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cacophony
bad sounds; disagreeable or discordant sounds.
megaphone
large sound; a cone-shaped device for making the sound of the voice greater.
microphone
an instrument for intensifying weak (small) sounds
phonetics
the branch of language study dealing with speech sounds and heir symbols
phonics
the use of the sounds of letters and groups of letters in teaching beginners to read
phonograph
a machine for playing recorded sounds.
polyphonic
having two or more independent melodies all harmonizing.
saxophone
a wind instrument
stereophonic
solid sound; giving a multidimensional effect to sound.
symphony
sounds together; an orchestra; music written for an orchestra
acrophobia
an excessive or illogical fear of high places
claustrophobia
an excessive or illogical fear of enclosed places.
hydrophobia
an abnormal fear of water. Also, rabies
phobia
an excessive of illogical fear of some particular thing or situation.
phobic
excessively fearful
photophobia
an abnormal intolerance of light.
technophobia
a fear of technology; computer anxiety
xenophobia
fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
anglophile
one who greatly admired England, its customs, and its people
bibliophile
one who loves books; a book collector
philatelist
one who loves stamps; a stamp collector
philharmonic
loving harmony; devoted to music; a symphony orchestra
philodendron
loving trees; a tropical climbing plant that likes the shade of trees
philosopher
one who loves and pursues wisdom through reasoning
philosophy
the love and pursuit of wisdom through reasoning
antipathy
a feeling against someone or something; a strong dislike
apathetic
without feeling; indifferent
apathy
a lack of feeling; indifference
empathy
feeling as if one were in the other person's place; and understanding so intimate that one participates in another's feelings.
pathetic
arousing feelings of pity.
pathological
caused by a disease
pathology
the study of suffering; the scientific study of the nature of the disease
pathos
a quality, especially in literature, that arouses feelings of pity
psychopathic
suffering in the mind, mentally disordered
sympathy
a feeling together with someone or something; a feelings for another person
panacea
a remedy for all ills of difficulties
Pan-American
including all of America, both North and South
panchromatic
sensitive to light of all colors.
pandemonium
a wild uproar
panopoly
a full suit of armor; ceremonial attire; any magnificent or impressive array.
panorama
a view in all directions
pantheism
the doctrine that God is all the laws and forces of nature and the universe. Also, the ancient belief in and worship of all gods.
pantheon
a temple of all the gods.
pantomime
a theatrical performance in which the actors play all the parts with gestures and without speaking.
amorphous
without definite form of shape.
anthropomorphism
assigning human characteristics or behavior to inanimate objects or animals.
ectomorphic
characterized by a slender physical build developed from the outside layer of the embryo
endomorphic
characterized by prominence of the abdomen and other soft body parts developed from the inside layer of the embryo.
mesomorphic
characterized by muscular or athletic build developed by the middle layer of the embryo.
metamorphosis
change of form or shape.
Morpheus
in Greek mythology. the god of dreams and of the forms that dreaming sleepers see.
morphine
a drug used to bring sleep or ease pain
morphology
the branch of biology that makes a study of the form of animals of plants.
monarchy
a government with one hereditary ruler
monastery
a dwelling place for monks living secluded from the world.
monk
one religious man living alone; now, a member of a religious brotherhood living in a monastery.
monocle
an eyeglass for one eye
monogamy
marriage to only one person at a time
monolith
one single large piece of stone, as a monument of a statue
monolithic
like one single stone, hence solid, massive, and uniform
monopoly
exclusive control by one group of a commodity or service
monosyllable
a word of one syllable
monotheism
the belief that there is only one God
monotone
having one tone; lack of variety in tone
monotonous
one tine, having no variation.
postdate
to date a check or other document with a future date rather than the actual date.
posterior
located behind
posterity
those who come after; future generations
postgraduate
relating to a course of study after college graduation
posthumously
after the death of the father or other person
Postimpressionist
a school of painting in France in the late nineteenth century that followed the Impressionists
postlude
a piece of music played after a church service
post meridiem
after noon
postmortem
an examination after death; an autopsy
postpone
to put off until afterward
postscript
a note written after the main body of a letter
preposterous
having the before part where the after part should be; contrary to nature, reason, or common sense
preamble
walking before, a preliminary statement to a document.
