Drew's Dictionary, Part IIII: 99 New Words I've Highlighted/Defined Recently

  1. sylphs
    (noun) an imaginary spirit of the air; a slender woman or girl
  2. detumescence
    (noun) the process of subsiding from a state of tension, swelling or (especially) sexual arousal
  3. logorrheic
    (noun) tendency toward extreme loquacity
  4. lubricious
    (adj) offensively displaying or intended to arouse sexual desire
  5. pullulating
    (verb) breed or spread so as to become extremely common
  6. Stygian
    (adj) of or relating to the river Styx
  7. vitiligo
    (noun) a condition in which the pigment is lost from areas of the skin, causing white-ish patches, often with no clear cause
  8. moue
    (noun) a pouting expression signaling distaste
  9. slattern
    (noun) a dirty, untidy woman
  10. rotgut
    (Noun) poor quality and possibly toxic alcohol
  11. juvenilia
    (noun, plural) the work of an author or artist while they are still young
  12. cant
    (noun) hypocritical and sanctimonious talk
  13. gris-gris
    (noun, plural) an African or Caribbean charm or amulet
  14. halcyon
    (adj) denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy or peaceful
  15. myrmidons
    (noun) a member of the warlike people of Thessalian led by Achilles at the siege of troy
  16. doxy
    (noun, plural) a lover or mistress
  17. meerschaum
    (noun) a soft, white, claylike material, found mainly in turkey
  18. minaudière
    (noun) a small, decorative handbag without handles
  19. grimoire
    (noun) a book of magic spells or invocations
  20. scintilla
    (noun) a tiny trace or spark of a specifi d quantity or feeling
  21. fillip
    (noun) something that acts as a stimulus or a boost of activity
  22. Lanai
    (noun) a porch
  23. pluperfect
    (adj) more than perfect
  24. inviolate
    (adj) safe from injury
  25. hartebeest
    (noun) a large African antelope with a long head and sloping back, related to the gnus.
  26. javelina
    (noun) female wild boar
  27. sui generis
    (adj) unique
  28. guarana
    (noun) a substance prepared from the seeds of a Brazilian shrub
  29. celeriac
    (noun) celery of a variety that forms a large, swollen turniplike root that can be eaten cooked or raw
  30. gravid
    (adj) pregnant
  31. Stasi
    (noun) the internal security force of the former German Democratic Republic , disbanded in 1989
  32. Verso
    (noun) a left hand page of an open book, or the back of a loose document
  33. Limpet
    (noun) a marine mollusk with a shallow, conical shell and a broad, strong foot, noted for the way it clings tightly to rocks
  34. Mantilla
    (noun) a lace or silk scarf, worn by women over the hair and shoulders, esp in Spain
  35. Clotho
    (noun) Greek mythology: one of the three fates. Literally: she who spins
  36. Massif
    noun) a compact group of mountains
  37. Satori
    (noun) Buddhist moment of an enlightenment
  38. Lachrymose
    (adj) tearful or given to weeping.
  39. lagniappe
    (noun) something given as a bonus or extra gift
  40. Amortize
    (verb) to reduce or extinguish (a debt) by putting money regularly aside
  41. Avocation
    (noun) hobby or minor occupation
  42. Chador
    (noun) a long piece of cloth wrapped around the head and shoulders, leaving only the face visible, often worn by a Muslim woman
  43. Pyroclast
    (adj) relating, consisting of or denoting fragments of rock from a volcano
  44. Gunwale
    (noun) the upper edges of a boat or a ship
  45. Sunfish
    (noun) large, warm-watered deep sea marine fish with tall dorsal and anal fins and a very short tail. Also called a Mola.
