating subject or object of intransitive verb
absolutory
forgiving or absolving
absonant
discordant; abhorrent
absorbefacient
causing or promoting absorption
absorptiometer
instrument for measuring solubility of gases in liquids
absquatulate
to decamp; to leave quickly; to flee
absterge
wipe clean; expunge; purge; purify
absurdism
doctrine that we live in an irrational universe
abterminal
going from the end inwards
abthane
monastic region of the old Irish church
abulia
lack of ability to make decisions; aboulia
abuna
Ethiopian patriarch
abusion
misuse; outrage; deception
abutment
masonry on a wall that supports an arch
abvolt
unit of electrical potential equal to one hundred millionth of a volt
aby
to make amends; atone; pay a penalty
abyssopelagic
of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean
academicism
doctrine that nothing can be known
acanaceous
bearing prickles or thistles; prickly
acantha
prickle
acanthous
spiny; prickly
acapnia
lack or deficiency of carbon dioxide
acapnotic
non-smoker; non-smoking
acariasis
irritating itching insect infestation
acaricide
killer of mites and ticks
acarine
of, like or pertaining to ticks or mites
acarology
study of mites
acarophobia
fear of itching or of insects causing itching
acarpous
sterile; not bearing fruit
acatalectic
having complete or full number of syllables in a poetic line
acatalepsy
the unknowableness of all things to a certainty
acatamathesia
inability to understand data presented to the senses
acates
provisions that have been purchased
acatour
provisioner; quartermaster
acaudate
tailless
acaulescent
having a very short stem
accelerometer
instrument for measuring acceleration or vibrations
accend
to kindle
accensor
acolyte
accentor
songbird
acceptilation
remission of debt or liability through fictitious repayment
accessit
prize for students in second place; honourable mention
acciaccatura
very short note played before a longer one
accidence
grammar book; science of inflections in grammar
accidentalism
theory that events do not have causes
accidie
sloth; physical torpor
accinge
to gird
accipiter
bandage worn around the nose
accipitral
like a bird of prey; rapacious
accipitrine
of, like or pertaining to falcons and hawks
accismus
in rhetoric, pretending to refuse something
accite
to cite; to summon
acclinate
sloping upwards
acclivity
upward slope
accloy
to hobble with a horseshoe nail
accolade
curved architectural moulding; vertical line joining two musical staves
accolent
neighbouring
accosted
in heraldry, two figures placed side by side
accoucheur
male midwife
accoucheuse
female midwife
accourage
to encourage
accourt
to entertain
accoy
to subdue; to pacify; to soothe
accrementition
increase or growth by adding similar material
accretion
accumulation; addition of parts to form a whole
accubation
reclining as on a couch
accubitum
crescent-shaped couch
accusative
indicating direct object of a verb
acedia
listlessness; sloth
aceldama
site or scene of violence or bloodshed
aceology
therapeutics
acequia
irrigation ditch
acerate
of, like or resembling a needle
acerbate
to embitter; to irritate
acerous
lacking horns or antennae
acersecomic
one whose hair has never been cut
acervate
heaped; clustered
acervuline
like or in small mounds or heaps
acescence
becoming sour; souring; turning of milk
acetabulum
small anatomical cup or hollow, such as a sucker
acetarious
referring to plants that are used in salads
acetimeter
instrument for measuring strength of vinegar
achaenocarp
any dry indehiscent fruit
acharné
furious or desperate (of a battle)
achene
small one-seeded fruit or naked seed of plant
achloropsia
colour-blindness with respect to green
achor
eruption or scab on the head
achromatopsia
colour-blindness
achroous
colourless
acicular
needle-shaped
acidaemia
undue acidity of blood
acidimeter
instrument for measuring concentration of acids
acidulous
sharp or bitter-tasting
acierate
to turn into steel
acinaceous
full of kernels
acinaciform
scimitar-shaped
aciniform
shaped like a berry
acinus
berry which grows in clusters
acipenser
sturgeon
aclinic
having no inclination or magnetic dip
acock
defiantly
acoemeti
ancient monastic order who maintained eternal choir service
acology
study of medical remedies
acolous
limbless
acolouthic
of, like or pertaining to an after-image or other after-sensation
acopic
curing or relieving fatigue
acoria
pathologically great appetite
acosmism
disbelief in existence of eternal universe distinct from God
acouasm
ringing noise in head
acquest
object which is acquired
acracy
government by none; anarchy
acratia
impotence
acre-breadth
old unit of length of 22 yards
acritochromacy
colour-blindness
acroamatic
esoteric
acrocephalous
having a pointed or peaked skull
acrography
the art of making wood blocks in relief
acrolith
wooden statue with stone extremities
acrologic
of, like or pertaining to initials
acromegaly
glandular disorder causing gigantism of extremities
acronical
occurring at nightfall or sunset
acronym
word formed from initial letters of another word
acronyx
ingrown nail
acropathy
disease or illness of the extremities
acrophobia
fear of heights
acrophonic
using a symbol for the initial sound of a thing
acropodium
pedestal upon which a statue rests
acroscopic
looking or moving towards the apex
acroteleutic
phrase or words at the end of a psalm
acroterion
pedestal or ornament at the angle of a pediment
acrotism
absence of pulsing
actinism
action of solar radiation causing chemical change
actinograph
instrument used to calculate time of photographic exposure
actinometer
instrument for measuring incident radiation
actinotherapy
use of ultraviolet rays as medical therapy
actuate
communicate motion to; cause
aculeate
prickly; pointed; stinging; a stinging insect
aculeiform
shaped like a thorn
acultomancy
divination using needles
acuminate
tapered; pointed; to sharpen
acutiator
sharpener of weapons
acutorsion
twisting artery with needle to stop bleeding
acyanopsia
colour-blindness with respect to blue
acyesis
female sterility
acyrology
incorrect diction or pronunciation
adactylous
lacking fingers or claws
adamantine
unbreakable; impenetrable
adamitism
nakedness for religious reasons
adaxial
next to or towards the axis
addax
large African antelope
additament
thing added or appended; heraldic ornament
addititious
of, pertaining to or resulting from addition
addle
putrid; barren; muddled
addorsed
turned back to back in heraldry
adduce
cite as proof or instance
adeciduate
evergreen; coniferous
adeem
to cancel a bequest by destruction of the object
adelaster
provisional name for a plant whose flowers are unknown
adelphogamy
sharing of a wife by two or more brothers
ademption
revocation of donation by donor
adenalgia
painful swelling of a gland
adenia
glandular swelling
adeniform
shaped like a gland
adenography
descriptive work on the glandular system
adenoid
of, like or pertaining to or like a gland
adenology
study of glands
adenotomy
removal or excision of gland
adespota
anonymous works
adessive
indicating place where or proximity to
adevism
denial of gods of mythology and legend
adharma
unrighteousness
adhibit
to attach; to admit; to administer
adhocracy
government in an unstructured fashion; an unstructured organization
adiabatic
without transference of heat
adiaphoresis
absence of perspiration; inability to perspire
adiaphorism
doctrine of theological indifference or latitudinarianism
adiaphoron
tenet or belief on which a theological system is indifferent
adiapneustia
defective perspiration
adiathermancy
impermeability to radiant energy
adipescent
becoming fat or fatty
adipic
of, like or pertaining to fatty substances
adipocere
fatty substance occurring in corpses left in moist areas
adipsia
absence or lack of thirst
adit
opening or passage into a mine
adjudge
to decide; to award
adjutage
nozzle
adjutor
helper; assistant
adjuvant
substance added to make vaccine more effective
admanuensis
one who takes an oath on a religious book
admaxillary
connected to or near the jaw
admeasurement
the act of measuring or apportioning
adminicle
that which supports or aids, especially evidence
adnascent
growing on some other thing
adnominal
indicating adjective used as a noun
adnomination
punning
adnoun
adjective serving or used as a noun
adonise
to adorn oneself
adoptionism
