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malefactor
A criminal or felon.
2022-09-22
neophyte
A beginner; a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief.
2022-09-14
pablum
Anything overly bland or simplistic, especially speech or writing.
2022-09-08
pharaonic
Impressively large or luxurious.
2022-09-07
thrall
Noun 1. Literary [mass noun] the state of being in someone's power, or of having great power over someone the town in thrall to a villain 2. Archaic a slave, servant, or captive.
2022-09-07
turpitude
Inherent baseness, depravity or wickedness; corruptness and evilness.
2022-09-03
exonym
a name for a place or group of people that is only used outside that place or group
2022-08-22
conurbations
A continuous aggregation of built-up urban communities created as a result of urban sprawl.
2022-08-22
samizdat
The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
2022-08-19
cadastral
showing the extent, value, and ownership of land, especially for taxation.
2022-08-15
abstemious
Sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
2022-08-13
putative
Commonly believed or deemed to be the case; accepted by supposition rather than as a result of proof.
2022-08-07
samizdat
The secret copying and sharing of illegal publications, chiefly in the Soviet Union; underground publishing and its publications.
2022-07-22
poltroon
An ignoble or total coward; a dastard; a mean-spirited wretch.
2022-07-18
circumambulation
2022-07-14
cromulent
Fine, acceptable or correct; seamless, relevant, legitimate or authentic; nonanomalous.
2022-05-30
insouciant
Casually unconcerned; carefree, indifferent, nonchalant.
2022-05-29
supercilious
Arrogantly superior; showing contemptuous indifference; haughty.
2022-05-27
gallimaufry
Noun [in singular] 1. a confused jumble or medley of things a glorious gallimaufry of childhood perceptions
2022-05-17
patrician
(antiquity) A member of any of the families constituting the populus Romanus, or body of Roman citizens, before the development of the plebeian order; later, one who, by right of birth or by special privilege conferred, belonged to the senior class of Romans, who, with certain property, had by right a seat in the Roman Senate.
2022-05-09
veristic
Having multiple valid solutions.
2022-04-30
dirigisme
A policy of strong state control over the economy and related social matters.
2022-04-25
autarky
National economic self-sufficiency.
2022-04-25
prevaricate
To undertake something falsely and deceitfully, with the purpose of defeating or destroying it.
2022-04-23
metonym
Noun 1. Linguistics a word, name, or expression used as a substitute for something else with which it is closely associated. For example, Washington is a metonym for the US government.
2022-04-22
noxious
Adjective 1. harmful, poisonous, or very unpleasant they were overcome by the noxious fumes
2022-04-14
fetid
Adjective 1. smelling extremely unpleasant the fetid water of the marsh
2022-04-14
ontology
Noun 1. Philosophy [mass noun] the branch of metaphysics dealing with the nature of being. 2. Computing a set of concepts and categories in a subject area or domain that shows their properties and the relations between them what's new about our ontology is that it is created automatically from large datasets | we're using ontologies to capture and analyse some of the knowledge in our department
2022-04-03
irredentist
Noun [usually as modifier] 1. Politics a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it. Politics Historical (in 19th-century Italian politics) an advocate of the return to Italy of all Italian-speaking districts subject to other countries.
2022-03-28
mendacious
Adjective 1. not telling the truth; lying mendacious propaganda
2022-03-24
suzerainty
Noun 1. Royalty Politics a position of control by a sovereign or state over another state that is internally autonomous Henry claimed suzerainty over the duchy of Brittany | Norway was at the time under Danish suzerainty
2022-03-03
expostulate
Verb 1. express strong disapproval or disagreement he found Fox expostulating with a young man
2022-02-26
zugzwang
Noun 1. Chess a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one's turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage black is in zugzwang
2022-02-03
shibboleth
Noun 1. a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important the majority, under the influence of vague nineteenth-century shibboleths, understood him to be associating himself with the doctrine that every nation has a right to be a sovereign state
2022-01-22
parlous
Adjective 1. Archaic Humorous full of danger or uncertainty; precarious the parlous state of the economy | the General's position was parlous Adverb 1. Archaic greatly or excessively she is parlous handsome
2021-12-13
punctilious
Adjective 1. showing great attention to detail or correct behaviour he was punctilious in providing every amenity for his guests
2021-12-05
aphantasia
Noun 1. Medicine the inability to form mental images of objects that are not present if counting sheep is an abstract concept, or you are unable to visualize the faces of loved ones, you could have aphantasia
2021-11-28
assay
Noun 1. Metallurgy the testing of a metal or ore to determine its ingredients and quality submission of plate for assay Biochemistry Chemistry [count noun] a procedure for measuring the biochemical or immunological activity of a sample each assay was performed in duplicate Verb 1. Metallurgy determine the content or quality of (a metal or ore) the man who assayed gold was more than a technician Chemistry determine the biochemical or immunological activity of (a sample) cell contents were assayed for enzyme activity examine (something) in order to assess its nature stepping inside, I quickly assayed the clientele 2. Archaic attempt I assayed a little joke of mine on him
2021-10-25
desuetude
Noun 1. Formal a state of disuse the docks fell into desuetude
2021-09-10
confute
Verb 1. Formal prove (a person or an assertion or accusation) to be wrong restorers who sought to confute this view were accused of ignorance
2021-08-15
desultory
Adjective 1. lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm a few people were left, dancing in a desultory fashion (of conversation or speech) going from one subject to another in a half-hearted way the desultory conversation faded occurring randomly or occasionally desultory passengers were appearing
2021-07-28
choleric
Adjective 1. bad-tempered or irritable he was a choleric, self-important little man Medicine (in medieval medicine) having choler as the predominant bodily humour a choleric disposition
2021-07-25
image
Noun 1. Art a representation of the external form of a person or thing in art her work juxtaposed images from serious and popular art Computing a visible impression obtained by a camera, telescope, microscope, or other device, or displayed on a computer or video screen Voyager 2 sent back images of the planet Neptune Optics an optical appearance or counterpart produced by light from an object reflected in a mirror or refracted through a lens. Mathematics a point or set formed by mapping from another point or set. Computing an exact copy of a computer's hard disk, made for backing up data or setting up new machines. a mental representation or idea I had a sudden image of Sal bringing me breakfast in bed [in singular] a person or thing that closely resembles another he's the image of his father [in singular] semblance or likeness made in the image of God Biblical (in biblical use) an idol. 2. the general impression that a person, organization, or product presents to the public she strives to project an image of youth 3. Rhetoric a simile or metaphor he uses the image of a hole to describe emotional emptiness Verb 1. make a representation of the external form of artworks which imaged women's bodies Physics Computing make a visual representation of (something) by scanning it with a detector or electromagnetic beam. Computing make an exact copy of (a computer's hard disk) the hard disk drive should be imaged using a specialized bitstream backup product form a mental picture or idea of it is possible for us to image a society in which no one committed crime
2021-07-25
revanchism
Noun 1. Politics a policy of seeking to retaliate, especially to recover lost territory a recipe for deep future resentment, revanchism and renewed conflict
2021-07-25
gestalt
1. an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts.
