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Based on the Wiktionary Word of the Day Archive. Some editing of the list to remove ones that would be too easy in question form, and some editing of the descriptions to make them shorter or fit the questions better.

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Aah
   means   
An Indication of Amazement, Surprise or Enthusiasm
Abaculus
   means   
A Small Mosaic Tile
Usually made of marble or glass.
Abasia
   means   
Inability to Control Muscles in Walking
Aberrant
   means   
Deviating from the Proper Course
Abirritate
   means   
To Diminish the Sensibility Of; to Debilitate
Abluvion
   means   
Substance or Things Washed Away
Aboriginal
   means   
One of the Original Inhabitants of a Region
Should be capitalized for the first inhabitants of Australia
Aboulia
   means   
The Absence of Will-power or Decisiveness
Especially as a symptom of mental illness. Frequently spelled abulia.
Abozzo
   means   
Rough, Preliminary Sketch
Abreuvoir
   means   
Gap Between Stones in Masonry
Abrogate
   means   
To Abolish, Cancel or Void
Absquatulate
   means   
To Leave Quickly or in a Hurry
Abstemious
   means   
Practicing Moderation in Drink
From Latin-later Shakespeare included it to refer to moderation in sex (Tempest)
Abstruse
   means   
Highly Technical Information
Acaulescent
   means   
Having a Very Short Stem
Acta
   means   
Official Records, Deeds Etc.
Acushla
   means   
Term of Address: Darling
From the Irish: ícuisle - O pulse (of my heart)
Addubitation
   means   
Suggestion of Doubt
Adit
   means   
Mine Entrance
Adoxography
   means   
Literature, Fine Writing on Trivial or Base Subject
Aerumnous
   means   
Full of Trouble
As in the lemon of a used car you bought
Affidavit
   means   
A Written Statement Made on Oath
Agathokakological
   means   
Made up of Both Good and Evil
Agee
   means   
Askew
Agerasia
   means   
A Lack of the Signs of Age
Aglet
   means   
A Sheath on the End of a Lace, Cord, or Ribbon
To facilitate its passing through eyelet holes.
Agon
   means   
A Struggle or Contest
Especially between the protagonist and antagonist in a literary work
Agrestic
   means   
Rude
Airling
   means   
A Young Thoughtless Person
Ait
   means   
A Small Island in a River
Alacrity
   means   
Cheerful Willingness
Alar
   means   
Winged or Wing-like
Alastor
   means   
An Avenging Deity or Spirit
Masculine personification of Nemesis. Frequently evoked in Greek tragedy
Albite
   means   
Common White Feldspar
Composed of a silicate of alumina and soda. It is a common constituent of granite and of various igneous rocks.
Aleatory
   means   
Accidental
Alectryomachy
   means   
Cock-fighting
Alembic
   means   
A Flask Formerly Used for Distilling
An early chemical apparatus, consisting of two retorts connected by a tube, used to purify substances by distillation. A retort is a glassware device used for distillation or dry distillation of substances. It consists of a spherical vessel with a long downward-pointing neck.
Alexithymia
   means   
Inability to Describe Emotions in a Verbal Manner
Algedonic
   means   
Pertaining to Both Pleasure and Pain
Algorithm
   means   
A Step-by-step System of Solving a Problem
Especially in computers
Alpenglow
   means   
A Rosy Glow Seen Near Sunset or Sunrise on the Summits of Mountains
Especially snow covered mountains
Amadelphous
   means   
Gregarious
Amanuensis
   means   
One Employed to Take Dictation, or Copy Manuscripts
Amative
   means   
Pertaining to Love; Amorous
Ambisinistrous
   means   
Clumsy
Having two left hands
Ameliorate
   means   
To Make Better, to Improve
To heal or solve a problem
Anachorism
   means   
Something out of Place in or Foreign to a Country
Anachronism
   means   
The Erroneous Dating of an Event
A chronological mistake
Ana
   means   
A Collection of Miscellaneous Information
Analgesia
   means   
Absence of Pain
This is distinct from anesthestia, which is the absence of all sensation (numbness), including touch and temperature.
Anaphora
   means   
The Repetition of a Phrase at the Beginning of Phrases, Sentences, or Verses
Used for emphasis
Anathema
   means   
A Ban or Curse Pronounced With Religious Solemnity by Ecclesiastical Authority
Accompanied by excommunication
Anguine
   means   
Snakelike
Pertaining to snakes or serpents. Synonym: ophidian.