belief that Christ was the adopted and not natural son of God
adoral
near the mouth
adosculation
impregnation by contact alone or by wind
adoxography
good writing on a trivial subject
adoxy
beliefs that are neither orthodox nor heterodox
adpress
to press together
adrogation
adoption of a boy or girl before adolescence
adscititious
added; additional
adscript
attached or feudally bound to the soil or earth
adsorb
to attract and stick to the surface
adumbrate
indicate faintly; foreshadow
adunc
hooked
aduncate
shaped like a hook or crook
adust
burnt; scorched
advection
horizontal movement of air
advehent
bringing inwards
advenient
due to outside causes
adventitious
accidental; casual
adventive
a thing or person coming from outside
adversaria
miscellaneous notes; commonplace books
adversative
word or phrase expressing opposition
advert
refer to in speech or writing
advertorial
advertisement presented as if it were editorial material
advesperate
darken; become late
advocaat
liqueur containing rum and raw eggs
advowson
right of presentation to church living
adynamia
helplessness; lack of strength
adytum
sacred part of a temple or church; church chancel
aedile
magistrate in charge of games, markets or buildings
aedoeology
science of generative organs
aegilops
stye in inner corner of eye
aegis
protection; support
aegrotat
medical certificate of illness excusing student's sickness
aeneous
shining bronze colour
aeolian
giving forth a tone as if produced by the wind
aeolipyle
hollow ball that turns through steam escaping through valves
aeolistic
long-winded
aeolotropy
variation in physical properties on basis of position
aeonian
lasting for an immeasurably long period of time
aerenchyma
respiratory tissue
aeriform
of the form or shape of gas; gaseous
aerious
of the nature of air; airy
aerobe
organism requiring oxygen to survive
aerobiology
study of airborne organisms
aerodonetics
science or study of gliding
aerogenesis
forming or generating gas or air
aerography
descriptive work on the atmosphere
aerolite
meteorite
aerolith
stone that falls from the sky; meteorite
aerolithology
study of aerolites; meteorites
aerology
study of the atmosphere
aeromancy
divination by means of the weather
aerometer
instrument for measuring weight or density of gas
aerophane
thin crinkled semi-transparent fabric
aerophilately
collecting of air-mail stamps
aerophobia
fear of flying or draughts
aerophore
instrument used to inflate stillborn child's lungs
aeropleustic
of, like or pertaining to aerial navigation
aerostat
any lighter-than air craft; balloon
aerostatics
science of air pressure; art of ballooning
aeruginous
of, like or pertaining to copper-rust or verdigris
aerugo
rust of any metal
aesc
letter used in Old English for 'ae'
aesopian
conveying meaning only to those in a secret movement
aesthesia
sensibility
aesthesiogenic
producing or causing a sensation
aestheticism
doctrine that beauty is central to other moral principles
aestival
of, like or pertaining to summer
aethrioscope
instrument for measuring temperature variations due to sky conditions
aeviternal
everlasting; endless
aeviternity
eternal existence
afebrile
not suffering from fever
affabulation
moral of a fable
affeer
to assess; to reduce to a fixed sum
afferent
bearing, bringing or carrying towards
affiance
to trust; to betroth
affine
a relation by marriage
afflated
inspired
afflatus
inspiration; divine impetus
afforce
to strengthen a jury by adding skilled people
afforest
to cover with forest; to convert into hunting grounds
affranchise
to free from slavery or similar obligation
affray
an attack or assault; an alarm or fright
affrayer
disturber of the peace
affreightment
hiring of a vessel
affreux
frightening
affricate
consonant that begins as a plosive and ends as a fricative
affronté
of two heraldic animals, facing one another
affusion
pouring on; as of baptismal water
afore
before
afterclap
unexpected damaging or unsettling after-effect
afterdeck
deck behind a ship's bridge
aftergame
rematch; means employed after first turn of affairs
afterguard
men who work the aft sails on the quarterdeck and poop deck
afterings
last milk drawn when milking a cow
afterpiece
minor piece after a play
aftershaft
second shaft coming out of the quill of a feather
afterwil
locking of the barn after the cows have been let out
agacerie
allurement; coquetry
agalactia
failure or inability to produce milk
agalloch
eaglewood
agamist
one who opposes marriage
agamogenesis
reproduction by non-sexual means
agape
selfless Christian love; a feast in celebration of such love
agapeistic
characterized by Christian love
agapet
lover of women
agapetae
churchwomen who live platonically with celibate men
agapism
ethics of love
agastopia
admiration of part of another's body
agatewear
type of ceramic resembling agate stone
agathism
belief in ultimate triumph of good despite evil means
agathodaimon
one's good genius; the good part of one's conscience
agelast
one who never laughs
agennesic
sterile; impotent
agenocratia
opposition to birth control
agentive
indicating agent performing an action
ageotropic
moving or turning away from the earth
agersia
quality of not growing old
ageusia
damage to the sense of taste
agger
artificial mound or elevation for military use
aggerose
in heaps; piled up
aggiornamento
modernization of ideas of the Catholic church
aggrade
to raise level of a surface through depositing detritus
aggrandize
increase power or rank of; make greater
aggrate
to gratify or please
aggry
type of West African glass beads
agio
premium paid on foreign currency exchange
agiotage
playing the stock market; speculation
agist
to charge with a public burden; to take in to graze for payment
agistment
land tax assessed for cattle pasturing
aglet
metal point attached to a lace or string
agma
symbol or sound for a velar nasal consonant "ng"
agminate
grouped
agnail
sore, corn or hangnail on the toe or foot
agname
name over and above the ordinary name and surname
agnation
kinship
agnize
to acknowledge or confess
agnomen
additional name; surname; nickname
agnosic
unable to recognize familiar objects due to brain damage
agnosticism
doctrine that we can know nothing beyond material phenomena
agnosy
ignorance
agoge
tempo or sequence in melody in ancient Greek music
agogic
accenting a musical note by slightly dwelling on it
agomphosis
looseness in the teeth
agone
ago
agonic
making no angle
agonism
competition; effort; striving
agonistes
someone in the grip of inner conflict
agonistic
of, like or pertaining to or being aggressive or argumentative
agonistics
art and theory of prize-fighting
agoraphobia
fear of open spaces
agowilt
sudden sickening and unnecessary fear
agraffe
hooked clasp used by masons to hold blocks together
agrapha
sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical gospels
agraphia
inability to write
agravic
having no gravity; pertaining to the condition of zero-gravity
agrestic
of the fields; rural; unpolished
agriology
the comparative study of primitive peoples
agrize
to horrify; to disfigure
agrizoiatry
medicine specializing in wild animals
agrobiology
study of plant nutrition; soil yields
agrology
study of agricultural soils
agromania
intense desire to be in open spaces
agronomics
study of productivity of land
agrostography
writing about grasses
agrostology
science or study of grasses
agrypnia
insomnia
agrypnotic
anything taken to aid wakefulness
aguardiente
Spanish or Portuguese brandy
agyiophobia
fear of crossing busy streets
agynary
lacking female genitals
ahimsa
the duty of sparing animal life; non-violence
ahull
with sails furled and helm lashed to the lee-side
ai
three-toed sloth
aichmophobia
fear of sharp or pointed objects
aiger
tidal wave occurring in rivers
aigrette
a spray of jewels; ornamental feather plume; an egret
aiguille
sharp; needle-like peak of rock
aileron
flap on airplane wing for lateral balance
ailette
plate of armour worn on shoulder
ailuromancy
divination by watching cats' movements
ailurophilia
love of cats
ailurophobia
fear of cats
aioli
garlic-flavoured mayonnaise
airscrew
aircraft propeller
aischrolatry
worship of filth, dirt, or smut
aisling
a vision or dream
ait
small island in lake or river
aitchbone
rump bone of cattle; rump cut of beef
aiué
elderly; senior
akeratophorous
not horned
akinesia
loss of ability to move
