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List Of Unusual Words Beginning With C

caballine

of, like or pertaining to or suited to a horse

cabas

woman’s work basket or handbag

cabasset

light iron helmet

cable

heavy rope or chain for mooring a ship

caboched

heraldic animal shown in full face with no neck or body

cabochon

highly polished convex gem

caboose

kitchen on the deck of a ship

cabotage

shipping and sailing between points in the same country

cabré

flying upside down with tail down

cabrilla

Atlantic sea bass

cabriole

curved furniture leg ending in a ball; exuberant dance or caper

cabriolet

two-wheeled carriage

cacaesthesia

morbid sensation

cachaemic

having diseased or poisoned blood

cachalot

large whale with teeth in the lower jaw

cachepot

ornamental container used to conceal a flowerpot

cachet

a seal of approval; a mark of prestige

cachexic

having an unhealthy physical or mental state

cachinnate

to laugh loudly and inappropriately

cacidrosis

smelly sweat

cack

rubbish; worthless nonsense

cacodemomania

pathological belief that one is inhabited by an evil spirit

cacodoxy

bad doctrine or wrong opinion

cacoepy

poor or wrong pronunciation

cacoethes

insatiable desire or mania; bad habit

cacogen

antisocial person

cacogenics

study of racial degeneration

cacography

bad handwriting or spelling

cacolet

military mule litter

cacology

bad choice of words or faulty pronunciation

cacomistle

raccoon-like animal of the American southwest

caconym

wrongly derived name

cacotopia

a state in which everything is as bad as it can be

cacuminal

retroflex, pertaining to a point, crown, top or peak

cadastre

record of ownership and value of property

cadge

to beg or sponge from another

cadilesker

chief judge in the Turkish empire

cadrans

instrument by which a gem is adjusted while being cut

caducary

passing or expiring due to lapse or forfeit

caduceator

herald; messenger

caducity

being of a transitory or impermanent nature

caenogenesis

process of growth in individual not common in its species

caesaropapism

control of the church by a secular ruler

caesious

bluish or greyish green

caespitose

growing in clusters or tufts

caesura

natural breathing space in a line of verse

caesura

vertical line in a text used to indicate a pause or prosodic break

cafard

depression; the blues

cagamosis

unhappy marriage

cagoule

lightweight waterproof hooded garment

caiman

small alligator-like reptile

cairngorm

yellow-brown quartz

caisson

vehicle or chest for holding ammunition

caitiff

base; cowardly; despicable

cakewalk

prancing stage dance with backward tilt

calamanco

satin twilled woollen fabric

calamist

piper; one who plays using a reed

calamus

quill or reed used as a pen

calando

slowing with gradually lowering volume

calandra

thick-bodied Mediterranean lark

calash

light low-wheeled carriage with folding top

calathiform

cup-shaped

calathus

fruit basket carried on the head

calcar

furnace or oven for annealing

calcariferous

having or bearing spurs

calcariform

spur-shaped

calceiform

shaped like a slipper

calciferous

bearing lime

calciform

pebble-shaped

calcifuge

plant that will not tolerate limy soil

calcimine

to whitewash

calcine

to burn so as to drive out water and carbon dioxide

calcivorous

feeding on or living in limestone

calcographer

one who draws with crayons or pastels

calefacient

warming; anything that warms

calefactory

a monastery sitting room

calender

machine with rollers which presses paper or cloth

calenture

tropical fever due to heat exposure

calesa

small two-wheeled horse-drawn buggy

calescence

increase in heat

calico

plain white cotton

calicular

like a chalice or cup

caliginous

misty; dark; dim; obscure

caliology

study of bird’s nests

calipace

turtle’s carapace

calk

pointed piece on a horseshoe to prevent slipping

calligram

design using the letters of a word

callipygous

having beautiful buttocks

callisteia

awards given for beauty

callithump

boisterous and noisy parade

callow

unfledged; inexperienced

calodemon

good or beneficial spirit

calorifacient

producing or generating heat

calorifics

study of heat

calorimeter

instrument for measuring absorbed or evolved heat

calotte

Roman Catholic skullcap

calque

word or expression introduced into a language by literally translating it

calumet

ornamented ceremonial pipe

calumniate

to slander; misrepresent; besmirch

calumny

vile misrepresentation

calvary

experience of intense mental suffering

calver

to prepare fish while alive or freshly caught

calycine

of, like or pertaining to a cup or calyx

calyx

outer covering of a flower

camaca

fine silk fabric

camaïeu

monotonous or uninteresting play or literary work

camail

chainmail armour for the neck and shoulders

camarilla

secret society of favourites of the king

camber

slight arch or convexity to a beam or deck of a ship

cambist

person skilled in the science of financial exchange

cambistry

science of international exchange

cambium

soft tissue found in trees

cambresine

fine linen fabric

cambric

fine thin white cotton or linen fabric

cameline

of, like or pertaining to camels

camelious

jocular term describing camel’s hump

camelot

newspaper vendor

camelry

troops mounted on camels

cameralism

mercantilism designed to increase a ruler’s power

camerated

divided into separate chambers

cameriere

waiter or valet

camerlengo

papal treasurer

camisole

straitjacket used for unruly prisoners

camlet

strong waterproof silk or wool fabric

camorra

group united for nefarious or traitorous ends

camouflet

mine used to destroy underground enemy emplacement

campagnol

short-tailed field mouse

campaniform

bell-shaped

campanile

freestanding bell tower on church property

campanology

the art of bell ringing

campanulate

shaped like a bell

campestral

of, like or pertaining to the country; pertaining to level ground

camsteary

perverse; unruly

canaille

riffraff; proletarian; the mob; rabble

canaliculate

grooved or channelled lengthwise

canard

false rumour; hoax

canary

lively Renaissance courtly dance

cancellarial

of, like or pertaining to a chancellor

cancellous

having a porous structure

cancerophobia

fear of cancer

cancriform

shaped like a crab

cancrine

of, like or pertaining to crabs; palindromic

cancrizans

moving backwards; repeating a musical theme backwards

candela

unit of luminous intensity

candent

heated to whiteness

candescent

glowing hotly

canephor

sculpted figure carrying a basket on the head

canescent

hoary; tending to become white or grey

caneva

fancy woollen fabric made to resemble canvas

canezou

woman’s garment like a blouse

cang

wooden yoke hung around a criminal’s neck

canicide

killer of a dog

canicular

of, like or pertaining to the dog star

canities

whiteness of the hair

cannel

bevel on the edge of a chisel

cannelure

groove or fluting

cannikin

small can or drinking vessel

cannonade

an attack with heavy artillery

cannonarchy

government by superior firepower or by cannons

cannular

hollow or tube-shaped

canoness

woman living in a community under a religious rule

canonicate

the rank or office of a cannon

canophilia

love or fondness for dogs

canopus

vase for holding dead individual’s inner organs

canorous

musical; singing; resonant

canque

Chinese cotton fabric

cantabank

strolling singer; second-rate musician

cantative

of, like or pertaining to singing

cantatrice

female singer

canter

person who makes hypocritical or affected statements

canterbury

stand with divisions for holding books or music

canthus

angle between eyelids at the corner of the eye

canticle

short holy song or sung prayer

cantillate

to chant or intone

cantle

corner, edge or slice of anything

canton

dexter chief region of a heraldic field

cantonment

small military town

cantorial

located on the north side of the choir in a church

canzone

instrumental work that is melodious or song-like

caparison

ornamented covering for a horse

caparison

armour for a horse

capeline

surgical bandage for the stump of amputated limb; small iron skullcap

capelocracy

government by shopkeepers

capias

writ authorizing the arrest of a person

capillaceous

hairlike

capilotade

stewed meat dish

capitalism

doctrine that private ownership and free markets should govern economies

capitation

numbering of individuals; head tax

capitulary

of, like or pertaining to a chapter of an organization

capnomancy

divination by means of smoke

caponier

covered passage across a moat or ditch

capreolate

having or resembling tentacles

capric

having a goatlike smell; of, like or pertaining to goats

caprifoliaceous

of, like or pertaining to the honeysuckle plant

caprine

of, like or pertaining to goats

capriole

leap and kick performed by a trained horse

capruncle

earthen vessel

capstan

upright device for winding in heavy ropes or cables

captation

attempt to obtain applause or recognition

captious

peevish; ready to take offence or find fault

capuchin

pointed hooded cloak worn by friars

capybara

tailless aquatic rodent of South America

caracal

long-legged nocturnal cat of African and Asian savannahs with long ears

caracara

long-legged South American falcon

caracole

spiral staircase; a half turn by a trained horse

caravanserai

inn or rest station for caravans

carboniferous

bearing carbon

carboy

large green bottle encased in wicker

carbuncle

architectural monstrosity or eyesore; red precious stone

carcanet

ornamental necklace, collar or headband

carceral

of, like or pertaining to prisons

carcinology

study of crabs and other crustaceans

cardimelech

supposed vital force causing heart to work

cardinal

deep scarlet red colour

cardinalitial

of, like or pertaining to church cardinals

cardiognost

one who knows the workings of the heart

cardiograph

instrument for recording movements of the heart

cardophagus

donkey; something that eats thistles

careen

to turn a ship on its side in order to clean or repair it

caret

mark used to note an omission

carfax

carferal

compound of carbon, iron and aluminum

caricology

study of sedges

caricous

of, like or pertaining to figs

carillon

set of bells of different sizes

carinated

shaped like the prow or keel of a ship

cariniform

keel-shaped

carioca

variation of the samba

cariogenic

causing dental cavities

cariole

light open carriage

carious

of, like or pertaining to dental cavities; decayed

caritative

generous; charitable

caritive

indicating lack of something

carking

imposing great hardship or strain

carminative

expelling, causing or relieving flatulence

carnaptious

bad-tempered; cantankerous

carnassial

specially adapted for eating flesh

carneous

fleshy; flesh-coloured; like or pertaining to flesh

carnet

customs or other permit; book of coupons

carniferous

bearing flesh; fleshy

carnification

conversion into flesh

carnificial

of, like or pertaining to butchers or executioners

carnificine

place of execution; office of the executioner

carnose

fleshy; of or like flesh

caroche

stately carriage used on ceremonial occasions

carpal

of, like or pertaining to the wrist

carphology

fitful plucking movements as in delirium

carpogenous

producing or bearing fruit

carpology

study of fruit

carpophagous

fruit-eating

carriwitchet

a quip or quibble; a pun; a conundrum

carronade

short and light maritime cannon

cartiliginous

like or composed of cartilage

cartomancy

telling fortunes using playing cards

cartophily

the hobby of collecting cigarette cards

cartouche

oval- or scroll-shaped ornamentation on monument or tomb

cartulary