Animadversion
   means   
Strong Criticism
Ankh
   means   
An Egyptian Symbol
Antediluvian
   means   
Extremely Outmoded
'before the flood'
Anthropomorphic
   means   
Given Human Attributes
Antidisestablishmentarianism
   means   
A Political Philosophy Opposed to the Separation of Church and State
Antipodal
   means   
Diametrically Opposite
... though in fact diametric and opposite mean the same thing. This often used expression literally means oppositely opposite (which is redundant)
Aplomb
   means   
Self-confident Assurance
Apod
   means   
Footless
Apolaustic
   means   
Devoted to Enjoyment
Apotropaic
   means   
Intended to Ward off Evil
Apraxia
   means   
Total or Partial Loss of the Ability to Perform Coordinated Movements or Manipulate Objects
In the absence of motor or sensory impairment
Apropos
   means   
Fitting, Appropriate
Arachnidism
   means   
The Condition of Being Poisoned As a Result of a Spider's Bite
Archipelago
   means   
A Large Group of Islands
Arcuate
   means   
Curved or Arched Like a Bow
Ardor
   means   
A Great Warmth of Feeling; Fervor; Passion
Arithmogram
   means   
Number Composed of Numerical Values Assigned to Letters in a Word
Arrogate
   means   
To Lay Claim to Without Justification
As in a US President arrogating the power of Congress to declare war
Asinine
   means   
Utterly Stupid
The noun form is 'asininity'.
Asperate
   means   
To Make Rough of Uneven
Assuage
   means   
To Lessen the Intensity Of; to Pacify; to Soothe
Asthenic
   means   
Extremely Thin or Wasted
Asymptote
   means   
A Value Which a Function Approaches but Never Reaches
Atheist
   means   
One Who Denies the Existence of Deities
Atokous
   means   
Lacking Offspring
Atrabilious
   means   
Gloomy
Atrate
   means   
A Mourner
One dressed in black
Aural
   means   
Relating to the Sense of Hearing
As distinct from "oral"
Austral
   means   
Of, Relating To, or Coming from the South
Avarice
   means   
An Excessive or Inordinate Desire of Gain
Greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
Avoirdupois
   means   
Weight, Heaviness
"Yet until middle age and avoirdupois overtook her, Mary was no slouch."-John Updike; From the French words: Avoir - to have, Du - "some" when preceded by a verb, Poids - pounds
Avolition
   means   
Lack of Initiative or Goals
One of the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.
Bacchanalia
   means   
Drunken Behaviour
Festival of Bacchus; Referring to the Roman God Bacchus, the god of wine
Balanophagy
   means   
The Eating of Acorns
Ballyhoo
   means   
Sensational or Clamorous Advertising or Publicity
Balter
   means   
To Dance Clumsily
Banausic
   means   
Dully Mechanical
Bathos
   means   
Anticlimax With Humorous Effect, Spurious Pathos; Triteness
Bawdily
   means   
In a Bawdy Manner; Lewdly or Obscenely
Bedizen
   means   
Dress Gaudily
Behemoth
   means   
A Great and Mighty Beast
Described in Job 40:15-24, used to illustrate God's mightiness.
Behoove
   means   
To Be Necessary or Advantageous
Also used as a transitive verb.
Bellicose
   means   
Warlike in Nature; Aggressive; Hostile
From the Latin 'bellum' meaning war.
Bellwether
   means   
Anything That Indicates Future Trends
Bestir
   means   
To Put Into Brisk or Vigorous Action
Biblioclasm
   means   
Destruction of Books; Destructive Criticism of Bible
Bicrural
   means   
Two-legged
Bifurcate
   means   
Split Into Two Branches or Forks
Billow
   means   
A Large Wave, Swell, Surge, or Undulating Mass of Water, Smoke or Sound
Blandiloquence
   means   
Complimentary Language or Speech
Blandish
   means   
To Coax With Gentle Persuasion
More efficacious than "to brandish"
Blarney
   means   
The Ability to Talk Constantly; Persuasive Flattery
Bleb
   means   
A Blister or Bubble
Blind Freddy
   means   
An Imaginary Incapacitated Person
Bloviate
   means   
To Speak or Discourse at Length in a Pompous or Boastful Manner
Blurt
   means   
To Speak Quickly or Without Thought
To divulge inconsiderately, to utter suddenly and unadvisedly.
Bonhomie
   means   
Friendliness; Urbane Manner
Boondoggle
   means   
A Waste of Time And/or Money
A pointless activity; work of little or no value done merely to look busy
Bosky
   means   
Covered With or Consisting of Bushes, Shrubs, or Trees
Boustrophedon
   means   
Writing Where the Reading Direction Changes Every Line
Reading direction changes from right-to-left to left-to-right each line.
Brazen-faced
   means   
Impudent
Open and without shame
Brobdingnagian
   means   
Enormous, Huge, Far Larger Than is Customary for Such a Thing
After Brobdingnag, a country in Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, where everything was enormous
Bromopnea
   means   
Bad Breath
Brouhaha
   means   
An Uproar
Not quite as much as a ruckus.