  46. cagoule
    (noun) light, waterproof rain jacket that comes down to the thigh
  47. engagé
    (adj) (of a writer, or artist, or their works) morally committed to a particular aim or cause
  48. quenelle
    (noun) a small, seasoned ball of pounded fish or meat OR: the inverted nazi salute
  49. dodgem
    (noun) another word for bumper car
  50. rachmones
    (noun?) mercy, in Yiddish
  51. Probity
    (noun) the quality of having strong moral principles; honesty and decency
  52. appurtenances
    (noun, plural) accessories associated with luxury travel
  53. arriviste
    : (noun) An ambitious or ruthlessly self-seeking person
  54. Surcease
    (noun) cessation
  55. Vulcanize
    (verb) harden (rubber or cement) by heating with sulfur at high temperatures
  56. tachypsychia
    (noun) a neurological condition that alters your perception of time due to drugs, physical excertion
  57. Peripatetic
    (adj) traveling from place to place, esp working based in various places for relatively short periods.
  58. Davening
    (verb?) recite the prescribed liturgical prayers
  59. ersatz
    (adj) made or used to substitute for a typically superior product
  60. Moue
    (noun) a pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste
  61. Sangfroid
    (noun) composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in dangerous or extreme situations
  62. phenomenological
    (adj) philosophy, relating to the science of phenomena as different from the nature of being
  63. scabrous
    (adj) covered in scabs; OR indecent, salacious
  64. Avail
    (verb) use or take advantage of; help or benefit
  65. amour-propre
    (noun) sense of decorum
  66. Ordure
    (noun) excrement, dung
  67. deciduous
    (adj) (of a tree or shrub) shedding its leaves annually
  68. Abnegate
    (verb) renounce or reject (something desired and valuable)
  69. Pedagogy
    (noun) the method and practice of teaching, esp as an academic subject or theological concept
  70. Protean
    (adj) tending or able to change frequently or easily
  71. indefatigable
    (adj) persisting tirelessly
  72. Dun
    (adj) of a dull, grayish-brown color
  73. bravura
    (noun) great technical skill and brilliance shown in performance or activity
  74. inquietude
    (noun) physical or mental restlessness or disturbance
  75. foulard
    (noun) a thin, soft material of silk or silk and cotton, typically having a printed patten
  76. anemone
    (noun) a plant of the buttercup family
  77. newel
    (noun) the central or supporting post of a winding staircase or bannister
  78. Ingots
    (noun) a block of gold, silver, copper or other precious metal, usually oblong in shape
  79. ziggurats
    (noun) (in ancient Mesopotamia) a rectangular stepped tower, sometimes surmounted by a temple
  80. bitumen
    (noun) a black, viscous mixture of hydrocarbon obtained naturally or as a residue of from petroleum distillation
  81. kinesthetic
    (noun) awareness of positions and movement of the parts in the body by means of sensory organs in muscle and joints
  82. Gestalt
    (noun) an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts
  83. somatic
    (adj) of or relating to the body, esp. as distinct from the mind
  84. teleological
    (noun) an explanation of phenomena by the purposes they serve rather than postulated causes
  85. cucurbit
    (noun) a plant in the gourd family, which includes melons, cucumbers, squash and pumpkin
  86. Undine
    (noun) female nymph or fairy inhabiting water
  87. preformationism
    (noun) (in biology) formerly popular theory that organisms grow from miniature versions of themselves. Instead of an assembly of parts, preformationists believed that the form of a living thing exists, in real terms, prior to development. It suggests that all organisms were created at the same time.
  88. cognates:
    (adj) [of a word] having the same linguistic derivation as another; from the same root word.
  89. etymons
    (noun, plural) a word or morpheme from which a later word is derived
  90. Morpheme
    (noun) the smallest grammatical unit in a language.
  91. Pithy
    (adj) concise and forceful expressive
  92. kaolin
    (noun) a fine, soft white clay
  93. journeyman
    (noun) a trained worker who is employed by someone else.
  94. armature
    (noun) the rotating coil or coils of a dynamo or electric motor
  95. nostrum
    (noun) a medicine, esp one that is not considered effective, prepared by an unqualified individual
  96. aspic
    (noun) a savory jelly, often made with meat stock, and used as a garnish or to contain pieces of food like meat, eggs, seafood, or to set in a mold
  97. insensate
    (adj) lacking physical sensation
  98. vermiform
    (adj) having or resembling the form of a worm
  99. lexical
    (adj) of or relating to the words or vocabulary of a language.