keeper of monastic records

carucate

as much land as a team of oxen ploughs in a season

caruncle

any fleshy growth on the body

caryatid

column shaped like female figure

cascabel

part behind the base-ring of a cannon

caschrom

spade with bent handle for tilling soil

casefy

to become or make cheese-like

casemate

bombproof chamber or armored compartment

casern

barrack or billet for soldiers

cashmere

soft twilled fabric made of fine goat’s wool

cashmerette

soft imitation of cashmere

casquet

light open-faced helmet

casquetel

light steel helmet with no visor

cassation

annulment; overthrow of legal decision

cassideous

helmet-shaped

cassimere

closely woven twilled cloth of fine wool

cassock

close-fitting ankle-length clergyman’s garment

cassowary

large flightless Melanesian bird

castaneous

chestnut-coloured

castellan

governor of castle or fortification

castellar

of, like or pertaining to a castle

castellated

having battlements or turrets

castophrenia

belief that one’s thoughts are being stolen

castory

brown colour; brown dye derived from beaver pelts

castral

of or belonging to the camp

castrametation

the art of designing a camp

casualism

the belief that chance governs all things

casuistry

plausible but flawed moral reasoning

catabaptism

belief in the wrongness of infant baptism

catabasis

the decline of a disease in a population

catachresis

incorrect usage of a word

catachthonian

underground; subterranean

cataclasm

disruption; breaking down

catacoustics

science of echoes or reflected sounds

catadioptric

employing both reflection and refraction of light

catadromous

migrating from fresh to salt water to spawn

catafalque

temporary tomb used in funerals and processions

catalactic

of, like or pertaining to exchange

catalactics

science of commercial exchange

catalectic

incomplete; missing final syllable

catamite

boy kept for homosexual purposes

catamount

any wild species of mountain lion or large cat

catapedamania

obsession with jumping from high places

cataphract

suit of mail; soldier in full armour; armoured ship

cataphysical

unnatural

cataplasm

plaster or poultice

cataplexy

condition feigning death used by animals

catarolysis

letting off steam by cursing

catarrhine

of, like or pertaining to Old World Monkeys

catasta

scaffold or stage for torture or selling slaves

catastaltic

astringent

catastasis

introductory part of speech where narrator introduces subject

catastasis

part of drama with highest action; climax

catastrophism

belief in rapid geological and biological change

catchpole

constable; sheriff’s officer

catechectics

the art of teaching by question and answer

catechumen

one undergoing instruction prior to conversion to Christianity

catena

series, chain or sequence

catenarian

of, like or pertaining to chains

catenate

to connect as in or by a chain

cateran

a Scottish military irregular or brigand

cathead

projection near the bow of a ship to which anchor is secured

cathedra

chair or throne of office for a bishop or other high official

cathetometer

instrument for measuring short vertical distances

cathexis

investment of emotional energy in a thought or idea

cathisma

short hymn used as response

cathisophobia

fear of sitting

catholicon

cure-all; panacea

catholicos

primate of Armenian or Nestorian church

catogenic

formed from above

catoptric

of, like or pertaining to reflection or reflected light

catoptromancy

divination by examining mirror placed underwater

caudal

of, like or pertaining to the tail

caudiform

tail-like; tail-shaped

caudle

warm drink given to the sick

caul

net or similar covering for the head; afterbirth

cauliform

shaped like or resembling a stem

cauligenous

originating on the stem of a plant

caulotaxy

disposition and location of branches on a stem

cauponate

to engage in questionable trade for the sake of gain

causative

indicating causation by

causerie

chat or gossip; short and informal essay

causidical

of, like or pertaining to those who plead legal cases

causimancy

divination by means of fire

cautelous

treacherous; cunning; wily; cautious

cavaquinho

four-stringed Brazilian ukulele

cavatina

short operatic air

cavernicolous

cave-dwelling

caverniloquy

cavernous voice of a patient heard over a patient’s lung cavity

cavernulous

full of small cavities or holes

cavesson

noseband for a horse

cavicorn

hollow-horned

cavil

to raise trivial and frivolous objections

cebocephalic

having a head shaped like a monkey’s

cecils

minced meat made into balls and fried

cecutiency

a tendency toward blindness

cedilla

mark placed under letter c to indicate pronunciation as s

ceilometer

instrument for measuring height of cloud ceiling above earth

celadon

pale green; pale green glazed pottery

celesta

keyboard instrument with hammers that strike on steel plates

celidography

descriptions of markings on the sun, a planet or moon

cella

inner chamber of a classical temple

cellarer

monastery official in charge of provisions

cellaret

case or drawer for holding wine bottles

celliferous

bearing cells

celluliferous

bearing little cells

celt

prehistoric bevelled-edge axe

celtuce

lettuce with an edible stalk

cementatory

having the quality of binding or uniting firmly

cementum

hard tissue covering roots of teeth

cenacle

meeting or dining room; group with common interests

cenacle

room where the Last Supper was eaten

cenatory

of, like or pertaining to supper

cendal

silk fabric resembling taffeta

ceneromancy

divination using ashes

cenobite

monk; member of religious group

cenoby

monastery or convent

cenophobia

fear of empty spaces

cenote

deep natural well

censer

vessel for burning incense in religious rituals

centesimal

counting or counted by hundreds or hundredths

centiloquy

work consisting of one hundred aphorisms, attributed to Ptolemy

centner

old unit of weight equal to about 110 pounds

cento

patchwork composition; collection of short quotations

centrobaric

of, like or pertaining to the centre of gravity

cep

brown edible mushroom

cepaceous

smelling or tasting of garlic or onion

cephalate

having a head

cephaligation

placing of major organs and bodily functions in the head

cephalonomancy

divination by boiling an ass head

cephalophore

decapitated saint depicted with head tucked under arm

cephalopod

creature with tentacles or limbs attached to head

cepivorous

onion-eating

ceraceous

resembling wax

ceramography

historical description of types of pottery

cerated

covered with wax

ceratoid

shaped like a horn; horny

ceraunograph

instrument for recording thunder and lightning

ceraunomancy

divination using thunderbolts

ceraunoscopy

divination using lightning

cerberic

vigilant; dragon-like; like Cerberus

cercopithecan

of, like or pertaining to long-tailed monkeys

cercus

tail-like appendage

cerebration

unconscious action of the brain

cerements

clothes placed on a deceased individual

cerge

large wax candle burned before the altar

ceriferous

producing wax

cerise

bright reddish-pink

cernuous

drooping or hanging

cerography

writing or printing on plates spread with wax

ceromancy

divination by means of wax drippings

ceroscopy

divination using wax

certes

in truth; certainly

cerulean

sky-blue; dark blue

ceruminiferous

bearing or yielding ear wax

cervelat

short bassoon-like instrument

cervelat

smoked pork sausage

cervelliere

steel cap worn under a great helm

cervicide

killing of a deer

cervicorn

branching like antlers

cervine

of, pertaining to or resembling deer, elk or moose

cervisial

of, like or pertaining or pertaining to beer

cespitous

composed of or resembling turf

cessionary

someone to which something is ceded

cetacean

type of aquatic mammal, including whales and dolphins

cete

collective name for a group of badgers

ceticide

killing of whales and other cetaceans

cetology

study of whales and dolphins

cevesaile

ornamental corner of a coat

chaconne

Spanish baroque dance in triple time

chad

bits of paper punched out of paper tape or cards

chaetiferous

bearing bristles; bristly

chaetophorous

in need of a shave

chaffer

to bargain or haggle

chain

unit of length equal to 22 yards

chaise

light open carriage for one or two people

chalcography

the art of engraving on copper or brass

chalcotriptics

art of taking rubbings from ornamental brasses

chaldron

old unit of dry volume equal to between 32 and 72 bushels

challis

soft lightweight silk, wool or cotton fabric

chalypsography

art of engraving on steel

chambranle

decoration around a door frame or fireplace

chambray

lightweight fabric with coloured warp and white filling

chambré

wine kept at room temperature

chamfer

to channel or make furrows upon; to bevel

chamfrain

piece of leather to protect a war horse’s face

chamois

cotton fabric made in imitation of chamois leather

chamois

goatlike antelope of mountainous regions of Europe

champaign

level countryside or plain

champerty

illegal contract to finance a lawsuit for a percentage fee

chancel

part of church containing altar and seats for choir

chancery

church office dealing with legal matters and archives

chandelle

sharp upward turn in aviation

chantage

blackmail to prevent exposure of scandalous facts

chanter

part of bagpipes on which the melody is played

chantry

chapel or altar built for prayers for its benefactor’s soul

chaology

the study of chaos or chaos theory

chaomancy

divination by examining phenomena of the air

chapbook

small independently produced popular book

chaplet

chaptalize

to add extra sugar to wine to raise alcohol content

charabanc

open tourist coach

characterology

study of development of character

charientism

expression of an unpleasant thing in an agreeable manner; euphemism

charivari

cacophonous mock-serenade performed for wedding

chark

to burn wood to charcoal

Charleston

fast-paced 1920s dance characterized by energetic kicking

charmante

silk fabric with a crepe back

charmeuse

soft and satiny silk fabric

charnel

room where corpses are placed

charnel

hinge of a helmet for the visor

charpie

shredded lint used to dress wounds

charterhouse

Carthusian monastic building

chartreuse

yellow-green colour

chary

discreetly cautious or sparing

chasmogamy

opening of a flower in order to be fertilized

chasmophile

lover of nooks and crannies

chasmophilous

fond of nooks, crevices and crannies

chasseur

hunter; liveried hotel attendant

chasuble

sleeveless ecclesiastical garment

chatelaine

female castle owner, manager or caretaker

chatelaine

ring attached to belt for carrying keys

chaton

setting or stone of a finger-ring

chatoyant

with a changing lustre; iridescent

chauffer

small furnace

chausses

mail coverings for the lower legs and feet

chaussures

general name for boots and shoes; footwear

cheiloplasty

plastic surgery on the lip

cheiloproclitic

attracted to lips

cheliferous

bearing pincers or claws

cheliform

shaped like a pincer

chelonian

of, like or pertaining to tortoises or turtles

chenille

velvety silk, wool or cotton fabric with protruding pile

chernozem

black earth typically found in cool grassland climates

chevalet

bridge of a stringed instrument

chevaster

double bandage for supporting chin in case of broken jaw

chevelure

nebulous part of a comet

cheverel

soft; flexible kidskin leather

chevet

east end of a church

cheville

unnecessary word used to extend line of verse

cheviot

coarse heavy plain or twilled wool or worsted

chevisance

resource; achievement; gain

chevrotain

small deer-like mammal

chevrotain

small cloven-footed deerlike animal of southeast Asia