ala
membranous outgrowth on a plant or animal
alabamine
alternate name for the element astatine
alack
expression of sorrow or regret
alalia
loss of ability to speak
alameda
public walkway between rows of poplar trees
alamort
half-dead; dejected
alannah
term of endearment used with one's child
alar
of, like or pertaining to the wing or shoulder
alastrim
mild form of smallpox
alate
lately
alation
state of having wings; position of wings on a creature
alaudine
of, like or pertaining to skylarks
alb
long white robe worn by priests
albarello
cylindrical jar used to hold drugs
albata
variety of German silver
albedo
whiteness, as of a celestial object
albescent
becoming white; whiteness
albicant
whitish; becoming white
albificative
able to whiten or be whitened
albion
medieval astronomical device for finding positions of planets
albocracy
government by white people
albolith
white cement formed from magnesia and silica
albugineous
like the white of an eye or an egg; white-coloured
alcahest
alchemical universal solvent
alcatote
silly elf
alcine
of, like or pertaining to elks; of, like or pertaining to auks
alcoholometer
instrument for measuring proportion of alcohol in solutions
alcovinometer
instrument to measure strength of wine
aleatoric
depending on contingencies or chance
aleberry
beverage made from ale, spices, and dried bread
alecost
costmary, an herb used in flavouring ale
alectormancy
divination by sacrificing a rooster
alectryomachy
cock-fighting
alectryomancy
divination by watching a rooster gather corn kernels
alee
on or toward the lee
alegar
vinegar made by turning ale sour
alembicated
over-refined
alepine
mixed wool and silk or mohair and cotton fabric
alethiology
study of truth
aleuromancy
divination using flour or meal
alexia
inability to read
alexipharmic
antidote
alfet
cauldron of boiling water used during trials by ordeal
alforge
wallet or leather bag
algedonics
science of pleasure and pain
algefacient
cooling
algetic
causing or producing pain
algicide
killer of algae
algid
cold; chilly
alginuresis
painful urination
algolagnia
sexual pleasure derived from inflicting pain
algology
study of algae
algophobia
fear of pain
algor
coldness; shivering fit
algraphy
art of printing from aluminum plates
alible
nourishing
alidade
revolving index on astrolabe or other instrument for reading gradations
aliform
wing-shaped
aligerous
winged
aliped
having wings on the feet
aliphatic
of, like or pertaining to fat or fats in general
aliquant
number dividing into another with a remainder
aliquot
number dividing into another without leaving a remainder
aliter
requiring a different law or rule to be applied
alk
sap or resin from turpentine trees
alkalimeter
instrument for measuring strength of alkalines
alkanet
reddish plant-based dye
allantiasis
food poisoning resulting from inadequate preservation
allantoid
shaped like a sausage
allative
indicating movement towards
allemain
enormous pudding out of which acrobats leap
allemande
courtly baroque dance in which the arms are interlaced
alliaceous
of, like or pertaining to garlic; garlicky
allicient
attracting something else
allision
intentional collision of two ships
allocatur
amount allowed for costs
allochthonous
formed or produced elsewhere or externally
allodic
not subject to a superior
allogamy
cross-fertilization
allogeneous
different
allography
writing another individual's signature
allolalia
speech disorder featuring randomly spoken words
allonge
paper attached to commercial bill requiring signatures
allonym
other person's name used by an author
allotheism
belief in or worship of strange gods
allotriophagy
craving for strange foods
allotropy
of an element, having more than one form
alluvion
effect of water impacting on shoreline
almacantar
circle of altitude, parallel to the horizon
almagest
textbook or handbook, especially dealing with astronomy
almandine
violet-coloured garnet
almoner
giver of alms; social worker in a hospital
almuce
cloth or fur hood
alnager
inspector of cloth
alogism
illogical statement
alomancy
divination using salt
alopecia
baldness; hair loss
alopecoid
of or resembling a fox
alow
below
alpaca
fine wool made from alpaca hair
alpenglow
reddish glow appearing at sunrise or sunset in mountains
alpenstocker
mountain climber
alpestrine
of, like or pertaining to alpine regions
alphenic
sugary candy used in medicine
alphitomancy
divination using loaves of barley
alphonsin
instrument used to extract bullets from bodies
alt
high musical tone
altarage
payment to priest for mass; offerings at altar
alterity
state of being different
alternatim
alternately
altiloquence
pompous or high speech
altisonant
high-sounding
altitonant
thundering on high or loudly
altricial
having young requiring care for a lengthy period
aludel
pear-shaped pot used in sublimation
aluminiferous
bearing aluminum
alveary
beehive; area of the ear where wax collects; word-list
alveolate
of or like a honeycomb
alveromancy
divination using sounds
alviducous
purgative
alvine
of the belly
ama
a Japanese pearl-diver
amadelphous
outgoing; gregarious
amain
to a high degree; exceedingly; at full speed
amanous
lacking hands
amanuensis
one employed to write from dictation
amaranth
imaginary flower reputed never to fade
amaranthine
immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour
amasesis
inability to chew
amasthenic
focusing light rays to a single point
amathophobia
fear of dust
amaxophobia
fear of riding in a car
ambages
windings; roundabout ways; delays
ambeer
juice from chewing tobacco
ambisinistrous
awkward in the use of both hands
ambit
circuit; scope; compass; confines
ambo
early Christian raised reading desk or pulpit
ambry
recess for church vessels; cupboard or niche
ambsace
bad luck; a low score
ambulatory
aisle down the east end of a church
ambulomancy
divination by taking a walk
ambulophobia
fear of walking
ambustion
burn or scald
amende
fine or reparation paid
ament
a person who fails to develop mentally
amerce
to fine; to deprive; to punish
ametropia
abnormal optical refraction
amice
strip of fine linen worn as cloak or wrap by priest at mass
amicicide
murder of a friend
amidships
midway between the bow and stern of a ship
ammeter
instrument for measuring electrical current
ammophilous
sand-loving; preferring to dwell in sand
amnicolist
one who lives near a river
amniomancy
divination by examining afterbirth
amorce
percussion cap for a toy pistol
amoret
love sonnet or song
amoretto
a cherub or spirit of love
ampelidious
of, like or pertaining to vines
ampelography
scientific description of the vine
ampere
unit for measuring amount of electrical current
amphibiolith
fossilized amphibian
amphibolic
able to turn both backwards and forwards; double-jointed
amphibology
ambiguity in language; dual grammatical meaning
amphigean
occurring in both hemispheres of the brain or body
amphigory
a nonsense verse
amphimixis
interbreeding; intermixing of two individuals' genetic matter
amphipneust
animal with both lungs and gills
amphisbaena
mythical two-headed serpent or lizard
amphiscian
of, like or pertaining to torrid regions
amplexus
rutting of frogs and toads
ampliative
supplemental; additional
amplivagant
stretching far; having a great scope
ampulla
vessel for holy oil or wine for coronations or rituals
amrita
Hindu ambrosia bestowing immortality
amygdaloid
almond-shaped; of, like or pertaining to tonsils
amyloid
containing or pertaining to starch; starchy
amyous
lacking muscle
an
if
ana
in equal quantities
anabasis
journey leading upwards; first phase of an illness
anabiosis
return to life after apparent death
anacampserote
something which can bring back a lost love
anacamptic
reflecting or reflected light; sound or water
anacardic
of, like or pertaining to cashews
anacathartic
causing vomiting or expectoration
anachoric
foreign or geographically absurd relating to a country
anaclastic
refractive; of, like or pertaining to refraction
anaclitic
dependent on other phenomenon or ability
anacoluthon
moving to new topic of discussion before finishing current one
anacrisis
interrogation accompanied by torture
anacrusis
syllable prior to the normal rhythm of a verse
anacusic
completely deaf
anadem
wreath, fillet or band
anadiplosis
repeating last word of clause at beginning of next clause
anadromous
