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     a' bouche ouverte - with open mouth:  eagerly or uncritically,
         gullibly (W)

     a' coups de dictionnaire - with blows of a dictionary:  with
         continual or incessant reference to the dictionary (W)

     a fortiori - from the stronger:  with greater reason, or being
         logically a more obvious truth if a preceding assertion
         is true; by inference; all the more so (W)

     a' l'envoi - in emulation:  in a spirit of emulation or rivalry (W)

     a' outrance - to excess:  to the utmost; supremely; to the bitter
         end (W)

     a' propos de bottes - on the subject of boots:  an expression used
         to change the subject (W)

     a verbis ad verbera - from words to blows (W)

     ab initio - from the beginning; from the very start or outset (W)

     ab irato - from an angry man:  hence, not to be taken too
         seriously (W)

     ab ovo - from the egg:  from the very beginning, hence completely
         and in great detail; throughly or voluminously (W)

     abattoir (n.) - a slaughterhouse (B)

     abderian (adj.) - pertaining to foolish or excessive laughter (B)

     abderite (n.) - a simpleton or dimwitted yokel, and one with
         a tendency to scoff at everything (originally a person from
         ancient Thrace) (E)

     abdominous (adj.) - having or pertaining to a distended stomach (G)

     abecedarian (adj.) - simple; elementary; rudimentary; introductory; or
         alphabetical (G)

     abliguration (n.) - extravagance in cooking and serving (B)

     ablutomania (n.) - a mania for washing oneself (B)

     abscotchalater (n.) - one in hiding from the police (B)

     absit invidia verbo - let it be said without ill-will:  no 
         offense intended (W)

     absquatulate (v.) - to leave hurriedly, suddenly, or secretly (B)

     abstersive (adv.) - serving to cleanse or purge (G)

     abstemious (adj.) - practicing temperance 

     acalculia (n.) - the inability to work with numbers (B)

     acataleptic (adj.) - incomprehensible (B)

     acceptilation (n.) - the settlement of a debt without payment (B)

     accismus (n.) - a phony refusal, hypocritical modesty (rhetoric term) (B,W)

     acediast (n.) - a person who is slothful or wickedly lax when
         it comes to spiritual or religious matters (E)

     acephalist (n.) - the balky maverick who acknowledges no head or
         superior or authority (E)

     acersecomic (n.) - one who has never had a haircut (E)

     acervuline (adj.) - resembling small heaps (B)

     acherontic (adj.) - darky, gloomy, forbidding (B)

     achluphobia (n.) - abnormal fear of darkness

     acouasm (n.) - a ringing sound in the head (B)

     acroatic (adj.) - pertaining to profound learning (B)

     acroamatic (adj.) - esoteric, abstruse, profound (B)

     acrocephalic (n.,adj.) - pertaining to pointed heads; someone with a
         pointed head (B)

     ad baculum, a baculo - to the rod:  appealing to or suggesting the
         use of force to settle the question (W)

     ad captandum benevolentiam - with intent to win good will or favor (W)

     ad captandum vulgus - with intent to take in the public:  designed to
         court the crowd emotionally, even if using unsound reason (W)

     ad crumenam - to the purse:  appealing to greed or to the hearer's
         pocket (W)

     ad ignorantium - to ignorance:  depending for its effect on the
         hearer's not knowing something essential; arguing that something
         is true because it has not been proven false, or challenging another
         to disprove rather than endeavoring to prove (W)

     ad judicium - to judgment:  appealing to the common sense of mankind
         or to the judgment of the people (W)

     ad misericordiam - to compassion:  appealing to a sense of pity or
         mercy; asking compassion (W)

     ad populum - to the people:  appealing to popular sentimental weaknesses
         rather than to facts or reasons (W)

     ad rem - to the matter:  to the point; pertinent to the matter (W)

     ad unguem - to the fingernail:  with great precision; finely (W)

     ad verbum - to the word:  word for word; literally; verbatim (W)

     ad verecundiam - to modesty:  appealing to traditional values,
         reverence for authority, or sense of prestige; requiring an
         opponent to offend against decorum (W)

     adephagous (adj.) - gluttonous (B)

     adevism (n.) - the denial of legendary gods (B)

     adiaphoristic (adj.) - theologically indifferent (B,E)

     adiaphorous (adj.) - neutral; neither right nor wrong; neither deleterious
         nor salubrious (B)

     adjectitious (adj.) - added, thrown in (B)

     adminicle (n.) - something that helps or supports; corroboratory evidence;
         explanatory proof (B)

     adnomination (n.) - punning (B)

     adoxography (n.) - good writing on a trivial subject (B)

     adscititious (adj.) - not essential; supplemental; superfluous (B,G)

     adventitious (adj.) - accidental, added by chance; not inherent

     adversaria (n.) - miscellaneous notes, comments, or passages;
         commonplace book (W)

     adynaton (n.) - magnifying or exaggerating an actual event by reference
         to something impossible (rhetoric term) (W)

     aenos (n.) - use of erudite words or allusions to appeal to the
         learned (rhetoric term) (W)

     aeolistic (adj.) - long-winded (B)

     aerophagist (n.) - the neurotic or somewhat hysterical gaper who
         swallows or gulps in air at times of stress (E)

     Aesopian language - political doubletalk or euphemism that has a
         special meaning to its advocates or initiates; a vocabulary of
         stock phrases, code words, and value judgments; dissembling
         or propagandistic jargon (W)

     aesculapian (adj.) - relating to that which is medical or to the art
         of healing (G)

     afflatus (n.) - an artistic inspiration (B)

     afterwit (n.) - the locking of the barn door after the cows have gone (B)

     agastopia (n.) - admiration of a particular part of someone's body (B)

     agathism (n.) - the concept that all is for the better (B,E)

     agathokakological (adj.) - composed of both good and evil (B)

     agelast (n.) - somebody who never but never laughs (E)

     agenhina (n.) - a guest at an inn who, after having stayed for three
         nights, was considered one of the family (Saxon law) (B)

     agenocratia (n.) - opposition to birth control (B)

     agglutination (n.) - compound-word formation from discrete word
         elements, or the creation of derivatives and inflections, by
         added affixes, e.g. 'disestablishment' from 'dis', 'establish',
         and 'ment' (W)

     agitprop (n.) - the vociferous, propagandistic agitator or
         sloganeer (E)

     agnogenic (n.) - of unknown cause (B)

     agnoiology (n.) - the study of ignorance (B)

     agnosy (n.) - ignorance; especially ignorance shared by the whole
         human race (B)

     agonist (n.) - a struggler; a person who is contending, whether in
         a mental or spiritual conflict or against an opponent for an
         athletic prize (E)

     agonistic (n.) - combative; strained for the sake of effect (B)

     agroof (n.) - flat on one's face (Scottish) (B)

     aide-me'moire (n.) - memory helper:  document outlining or summarizing
         points of a communication, proposal, or agreement (W)

     ailurophobe (n.) - the person who can't stand cats (E)

     airmonger (n.) - the man or woman who is attracted to visionary
         ideas and projects (E)

     aischrolatreia (n.) - worship of filth, dirt, smut; obscenity cult (B)

     aldiborontiphoscophornio (n.) - a pompous person (from an old English
         burlesque and later used by Walter Scott) (E)

     aleatory (adj.) - dependent upon chance, luck, or an uncertain
         outcome (B,E)

     alectoromachy (n.) - cockfighting

     algedonic (adj.) - pertaining to pain, especially when associated with
         pleasure (B)

     algedonica (n.) - the science of pleasure and pain (B)

     algidity (n.) - coldness

     algolagnic (adj.) - relating to the perception of pleasure from
         inflicting or suffering pain (G,E)

     allagrugous (adj.) - grim and ghastly (G)

     allision (n.) - the ramming of one object by another (B)

     allochthonous (adj.) - foreign (B)

     allonym (n.) - another person's name used as a pen name; a ghostwritten
         work (W)

     allotheism (n.) - worship of strange gods (B)

     allotriophagy (n.) - the craving for weird food (B)

     alogism (n.) - unreasonableness; absurdity; illogical statement(B)

     alopecia (n.) - baldness (B)

     alopecoid (adj.) - foxy (B)

     alter kocker (n.) - a canny, stubborn old man who has been around but
         has ended up as mostly an old fart (E)

     altiloquence (n.) - pompous speech (B,W)

     amaranthine (adj.) - eternally beautiful; unfading; everlasting (E,G)

     amatorculist (n.) - an insignificant or hypocritical lover (B)

     ambagious (adj.) - talking or doing things in an indirect manner;
         devious (B,W)

     ambiloquence (n.) - competence in double-talk (W)

     ambivert (n.) - someone whose personality strikes a nice balance between
         outgoing sociability and pensive or hesitant self-concern (E)

     amblysia - phrasing in such a way as to forewarn or to cushion a dire
         announcement, but sometimes thereby alarming in itself (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     amende honorable - an honorable fine:  a full and frank apology, however
         humiliating its admissions (W)

     ami de cour (n.) - the fairweather or foul-hearted friend (E)

     amicus humani generis (n.) - a philathropist (E)

     amniomancy (n.) - fortune telling by examining the embryonic sac
         or amniotic fluid

     amphibolous (adj.) - susceptible of two meanings; ambiguous; equivocal,
         e.g. 'We'll engage them in battle hopefully after our reinforcements
         arrive." (G,W)

     amphigean (adj.) - found or occuring throughout the world (B)

     amphigory (n.) - nonsensical writing (B,W)

     amphilogy (n.) - a statement open to more than one interpretation

     ampollosity (n.) - bombast; pompous style (B,W)

     amurcous (adj.) - stinking; filled with dregs (B)

     amyctic (adj.) - irritating; abrasive (B)

     anacampserote (n.) - something which can bring back a lost love (B)

     anachorism (n.) - foreign to a certain locality; geographically
          impossible (B)

     anaclitic (adj.) - overly dependent on another (B)

     anacoluthon (n.) - an abrupt shift in midsentence in syntax to
         another construction, sometimes for rhetorical effect, e.g.
         "Why don't I--but, no, you should do it yourself." (W)

     anacreontic (adj.) - jovial, festive and amatory (B,G)

     anadiplosis (n.) - repeating the final words or words of a phrase
         or clause as the beginning of the ensuing phrase (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     anadipsic (adj.) - pertaining to excessive thirst (B)

     anagapesis (n.) - lack of interest in former loved ones (B)

     anagnorisis (n.) - recognition or discovery, as of a disguised
         character, of one thought to be lost (classical drama term)

     anagogig (adj.) - relating to things spiritual and mystical; occult;
         gnostic (B,G)

     analects (n.) - selected parts of a literary work or works (W)

     analeptic (adj.) - serving to renew strength and vigor; invigorating (B,G)

     analphabet (n.) - an illiterate, or one who is literally ignorant
         of the ABC's (E)

     anamnestic (adj.) - reminiscent; aiding the memory (B)

     ananias (n.) - a teller of untruths; liar (from a follower of the
         apostles who was struck dead for lying) (E,G)

     ananym (n.) - a pseudonym devised by spelling one's name backward (B,W)

     anaphora (n.) - repitition of a word or phrase in successive clauses,
         sentences, or paragraphs for rhetorical effect, e.g. "A sure man,
         a sure alternative, a sure vote!" (W)

     anapodictic (adj.) - undemonstrable (B)

     anastrophe (n.) - inversion of the usual order of words, or withholding
         of them, for rhetorical effect or emphasis, e.g. "came the day
         when", "into the store I went" (W)

     anatreptic (adj.) - defeating, refuting (B)

     anautarchia (n.) - perpetual unhappiness (B)

     anax andron (n.) - a leader or men, a take-charge guy (applied to
         Agamemnon by Homer) (E)

     anaxiphilia (n.) - act of falling in love with a schtoonk by someone
         who should know better (B)

     ancilla (n.) - a sidekick who helps another to accomplish or master
         something difficult or complicated (E)

     andabate (n.) - one who is hoodwinked, in the dark or virtually blind
         to the realities of a situation (E)

     androlepsia (n.) - international governmental kidnapping for
         political gain (B)

     anfractuous (adj.) - winding, tortuous (B,)

     angary (n.) - the right of a warring nation to use or destroy a
         neutral's property, subject to full indemnification (B)

     angst (n.) - anxiety, fear; not fear of anything specific but a dread
         of nothingness

     anhedonia (n.) - the inability to be happy (B)

     aniconic (adj.) - not using or permitting images, effigies, or idols (B,G)

     anicular (adj.) - old-womanish, weak; feeble-minded (B)

     anililagnia (n.) - sexual desire for older women (B)

     anile (adj.) - old womanish; lacking in force, strength or effectiveness;
         faltering (G)

     animadversion (n.) - generally adverse criticism (B,E,G)

     ankylophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of stiff or immobile joints

     anodyne (adj.) - painless, soothing (G)

     anomy (n.) - the collapse of the social structures governing a
         given society

     anonym (n.) - a person remaining nameless; psuedonym; anonymous
         publication; idea, vagary, or phenomenon that has no term that
         precisely expresses it (W)

     anonymuncule (n.) - an insignificant anonymous writer (B)

     anorchous (adj.) - without testicles; or gutless (B,E)

     anosognosia (n.) - the lack of interest or belief in the existence
         of one's disease (B)

     Anschauung (n.) - intuition; sense awareness of perception (B)

     antanaclasis (n.) - a phrasing in which the topic or key word is
         repeated, sometimes with a different sense or connotation, for
         a play on words, e.g. "The business of America is business" (W)

     antelucan (adj.) - pertaining to or occurring before dawn (G)

     antephialtic (adj.) - preventive of nightmares (G)

     anthimeria (n.) - the using of one part of speech for another for
         a strking effect (rhetoric term) (W)

     anthorism (n.) - a counterdefinition, or a delineation or description
         differing from that of an opponent (W)

     anthropophaginia (n.) - a cannibal (E)

     anthropophobia (n.) - fear of meeting people; fear of society (B)

     antibromic (adj.) - causing the elimination of odors; deodorizing (G)

     antilogous (adj.) - contrary; inconsistent (B)

     antinomian (n.) - a Christian who believes that faith alone will see
         him through; or pertaining to such a doctrine (B)

     antinomy (n.) - an inconsistency, or built-in contradiction; opposition
         of one law to another (B,G,W)

     antipedobaptism (n.) - denial on scriptural grounds of the validity
         of infant baptism

     antiphrasis (n.) - a word used to mean its opposite; calling something
         its opposite for an ironic or satirical purpose, e.g. the comment
         "How attractive!" on seeing something ugly (B,W)

     antiscians (n.) - people living on the same meridian, but on different
         sides of the equator (B)

     antistasis (n.) - the defense of an action that prevented something
         worse from happening (B)

     antithalian (adj.) - against enjoyment (B)

     antonomasia (n.) - substitution of an epithet or nickname for a 
         person's proper name, or of a proper name for a common
         noun, e.g. "a Caspar Milquetoast", "a Jezebel" (B,W)

     anuptaphobia (n.) - fear of staying single (B,E)

     aolist (n.) - a person who claims to be inspired--to feel within that
         sudden wind of genius or artistic urgency; the wind is sometimes
         more like a draft (E)

     apaetesis (n.) - the angry putting aside of a matter to be taken
         up later (rhetoric term) (W)

     apagogic (adj.) - pertaining to a proof by reductio ad absurdum; an 
         indirect demonstration of a proof; the proposition is
         emphasized by disproving its contradiction (B,W)

     apanthropy (n.) - dislike of being with people; love of solitude (B)

     apercu (n.) - a quick, penetrating insight; immediate impression,
         intuition, or estimate (W)

     aphephobe (n.) - the person who doesn't like being touched (E)

     aphilophrenia (n.) - a feeling that one is unloved or unwanted (B)

     apocarteresis (n.) - suicide by starvation (B)

     apocrisis (n.) - replying to one's own arguments (rhetoric term) (W)

     apocrypha (n.) - writings, reports, etc., of doubtful authenticity
         or questionable authorship (W)

     apodiabolosis (n.) - diabolical treatment (B)

     apodictic (adj.) - absolutely certain or necessarily true;
         uncontestable (W)

     apodysophilia (n.) - feverish desire to undress (B)

     apolaustic (adj.) - given to enjoyment; self indulgent (B,G)

     apomnemonysis (n.) - quoting an approved authority (rhetoric term) (W)

     apophasis (n.) - mentioning something by saying it won't be mentioned:  "We
         won't mention his filthy habits."  (B,W)

     aporia (n.) - professing to be at a loss as to what to say, where to
         begin, or how to express something; true or feigned doubt or
         deliberation about an issue (W)

     aposiopesis (n.) - a conscious breaking off in the middle of a sentence
         because of emotion, a dramatic change in thought, or, sometimes,
         a shifting to understatement or irony (W)

     apothegm (n.) - a concise formulation of a truth; an aphorism (G)

     apotheosis (n.) - an exalted position, highest development, quintessential
         or ultimate fulfillment (G)

     appellation (n.) - a name, designation, or title (W)

     apposite (adj.) - appropriate, fitting, apt, suitable (G)

     appropinquate (v.) - to approach (B)

     aptronym (n.) - a name befitting the occupation, role or nature
         of a person or character, e.g. Doctor Sawbones (W)

     arcadian (adj.) - ideally simple and contented (G)