chiaroscuro

juxtaposition of light and shade in artwork or literature

chiasmus

contrast by parallelism in reverse order

chicanery

clever but misleading talk; deception

chiffon

sheer silk fabric

chiffonier

chest of drawers

chignon

knot or roll of hair worn at the back of the head

chilgoza

edible pine seed

chiliahedron

one-thousand sided solid figure

chiliarchy

government by one thousand people

chiliasm

belief that Jesus will reign on Earth for a thousand years

chiliastic

millenarian

chiliomb

sacrifice of one thousand animals

chilopod

multi-legged insect

chimere

loose sleeveless robes worn by Anglican bishops

chimerical

imaginary; fanciful

chiminage

toll paid for going through a forest

chinamania

obsession with collecting china

chine

backbone and adjoining flesh of an animal

chine

the intersection of the middle and sides of a boat

chino

strong twilled cotton cloth

chintz

glazed printed cotton fabric

chionablepsia

snow blindness

chiral

of, like or pertaining to the hand or handedness

chirality

chemical property of structural handedness

chirm

collective term for goldfinches

chirocosmetics

beautifying the hands; art of manicure

chirocracy

government by physical force

chirognomy

divination by studying the hands

chirograph

written or signed document

chirography

study of handwriting or penmanship

chirogymnast

finger exercise machine for pianists

chirology

study of the hands

chiromancy

divination by means of palmistry

chironomy

gesticulation or mime

chiropody

medical science of feet

chiropractic

treatment of disorders of the locomotor system and spinal column

chiropterophilous

pollinated or frequented by bats

chirosophy

knowledge of palm-reading

chirospasm

writer’s cramp

chirotony

election by a show of hands

chiru

straight-horned Tibetan antelope

chital

Indian spotted deer

chitarrone

long double-necked lute

chlamydate

having a mantle or hood

chlamys

horseman’s loose cloak

chlorochrous

green-coloured

chlorometer

instrument for measuring amount of chlorine in a solution

choanoid

shaped like a funnel

chock

metal casting with curved arms for passing ropes for mooring ship

choga

loose Afghan dressing-gown

cholelithiasis

production of gall stones

choliamb

verse with an iambus in the fifth place and a spondee in the sixth

cholic

of, like or pertaining to bile

chômage

work stoppage or slump

chondrogenesis

production of cartilage

chondroid

like or resembling cartilage

choragus

leader of a choir or organizer of musical festivals

chordee

painful, downward-curving erection of the penis

choreomania

dancing mania or frenzy

chorepiscopal

of, like or pertaining to an early local bishop

choreutic

of, like or pertaining to a chorus

chorisis

multiplication of parts by branching or splitting

chorizont

one who disputes identity of authorship

chorographer

one who maps or describes a region

chorography

written work or treatise on a region or district

chorology

science of the geographic description of anything

chorometry

land surveying

chouse

to cheat; to swindle

chrematistic

of, like or pertaining to the pursuit of wealth or to business

chrematistics

the study of wealth; political economy

chrematophobia

fear of money

chreotechnics

useful or practical trades or arts

chrestomathic

of, like or pertaining to useful knowledge

chrestomathy

anthology of passages used in learning languages

chrism

consecrated or holy oil

chrismation

sacrament of baptism in Eastern churches

chrismatory

vessel for holding holy oil

chrisom

white robe put on newly baptised child

chrisomalis

the loser who wrote this damn list

Christolatry

worship of Christ

christophany

appearance of Christ to men

chromatism

presence of abnormal coloration

chromatocracy

government by rulers of a particular skin colour

chromatograph

instrument for performing chromatographic separations

chromatoptometer

instrument measuring eyes’ sensitivity to colour

chromolithography

art of printing in colour using stone

chromophilous

staining easily

chromoxylography

art of printing in colour using wood

chronobiology

study of biological rhythms

chronogram

inscription whose letters form a Roman numeral date

chronograph

instrument for recording the moment of an event

chronography

writing or written work describing chronological events

chronomancy

divination by means of time

chronopher

electrical instrument for transmitting time signals

chronoscope

instrument for measuring very short time intervals

chronostichon

chronogrammatic line or stanza

chronosynchronicity

presentation of all stages of a person’s life in a single piece of art

chryselephantine

inlaid with gold and ivory

chrysoaristocracy

government by the wealthy; plutocracy

chrysochlorous

greenish-gold

chrysocracy

government by the wealthy; plutocracy

chrysography

writing in gold or silver letters

chrysology

study of precious metals

chrysophilist

gold-lover

chrysopoetics

transmutation of substances into gold

chrystocrene

rock formation resembling glacier

chthonian

of, like or pertaining to the earth or the underworld

chthonography

written description of soils

chthonophagia

eating dirt

chuckwalla

herbivorous desert-dwelling lizard

churching

church ceremony given to women after childbirth

churchism

devotion to church rules over religious precepts

chyle

milky fluid secreted into blood by small intestine

chyliferous

bearing chyle

chyme

partially digested food

chymiferous

bearing chyme

chypre

mixture of resins used in making perfume

cibarious

of, like or pertaining to food; useful for food

cibation

taking food; feeding

cibophobia

fear of or distaste for food

ciborium

freestanding canopy to cover altar; vessel for holding eucharistic bread

cicatrization

scarification; production of marks upon

cicerone

guide; tour guide

cicisbeo

male companion of a married woman

ciconine

of, like or pertaining to storks

cilice

haircloth shirt worn as penance

cillosis

spasm or twitch in the upper eyelid

cimelia

treasures in storage

cimeliarch

church vestry or treasury

cimicide

substance used to kill bed-bugs

cimier

crest of helmet; removable heraldic device or favour of courtly love

cincture

to gird or surround; belt worn around ecclesiastical vestment

cineast

one who takes artistic interest in motion pictures

cinerarium

container for cremated ashes

cinerary

of, like or pertaining to ashes

cinerious

ashen; ash-grey

cingular

shaped like a girdle or ring

cingulum

girdle or girdle-like structure; priest’s belt

cinnabar

red crystalline mercuric sulfide pigment; deep red or scarlet colour

cinque-pace

lively medieval dance with five steps

ciplinarian

one who teaches disorder

cipolin

white marble streaked with green

cippus

small column used to mark burial location

circadian

occurring every 24 hours

circinate

ring-shaped; rolled inwards; spiralling

circuity

motion in a roundabout course

circumambagious

roundabout in speech

circumambient

going round about; encompassing

circumaviate

to fly around

circumbendibus

a roundabout way or expression

circumcrescent

growing around; above or over

circumduct

to cause to revolve around an imaginary axis

circumflex

accent mark placed above vowel to indicate sound change

circumforaneous

wandering about as from market to market

circumforentor

surveyor’s instrument used to measure angles

circumfulgent

shining about or around

circumfuse

to pour around or about

circumincession

the reciprocal existence of three parts of the Trinity in each other

circumjacent

bordering on every side

circumlittoral

around or near the shore

circumpose

to place around

circumvallate

to surround with a rampart or fortification

circumvolution

anything winding or sinuous

cire

fabric with a glazed finish

cirrate

having tendrils

cirriped

barnacle or other parasitic crustacean

ciselure

the art of chasing metal

cismarine

on this or the near side of the ocean

cismontane

on this or the near side of the mountains

cispontine

on this or the near side of a bridge

cist

tomb consisting of stone chest covered with stone slabs

cisvestism

wearing strange or inappropriate clothes

cithara

ancient Greek musical instrument like a lyre

citigrade

moving quickly

citreous

lemon-coloured; lemony

citrine

dark greenish-yellow

cittosis

abnormal desire for strange foods

civet

long-tailed catlike carnivorous mammal with musk glands

cladistics

taxonomic theory distinguishing by common ancestor

cladogenesis

origin and evolution as if branching from common ancestor

cladoptosis

annual shedding of twigs and branches

cladose

branching; branched

clamant

loud; insistent; urgent

clangor

loud ringing noise or clang

claptrap

showy language designed to gain praise; nonsense

claque

group of hired applauders or sycophants

clarence

four-wheeled carriage

clarigate

to declare war formally

classis

a group; governing body of Reformed churches

clastic

able to be disassembled into its component parts

clatfart

idle chatter; nonsense

clathrate

shaped like a net or lattice

clathrose

marked with latticed lines or grooves

claudent

closing; ending; confining

claudication

limpness; cramp-like pain

claustral

cloistral; secluded; narrow-minded

claustration

the act of shutting in a cloister

claustrophobia

fear of closed spaces

clavichord

old keyboard stringed instrument

clavicylinder

square keyboard instrument whose sound produced from a glass cylinder

clavicymbal

old name for a harpsichord

claviform

in the shape of a club

clavigerous

club-bearing

clavigerous

keeping keys

claviole

keyed string instrument

clavis

key; glossary; index; legend

cledonism

circumlocution used to avoid speaking unlucky words

cleidomancy

divination using keys

cleithral

completely roofed over

clepsydra

instrument which measures time by trickling water

clerestory

upper storey of a church; windows near the roof of a building

clerihew

jingle summing up person’s life in two couplets

clerisy

scholars and educated people as a class

cleromancy

divination using dice

cleronomy

inheritance

clevis

U-shaped fastener with pin used to close the open end

clew

corner of sail with hole to attach ropes

clientage

the whole number of one’s clients

climacophobia

fear of falling down stairs

climacteric

critical time in a person’s life; any critical turning point

climatarchic

presiding over a climate or region of the earth

climatography

description of the climate of a region

clinamen

inclination; bias; prejudice

clinkstone

type of igneous rock that rings when struck

clinology

study of aging or individual decline after maturity

clinomania

excessive desire to stay in bed

clinometer

instrument used to measure slopes and elevations

clinophilia

passion for beds

clinophobia

fear of staying in bed

clinquant

tinselly; glittering

cliometrics

the application of statistics in economic history

clitellum

raised band encircling an earthworm’s body

clithridiate

shaped like a keyhole

clitter

to make a shrill rattling noise

cloaca

sewer; toilet; cesspool of moral filth

clochard

tramp; vagrant; hobo

cloison

partition; dividing band

clonic

spasmodic; occasional; irregular

cloque

fabric with an embossed design

cloture

means of ending legislative debate

clou

main point of interest; dominant idea

clough

ravine; trench; gully

clove

old weight of seven to ten pounds for wool or cheese

clowder

collective term for cats

clupeoid

like or resembling a herring

clypeate

shaped like a buckler

clysmian

of, like or pertaining to or caused by flood

cnemial

of, like, or pertaining to the tibia (shin-bone)

