• Rerum novarum cupidus, always eager for new things.
  • Pro captu lectoris habent sua fata libelli (literally, “According to the capabilities of the reader, books have their destiny”)
  • causa sui - cause of itself
  • in medias res - in the middle of things / in the action
  • respice finem - consider the end ; live so that your life will be approved after your death
  • comme il faut - as it should be

  • antinomy - real or apparent incompatibility of two laws
  • anodyne - serving to relieve pain, not likely to offend or arouse tension; intended to avoid offence or disagreement by not expressing strong opinion
  • anaclitic; strong emotional depemdence on group
  • pellucid - admitting maximum passage of light without diffusion or distortion
  • anastrophe - the inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.
  • quotidian - occuring daily - or mundane (I think this is a David Foster Wallace joke. He seems to be fond of the word, and it has another meaning in a medical context, i.e. denoting the malignant form of malaria!)
  • truculent - spoiling for a fight (cool because it’s so averse to the similar ‘truce’, though they have different derivations)
  • apposite - apt or close in concept (or physical space sometimes)
  • inveigle: To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk
  • obsequious: obedient to a servile degree
  • timorous: characterised by timidity or nervousness
  • moiety - one of two equal parts into which a thing can be divided
  • coeval - having the same age or date of origin; contemporary. (not quite as nice as contemporaneous)
  • adjure - to urge someone, solemnly or earnestly
  • sophistry - the use of clever but false arguments; intellectual dishonesty. Makes Plato mad
  • abjure: to renounce, repudiate, or retract, especially with formal solemnity
  • knavery: lacking of honesty
  • ineluctable - unavoidable
  • syncretic - reconcilatory
  • aver - state or assert to be the case
  • atrabilious - easily angered as if suffering
  • calumniate - make false and defamatory statements about. use as an adjective for special, if technically incorrect, effects
  • serendipity - luck that takes the form of finding nice or valuable things
  • antediluvian - before the biblical flood
  • splenetic - of foul mood
  • interregnum - interstice between governments, institutions of social order etc
  • vicissitude - the quality or state of being changeable
  • denouement - final resolution/clarification
  • voluble - talking fluently, readily or incessantly (best when used in voluminous form)
  • avuncular - in a manner kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person
  • adroit - clever, skillful
  • auspice - a divine or prophetic token
  • specious - superficially plausible, wrong
  • perfidy - state of being deceitful or untrustworthy
  • casuistic - in a manner of causation
  • bildungsroman - coming of age/maturation story
  • itinerant
  • diffidence - modesty or shyness
  • demur - raise objection/reluctance
  • supercilious - haughty disdain
  • sojourn (reside temporarily)
  • propitious: Presenting favorable circumstances
  • evanescent: Vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor..
  • simulacrum - representation, image or imitation of a thing
  • unequivocal - clear, unambiguous
  • despot - tyrant
  • anachronistic - suitable to the period
  • protracted - longer than expected or usual
  • anathema - something that someone greatly dislikes or hates
  • contretemps: An unforeseen event that disrupts the normal course of things; an inopportune occurrence
  • ingress: to enter
  • implacable: unable to placify
  • nictitating: winking, blinking
  • declamation: A recitation delivered as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution
  • intercession: Entreaty in favor of another, especially a prayer or petition to God in behalf of another.
  • fecundity: The quality or power of producing abundantly; fruitfulness or fertility
  • guileful: Full of guile; deceitfully or treacherously cunning
  • verisimilitude: The quality of appearing to be true or real.
  • effluvium: A usually invisible emanation or exhalation, as of vapor or gas.
  • sedition: Conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of a state..
  • egalitarian: for equality
  • inure: To habituate to something undesirable
  • erudition: Deep, extensive learning.
  • excoriate: To tear or wear off the skin of; abrade
  • torpid: Deprived of the power of motion or feeling
  • prefatory: Of, relating to, or constituting a preface
  • grandiloquent: overly wordy, pompous, flowery, or elaborate
  • peremptory: Putting an end to all debate or action
  • cadre: A nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained
  • morphogenesis: Formation of the structure of an organism or part; differentiation and growth of tissues and organs during development..
  • mawkish: Excessively and objectionably sentimental
  • gloaming: Twilight; dusk
  • reverie: A state of abstracted musing
  • anaclitic: Denoting a person whose choice of love-interest arises from the dependence of the libido on another instinct (e.g. hunger)..
  • desultory: Having no set plan; haphazard or random
  • quorum: The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority, who must be present for valid transaction of business..