     argyrothecology (n.) - collecting of money boxes as found in
         churches or dispensing machines

     aristarchian (adj.) - extremely critical (B,E)

     aristophrenia (n.) - condition of having a superior intellect (B)

     arithmocracy (n.) - rule of the numerical majority (B)

     arriviste (n.) - on overly ambitious person; an opportunist (B)

     arrogate (v.) - to appropriate or claim unjustly; to attribute
         unreasonably (B)

     artuate (v.) - to tear limb from limb (B)

     ascian (n.) - one without a shadow:  applied to the inhabitants of the
         torrid zone, where the sun is vertical at noon for a few days
         every year (B)

     asphalia (n.) - emphatic guaranteeing of what one is saying, as by
         assuring others, wagering about the truth of something (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     aspheterism (n.) - denial of private property (B)

     asportation (n.) - theft (B)

     asseverate (v.) - to state positively, emphatically (B)

     assuetude (n.) - custom or habit (B)

     asteism (n.) - an ingeniously polite insult (B,W)

     asthenophobe (n.) - the circumspect stoic, the stiff-upper-lip
         afraid to admit to weakness of any sort (E)

     astucious (adj.) - having keen perception; of astute and penetrating
         discernment (G)

     asyndetic (adj.) - not connected by conjunctions:  I came, I saw, I
         conquered (G)

     ataraxia (n.) - imperturbability; utter calmness (B)

     ataraxic (adj.) - of or pertaining to freedom from anxiety or emotional
         disturbance; calm and imperturbable (G)

     atelophobe (n.) - the driven perfectionist, one with a morbid fear of
         having things less than perfect (E)

     athanasia (n.) - immortality (B)

     athetise (v.) - to spurn, reject (B)

     atrabilarian (n.) - a gloomy hypochondriac (E)

     au grand serieux - with great earnestness or, often, with undue
         gravity (W)

     augean (adj.) - filthy and difficult to clean; requiring hard work (from
         the stables of Augeas, not cleaned for thirty years) (B,G)

     auscultation (n.) - the process of listening (G)

     autarchia (n.) - perpetual happiness (B)

     autoangelist (n.) - one who does his own communicating (E)

     autocephalous (adj.) - ecclesiastically self-governing (B)

     autochthonous (adj.) - native, aboriginal, indigenous (B,E,G)

     autoclesis (n.) - introducing an idea or subject by seeming to
         refuse discussion of it, thereby arousing interest (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     autodidact (n.) - one self-taught (B,E)

     autognosis (n.) - knowledge of self, especially the appreciation of
         one's own emotional conflicts (B,)

     autological (adj.) - self-descriptive, or being a word that exemplifies
         what it means, e.g. "English" is English, "polysyllabic" is
         polysyllabic (W)

     autologophagist (n.) - one who eats his words (B,E)

     automysophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of being dirty

     autophobe (n.) - the socializer who does not like to be alone or
         (as autophoby) an abnormal fear of being egotistical

     autoschediastic (adj.) - impromptu; on the spur of the moment (B)

     autotelic (adj.) - having in itself an end or excuse for being,
         as opposed to being didactic or utiliatarian (B,W)

     autotelism (n.) - nonutilitarian theory of art holding that a
         work of art is an end in itself

     autothaumaturgist (n.) - the coy or cagey person whose mission is to
         appear mysterious or quite remarkable (E)

     autotheist (n.) - the individual who is not only self-centered but
         self-deifying, or at least self-worshipping (E)

     auxesis (n.) - an ordering of thoughts expressed in a sequence of
         ascending importance (rhetoric term) (W)

     avering (n.) - a boy's begging in the nude to arouse sympathy (B)

     azygophrenia (n.) - the psychoneurosis of everyday unmarried life (B)


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     bacchante (n.) - a frenzied woman, as at a rousing orgy or
         let-it-all-hang-out cult ceremony (D)

     backberend (adj.) - a thief caught with the goods (B)

     badaud (n.) - an idle, markedly stupid individual who believes just
         about anything and is a half-witted gossip (D)

     baffona (n.) - a woman with a slight moustache (D)

     baksheesh (n.) - a tip; gratuity (Egypt and points east) (B)

     balatron (n.) - a joker; a clown (B)

     balneography (n.) - treatise on baths and bathing

     balsamical (adj.) - unctuous, mitigating, soothing, balmy (B)

     banausic (adj.) - common, ordinary, and undistinguished; dull and
         insipid (G,W)

     bandersnatch (n.) - an uncouth or unconventional person, especially
         one deemed a menace or nuisance (G)

     baptisiphily (n.) - interest in collecting Christian baptismal
         names

     baragouin (n.) - gibberish (B,W)

     bardolatry (n.) - Shakespeare worship (B)

     barrator (n.) - those constant inciters of lawsuits who would rather
         have a day in court than a day at the beach (D)

     barratrous (adj.) - pertaining to the habitual causing of fights (B)

     bashawism (n.) - tyranny and imperiousness

     bashi-bazouk (n.) - a dangerously out-of-control, undisciplined
         individual who knows no law (D)

     bastinado (n.) - striking the soles of the fet with a stick, or a blow
         or beating with a stick (G)

     bathetic (adj.) - emotionally jumping off the deep end, insincere,
         overdone, anticlimactic (B,E)

     bathos (n.) - overdone pathos; descent from the sublime to the ridiculous

     bathycolpian (adj.) - deep-bosomed (B)

     bathysiderodromophobe (n.) - somebody extremely fearful of subways (D)

     batten (v.) - to thrive and grow fat by feeding (G)

     battological (adj.) - pertaining to unnecessarily repetitive
         writing or speaking (B)

     bavardage (n.) - small talk or chitchat; idle chatter (W)

     bdelygmia - a litany of abuse; string of execrations (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     beadledom (n.) - the world of petty and incompetent officials

     bedlamite (n.) - a madman (B)

     bedswerver (n.) - an unfaithful spouse (B)

     beldam (n.) - a repulsive older woman (D)

     belletristic (adj.) - of or concerned with belles-lettres (fine 
         literature) (G)

     bellwether (n.) - a leader of a sheeplike and foolish crowd (B)

     belomancy (n.) - fortune-telling by marking arrows and drawing
         them from a quiver at random

     ben trovato - well thought up:  describing a notion or anecdote
         that is untrue but appropriate or memorable (from the Italian
         "Si non e vero e ben trovato" tr. "Not true but well put") (W)

     bibacious (adj.) - addicted to alcohol (B)

     bibble (v.) - to drink often or much; or to drink or eat noisily (B)

     biblia abiblia - books that are no books:  books of no human interest
         or worthless as literature (W)

     bibliobibuli (n.) - those who read too much, and hence tend to be
         unaware of or oblivious to the real world (D)

     bibliokleptomania (n.) - abnormal compulsion to steal books

     bibliopegy (n.) - the art of binding books

     bibliopolism (n.) - the selling of books, esp. rare or
         secondhand volumes

     bibliotaphy (n.) - the hoarding or hiding of books

     bibulous (adj.) - intoxicating; addicted to or fond of alcoholic drinks

     bildungsroman (n.) - a novel that deals with the development or education
         or maturation of the main character (B,)

     billingsgate (n.) - coarse, abusive, and vulgar language (from a London
         fish market notorious for bad language) (B,G)

     biophilism (n.) - belief that animals have rights which human beings
          should respect (B)

     biunial (adj.) - combining two in one

     blandiloquence (n.) - mildly flattering talk (B)

     blateroon (n.) - a constant talker, one afflicted with logorrhea (D)

     blennophobia (n.) - abnormal fear or dislike of slime

     bletonism (n.) - the alleged ability to perceive an underground
         water supply (B)

     blinkard (n.) - one with bad eyes; a stupid or obtuse person;
         someone who ignores or avoids something (B,D)

     blissom (adj.) - in heat; or (v.) to copulate with a ewe (B)

     bloviate (v.) - to orate verbosely and windily; hold forth
         bumptiously (W)

     blowtop (n.) - a person who becomes angry very easily or quickly (D)

     boanthropy (n.) - a type of insanity in which a man thinks
         he's an ox (B)

     bodewash (n.) - cow dung (B)

     boobocracy (n.) - government by boobs; plebianism ad absurdum (B)

     booboisie (n.) - the mass, rabble (B)

     boodler (n.) - the opportunist who gladly takes bribes (D)

     bloviate (v.) - to deliver an oration that is verbose or windy

     borborology (n.) - the stomach-like rumbling of unclean talk (G)

     borborygm (n.) - the noise made by gas in the bowels; a fart (B)

     borborygmite (n.) - a dirty mouth, or practitioner of spurcitious--
         foul and obscene--language  (D)

     bos in lingua - an ox on the tongue:  a weighty reason for silence (W)

     boustrophedon (n.) - an ancient style of writing in which the
         direction of the lines alternated (B)

     bovrilise (v.) - to condense an ad to essentials; to epitomize (B)

     brachylogy (n.) - brevity; condensation omitting all non-essentials (B)

     brandophily (n.) - collecting cigar bands

     breedbate (n.) - someone looking for an argument (B)

     brimborion (n.) - something useless or nonsensical (B)

     brobdingnagian (adj.) - gigantic, enormous (B)

     bromidrosis (n.) - the secretion of foul-smelling sweat; body odor (G)

     brotus (n.) - any extra measure without charge, such as a
         baker's dozen (B)

     brummagem (n.) - making an imposing display but inferior and of little
         worth; showy but cheap (G)

     brutum fulmen - failed thunderbolt:  empty noise or idle threat (W)

     bruxomania (n.) - the habit of unconsciously grinding the teeth,
         especially in sleep, or under stress (B)

     bumbledom (n.) - the world of petty and incompetent officials

     bumfodder (n) - toilet paper; an opprobrious name for a collection
         of documents

     bumbledom (n.) - the world of petty and
         incompetent officials)

     buncombe (n.) - empty, insincere speechmaking (G)

     burke (v.) - to smother people in order to sell their bodies for
         dissection (B)

     bushwah (n.) - something poor, mean, contemptible (B)

     bustluscious (adj.) - having or characterized by shapely mammalia, usually
         of substantial size; stacked (by e. e. cummings) (G)


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     cacation (n.) - excretion (B)

     cacemphaton (n.) - a harsh-sounding word or phrase (B,W)

     cacestogenous (adj.) - caused by unfavorable home environment (B)

     cachinnation (n.) - loud or immoderate laughter (B,G)

     cacique (n.) - a slightly pompous person (B)

     cacodoxical (adj.) - heretical (B)

     cacoethes (n.) - a mania or bad habit (B)

     cacoethes carpendi - a mania for fault-finding (W)

     cacoethes loquendi - a mania for talking (W)

     cacoethes scribendi - the compulsion to write (W)

     cacogen (n.) - a anti-social person (B)

     cacology (n.) - bad pronunciation; impropriety of wording or
         unacceptable diction (W)

     cacophenism (n.) - an unfairly harsh or derogatory word or
         description (B)

     cacophrenic (adj.) - pertaining to an inferior intellect (B)

     cacotechny (n.) - a corrupt state of art (B)

     cacozelia (n.) - studied affectation in diction or style, as in a
         speech filled with pedantic Latinisms and inkhorn words (W)

     cadge (v.) - to hawk or peddle, as fish; or to beg, sponge or fleece (G)

     cadit quaestio - the investigation drops:  the argument or case
         collapses; that dispenses with the issue (W)

     caducous - fleeting; transient; unenduring (G)

     cagamosis (n.) - unhappy marriage (B)

     cainophobia (n.) - abnormal dislike of novelty or innovation

     caitiff (adj.) - base; despicable; cowardly; wicked (B,G)

     calascent - increasing in warmth (G)

     calcographer (n.) - one who draws with crayons (B)

     calepin (n.) - a dictionary, esp. a polyglot dictionary (W)

     caliginous (adj.) - obscure; dim; misty; dark (B,G)

     callipygous (or callipygian) (adj.) - having shapely buttocks (B,)

     callithumpian (n.) - a noisy demonstration (B)

     callomania (n.) - the delusion that one is beautiful (B)

     canard (n.) - a groundless and hence false report, esp. one
         deliberately fabricated and spread; specious anecdote (W)

     canoodle (v.) - to caress (B)

     cantabank (n.) - second-rate ballad singer (B)

     capernoited (adj.) - tipsy, lightly pifflecated, slightly
         nimptopsical (B)

     caprylic - of or pertaining to an animal odor (G)

     captation (n.) - trying to cadge acceptance by flattery (B,W)

     captious (adj.) - intended to confuse or artfully entangle in
         argument; deceptive or sophistical (W)

     carking - distressing; annoying; perplexing (G)

     carminative (adj.) - pertaining to farting (B)

     carriwitchet (n.) - an absurd, riddling question, somewhat of
         a hoax; teasing quibble; pun (W)

     castrophrenia (n.) - the belief that one's thoughts are being
         stolen by enemies (B)

     casuistry (n.) - the determining of right and wrong in matters
         of conduct or conscience, or the applying or principles of
         ethics, particulary in instances that are complex or
         ambiguous; false, deceptive reasoning about law or morals (W)

     catachresis (n.) - incorrect use of a word or phrase, especially
         from any etymological misunderstanding (B)

     catacosmesis (n.) - an ordering of words in descending order of
         importance; anticlimactic sequence in phrasing (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     catarolysis (n.) - cursing to let off steam (W)

     catawamptious (adj.) - fierce, destructive; or diagonal or crooked (B)

     catchpenny (adj.) - describing a book or publication existing solely
         for the ignorant or unwary; popular but superficial (W)

     caterwaul - wail, screech, or howl shrill, discordant sounds, like
         a cat; or quarreling like cats (G)

     causerie (n.) - a light and informal conversation; brief,
         conversational essay (W)

     cervesial (adj.) - pertaining to beer (B)

     ceteris paribus - all other things beings equal or remaining
         unchanged (W)

     charette (n.) - the eleventh-hour efforts of architecture
         students to solve their design-problem assignments; or applied
         more generally to other work with specific due dates (B)

     Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (n.) - Indian name
         for a Massachusetts lake ("You fish on your side, I fish on
         my side, nobody fish in the middle.") (B)

     charientism (n.) - a gracefully veiled insult (B,W)

     chartulary (n.) - a book containing charters

     chasmophilous (adj.) - fond of nooks, crannies, crevices, and
         chasms (B)

     chef d'oeuvre - a masterpiece (W)

     cheimaphobia (n.) - abnormal fear or dislike of cold

     cherophobia (n.) - fear of gaiety (B)

     cherubimical (adj.) - drunk (B)

     cheval de bataille - war-horse:  one's favorite subject or
         argument, often to a tiresome degree (W)

     cheville (n.) - an unnecessary word added to round off a sentence
         or complete a line of verse (W)

     chiasmus (n.) - the inverting of the second or latter of two phrases
         that would otherwise be parallel in form, e.g., "I like the
         idea; it's execution, I don't." (W)

     choplogic (n.) - absurdly convoluted, sophistical, or illogical
         argumentation; glib and specious reasoning (W)

     chorizontist (n.) - critic of Homeric literature who claims that
         the Iliad and Odyssey had different authors

     chrestomathy (n.) - a collection of choice literary pieces (B)

     chronique scandaleuse - a history or account that deals with the
         intimate lives, love affairs, intrigues, etc. of the great
         and famous, esp. a personal or eyewitness account (W)

     chronogram (n.) - an inscription containing the correlative date
         in Roman numerals (Man of sCience and huManity, bertrand
         russelL's eXample gIves life eXtra meaning = MCMLXIX or 1969,
         the year of Bertrand Russell's death) (B)

     chthonic - dwelling or reigning in the underworld as deities or
         as spirits; infernal; ghostly (G)

     circumbendibus (n.) - a roundabout process or story;
         circumlocution (W)

     circumforaneous (adj.) - wandering from market to market, or
         place to place (B)

     cisvestitism (n.) - wearing weird or inappropriate clothes (B)

     cittosis (n.) - an abnormal desire for strange foods (B)

     clamjamfry (n.) - the mob or rabble (Scottish) (B)

     cledonism (n.) - use of euphemisms for protection against the
         black magic perpetrated by plain words; the eschewing of
         unlucky words (B,W)

     cleocentric (adj.) - pertaining to the belief that fame is
         everything (B)

     clerihew (n.) - an amusing quatrain about contemporary notables (B)

     clinchpoop (n.) - a lout, jerk, clod, boor, slob, boob, fathead,
         sap (B)

     clinomania (n.) - excessive desire to stay in bed (B)

     clinquant (n.) - showy but valueless writing or literary effects;
         artistic tinsel (W)

     clishmaclaver (n.) chatter; gossip (Scottish) (W)

     clodpolish (adj.) - awkward (B)

     clyster (n.) - an injection into the anus; an enema (B)

     coarctation - the act of confining in a narrow space, or
         restriction of liberty

     codswallop (n.) - baloney or hot air; gammon or humbug (British) (W)

     coevalneity (adj.) - the state of being alike in age or duration

     cogger (n.) - a phoney flatterer (B)

     cogitabund (adj.) - meditative (B)

     colloquy (n.) - a conversation or dialogue; serious or formal
         conference (W)

     colluctation (n.) - conflict (B)

     colluvial (adj.) - pertaining to a mass of filth (B)