cnicnode

point where tangents form a cone of the second order

cnidarian

of, like, or pertaining to invertebrates such as jellyfish and anemones

coacervate

to heap; to cause to mass together

coadjument

mutual assistance

coadjutor

bishop assisting a diocesan bishop and having the right of succession

coadunate

to unite; to combine

coagment

to join or cement together

coalize

to bring into coalition

coaming

raised edge around ship’s hatches to keep water out

coaptation

joining or fitting together

coarctation

constriction

cobaltiferous

bearing cobalt

coburg

thin single-twilled worsted fabric with cotton or silk

cocarde

emblem on airplane’s wing indicating its nationality

cocciferous

bearing or yielding berries

cochlear

anything spiral-shaped; twisted spirally

cockalorum

boastful and self-important person

cockamamie

ridiculous; incredible

cocker

to pamper; to indulge

cocket

official shipping seal; customs clearance form

cockloft

small room just under the roof

cockshy

object of criticism or ridicule

cocotte

prostitute; a flirt or tease

coctile

baked; hardened by fire

codicil

supplement to a will

codicology

study of manuscripts

codon

mouth of a trumpet or bell

codswallop

something utterly senseless; nonsense

coehorn

small mortar for throwing grenades

coelacanth

lobe-finned fish long thought to be extinct

coeliac

of, like or pertaining to the abdomen

coelom

body cavity; abdomen

coemption

purchase of the entire supply of a commodity

coenaculous

fond of dining; relishing food; especially suppers

coenaesthesis

sensation

coercimeter

instrument for measuring coercive force

coetaneous

of the same age; coeval

coeval

of the same length of time; having the same duration

cofferdam

coffle

gang of slaves tied together

coffret

small coffer; presentation box

cog

single-masted, square-sailed ship with raised stern

cogent

convincing; compelling

cogitabund

meditative; engaged in deep thought

cohyponym

word which is one of multiple hyponyms of another word

coinstantaneous

simultaneous; at the same time

col

depression or pass in a mountain range

coleopterology

study of beetles and weevils

coliform

resembling or shaped like a sieve

collectanea

collection of passages; miscellany

collectic

adhesive; sticky

collectivism

doctrine of communal control of means of production

collegialism

theory that church is independent from the state

colliform

shaped like or resembling a neck

colligation

bringing or binding together; conjunction

collimation

making parallel; adjusting to put into line

colliquation

the process of melting or wasting away

collocation

the placing of things together

collogue

to converse confidentially; to conspire with

colloquy

speaking together; mutual discourse

colluctation

strife; opposition

colluvies

accumulated filth; foul discharge

collyrium

eye lotion or ointment

colobus

long-tailed African monkey

colocolo

wild South American cat

colonnade

row of evenly spaced column or trees

colonoscope

instrument for viewing the colon

colophon

publisher’s emblem or inscription in a book

colorimeter

instrument for measuring and determining color

colostrum

mother’s first milk

colporteur

peddler of religious tracts and books

colposcope

instrument for viewing the neck of the uterus

colubriform

shaped like a snake

colubrine

like a snake; cunning; of, like or pertaining to snakes

columbaceous

of, like or pertaining to doves or pigeons

columbarium

a structure of vaults lined with recesses

columbine

of or like a dove; dove-coloured

columella

fleshy part of nose that separates nostrils

colure

celestial circle that intersects another at the poles

colytic

restraining; preventative

comb

ridge atop a helmet

comburent

burning; causing combustion

comburivorous

consuming by fire

comedogenic

comephorous

bearing or having hair; hairy

cometography

scientific description of comets

cometology

study of comets

comitative

indicating accompaniment

comitatus

band of warriors who escort a prince; a county or shire

comity

courteousness; civility

commatic

divided into short lines; divided with commas

commination

threatening; denunciation

comminute

to reduce or break into minute particles

commis

assistant; deputy; apprentice

commissure

joint; joining surface

commonalty

common people; the general populace

commonefaction

act of reminding or admonishing

commonition

warning; cautioning

commonitive

serving as a reminder

commorant

resident of an institution

commorient

dying together

commove

to excite; to put into motion; to disturb

comose

having tufts of hair; tufted; hairy

compaginate

to join; to connect

companionway

stairs from upper deck of ship to lower deck

compaternity

spiritual relationship between child’s parents and godparents

compeer

one who is equal in rank; a companion

compellation

the act of addressing someone

compellative

indicating address or appellation; vocative

compendious

concise but comprehensive

comper

one who habitually enters many competitions

comperendinate

to delay or defer

compital

complaisant

wishing to please others; obliging

complect

to embrace; to interweave

complicant

overlapping

compline

prayer service held just before bedtime

complot

to plot or conspire

comport

a dish with a stemmed base for serving desserts

compossible

possible in coexistence with something else

compotation

an act of carousing in company

comprecation

prayer meeting

compunction

regret; remorse

compurgation

clearing an accused person by means of oaths

compusion

wrinkling one’s face

comstockery

censorship of lewd and salacious material

conation

mental effort towards a goal, desire, purpose

conative

of, like or pertaining to purposeful action or desire

conatus

a natural impulse or tendency

concameration

vaulting

concelebrate

to jointly recite the canon of the Eucharist in unison with others

concent

a harmony or concord of sounds or voices

conceptualism

theory that universal truths exist as mental concepts

concertina

accordion-like instrument with two sets of keys

concetto

ingenious expression; witticism

conchiferous

bearing a shell

conchiform

shaped like a shell

conchology

study of shells

conchomancy

divination using shells

conchyliferous

bearing a shell

conciliabule

secret meeting of conspirators

concinnity

harmony; congruity; elegance

concipient

conceiving

concision

schism; separation; division

conclamation

a shout of many voices together

concolorate

having the same colour on both sides

concomitant

accompanying

concordat

agreement between the pope and a secular government

concresce

to grow together; coalesce

concrew

to grow together

concubitant

of a suitable age for marriage

concupiscence

strong desire, appetite or lust

condign

well-deserved; fitting; appropriate

confabulate

to chat; to invent past experiences

confelicitous

taking pleasure in others’ happiness

conferva

green algae that floats on surface of stagnant water

confirmand

candidate for religious confirmation

confiteor

prayer of confession of sins

conflate

blend or fuse together

conformative

indicating resemblance; similative

confute

to disprove or overcome through argument

congee

permission to depart; dismissal; discharge

congelation

act of freezing something into a solid state

congener

something of the same kind or nature

congeries

aggregation; collection

congiary

gift distributed amongst the people or soldiers

conglobate

shaped like a small ball or globe

conglobe

to gather together into a globe or round mass

conglutinate

to glue or join together

coniaker

coin counterfeiter

coniferous

bearing cones

conification

making conical or pyramidal in shape

connate

congenitally or firmly united

connubial

of, like or pertaining to marriage

connumerate

to count together

consciuncle

pedantic or hair-splitting conscience

consectary

deduction; conclusion or corollary; consequent

consecution

logical sequence or progression of an argument

consenescence

state of general decay

consentaneous

accordant or agreeable; consistent

consentient

unanimous; of one accord

consequentialism

doctrine that morality of actions is determined by their consequences

consilience

concurrence; coincidence

consilient

having common inferences drawn from different premises

consistory

a solemn assembly or council; a church tribunal

consociate

to ally or associate

conspecies

different species that are part of the same genus

conspectus

comprehensive survey; synopsis; summary

conspue

to despise; to abhor; to loathe

conspurcation

defilement

constative

capable of being true or false

constellate

to cluster; to compel by stellar influence

constringe

to draw together; to cause to contract or shrink

constructivism

belief that knowledge and reality do not have an objective value

consuetude

custom; familiarity

consuetudinary

book of customs, traditions and principles

consultor

contabescent

wasting away; atrophied

contect

to cover or overlay

contemn

to despise or scorn

contemnor

one found guilty of contempt of court

contemper

to blend together; to adapt

contenement

property necessary to maintain one’s station

contesseration

forming a union by breaking a tablet as token

contextualism

doctrine that context is essential to establishing meaning

contignation

joining together of timber

contline

space between casks or strands of rope

contorniate

having a groove around the edge

contorno

contour or outline

contractile

having the power or property of contracting

contradistinguish

to distinguish by contrasting qualities

contrahent

a contracting party

contrail

condensation trail

contranatant

swimming upstream

contraplex

having messages passing both ways simultaneously

contraposition

opposition; contrast

contrariant

opposed or acting contrary to; one who is opposed to something

contraterrene

opposite in character to earthly or terrestrial

contravallation

fortification built around besieged place

contredanse

folk dance in which two lines of couples face each other

contretemps

embarrassing occurrence; mishap

contriturate

to pulverize

contubernal

living together in the same tent; cohabiting

contumacious

stubborn; obstinate; opposing lawful authority

contumely

insolence; a scornful insult

contumulation

lying in the same tomb as another

conurbation

city surrounded by many urban areas

conure

tropical parrot-like bird of Central and South America

convenances

what is suitable or proper; the required proprieties

conventicle

secret or illegal church assembly

convicinity

neighbourhood

convolve

to roll together

copacetic

very satisfactory; fine

coparcenary

joint heirship or ownership

coprolalia

pathological use of obscene language

coprolith

ball of hardened feces

coprology

study of pornography

copromania

obsession with feces

coprophagous

eating feces

coprophemia

obscene language

coprophilia

abnormal love or fondness for feces

coprostatis

constipation

copyhold

land tenure dependent on will of the lord of the manor

coquelicot

brilliant red; poppy red

coquicide

killing of a cook

coquillage

shell-like decoration

coracoid

shaped like a crow’s beak

coralliferous

bearing coral

coralligenous

producing coral

coram

in the presence of; before

corban

offering to God in fulfilment of a vow

corbeau

blackish green

corbeil

basket filled with earth used as a missile

corbel

bracket or projection from the face of a wall

corbiculate

like a small basket

cordage

ropes in the rigging of a ship

cordiform

heart-shaped

cordovan

soft goatskin leather

corf

miner’s basket, trolley or wagon

coriaceous

having a leathery appearance; consisting, of, like or pertaining to leather

corm

swollen subterranean part of a stem

cornet

military rank of horn-bearer or standard-bearer

cornice

moulding at the junction of ceiling and walls

corniculate

horn-shaped; horned

cornific

producing or forming horns

corniform

shaped like a horn

coronach

funeral dirge

coronagraph

instrument for viewing the corona of the sun

coronoid

shaped like a beak

corpocracy

government by corporate bureaucrats

corporal

white cloth on which Communion bread and wine are placed

corposant

St. Elmo’s fire or similar electrical discharge

corrade

to wear away through the action of loose solids

correption

shortening in pronunciation

corrigendum

something which requires correction

corrivate

to cause to flow together

corrody

right of lord to demand free lodging from vassal

corsetier

corset maker

corslet

armour for the torso

cortege

train of attendants; procession

cortinate

like a cobweb

coruscate

to sparkle; to throw off flashes of light

corvette

highly manoeuvrable armed escort ship

corviform

shaped like a crow

corvine

crow-like; of, like or pertaining to crows or ravens

corybantic

wildly excited; frenzied

coryphaeus

spokesman; leader of a chorus

coscinomancy

divination using a sieve and a pair of shears

cosher

to live on dependents

cosmarchy

rulership over the entire world, esp. by the devil

cosmetology

study of cosmetics

cosmism

belief that the cosmos is a self-existing whole

cosmocrat