Buffaloing
   means   
Deceiving or Hoodwinking
Bumbershoot
   means   
An Umbrella
American origin
Bumptious
   means   
Self-conceited; Forward; Pushing
Burke
   means   
Murder Without Leaving a Trace on the Body
Burnoose
   means   
A Hooded Cloak Worn by Arabs
Cachet
   means   
Prestige, Distinctive Mark or Quality; Seal
Cachexia
   means   
A General Wasting of the Body
Cachinnator
   means   
One Who Laughs Too Often or Too Loud
Cachou
   means   
A Pastille Used to Sweeten the Breath
Cacogenics
   means   
The Study of Degeneration of Offspring
Cacology
   means   
Incorrect Diction
Cacophony
   means   
A Mix of Discordant Sounds
Dissonance
Caesura
   means   
A Pause or Interruption in a Poem, Music, Building or Other Work of Art
Cahoots
   means   
Secret Partnership
Slang
Caitiff
   means   
A Despicable Coward
Calamistration
   means   
The Act or Process of Curling the Hair
Calenture
   means   
A Heatstroke or Tropical Fever
Callipygian
   means   
Having Well-formed Buttocks
E.g. The Callipygian Venus
Callisteia
   means   
Beauty Prizes
Calumny
   means   
Defamation
Also called vilification, slander or libel. A falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another
Canescent
   means   
Becoming White; Hoary
Caprice
   means   
An Impulsive Seemingly Unmotivated Notion or Action
Cardinal
   means   
Of Fundamental Importance
Casuistry
   means   
Solving of Moral Dilemmas by the Application of General Principles of Ethics
Casuist
   means   
Sophist Resolver of Questions of Conscience
Catafalque
   means   
A Platform Used to Display or Convey a Coffin During a Funeral
Often ornate
Catalepsy
   means   
Rigid or Trance-like Fit
Catty-corner
   means   
Diagonal
Or as an adverb: in a diagonal position.
Cavalcade
   means   
A Company of Riders
Celerity
   means   
Speed
Cenobiotic
   means   
Pertaining to a Community Life
As of monks or uni-cellular organisms
Chalcedony
   means   
Blue or Grey Variety of Quartz
Chaplet
   means   
A Wreath or Garland for the Head
Usually made from flowers.
Charlatan
   means   
Fraud
A person who pretends to more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses
Chicanery
   means   
Deception
By quibbling or sophistry
Chorizo
   means   
Spicy Pork Sausage
Spanish
Chortle
   means   
A Joyful Laugh
A portmanteau word from Lewis Caroll's poem "Jabberwocky". It is made from the words "chuckle" and "snort".
Chrestomathy
   means   
A Collection of Written Passages, Used to Learn an Unfamiliar Language
Chromatid
   means   
Either of the Two Strands of a Chromosome That Separate During Mitosis
Chthonic
   means   
Dwelling in or Under the Earth
Often referring to the gods of the underworld
Churlish
   means   
Rude
Chutzpah
   means   
Impudence
Or - unbelievable audacity. From the Yiddish "khutspe".
Cimicine
   means   
Smelling Like Bugs
Cingulate
   means   
Having Girdle
Clancular
   means   
Done or Kept in Secret
Clandestine
   means   
Done or Kept in Secret
Sometimes to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
Cleave
   means   
To Split
Cledonism
   means   
Using Circumlocution to Avoid Speaking Words Deemed Unlucky
Coadjuvant
   means   
Co-operating
Cockalorum
   means   
A Little Man With an Unduly High Opinion of Himself
Collenchyma
   means   
Supportive Tissue of Plants
Colossal
   means   
Extremely Large or on a Great Scale
The Greek Colossus of Rhodes is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Complot
   means   
Plot, Conspiracy
Compotation
   means   
A Drinking Party
Concatenate
   means   
Link Together; Form Into Series
Concatenation
   means   
A Series or Order of Things Depending on Each Other, As if Linked Together
A chain, a succession.
Concinnous
   means   
Harmonious; Fit, Elegant
Concubitant
   means   
Marriageable
Concupiscent
   means   
Having Strong Sexual Desires
Condign
   means   
Well Deserved or Well Merited
Usually of punishment
Condyle
   means   
The Rounded Prominence at the End of a Bone
Confabulate
   means   
To Chat
Conflagration
   means   
A Large Fire Extending to Many Objects, or over a Large Space
A general burning.
Confrication
   means   
A Rubbing Together; Friction
Consenescence
   means   
The Act of Growing Old Together
Conspue
   means   
To Spit With Contempt
Constult
   means   
To Act Stupidly Together
Contaminate
   means   
To Pollute
Can be used specifically to mean expose to radioactive material. Also, a noun meaning the same as contaminant.