     collybist (n.) - a usurer or miser (B)

     collywobbles (n.) - pain or looseness in the bowels (B)

     colporteur (n.) - a peddler of religious tracts or books; a
         deceased writer of popular songs (W)

     colubrine (adj.) - snaky, sneaky, cunning (B) 

     comatulid - having hair that is neatly curled (G)

     comitology - the study of the committee as a phenomenon (G)

     comity - courteous behavior, politeness, civility

     commentitious (adj.) - imaginary (B)

     commination (n.) - denunciation; threatening or cursing (B)

     comminatory - accusing publicly; denunciatory; threatening (G)

     commoratio (n.) - dwelling on a point by repeating it in
         different words (rhetoric term) (W)

     commorient (adj.) - dying together (B)

     complect (v.) - to connect together; intertwine (B)

     compotation (n.) - drinking togethe, usually to excess (B)

     comprachico (n.) - one who buys or sells children after first
         deforming them (Spanish) (B)

     comprobatio (n.) - complimenting one's judges or audience to
         gain their favor (rhetoric term) (W)

     compurgation (n.) - vindication; that which vindicates (B)

     comstockery (n.) - zealous censorship of books or art because
         of supposed immorality or salaciousness; literary prudery (W)

     conation (n.) - mental effort (B)

     concatervate (adj.) - heaped up (B)

     concettism - love of or use of literary conceits, intellectual
         analogies, or erudite comparisons (W)

     conciliabule (n.) - a secret meeting of plot-hatchers (B)

     concinnity (n.) - skill and harmony, esp. of style, in a literary
         work; elegant arrangement (W)

     concupiscence (n.) - strong appetite; excessive sexual desire (B)

     confabulate - converse in an informal, familiar way; chat (G,W)

     conflation (n.) - a combining or blending of two or more versions
         of a text; confusion or mixing up (W)

     consectaneous (adj.) - logical consequence; corollary (B)

     consensus gentium fallacy - the fallacy of arguing that an idea
         is true because most people believe it or because it has been
         said throughout history (W)

     consilience (n.) - a change happening or coincidence

     conspectus (n.) - a general survey or overview; synopsis or
         summary (W)

     conspissation (n.) - thickness; the act of thickening (B)

     conspurcate (v.) - to pollute; defile (B)

     constructio ad sensum - construction according to sense, or framing
         a sentence from word sense rather than by adhering to standard
         grammar (W)

     constuprate (v.) - to violate, to debauch (B)

     consuetude (n.) - custom, tradition (B)

     contemn - view with contempt, scorn, and disdain; despise (G)

     contortuplicate (adj.) - twisted back upon itself (B)

     contraremonstrant (n.) - a remonstrator against remonstrance (B)

     contrectation (n.) - handling; the love play preceding sexual
         intercourse; act of caressing someone, especially furtively
         or against their will (B)

     contumacy (n.) - a refusal to obey, or defiance

     contumely (n.) - rude, abrasive insult in speech or writing;
         vituperation or scornful candor (W)

     copoclephily (n.) - collecting key rings containing advertising

     coprolalia (n.) - the use of words relating to dirt or excrement (B)

     coprophemia (n.) - obscene language (B)

     coprophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of feces

     coryphaeus (n.) - a leader of a school of thought, a religious
         movement, a political party or group (E)

     costermongering (n.) - tampering with a great composer's orchestral
         of choral works (from Sir Michael Costa's tamperings with Handel) (B)

     costive - slow or stiff in the expression of opinions and in
         action and reaction generally (G)

     countercaster (n.) - a contemptuous word for a bookkeeper or accountant;
         a person dealing in numbers (B)

     coup de plume - stroke of the pen:  a literary attack (W)

     coup d'essai - trial stroke:  a trial or warmup piece; an effort
         serving as practice (W)

     covinous (adj.) - deceitful, conspiring (B)

     cozen - cheat; deceive; bequile by some paltry trick (G)

     crambe repetita - warmed-over cabbage:  annoying repitition or
         a tiresome, harped-on old story (W)

     crapulous (adj.) - given to gross excess in drinking or eating; debauched
         intemperance (B,G)

     crassilingual (adj.) - thick-tongued (B)

     craven conditional - use of politely cautious or periphrastic
         subjunctives or catch phrases, e.g. constant resort to
         "on the one hand," "on the other hand" (W. Safire) (W)

     crepehangar (n.) - a gloomy person; a pessimist (B)

     crepuscular (adj.) - referring to dusk, twilight; sometimes shady in a
         wicked sense:  "crepuscular sexual practices and tastes"

     cri de coeur - cry from the heart:  an ardent, impassioned declaration,
         appeal or lament (W)

     cri de guerre - war cry:  a martial motto or slogan, as used on
         a heraldic device (W)

     criticaster (n.) - an incompetent, inferior critic (B,W)

     crurophilous (adj.) - liking legs (B)

     crux criticorum - cross for critics:  a riddle or puzzle for the
         critics (W)

     cui bono - to whose benefit:  to what end or for what good (more
         strictly, "who stands to gain from this") (W)

     cumyxaphily (n.) - collecting match boxes

     cunctative (adj.) - tardy, dilatory (B)

     curiosa felicitas - agreeable style due to care; apt and elegant
         expressism; studied felicity (W)

     curlicism (n.) - literary indecency (W)

     currente calamo - with a running pen:  fluidly or offhand (W)

     cyprian (adj.) - lecherous, licentious, and lewd (B)

     cypripareunia (n.) - sexual intercourse with a prostitute (B)


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     dacrygelosis (n.) - condition of alternating laughing and crying (B)

     daedal (adj.) - ingeniously contrived or intricate; skillfully
         and artistically crafted (W)

     dasypygal (adj.) - having hairy buttocks (B)

     de omnibus rebus et quibusdam aliis - about everything and a few
         things besides:  a remark about books that are rambling and
         wordy (W)
     
     de profundis - out of the depths:  an expression of profound sorrow
         or misery; agonized plaint or lament (W)

     deblaterate (v.) - to babble (B)

     decoct - extract the essence of flavor of, as by boiling (G)

     decollate (v.) - to behead (B)

     decussate (v.) - to make an X; intersect (B)

     defalcate (v.) - to embezzle (B)

     defeneration (n.) - usury (B)

     defenestration - the act of throwing a thing or person out of
         a window (G)

     dehortatory (adj.) - dissuading (B)

     deictic (adj.) - proving directly; indicating or pointing to
         specifically, such as the pronouns 'that' and 'those' (W)

     deipnophobia (n.) - fear of dining and dinner conversation

     deipnosophist (n.) - a skillful dinner conversationalist (B)

     deja lu - already read:  a sense of familiarity or recognition
         in something read (W)

     dejecture (n.) - excrement (B)

     delator (n.) - an informer or accuser (B)

     delectus (n.) - a book of passages from Greek and Latin authors
         used for study

     deliquesce - melt away; gradually dissolve (G)

     delirament (n.) - raving; a foolish story (B)

     delitescent (adj.) - hidden; inactive (B)

     deltiology (n.) - collecting picture postcards

     demiurge (n.) - a secondary god who (a) created evil; (b) created
         the material world (B)

     demophobe (n.) - a people-hater (B)

     dentiloquist (n.) - one who speaks with clenched teeth (W)

     deorsumversion (n.) - a turning downward (B)

     deosculate (v.) - to kiss affectionately (B)

     depeculation (n.) - an embezzling of public funds (B)

     dephlogisticate (v.) - to make fireproof (B)

     deracinate - extirpate; eradicate; abolish completely (G)

     derism (n.) - an expression of scorn or contempt (W)

     descant (n.) - a commenting or discussing at length, esp. with
         great interest or fervor (W)

     desiderata (n.) - list of books sought by a collector or library

     desidious (adj.) - slothful (B)

     desipient (adj.) - foolish, silly (B)

     despumate (v.) - to skim; to take the scum off (B)

     desquamate (v.) - to peel off (B)

     desuetude (n.) - disuse (B)

     devenustate (v.) - to deprive of beauty (B)

     devil's mass - indiscriminate cursing (W)

     diacope (n.) - the separation of a word by the interpolation of
         another or others, as in absogoddamlutely (B)

     diallage - concentration of several separate arguments upon a
         single point (rhetoric term) (W)

     dialogue des sourds - dialogue of the deaf: a discussion in which
         the participants pay no attention to one another's argument (W)

     dialysis - rational disposing of reasons for or against something;
         "dismembering" or reasoning away (rhetoric term) (W)

     diaskeuasis (n.) - editorial revision (B)

     diasyrm - arch disparagement, as by mocking praise (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     diatyposis - vivid presentation by means of exciting language
         (rhetoric term) (W)

     dicacity (n.) - oral playfulness; talkativeness (B)

     dichaeologia - a defense of failure or disgrace, as by blaming
         extenuating circumstances, inadequate help, or betrayal
         by friends (see Nixon) (rhetoric term) (W)

     dictum de dicto - saying from a saying:  a secondhand report,
         hearsay (W)

     didactic - overburdened with moral emphasis, therefore dull, pompous
         (an autodidact is a self-taught person)

     diffugient (adj.) - scattering (B)

     dilogical (adj.) - ambiguous; having a double meaning (B)

     dilogy (n.) - equivocal expression (not due to syntax) in which there
         are two apparent meanings but only one of them ostensibly
         intended, e.g. "Friends--I know you too well to call you
         Ladies and Gentlemen..." (W)

     dimbox (n.) - the smoother-over of disputes, an expert at getting
         others to make up (E)

     dingbat (n.) - an ornamental piece of type used on a page, such
         as an asterisk or bullet (W)

     dingbatted maledicta (n.) - term for typographical symbols or
         punctuation marks to represent obscene language (Reinhold
         Aman) (W)

     dioristically (adv.) - in a distinguishing manner (B)

     diplasiasmus (n.) - the incorrect doubling of a singgle [sic] letter (B)

     dippoldism (n.) - beating or whipping school children (B)

     diremption (n.) - a violent or final separation (B)

     discalced - without shoes; barefoot; unshod (G)

     disceptation (n.) - controversy or argument

     discommode - disturb; annoy; put to inconvenience (G)

     disjecta membra - scattered members:  disjointed quotations or
         fragments; verbal bits and pieces (W)

     disquisition - formal discussion, discourse

     dissemble - to pretend, to feign, to conceal one's true feelings
         through deception

     dissentaneous (adj.) - disagreeable; negative (B)

     distaff - women's work or domain; characteristic of or suitable
         for women (G)

     dithyrambic - any wild, frenzied, or emotional speech or writing

     divagate - to wonder or stray; or digress; deviate (G)

     divarication (n.) - a difference of opinion

     diversivolent (adj.) - looking for trouble or an argument (B)

     dixit (n.) - an unconfirmed, sometimes dogmatic statement (B)

     docta ignorantia - learned ignornace (W)

     dolorifuge (n.) - something that relieves sadness (B)

     dolus bonus - good deceit:  in Roman and civil law, permissible
         bargaining and cunning in selling, as in the case of a
         merchant's overpraising of his products (W)

     dolus malus - evil deceit:  in Roman and civil law, unlawful
         deceit or misrepresentation growing out of evil intent
         or malice (W)

     doppelganger - a person's ghostly counterpart and companion, or
         just a double generally (N)

     dontopedalogy - the aptitude for putting one's foot in one's mouth
         (coined by Prince Philip unwittingly for Spiro Agnew) (G)

     doxastic (adj.) - pertaining to opinion (B)

     dryasdust (n.) - a dull, pedantic speaker or writer (after "Dr.
         Jonas Dryasdust, a fictitious character to whom Scott dedicated
         some of this novels) (B)

     duckspeak (n.) - term for speech so unconscious, thoughtless and
         meaningless as to be a form of rote verbal noise; reflexive
         talk that is senseless, tautological, or otherwise asinine,
         however formal (G. Orwell) (W)

     dvandva (n.) - a compound word, neither element of which is subordinated
         to the other, as bitter-sweet (B)

     dysphemism (n.) - the use of a disparaging or disagreeable term as
         a substitute for a standard, inoffensive one, e.g. "old lady"
         for "girlfriend"; gratuitous derogatory expression (W)


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     earwig (v.) - to pester with private persuasion, warnings, etc.;
         attempt to influence or insinuate oneself through flattery (W)

     ebberman (n.) - one who fishes below bridges (B)

     ebriection (n.) - mental breakdown from too much boozing (B)

     ebrious (adj.) - tending to overimbibe; slightly drunk (B)

     ecclesiolatry (n.) - an all-consuming devotion to the church (B)

     ecdemic (adj.) - of foreign origin (B)

     ecdemomania (n.) - compulsive wandering (B)

     ecdysiast (n.) - a stripper (H. L. Mencken) (B)

     echolalia (n.) - habitual or pathological repitition of others'
         words or remarks (B,W)
 
     echopraxia (n.) - a habit of mimicking people (B)

     echt (adj.) - genuine, authentic, the McCoy

     eclaircissement (n.) - clarification (B)

     eclipsis (n.) - omission of a grammatical element necessary to the
         full meaning of a sentence (W)

     ecmnesia (n.) - loss of recent memory with retention of
         earlier memories (B)

     ecphonesis (n.) - exclamation (W)

     edacious (adj.) - eats a lot; voracious (B)

     edea (n.) - the external genitals (B)
 
     edipol (n.) - a mild oath (B)

     edulcorate (v.) - to sweeten or purify (B)

     eesome (adj.) - pleasing to the eye (B)

     effictio - personal description, as a head-to-foot catalogue of
         one's outward appearance (rhetoric term) (W)

     effiguration - elaborate, detailed description of an object or
         an event (rhetoric term) (W)

     efflation (n.) - an emanation; a puff (B)

     effleurage (n.) - a gentle rubbing with the palm of the hand (B)

     eidetic (adj.) - pertaining to the ability of visualizing something
         previously seen (B)

     eirenicon (n.) - a statement to bring into harmony or sythesize
         conflicting doctrines; articulated compromise or
         reconciliation (W)

     eisegesis (n.) - the interpreting of a text by sneaking in one's
         own ideas as the author's (B)

     eisteddfod (n.) - an annual assembly of Welsh poets and
         musicians (B)

     eldritch (adj.) - weird, eerie, ghastly (B)

     eleemosynary (adj.) - pertaining to charity; living on charity (B)

     elenchus (n.) - a refutation of an opponent's conclusion, esp. through
         a syllogistic proof of an alternative conclusion (W)

     eleutheromania (n.) - a mania for freedom (B)

     elucubrate (v.) - to work studiously (B)

     elumbated (adj.) - weak in the loins (B)

     elutriation (n.) - the process of purification by washing and
         straining

     embolalia (n.) - the use of virtually meaningless filler words,
         phrases, or stammerings (or so-called hesitation-forms) in
         speech, whether as unconscious utterings while arranging one's
         thoughts or as a vacuous, inexpressive mannerism (W)

     embrocation (n.) - lubricating or rubbing the body with liniment,
         oil, etc. (B)

     embulalia (n.) - inserting of nonsense into speech, as in
         schizophrenia (B)

     embusque (n.) - a shirker, a slacker (French = in ambush or hiding) (B)

     emenctae naris - of a wiped nose:  of matured judgment; of nice
         discernment (W)

     emmenology (n.) - the study of menstruation (B)

     empleomania (n.) - a mania for holding public office (B)

     empressement (n.) - extreme politeness (B)

     enchiridion (n.) - a manual or handbook (B)

     enchorial (adj.) - native, endemic (B)

     en clair - in plain, uncoded language, as in unclassified military
         communication (W)

     endiablee (v.) - to put the devil into (B)

     energumen (n.) - a person supposedly possessed by an evil
         spirit; a fanatic (B)

     engastration (n.) - the stuffing of one bird inside another (B)

     enissophobia (n.) - fear of being reproached (B)

     enneatic (adj.) - occurring once every nine times, days, 
         years, etc. (B)

     enosiophobia (n.) - fear of having committed an unpardonable
         sin (B)

     ensynopticity (n.) - the ability of taking a general view of
         something (B)

     entheomania (n.) - an abnormal state in which one thinks one
         is inspired (B)

     enthymeme (n.) - an argument (syllogism) or formulated conclusion
         in which a premise is understood but not stated, whether in
         reasoning, advertising, or humor, e.g., "He supports the
         nuclear freeze.  He's warm to Communism." (W)

     entwicklungsroman (n.) - a novel dealing with the protagonist's
         character development from childhood to maturity (German) (B)

     eo ipso - by it itself:  by that fact alone (W)

     eonism (n.) - acting and dressing like a woman (B)

     eosophobia (n.) - depression caused by fear of dawn (B)

     epagogue (n.) - method of induction where enumeration of
         particulars leads to the inferred generalization

     epanorthosis - correcting or retracting a statement even while making
         it, or thinking better of what one has begun to say (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     epenthis (n.) - insertion of a letter or syllable into a word
         for pronunciation ease (the b in mumble) (B)

     epexegetic (adj.) - providing additional explanation or 
         clarification (B,G)

     ephebic (adj.) - of a youth just entering manhood (G)

     ephemeromorph (n.) - lower forms of life that defy animal or
         vegetable classification (B)

     epicaricacy (n.) - taking pleasure in others' misfortune (B)

     epicene (adj.) - 1. effeminate, unmanly
                      2. belonging to or partaking of the characteristics of
                         both sexes (G) 

     epicrisis - praising or disparaging by paraphrasing or citing
         somebody else (rhetoric term) (W)

     epideictic (n.) - for rhetorical or impressive effect; demonstrative
         or dramatic (B,W)

     epigones (n.) - followers who are less gifted, lesser lights,
         inferior imitators (W)

     epilegomenon (n.) - an added remark (B)

     epiphoric (adj.) - pertaining to a torrent of tears (B)

     epiplexis - asking a question as a form of reproach, or arguing
         that a sensible person must surely see the truth (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     episcopicide (n.) - the killing of a bishop (B)

     epistemophilia (n.) - abnormal preoccupation with knowledge (B)

     episyllogism (n.) - syllogism whose premises are the conclusions
         of preceding syllogisms

     epithymetic (adj.) - pertaining to appetite, sexual and otherwise (B)

     epitrope - conceding a point in an argument in such a qualified
         or ironic way as to make it seem unimportant or injurious
         to one's opponent, or to make one's opponent to butt of
         ridicule (rhetoric term) (W)

     epizeuxis (n.) - emphatic verbal repitition (B)

     equivoque (n.) - an ambiguous statement or passage, often intentionally
         evasive or phrased to have two possible interpretations (W)

     eremitism (n.) - the state of being a hermit or an attitude
         favoring solitude and seclusion

     ereption (n.) - the act of snatching away (B)

     erethism (n.) - excessive irritability or excitability (B)

     ergoism (n.) - fussy adherence to logical protocols or forms (W)

     ergotism (n.) - quibbling and wrangling; sophistical reasoning
         (variant of ergoism?)

