Words

Thanks to Language Monitor for the photograph.
This will be an updated page with words I find and want to keep. Thought I’d share with everyone as well.
Last Updated 11/24/2014
Word Count – 52

Abattoir
A public slaughterhouse for cattle, sheep, etc.

Abeyance
Expectancy, condition of ownership of real property undetermined; lapse in succession of ownership, estate, or title.
Suspension, temporary suppression, or dormant condition.
Expectancy of a title, its right in existence but its exercise suspended.

Abigeat
Theft of cattle by driving it away with the intent of feloniously appropriating it. Cattle rustling.

Abnegate
To deny oneself something; to renounce or give up (a right, power, claim, privilege, convenience)
To relinquish, surrender, abjure.

Abjure
To renounce upon oath, forswear, disavow.

Abulia
Abscence of will power or decisiveness  especially as a symptom of mental illness.

Acersecomic
A person whose hair has never been cut

Arrearage
The state of being behind in the fulfillment of obligations or of being overdue in payment; a payment owed

Badinage
playful raillery; banter

Biblioclasm
The practice of destroying, often ceremoniously, books or other written material and media.

Booboisie
Stupid people as a class (humorous formation on the pattern of bourgeoisie).

Bovarism
An exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit

Burgess
(1) An inhabitant of a borough with full rights; a citizen.
(2) (historical) A town magistrate.

Cacodemonomania

The pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit.

Cogitate
Think deeply about something; meditate or reflect.

Dactylion
An anatomical landmark located at the tip of the middle finger.

Efficacy
The ability to produce a desired or intended result.

Enantiodromia
The conversion of something into its opposite.

Factitious
(1)Created by humans; artificial.
(2) Counterfeit, fabricated.

Fanfaronade
Swaggering; empty boasting; blustering manner or behavior; ostentatious display.

Gorgonize
To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on: Stupefy or Petrify.

Hamartia
The character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall.

Infandous
Unspeakable or too odious to be expressed or mentioned.

Irremeable
Affording no possibility of return.

Jettatura
The casting of an evil eye.

Ktenology
The science of putting people to death.

Leptosome
A person with a slender, thin, or frail body.

Montivagant
Wandering over hills and mountains.

Noegenesis
Production of knowledge.

Opprobrium
Harsh criticism or censure; the public disgrace arising from someones shameful conduct; shame, disgrace, dishonor, ignominy

Ostentiferous
Bringing omens or unnatural or supernatural manifestations.

Panegyric
A formal speech or opus publicly praising someone or something.

Papilionaceous
having the form of a butterfly; having corolla with two wings resembling those of a butterfly

Pogonotrophy
The act of cultivating, or growing and grooming, a mustache, beard, sideburns or other facial hair.

Proscenium
The area of a theater surrounding the stage opening.

Quisling
A traitor who collaborates with the enemy.

Quockerwodger
A rare nineteenth-century word for a wooden toy which briefly became a political insult.

Rangy
Slender and long of limb; prone to roaming around with animal-like movements

Recalcitrant
Having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority; (n) a person with such an attitude; insubordinate, contumacious, refractory, disobedient.

Recumbentibus
A knockout punch, either verbal or physical.

Scripturient
Possessing a violent desire to write.

Snollygoster
A shrewd person not guided by principles, especially a politician

Superannuation
An organizational pension program created by a company for the benifit of its employees; typically funds deposited grow without tax implications until retirement or withdraw.

Supererogation
the performance of more work than duty requires

Swage
A tool, used by blacksmiths and other metalworkers, for cold shaping of a metal item.

Tarantism
A disorder characterized by an uncontrollable urge to dance.

Ultracrepidarian
A person who gives opinions and advice on matters outside of one’s knowledge.

Vernalagnia
A romantic mood brought on by Spring.

Welter
A confused mass; a jumble; turmoil or confusion.

Xenization
The act of traveling as a stranger.

Yonderly
Mentally or emotionally distant; absent-minded.

Zugzwang
A position in which any decision or move will result in problems.

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One thought on “Words

  1. Love this. Zugzwang, now that’s a word I’ve never heard of. There was something called the Grandiloquent Dictionary that I used to love to peruse, and this reminds me of it.

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