ruler of the world

cosmogenic

produced by interaction of cosmic rays with earth’s surface

cosmogony

theory of the origin of the universe

cosmography

description of the universe or cosmos

cosmolatry

worship of the world

cosmoplastic

moulding or shaping the universe

cosmorama

a view of different parts of the world

cosmosophy

knowledge of the cosmos

cosmotellurian

of, like or pertaining to both heaven and earth

cosmotheism

the belief that identifies God with the cosmos

cosset

to fondle or pamper

costal

of, like or pertaining to the ribs

costive

affected with or causing constipation

coteau

uplands; higher ground of a region

cotehardie

medieval long close-fitting garment with tight sleeves

coterie

a social or literary circle

cothurnal

of, like or pertaining to tragedy

coticular

of, like or pertaining to whetstones

cotillion

elaborate ballroom dance with frequent changes of partner

cotquean

man who does women’s work

cotta

short surplice worn over a cassock

cottar

medieval peasant inhabiting a cottage

cottonocracy

government by those involved in the cotton trade

cotyliform

disc-shaped with a raised rim

couchant

in heraldry, an animal lying on its belly with head lifted

couchee

evening reception

coulée

steep and dry gully

coulombmeter

instrument for measuring electric charge

coulometer

instrument measuring amount of substance released in electrolysis

coulrophobia

fear of clowns

coulter

iron cutter in front of a ploughshare

countenance

approve of; condone; encourage

counterblast

a defiant pronouncement or denunciation

counterfoil

part of ticket or cheque retained by giver

countermand

to revoke an order by a contrary order

counterphobic

seeking out situation that is feared

counterscarp

narrow earth band on the outer wall of a defensive ditch

coupe

four-wheeled closed horse-drawn carriage

courante

quick Italian baroque dance involving running steps

couter

armor for the elbow

couvade

symptoms of pregnancy suffered by the father

couveuse

incubator for babies

cowcat

person whose function is to occupy space

coxcomb

foolishly vain or conceited man

coypu

large aquatic South American rodent

cozen

to coax or deceive by trickery

crackjaw

hard to pronounce

crambo

game in which rhyme must be found for given word

crampon

boot-spike for rock and ice climbing

craniometer

instrument for measuring the skull

crapehanger

pessimist

crapulent

physically ill through overeating or overdrinking

craquelure

fine cracking that appears in old paintings

crash

coarse drapery and towelling fabric

crasis

blending; melding two vowels into a diphthong

crassilingual

having a thick tongue

crassitude

state of being coarse, gross or crass

crateriform

cup-shaped

cratometer

instrument for measuring power of magnification

creancer

guardian or mentor

creant

creating; formative

creatic

of, like or pertaining to flesh

creatophagous

carnivorous; flesh-eating

credal

of, like or pertaining to a creed

credence

small table for holding sacred vessels

credenda

things to be believed

credenza

credence table or shelf; a sideboard

credo

concise statement of doctrine; section of Mass followed by offertory

cremaillere

zigzag line of fortification

cremaster

muscle by which the testicles are suspended

cremnophobia

fear of cliffs and precipices

crenel

open space on a parapet used for launching projectiles at enemies

crenellated

notched; having battlements

crenitic

of, like or pertaining to mineral springs

creophagous

flesh-eating; carnivorous

crepance

sore on a horse’s hind ankle-joint

crepe

light crinkled fabric

crepehanger

pessimist; gloomy person

crepitate

to crackle; to snap; to rattle

crepon

heavy crepe fabric with lengthwise crinkles

crepuscular

of, like or pertaining to twilight

crescive

growing; increasing

crescograph

instrument for measuring the growth of plants

cresset

iron basket for burning oil to provide light

cretaceous

of or resembling chalk; of a whitish colour

cretify

to change into calcium or lime; to fossilize

cretonne

heavy cotton or linen cloth

crewel

fine worsted yarn used in tapestry

criant

garish; discordantly coloured

cribble

to decorate wood or metal with small dots or punctures

cribriform

shaped like a sieve

cribrous

perforated or punctured like a sieve

criminogenic

causing crime

criminology

study of crime; criminals

crinal

of or related to the hair

crinet

armour for the top and sides of a horse’s neck

cringle

loop at corner of sail to which a line is attached

crinoline

stiff flax or cotton fabric

criophore

sculpture of a man carrying a ram

crista

ridge or fold resembling a crest

crithomancy

divination by strewing meal over sacrifices

criticaster

inferior or petty critic

critomancy

divination using viands and cakes

croceate

saffron-coloured

croche

knob at top of a deer’s horn

cromlech

prehistoric stone circle

cromnyomancy

divination using onions

croquinole

curling of one’s hair with curling iron

crosier

pastoral staff or crook held by bishop or abbot

crosslet

small cross with crossed arms used as heraldic bearing

crosstrees

horizontal crosspieces at a masthead used to support ship’s mast

crotal

small spherical bell

crotaline

of, like or pertaining to rattlesnakes

crotchet

square bracket

croze

groove in the staves of a cask

crubeen

term for pig’s feet as food

cruciferous

bearing a cross

cruciform

cross-shaped

cruentation

leaking or oozing of blood from dead body

cruet

vessel used in religious ceremonies, especially to hold the Eucharist

cruive

pen or sty for animals

crupper

strap of saddle that passes beneath horse’s tail; armour for horse’s flanks

crural

of or belonging to the leg

cruset

goldsmith’s crucible

crwth

Welsh six-stringed instrument played with a bow

cryobiology

study of life under cold conditions

cryometer

instrument for measuring low temperatures

cryoscope

instrument for determining freezing points of substances

cryptadia

things to be kept hidden

cryptaesthetic

of, like or pertaining to supranormal perception

cryptarchy

secret rulership

cryptodynamic

having secret or hidden power

cryptogenic

of unknown origin

cryptotype

an implicit and specific rule of language use

cryptous

of, like or pertaining to crypts

crystallogenesis

production of crystals

crystallography

study and classification of crystals

crystallomancy

divination by means of clear objects

crystalomancy

divination using a crystal globe

ctetology

study of the inheritance of acquired characteristics

cubation

act of lying down or reclining

cubica

fine unglazed fabric resembling shalloon

cubiform

shaped like a cube

cubomancy

divination by throwing dice

cuculine

of, like or pertaining to cuckoos

cucullate

hooded; hood-shaped

cucumiform

cucumber-shaped

cucurbit

chemical vessel used in a still or alembic

cucurbitaceous

of, like or pertaining to gourds

cuddy

right of a lord to entertainment from a tenant

cuirass

leather or metal armour consisting of a breastplate and backplate

cuisse

armour for the front of the thighs

culet

flat back or base of a gemstone

culet

armour plates for the body below the waist

culiciform

like or resembling a mosquito

culicino

mark left on a tablecloth by a wet glass

cullet

waste glass which is melted into new objects

cullion

mean or base person; rascal

culm

stem of grass or sedge

culmiferous

bearing coal-dust

cultch

flooring of an oyster-bed; rubbish

cultriform

knife-shaped

cultus

religious ritual; a cult

culverin

lightweight, portal, long-barrelled cannon

culvertage

degradation of a peasant to the position of serf

cumbent

lying down; reclining

cumuliform

shaped like a heap

cumulose

containing or consisting of small heaps

cunctation

delay; procrastination

cuneiform

shaped like a wedge

cuniculous

full of holes and tunnels; full of rabbits

cupel

goldsmith’s vessel for assaying metal

cupola

spherical vault or concave ceiling

cupriferous

bearing copper

cupulate

of, like or pertaining to a cup; cup-shaped

cupuliferous

bearing cupules

curate

assistant to a parish priest

curette

instrument for scraping sides of body cavities

curia

papal court and its officials

curie

unit of radioactive decay and intensity

curiology

picture-writing

curiosa

pornographic books

curlew

long-legged migratory bird with downward-curving bill

curmurring

rumbling or flatulent sound

curricle

two-wheeled open carriage

currycomb

metal comb used to groom horses

cursorial

used in walking or running

curtal

short; abbreviated; curtailed

curtal

kind of archaic bassoon

curtate

shortened; short

curtilage

court or field attached to a dwelling

curule

of high authority

curvicaudate

having a curvy tail

cusec

unit of liquid flow equal to one cubic foot per second

cusk

large Atlantic fish like the cod

custos

guardian, custodian or keeper, especially of convents or monasteries

custrel

attendant to a knight; a knave

cutaneous

of or related to the skin

cuvette

shallow dish for holding liquids

cyanogenesis

production of cyanide

cyanometer

instrument for measuring blueness of the sky or ocean

cyathiform

shaped like a cup

cybernate

to control by means of a computer

cyberphobia

fear of computers

cyclas

garment, longer at back than in front, worn over armour

cyclograph

instrument for describing arcs of circles without compasses

cyclolith

stone circle

cyclometer

instrument for measuring revolutions of a wheel

cyclophoria

squint due to weakness in the eye muscles

cyclostyle

device for making multiple copies of written text

cyesolagnia

sexual attraction to pregnant women

cylix

shallow cup with long stem

cyllosis

congenital physical deformity

cymaphen

telephone receiver

cymar

loose light robe worn by women

cymbiform

shaped like a boat

cymograph

instrument for tracing the outline of mouldings

cymometer

instrument for measuring frequency of electrical waves

cymophanous

opalescent; having a wavy or floating light

cymotrichous

wavy-haired

cynanthropy

pathological belief that one is a dog

cynartomachy

bear-baiting using dogs

cynegetic

of or related to hunting

cynoclept

one who steals dogs

cynography

writing or treatise on dogs

cynolatry

worship of dogs

cynology

scientific study of dogs

cynomorphic

pertaining to a dog’s viewpoint

cynophilist

one who loves dogs

cynophobia

fear of dogs

cynosure

anything that attracts attention; object of interest

cyphonism

use of pillorying as punishment

cypress

silk or cotton gauze fabric, usually black

cyprian

lewd woman; prostitute

cyprinoid

of, like or pertaining to carp

cypseline

of, like or pertaining to swifts

cyrenaic

adherent of doctrine that pleasure is ultimate goal

cystolith

calcium carbonate that masses in cell wall of some plants

cystoscope

instrument for examining the bladder

cytheromania

nymphomania

cytogenesis

formation of cells

cytology

study of living cells

cytometer

instrument for counting cells

czardas

Hungarian dance that increases in speed

Positive Words That Start With C

Yes you can! Having a positive, can-do attitude makes you seem confident, cheerful, and capable. If you’d like to include more positive words in your life, check out a classy and clever list of complimentary words that start with C.

Positive C word Chum

Positive Words That Have 4 or Fewer Letters

Feeling chic today? Or maybe just cute and cozy? No matter how your day is going, you can find a use for these nice words that start with C and include 4 or fewer letters.

Positive Words That Have 5 Letters

It’s time to cater to your charm, champ! Whether you’re full of cheer or you’re feeling chill, these positive words are sure to clean up your day.

Positive Words That Have 6 Letters

Chances are, you’re not exactly content with your positive vocabulary. Keep it classy with these C words that include 6 or more letters!

Positive Words That Have 7 Letters

Time to prove that you’re a capable wordsmith. Let these positive words with 7 letters cascade through your sentences. You’ll cherish the comfort they bring!

Positive Words That Have 8 Letters

Even cultured champions could use a little more charisma. Keep these C words in mind when describing charming characteristics.

Positive Words That Have 9 Letters

Everyone has that confident, convivial friend who is the life of the party. Keep these words with 9 letters in mind for civilized, congenial conversation.

Positive Words That Have 10 or More Letters

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Words That Start With C in a Sentence

Having a list of positive words is cause for celebration – but how can you use them in casual conversation? Keep reading for examples of positive words that start with C in different situations.

The theme for Esther’s wedding is classic and elegant, like a wedding from the 1940s.

Thank you so much for the cookies; you’re so considerate!

Robert and Esteban have always had a friendly, congenial relationship.

You’re an excellent employee because you are so committed to getting results.

Sean’s 25 years of faithful service as a firefighter is commendable.

After a year apart, Hannah’s caress was instantly calming for her husband.