fish which ascend rivers to spawn
anaerectic
destructive
anaesthesiology
study of anaesthetics
anagalactic
coming from or existing beyond our own galaxy
anaglyph
ornament in low relief
anaglyptics
art of carving in bas-relief
anaglyptography
art of engraving so as to give the subject an embossed appearance
anagnorisis
recognition leading to denouement of a play
anagogy
mystical interpretation
anagraphy
art of constructing catalogues
analects
crumbs that fall from the table
analemma
sundial
analgia
inability to feel pain
anamnesis
reminiscence; prayer recalling death and resurrection of Jesus
anamorphic
changing to a more complex form
anandrious
impotent
ananym
name written backward; often used as synonym
anapeiratic
caused by excessive use
anapest
two short metrical syllables followed by one long one
anaphalantiasis
falling out of the eyebrows
anaphia
loss of sense of touch
anaphora
repetition of a word at beginning of successive phrases for emphasis
anapnea
recovery of one's breath; restoration of breath
anastasic
convalescent
anastrophe
reversing or inverting word order as rhetorical device
anatine
of, like or pertaining to ducks
anatocism
compound interest
anatreptic
overcoming; overturning
anaudia
loss of voice
anbury
soft fleshy tumour in horses
anchorite
one withdrawn from the world for religious reasons
ancillary
auxiliary; secondary
ancipitous
two-edged and flattened
ancistroid
hook-shaped
ancon
elbow
anconoid
of, like or pertaining to the elbow
ancoral
of, shaped like or resembling an anchor
ancress
female religious recluse
andiron
iron bar used to support the end of a log in a fire
andragogy
science of teaching adults
androcracy
government by men
androlepsia
governmental kidnapping for political purposes
andromania
nymphomania
androphagy
cannibalism
aneabil
single; unmarried
anele
to administer extreme unction to
anemocracy
government by the wind or by whim
anemograph
instrument for measuring pressure and velocity of wind
anemography
treatise on the winds
anemology
study of winds
anemometer
instrument for measuring wind velocity
anemophilous
pollinated by wind
anencephalic
lacking a brain
anent
about; concerning
anergia
failure of immune system; loss of energy
anesis
tuning to a lower musical pitch
aneuria
lack of nervous energy
anfractuous
full of windings and intricate turnings
angary
the right of a belligerent to seize neutral property
angelocracy
government by angels
angelolatry
worship of or belief in angels
angelology
study of angels
angelus
prayer said in morning, at noon and at sunset
angiogenesis
production of blood vessels
angiology
study of blood flow and lymphatic system
anglomania
craze or obsession with England and the English
anglophilia
love or fondness for England or the English
anglophobia
fear of England or the English
angora
silk-like fabric made from wool of angora goats
angstrom
unit of one ten-billionth of a meter
anguiform
shaped like a snake
anguilliform
shaped like an eel
anguine
of, like or pertaining to snakes
anguine
of, like or pertaining to snakes
anhedonia
an unresponsiveness to pleasure
anhelation
shortness of breath
anhidrosis
absence of perspiration
aniconic
symbolizing without aiming at resemblance
anicular
like an old woman
anile
imbecilic; senile; like a very old woman
animadvert
to comment critically on; to censure
animastic
spiritual; animate
animism
attribution of soul to inanimate objects
anion
positively charged ion
anisothenic
being of unequal strength
anker
liquid measure of 8 1/2 gallons
ankus
spiked elephant goad
ankyroid
hook-shaped
anlace
short two-edged dagger
anneal
to heat and cool metal gradually to temper
annectent
having intermediate features between two taxa
annihilationism
doctrine that the wicked are utterly destroyed after death
annodated
shaped like the letter S
annomination
pun; play on words
annuent
nodding or moving of the head
annulet
small ring around a classical column
annulose
ringed; composed of rings
anocathartic
emetic; causing vomiting or expectoration
anodontia
toothlessness
anodyne
something that relieves pain or suffering
anoesis
sensation not accompanied by understanding of it
anogenic
formed from below or beneath
anomia
inability to remember names
anomic
in a state lacking social order and norms
anomie
condition of lacking accepted social values or standards
anomphalous
without a navel
anon
at once; immediately
anonym
person whose name is not given; pseudonym
anopheline
of, like or pertaining to malarial mosquitoes
anopisthographic
bearing writing or inscription only on one side
anopsia
blindness
anorchous
lacking testicles
anosmia
lack or loss of sense of smell
anotic
lacking ears
ansate
having a handle or hand-like shape
anserine
of, like or pertaining to geese
anta
pier produced by thickening wall at one end
antalgic
alleviating or relieving pain
antanaclasis
repetition of key word of phrase as a play on words
antapology
response to an apology
antarchy
opposition to government; anarchy
anteambulo
usher
antechapel
anteroom to a chapel or church
antejentacular
before breakfast
anteloquy
a preface
antelucan
before dawn or daylight
antemundane
before one's own birth; before the creation of the world
antenniferous
bearing antennae
antepast
foretaste
antependium
covering or cloth over pulpit or altar
antephialtic
preventing nightmares
antepone
to put before; to prefer
anteprandial
before dinner
antevenient
preceding
anthelion
luminous ring seen on a cloud opposite the sun
anthelminthic
destroying or expelling worms
anthesis
full bloom
anthomancy
divination using flowers
anthomania
obsession with flowers
anthophilous
loving or frequenting flowers
anthorism
counter-definition
anthracomancy
divination using burning coals
anthrophobia
fear of humans
anthropobiology
study of human biology
anthropogenesis
origin of human beings
anthropoglot
animal with human tongue; animal capable of speech
anthropolatry
worship of human beings
anthropolith
fossilized human skeleton
anthropomancy
divination using human entrails
anthropopathy
ascription of human feelings to inanimate object
anthropophaginian
cannibal
anthropophagous
eating humans
anthroposophy
knowledge of the nature of humanity; human wisdom
anthropotheism
belief that gods are only deified men
antibasilican
opposed to monarchic principle
antiblastic
providing natural immunity against harmful substances
antibromic
eliminating offensive odours
antichresis
enjoyment of mortgaged property in lieu of interest payments
antichthon
hypothetical second Earth on the opposite side of the sun
anticryptic
camouflaged; having protective resemblance to environment
antidisestablishmentarianism
doctrine opposed to removing Church of England's official religion status
antigalactic
preventing the secretion of milk
antigropelos
waterproof leggings
antilapsarianism
denial of doctrine of the fall of humanity
antilegomena
books of the New Testament not part of early Christian Bible
antilogarithm
number of which a given number is the logarithm
antilogism
statement of three propositions containing contradiction
antilogy
contradiction
antimnemonic
damaging the memory; eliminating memories
antimony
brittle, bluish-white metallic element
antinomianism
doctrine of the rejection of moral law
antinomy
contradiction between two logical conclusions
antipedobaptism
denial of validity of infant baptism
antiperistasis
opposition or resistance
antiphon
anthem sung as a response during church service
antiphrasis
use of words in a sense opposite to literal
antipudic
concealing private parts of the body
antiscian
dweller on the exact opposite side of the world
antistrophe
repetition of words in reverse order
antithalian
opposed to mirth or fun
antithesis
contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangement of words or clauses
antitypy
resistance to being penetrated
antonomasia
use of descriptive phrase or epithet instead of proper name
antre
cave
antrorse
turned upward and forward
anuptaphobia
fear of staying single
anuresis
inability to urinate
anurous
tailless
anzactile
army biscuit
aorist
expressing simple past time with no continuance
apaesthesia
numbness or loss of sensation in a limb
apagoge
proof by showing the falsehood of the opposite
apanage
privilege of office; especially one given to younger offspring
apantomancy
divination using objects at hand