2021-07-16
weltschmerz
1. a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness.
2021-06-30
sonoluminescence
1. luminescence excited in a substance by the passage of sound waves through it.
2021-06-29
duende
1. a quality of passion and inspiration. (in the folklore of Spain, Portugal, Latin America, and the Philippines) a supernatural being or spirit resembling a pixie or imp.
2021-06-22
gouache
1. a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance.
2021-06-21
noisomely
1. In a noisome manner.
2021-06-08
syllogism
1. an instance of a form of reasoning in which a conclusion is drawn from two given or assumed propositions (premises); a common or middle term is present in the two premises but not in the conclusion, which may be invalid (e.g. all dogs are animals; all animals have four legs; therefore all dogs have four legs).
2021-06-02
polity
1. a form or process of civil government or constitution
2021-05-30
irascible
1. having or showing a tendency to be easily angered
2021-05-26
preternatural
1. beyond what is normal or natural
2021-05-26
stygian
1. relating to the River Styx in Greek mythology.
2021-05-26
esoteric
1. intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest
2021-05-26
ludicrous
1. so foolish, unreasonable, or out of place as to be amusing
2021-05-26
acerbic
1. (especially of a comment or style of speaking) sharp and forthright tasting sour or bitter.
2021-05-26
wastrel
1. a wasteful or good-for-nothing person a waif; a neglected child.
2021-05-26
irascible
1. having or showing a tendency to be easily angered
2021-05-26
fugue
1. a contrapuntal composition in which a short melody or phrase (the subject) is introduced by one part and successively taken up by others and developed by interweaving the parts. a loss of awareness of one's identity, often coupled with flight from one's usual environment, associated with certain forms of hysteria and epilepsy.
2021-05-26
bellicose
1. demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight
2021-05-26
engram
1. a hypothetical permanent change in the brain accounting for the existence of memory; a memory trace.
2021-05-26
obsequious
1. obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
2021-05-26
somnolent
1. sleepy; drowsy.
2021-05-21
tetchy
1. irritable and bad-tempered
2021-04-27
shambolic
1. chaotic, disorganized, or mismanaged
2021-04-12
jocose
1. playful or humorous
2021-04-07
stygian
1. relating to the River Styx in Greek mythology.
2021-04-05
portentous
1. of or like a portent; of momentous significance
2021-04-04
ascetic
1. characterized by severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons 2. a person who follows an ascetic life.
2021-03-11
lascivious
1. feeling or revealing an overt sexual interest or desire
2021-03-08
diktat
1. an order or decree imposed by someone in power without popular consent
2021-02-19
churlish
1. rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
2021-02-18
eponym
1. a person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named.
2021-02-18
homonym
1. each of two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings and origins.
2021-02-18
amiable
1. having or displaying a friendly and pleasant manner
2021-02-18
withered
1. (of a plant) dry and shrivelled
2021-02-17
senescence
1. the condition or process of deterioration with age.
2021-02-13
animus
1. hostility or ill feeling motivation to do something (in Jungian psychology) the masculine part of a woman's personality. the rational mind.
2021-02-04
cloture
1. (in a legislative assembly) a procedure for ending a debate and taking a vote; closure
2021-01-20
mephistophelian
1. wicked; fiendish
2021-01-18
bailiwick
1. one's sphere of operations or area of interest 2. the district or jurisdiction of a bailie or bailiff
2021-01-04
indubitable
1. impossible to doubt; unquestionable
2020-12-10
dubious
1. hesitating or doubting not to be relied upon; suspect
2020-12-09
sanguine
1. optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation blood-red. bloody or bloodthirsty. 2. a blood-red colour.
2020-12-06
impetuous
1. acting or done quickly and without thought or care
2020-12-04
solipsism
1. the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
2020-12-03
nonesuch
1. a person or thing regarded as excellent or perfect. a small Eurasian medick which is widely grown as a constituent of grazing pasture.
2020-11-30
abstruse
1. difficult to understand; obscure
2020-11-29
verisimilitude
1. the appearance of being true or real
2020-11-29