     erigible (adj.) - capable of being erected (B)

     erinaceous (adj.) - pertaining to the hedgehog (B)

     eristic (adj.) - provoking strife or controversy or discord;
         (n.) the art of disputation

     erotographomania (n.) - mania for writing love letters (B)

     erotology (n.) - the description of methods of lovemaking; the science
         of love (W)

     errabund (n.) - wandering; erratic (B)

     errinophily (n.) - collecting of stamps other than postage stamps

     eructation - the action of voiding wind from the stomach through
         the mouth; belching (B,G)

     erythromania (n.) - mania for blushing

     eschrolalia (n.) - dirty (fecal) language (B)

     esemplastic (adj.) - forming, by imagination, disparate parts
         into a whole; aesthetically unifying (W)

     esprit de l'escalier - wishful thinking of a witty comment or
         retort that one should have made earlier; hindsight wit (W)

     estivate - to spend the summer (G)

     estrapade (n.) - a horse's attempt to dump its rider (B)

     esurient - hungry (E)
                greedy; avaricious; covetous (G)

     etat present - an exhaustive summary of up-to-date knowledge about
         a subject, as opposed to new information or original thought (W)

     ethnophaulism (n.) - an ethnic slur (B,W)

     etiolation (n.) - paleness of color due to illness or
         exclusion from light

     eucharistia - profuse praise as an expression of gratitude and
         confused emotion (rhetoric term) (W)

     eudaemonia (n.) - true happiness (B)

     euhemerism (n) - the theory that all myths are based on reality (B)

     eumoirous (adj.) - someone who is lucky or happy as a result of
         being good (B)

     eumorphous (adj.) - well-formed (B)

     euneirophrenia (n.) - peace of mind after a pleasant dream (B)

     eunym (n.) - a name that is suitable or appropriate (W)

     euphelicia (n.) - healthiness resulting from having all one's
         wishes granted (B)

     euphuistic (adj.) - displaying excessive elegance of language; high-flown
         and affected diction (G,W)

     eusystolism (n.) - the use of initials, instead of full words,
         in the interests of delicacy, e.g. SOB (W)

     euthymia (n.) - mental tranquility (B)

     evagation (n.) - mental wandering; digression (B)

     evancalous (adj.) - pleasant to embrace (Greek) (B)

     eventerate (v.) - to rip open; to open by ripping the belly (B)

     evulgate (v.) - to publish; divulge (B)

     ex animo - from the soul:  form the heart, sincerely (W)

     ex cathedra - pronounced from the seat of authority or by the
         right of one's office, as by a papal declaration (W)

     ex concesso - reasoning on the basis of an opponent's premise
         or admission of something (W)

     ex nihilo - out of nothing:  out of nowhere (W)

     ex parte - in part:  from one side only or form but one point of
         view; partisan (W)

     ex professo - expressly or avowedly (W)

     ex silentio - from silence:  basing an argument on the lack or
         absence of evidence, data, firm proof, etc. (W)

     exaugurate (v.) - to secularize; to desecrate (B)

     excerebrose (adj.) - having no brains (B)

     excrescent (adj.) - constituting an excess; superfluous; supernumerary (G)

     execration (n.) - contemptuous denunciation; express loathing;
         a curse (W)

     exegesis (n.) - explanatory comment, esp. the critical analysis and
         interpretation of a text (W)

     exemplum (n.) - a brief tale or anecdote offered to bolster an
         argument or suggest a moral, as in a medieval sermon (W)

     exenterate (v.) - to literally or figuratively disembowel (B)

     exergasia - repeating a point by using different figures of speech
         to give the impression of saying something new (rhetoric
         term) (W)

     exoculate (v.) - to put out the eye of (B)

     exoptable (adj.) - extremely desirable (B)

     exosculate (v.) - the kiss, esp. heartily (B)

     expatiate (v.) - to discourse at length or in detail; hold forth (W)

     expeditio - quickly rejecting or passing over minor points to come
         to the main point (rhetoric term) (W)

     expergefaction (n.) - an awakening (B)

     expiscate (v.) - to examine or discover skillfully (B)

     explaterate (v.) - to talk a lot (B)

     expostulate (v.) - to reason earnestly in order to demur, correct,
         or dissuade (W)

     exsibilate (v.) - to reject with a hissing sound (B)

     extradictionary (adj.) - consisting not in words, but in deeds (B)
     
     eyeservice (n.) - work done only when the boss is watching (B)


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     facinorous (adj.) - extremely wicked; depraved; infamous (B,G)

     facon de parler - way of speaking:  manner of expression (W)

     facundity (n.) - eloquence (B)

     fadaise (n.) - an obvious or silly remark (W)

     faineant (adj.) - lazy, indolent (B)

     famicide (n.) - a slanderer; a destroyer of one's reputation (B)

     famulus (n.) - the servant of a medieval scholar or magician (B)

     fanfaronade (n.) - bravado; braggadocio (B,W)

     farctate (adj.) - full; crammed; plethoric (G)

     farrago (n.) - a mixture of diverse objects, hodgepodge

     fartleberries (n.) - excrement clinging to the hairs around
         the anus (B)

     fastuous (adj.) - arrogant, stuck-up or showy (B)

     fatidic - foretelling the future; prophetic; divinatory (G)

     fatiferous (adj.) - destructive; deadly (B)

     faux naif - falsely simple or naive; feigning artlessness (W)

     favonian (adj.) - like the west wind; mild (B)

     feazings (n.) - an unraveled rope end (B)

     februation (n.) - exorcism; religious purification (B)

     fedifragous (adj.) - treacherous, deceitful (B)
  
     fefnicute (n.) - hypocrite; sneak (B)

     felicific (adj.) - producing happiness (B)
 
     fellness (n.) - destructive cruelty (B)

     feneration (n.) - usury (B)

     fenks (n.) - leftover whale blubber used as manure (B)

     feracious - productive of good results; fruitful (G)

     feriation (n.) - taking a holiday; not working (B)

     fescennine (adj.) - obscene; lewd; licentious; scurrilous (B,G)

     festination (n.) - walking faster and faster involuntarily (B)

     feuilletonistic (adj.) - pertaining to a feuilleton, or newspaper
         section devoted to literary trivia (B)

     fewterer (n.) - a dog-keeper (B)

     fico (n.) - giving the finger (B)

     fideism (n.) - depending on faith rather than reason (B)

     fidimplicitary (adj.) - fully trusting someone (B)

     filiopietistic (adj.) - pertaining to ancestor worship (B)

     filipendulous - hanging by a thread or string (G)

     fimblefamble (n.) - excuse, particulary a phony one (B)

     fimetarious (n.) - growing or living in excrement (B)

     finicalism (n.) - an conscious and occasionally affected
         fastidiousness and undue concern with trifles, especially
         those involving elegance

     fissilingual (adj.) - having a forked tongue (B)

     flabellation (n.) - fanning, or otherwise cooling someone (B)

     flagitate (v.) - to plead (B)

     flagitious - outrageous, flagrantly wicked, scandalous,
         vicious (B,E,G)

     flaneur (n.) - an intellectual trifler (W)

     flatulopetic (adj.) - pretentious, pompous, inflated (B)

     fleer (v.) - to laugh lecherously or derisively (B)

     flexanimous (adj.) - mentally flexible (B)

     floccify (v.) - to consider worthless

     floccilation (n.) - searching for imaginary objects (G)

     floccipaucinihilipilification (n.) - the action of estimating as
         worthless trivia (B)

     flummox - to confuse, perplex, or abash, always with the idea
         of shocking or victimizing (G)

     focillate (v.) - to comfort (B)

     folie a' deux - a shared psychosis or delusion, especially one
         passed from one to another (B)

     footle (v.) - to waste time, talk nonsense (B)

     forisfamiliate (v.) - to disinherit; to shed parental authority (B)

     formication (n.) - the feeling that bugs are crawling on you (B)
     ankylophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of stiff or immobile joints
     forslug (v.) - to lose or destroy by sluggishness (B)

     fossarian (n.) - a clergyman moonlighting as a gravedigger (B)

     foudroyant (adj.) - striking, as lightning; sudden, dazzling (B)

     framis (n.) - comic doubletalk blending actual words with made-up
         words (W)

     frampold (adj.) - peevish, touchy, quarrelsome (B)

     franion (n.) - the perennial hedonist, reveler (B)

     fremd (adj.) - alien, strange, unfriendly (B)

     fremescent (adj.) - an incipient murmur; becoming noisy (B)

     fribble (adj.) - of little value or importance; trifling; paltry (G)

     fricatrice (n.) - a whore (B)

     frotteur (n.) - someone who gets their kicks by rubbing against
         people in crowds (B)

     froward (adj.) - perverse; willfully contrary; obstinately disobedient;
         refractory (G)

     fructuous (adj.) - productive; fruitful; profitable (G)

     frustraneous (adj.) - vain, useless (B)

     fubsy (adj.) - short and stout (B)

     fucatory (adj.) - counterfeit; deceitful (B)

     fugacious (adj.) - fleeting; ephemeral; transitory; evanescent (G)

     fulgurant (adj.) - shining, dazzling

     fuliginous (adj.) - sooty (B)

     fulsome (adj.) - excessive or overdone to the point of being in bad
         taste or even at times nauseating

     fumacious (adj.) - fond of smoking (B,G)

     fumet (n.) - a flavoring agent for sauces; or deer shit (B)

     funambulist (n.) - a tightrope walker (B)

     funest (adj.) - harbinger of evil or death (B)

     funkify (v.) - to retreat fearfully (B)

     furacious (adj.) - thievish (B)

     furibund (adj.) - furious, enraged (B)

     furor loquendi - a passion to speak (W)

     furor scribendi - a passion to write (W)

     fussock (n.) - a big, fat woman (B)

     fustian (n.) - pompousness, pretentiousness

     fustigate (v.) - to beat; to criticize severely (B)

     fustilugs (n.) - a fat, unwieldy person (B)


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     gaberlunzie (n.) - a wandering, or licensed, beggar (B)

     galactophagist (n.) - a milk drinker (B)

     galeanthropy (n.) - the delusion that one has become a cat (B)

     galericulate (adj.) - covered with a hat (B)

     galimatias (n.) - gibberish; confused, meaningless jargon (B)

     galliardise (n.) - great merriment (B)

     gallinaceous (adj.) - like a chicken or pheasant (B)

     gallionic (adj.) - indifferent; careless; irresponsible (B)

     galumph (v.) - to move or march along heavily or clumsily (coined
         by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking Glass"); or to prance
         in a self-satisfied, triumphant manner (G)

     galumptious (adj.) - tiptop; first-rate; superlatively good (G)

     gambrinous (adj.) - full of beer (B)

     gamophobia (n.) - fear of marriage (B)

     ganch (v.) - to execute by impaling on stakes or hooks (B)

     gapeseed (n.) - anything that causes stares; or someone who
         stares (B)

     garboil (n.) - confusion (B)

     gardyloo (n.) - a warning cry given before tossing slopes and
         garbage from the windows of old Edinburgh (B)

     gasconade (n.) - boasting; bravado (B)

     gawkocracy (n.) - persons who watch television (G)

     gawsie (adj.) - large and jolly; lusty (B)

     gazophylacium (n.) - a treasury (B)

     geck (n.) - an object of scorn; a dupe (B)

     geflugelte Worte - winged words:  eloquent language; expressions
         that have traveled from one language to another (B)

     gelastic (adj.) - pertaining to or used in laughing (B)

     gelogenic (adj.) - laughter-provoking (B)

     geloscopy (n.) - determining someone's character or future
         by the way they laugh (B)

     gemebund (adj.) - a constant moaning (B)

     gemutlichkeit (n.) - agreeable, agreeableness; congeniality

     genethliacon (n.) - a birthday poem (B)

     genicon (n.) - a sexual partner imagined by one who is dissatisfied
         with their partner (B)

     gephyrophobia (n.) - fear of crossing bridges (B)

     gerascophobia (n.) - fear of growing old (B)

     geromorphism (n.) - condition of appearing older than one is (B)

     gestalt - configuration; perception of the whole

     ghoom (v.) - to hunt in the dark (Anglo-Indian) (B)

     giddhom (n.) - a frantic galloping movement made by cows when
         plagued with flies (B)

     gigmanism (n.) - the habit of narrowmindedness, or philistinism

     gilravage (v.) - to celebrate noisily; to go on a rampage (B)

     girning (v.) - act or process of contorting one's face; snarling (G)

     girouettism (n.) - frequently altering one's opinions or principles
          to follow trends

     glabrous (adj.) - free from hair or down; hairless; bald (G)

     glossolalia (n.) - nonsensical talk; gibberish (B)

     gnathonic (adj.) - falsely flattering; fawning; sycophantic; parasitic (G)

     gnomic (adj.) - full of aphorisms or maxims; or wise and pithy (G)

     gobemouche (n.) - a gullible person (B)

     godemiche (n.) - a dildo (B)

     gongoozler (n.) - an inquisitive idler who stares and gawks for prolonged
         periods at anything out of the ordinary (G)

     grammaticaster (n.) - a petty grammarian; a pretentious grammatical
         pedant (B)

     grammatolatry (n.) - worship of letters or words (B)

     grandgousier (n.) - a glutton; someone with an enormous gullet who
         will swallow anything (father of Rabelais's Gargantua (B)

     grandiloquence (n.) - lofty, extravagantly styled language (B)

     grandisonant (adj.) - stately sounding (B)

     grangerism (n.) - augmenting the illustrative material in a book
         with material not found in the original edition, or the
         mutilation of books to acquire illustrative material

     grapholagnia (n.) - a more than passing interest in obscene
         pictures (B)

     graphospasm (n.) - a writer's cramp (B)

     grassation (n.) - act of attacking violently; a lying in wait
         to attack (B)

     gratis dictum - an unsolicited or voluntary remark; mere assertion (B)

     gratulant (adj.) - expressing joy or satisfaction; congratulatory (G)

     graveolent (adj.) - having a rank smell; fetid; stinking (G)

     gravific (adj.) - that which makes heavy or produces weight (G)

     gregarian (adj.) - belonging to the herd or common sort (G)

     grinagog (n.) - a perpetual grinner (B)

     grivoiserie (n.) - lewd and lascivious behavior; a lewd act (B)

     groak (v.) - to watch people silently while they're eating, hoping
         they will ask you to join them (B)

     grobianism (n.) - rudeness; boorishness (B)

     growtnoul (n.) - a blockhead (A)

     grundyism (n.) - censorship of personal conduct based upon narrow
          and unintelligent conventionalism

     gugusse (n.) - a young, effeminate man who trysts with priests (B)

     gulosity (n.) - enormous appetite; greediness (B)

     gyascutus (n.) - a huge, imaginary, four-legged beast with legs
         on one side longer than on the other, enabling it to walk
         easily on hillsides (B)

     gymnophobia (n.) - fear of nudity (B)

     gynandry (n.) - hermaphroditism (B)

     gynecoid - of or like a woman (G)

     gyneolatry (n.) - worship of woman (B)

     gynotikolobomassophile (n.) - one who likes to nibble on a
         woman's earlobe (B)

     gyromancy (n.) - fortunetelling by walking in a circle until
         dizzy; the fortune is determined by where the person
         falls

     gyrovagues (n.) - monks accustomed to wander from monastery
         to monastery (B)