The new spy thriller is completely captivating – I was on the edge of my seat!

Isla’s outfits are always so stylish and chic.

We encourage team members to be communicative with management when they see a problem.

I cherish our precious time together.

The Importance of Positivity

Having a positive outlook can make even the most difficult situations seem sunny. It’s also helpful to use positive words when you’re describing yourself or other people. For more ideas on how to talk about yourself, check out these helpful career tips for describing your personality.

List Of Unusual Words Beginning With E

eagre

sudden rise of tide in a river

earing

line for fastening corner of a sail to the gaff or yard

earwig

a small insect; to bias; to pester with demands; to eavesdrop

easement

rights held over another’s land

eau-de-nil

pale green colour

ebberman

one who fishes under bridges

ebeneous

like or resembling ebony

éboulement

falling in of wall of a fort; landslide

ebriection

mental breakdown from too much drinking

ébrillade

jerking of horse’s rein when it does not turn

ebrious

tending towards excessive drinking

ebullioscope

instrument for measuring boiling point of liquids

ebullition

boiling over; agitation; outbreak

eburnean

of or like ivory; ivory-coloured

ecardinate

without hinges

ecarlate

fine woollen cloth, usually dyed scarlet

ecbatic

grammatical construction indicating result without intention

ecbolic

assisting childbirth; aiding abortion

eccaleobion

incubator

ecchymosis

black-and-blue spot

ecclesiarchy

government by clerics or ecclesiastical authorities

ecclesiastry

affairs of the church

ecclesiography

treatise or writing on the church

ecclesiolatry

excessive devotion to church tradition and form

ecclesiology

study of church affairs

eccoprotic

laxative; mildly cathartic; purgative

eccrinology

study of excretion

ecdemic

not endemic; of foreign origin

ecdemomania

abnormal compulsion for wandering

ecdysiast

striptease performer

ecesis

the establishment of a plant or animal in a new habitat

echard

water in the soil not available to plants

echidna

Australian toothless spined monotreme resembling a hedgehog

echinate

like a hedgehog; prickly

echinuliform

resembling small spines

echoism

the formation of imitative words

echolalia

echo-like repetition of another’s words

echopraxia

echo-like repetition of another’s actions

éclaircissement

clarification; enlightenment

eclat

to make notorious

éclat

publicity; dazzling effect; brilliance; applause

eclegme

eclipsareon

astronomical toy used to show phenomena of solar and lunar eclipses

eclipsis

omission of sounds or words in speech

ecliptic

imaginary circle which the sun follows from Earth perspective

eclogue

pastoral or rustic poem

eclosion

emergence, as from a larva or egg, or of an era or movement

ecmnesia

loss of memory of the events of a specific period

ecocide

destruction of the environment

economacy

position of controller of ecclesiastical affairs

ecophene

range of phenotypes produced by a genotype in a given environment

écorché

a human figure portrayed stripped of the skin

ecphasis

explicit declaration or interpretation

ecphonesis

rhetorical exclamation

ecphrasis

plain interpretation of a thing

écrevisse

freshwater lobster

ecthlipsis

omitting one or more sounds in pronouncing a word

ectobatic

carrying or leading towards the outside

ectogenesis

variation in response to outside conditions

ectopia

displacement of internal organs in the body

ectype

reproduction or copy

ectypography

etching in relief

écuelle

two-handled soup or porridge bowl

ecydisis

shedding or moulting of the skin

edacious

voracious; gluttonous; pertaining to eating

edapha

organisms living in soil

edaphic

of, like or pertaining to the soil

edaphology

study of soils

edentate

toothless; without teeth; pertaining to anteaters and sloths

edh

letter in Old English representing voiced ‘th’ sound

edulcorate

to sweeten; to rid of soluble particles by washing

eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious

good

effable

capable of being expressed

efferent

carrying outward or away

effete

weak or worn-out; degenerate

effigurate

having a definite shape

effleurage

stroking movement in massage

effluvium

invisible emanation; offensive exhalation or smell

effulge

to shine out; to beam

effusiometer

instrument for comparing molecular weights of gases

effutiation

twaddle; humbug

egelidate

to change congealed material to liquid

egestion

the removal of materials from the body

egestuous

desperately poor

egoism

doctrine that the pursuit of self-interest is the highest good

egotheism

identification of oneself with God

Egyptology

study of ancient Egypt

eidetic

vivid mental image or memory

eidograph

instrument for copying drawings

eidolism

belief in ghosts

eidolon

image, phantom or apparition; confusing reflected image

eirenarch

officer in charge of keeping the public peace; justice of the peace

eirenicon

peace-making message, proposition for peace

eirenics

theological doctrine of religious unification

eirenism

peaceful state of mind

eisegesis

faulty interpretation or explanation of text

eisel

sour wine resembling vinegar

ejectamenta

material ejected from a volcano

eke

in addition; also; likewise

ekistics

study of human settlement

ekka

small one-horse carriage

ekphrasis

description of a work of art as rhetorical exercise

élan

impetuosity; dash or style; brilliancy or vivacity

elance

to throw as a lance

eland

large heavily built African antelope

elaphine

of, like or belonging to a red deer; of, of, like or pertaining to red deer

elaphure

reddish Chinese deer

elapid

of, like or pertaining to cobras

elastane

highly elastic artificial cotton-like fabric

elative

indicating movement out of or away from

elatrometer

instrument for measuring gaseous pressure

eldritch

horrifying; arcane; strange

electrocardiograph

instrument for recording unusual electrical fluctuations of the heart

electrochemistry

study of relations between electricity and chemicals

electrodynamometer

instrument for measuring electrical current

electroencephalograph

instrument for measuring the brain’s electrical impulses

electrogenesis

production of electricity

electrograph

instrument for recording electrical potential

electrology

study of electricity

electrometer

instrument for measuring electrical potential

electromyograph

instrument for diagnosing neuromuscular disorders

electrophile

substance having an affinity for electrons or negative charge

electroretinograph

instrument for measuring electrical activity in the retina

electroscope

instrument for detecting electrical charges in the body

electrostatics

study of static electricity

electuary

medicine mixed with honey or syrup

eleemosynary

of, like or pertaining to charity or giving alms; dependent on charity

elenchus

refutation; sophism

elenctic

of, like or pertaining to argument; cross-examination or refuting

elephant

large unit of paper measurement equal to 28 by 23 inches

elephanticide

killing of an elephant

elephantine

of, like or pertaining to elephants

eleutherian

freedom-giving

eleutheromania

manic desire for freedom

eleutherophobia

fear of freedom

elflock

lock of tangled hair

elide

omit; ignore; suppress or abridge

elinguate

to remove the tongue

ell

old unit of length equal to 45 inches

ellipsis

three dots used to indicate a break, pause, or unfinished thought (…)

ellipsograph

instrument for describing ellipses

elocation

removal from someone’s control; alienation

éloge

funeral oration; panegyric

eloign

to convey to a distance; to remove

elumbated

made weak in the loins

elution

purification or separation by washing

elutriate

to separate by washing into finer portions

elydoric

painted with both oil and watercolour

elytriferous

having or bearing hardened forewings

em

unit of measuring width of typeface where width of letters equals height

emacity

itch to be buying

embale

to enclose; to bind in; to make into a bale

embar

to shut in; to hinder; to put under embargo

embase

to lower; to debase

emberlucock

to confuse; to bewilder

emblements

growing crops

embonpoint

stout; plump or full in figure; corpulent

embouchement

opening of a passage or tunnel

embower

to place in a bower; to shelter with trees

embracery

attempt to influence a jury corruptly

embrangle

to confuse or perplex

embrasure

recess of a door or window

embrocate

to moisten and rub with a lotion

embryogenesis

production of an embryo

embryography

scientific description of embryonic development

embryoniform

shaped like an embryo

emendation

correction; usually of a text

emergicenter

urban clinic offering emergency outpatient services

emesis

the act of vomiting

emetology

study of vomiting

émeute

a popular rising or uproar

emiction

the discharging of urine

emissile

able to be emitted or pushed out

emmenagogue

drug aiding menstrual flow

emmenology

the study of menstruation

emmetropia

correct refraction of light by the eyes

emmew

to confine or mew up

emollient

softening; making supple

emolument

payment; profit arising from employment

emonomancy

divination using demons

emotivism

theory that moral statements are inherently biased

empaestic

of, like or pertaining to the art of embossing

empanoply

to clothe in full armor

empasm

deodorant powder

empennage

airplane’s tail unit

empery

wide dominion; empire

emphractic

stopping the pores of the skin

emphyteusis

perpetual but conditional lease of property

empiecement

an insertion in a garment

empleomania

mania for holding public office

emporeutic

of, like or pertaining to trade

empressment

show of affection or eagerness

emprise

emptings

yeast mixture

emption

the act of buying; purchase

emptysis

spitting up of blood

empyreal

of, like or pertaining to heaven; sublime; skyward

emulge

to milk or drain out

emunctory

conveying waste; pertaining to nose-blowing

emys

freshwater tortoise

enallage

the exchange of one grammatical case for another

enantiodromia

process when a thing is replaced by its opposite

enantiomorph

object which is the mirror image of another

enantiopathy

allopathy; sympathy with one’s opposite

enantiosis

ironic expression of idea by refuting its contrary

enation

outgrowth; extension

encaenia

anniversary festival of renewal of an institution

encaustic

having the colours burned in

encephalograph

instrument for recording brain images

encephaloid

like or resembling a brain

enchiridion

book carried in the hand for reference, esp. for music or theology

enchorial

belonging to or used in a country; domestic

encolpion

reliquary; cross worn on the breast

encomiast

person who utters encomiums; praiser

encomic

having closely curled hair

encomium

glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise

encyclical

letter sent by the pope to multiple bishops

endarchy

centralised government

endeictic

showing, exhibiting or demonstrating

endeixis

an indication

endemiology

study of local diseases

endocrinology

study of glands

endogenous

having no external cause

endophagy

cannibalism within a tribe; eating away from within

endoscope

instrument for visualizing interior of a hollow organ

endosmometer

instrument for measuring osmosis into a solution

endysis

growth of new feathers, hair or skin

energism

theory that the highest good is contented thought rather than pursuit of pleasure