apatetic
of an animal's coloration or markings
apay
to satisfy
apercu
brief outline; glimpse; intuitive insight
aperient
laxative
aphagia
inability to eat or swallow
aphemia
loss of ability to produce articulate speech
apheresis
taking away a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word
aphesis
loss of initial unaccented vowel from beginning of a word
aphicide
killer of aphids
aphidicide
killer of aphids
aphnology
science of wealth
aphologistic
flameless
aphotic
lightless
aphrasia
inability to speak
aphrodisiomania
abnormal sexual interest
aphthong
silent letter
apian
of, like or pertaining to bees
apiarian
of, like or pertaining to bees or beekeeping
apical
of or at the apex
apiculture
beekeeping
apiology
study of bees
apistia
faithlessness in marriage
apivorous
eating bees
aplanatic
a lens free of spherical aberration
apocalypticism
doctrine of the imminent end of the world
apocarteresis
suicide by starvation
apocatastasis
final restitution of all things at the appearance of the Messiah
apocatastisis
reversion or restoration to original position
apocope
cutting off the last sound of a word
apocrisiary
papal secretary
apodal
lacking feet
apodictic
necessarily true beyond contradiction
apodosis
main clause in a conditional sentence
apodysophilia
feverish desire to undress
apograph
exact copy; facsimile
apolaustic
dedicated to the search for enjoyment
apologetics
defense and proof of Christianity or other doctrine
aponia
painlessness
apopemptic
valedictory
apophasis
saying something by stating that you will not mention it
apophoret
a gift given to celebrate a new year
apophthegm
brief saying; proverb; epigram
aporia
professed but false doubt of what to say or choose
aposiopesis
suddenly stopping in the middle of a speech for emphasis
apositia
dislike of or distaste for food
apostasy
renunciation of former beliefs
apostil
marginal note
apostrophe
addressing of a personified thing rhetorically
apotelesm
casting of a horoscope
apothegm
a short, instructive saying or formula
apotheosis
elevation to divine status; a perfect example
apotropaic
designed to turn away evil
apparitor
officer in court who attends to execute orders; harbinger
appendant
attached to; hanging from; adjunct
apperception
mind's perception of itself as a conscious agent
appersonation
irrational belief that one is another person
appetence
strong craving or powerful desire
applanate
flat; flattened; compressed
apport
to transport objects without material agency
appose
to place in juxtaposition or proximity
apposite
appropriate
approbation
approval; consent
apprompt
to borrow
appropinquity
nearness
appui
to support militarily
appulse
a striking against something
appurtenance
a subordinate or adjunct part of
apricate
to bask in the sun
aprique
sunny
apse
rounded extension of church or other building
apselophesia
loss of sense of touch
apsidal
shaped like an apse
apterygial
wingless; finless
aptotic
uninflected; indeclinable
aptronym
name that suits its owner
apyrexy
period of intermission in a fever
aquamanile
ewer in the form of a human or animal figure for ceremonial handwashing
aquaphobia
fear of water
aquarelle
watercolour painting
aquifer
a rock formation containing water
aquiform
watery; liquid
aquiline
of, like or pertaining to eagles; hooked like an eagle's beak
araba
wheeled Middle Eastern carriage
arachibutyrophobia
fear of peanut butter sticking to roof of mouth
arachnivorous
feeding on spiders
arachnology
study of spiders
arachnophobia
fear of spiders
araneidan
of, like or pertaining to spiders
araneiform
shaped like a spider
araneous
transparent; delicate; like a spider's web
araphorostic
seamless
aration
ploughing
arbalest
type of crossbow
arborescent
branched; branching; tree-shaped
arboricolous
growing on or living in trees
arboriform
shaped like a tree
arbrolatry
worship of start
arbuscle
dwarf or shrub-like tree
arbustum
orchard; copse of trees
arcanna
red chalk used to mark trees
arcate
bow-shaped
archaeolatry
worship of archaic things or old customs
archelogy
the study of first principles
archet
violin box
archididascalian
of, like or pertaining to headmasters
archididascalos
school principal
archimandrite
head of a monastery or convent
archimime
chief buffoon or mimic
architectonics
of, like or pertaining to the arrangement of knowledge
architrave
parts surrounding a door or window, especially the top
archology
science of the origins of government
arciform
shaped like a bow
arctician
one skilled in navigating arctic regions
arctogaeal
of the arctic regions of the earth
arctoid
bear-like
arctophile
collector of teddy bears
arctophily
study of teddy bears
arcuate
arched; bow-shaped
ard
plough used to scratch top surface of soil
ardass
fine silk
arefy
to dry up; to wither
arenaceous
like, growing in or consisting of sand
arenoid
sandy; like sand
areology
study of Mars
areometer
instrument used for measuring specific gravity
areopagitic
of, like or pertaining to tribunals or courts
aret
to assign or allot
aretaics
the science of virtue
arete
sharp mountain ridge
argand
gas or oil lamp
argent
the heraldic colour silver or white
argentiferous
bearing silver
argentocracy
government by money
argil
clay used in making pottery
argillaceous
clayey; of or resembling clay
argol
crust formed on wine kept too long or improperly
argol
dried cow dung used as fuel
argosy
a large merchant ship; a rich supply
arguria
silver poisoning
argute
shrill; keen; shrewd
argyll
silver gravy dish
arietine
of, like or pertaining to rams
arietinous
shaped like a ram's head
aright
right; correctly
ariolation
divination in general
aristarch
a severe critic
aristarchy
government by the best
aristology
the science or art of dining
arithmancy
divination using numbers
arithmocracy
government by simple majority
arithmogram
number composed of numerical values of letters in a word
arithmomania
obsessive preoccupation with numbers
armamentarium
collective equipment available to a doctor
armigerous
entitled to bear arms
armillary
like or composed of rings
armipotent
having strong weapons; militarily potent
armisonant
resounding with noises of battle or weapons
armomancy
divination by examining one's shoulders
armure
twilled woollen or silk fabric
aroint
begone
arpent
unit of land area slightly smaller than an acre
arpenteur
land surveyor
arrant
downright; unmitigated
arras
tapestry covering a wall
arrasene
embroidery fabric of wool and silk
arrect
attentive; erect; raised up
arrendator
one who rents or farms at a yearly rent
arreptitious
ecstatic; frantic; hasty or hurried
arrestant
substance causing an insect to stop moving
arrhizal
lacking roots
arris
sharp edge on stone; meeting of two surfaces
arrogate
to claim unduly as one's own; to ascribe
arrosive
gnawing; chewing; corroding
arthrology
study of joints
arthroscope
instrument for examining interior of a joint
arundiferous
bearing or producing reeds
arundinaceous
like or having the properties of a reed
arval
of, like or pertaining to ploughed land
ascesis
the practice of disciplining oneself; asceticism
asceticism
doctrine that self-denial of the body permits spiritual enlightenment
ascham
box for keeping bows and arrows dry
ascian
inhabitant of the equatorial zone
aseity
self-origination
ashlar
squared stone used in building walls
ashplant
walking stick
asinine
of, like or pertaining to asses; stupid
asitia
lack of appetite
askefise
one who blows on ashes to bring them to flame
asomatous
lacking a body; incorporeal
asonia
deafness to specific pitches of sound
asperge
to sprinkle
aspergilliform
shaped like a brush
aspergillum
vessel for sprinkling holy water
asperity
roughness of surface or sound
asperse
slander; disparage
aspersory
vessel for holding holy water
aspheterism
denial of the right to private property
aspidate
shield-shaped
aspidomancy
divination by sitting and chanting within a circle
asportation
to carry property away wrongfully
assart
to reclaim for agriculture by clearing away trees
assecuration
marine insurance
assentation
insincere or glib assent
asseveration
positive or earnest affirmation
assibilate
to pronounce with a hiss or sibilant
assiduity
persevering application to a pursuit
assizer
officer or judge in charge of weights and measures
assocative
indicating association with or accompaniment by
assoil
to absolve; to acquit
