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an official seal, as on a letter or document
a distinguishing mark or feature, stamp
a sign or expression of approval, esp. from a person who has a great deal of prestige


the staff carried by Mercury as a messenger of the gods
a representation of this staff used as an emblem of the medical profession and as the insignia of the U.S. ARmy Medical Corps


a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor


apt to notice and make much or trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please


swiftness; speed


cautious or careful; wary
shy; timid


a whirlpool in the Strait of Mesina off the NE coast of Sicily. Modern name Galofalo


any article of tangible property other than land, buildings, and other things annexed to land; a slave


the distribution of light ad shade in a picture
a woodcut print in which the colors are produced by the use of different blocks with different colors


of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth


a belt or girdle
something that surrounds or encompasses as a girdle does; a surrounding border


noting or pertaining to rhythmic biological cycles recurring at approximately 24-hour intervals


a supplement to a will, containing an addition, explanation, modification, etc., of something in the will


of the same age, date, or duration; equally old; coincident


persons who have superior knowledge ad understand of a particular field, especially in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion

mea culpa

through my fault; my fault (used as an acknowledgement of one's responsibility)

nolo contendere

(in a criminal case) a defendant's pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings

non sequitur

an inference or a conclusion that does not follow from the premises
a statement containing an illogical conclusion


passing the bounds of what is usual of considered proper; unconventional; bizarre

quid pro quo

one thing in return for another
something that is given or taken in return for something else; substitute

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