energumen

individual inhabited by an evil spirit

enfilade

series arranged as if threaded on a string

engastration

stuffing of one bird inside another

engastrimyth

ventriloquist

engouement

excessive infatuation

engrailment

ring of dots around edge of a coin

engram

lasting effect on memory

engrenage

series of decisions leading towards unspoken goal

enigmatography

composition of riddles or enigmas

enigmatology

study of enigmas

enjambment

continuation of the sense of a verse without pause

enjoin

to command; to order; to prohibit by injunction

ennead

any group of nine objects

enneagon

polygon with nine sides

enoptromancy

divination using mirrors

enosimania

pathological belief that one has sinned

enosis

union; unification

enounce

to enunciate; to proclaim

ensanguine

to cover with blood

ensiform

resembling or possessing characteristics of a sword

ensign

large naval flag

ensilage

storage of green fodder in silos

entablature

wall that rests on top of columns

entasis

swelling on vertical columns to counteract optical illusion of concavity

entelechy

perfect realization of ultimate goal or reason for existence

entellus

small Indian monkey

enteral

of, pertaining to or within the intestine

enthalpy

heat per unit mass

entheomania

abnormal belief that one is divinely inspired

enthetic

introduced from outside the body

enthymeme

rhetorical suppression or omission of a premise

entify

to treat as or cause to become a separate entity

entitative

regarded as a distinct entity without regard to context

entomical

of, like or pertaining to insects

entomology

study of insects

entomophagous

eating insects

entomophilous

adapted for pollination by insects

entoptic

within the eyeball; visibility of objects in the eye

entozoology

study of parasites that live inside larger organisms

entremets

edible pastry sculpture served between main courses

entrepot

a warehouse, particularly for international trade

entropion

inversion of the edge of the eyelid

doctrine of joining a group to change its policies

enuresis

uncontrollable urination

environ

around; about; in the vicinity of

enzone

to engirdle or surround with a zone or belt

enzymology

study of enzymes

eoan

of, like or pertaining to dawn

eolation

geological effects of the wind

éolienne

fine silk and wool

eolith

stone naturally formed but thought to be manufactured

eonism

adoption by a male of female dress and manner

eosophobia

fear of dawn

eozoic

containing early evidence of animals

epact

excess of the calendar month over the lunar month

epagomenal

intercalary; inserted between others

epanadiplosis

sentence which begins and ends with same word

epanalepsis

repetition

epanaphora

repetition of same word at beginning of multiple phrases or sentences

epanastrophe

device where end of one sentence is repeated as beginning of next

epanodos

recapitulation of chief points in a discourse after digression

epanorthosis

retraction of statement in order to intensify it

eparchy

diocese of an Eastern church

epaulet

shoulder-plate of a suit of armour

epedaphic

of, like or pertaining to atmospheric conditions

epeirogenesis

building continents by moving of earth’s crust

epenthesis

insertion of extra sound into a word

epeolatry

worship of words

epergne

branched ornamental centrepiece

epexegesis

addition of words to make the sense more clear

ephebiatrics

branch of medicine dealing with adolescence

ephectic

tending to reserve judgement

ephelis

freckle or mole

ephemeris

table giving location of celestial body at different specific times

ephemeromorph

life form that cannot be classified as animal or vegetable

ephemeron

creature that lives for only one day

ephemeron

insect that lives for only one day

ephidrosis

profuse perspiration

ephod

Jewish priestly vestment

epibole

device of beginning several clauses with same word

epicedial

of, like or pertaining to dirges or elegies

epicene

having form or characteristics of both sexes

epicheirema

syllogism confirmed by an incidental proposition

epichoric

belonging or pertaining to a rural area

epiclesis

calling on the Holy Spirit to consecrate the Eucharist

epicrisis

critical appreciation for literature

epicureanism

doctrine that pleasure is the highest value

epideictic

done for show or display

epidemiology

study of diseases; epidemics

epidiascope

instrument for projecting images of objects; magic lantern for projection

epigamic

attractive to the other sex

epigeal

living near or in the ground

epigenesis

theory of embryonic development

epigeous

growing or living on or above the ground

epigon

descendant or successor

epigone

inferior follower or imitator of a distinguished original

epigraphy

science of inscriptions

epilate

to remove hair from

epileptology

study of epilepsy

epimyth

moral of a story or work of literature

epinician

celebrating a triumph

epinikion

ode in honour of a victor or winner

epinosic

unhealthy; unwelcome

epipastic

dusting powder used in medicine

epiphenomenalism

doctrine that mental processes are epiphenomena of brain activity

epiphonema

exclamation, finishing phrase or reflection

epiphora

watering of the eyes

epiphora

rhetorical repetition of a word at the end of several sentences

epiplexis

persuasion through stylized but severe criticism of opponent

epiploce

use of multiple entwined points in succession in an argument

epipolism

fluorescence

episcope

instrument for projecting images of opaque objects

episcopicide

killing of bishops

episcopolatry

worship of bishops

episemon

badge or characteristic device; one of three extra Greek numeral-letters

epistatic

suppressing some factor

epistaxis

nose bleeding

epistemology

study or theory of the basis of knowledge

epistolary

of, like or pertaining to letters

epistoler

reader of the epistle in Anglican service

epistolography

letter-writing

epistrophe

ending of successive clauses with the same word

epitasis

part of a play where the action is developed

epithalamion

song or poem composed for weddings

epithesis

addition of one or more letters to a word

epithymetic

of, like or pertaining to desire

epitimesis

epitoga

wide academic gown with bell sleeves

epitonic

subjected to excessive strain; overstrained

epitrachelion

stole of an Orthodox priest or bishop

epitrope

rhetorical but ironic granting of permission to an opponent to do something

epizeuxis

immediate repetition of a word for emphasis

epizoic

dwelling upon an animal

epomania

craze for writing epics

eponym

personal name from which another name is derived

epopoean

befitting an epic poet

epopoeist

one who writes epic poetry

epopt

one who is initiated into mysteries

éprouvette

instrument for testing strength of gunpowder

epulary

of, like or pertaining to banquets

epulotic

substance encouraging growth of scar tissue

epuration

purification or purging

equable

smooth; without wide variations

equanimity

evenness of mind or temper; calmness

equative

indicating likeness or identity

equatorium

computational instrument for planetary astronomy

equilibrist

tightrope walker

equine

of, like or pertaining to horses

equiparate

to regard or treat as equal

equiparent

having a level or mutual relationship

equipluve

line drawn through locations having same annual rainfall

equipoise

equilibrium; counterbalancing thing

equipollent

having equal power or force

equiponderate

to be equal in weight; to balance

equison

horse groom; jockey

equitation

horseback riding

equivorous

consuming horseflesh

eradiate

to shoot out like a ray of light

erean

made of copper or brass

erelong

before long; soon

eremic

of or belonging to deserts

eremite

hermit; religious recluse

eremology

study of deserts

eremophyte

plant that lives in desert biome

erethism

abnormal irritability

erg

unit of work measuring force of one dyne applied over one centimeter

ergasia

love of work; workaholism

ergasiomania

excessive desire to work; ergomania

ergasiophobia

fear of work

ergative

indicating subject of a transitive verb

ergatocracy

government by the workers or the working class

ergograph

instrument for measuring and recording muscular work

ergology

study of effects of work on humans

ergomania

excessive desire to work; workaholism

ergometer

instrument for measuring work performed

ergonomics

study of people at work

ergophile

one who loves work

ergophobia

fear of work

erinaceous

of or relating to hedgehogs

eriometer

instrument for measuring very small diameters

eristic

of, like or pertaining to controversy or argument

erogenesis

induction of sexual desire; production of arousal

eromancy

divination using water vessels

erotesis

rhetorical questioning

erotetic

engaging in or pertaining to rhetorical questioning

erotogenic

producing erotic desire or sexual gratification

erotology

erotic description in literature

erotomania

abnormally powerful sex drive

erotopathy

pathological sexual desire

erotophobia

fear of sex

errhine

something which causes sneezing or for nasal ingestion

erubescent

growing red; blushing

eruciform

like or resembling a caterpillar

eructate

to belch out; to emit lava

erumpent

bursting out; bursting forth

erythema

redness of the skin

erythraean

reddish colour

erythrochroism

excessive or pathological redness of the hair

erythrophobia

fear of red lights or of blushing

erythropsia

condition of seeing all colour as red

esbat

meeting of a witches’ coven

escadrille

squadron of aircraft; flotilla

escalade

crossing moat or scaling wall using ladders

escapology

study of freeing oneself from constraints

escargatoire

place where snails are reared

eschatocol

concluding clause or section of a charter

eschatology

study of death or final matters; a doctrine of the afterlife

eschaton

end of the world; end time

escheatment

forfeiture of property to state for lack of heir

esclandre

notoriety; unpleasantness

escritoire

writing-desk

esculent

eatable; fit for consumption

escutcheon

part of ship’s stern where name is displayed

escutcheon

shield on which coat of arms is represented

esemplastic

unifying; moulding diverse ideas into one

esemplasy

the unifying power of imagination

esker

ridge of sandy soil

espalier

lattice on which trees are trained across

espiègle

roguish; frolicsome; mischievous

esraj

Indian stringed instrument with sympathetic strings, played with a bow

essentialism

doctrine that things have real essences that can be discovered

essive

indicating a temporary state of being

essoin

giving of an excuse for not appearing in court

estacade

dike of stakes in a river against an enemy

estafette

military courier or express

estaminet

small bar or cafe

estampie

vigorous rhythmic Provençal stamping dance

estiferous

producing heat

estival

of, like or pertaining to summer

estoppage

preventing someone from alleging a fact due to prior denial

estrade

low platform or dais

estrapade

horse’s attempt to throw its rider

estreat

to consult court records in order to enable prosecution

estuosity

heated state or condition

esurient

hungry; greedy; starving

etamine

light open-mesh cotton or worsted

eternalism

the belief that matter has existed eternally

etesian

periodic; winds blowing at certain seasons

eth

old English letter for voiced ‘th’ sound

etheromania

craving for ether

ethmoid

of or like a sieve

ethnarchy

government over an ethnic group

ethnocide

killing of members of an ethnic group; destruction of a culture

ethnocracy

government by an ethnic group or race

ethnogenesis

origin of an ethnic group

ethnogeny

study of origins of races or ethnic groups

ethnography

written description of societies and cultures

ethnomania

obsessive devotion to one’s own people

ethnomethodology

study of everyday communication

ethnomusicology

study of comparative musical systems

ethnonym

name for an ethnic group

ethography

written description of manners or morals

ethology

study of natural or biological character

ethonomics

study of economic and ethical principles of a society

ethopoeia

delineation of the character of someone or something

etiolate

to become pale; to make pale by depriving of light

etiology

the science of causes; especially of disease

étui

case for holding sewing articles

etymology

study of origins of words

etymon

true origin of a word

etypical

unconformable to type

eucrasy

state of fitness and physical well-being

eudaemonism

ethical belief that happiness equals morality

eudaemony

happiness or well-being

eudiaphoresis

normal perspiration

eudiometer

instrument for measuring air purity

euhemerism

explanation of mythology as growing out of history

eulachon

small fish of northwestern North America

eulogomania

obsessive craze for eulogies

eumoiriety

happiness due to state of innocence and purity

eunoia

mental health; normal mental state

eunomia

state of being well governed

euonym

a pleasing or beautiful name