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     habnab (adj.) - at random; hit or miss (B)

     habromania (n.) - extreme euphoria (B)

     hadeharia (n.) - constant use of the word 'hell' (B)

     haecceity (n.) - that which makes something different from
         anything else (B)

     hagborn (adj.) - born of a hag or witch (B)

     hagiarchy (n.) - government by religious types (B)

     hagiolatry (n.) - worship of saints (B)

     halieutics (n.) - fishing (B)

     hallucal - of or pertaining to the big toe (G)

     halotic (adj.) - easy to catch (B)

     hamartiology (n.) - the study of sin (B)

     hamartithia (n.) - mistake-prone (B)

     hamartophobia (n.) - fear of sin or sinning (B)

     haptodysphoria (n.) - unpleasant sensation felt by some people
         when touching peaches, cotton, or similar surfaces (B)

     harageous (adj.) - rough and bold (B)
 
     harpaxophobia (n.) - fear of robbers or of being robbed (B)

     harpocratic (adj.) - relating to silence (B)

     haruspex (n.) - a fortuneteller who used animal innards and
         lightning for her predictions (B)

     heautontimorumenos (n.) - masochist (title of a play by
         Menander) (B)

     hebdomadal (adj.) - once every seven days; weekly (G)

     hebesphalmology (n.) - study of juvenile delinquency (B)

     hebetude (n.) - dullness, stupidity (B)

     heliolater (n.) - a sun worshipper (B)

     helminthophobia (n.) - fear of being, or becoming, infested
         with worms (B)

     hemeraphonia (n.) - able to speak only at night (B)

     hemerobaptism (n.) - the practice of daily ceremonial baptisms
         or ablutions by ancient Jewish and early Christian sects

     henism (n.) - the theory that existence is a single principle (B)

     hesperian (adj.) - of the west; western; occidental (G)

     hesternopothia (n.) - a pathologic yearning for the good old
         days (B)

     hesychastic (adj.) - soothing, calming, as some ancient Greek
         music (from the Hesychasts, fourteenth century Eastern
         mystics who contemplated their navels, seeing therein
         the Divine Light) (B)

     hetaerism (n.) - extra-marital sex; communal marriage (B)

     heterochthonous (adj.) - foreign (B)

     heterophemy (n.) - Freudian slipsism (B)

     heterotelic (adj.) - existing for an outside or extraneous purpose (B)

     hierofastidia (n.) - dislike of holy things (B)

     hieromachy (n.) - a fight between men or owmen of the cloth (B)

     hindermate (n.) - a mate who is a hindrance (B)

     hippopotomonstrosesquipedalian (adj.) - pertaining to a very, very
         long word (B)

     hircismus (n.) - stinky armpits (B)

     hirsutorufous (adj.) - red-haired (B)

     hobberdehoy (n.) - a youth entering manhood (B)

     holmgang (n.) - a duel fought on an island (B)

     holophrasis (n.) - a whole phrase or idea expressed in one word (B)

     honorificabilitudinitatibus (n.) - with honorablenesses (longest
         word in Shakespeare) (B)

     horapthia (n.) - a neurotic preoccupation with one's youth (B)

     horripilation (n.) - bristling of the hair on the skin; gooseflesh (G)

     horrisonous (adj.) - sounding very bad; horribly discordant (G)

     hotspur (n.) - a hotheaded, impetuous man (from Hotspur in
         Shakespeare's "Henry V") (B)

     hoydenism (n.) - ill-bred, boisterous, or tomboyish behavior
         in a woman

     hubristic (adj.) - insolent; contemptuous; wantonly arrogant (G)

     humicubation (n.) - lying on the ground in penitence (B)

     hunkerousness (n.) - opposition to progress; old-fogyism (B)

     hygeioloatry (n.) - health fanaticism (B)

     hypengyophobia (n.) - fear of responsibility (B)

     hyperhedonia (n.) - abnormal pleasure from doing ho-hum things (B)

     hypnagogic - inducing sleep (G)

     hypnopompic - dispelling sleep; waking (G)

     hypobulia (n.) - difficulty in making decisions (B)

     hypophobia (n.) - lack of fear (B)


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     iatromisia (n.) - dislike of doctors (B)

     ichnogram (n.) - a footprint (B)

     ichthyomancy (n.) - fortunetelling with fish offal

     iconolagny (n.) - sexual stimulation from pictures or statues (B)

     idee fixe - a fixed, obsessive idea; unyielded notion, conviction
         or focus (W)

     idem per idem - the same by the same:  describing an allusion,
         illustration, or reference that adds nothing to the understanding
         of a matter (W)

     idem sonans - sounding the same:  the principle in law that the
         misspelling of a word or name in a case, contract, etc., does
         not invalidate the document (W)

     idiolalia (n.) - mental state characterized by use of invented
         language (B)

     ideopraxist (n.) - one who puts ideas into practice (B)

     idioticon (n.) - a dialect dictionary (B)

     idoneous (adj.) - apt; suitable (B)

     ignavia (n.) - idleness; laziness (B)

     ignoratio elenchi - ignorance of the refutation:  the fallacy of
         arguing astray from the point at issue; stressing or 'proving'
         what is irrelevant (W)

     ignoscency (n.) - forgiveness; a forgiving nature (B)

     ignotum per ignotius - the unknown (explained) by means of the more
         unknown:  an annoyingly obscure explanation (W)

     illachrymable (adj.) - unable to cry (B)

     illaqueate (v.) - to catch or trap (B)

     illeism (n.) - affected or excessive use of the third-person pronoun
         'he' or 'one', esp. in reference to oneself (W)

     illicitator (n.) - an auctioneer's shill (B)

     illocutionary (adj.) - pertaining to or describing an utterance that,
         reflecting the speaker's emotions, conveys more or something other
         than its literal meaning, such as a question implying
         dissatisfaction (W)

     illutation (n.) - a mud bath (B)

     imbonity (n.) - lack of good qualities (B)

     immarcescible (adj.) - indestructible (B)

     immerd (v.) - to cover with excrement (B)

     immorigerous (adj.) - rude, boorish (B)

     immund (adj.) - unclean; foul; filthy (G)

     impanation (n.) - cannibalistic doctrine of baking Christ into
         the Eucharistic cookie (B)

     impavid (adj.) - not afraid; fearless; undaunted (G)

     impeccant (adj.) - sinless (B)

     imperdible (adj.) - incapable of being lost (B)

     imperscriptible (adj.) - not supported or backed by written
         authority (British) (W)

     impinguate (v.) - to fatten (B)

     improcreant (adj.) - impotent (B)

     improlificate (v.) - to impregnate (B)

     impudicity (n.) - lack of shame or modesty

     in extenso - at full length (W)

     in invidiam - in ill-will or to excite prejudice (W)

     in malam partem - in bad part:  in a bad sense (W)

     in media res - in the middle of the thing, or directly into the
         course of a story of plot without any preliminaries (W)

     inaniloquent (adj.) - loquacious, windy, garrulous (B)

     inconcinnity (n.) - unsuitableness; ineptitude (B)

     incondite (adj.) - crude, unfinished (B)

     incrassate (v.) - to make or become thick or thicker; to thicken;
         inspissate (G)

     increpation (n.) - criticism, censure (B)

     incruental (adj.) - bloodless (B)

     inculpate (v.) - to blame, accuse, incriminate (B)

     incunabula (n.) - extant books printed before 1500 A.D.

     indictum sit - let it be unsaid (W)

     indurated (adj.) - obstinate, hardened, unyielding, made unfeeling

     ineffable (adj.) - unable to be spoken, as though there were no words
         vile or low enough to express one's loathing

     ineluctable (adj.) - inevitable; irresistable (B)

     inenerrable (adj.) - indescribable (B)

     inexpugnable (adj.) - that cannot be taken by assault or storm; 
         unconquerable; impregnable (G)

     inexsuperable (adj.) - insurmountable, impassable (B)

     infandous (adj.) - too horrible to mention, unspeakably awful (B)

     infibulation (n.) - sewing up the vulva or sewing down the
         foreskin to prevent sexual intercourse (B), or the
         process of confining with a buckle or padlock 

     inficete (adj.) - dull, unfunny, deadly serious, humorless (B)

     infracaninophile (n.) - champion of the underdog (B)

     infralapsarianism (n.) - the doctrine that God foresaw and permitted
         the fall of man from grace and that His plan of salvation
         for some people followed and was a consequence of the fall (G)

     infucation (n.) - putting on make-up (B)

     ingannation (n.) - deception; fraud (B)

     ingeminate (v.) - repeat; reiterate; to emphasize by repetition (G)

     ingluvious (adj.) - gluttonous (B)

     ingravidate (v.) - to impregnate (B)

     ingustable (adj.) - tasteless (B)

     innascible (adj.) - without a beginning (B)

     inquinate (v.) - to corrupt (B)

     insalubrious (adj.) - unhealthy, deleterious (B)

     insapory (adj.) - tasteless (B)

     inspissated (adj.) - thickened, heavy, intense

     insuetude (n.) - state of disuse (B)

     insulse (adj.) - tasteless, flat, insipid (B)

     insusurration (n.) - whispering in the ear; insinuation (B)

     intempestive (adj.) - untimely; inopportune (B)

     inter alia - among other things (W)

     intercalation (n.) - an insertion or interposing, as of a word
         between other words in a sentence (W)

     interdigitate (v.) - to interlace the fingers (B)

     intergern (v.) - to snarl back (B)

     internecion (n.) - mutual destruction (B)

     interpellation (n.) - a formal questioning or challenging regarding
         an action or policy (W)

     intersilient (adj.) - suddenly emerging in the midst of something (B)

     intussusception (n.) - a taking within (B)

     inusitate (adj.) - obsolete (B)

     invidious (adj.) - likely to cause ill will, envy, discontent, resentment

     invita Minerva - Minerva being unwilling:  without any natural
         talent or inspiration (W)

     invultuation (n.) - wishing death or injury on by melting a wax image,
         or sticking it with pins (B)

     ipse dixit - he himself has said (it):  an unsupported assertion, or
         a presumption bearing no evidence of its truth or validity (W)

     ipsedixitism (n.) - dogmatism (B)

     ipsism (n.) - masturbation (B)

     ipsissima verba - the very words (W)

     iracund (adj.) - easily provoked, quick-tempered, irascible (B)

     irrefragable (adj.) - undeniable; indisputable; that cannot be refuted (G)

     irrefrangible (adj.) - that cannot or should not be broken; inviolable (G)

     irreptitious (adj.) - creeping stealthily (B)

     irrumation (n.) - fellatio (B)

     isagogic (adj.) - introductory (G)


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JJJJ


     jacquerie (n.) - a revolt of peasants against the social classes
         above them

     jactancy (n.) - boasting, bragging (B)

     jactitation (n.) - loud or public bragging; or excessive twitching
         and restlessness (B)

     jaculative (adj.) - darting, sporadic (B)

     janissaries (n.) - any loyal submissive follower or supporter

     jape (v.) - to jest; jibe; play tricks (G)

     jejunator (n.) - one who fasts (B)

     jentacular (adj.) - pertaining to breakfast (B)

     jeremiad (n.) - a writing or speech in a strain of grief or distress;
         a lamentation (G)

     jiggery-pokert (n.) - low cunning or devious and underhanded
         behavior

     jobation (n.) - tedious criticism (B)

     jobbernowl (n.) - a blockhead (B)

     jocoserious (adj.) - a combination of funny and serious (B)

     jugulate (v.) - to check or suppress by extreme measures; or to cut
         the throat of (G)

     jumentous (adj.) - having a strong animal smell (B)

     junkettaceous (adj.) - frivolous, worthless (B)

     jus et norma loquendi - the law and rule of speaking:  common
         usage (W)


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KKKK


     kakistocracy (n.) - government by the worst citizens (B)

     kakorrhaphiophobia (n.) - fear of failure (B)

     kalokagathia (n.) - a combination of the good and the beautiful
         in a person (B)

     kalon (n.) - the kind of beauty that is more than skin deep (B)

     kalopsia (n.) - condition where things appear more beautiful than
         they really are (B)

     kaput (adj.) - broken, wrecked, incapacitated, destroyed

     karimption (n.) - a crowd; a mass (B)

     kashruth (n.) - the state of being kosher (B)

     katabasis (n.) - a going down; descent; or a retreat, especially a
         military retreat (G)

     kathenotheism (n.) - polytheism with a head god (B)

     katowse (n.) - a ruckus, tumult, din (B)

     kauderwelsch (n.) - jargon; gibberish (German) (W)

     kedogenous (adj.) - produced by worry (B)

     kef (n.) - drug-induced tranquility (B)

     kenophobia (n.) - fear of empty or open spaces (B)

     keraunophobia (n.) - fear of thunder and lightning (B)

     keraunoscopia (n.) - fortunetelling by thunder (B)

     kerdomeletia (n.) - excessive attention to material wealth (B)

     kerlerap (v.) - to cavort; to play (B)

     kerygma (n.) - Christian preaching (B)

     kippage (n.) - commotion, confusion, excitement (B)

     kitsch (n.) - contemptuous characterization of sensational, slushy,
         slick writing or art designed for popular appeal

     kitthoge (adj. & n.) - left-handed or awkward; or a left-handed or
         awkward person (B)

     kneippism (n.) - treatment of disease by walking barefoot on wet
         grass, originate by Dr. [of divinity] Sebastian Kneipp (B)

     knipperdolling (n.) - a disciple of Bernhard Knipperdollinck, a
         German Anabaptist fanatic and polygamist; or any fanatic (B)

     knissomancy (n.) - fortunetelling by incense-burning (B)

     kombinationsfahigkeit (n.) - the way a medium picks up clues:  by
         noting various involuntary reactions (B)

     kompology (n.) - braggadocio (B)

     kopophobia (n.) - fear of physical or mental exhaustion (B)

     kosmokrator (n.) - the ruler of the world (B)

     kreatophagia (n.) - the eating of raw meat (B)

     kwistgoed (n.) - a spendthrift (B)

     kymatology (n.) - the science of waves (B)


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LLLL


     labefy (v.) - to weaken (B)

     labeorphily (n.) - collecting beer bottle labels

     labile (adj.) - prone to change; unstable (G)

     laciniate (adj.) - fringed (B)

     laclabphily (n.) - the collecting of cheese labels

     lactivorous (adj.) - living on milk (B)

     lagnosis (n.) - satyriasis (B)

     lagotic (adj.) - having rabbitlike ears (B)

     lallation (n.) - pronunciation of "R" so that it sound like "L"; or
         baby talk or infantile utterance (W)

     lallophobia (n.) - fear of speaking (B)

     lalochezia (n.) - filthy talk to relieve tension (W)

     lampadomancy (n.) - fortunetelling with the flame of a torch (B)

     lamprophony (n.) - shining, ringing oratory (W)

     languescent (adj.) - becoming tired (B)

     laodiceanism (n.) - being indifferent in politics or religion

     lapsus calami - a slip of the pen; lapsus pennae (W)

     lapsus comicus - term for an amusingly truistic or tautological
         statement, a simple verbal confusion rather than a malapropism
         or mixed metaphor, e.g. "He looks so much older than he did
         when he was younger." (Willard Espy) (W)

     lapsus linguae - a slip of the tongue; lapsus loquendi (W)

     larrikinism (n.) - state of being noisy, rowdy or disorderly

     lassipedes (n.) - tired feet (B)

     lasslorn (adj.) - stood up by one's lady (B)

     latitidinarian (n.) - characterized by liberality in opinion or in
         action; tolerant in one's views (G)

     latrant (adj.) - snarling, complaining (B)

     lecanomancy (n.) - fortunetelling by looking at water in a basin (B)

     lecheur (n.) - a devotee of oral intercourse; a licker (B)

     leggiadrous (adj.) - graceful (B)

     leitmotif (n.) - a specific recurring theme or expression in a literary
         or musical work, in association with a particular idea, person,
         circumstance or emotion (W)

     lenity (n.) - being gentle or merciful

     lenocinant (adj.) - lewd (B)

     lentiginous (adj.) - full of freckles (G)

     leodicean (adj.) - lacking religious fervor; or lacking strong feelings
         generally; indifferent (G)

     leptologia (n.) - subtle speech or quibbling (W)

     leptodactylous (adj.) - having slender toes (G)

     lethiforous (adj.) - deadly; destructive (B)

     lethologica (n.) - inability to remember the right word (W)

     lethonomia (n.) - a propensity for forgetting names (W)

     levisomnous (adj.) - watchful (B)

     lexiphanicism (or lexiphantism) (n.) - priggish, over-Latinized
         writing; pretentious vocabulary or grandiose phraseology (W)

     limophoitos (n.) - insanity due to lack of food (B)

     limosis (n.) - a mania for eating chalk (B)

     lipsanography (n.) - the research and composition of treatises
         about relics

     litotes (n.) - understatement, irony or innuendo by use of a negative
         or inverted phrasing, i.e. "not bad" or "I'm not exactly
         displeased" (W)

     lobcock (n.) - a dull, sluggish lout; or a large, relaxed penis (B)

     locus classicus - a place of the highest class:  illustrative, model
         passage from a literary work or classic that is commonly cited
         for its style, usage, etc. (W)

     locus communis - a public place:  commonplace passage that is often
         quoted; cliche expression (W)

     loganamnosis (n.) - a mania to recall forgotten words (W)

     logicaster (n.) - a person pedantic in argument; a person whose 
         logic is less valid than he thinks

     logodaedaly (n.) - verbal legerdemain, esp. in the imaginative or
         capricious coining of new words; word skill (W)

     logolept (n.) - a word maniac (B)