Contretemps
   means   
An Inopportune or Embarrassing Occurrence
Contrite
   means   
Sincerely Penitent or Feeling Regret or Sorrow, Especially for One's Own Actions
Apologetic.
Convival
   means   
Festive
Convolute
   means   
To Make Something Unnecessarily Complex
Coruscate
   means   
To Give off Light; to Reflect in Flashes; to Sparkle
Cosmopolitan
   means   
All-inclusive; Affecting the Whole World
Couth
   means   
Refined, Sophisticated
Crapulous
   means   
Sick from Excessive Indulgence in Drinking or Eating
Surcharged with liquor; alcoholism; drunk; given to excesses
Crepitus
   means   
A Crackling Sound Heard over Broken Bone, an Inflamed Lung, or Damaged Joint.
As of pneumonia patients
Crevasse
   means   
Deep Chasm in Glacier
Ctenophile
   means   
A Lover of Combs
Cucullate
   means   
Hooded; Hood-shaped
Curule
   means   
Applied to Curved-legged Chair Occupied by High Officials of Ancient Rome
Curvilinear
   means   
Consisting of or Bounded by Curved Lines
Czigany
   means   
Gypsy
Daube
   means   
Braised Meat Stew
Deasil
   means   
Clockwise
Following the direction of the sun's movement
Decalvant
   means   
Depilatory
Medical jargon. From the Latin Decalvare - to make bald
Decastich
   means   
Ten Line Poem
Declivity
   means   
A Downward Slope As a Hill
Defatigable
   means   
Easily Tired or Wearied; Capable of Being Fatigued
Defenestrate
   means   
To Eject or Throw from a Window
The word comes from the Latin de ("from; out of") and fenestra ("window").
Deflagrate
   means   
Burn up Suddenly
Defoliate
   means   
Strip Leaves from a Tree
Or bush or any plant, really. Also can be used as an adjective.
Deipnosophist
   means   
One Who Excels at Conversations at the Dinner Table
Demi-monde
   means   
Class of Women of Doubtful Reputation
Denouement
   means   
The Outcome or End Result
Dentiloquist
   means   
One Who Speaks With the Teeth Closed
Depascent
   means   
Eating
Depone
   means   
To Testify Under Oath
Desiderium
   means   
An Ardent Longing for a Thing Lost
Such as youth
Desuetude
   means   
The State of Being No Longer Used or Practiced
Detente
   means   
The Relaxing of Tension Between Rivals
Esp. between nations
Deteriorism
   means   
Attitude That Things Will Get Worse
Detersion
   means   
An Act of Cleansing
Dexterous
   means   
Skillful
Dextral
   means   
On Right-hand Side
Dextrorotatory
   means   
Turning Clockwise or to the Right
Diacritic
   means   
A Special Mark Added to a Letter to Indicate a Different Pronunciation, Stress, Tone, or Meaning
Diatribe
   means   
An Abusive, Bitter Denunciation
Dictatorial
   means   
Overbearing
Didactic
   means   
Intended to Teach
Diffugient
   means   
Dispersing
Diffuse
   means   
Widely Scattered
Obviously different from "defuse"
Dingle
   means   
A Small, Narrow, Usually Wooded Valley
Diphthong
   means   
A Complex Vowel Sound That Begins With the Sound of One Vowel and Ends With the Sound of Another Vowel
Disambiguation
   means   
Clarification
Disavow
   means   
To Refuse Strongly and Solemnly to Own or Acknowledge
To deny responsibility for, approbation of, and the like; to disclaim; to disown
Discombobulate
   means   
To Throw Into a State of Confusion
To befuddle or perplex
Discrepancy
   means   
An Inconsistency Between Facts or Sentiments
Disembark
   means   
To Go Ashore
From a ship, or leave a vehicle or aircraft
Disparate
   means   
Composed of Inherently Different or Distinct Elements
Incongruous
Dispendious
   means   
Extravagant, Costly
Doctored
   means   
Altered; Falsified
Dop
   means   
A Tool for Holding Gemstones
For cutting or polishing
Doucer
   means   
Sweetness, Sweetener; Bribe; Gratuity; Gentleness of Manner
Doyen
   means   
One Who is Knowledgeable or Uniquely Skilled As a Result of Long Experience in a Field of Endeavor
Draconian
   means   
Unusually Severe
See: Java Jive
Dyslogy
   means   
Unfavourable Speech; Censure
Eccentric
   means   
Not at or in the Centre
Eclectic
   means   
Selecting, Especially the Best from a Number of Sources; Comprising Selected Pieces
Eclogue
   means   
A Poem in the Form of a Conversation Between Shepherds
In classical literature, a poem featuring rural themes and structured as a dialogue among shepherds.