assot
to befool; to besot
assuefaction
habituation
assuetude
accustomedness; habit
assurgent
ascending; rising; curving upward
astacology
the science of crayfish
astatic
in equilibrium
asteism
refined irony
asterism
three asterisks used to direct attention to a passage
astern
at the stern of a ship
astheniology
study of diseases of weakening and aging
asthenopia
muscular weakening of the eyes
astichous
not in rows
astragal
small semicircular moulding; dice
astragalomancy
divination using dice or knucklebones
astraphobia
fear of being struck by lightning
astrapophobia
fear of thunder and lightning
astriction
binding obligation
astringe
to draw together; to tighten
astrionics
electronics as applied to space flight
astrobleme
scar on the earth's surface from meteorite impact
astrobolism
sun-stroke
astrogeology
study of extraterrestrial geology
astrognosy
knowledge of fixed stars
astrogony
theory of the origin of stars
astrolatry
worship of stars
astrologaster
a foolish or petty astrologer
astromancy
divination using stars
astrometeorology
study of effect of stars on climate
astronomical unit
unit of distance equal to the distance from the earth to the sun
astrophile
person interested in astronomy
astroseismology
study of star oscillations
astrut
protrudingly; distendedly
asynartetic
having two members with different rhythms
asyndeton
rhetorical device of omitting conjunctions
atactic
irregular
ataraxia
tranquility; freedom from anxiety; stoicism
atavism
reversion to early or ancestral type
ateknia
childlessness
atelier
artist's studio or workshop
ateliosis
imperfect development; developmental irregularity
athanasy
deathlessness
athanor
alchemist's self-feeding digesting furnace
atheling
Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman
athenaeum
literary or scientific association
athermic
lacking heat
athetesis
rejection of a passage as spurious
athetosis
nervous twitching of digits and extremities
athwart
across; in opposition to; sideways; transversely
athymia
melancholy
atimy
loss of honour; disgrace
atlantes
male figures used as columns
atlas
rich satin fabric
atmatertera
great-grandfather's grandmother's sister
atmology
the science of aqueous vapour
atmometer
instrument for measuring evaporating capacity of air
atocia
female sterility
atokous
lacking offspring
atomism
belief that the universe consists of small indivisible particles
atony
muscular weakness
atpatruus
great-grandfather's grandfather's brother
atrabiliary
melancholy; hypochondriac
atrabilious
melancholy; splenetic; acrimonious
atrament
blacking; ink; black dye
atresia
absence or irregular closure of a passage in the body
atrichia
baldness
atrous
jet black
attainder
the loss of civil rights for high treason
attaint
disgrace; sully; infect; taint
attemper
to adapt or alter quality by adding to something
attenuate
make thin; reduce in value
atticism
expression characterized by conciseness and elegance
attingent
touching
attollent
lifting up; raising
attorn
to transfer to another
attrahent
attracting or drawing
attrist
to sadden
attrite
repentant through fear of punishment
attuition
operation between sensation and perception
aubade
musical announcement of dawn; sunrise song
aubergine
eggplant
aubin
horse's gait between an amble and a gallop
auceps
hawker or bird-tender
aucupate
to hunt birds; to pursue prey with vigilance
audile
person more attuned to sound than the other senses
audiology
study of hearing
audiometer
instrument for measuring acuity of hearing
audiophile
one who loves accurately reproduced recorded sound
augean
filthy; difficult
augend
number to which another number is added
aught
at all
aularian
of, like or pertaining to a hall in a university
aulete
flautist
aulic
courtly; ceremonious; genteel
auncel
crude balance for weighing
aurantiaceous
of, like or pertaining or pertaining to oranges or orange trees
aureity
property of being golden in colour or substance
aureole
radiant light around head or body of holy personage
auricomous
having golden or blond hair
auricular
of, like or pertaining to the ear; spoken secretly
auriferous
bearing gold
aurifex
goldsmith
auriform
shaped like an ear
aurigation
charioteering
aurilave
instrument for cleaning the ear
auriphrygia
gold embroidery
auriscope
instrument for examining the ear
aurochs
extinct wild ox
aurulent
gold-coloured
auscultation
listening to sounds arising within organs
auslaut
final sound of a word or syllable
austringer
keeper of goshawks
austromancy
divination using wind
autarchy
government by an absolute ruler
autarkic
self-sufficient; independent
autecology
study of ecology of one species
autocephality
ecclesiastical self-government
autocoprophagy
eating one's own feces
autocracy
government by one individual
auto-da-fe
burning of a heretic
autodidact
self-taught person
autogenesis
spontaneous generation
autognosis
knowledge of or about oneself
autolatry
self-worship
autology
scientific study of oneself
automorphism
ascription to others of one's own characteristics
automysophobia
fear of being dirty
autonym
a writer's real name; work published under writer's own name
autophagy
feeding on body's own tissues
autophanous
self-luminous
autophobia
fear of solitude
autoschediasm
anything extemporized
autosoterism
belief that one can obtain salvation through oneself
autotelic
being an end in itself
autothaumaturgist
person pretending to be mystical or mysterious
autotheism
belief that one is God incarnate or that one is Christ
autotropic
growing in a straight line
auxanometer
instrument for measuring growth of plants
auxesis
increase in size; hyperbole
auxology
science of growth
auxometer
instrument for measuring magnifying power
aval
of, like or pertaining to a grandparent
avalement
allowing knees to flex while skiing
avaunt
away; hence
avaunt
to boast
aveniform
shaped like oats
averruncate
to ward off; to uproot
averruncator
pole for pruning trees
avicide
killing of birds
avicular
of, like or pertaining to birds
avinosis
air sickness
avionics
the science of electronic devices for aircraft
avital
ancestral
avizandum
private consideration of a case by a judge
avolitional
involuntary
avulse
to pluck or tear away by force
avuncular
like an uncle; of, like or pertaining to uncles
awn
beard or similar bristly growth on stalk of grain
axilla
armpit
axiniform
shaped like an axe-head
axinomancy
divination using an axe or hatchet
axiology
the science of the ultimate nature of values
azimuth
arc of the horizon
azoth
alchemical name for mercury
azuline
blue
azure
light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue
azymous
unleavened
babeldom
a confused sound of voices
baccate
having berries; berry-like
bacchanal
drunkard; reveller
bacciferous
bearing berries
bacciform
shaped like a berry
baccivorous
eating berries
bacillicide
killer of berries
backstay
stay extending from ship's mastheads to the side of the ship
bactericide
killer of bacteria
baculiform
rod-shaped
baculine
of, like or pertaining to the stick or cane; of, like or pertaining to flogging
baculum
penis bone in some mammals
baculus
rod, staff or scepter of power
badigeon
plaster and ground stone mixture for repairing masonry
badinage
playful repartee or banter
badious
chestnut-coloured
baedeker
guide book
baetyl
magical or holy meteoric stone
baft
cheap coarse cotton fabric
bagarre
scuffle or brawl
bagging
coarse fabric for making bags or sacks
bagnio
bathing house
bahadur
self-important official
bahuvrihi
compound word whose second part is a noun but that acts as an adjective
bail
barrier or pole separating horses in an open stable
bailivate
office of a bailiff
bailment
delivery of goods in trust
baisemain
kiss on the hand
baize
coarse napped cotton or wool fabric
bakelite
type of solid plastic
balaniferous
acorn-bearing
balanism
use of suppositories
balanoid
acorn-shaped
balatron
joker; clown
balbriggan
knitted cotton fabric
balbutient
stammering
baldachin
rich embroidered silk and gold fabric
baldaquin
covering or canopy over a throne or altar
baldric
shoulder strap for holding sword
balefire
bonfire or beacon-fire
balisaur
long-tailed badger
balistarius
crossbowman
balistraria
cross-shaped opening in wall for firing arrows
balize
pole mounted on seashore as beacon
ballaster
one who supplies ships with ballast
balletomania
abnormal fondness for ballet