     logomachy (n.) - a dispute over words; semantic contentious getting away
         from issues or reality; dual wit opprobrious words (W)

     logomisia (n.) - disgust for particular words (W)

     logorrhea (n.) - protracted or uncontrollable talk; compulsive
         garrulousness (W)

     logrolling (n.) - the exchanging of favors, such as the writing of
         repiprocally flattering reviews; conniving literary cronyism
         or back scratching (W)

     longanimity (n.) - silent suffering while planning revenge (B)

     longinquity (n.) - remoteness (B)

     longueur (n.) - a long and tedious section of a book, play, etc. (W)

     lopadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimhypotrimmatosilphioparaome-
     litokatakaechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptekephalli-
     okigklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetraganopterygon (n.) - a goulash
         composed from the meals of the leftovers from the meals of the
         last two weeks, or hash (from Aristophanes' "The Ecclesiazusae") (B)

     loquaciousness (n.) - extreme talkativenss; garrulousness (W)

     lost positives - whimsically coined or archaic words of which only
         the negative or an inflected (prefixed) form is in common
         usage, e.g. 'ept' (from 'inept') (W)

     lovertine (adj.) - addicted to love-making (B)

     loxotic (adj.) - slanting, distorted (B)

     lubricity (n.) - the condition of being uncertain or unstable, or
         the capacity for reducing friction

     luciferous (adj.) - illuminating, literally and figuratively (B)

     lucriferous (adj.) - profitable, lucrative (B)

     lucripetous (adj.) - money hungry (B)

     luctation (n.) - a struggle for success (B)

     luctiferous (adj.) - sad and sorry (B)

     lucubration (n.) - to burn the midnight oil; suggesting pretentious,
         laborious study

     luculent (adj.) - readily understood; clear; lucid (G)

     lucus a non lucendo - an absurd word derivation; illogical explanation
         or non sequitur (W)

     ludibrious (adj.) - ludicrous; making fun of (B)

     ludibundness (n.) - playfulness (B)

     ludicropathetic (adj.) - ludicrous and pathetic (B)

     ludification (n.) - deriding (B)

     luftmensch (n.) - someone with his head in the clouds

     lupanariam (n.) - lubricious, lascivious, and lewd (B)

     lurgulary (n.) - the act of poisoning water (B)

     lutarious (adj.) - pertaining to, living in, or looking
         like mud (B)

     lycanthropy (n.) - insanity in which the patient thinks he's
         a wolf (B)

     lygophilia (n.) - love of darkness (B)

     lymacatexis (n.) - neurotic preoccupation with dirt (B)

     lypophrenia (n.) - a vague feeling of sadness, seemingly
         without cause (B)

     lyssophobia (n.) - fear of becoming mad (B)


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MMMM


     macarize (v.) - to make happy; to praise (B)

     macerate (v.) - to oppress; torment (B)

     macilent (adj.) - lean; thin (B)

     macrobian (adj.) - long-lived (B)

     macrology (n.) - excessive or repititious words or phrases (W)

     macromastic (adj.) - pertaining to large breasts (B)

     macrophobia (n.) - fear of long waits (B)

     macrosmatic (adj.) - having a supersensitive nose (B)

     macrosomatous (adj.) - having an abnormally large body (B)

     macrotous (adj.) - having large ears (G)

     mactation (n.) - sacrificial murder (B)

     maculate (adj.) - defiled; impure (G)

     madefy (v.) - to wet (B)

     magniloquence (n.) - grandly high-flown, lofty speech; pompous
         language (W)

     maieusiophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of childbirth

     maieutic (adj.) - of the Socratic method of bringing into full
         consciousness latent ideas or memories; intellectual
         midwifery (G)

     mala fide - in bad faith:  falsely, deceitfully, or insincerely (W)

     malacissation (n.) - the process of making something soft and
         pliable (B)

     malacodermous (adj.) - soft-skinned (B)

     malapert (n.) - impudent, outspoken, lively (Shakespeare) (B)

     maliferous (adj.) - producing evil; unhealthy, as a climate (B)

     malism (n.) - the theory that the world is mostly bad (B)

     malneirophrenia (n.) - depress following a nightmare (B)

     malnoia (n.) - a vague feeling of mental discomfort (B)

     mammothrept (n.) - a spoiled child (B)

     mancinism (n.) - left-handed, or -sidedness (B)

     mangonize (v.) - to traffic in slaves (B)

     mania-a-potu (n.) - madness resulting from too much gargle (B)

     maniaphobia (n.) - fear of insanity (B)

     manipulandum (n.) - something that is to be manipulated (B)

     mansuetude (n.) - tameness, gentleness, mildness (B)

     mantology (n.) - fortunetelling; a fortuneteller (B)

     manubiary (ad.) - relating to the spoils of war (B)

     manumission (n.) - formal liberation of a slave (B)

     manustupration (n.) - masturbation (B)

     maquillage (n.) - make-up (B)

     marasmic (adj.) - of the gradual loss of flesh and strength; of a wasting
         of the body (G)

     marcescent (adj.) - withered, decayed, weak (B)

     margaritaceous (adj.) - pearly (B)

     maritodespotism (n.) - ruthless domination by a husband (B)

     marlish (adj.) - easygoing (B)

     marlock (v.) - to cavort, frolic (B)

     maschalephidrosis (n.) - massive sweating of the armpits (B)

     mastigophobia (n.) - fear of punishment (B)

     mastigophoric (adj.) - whip-wielding (B)

     mataeology (n.) - useless of pointless discourse; worthless
         conversation (W)

     mataeotechny (n.) - an unprofitable science or art (B)

     matripotestal (adj.) - pertaining to maternal control (B)

     mattoid (n.) - a congenitally insane person (B)

     matutolagnia (n.) - antemerdian sexual desire (B)

     matutolypea (n.) - getting up on the wrong side of the bed (B)

     maumetry (n.) - idolatry (B)

     mauvaise plaisanterie - an inappropriate or badly timed joke (W)

     mawkish (adj.) - characterized by sickly, weak sentimentality (G)

     mazomancy (n.) - fortunetelling by a nursing baby (B)

     mazophilous (adj.) - pertaining to mammary mania (B)

     meable (adj.) - capable of being easily penetrated (B)

     meacock (n.) - an effeminate or cowardly man (B)

     meadophily (n.) - study of beer bottle labels

     mechanomorphism (n.) - the doctrine that the universe is fully
         explicable in mechanistic terms (B)

     meconology (n.) - the study of opium and its effects (B)

     meconophagism (n.) - opium addiction (B)

     medicaster (n.) - a medical quack (B)

     megacephalous (adj.) - having a large head (B)

     megalonisus (n.) - a tendency to exaggerate (B)

     megalophobia (n.) - fear of large things (B)

     megalopsychy (n.) - generosity of spirit or magnanamity

     meiosis (n.) - rhetorical understatement, or representing something
         as less or more minor than it actually is as a form of ironic
         emphasis (W)

     melioration (n.) - an elevation or bettering:  in language, a hitherto
         or otherwise derogatory word's acqiring a favorable meaning (W)

     melliloquence (n.) - euphonious speech; sweet talk (W)

     melissophobia (n.) - fear of bees (B)

     melomaniac (n.) - a music lover (B)

     mempsis - an impassioned but somewhat caustic supplication in which
         a pointed complaint is implied (rhetoric term) (W)

     menacme (n.) - the menstruating part of a woman's life (B)

     mendaciloquence (n.) - lying as a fine art; adroit prevarication (W) 

     menticide (n.) - brainwashing (B)

     mentimutation (n.) - change of mind (B)

     mentulate (adj.) - well hung (B)

     mephitic - bad-smelling; noxious (G)

     meracious (adj.) - unadulterated, full-strength, pure (B)

     meraculous (adj.) - demi-dirty, slightly filthy (B)

     merdivorous (adj.) - eating dung (B)

     merism (n.) - a pairing of contrasted terms to express a totality,
         and thus form a synecdoche, e.g. "now and then" (W)

     merkin (n.) - female genitalia; or false pubic hair (B)

     merulator (n.) - a wine-bibber (B)

     metagnostic (adj.) - unknowable (B)

     metagrobolize (v.) - the mystify (B)

     metallege (n.) - spoonerism (B) 

     metastasis - casual mention of a subject as if it were unimportant;
         responding to a person's criticism or insult with a riposte that
         uses or plays on his or her words (rhetoric term) (W)

     metempsychosis (n.) - alleged transmigration of souls (B)

     metheglin (n.) - mead (B)

     methionyl ... inylserine (n.) - the chemical name for 
         tryptophan synthetase A protein, a 1,913-letter enzyme
         with 267 amino acids (anybody found a longer one?) (B)

     metonymy (n.) - the figurative or symbolic use of the name of one
         thing for that of another with which it is associated, or of
         an attribute for the whole, e.g. 'brass' for military officers (W)

     metoposcopy (n.) - judging character by studying the face (B)

     metromania (n.) - a mania for writing verse (B)

     miasmatic (adj.) - noxious, contagious, blechhy (B)

     microcephalous (adj.) - small-headed (B)

     microlipet (n.) - someone bothered by trifles (B)

     micrology (n.) - excessive attention to or discussion of details or
         minor differences; nitpicking (W)

     micturition (n.) - need for frequent urination (B)

     midden (n.) - a dunghill (B)

     migniard (adj.) - dainty, delicate; mincing (B)

     militaster (n.) - an insignificant military man (B)

     minatory (adj.) - portending punishment; threatening; menacing (G)

     minauderie (n.) - coquetry (B)

     minimifidianism (n.) - having almost no faith or belief (B)

     minimus (n.) - a tiny creature (B)

     mirabile dictu - wonderful to relate (W)

     misandry (n.) - dislike of men (B)

     misanthropy (n.) - hatred of mankind

     misapodysis (n.) - hatred of undressing in front of someone (B)

     misarchist (n.) - a person who hates authority (B)

     miserabile dictu - miserable to relate (W)

     miserotia (n.) - aversion to sex (B)

     misocainia (n.) - hatred of anything new or strange, such as
         new ideas (B)

     misocanpnist (n.) - a hater of tobacco smoke (B)

     misodoctakleidist (n.) - one who hates to practice the piano (B)

     misology (n.) - hatred of logical discussion or reason (W)

     misoneism (n.) - hatred of new things (B)

     misopedia (n.) - hatred of children, esp. one's own (B)

     misopolemiac (n.) - a war-hater (B)

     misoscopist (n.) - a hater of beauty; a recluse (B)

     misosophy (n.) - hatred of wisdom (B)

     misotramontanism (n.) - a hatred of the unknown (B)

     misoxeny (n.) - hatred of strangers (B)

     mithridatism (n.) - immunity to poison achieved by taking
         gradually increased doses (B)

     moanworthy (adj.) - lamentable, pitiful (B)

     mogigraphia (n.) - writers' cramp (B)

     moliminous (adj.) - massive; momentous (B)

     moloch (n.) - a system or method that requires frightful sacrifice (G)

     molysmophobia (n.) - fear of dirt or contamination (B)

     mome (n.) - a crashing bore; a buffoon (B)

     monorchid (adj.) - having one testicle (B)

     mordacious (adj.) - biting, acrid, caustic (B)

     mordant (adj.) - biting; caustic; cutting; sarcastic (G)

     morigerous (adj.) - obedient; obsequious (B)

     morology (n.) - deliberate nonsense of foolishness for effect (W)

     mot juste - the perfect, fitting word or phrase; precisely apt
         expression (W)

     mot propre - the correct or necessary word (W)

     motatorious (adj.) - constantly active (B)

     motitation (n.) - a quivering moment (B)

     mulct (v.) - to punish by means of a fine (G)

     mulierose (adj.) - extremely fond of women (B)

     multum in parvo - much in little:  containing or suggesting much in
         few words; holophrastic (W)

     mumpsimus (n.) - an erroneous word or spelling that, through long
         usage, has become absorbed into the language; an incorrect
         manuscript reading blindly adhered to by some scholar; stubborn
         adherence to a mistaken verbal form in the face of correction (W)

     mundivagant (n.) - wandering over the world (B)

     musard (n.) - an absentminded dreamer, or fool (B)

     mutatis mutandis - the (necessary) changes having been made, or the
         relevant differences having been considered (W)

     mycterism (n.) - derision or sarcasm that is somewhat veiled; subtle
         or partly concealed gibe (W)

     myrmidon (n.) - a blindly loyal, though unscrupulous, factotum (B)

     mythomania (n.) - compulsively telling lies and believing them (B)


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     nanism (n.) - dwarfishness (B)

     naology (n.) - the study of holy buildings (B)

     naprapathy (n.) - the manipulation of strained ligaments i the
         belief that they cause disease (B)

     nates (n.) - the buttocks (B)

     nattering (adj.) - grumbling, fault-finding, idle chatter

     naufragous (adj.) - causing shipwrecks (B)

     neanilagnia (n.) - a yen for nymphets (B)

     neanimorphism (n.) - looking younger than one's years (B)

     nebulaphobia (n.) - fear of fog (B)

     nebulochaotic (adj.) - chaotic, confused (B)

     necromimesis (n.) - feigning death; the delusion of being dead (B)

     necyomancy (n.) - fortunetelling by summoning lucifer (B)

     nefandous (adj.) - unmentionable, unspeakable (B)

     nefast (adj.) - wicked (B)

     nelipot (n.) - someone going barefoot (B)

     nemophilous (adj.) - loving the forest (B)

     neocracy (n.) - government by tyros (B)

     neologism (n.) - a newly coined word or phrase, or a novel expression
         in increasing usage; a new meaning for an old word (W)

     neomnesia (n.) - good memory for recent events (B)

     nephalism (n.) - teetotalism (B)

     nepheligenous (adj.) - producing clouds of tobacco smoke (B)

     neoteny (n.) - retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult

     nepotation (n.) - riotous living (B)

     nervus probandi - the strong point of the proving:  crux of the
         argument (W)

     nescient (adj.) - uneducated, unaware, ignorant, and stupid (B)

     nettling (v.) - to irritate; vex; annoy (G)

     nictitate (v.) - to wink (G)

     nidorous (adj.) - smelling like burning or decaying animal matter (B)

     nihil ad rem - nothing to the matter:  irrelevant (W)

     nihil obstat - nothing stands in the way:  in Roman Catholocism,
         certification by an examining censor that a book contains
         nothing contrary to church doctrine in faith and morals;
         seal of approval (W)

     nikhedonia (n.) - pleasure derived from anticipating success (B)

     nimgimmer (n.) - a doctor who cures the clap (British slang) (B)

     nimiety (n.) - excess, redundancy, superfluity, pleonasm

     nimious (adj.) - extravagant (B)

     nimptopsical (adj.) - drunk (B)

     nimshy (n.) - a silly ass (B)

     nipperkin (n.) - amount of liquor roughly equivalent to a half pint (B)

     nippitatum (n.) - exceptionally good and strong ale (B)

     noctivagation (n.) - wandering around at night (B)

     non est disputandum - it is not to be disputed (W)

     non possumus - a statement of inability to do something (W)

     nosism (n.) - use of 'we' in speaking of oneself; conceit or
         self-exultation by a group (W)

     nostrificate (v.) - to accept as one's own (B)

     nothosonomia (n.) - calling someone a bastard (W)

     noumenon (n.) - an object implied by intuition rather than evidence,
         opposite of phenomenon (B)

     nubilate (v.) - to obscure (B)

     nuchal (adj.) - of the nape of the neck (G)

     nudis verbis - in naked words (W)

     nudiustertian (adj.) - pertaining to the day before yesterday (B)

     nugatory (adj.) - worthless, trifling, of no consequence

     nullifidian (adj.) - skeptical (B)

     nulliparous (adj.) - pertaining to a woman who has never foaled (B)

     numbles (n.) - edible deer innards (B)

     nummamorous (adj.) - money-loving (B)

     nuncupate (v.) - to declare orally (B)

     nychthemeron (n.) - a twenty-four-hour period (B)

     nympholepsy (n.) - trance incurred by erotic daydreams (B)


