1. A burden, impediment, or hindrance.
2. A lien, mortgage, or other financial claim against a property.
1. Given to or characterized by the use of long words.
2. Long and ponderous; having many syllables.
1. A long word.
Springing or rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.
One who fights with the fists; especially, a professional prize fighter; a boxer.
1. The condition or quality of being doubtful or skeptical.
2. A matter of doubt.
1. Incapable of being expressed in words; unspeakable; unutterable; indescribable.
2. Not to be uttered; taboo.
Hungry; voracious; greedy.
1. A harsh settlement unilaterally imposed on a defeated party.
2. An authoritative decree or order.
1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
2. Concerned with obscure subject matter.
A person who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.
|15 Oct||sine qua non|
- An essential condition or element; an indispensable thing.
A connoisseur of good food and drink.
1. Full in all respects; complete; absolute; as, plenary authority.
2. Fully attended by all qualified members.
Power; force; energy; spirit; activity; vigor.
- The name, in Scotland, for New Year's Eve, on which children go about singing and asking for gifts; also, a gift, cake, or treat given on New Year's Eve.
- 1. A profit or benefit in addition to a salary or wages.
2. Broadly: The benefits of a position or office.
3. A gratuity or tip for services performed.
4. Anything to which someone has or claims the sole right.
- 1. The essence, nature, or distinctive peculiarity of a thing.
2. A hairsplitting distinction; a trifling point; a quibble.
3. An eccentricity; an odd feature.
- 1. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
2. That which serves to guide or direct.
3. [Capitalized]. The northern constellation Ursa Minor, which contains the North Star; also, the North Star itself.
- Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.
- 1. The act of conferring a benefit.
2. A benefit conferred; especially, a charitable donation.
- Merrymaking; festivity; revelry.
- 1. The region of the air; the sky; the heavens.
2. The field or sphere of an interest or activity.
- Making a loud outcry; clamorous; noisy.
- 1. Apt to find fault; habitually complaining.
2. Expressing complaint; fretful; whining.
- A fellow member of a fraternity or profession; a colleague; a comrade; an intimate associate.
- Persons knowledgeable about computers and technology.
|29 Sep||sub rosa|
- 1. Secretly; privately; confidentially.
1. Designed to be secret or confidential; secretive; private.
- 1. Excessive pride in one's achievements, abilities, qualities, etc.
2. Vain display.
- Free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.
- 1. A knight-errant; a distinguished champion of a medieval king or prince; as, the paladins of Charlemagne.
2. A champion of a cause.
- 1. The thick shell that covers the back of the turtle, the crab, and other animals.
2. Something likened to a shell that serves to protect or isolate from external influence.
- In grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word, now generally done for humorous effect; for example, "what place soever" instead of "whatsoever place," or "abso-bloody-lutely."
- 1. Giving promise of success, prosperity, or happiness; predicting good; as, "an auspicious beginning."
2. Prosperous; fortunate; as, "auspicious years."
- 1. To make accustomed or used to something painful, difficult, or inconvenient; to harden; to habituate; as, "inured to drudgery and distress.
1. To pass into use; to take or have effect; to be applied; to serve to the use or benefit of; as, a gift of lands inures to the heirs.
- 1. A person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites; a sensualist.
1. Voluptuous; luxurious.
- 1. Of or pertaining to woods or forest regions.
2. Living or located in a wood or forest.
3. Abounding in forests or trees; wooded.
1. A fabled deity or spirit of the woods.
2. One that lives in or frequents the woods or forest; a rustic.
- 1. Constant in application or attention; devoted; attentive.
2. Performed with constant diligence or attention; unremitting; persistent; as, "assiduous labor."
- Excessive talkativeness or wordiness.
- 1. Dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
2. A plume or bunch of feathers, esp. such a bunch worn on the helmet; any military plume, or ornamental group of feathers.
- 1. A socially awkward or tactless act.
2. Lack of tact; boorishness; awkwardness.
- 1. Acute vexation, annoyance, or embarrassment, arising from disappointment or failure.
1. To unsettle or vex by disappointment or humiliation; to mortify.
- Living again; brought back to life; revived; restored.
- 1. In the open air; outdoors.
1. Taking place or located in the open air; outdoor.
- 1. To entice by soft words or flattery; to coax.
2. To gain or get by flattery or guile.
1. To flatter; to use soft words.
- Lack of vitality or energy; weariness; listlessness.
- One who is curious to know everything that passes; one who knows or pretends to know all that is going on; a gossip; a busybody.
- 1. An encampment for the night, usually under little or no shelter.
1. To encamp for the night, usually under little or no shelter.