Egregious
   means   
Outstandingly Bad
E.g. an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
Egress
   means   
An Exit or Way out
Eleemosynary
   means   
Relating to Charity, Alms, or Almsgiving
Elucubration
   means   
To Produce by Long and Intensive Effort
Especially writing
Elumbated
   means   
Weak or Lame in the Loins
???
Emaciation
   means   
The Act of Making Very Lean
Eminently
   means   
In an Prominent Manner
Emunctory
   means   
Relating to Nose Blowing
Encompass
   means   
To Form a Circle Around; to Encircle
Enlistee
   means   
Any New Member of an Organization or Supporter of a Cause
Ennui
   means   
Boredom
Ensconce
   means   
To Place in a Secure Environment
Eon
   means   
Eternity
However, in Astronomy, it means one billion years. Which only seems like an eternity.
Epigenetics
   means   
The Study of the Processes Involved in the Genetic Development of an Organism
Especially the activation and deactivation of genes
Epizeuxis
   means   
The Repetition of Words With Vehemence or Emphasis
As in, "alone, alone, all alone, alone on a wide wide sea" -- Coleridge
Eponymous
   means   
Named After a Person
As in a tribe, place, crater, law that is named after a person etc.
Eponym
   means   
A Person from Whom Something E.g. a Place, Takes Its Name
A person, real or imaginary, from whom something e.g. a tribe, a nation or a place takes its name. Brut, the supposed grandson of Aeneas, is the eponym of the Britons
Equipoise
   means   
A State of Balance; Equilibrium
Erinaceous
   means   
Relating to or Resembling Hedgehogs
Erratum
   means   
An Error in Printing
Ersatz
   means   
Something Made in Imitation; an Effigy or Substitute
Erudite
   means   
Learned, Scholarly, With Emphasis on Knowledge Gained from Books
Eschar
   means   
A Dry, Dark Scab or Scar, Especially As a Result of Burning
Eschew
   means   
To Avoid; to Shun
Exacerbate
   means   
Make Worse
Excrescence
   means   
Something, Usually Abnormal, Which Grows out of Something else
Exiguous
   means   
Extremely Scanty; Meager
Exophagy
   means   
The Practice, Amongst Cannibals, of Not Eating One's Relatives or Members of One's Tribe
Expectorate
   means   
To Cough up Fluid from the Lungs
Expurgate
   means   
To Edit out Rude, Incorrect, Offensive, Useless, or Otherwise Undesirable Information
To cleanse; to purge.
Exuvia
   means   
Remains of a Moulted Exoskeleton
Famulus
   means   
Attendant to a Sorcerer, Magician
Farcy
   means   
A Livestock Disease
A highly contagious disease of horses, mules, and donkeys -- caused by the bacterium Actinobacillus mallei.
Fascicle
   means   
A Bundle or Cluster
Favonian
   means   
Of or Relating to the West Wind
Febrile
   means   
Feverish, or Having a High Temperature
Fecundity
   means   
Fertility
Felicificability
   means   
Capacity for Happiness
Fermata
   means   
The Holding of a Musical Note or Rest for Longer Than Its Usual Duration
Also the notation of such a prolongation, usually represented as a dot with a semi-circle above it, written above the clef.
Fescennine
   means   
Extremely Rude
Fillip
   means   
The Act of Snapping Your Fingers
Fillip
   means   
Something That Adds Stimulation or Enjoyment
E.g. Tabasco onions sprinkled on top, were an added fillip.
Finifugal
   means   
Shunning the End of Anything
Such as a good meal, a good book, etc
Fissiparous
   means   
Factious, Tending to Break Into Pieces
Flabbergasted
   means   
Being Appalled, Amazed, or Stunned
To overwhelm with wonder; to stun or amaze. "He was flabbergasted to find that his work had been done for him before he began." synonyms: astound, astonish
Fleeten
   means   
The Color of Skim Milk
Flibbertigibbet
   means   
A Flighty or Silly or Excessively Talkative Person
Floccinaucinihilipilification
   means   
The Concept That Something is Worthless
Flok-sih-noh-see-Nee-hee-lee-Pee-lih-fih-Kay-shun
Flotsam
   means   
Floating Wreckage
Also refers to vagrant populations.
Foible
   means   
A Weakness
Foment
   means   
To Instigate or Foster Discord or Rebellion
Forbear
   means   
To Refrain
Forebear
   means   
Ancestor
Fortuitous
   means   
Accidental
Not necessarily fortunate
Fortuity
   means   
A Chance Event
Fraternise
   means   
To Associate With Others in a Brotherly or Friendly Manner
Friable
   means   
Easily Crumbled or Broken
As opposed to eggs which are fryable
Funambulate
   means   
To Walk on Ropes; to Tightrope-walk
Fustian
   means   
Pompous or Bombastic As Language
Fyke
   means   
A Bag-shaped Fish Trap
Gallimaufry
   means   
A Jumble
Gallinaceous
   means   
Relating to or Resembling Chickens or Pheasants
Galvanise
   means   
To Shock or Stimulate Into Sudden Activity
Gambol
   means   
To Frolic
Unlike to gamble
Gangling
   means   
Lanky
Not to be confused with ganglion, which are not really that tall.