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     obumbration (n.) - the act or process of darkening or obscuring

     obambulate (v.) - to walk about, wander (B)

     obdormition (n.) - numbness caused by pressure on a nerve (B)

     obduracy (n.) - being obstinate or hardhearted

     obganiate (v.) - to irritate with reiteration (B)
   
     objurgation (n.) - an earnest denunciation, rebuke, or scolding;
         harsh criticism (W)

     oblatrate (n.) - to snarl at, inveigh against (B)

     oblectation (n.) - delight, pleasure (B)
  
     oblocution - interruption (A)

     obloquy (n.) - the state of bad repute borne by one being harshly
         criticized; abusive condemnation (W)

     obnubilation (n.) - beclouding or obscuring; obfuscation (W)

     obreption (n.) - creeping up on (B)

     obsecrations (n.) - entreaties (A)

     obscurum per obscurius - explaining the obscure by means of the
         more obscure (W)

     obsolagnium (n.) - waning sexual desire due to age (B)

     obstrobogulous (adj.) - a vehement oath of expansive meaning (G)

     obtund (adj.) - serving to blunt, dull or deaden (G)

     ochlocracy (n.) - mob rule (B)

     odium aestheticum - the bitterness of aesthetical controversy (W)

     odium scholasticum - acrimony between scholars or pedants; academic
         quibbling (W)

     odium theologicum - bitter hatred between rival theologians (W)

     oeillade (n.) - an ogle, a flirtatious glance (B)

     oikofugic (n.) - obsessive wandering (B)

     oikonisus (n.) - urge to start a family (B)

     olamic (adj.) - infinite, eternal (B)

     olet lucernam - it smells of the lamp:  describing something written
         that is belabored or overwrought (W)

     oligophrenia (n.) - feeble-mindedness (B)

     olisbos (n.) - a dildo (B)

     omadhaun (n.) - an idiot, fool (B)

     ombibulous (adj.) - drinking everything (B)

     omnilegent (adj.) - reading or having read everything; having
         encyclopedia curiosity and knowledge (W)

     omphalomancy (n.) - predicting the number of children a mother will
         bear by counting the knots in her first-born's umbilical cord (B)

     omphalopsychites (n.) - term for literary Anglophiles who wish American
         English to emulate or ape British English (H. L. "" Mencken) (W)

     omphaloskepsis (n.) - contemplation of the navel for the purpose of
         obtaining philosophic calm (G)

     oneirataxia (n.) - inability to distinguish between fantasy and
         reality (B)

     oneiric (adj.) - having to do with dreams (E,G)

     oniochalasia (n.) - buying as a means of mental relaxation (B)

     onolatry (n.) - ass-worship (B)

     onomastic (adj.) - pertaining to a proper name or names (W)

     onomatomania (n.) - preoccupation with words and names (B)

     onomatophobia (n.) - fear of hearing a certain word (B)

     onomatopoeia (n.) - the forming of or use of a word that imitates in
         sound what it denotes; use of imitative or echoic words (W)

     onus probandi - the burden of proof (W) 

     operose (adj.) - involving much labor; laborious (G)

     ophelimity (n.) - the ability to please sexually (B)

     oppugnant (adj.) - opposing; antagonistic; contrary (G)

     ophthalmophobia (n.) - fear of being stared at (B)

     opiparous (adj.) - sumptuous (B)

     oppilations (n.) - obstructions (A)
 
     opsablepsia (n.) - not looking into another's eyes (B)

     opuscule (n.) - a minor composition or work (W)

     oratio obliqua - indirect speech:  reported speech, or relating
         by another that is modified and indirect (W)

     oratio recta - straight speech:  actual or direct speech (W)

     orchidectomy (n.) - castration (B)

     ore rotundo - with a round mouth:  eloquently, with considered
         emphasis (W)

     orgulous (adj.) - proud and haughty; swelling (G)

     orismology (n.) - the science of defining or explaining technical
         terms (W)

     osseocarnisanguineoviscericartilaginonervomedullary - the structure
         of the human body (coined by Thomas Love Peacock in "Headlong
         Hall") (G)

     otiose - futile, functionless, sterile, idle

     oubliette (n.) - a secret place of imprisonment, usually with
         only one opening and that at the top, as found in some
         old castles

     outrecuidance (n.) - egomania; gross conceit (B)

     overweening - excessively proud; arrogant; conceited; or
         exaggerated; excessive (G)

     oxythymous (adj.) - quick-tempered; easily riled (B)


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     pachycephalic (adj.) - thick-skulled (B)

     pageism (n.) - masochism fantasy of a man imagining himself as
         servant to a beautiful woman (B)

     pagophagia (n.) - eating a tray of ice daily for two months to
         help offset iron deficiency (B)

     paideutics (n.) - pedagogy (B)

     paizogony (n.) - love play (B)

     paleomnesia (n.) - good memory for events of the far past (B)

     palimpsest (n.) - a piece of parchment or vellum from which
         earlier writing has been removed to allow for reuse

     palinode (n.) - a song or poem retracting statements in previous
         songs or poems; or retraction or recanting in general (B)

     palinoia (n.) - compulsive repitition of an act until it's
         perfect (B)

     palladian (adj.) - pertaining to learning and wisdom (B)

     palliards (n.) - professional beggars whose parents were also
         beggars and who use trickery to arouse sympathy (B)

     palpebrate (v.) - to wink (B)

     paltripolitan (n.) - an insular city dweller (B)

     pandiculation (n.) - stretching and yawning (B)

     panjandrum - a self-important local official; pompous minor
         magnate (G)

     pannychous (adj.) - lasting all night (B)

     pantagruelian (adj.) - satirical, though ribald (B)

     pantaraxia (n.) - actions aimed aat keeping people on their toes

     pantophobia (n.) - a fear of everything (B)

     paphian - pertaining to love, especially its sexual and
         illicit manifestations; erotic (G)

     paracoita (n.) - a female sexual partner (B)

     paracoitus (n.) - a male sexual partner (B)

     paradiastole (n.) - a euphemistic half-truth (B)

     paraenetic - advisory; hortatory (G)

     paralepsis (n.) - mentioning something by saying you won't mention it (B)

     paralipomena (n.) - deleted passages from a book, or a 
         supplement containing them

     paralipophobia (n.) - fear of responsibility (B)

     paralogism (n.) - reasoning method that contradicts logical
         rules, especially via faulty syllogisms

     parerethesis (n.) - abnormal excitement (B)

     pareunia (n.) - sexual intercourse (B)

     parisology (n.) - deliberate ambiguity in use of words (B)

     parnel (n.) - a priest's mistress; a loose woman (B)

     paronomasia (n.) - punning; a pun (B)

     parorexia (n.) - perverted appetite; demanding strange foods (B)

     parrhesia (n.) - freedom of speech (rhetoric term) (B)

     partheniad (n.) - a poem in honor of a virgin (B)

     parthenolatry (n.) - virgin worship (B)

     parvanimity (n.) - pettiness; meannes; or a mean or petty person (B)

     parvenu (n.) - a pretentious snob of the nouveau riche (B)

     parviscient (adj.) - uninformed (B)

     pasilaly (n.) - a universal language (B)

     pasquinade - a lampoon or satire posted in a public place (G)

     passalorynchite (n.) - a member of an early Christian sect who
         to a vow of perpetual silence (B)

     passepartout (n.) - a master key; a safeconduct or passport (B)

     patavinity (n.) - the use of local words or expressions (B)

     patharmosis (n.) - mental adjustment to one's disease (B)

     pathic (n.) - a catamite; or a passive participator (B)

     pathocryptia (n.) - unwillingness to believe in or talk about
         one's illness (B)

     pathodixia (n.) - talking to excess about one's illness and
         flaunting its signs (B)

     pathognomy (n.) - the study of emotions by their outward
         signs (B)

     pathomimesis (n.) - malingering (B)

     patzer (n.) - a weak chess player (B)

     pauciloquent (adj.) - speaking briefly (B)

     pavid - quaking with fear; afraid; frightened (G)

     peccable (adj.) - liable to sin (B)

     peccatophobia (n.) - fear of sinning or of having committed an
         imaginary crime (B)

     peckerwood (n.) - a poor southern Anglo-Saxon Protestant (B)

     pecksniffian (adj.) - hypocritical, insincere and gutless (B)

     pecos (v.) - to shoot a man and roll his body in the river (B)

     peculation (n.) - embezzlement (B)

     pedetentous (adj.) - proceedilng gradually or cautiously (B)

     peirastic (adj.) - experimental; ready to be tried (B)

     peladophobia (n.) - fear of baldness

     pelology (n.) - study of mud and its therapeutic applications (B)

     penelopize (v.) - to undo and redo to gain time (B)

     penisterophily (n.) - raising and training pigeons

     penotherapy (n.) - regulating prostitutes to control venereal
         disease (B)

     pentapopemptic (n.) - divorced five times (B)

     pentheraphobia (n.) - fear or dislike of one's mother-in-law (B)

     peotomy (n.) - the surgical amputation of the penis (B)

     perduellion (n.) - treason (B)

     perendinate (n.) - to postpone until the next day; to postpone
         indefinitely

     perfectibilism (n.) - belief that anything short of perfect is
         unacceptable

     perfrication (n.) - thorough rubbing (B)

     perhiemate (v.) - to spend the winter (B)

     perichareia (n.) - excessive and violent rejoicing (B)

     periclitate - to expose to peril; endanger; risk (G)

     periphrastic - using many words when few would do; verbose;
         roundabout; circumlocutory (G)

     perissotomist (n.) - a knife-happy surgeon (B)

     peristrephic (adj.) - turning around, rotatory (B)

     perlustrate (v.) - to review thoroughly; survey (B)

     pervicacious (adj.) - extremely obstinate; willful (B)

     pervulgate (v.) - to publish (B)

     petalism (n.) - banishing a citizen for five years if judged
          guilty of dangerous influence or ambition; practiced
          in ancient Syracuse

     pettifoggery - quibbling over petty details

     petulcous (adj.) - butting like a ram; offensively aggressive (B)

     phagomania (n.) - insanely hungry (B)

     phalacrespia (n.) - aversion for baldness, or for bald men (B)

     phalacrosis (n.) - baldness

     phallation (n.) - movement of the penis in sexual intercourse (B)

     phaneromania (n.) - a compulsion to pick at a skin growth or
         imperfection (B)

     pharisaical - of persons of rigid adherence to outward forms and
         rituals instead of to the true spirit (E,G)
 
     phatic - establishing an atmosphere of sociability rather than
         communicating ideas

     philalethe (n.) - one who loves to forget (B)

     philauty (n.) - self-love; selfishness (B)

     philematology (n.) - the study of kissing (B)

     philematophobe (n.) - a woman who dislikes kissing (B)

     philobiblist (n.) - a lover of books

     philocalist (n.) - a lover of beauty (B)

     philodox (n.) - one who loves one's own opinions (B)

     philogastric (adj.) - greedy (B)

     philophobia (n.) - fear of falling in love or of being loved (B)

     philopolemic (adj.) - pertaining to love of argument or
         controversy (B)

     philopornist (n.) - a lover of prostitutes (B)

     philosophastering (adj.) - pseudo-philosophizing (B)

     philotheoparoptesism - the process of slowly cooking those who
         have suffered the church's displeasure (coined by Thomas
         Love Peacock in "Maid Marian") (G)

     philoxenist (n.) - one who is happiest while entertaining
         strangers (B)

     phrontifugic (adj.) - relieving anxiety (B)

     physagogue (n.) - carminative, or medicine to induce farting (B)

     piacular - serving to atone or make amends for; expiatory; or
         sinful; wicked (G)

     pickthank (n.) - a flatterer or sycophant (B)

     piliferous - having hair (G)

     piloerection (n.) - hair standing on end (B)

     pilpulist (n.) - one who uses Talmudic dialectic or, via
         extension, a subtle reasoner

     pinchbeck - sham or spurious; false (G)

     pinguescent - becoming fat (G)

     pithiatism (n.) - a forceful suggestion (B)

     pizzle (n.) - a whip made from an animal's penis (B)

     planistethic (adj.) - flat-chested (B)

     planomania (n.) - urge to live a bohemian life (B)

     platitudinarian (n.) - full of platitudes (B)

     platypod - one afflicted with fallen arches (G)

     plebicolist (n.) - someone who woos the common folk (B)

     pleionosis (n.) - exaggeration of one's own importance (B)

     pleniloquence (n.) - excessive talking (B)

     pleonastic - use of words superfluously; redundant (G)

     pleonexia (n.) - covetousness, avarice; mania for acquiring
         possessions (B)

     plerophory (n.) - state of full confidence or absolute certainty

     pococurante (adj.) - nonchalant, indifferent (B)

     poculation (n.) - wine-bibbing (B)

     podobromhidrosis (n.) - smelly feet (B)

     poecilonymy (n.) - the use of several names for one thing (B)

     pogonology (n.) - treatise on beards

     pogonophobia (n.) - abnormal fear or dislike of beards

     poiesis (n.) - creation; creative power or ability (B)

     poikilothymia (n.) - extreme changes of mood (B)

     polychrestic - serving and adapted for several different uses (G)

     polyhistor (n.) - a universal scholar (B)

     polylogy (n.) - wordiness (B)

     polydipsia (n.) - extreme thirst or an abnormal and continuous
         craving for drink

     popination (n.) - bar-hopping (B)

     popliteal - pertaining to or connected with the hollow area back
         of the knee (G)

     pornerastic (adj.) - licentious, lascivious, lewd and horny (B)

     pornolagnia (n.) - desire for prostitutes (B)

     potvaliant - valiant and courageous as a result of being drunk

     preantepenultimate (n. & adj.) - fourth from last (B)

     preterist (n.) - someone whose main pleasure in in reliving the
         past (B)

     priapean (adj.) - phallic (B)

     priapism (n.) - persistent and painful erection (B)

     procrustean - aiming or tending to produce uniformity by violent
         or arbitrary means (G)

     proctalgia (n.) - a pain in the ass (B)

     proditorious (adj.) - traitorous; prone to give away secrets (B)

     prolepsis (n.) - anticipating an argument and answering it before
         it can be made

     prolix - verbose, repititious, protracted, unduly prolonged,
         long-winded

     pronovalence (n.) - ability to have sexual intercourse in a prone
         position only (B)

     propaedeutic - of or pertaining to preliminary instruction;
         introductory (G)

     prosonomasia (n.) - use of a humorous modification of a person's
         name (B)

     prosophobia (n.) - fear of or adversion to progress (B)

     prosopolepsy (n.) - judging people favorably from their looks (B)

     prosopopy (n.) - the personification of inanimate objects (B)

     protervity (n.) - petulance; peevishness (B)

     psaphonic (adj.) - planning one's rise to fame (B)

     pseudandry (n.) - female use of a male pseudonym (B)

     pseudautochiria (n.) - murder disguised as a suicide (B)

     pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism (n.) - phony opposition to
         the withdrawal of state support from an established church (B)

     pseudogyny (n.) - male use of a female pseudonym (B)

     pseudologist (n.) - liar (B)

     pseudomnesia (n.) - memory for things that never happened (B)

     pseudophonia (n.) - suicide disguised as murder (B)

     psilology (n.) - empty talk (B)

     psilosopher (n.) - a superficial philosopher (B)

     psittacistic - speaking in a mechanical, repetitive way (G)

     psychasthenia (n.) - neurotic lassitude, indecision, doubts,
         tics and phobias (B)

     pteronophobia (n.) - abnormal fear of feathers

     pudency (n.) - modesty or shyness; embarassment

     puerile - childish, immature, unworthy of an adult

     pullulate - teem, swarm

     purulent - of, containing, or discharging pus; suppurating (G)

     pygophilous (adj.) - buttock-loving (B)

     pyrolagnia (n.) - sexual stimulation from watching fires (B)


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     quaintise (n.) - ingenuity, cunning; a trick or stratagem (B)

     quakebuttock (n.) - a coward (B)

     qued (adj.) - evil, bad (B)

     querimony (n.) - a complaint (B)

     quidam (n.) - an unknown person (B)

     quiddity (n.) - the essence or nature of a thing (B)

     quidnunc (n.) - one who is curious to know everything that
         is going on; a gossip (B)

     quisquillian (adj.) - trashy (B)

     quisguous (adj.) - perplexing (B)

     quodlibet (n.) - a nice or fine point in an argument; a subtlety

     quodlibetarian (n.) - one who discusses or uses quodlibets


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     rabiator (n.) - a violent man (B)

     rabulism (n.) - tendency for railing and quibbling

     rackrent (n.) - exorbitant rent (B)

     rakehelly (adj.) - dissolute, debauched (B)

     ramfeezled (adj.) - worn out, exhausted (B)

     rammish (adj.) - lustful and horny (B)

     ranarium (n.) - frog farm (B)

     randle (n.) - a nonsensical poem recited by Irish schoolboys as
         an apology for farting at a friend

     rantallion (n.) - one whose scrotum is longer than his penis (B)

     rantipole (n.) - a wild, rambunctious young man (B)

     realpolitik - practical politics; euphemism for power politics

     rebarbative (adj.) - grim, unattractive, forbidding, repellent

     reboantic (adj.) - reverberating (B)

     recension (n.) - scholarly editorial revision (B)

     receptary (adj.) - accepted as fact but unproved (B)

     rectalgia (n.) - a pain in the ass (B)

     rectopathic (adj.) - easily hurt emotionally (B)

     rectrix (n.) - a female ruler (B)

     recubation (n.) - lying down (B)

     recumbentibus (n.) - a knockdown blow (B)

     recusant (adj.) - dissenting; disestablishmentarian (B)

     redargution (n.) - refutation or disproving (B)

     redhibition (n.) - the return of defective merchandise (B)

     redivivus (adj.) - living again; revived (B)

     refocillate (v.) - to warm into life again; revive (G)

     refragable (adj.) - capable of being refuted (B)

     refrangible (adj.) - capable of being refracted (B)

     refulgent (adj.) - radiant, brilliant, shining (B)

     reify - literally "to make a thing"; given definite, concrete
         form to something that is abstract

     remontado (n.) - someone who has fled to the mountains; a person
         who has renounced civilization (B)

     remplissage (n.) - filling or padding used in music and
         literature (see Piers Anthony) (B)

     remugient (adj.) - rebellowing; roaring or shouting anew (B)

     renable (adj.) - fluent, eloquent (B)

     renard (n.) - a fox; a sly or cunning person (B)

     renascible (adj.) - capable of being reborn (B)

     renifleur (n.) - one who gets sexual pleasure from body smells (B)

     renitent - resisting or opposing stubbornly; recalcitrant (G)

     repristinate (v.) - to revive; to restore (B)

     resipiscent (adj.) - restored to sanity; learned from
         experience (B)

     resupination (n.) - turning to an upside-down position (B)

     retrocopulation (n.) - woof (B)

     retromancy (n.) - fortunetelling by things seen over one's
         shoulder (B)

     retromingent (adj.) - urinating backward (B)

     retunded - to weaken or diminish the strength of effect of (G)

     rhabdophobia (n.) - fear of being punished or severely criticized (B)

     rhadamanthine - strictly and inflexibly honest and just (G)

     rhigosis (n.) - sensation of cold (B)

     rhonchisonant (adj.) - snorting; snoring (B)

     rhopalism (n.) - a sentence or poem i which each word is one syllable
         longer than its predecessor (B)

     rhyparography - the printing or painting of sordid and filty
         pictures (G)

     rhytiscopia (n.) - neurotic preoccupation with facial wrinkles (B)

     ribroasting (n.) - a sound beating; a thrashing (B)

     rictus (n.) - a very wide mouth; a gaping mouth, as in terror (B)

     risorial (adj.) - pertaining to, causing, or producing laughter (B)

     rixation (n.) - quarreling (B)

     rodomontade - arrogant boasting; pretentious blustering, ranting,
         or bragging (G)

     roil - vex; disturb; irritate; rile (G)

     roinous (adj.) - mean, nasty and contemptible (B)

     roitelet (n.) - a petty king (B)

     roman a clef (n.) - a novel whose characters are actual people
         thinly disguised (B)

     rubricism (n.) - tenacious adherence to rules of behavior or
         thought

     ructation (n.) - belching (B)

     rudesby (n.) - a loud-mouthed ill-mannered boor (B)

     rugose - having wrinkles (G)

     rumgumption (n.) - shrewdness (B)

     runcible (adj.) - sensuous (B)