ballistocardiograph
instrument for detecting body movements caused by heartbeat
ballistophobia
fear of missiles
ballottement
diagnosis of pregnancy by applying sharp force to abdomen
balmorality
superficial enthusiasm for Scottish culture
balneary
bath
balneology
the science of the therapeutic use of baths
balustrade
row of columns supporting a stair rail
balzarine
light cotton dress material
banausic
materialistic; merely mechanical; pertaining to workshops
bandelet
small flat moulding around a column
banderol
flat band with an inscription; small banner
bandobast
detailed organization; settlement
bandolier
shoulder belt for carrying ammunition
bangtail
mustang or wild horse
bannock
flat unleavened loaf of bread
banquette
raised way or footway above a parapet
bantling
brat; whelp; bastard child
baptistery
part of church reserved for performing baptisms
bar
unit of pressure of one million dynes per square centimeter
baragnosis
loss of ability to distinguish weight
baragouin
any jargon or unintelligible language
barathea
pebbly silk or worsted fabric with broken rib weave
barathrum
an abyss; an insatiable person
barbarocracy
government by barbarians
barbate
bearded
barbette
earthen terrace inside the parapet of a rampart
barbican
projecting watchtower over the gate of a castle
barbigerous
bearded; bearing a beard
barbula
small tuft of hair just below the lower lip
barcarole
gondolier's song
bardel
pack saddle
bardocucullus
hooded cloak worn by monks
bardolatry
excessive devotion to or worship of Shakespeare
barege
gauzy fabric of silk, cotton, wool, or worsted
bargemaster
owner of a barge
barkentine
three-masted vessel
barleycorn
old unit of length equal to one-third inch
barm
yeast; froth on fermenting liquor
barmaster
local judge among miners
barmcloth
an apron
barmkin
battlement or turret on the outer wall of a castle
barn
unit of area measurement of particles equal to 100 square femtometres
barnard
member of gang of thieves who acts as decoy
barodynamics
science of the support and mechanics of bridges
barognosis
ability to perceive weight
barograph
instrument for recording air pressure
barology
study of gravitation
baroscope
weather-glass
barouche
four-wheeled hooded carriage
barracan
fine silk cloth
barracoon
depot for slaves
barras
coarse linen fabric
barrateen
some kind of fabric
barratry
inciting riot or violence
barre
placing capo or finger across guitar strings
barrulet
narrow heraldic bar
bartisan
parapet or battlement
barton
farmyard
baryecoia
deafness; hardness of hearing
baryphonic
having difficulty speaking
bascule
apparatus of which one end rises as the other sinks
basial
of, like or pertaining to kissing
basiation
kissing
basilica
Roman Catholic church given special privileges
basilicon
kind of ointment
bassinet
light, conical helmet
bastinade
to beat with a stick or baton, especially on the feet
bastion
tower at the corner of a fortification
bastle
fortified house with vaulted ground floor
bathmism
directive evolutionary force
batholith
large mass of intruded igneous rock
bathophobia
fear of falling from a high place
bathos
appearance of the commonplace in elevated matter
bathykolpian
deep-bosomed
bathymeter
instrument for recording contours of deep oceans
bathyorographical
of, like or pertaining to depth underwater or elevation above sea level
bathypelagic
found in the depths of the sea
bathysmal
of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean
bathythermograph
instrument for recording water temperature as compared to depth
batik
method of dyeing fabric by covering certain sections with wax
batiste
fine soft sheer fabric of plain weave
batology
the study of brambles
batophobia
fear of heights or being close to tall buildings
batrachian
of, like or pertaining to frogs or toads
batrachivorous
frog-eating
batrachophobia
fear of frogs and toads
batraquomancy
divination using frogs
batten
timber used to fasten down a door or hatch
battledore
bat used to strike shuttlecock; game played with such a bat
battology
futile, futile repetition in speech or writing
battue
indiscriminate slaughter; driving game towards slaughter
baud
unit of data transmission speed of one signal event per second
bausond
having white spots on the forehead
bavardage
chattering; prattle
bavian
insignificant or unskilled poet
bavin
a bundle of brushwood
bayadere
fabric with horizontal stripes in strongly contrasting colours
bdellism
use of leeches for blood-letting
bdelloid
of, like or pertaining to leeches
bdellotomy
act of cutting a leech to increase its suction
beadle
church caretaker or usher
beadle
mace-bearing official of an institution
beadsman
monk or almoner who prays for benefactor
beata
beatified woman
Beatlemania
obsession with the Beatles
beatster
fish net repairer
beatus
beatified man
beaupers
linen fabric used for flags
beaver
hinged face guard on a helmet
beblubbered
disfigured from weeping
bechic
relieving coughs
becket
large hook or bracket used to hold tackle or spars
beckets
rope handles
bedaggle
to soil by dragging along the wet ground
bedswerver
unfaithful spouse
bee
hardwood on either side of bowsprit through which forestays are reeved
beele
double-pointed miner's pick
beerocracy
government by brewers or brewing interests
beeskep
straw beehive
beestings
the first milk drawn from a cow after calving
beforetime
formerly
behoof
a benefit resulting from some course of action
bel
unit of noise intensity equal to ten decibels
belay
to secure a rope by winding on a pin or cleat
belcher
coloured; spotted neckerchief
beldam
an old woman; a hag; an ancestress
belemnoid
shaped like a dart
belike
most likely; probably
bellarmine
large jug with rounded belly and narrow neck
bellcote
ornamental structure to hold one or two large bells
bellecism
inclination towards violence; hawkishness
belleter
bell-founder
belliferous
bringing war
belling
deer's mating call
bellipotent
militarily powerful
bellonion
mechanical instrument combining trumpets and drums
bellwether
one who takes the lead; indicator of trends
beloid
shaped like an arrow
belomancy
divination by means of arrows
belonephilia
sexual obsession with sharp objects
belonephobia
fear of pins and needles
belonoid
shaped like a needle
belvedere
raised covered terrace or pavilion
belvedere
raised turret or lantern on the top of a house
bema
raised part of an Eastern church containing the altar
benedict
a newly married man who has long been a bachelor
benefactive
indicating for whom or which
benefic
kindly; benign; beneficent
benefice
ecclesiastical office to which revenue is attached
beneficiate
to treat ores to remove impurities
benet
exorcist
bengaline
crosswise ribbed fabric
benthic
of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean
benthos
flora and fauna of the ocean floor
berceau
covered walk
berceuse
lullaby
bergamask
country dance
berge
spy glass or telescope
berlin
four-wheeled covered carriage
berline
crude winter sled
berm
narrow shelf or ledge at the top or bottom of a slope
bersatrix
baby-sitter
besom
curler's broom
bestiarian
individual opposed to vivisection
bestiocracy
rule by beasts
bethel
a place of worship for seamen; nonconformist chapel
betimes
in short time; speedily
bêtise
foolish act or situation
betwixt
between
bewray
to reveal; to betray; to divulge
bezel
oblique side or face of a cut gem
bezesteen
Eastern marketplace
bezique
card game played with two decks of cards
bezoar
stony material found in ruminants' stomachs
bialate
two-winged
biarchy
government by two people; diarchy
bibacious
overly fond of drinking
bibelot
trinket; miniature book of elegant design
bibitory
of, like or pertaining or pertaining to drinking
biblioclasm
destruction of books or the Bible
bibliogenesis
production of books
bibliognost
well-read individual; person with wide knowledge of books
biblioklept
book-thief
bibliolatry
worship of the Bible or other books
bibliology
study of books
bibliomancy
divination by opening a book at random
bibliomania
craze for books or reading
bibliopegist
bookbinder
bibliophagist
one who devours books, literally or figuratively
bibliophily
love or fondness for books or reading
bibliophobia
fear of books
bibliopoesy
making of books
bibliopolist
bookseller
bibliopoly
bookselling
bibliotaph
one who hoards or hides books
bibliotics
study of documents to determine authenticity