Gauche
   means   
Awkward or Lacking in Social Graces; Bumbling
Gewgaw
   means   
A Trinket or Bauble, Something Gaudy and Useless
Gibbous
   means   
Characterized by Convexity; Protuberant
Gimcrack
   means   
Showy but of Poor Quality; Worthless
Gingival
   means   
Pertaining to Gums; Alveolar
Glabrous
   means   
Smooth and Bald
Glaucous
   means   
Of a Pale Grayish or Bluish Green
Glaucous leaves
Gobbledygook
   means   
Nonsense
Gobemouche
   means   
One Who Believes Any Absurdity
From French, literally, with his mouth open swallowing flies
Gossamer
   means   
A Fine Film or Strand As of Cobwebs
Floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.
Grampus
   means   
Marine Mammal Resembling a Dolphin
Grandiloquence
   means   
Pompous Speech
Gravelblind
   means   
Having Minimal Vision
Guano
   means   
A Substance Composed Chiefly of the Excrement of Seafowl and Used As Fertilizer
Guffaw
   means   
A Boisterous Laugh
Hagiarchy
   means   
Government by Priests
Hagiography
   means   
A Biography of a Saint
Halcyon
   means   
In Classical Legends, a Bird Said to Nest on the Sea and to Calm the Waters to Make This Possible
Usually identified with the kingfisher, and derived from the Greek myth of Alcyone.
Hamate
   means   
Hooked at the Tip
Anatomically
Hara-kiri
   means   
Suicide by Disembowelling
Literally translated as "belly cut". Hara-kiri is a informal term for seppuku.
Harangue
   means   
An Impassioned, Disputatious Public Speech
Can be either a verb or a noun - you can harangue someone, or you can deliver a harangue.
Hashmark
   means   
An Insignia Worn on the Uniform to Indicate Years of Service
Hedonism
   means   
The Belief That Pleasure or Happiness is the Highest Good in Life
Helical
   means   
Relating to or Having the Form of a Helix
Helical
   means   
Spiral; Pertaining to Helix
Hermeneutics
   means   
The Study or Theory of the Methodical Interpretation of Text, Especially Holy Texts
Heterogenic
   means   
Occurring in the Wrong Sex
As a beard on a woman or large breasts on a man
Hiatus
   means   
A Break or Pause
Hispid
   means   
Bristly
Hithermost
   means   
Nearest on This Side
Homely
   means   
Plain
Homodoxian
   means   
A Person Who Has the Same Opinion As You
Homologous
   means   
Exactly or Relatively Corresponding in Structure
Hornswoggle
   means   
To Deceive
Hullabaloo
   means   
An Uproar or Fuss
Hydroplane
   means   
To Skim the Surface of a Body of Water While Moving at High Speed
Hyperbole
   means   
Extravagant Rhetorical Exaggeration
Hypertrophy
   means   
An Increase in the Size of an Organ Due to Swelling of the Individual Cells
Hypocrisy
   means   
A Façade of Virtue or Morality
Iatrogenic
   means   
Pertaining to Symptoms Caused Unintentionally by a Doctor
Iconoclast
   means   
One Who Opposes Orthodoxy and Religion
One who adheres to the doctrine of iconoclasm
Idiocrasy
   means   
Constitutional Peculiarity
Ignominious
   means   
Marked by Shame or Disgrace
Ignominy
   means   
Dishonour
Illutible
   means   
Unable to Be Washed Away
Imbue
   means   
Soak; Dye; Impregnate; Permeate
Immolate
   means   
To Sacrifice, Particularly by Fire
Impugn
   means   
To Assault or Attack
Inaniloquent
   means   
Given to Talking Inanely
Inanition
   means   
Mental or Spiritual Hollowness
Incombustible
   means   
Not Capable of Catching Fire and Burning
Not flammable
Indelible
   means   
Unable to Be Washed Away
Having the quality of being difficult to remove, wash away, blot out, or efface
Induratize
   means   
To Harden the Heart
As in to make stubborn, insensitive or callous
Inequity
   means   
Unfairness
Infix
   means   
To Instil
Innocuous
   means   
Harmless
Insouciant
   means   
Marked by Blithe Unconcern; Nonchalant
Careless, indifferent, unconcerned.
Intercessor
   means   
Mediator
Or negotiator
Internecine
   means   
Mutually Destructive
Most often applied to warfare
Intractable
   means   
Untreatable, Unsolvable
Intransigent
   means   
Unwilling to Compromise
Unreasonable; irreconcilable; stubborn.