precedent
an act that foes before and may serve as an example for later acts
precipitate
to dash head-first; to hasten that occurrence of
precise
to cut off unnecessary parts beforehand; to make impossible by a previous action; to prevent
precocious
ripened before time; prematurely developed, as a precocious child
predilection
to love before others; a preference
preeminent
standing out before all others
prejudice
a judgement formed beforehand without examination of the facts
prelude
an introductory piece of music; a concert piece for piano or orchestra; an introductory performance or action preceding a more important one
preponderant
outweighing; having more power or importance
prerequisite
something required beforehand
presage
to perceive beforehand; to predict
proceed
to go forward
proclaim
to announce officially and publicly
proclivity
a slope forward; an inclination toward something, especially toward something objectionable
procrastinate
to push forward until tomorrow; to put off doing something until a future time
profuse
pouring forth freely; generous
profusion
a pouring forth; an abundance
projectile
something thrown forward by force; a missile
promontory
a high peak of land or rock
promotion
a moving forward; as to a better job
propel
to push or drive forward
propensity
a hanging forward, a natural inclination
proponent
one who puts something before people; one who argues in favor of something; an advocate
prospectus
a looking forward; a printed description of a proposed enterprise
protuberant
bulging
provident
seeing beforehand; making provision for the future
provision
a seeing beforehand; a preparation for the future
recede
to go back, as a river receded from its banks
receive
to take again; to take something offered
recreation
creating again; the refreshment of mine of body through some for of play or amusement
referee
one to whom questions are carried back; an official in a sports contest
remit
to send back
reside
to sit back; to dwell
residue
that which sits back; the part that remains after part has been separated away
retain
to hold back or keep in one's possession
revenue
money that comes back from an investment or other source; taxes and other income collected by the government
revise
to see again in order to correct errors
revive
to cause to live again
recalcitrant
kicking back the heels; obstinate; stubbornly rebellious
recant
to renounce a belief formerly held; especially in a formal or public manner
recession
a period of reduced economic activity
recluse
one who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid people
remiss
sent back; negligent; lax in attending to duty
remission
a sending back; a lessening, as a remission of disease, forgiveness
Renaissance
a rebirth; the revival of classical art, literature, and learning in Europe in the fourteenth, fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
resilience
to leap again; the ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune
revert
to turn back; to return to a former habit or condition
ascribe
to write to; to attribute
conscription
names written together; an enforced enrollment or military draft
inscribe
originally, to engrave words in stone; now, to write in, as the dedication of a book
manuscript
originally something written by hand; now a composition for publication
nondescript
not easy to write about or describe, lacking in distinctive qualities
prescribe
to write down a rule beforehand; in medicine; to order a treatment
proscribe
in ancient Rome, to publish the name of one condemned to death; now, to condemn or forbid as harmful
scribe
one who copies manuscripts
script
handwriting; alos the written copy of a play used by actors to learn their lines
Scripture
orignially, anything written; now, the Bible
subscribe
to write one's name on an agreement; to support or give approval to the idea
transcribe
to write over again
asses
to sit near to a judge; to estimate the value of property for taxation
assiduous
sitting at something until it is finished; persistent
insidious
sitting in wait for; treacherous, more dangerous than seems evident
obsess
to sit against; to besiege like an evil spirit; to preoccupy the mind abnormally
obsession
originally, the act of an evil spirit in ruling one; now, a persistent idea, desire or emotion that cannot be for rid of by reasoning
preside
to sit before a meeting to conduct it
president
one who sits before a group as its head
sedative
a medicine that makes one sit down or quiet down; a medicine that calms nerves or excitement
sediment
material that sits at the bottom of a liquid
session
the sitting together of a group
siege
sitting down before a town with the intention of capturing it
subside
to sit under; to sink to a lower level; to settle down
subsidiary
siting under; serving to assist of supplement; subordinate
subsidy
sitting under prices to hold them up; government financial support
supersede
to sit above; to take place of; to displace
aspect
the way something looks from a certain point of view
auspicious
originally, looking at the flight of birds for omens; today, promising good luck; favorable
conspicuous
easy to notice; obvious
despicable
looked down on; deserving to be despised; contemptible
inspect
to look into carefully
introspection
a looking within one's own mind
perspective
the ability to look at things in their true relationship; point of view
perspicacious
having the ability to look through something and understand it; perceptive
prospect
a looking forward; the outlook for something
respect
to look on again; to look on with regard or esteem
retrospect
a looking backward
specious
looking good on first sight but actually not so
specter
a mental image that looks real; a ghost; any object of fear or dread
spectrum
a series of colored bands seen when light passes through a prism
speculate
to look at; to reflect on or ponder
subject
to throw under the influence of; to submit to the authority of
subjugate
to place under a yoke, to conquer
subliminal
below the threshold of conscious perception
submerge
to plunge under water
submit
to put oneself under the authority of
subpoena
penalty- a legal order requiring a person to appear in court to give a testimony
sub rosa
in confidence
subservient
serving under someone; submissive, as a servant might be
subsistence
under existence; the barest means to sustain life
subsume
to include under a more general category
subterfuge
fleeing under over; an action used to avoid an unpleasant situation
subterranean
under the surface of the Earth
subversive
to turn under; tending to undermine or overthrow
insuperable
not capable of being overcome
soprano
one having a voice range above other voices
superb
above ordinary quality; excellent
supercilious
above the eyelid; eyebrows raised in a haughty way
superfluous
overflowing what is needed
superimpose
to lay something over something else
superior
above others
supernumerary
someone in excess of the number required; an extra
supersonic
above the speed of sound
superstition
a belief standing above others beliefs; a belief that is inconsistent with the known laws of science
supervise
to oversee others
supervisor
one who oversees others
supreme
above all others highest in rank
surplus
above more; above what is needed
prevail
to be strong before all others; to win
prevent
to come before in order to keep from happening; to hinder
unprecedented
never having happened before