  • rictus: The expanse of an open mouth, a bird’s beak, or similar structure
  • churlish: Of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar
  • stolid: Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility
  • consternation: A state of paralyzing dismay
  • languorous: lacking energy, spirit, liveliness or vitality
  • exorable: Capable of being moved or persuaded
  • viscera: The soft internal organs of the body
  • incongruous: Lacking in harmony; incompatible
  • inchoate: In an initial or early stage; incipient
  • ersatz: Being an imitation or a substitute, usually an inferior one; artificial
  • sinecure: a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
  • salubrious: Conducive or favorable to health or well-being
  • benediction: A blessing
  • exudation: The act or an instance of oozing forth
  • edifice: A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size
  • ken: Perception; understanding: complex issues well beyond our ken
  • mephitic: Of, relating to, or resembling mephitis; poisonous or foul-smelling.
  • hermetic: Completely sealed, especially against the escape or entry of air..
  • atavist: A genetic characteristic emerging after absence from several generations..
  • unctuous: Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness
  • detumesce: To leave the erect, sexually aroused state
  • louche: Of questionable taste or morality; decadent
  • erumpent: Bursting through or as if through a surface or covering..
  • thespian: Of or relating to drama; dramatic: thespian talents.
  • abrogated: dissolved
  • epitasis: the main act of a greek play (freytag’s pyramid equiv would be climax i suppose)
  • obverse: Facing or turned toward the observer: the obverse side of a statue.
  • circumspect: Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent
  • rapacious: Taking by force; plundering..
  • lissome: Easily bent; supple..
  • brady-: as in phenia (thinking) or phrenic, cardia, lexia (reading)
  • dictum: An authoritative, often formal pronouncement:
  • prescience: Knowledge of actions or events before they occur
  • deft: Quick and skillful; adroit.
  • coruscate: To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter:
  • miscegenation: The interbreeding of different races or of persons of different racial backgrounds..
  • assiduous: Constant in application or attention; diligent
  • nascent: Coming into existence; emerging
  • mythopoeic
  • ephebic: youthful.
  • sobriquet: An affectionate or humorous nickname..
  • fantod: unease or unrease unease or unrease unease or unrease
  • redound: To have an effect or consequence: deeds that redound to one’s discredit.
  • perennial: Lasting or active through the year or through many years..
  • hirsute: Covered with hair; hairy..
  • propitiate: To conciliate (an offended power); appease: propitiate the gods with a sacrifice.
  • aperture: An opening, such as a hole,
  • prandial: Of or relating to a meal..
  • insipid: empty/flavourless
  • convolve: roll together
  • libation: The pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual..
  • syncretism: Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
  • convalesce: To return to health and strength after illness
  • extramural: Occurring or situated outside of the walls or boundaries, as of a community:
  • “sometimes words that seem to express really invoke”
  • lacuna: An empty space or a missing part; a gap: “self-centered in opinion, with curious lacunae of astounding ignorance”
  • strabismic: Afflicted with, or pertaining to, strabismus..
  • appellate: Having the power to hear court appeals and to review court decisions..
  • immanent: inherent
  • climacteric - critical period or juncture
  • educe - bring out / infer
  • demotic - colloquial / of or pertaining to common people or practice
  • encomia - high praise
  • extemporize: improvise
  • enervating - to deprive of force or strength
  • argot - jaargon
  • docent - teacher or lecturer
  • platitude
  • nebulous
  • breviloquent: see: grandiloquent (opp.)
  • putative - generally considered to be
  • interdict - prohibit
  • cognates - words with a similar etymological origin (singular, of a similar nature or origin)
  • atavistic - of or pertaining to something ancient
  • exegesis: Critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
  • preterite - past action or state
  • celerity - swiftness of movement
  • denuded - deprived of something important
  • panoply - impressive or extensive collexion
  • soporific - tending to or causing sleep
  • lurid - uncouthly bright
  • assuasive - soothing
  • lapidary - relating to engraving, cutting, or polishing stones or gems
  • sybaritic - characterized by or loving luxury or sensuous pleasure
  • piacular - making or requiring atonement
  • cachet - unique quality
  • occlude - stop, close up, or obstruct
  • deictic - relating to or denoting a word or expression whose meaning is dependent on the context in which it is used (such as here, you, me, that one there, or next Tuesday ).
  • antecedent - a thing that existed before or logically precedes another.
  • protasis - the clause expressing the condition in a conditional sentence ( if you asked me in if you asked me I would agree )
  • aptronym
  • perennial - available all year around
  • imbricate - arrange such that they overlap (adjacent edges overlapping)
  • mien - air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character
  • otiose - superfluous
  • confabulation (verb: confabulate) is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted, or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive
  • conflation - blend, fusion; merging two or more ideas into one (perhaps with an erroneous connotation)
  • obdurate - unwilling to change opinion or decided course of action
  • vituperation - bitter or abusive language
  • obtrusive - noticeable in an intrusive or undesirable way