Intrinsic
   means   
Inward: Inherent
Irksome
   means   
Disagreeable or Troublesome by Reason of Long Continuance or Repetition
Bothersome; annoying; irritating; wearisome; tedious.
Iterative
   means   
Repetitious
Jactancy
   means   
Boasting
Jejune
   means   
Childish
Jingoism
   means   
Excessive Patriotism or Aggressive Nationalism
Advanced chauvinism
Jocoserious
   means   
Half Serious and Half in Jest
Jocular
   means   
Humorous or Amusing
Jostle
   means   
To Shove
Jussive
   means   
Signifying Command (grammar)
Juxtapose
   means   
Put Side by Side
Katabasis
   means   
Military Retreat
Kindle
   means   
To Start or Light (a Fire)
Kinesthesia
   means   
The Sensation or Perception of Motion
Knur
   means   
A Bump or Knot, As on a Tree
Knurl
   means   
A Bump or Knot, As on a Tree
Knurl
   means   
Knob
Knurl
   means   
Ridge on the Edge of a Metal Object
E.g a coin or on a thumbscrew as an aid in gripping.
Kreska
   means   
A Diacritic Closely Resembling an Acute Accent
Lachrymiform
   means   
Having a Form of a Tear; Tear Shaped
Lachrymose
   means   
Tearful or Sorrowful
Sad, pertaining to tears, weeping, causing tears or crying
Lackadaisical
   means   
Without Enthusiasm
Lamia
   means   
Female Enchantress or Demon
Lamprophony
   means   
Speaking in Clear, Loud Voice
Latibulate
   means   
To Hide Oneself in a Corner
Legerdemain
   means   
Sleight of Hand
"magic" trickery
Libidinous
   means   
Having Lustful Desires
Characterized by lewdness; sensual; lascivious.
Lilliputian
   means   
A Very Small Person or Being
Comes from the diminutive inhabitants featured in "Gulliver's Travels"
Limpid
   means   
Clear, Particularly Transparent or Bright
Logolepsy
   means   
An Obsession With Words
Logorrhoea
   means   
Excessive Talking
Lollygag
   means   
To Dawdle; to Be Lazy or Idle; to Avoid Necessary Work or Effort
Longueur
   means   
A Long and Boring Passage in a Literary Work
Loquacious
   means   
Talking Too Freely
Louche
   means   
Of Questionable Taste or Morality
Luciferous
   means   
Luminous
Lugubrious
   means   
Gloomy
Lunitidal
   means   
Pertaining to Tidal Movements Dependent on the Moon
Macabre
   means   
Gruesome; Pertaining to Death
Macaronic
   means   
Using Two Languages
In Medieval times, a play or poem using both Latin and vernacular languages.
Macron
   means   
Mark Placed over Long Vowels
Magada
   means   
Bridge of Stringed Musical Instrument
Magniloquent
   means   
Using High-flown Language; Bombastic
Malevolence
   means   
Hostile Attitude or Feeling
Masticate
   means   
To Chew
Matutinal
   means   
Active or Wide Awake in the Morning
Maunder
   means   
To Speak in a Disorganized or Desultory Manner
To babble, prattle, or ramble.
Mauve
   means   
A Bright Purple Synthetic Dye
Medulla
   means   
Marrow or Pith
Mellifluous
   means   
Flowing With Honey or Sweetness
As in a mellifluous voice
Mendacious
   means   
Untruthful
Mephitis
   means   
A Noxious or Pestilential Exhalation from the Earth, As Poison Gas
Meralgia
   means   
Neuralgia of Thigh
Mercurial
   means   
Volatile
Mete
   means   
A Boundary or Other Limit
A boundary-marker
Micturient
   means   
Having a Strong Desire to Urinate
Mizzle
   means   
A Mist-like Rain
Fo shizzle.
Mollify
   means   
To Soften in Feeling or Temper
Pacify; appease
Monad
   means   
A Single Entity or Unit
Mondegreen
   means   
A Form of Error Arising from Mishearing a Spoken or Sung Phrase
Refers to the verse "They hae slain the Earl Amurray and laid him on the green".
Moradacious
   means   
Tending to Bite; Caustic, Sarcastic
Mountebank
   means   
One Who Sells Dubious Medicines
Muss
   means   
Disarrange
Myrmecology
   means   
The Study of Ants
Myrmidon
   means   
A Blindly Obedient Follower
Nadir
   means   
The Point of the Celestial Sphere Directly Opposite the Zenith
Inferior pole of the horizon; point of the celestial sphere directly under the place where we stand.
Namby-pamby
   means   
Insipid and Sentimental
After the satirical poem 'Namby Pamby' written by Henry Carey in 1725.
