Drew's Dictionary, Part Deux: 99 More Words I've Highlighted/Defined Recently!

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    casuistry: (noun) the use of clever but unsound reasoning, esp in relation to moral arguments
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    Thistle-down: (noun) a large, fluffy down attached to thistle seeds
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    mitre: (noun) a tall headdress, worn by bishops
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    meniscus: (noun) the curved surface of a liquid in a tube
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    Naiads: (noun) water nymph from mythology
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    parochial: (adj) limited or narrow outlook
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    abdicated: (verb) monarch relinquishing a throne
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    chimera: (noun) a mythical female fire-breathing animal with head of lion, body of goat and serpent's tail (or just like, any mythological animal with mixed-up body parts)
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    Pugnacious: (adj) eager to argue or fight
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    jeremiad: (noun) a long, mournful complaint
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    carbuncle: (noun) abscess or blister
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    cowrie: (noun) a marine mollusk with a brightly colored shell
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    Internecine: (adj) destructive to both sides of a conflict
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    tiffin: a light meal, esp lunch
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    epaulets: (noun) ornamental shoulder piece
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    chit: (noun) a short, official note, usually about sums owed
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    maenad: (noun) a female Greek follower of Bacchus, associated with rites of frenzy
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    anthracite: (noun) a coal of relatively pure carbon
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    bumptiousness: (adj) self-assertive or proud to an irritating degree
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    potentates: (noun) a monarch or ruler, especially an autocratic one
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    coprophagy: (noun) the act of eating dung or feces
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    emollient: (adj) having the quality of softening or soothing the skin
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    metacarpals: (noun) any five bones of the hand
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    chignon: (noun) a knot or a coil of hair arranged on a woman's head
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    panacea: (noun) a solution or remedy to all diseases
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    escarpment: (noun) a long, steep slope, esp at edge of plateau
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    penury: (noun) extreme destitution
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    hoi polloi: (noun) the masses
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    drumlin: (noun) low mound or hill
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    inimical: (adj) tending to obstruct or harm
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    lingua franca: (noun) a language adopted as mutual by speakers of two different languages.
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    Succor: (noun) comfort and support, esp in times of great distress
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    perdition: (noun) in Christian mythology, a place of damnation where the wicked go after death
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    contretemps: (noun) an unexpected and unfortunate occurance
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    vitiating: (noun) spoil or impair quality
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    parsons: (noun) beneficed member of clergy
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    truculent: (adj) eager or quick to argue or fight.
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    pernicious: (adj) having a harmful effect, esp in a suble way.
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    manqué: (adj) having failed to become.
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    coevals: (adj) having some date or origin.
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    venery: (noun) sexual indulgence
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    siroccos: (noun) a hot wind, dusty or rainy, that blows across North Africa through the Mediterranean and to southern Europe
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    hagiography: (noun) the writing of the lives of saints
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    immiscible: (adj) re: liquids, not forming a homogenous mixture
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    martinet: (noun) a strict disciplinarian
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    oleaginous: (adj) rich in, covered with, or greasy with oil
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    mien: (noun) a person's look or manner, esp one that betrays their character
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    heterodoxy: (adj) not conforming to orthodox views or standards
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    inculcated: (verb) instill by persistent instruction
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    miscegenation: (noun) the interbreeding of people of different races
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    congenital: (adj) present from birth, usually disease or defect
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    expurgated: (verb) remove matter thought to be objectionable
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    anaerobic: (adj) relating to, involving or requiring a lack of free oxygen
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    elegiac: (adj) having a mournful quality
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    sheathbill: (noun) a mainly white, pigeon-like bird
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    cordon: (noun) a line or circle of police or soldiers to prevent entering an area
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    scopolamine: (noun) a poisonous plant alkaloid used to help motion sickness, pre-op surgery, eye examinations, and as a sedative and hypnotic
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    plutocrats: (noun) a person who derives power from his wealth
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    Oology: (noun) the study or collecting of birds' eggs
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    kobolds: (noun) a familiar spirit that haunts homes; a brownie; a gnome that haunts mines and other underground areas
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    Anthropocentric: (adj) regarding humankind as the central or most important element in existence
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    lich: (noun) undead king or wizard
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    asps: (noun) a small, European viper with an upturned snout
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    actuate: (verb) to operate (machine or device)
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    haptic: (adj) of or relating to sense of touch, esp regarding perception and manipulation of objects
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    cordite: (noun) a smokeless explosive used in ammunition, made from nitroglycerin, nitrocellulose and petroleum jelly
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    colophon: (noun) a publisher's emblem or imprint, usually published on spine or title page of book
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    impecunious: (adj) having little or no money
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    klaxon: (noun) a horn or similar loud warning device
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    prion: (noun) a small petrel of the southern seas, with a wide bill fringed with comblike plates
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    petrel: (noun) a seabird, related to shearwaters, typically flying far from land
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    annus mirabilis: (noun) a remarkable or auspicious year
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    epistolary: (adj) relating to or denoting the writing of letters or literary works told through letters
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    benediction: (noun) the utterance or bestowing of blessing, esp after religious service
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    cadge: (verb) to ask or obtain
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    deterministic: (adj) the philosophy that all events, including human actions, are determined by causes external from will. Some determinists believe that this means individual human beings have no free will, and cannot be morally accountable for their actions
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    quantum: (noun) in physics, a discrete quantity of energy proportional in magnitude to the frequency of radiation it represents
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    proliferation: (noun) a rapid increase in quantity
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    lambent: (adj) glowing, gleaming, or flickering in soft radiance
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    promulgate: (verb) to promote or put forward (a cause or idea)
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    canard: (noun) an unfounded rumor or theory
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    Valhalla: (noun) a hall in Scandinavian mythology where heroes killed in war would feast with Odin for all eternity
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    matrilineal: (adj) of or based on kinship of female in family line
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    Frottage: (noun) the practice of touching or rubbing against the clothed body of another person in a crowd as a means to arousal
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    extremophiles: (noun) a microorganism, esp an archaean, that lives in extreme temperatures, acidity, alkalinity, or chemical concentration
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    cephalopods: (noun) predatory mollusks comprising of octopus, squids and cuttlefish
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    accrete: (verb) grow by accumulation or coalescence
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    Hoydenish: (adj) boisterous, rude
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    poultice: (noun) soft wet mass of material, usually plant or flour based, applied to skin to soothe inflammation or soreness and held in place with a cloth
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    prie-dieu: (noun) a piece of furniture for use during prayer
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    obeah: (noun) a kind of sorcery, practiced esp in Caribbean
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    abnegation: (noun) the act of renouncing or rejecting something
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    catafalque: (noun) a decorated wooden framework supporting a coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or in state
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    epoch: (noun) a period of time in personal history or movement, marked by notable events or particular characteristics
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    physiognomy: (noun) a person's facial features or expressions, esp when indicative of characteristics or ethnicity
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    piquant: (adj) having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavor
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    unfetter: (verb) release from condition or restraints
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    pith: (noun) soft spongy tissue of fruit or animals
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    arabesques: (noun) an ornamental design of interlacing flowers found in Arabic or Moorish decorations