bibulous
addicted to alcohol
bicapitate
two-headed
bickern
anvil pointed at both ends
bicollateral
having two identical sides
bicorn
having two horns or points
biddery
metal alloy inlaid with silver and/or gold
bidenticulate
having two teeth
biduous
lasting two days
bienséance
something appropriate or proper
bifarious
organized in two rows
bifid
divided in two by a deep split
bifilar
having two threads
bigential
consisting of two races, genera, or subspecies
biggin
a building
bight
a wide bay; a bend or coil in a rope
bijugate
having heads on both sides of a coin
bilbo
iron bar used to shackle prisoners' feet
bilge
lower point of inner hull of a ship
bilious
ill-tempered; very unpleasant
billingsgate
coarsely abusive language
billon
base metal, alloy of copper, tin or silver
bilocation
ability to be in two places at once
biloquist
one capable of speaking with two distinct voices
bimetallism
currency exchange on both the gold and silver standards
binarchy
government by two people; diarchy
binate
doubled; coupled
binaural
of, pertaining to or heard by both ears
bindle
blanket roll
binnacle
case in which a ship's compass is kept
binotonous
consisting or comprised of two musical tones
biobibliography
annotated biographical bibliography
biocenosis
state of association of creatures in a certain region
biocentric
having life as main principle
biocide
killing living material
bioecology
study of interaction of life in the environment
biogenesis
theory that all life is derived from living matter alone
biognosy
general study or theory of life
biolith
rock formed by living creatures
biometrics
study of biological measurement
bionergy
vital essence or force
bionomics
study of organisms interacting in their environments
biopic
film telling the life-story of a celebrity
biotaxy
classification of living organisms
biotope
region of uniform environment and types of organisms
bipennate
two-winged
biramous
forked; with two branches
bireme
rowed ship or galley with two banks of oars
biretta
square three-ridged cap worn by Catholic clergy
birl
to make a log spin by walking on it
birostrate
double-beaked
bis
twice; in two places
biserial
in two rows or columns
bismer
shame; disgrace; scorn
bisociation
association of an object with two or more ideas
bisontine
of, like or pertaining to bison
bistoury
narrow surgical knife
bistre
pigment with brownish colour derived from soot
bisulcate
cloven-footed; cleft in two
bitheism
belief in two gods
bitts
posts mounted on a ship for fastening ropes
biune
combining two entities into one
biverbal
of, like or pertaining to two words; having a double sense
bivious
offering a choice; splitting between two directions
blackguard
a menial helper
blackguard
to vituperate; to portray as a scoundrel
blackmaster
undertaker
blague
humbug; pretentious nonsense
blain
a boil or blister
blandiloquence
complimentary speech; flattery
blandish
to flatter and coax; to cajole
blarney
skilful flattery
blastogenesis
reproduction by budding
blattnerphone
instrument used to record sound on magnetic tape
blattoid
of, like or pertaining to cockroaches
blauwbok
extinct bluish-coloured antelope of southern Africa
blazon
heraldic arms painted on knight's shield or surcoat
blench
to shrink or flinch
blendling
hybrid
blendure
mixing
blennoid
of or resembling mucus
blennophobia
fear of slime
blepharal
of, like or pertaining to eyelids
bletcherous
having an ugly design
bletherskate
a garrulous talker of nonsense
bletonism
alleged ability to find an underground water supply
blewit
type of edible toadstool
blissom
subject to or having strong sexual desires
bloomery
factory where iron bars are manufactured
bloviate
to write or speak windily
blucher
leather half-boot
bluepeter
blue flag with white square in centre used as ship's signal
bluestocking
early feminist; educated or literary woman
blunge
to mix clay with water
blype
piece of skin that peels off after a sunburn
boanerges
skilled orator with powerful voice
boatswain
ship's crewmember in charge of equipment and maintenance
bobeche
circular wax catcher that fits over a candle
bobstay
rope used on ships to steady the bowsprit
bocking
smoked herring
bodach
old man; churl; goblin or spectre
bodement
prediction or prophecy
bodewash
cow dung
bodge
piece of poor or clumsy workmanship
bodkin
small tool for pricking holes; small dagger
boeotian
stupid; dull
boethetic
helpful, curative
bogan
quiet tributary or backwater
boggart
spectre; bugbear; goblin
bolar
of, like or pertaining to clay
bolection
moulding around a panel
bolero
Spanish dance with sudden pauses and sharp turns
bolide
large meteor that bursts; a fireball
bollard
short post on a wharf or ship to which ropes are tied
bolometer
instrument for measuring radiant energy or infrared light
bolthead
straight-necked distillation vessel or flask
boltrope
strong rope stitched to edges of a sail
bolus
rounded mass
boman
well dressed criminal
bombaster
one who stuffs or pads things
bombastry
bombastic language or composition
bombazine
twilled silk and worsted fabric
bombé
bulging outwards
bombic
of, like or pertaining to silkworms
bombilate
to hum, buzz or drone
bombosity
the buttocks
bombous
convex; rounded
bombycine
of, like or pertaining to silk or cotton
bombylious
humming or buzzing
bonasus
bison
bonbonnière
small box used for sweetmeats
bonce
large marble used in games
bonification
paying of bonus or reward
boniform
having the form of good
bonify
to improve or ameliorate
boning
estimating straightness by looking along a row of poles
bonism
the doctrine that the world is good but not perfect
bonzery
Buddhist monastery
bonzoline
artificial ivory-like substance used to make billiard balls
boodle
counterfeit money; funds obtained by corruption
boopic
ox-eyed
borage
rough-stemmed herb used in salads
borasco
violent wind squall
borato
thin fabric
borborology
filthy talk
borborygmus
rumbling noise in the intestines
bordar
tenant who holds land at his lord's pleasure
bordereau
detailed bill or invoice
bordure
border surrounding a heraldic shield
bore
tidal flow of water up estuaries
borné
limited; narrow-minded
borsella
instrument for shaping glass vessels
bort
diamond fragments or dust
borzoi
wolf-hound
boscage
thick foliage; woodland
boschveldt
bush country; wilderness
bosket
thicket; plantation
bosky
covered with trees or shrubs
bossa-nova
Brazilian dance similar to samba
bosselated
knobby
boston
waltz-like dance
bosun
boatswain
bot
larva of a botfly that infests horses
botanomancy
divination using burning branches or plants
botryoidal
like a bunch of grapes
bottine
small boot
bottomry
using the ship as collateral to finance a sea voyage
bottony
having three buds like a trefoil
bouclé
fabric of uneven looped yarn
bouillotte
card game resembling poker
bouleuterion
meeting-place; assembly hall
bouleversement
overturning; reversal; ruin
boult
to sift through cloth; to examine by sifting
boun
to prepare; to dress; to set out
bourasque
tempest
bourdon
drone bass of a bagpipe or organ
bourrée
French baroque dance with quick rhythm
boustrophedon
writing alternating left-right then right-left
boutade
sudden outburst
bovicide
slaughter of cattle; one who kills cattle
boviform
cow-shaped
bower
anchor carried at bow of a ship
bowery
seedy or run-down district of a city
bowline
rope used to keep weather edge of a sail taut
bowsprit
spar that extends at bows of a ship
boyau
communication trench
boyg
a problem difficult to get to grips with
brabble
to squabble or quarrel
braccate
having feathered legs or feet
bracciale
bracket or socket mounted on a wall
brach
female hunting hound
brachet
whelp; brat; ***** hound
brachiation
act of swinging by one's arms from place to place
brachiferous
bearing or having branches or arms
brachiotomy
amputation of an arm
brachycatalectic
lacking two syllables from end of a line of verse
brachycerous
having horns or antennae clipped or removed
brachydactylous
having short or stubby fingers
brachymetropia
short-sightedness
brachyology
laconic, abbreviated or interrupted speech
brachypodous
short-legged
brachypterous
short-winged
brackish
saltish; very salty
brackle
to break bread or cake into pieces
bracteate
thin beaten plate of gold or silver
bradawl
small boring tool
bradyseism
slow up-and-down movement of the earth's crust
brail
leather