Narcolepsy
   means   
A Condition Marked by Short Fits of Heavy Sleep
Natatorium
   means   
An Indoor Swimming Pool
Nebula
   means   
A Vast Gaseous Area of the Universe
Nefarious
   means   
Infamous for Being Wicked
Nemorous
   means   
Forested; Full of Trees, Dark With Shady Groves
Neoplasm
   means   
An Abnormal New Growth of Disorganized Tissue in Animals or Plants
Neoteny
   means   
Retention of Juvenile Characteristics in Adults
Niche
   means   
A Cavity, Hollow, or Recess
Generally within the thickness of a wall, for a statue, bust, or other erect ornament.
Nihilarian
   means   
One Who Deals With Things of No Importance
Nirvana
   means   
The Absence of All Longing
Noceur
   means   
A Late-night Person
As in a party animal
Noctambulation
   means   
Sleepwalking
Also somnambulism
Noema
   means   
The Perceived As Perceived
Normalize
   means   
To Format in a Standardized Manner
To make consistent
Novercal
   means   
Stepmotherly
Noxal
   means   
Nosious; Pertaining to Damage
Nucleus
   means   
The Massive, Positively Charged Central Part of an Atom Made up of Protons and Neutrons
Discovered by Lord Rutherford. From the Latin for little nut, or kernel.
Nugatory
   means   
Trivial, Trifling or of Little Importance
Obdurate
   means   
Obstinate; Hard-hearted
Obfirmation
   means   
Hardness of the Heart; Obduracy
Objurgate
   means   
To Condemn Severely or Scold
Obloquy
   means   
Abuse; Disgrace
Obstreperous
   means   
Noisily and Stubbornly Defiant
Ocarina
   means   
A Simple Musical Wind Instrument Shaped Somewhat Like an Elongated Egg With a Mouthpiece and Finger Holes
Odalisque
   means   
A Female Slave or Concubine in a Harem
Esp. in the seraglio of the Sultan of Turkey (now hist.). In extended use: an exotic, sexually attractive woman; a representation of a sexually attractive figure in art.
Odious
   means   
Arousing or Meriting Strong Dislike, Aversion, or Intense Displeasure
Oenophilist
   means   
A Connoisseur of Wine
Oeuvre
   means   
A Work of Art
Oleaginous
   means   
Oily Personality
Oligist
   means   
Haematite
Oniochalasia
   means   
The Purchasing of Objects As a Form of Mental Relaxation
Retail Therapy!
Onomatopoeia
   means   
The Property of a Word of Sounding Like What It Represents
Bang, boom etc
Orrery
   means   
A Clockwork Model of the Solar System
Orthodox
   means   
In Accordance With Standard or Authorized Practice
Having correct or accepted opinions; approved
Orthogonal
   means   
Pertaining to Right Angles; Perpendicular
Osculable
   means   
Able to Be Kissed
Oxymoron
   means   
A Figure of Speech in Which Two Words of Opposing Meanings Are Used Together to Express Two Contrasting Qualities in One Concept
Eg. a dyslexic english teacher
Oxyphonia
   means   
Excessive Shrillness of Voice
Palanquin
   means   
A Covered Type of Litter for a Stretched-out Passenger, Carried on Four Poles on the Shoulders of Four or More Bearers
As formerly used in eastern Asia
Palaver
   means   
Idle Chatter
Palpebral
   means   
Of or Pertaining to the Eyelids
Panurgic
   means   
Ready for Anything
Paracme
   means   
The Point at Which One's Prime is Past
Paradiddle
   means   
A Percussive Exercise Which Involves Playing Four Even Strokes in the Order 'right Left Right Right' or 'left Right Left Left'
Paradigm
   means   
A Model or Example
Paradox
   means   
Apparently Self-contradictory Statement; Heterodox Statement
Paramorphism
   means   
Structural Alteration of a Mineral Without Change to the Chemical Composition
Pare
   means   
To Trim or Shave
Although, I wouldn’t try paring your beard.
Pariah
   means   
Social Outcast
Patrimony
   means   
Inherited Property
Peccability
   means   
The Capacity for Sinning
Pedantic
   means   
Overly Concerned With Formal Rules and Trivial Points of Learning
Pejorist
   means   
One Who Thinks the World is Getting Worse
Penultimatum
   means   
The Final Demand Before the Ultimatum
Peregrinate
   means   
To Travel from Place to Place, or from One Country to Another
Especially on foot; hence, to sojourn in foreign countries.
Phantasmagoria
   means   
A Series of Events Involving Rapid Changes in Light Intensity and Colour
Phenakism
   means   
Deception or Trickery
Philodox
   means   
A Person in Love With His Own Opinion
Philter
   means   
A Love Potion
Phthisis
   means   
A Disease Characterized by the Wasting Away or Atrophy of the Body or Its Parts


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