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     sacerdotophrenia (n.) - clerical stagefright (B)

     saltimbanco (n.) - a mountebank, a quack (B)

     sanguisugent - bloodsucking; bloodthirsty (G)

     sapidity (n.) - flavorful; tastiness (B)

     saponaceous (adj.) - soapy, slippery; or evasively ingratiating (B)

     saprostomous (adj.) - having bad breath (B)

     sardanapalian - luxuriously effeminate (G)

     sardoodledum (n.) - stereotyped or unrealistic characterization
         in drama; staginess, melodrama (B)

     sarmassation (n.) - love play (B)

     sarmassophobe (n.) - a woman who dislikes love play (B)

     sarmassophobitch (n.) - a woman who dislikes love play with me (B)

     satisdiction (n.) - enough said (B)

     satispassion (n.) - satisfactory suffering, according to
         theologists (B)

     saturnalia - period of unrestrained license and orgiastic
         revelry (G)

     scacchic - pertaining to or like chess (G)

     scaldabanco (n.) - a hotheaded debator; a fiery preacher (B)

     scaphism (n.) - an old Persian method of executing criminals by
         covering them with honey and letting the sun and the insects
         finish the job (B)

     scaramouch (n.) - a cowardly buffoon (B)

     scaturient (adj.) - gushing forth; effusive (B)

     schadenfreude - a feeling of enjoyment derived from the misfortunes
         of others

     schesis (n.) - mocking another's accent or manner (B)

     schizothemia (n.) - digression by a long reminescence (B)

     schmaltz - something stickily sentimental, banal

     schoenabatist (n.) - a tightrope walker (B)

     sciamachy (n.) - fighting with a shadow, or with an imaginary
         enemy (B)

     sciapodous (adj.) - having very large feet (B)

     scibile (n.) - something knowable (B)

     sciolist - one who pretends to scholarship or knowledge

     sciotheism (n.) - the belief that disembodied spirits
         are effective in human affairs (B)

     scissile (adj.) - capable of being cut smoothly or split
         easily (B)

     scofflaw (n.) - one who scoffs at, hence, violates, the law,
         a term proposed during prohibition (B)

     scolecophagous (adj.) - eating worms (B)

     scolion (n.) - an impromptu party song begun by one and
         continued by others (B)

     scollardical (n.) - a derogatory term for a scholar (B)

     scopolagnia (n.) - the pleasure gained from voyeurism (B)

     scortation (n.) - fornication (B)

     scout - reject or dismiss scornfully; flout; scoff at (G)

     screed - a lengthy discourse, usually used to describe opinions
         expressed in an uncomplimentary way

     scribacious - given to or fond of writing (G)

     scrofulous - morally corrupt; degenerate (G)

     scungilaginous - of the semifluid gelatinous consistency of
         the male genitalia (G)

     sebastomania (n.) - religious insanity (B)

     sectary (n.) - a fanatic disciple (B)

     sedentarize - to take up, or cause to take up, a permanent
         residence after a life of nomadic wandering (G)

     sedulous (adj.) - diligent, persistent, persevering (B)

     seeksorrow (n.) - masochist (B)

     sententious - wordy, verbose, ponderously trite, excessively
         moralizing

     sequacious - given to the slavish or unreasoning serving or
         following of others (G)

     sermocination (n.) - a speaker quickly answering his own question (B)

     shaconian (n.) - someone convinced that Bacon ghosted Shakespeare's
         plays (B)

     shaftsbury (n.) - a gallon jug of wine (B)

     shamateur (n.) - a bogus tyro (B)

     shardborn (adj.) - born in dung (B)

     shilpit (adj.) - feeble, puny, worthless, insipid (B)

     sicarian (n.) - an assassin (B)

     sicchasia (n.) - nauseau (B)

     sicchosism (n.) - morbid fastidiousness (B)

     sibyllilne - oracular; prophetic; mysterious (G)

     siffilate - to whisper (G)

     simony - buying, selling, or otherwise making a profit from
         sacred or spiritual things (G)

     simper - to smile in a silly, self-conscious, or affected way;
         smirk (G)

     skibbile (adj.) - wonderfully witty; sexually irresistible (S)

     skibbalalia (n.) - the overwhelming desire to purchase an
         alcoholic beverage for someone skibbile (S)

     skoptsy (n.) - self-castration (B)

     skybald (n.) - a good-for-nothing; a worthless person, animal
         or thing (B)

     smatchet (n.) - a small, nasty person or a nasty child (B)

     smellfungus (n.) - a malcontent; a grumbler or fault-fidner (B)

     snafu (adj. & n.) - situation normal, all fucked up [also:
         fubar - fucked up beyond all recognition; fubb - fucked up
         beyond belief; fumtu - fucked up more than usual; janfu -
         joint Army and Navy fuck up; sapfu - surpassing all previous
         fuck ups; susfu - situation unchanged, still fucked up;
         tarfu - things are really fucked up]

     sneckdraw (n.) - a sly person (B)

     snollygoster - a clever, shrewd, but unscrupulous person (G)

     sockdolager (n.) - a telling blow (B)

     solatium (n.) - anything that compensates for suffering or loss;
         an additional allowance (B)

     solifidium (n.) - someone who believes that faith alone is sufficient
         for salvation (B)

     somniloquacious (adj.) - pertaining to talking in one's sleep (B)

     soodle - to walk, stroll, or saunter in a slow, leisurely
         manner (G)

     sophomania (n.) - delusion of exceptional intelligence (B)

     sophrosyne (n.) - sober, sensible, prudent and rational (B)

     sorbile (adj.) - drinkable (B)

     spadonism (n.) - enuchry (B)

     spaneria (n.) - scarcity of men (B)

     spanogyny (n.) - scarcity of woman (B)

     spatiate (v.) - to stroll or ramble (B)

     spatilomancy (n.) - fortunetelling by observing animal droppings (B)

     spatrify (v.) - to besmirch, befoul (B)

     spawling - a noisy clearing of the throat (G)

     speciesist - for many people, a test is permissible when it inflicts
         pain on a 'lower' animal like a hamster, but not when the
         victim is a dog

     spodogenous (adj.) - pertaining to or due to presence of
         waste matter (B)

     spoffokins (n.) - a whore pretending to be a wife (B)

     spousebreach (n.) - adultery (B)

     spraints (n.) - otter dung (B)

     spurcidical (adj.) - foul-mouthed (B)

     squidgereen (n.) - a short, insignificant person (B)

     stagorium - an establishment (bar or resort hotel) that serves as
         a meeting place for unmarrieds (G)
    
     stasivalence (n.) - ability to have sexual intercourse only
         while standing (B)

     steatopygous - pertaining to or characterized by protuberant
         buttocks; fat rumped (G)

     stercoricolous (adj.) - living in dung (B)

     sterculius (n.) - the god of feces (B)

     sternutation - the act of sneezing; a sneeze (G)

     stertorous - characterized by heavy snoring (G)

     sthenobulia (n.) - strong will power (B)

     stirious (adj.) - like an icicle (B)

     stomachous (adj.) - obstinate; angry (B)

     stoopgallant (adj.) - humbling; ego-destroying (B)

     strepitous - making a great clamor; noisy; boisterous (G)

     stricture - an adverse criticism or remark, censure

     stultiloquence - foolish or senseless talk; babble; twaddle (G)

     Sturm und Drang - a German romantic literary movement of the late
         18th century, the works of which typically depicted the impulsive
         man struggling against conventional society

     stygiophobia (n.) - fear of hell (B)

     stylite (n.) - ascetics who lived on top of pillars (B)

     suaviation (n.) - a love kiss (B)

     subagitation (n.) - copulation (B)

     subarrhation (n.) - betrothal accomplished by the man's showering
         presents on his incipient bride (B)

     subderisorious (adj.) - mildly ridiculing (B)

     subdititious (adj.) - secret substitution (B)

     subdolous (adj.) - rather crafty or sly (B)

     subintelligitur (n.) - a meaning implied but not stated (B)

     subsannation (n.) - derision (B)

     substaquilate (v.) - to defeat, overwhelm (B)

     supernaculum (n.) - a liquor drunk to the last drop; excellent
         booze (B)

     supervacaneous (adj.) - needlessly added (B)

     supinovalent (adj.) - able to fornicate only while supine (B)

     suppalpation (n.) - gaining affection by caressing (B)

     suspercollate (v.) - to hang by the neck (B)

     sybarite (n.) - someone overly fond of luxury and pleasure (B)


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     tachydidaxy (n.) - fast teaching (B)

     talionic (adj.) -pertaining to revenge in kind (B)

     tanquam (n.) - someone educated enough to go to college (B)

     taphephobia (n.) - fear of being buried alive (B)

     tardigrade (adj.) - slow-moving, sluggish (B)

     tartuffish (adj.) - pertaining to the pious hypocrisy of Tartuffe,
         the protagonist in Moliere's play by the same name

     tathagatagarbha (n.) - the eternal and absolute essence of all
         reality according to Buddhism (B)

     tauromachian (adj.) - pertaining to bullfights (B)

     tautegorical (adj.) - saying the same thing with different
         words, opposite of allegorical (B)

     tautoousious (adj.) - being absolutely the same (B)

     tegetology (n.) - collecting cardboard beer coasters

     teknonymy (n.) - naming the parent after the child (B)

     telestich (n.) - a poem in which the consecutive final letters
         of the lines spell a name (B)

     temerarious - reckless; heedless; rash (G)

     temulance (n.) - drunkenness (B)

     tendentious - promoting a particular view or tendency; hence,
         biased, not impartial
     
     tenebrific (adj.) - dark or obscure (B)

     tenesmic (adj.) - pertaining to a painful but ineffectual effort
         to urinate or defecate (B)

     tentiginous (adj.) - sensuous, lascivious (B)

     teratology (n.) - the study of monsters (B)

     tergiversation (n.) - abandoning a religion or cause (B), or
         the act or process of subterfuge or evasion

     testudineous (adj.) - slow, like a tortoise (B)

     tetricity (n.) - austerity, harshness, gloominess (B)

     thalassophobia (n.) - fear of the sea (B)

     thanatism (n.) - the belief in life before death, not after it (B)

     thaumaturgic - or or involving the supposed working of miracles;
         magic (G)

     theanthropism (n.) - attaching human traits to one's god (B)

     thelymachy (n.) - a war of women (B)

     thelyphthoric (adj.) - that which corrupts women (B)

     thersitical - loud and grossly abusive foulmouthed; scurrilous (G)

     thrasonical - given to or marked by boasting and bragging (G)

     threpterophilia (n.) - a fondness for female nurses (B)

     timonism (n.) - misanthropy (B)

     titivate - to make smart; spruce up (G)

     tonguepad (v.) - to scold (B)

     tralatitiously (adv.) - metaphorically; figuratively (B)

     transilient (adj.) - pertaining to abrupt changes (B]

     transmogrification - changes into grotesque or humorous forms
         or shapes

     transude - to pass or ooze through or out, as sweat through
         pores (G)

     trichoschisticism (n.) - hair-splitting in an argument;
         the making of overly fine points

     tripudiation (n.) - the act of dancing

     triskaidekaphobia - fear of the number 13 or Friday the 13th (G)

     triturate - to rub, grind, or otherwise crush into fine
         particles; pulverize; comminute (G)

     truckle - to show servility or subservience (G)

     truntlement - trumpery (A)

     tugmutton - a great glutton (A)

     tussicated - driven about; tormented (A)

     typomania (n.) - obsession with the expectation of publication

     tyromancy (n.) - fortunate telling by watching cheese as it
         coagulates

     tyrosemiophily (n.) - the collecting of Camembert cheese labels


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     uberous - fruitful (A)

     ulotrichous - having wooly or crisply curling hair (G)

     ultracrepidarian - going beyond one's own province; a person who
         does this, especially an ignorant or presumptuous critic (G)

     ululate - to howl or hoot; or to wail or lament loudly (G)

     unbosom - to disclose one's personal thoughts or feelings (G)


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     vade mecum - a favorite book carried everywhere (B)

     valetudinarianism - weak or sickly state; thinking only of
         one's illness (B)

     valorization - government price-fixing (B)

     vaniloquence - vain and foolish talk (B)

     vapulate - to beat, whip (B)

     varietist - an unorthodox person; or someone who practices
         unorthodox sex (B)

     variorum - pertaining to a literary classic annotated by
         sundry contemporaries (B)

     vastation - purification through fire (B)

     vecordious - senseless, insane, mad (B)

     velitation - a petty fight; a skirmish (B)

     velleity - slight or faint desire; inclination (B)

     vellicate - to pull at, off, or out with a sudden jerk; to
         pluck; or to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch (G)

     venery - the pursuit of sexual pleasure or indulgence

     ventoseness - windiness; flatulence (B)

     ventricumbent - lying face down; prone (B)

     ventripotent - fat-bellied; gluttonous (B)

     verbigeration - senseless reiteration of cliches (B)

     verbophobia - fear and dislike of words (B)

     verecund - bashful; modest (B)

     veriloquent - speaking truthfully (B)

     verism - the theory that ugliness is valid in art and literature
         as long as it's true (B)

     vernalagnia - spring fever (B)

     vesticate - to blister (G)

     vestryism (n.) - selfishness and parochialism said to be
         characteristic of rural parishioners

     viaggiatory - on the move; traveling around (B)

     vicissitudinary - pertaining to change, alteration, mutation (B)

     vigesimation - killing every twentieth person (B)

     vilipend - to belittle, to disparage (B)

     viparious - life-renewing (B)

     virago - a scold, a shrew, a termagent

     vitilitigate - to be particularly quarrelsome (B)

     vivisepulture - live burial (B)

     volitient - exercising free will (B)

     vomituration - retching, ineffectual vomiting, dry heaves (B)

     vulpinism (n.) - the quality of being foxlike, esp. crafty or
          cunning


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     waghalter - a rogue, rascal or knave (B)

     wamble - to fell nauseous; or to move unsteadily, to stagger;
         to writhe or shake (B)

     wampus - a stupid, dull, loutish clod (B)

     wantwit - a fool (B)

     Weltanschauung - a comprehensive world view, especially from
         a specified standpoint

     Weltschmerz - sadness over the evils of the world, especially as
         an expression of romantic pessimism

     wergild - money paid by the killer's family to the family of
         the victim to avert a blood feud (B)

     withernam - taking one thing as reprisal for something else taken
         previously (B)

     witzelsucht - emotional state characterized by futile attempts
         at humor (B)

     wowser - a pecksniffian puritan (B)


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     xenagogue - a guide (B)

     xenagogy - a guidebook (B)

     xenapistia - extreme distrust of strangers (B)
 
     xenoepist - someone who speaks with a foreign accent (B)

     xenomancy - fortunetelling by studying the first stranger
         that appears (B)

     xeronisus - inability to reach orgasm (B)

     xylophobia - fear of wooden objects; fear of forests (B)

     xyresic - razor sharp (B)


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     yarmouth - insane (B)

     ydromancy - fortunetelling with water (B)


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     zeitgeist - the general intellectual, moral and cultural level
         of an era (B)

     zetetic - asking; questioning (B)

     zoanthropy - insanity in which a patient believes he's an animal (B)

     zoetic - pertaining to life (B)

     zoilism - nagging criticism (B)

     zonesthesia - the feeling of wearing a tight girdle (B)

     zooerastia - sexual intercourse with an animal (B)

     zygal - H-shaped (B)

     zygomancy - fortune telling with weights (B)


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