euonymous

appropriately named

eupathy

state of contentment

eupeptic

of, like or pertaining to good digestion; cheerful

euphobia

fear of good news

euphonism

custom of using pleasing sounding words

euphonon

keyboard instrument resembling the organ in sound

euphonym

euphonious synonym

euphuism

high-flown and affected style of writing

eupraxia

correct or orthodox action

eupsychics

proper education to induce human progress

euripus

arm of the sea with strong currents

Europhile

one who loves Europe

eurythermic

tolerating a wide variation in temperature

eurythmics

system of rhythmic and harmonious movement

eustacy

changes in world shoreline by changes in sea level

eustatic

remaining at same altitude despite geological activity

eusuchian

of, like or pertaining to alligators and crocodiles

eutechnics

improvement in condition of humanity through natural forces

eutexia

the property of being easily melted

euthenics

science concerned with improving living conditions

eutony

pleasantness of the sound of a word

eutrapely

wit, ease and urbanity of conversation

eutropic

turning to face the sun

evagation

wandering; digression

evaginate

to remove from a sheath; without a sheath

evanescent

tending to vanish like vapour

evanish

to vanish; to die away

evanition

vanishing; dying away

evaporimeter

instrument for measuring rate of evaporation

evection

attraction of the moon to the sun causing change in its orbit

eventration

protrusion of an organ from the abdomen

eversion

turning inside out or outwards

evince

indicate or exhibit

evirate

to castrate; to make weak

eviscerate

disembowel

évolué

primitive person educated in modern ways

evulgate

to divulge; to publish

exactor

one who exacts; extortioner; claimer of rights

exanimate

lifeless; spiritless; depressed

exarate

containing grooves or furrows

exarch

viceroy; rank below patriarch in Eastern church

exarchy

government by bishops

exaugurate

to desanctify; to deprive of sacred status

excalation

omission of one of a series or sequence

excarnate

to remove flesh from

exclaustration

return to public upon release from vows

exclave

part of a country surrounded by foreign soil

excogitate

to discover by thinking out or reasoning

excoriate

censure severely; strip the hide off of

excorticate

to strip the bark off of

excrementitial

of, like or pertaining to excrement

excresence

outgrowth; projection; tumour

excursive

constituting a digression

exeat

formal leave of absence; permission to be absent

exeat

permission from bishop for clergyman to work elsewhere

execrate

to denounce or place under a curse

executancy

technique in music

exedra

semicircular bench beside episcopal throne; outdoor bench or recess

exegetic

explanatory, especially of Scripture

exemplum

short story or anecdote with a moral

exenterate

to disembowel

exequy

funeral rites; funeral procession

exercitation

putting into practice; exercise

exergasia

remaining on one point of argument while gradually fleshing it out

exergue

reverse of coin where date is contained

exgorgitation

vomited material

exheredate

to disinherit

exigible

liable to be exacted

exiguous

scanty; slender; sparse

exility

slenderness or smallness; refinement

eximious

excellent or distinguished

existentialism

doctrine of individual human responsibility in an unfathomable universe

exlineal

out of the direct line of descent

exobiology

study of extraterrestrial life

exocentric

of a linguistic compound, having a different grammatical function than its parts

exoculate

blind; eyeless

exode

farce or afterpiece

exodist

one who goes out; emigrant

exodontia

extraction of teeth

exodromy

stabilizing movement of exchange

exogenous

having an external origin

exonym

name for a town or country in a foreign language

exopathic

due to external forces or causes

exophagy

cannibalism outside one’s own group

exorable

capable of being moved or influenced

exordium

beginning or introduction to a composition

exosculate

to kiss fervently or heartily

exoteric

intelligible to the uninitiated; commonplace

exotropia

outward squint

expatiate

to wander freely; to write about in great detail

expeditate

to deprive of the ball of the foot or the claws

expergefacient

awakening; arousing

experientialism

doctrine that knowledge comes from experience

expiate

to make amends for wrong

expiscate

to find out by strict examination

exponible

able to be explained

expostulate

to remonstrate; to discuss or reason with

exprobate

to reproach; to upbraid

expromission

relieving another person’s debt by taking it upon oneself

expugn

to take by storm; to overcome

expurgate

to purify or revise; to censor

exsanguinous

without blood

exscind

to cut off; to uproot

exstrophy

turning an organ inside out

exsufflate

to blow away; to exorcise

extempore

without preparation; offhand

extensometer

instrument for measuring deformation in object due to forces applied

exterritority

exemption from local regulations

extispicy

divination using entrails

extramundane

beyond the known universe

extravasate

to let out of the proper vessels; to flow out

extrorse

turned outward

extrospection

examination of matters external to oneself

exungulation

paring of the nails

exuviate

to cast off or shed

eyas

unfledged falcon or other bird of prey

eyelet

small hole in fabric to allow passage of a cord; cotton fabric with small holes

eyeservice

work done while the boss is watching

eyewash

humbug; something done merely for effect

eyot

small island in a lake or river

List Of Unusual Words Beginning With A

aardwolf

South African carnivorous fox-like quadruped

aasvogel

South African vulture

aba

garment of camel or goat hair; camel or goat-hair fabric

abacinate

to blind by putting red-hot copper basin near the eyes

abaculus

small tile for mosaic

abaft

toward or at the stern of a ship; further aft

abampere

unit equivalent to 10 amperes

abapical

at the lowest point

abarticular

not connected with the joint

abasement

action of humbling or degrading

abasia

inability to walk due to lack of muscular coordination

abatis

rampart of felled trees and branches

abatjour

skylight or device to direct light into a room

abattoir

public slaughterhouse

abature

trail through wood beaten down by a stag

abba

Syriac or Coptic bishop

abbatial

of, like or pertaining to abbots or an abbey

abbozzo

preliminary sketch

abditive

remote; secret; hidden

abdominous

having a paunch or big belly

abducent

turning away; bearing away from

abeam

in a line at right angles to the length of a vessel, on the beam

abear

to bear; to comport; to behave

abecedarian

of, like or pertaining to the order of the alphabet; rudimentary

abecedism

word created from the initials of words in a phrase

abele

white poplar tree

abeng

Jamaican bugle made from cow horn

aberdevine

alternate name for the siskin

aberuncators

long tool for pruning tall branches

abessive

indicating absence or lack

abiectic

of, like or pertaining to fir trees or fir sap

abigeus

cattle rustler

abiogenesis

spontaneous generation of living matter

abiotrophy

degeneration; loss of physical vitality or ability

abirritate

to alleviate irritation; to reduce sensitivity

abiturient

pupil leaving school for university

abject

humble; miserable; craven

ablactation

weaning of a child from its mother’s milk

ablative

indicating direction from or time when

ablator

thermal protection on outside of spacecraft

ablaut

variation in root vowel of words to change meaning

ablegate

papal envoy or legate

ablow

in a blowing state

abluent

cleanser or cleansing product

ablution

ritual washing

ablutomania

mania for washing oneself

abnegate

to renounce or repudiate

abodement

an omen; a foretelling

abolla

Roman military cloak

abomasum

ruminant’s fourth stomach

aboral

away from the mouth

abord

to accost; to approach

aborning

during birth; while being born

aborticide

killing of a fetus; abortion

abortuary

anti-abortion term for an abortion clinic

aboulia

loss of ability to make decisions

aboulomania

pathological indecisiveness

aboutsledge

largest blacksmith’s hammer

abra

narrow mountain pass

abradant

a substance that abrades

abraid

to awaken or rouse

abraxas

gem engraved with mystical word and bearing human-animal figure

abreuvoir

joint or gap between two stones in masonry

abroach

in a condition to allow liquor to run out

abscind

to pare, reduce, cut off or away

abscissa

horizontal distance from a fixed line to a point

abscission

cutting off; cutting away

absconce

lantern used in monasteries and night offices

abseil

to descend a rock face using a double rope

absentaneous

done in absence; pertaining to absence

absinthial

of, like or pertaining to wormwood; bitter

absinthism

disease resembling alcoholism

absit

leave to pass one night away from college

absolutism

doctrine of government by a single absolute ruler; autocracy

absolutive

indicating subject or object of intransitive verb

absolutory

forgiving or absolving

absonant

discordant; abhorrent

absorbefacient

causing or promoting absorption

absorptiometer

instrument for measuring solubility of gases in liquids

absquatulate

to decamp; to leave quickly; to flee

absterge

wipe clean; expunge; purge; purify

absurdism

doctrine that we live in an irrational universe

abterminal

going from the end inwards

abthane

monastic region of the old Irish church

abulia

lack of ability to make decisions; aboulia

abuna

Ethiopian patriarch

abusion

misuse; outrage; deception

abutment

masonry on a wall that supports an arch

abvolt

unit of electrical potential equal to one hundred millionth of a volt

aby

to make amends; atone; pay a penalty

abyssopelagic

of, like or pertaining to the depths of the ocean

academicism

doctrine that nothing can be known

acanaceous

bearing prickles or thistles; prickly

acanthous

spiny; prickly

acapnia

lack or deficiency of carbon dioxide

acapnotic

non-smoker; non-smoking

acariasis

irritating itching insect infestation

acaricide

killer of mites and ticks

acarine

of, like or pertaining to ticks or mites

acarology

study of mites

acarophobia

fear of itching or of insects causing itching

acarpous

sterile; not bearing fruit

acatalectic

having complete or full number of syllables in a poetic line

acatalepsy

the unknowableness of all things to a certainty

acatamathesia

inability to understand data presented to the senses

acates

provisions that have been purchased

acatour

provisioner; quartermaster

acaulescent

having a very short stem

accelerometer

instrument for measuring acceleration or vibrations

acceptilation

remission of debt or liability through fictitious repayment

accessit

prize for students in second place; honourable mention

acciaccatura

very short note played before a longer one

accidence

grammar book; science of inflections in grammar

accidentalism

theory that events do not have causes

accidie

sloth; physical torpor

accipiter

bandage worn around the nose

accipitral

like a bird of prey; rapacious

accipitrine

of, like or pertaining to falcons and hawks

accismus

in rhetoric, pretending to refuse something

accite

to cite; to summon

acclinate

sloping upwards

acclivity

upward slope

accloy

to hobble with a horseshoe nail

accolade

curved architectural moulding; vertical line joining two musical staves

accolent

neighbouring

accollé

of a heraldic animal, entwined or collared

accosted

in heraldry, two figures placed side by side

accoucheur

male midwife

accoucheuse

female midwife

accourage

to encourage

accoy

to subdue; to pacify; to soothe

accrementition

increase or growth by adding similar material

accretion

accumulation; addition of parts to form a whole

accubation

reclining as on a couch

accubitum

crescent-shaped couch

accusative

indicating direct object of a verb

acedia

listlessness; sloth

aceldama

site or scene of violence or bloodshed

aceology

therapeutics

acequia

irrigation ditch

acerate

of, like or resembling a needle

acerbate

to embitter; to irritate

acerous

lacking horns or antennae

acersecomic

one whose hair has never been cut

acervate

heaped; clustered

acervuline

like or in small mounds or heaps

acescence

becoming sour; souring; turning of milk

acetabulum

small anatomical cup or hollow, such as a sucker

acetarious

acetimeter

instrument for measuring strength of vinegar

achaenocarp

any dry indehiscent fruit

acharné

furious or desperate (of a battle)

achene

small one-seeded fruit or naked seed of plant

achloropsia

colour-blindness with respect to green

achor

eruption or scab on the head

achromatopsia

colour-blindness

acicular

needle-shaped

acidaemia

undue acidity of blood

acidimeter

instrument for measuring concentration of acids

acidulous

sharp or bitter-tasting

acierate

to turn into steel

acinaceous

full of kernels

acinaciform

scimitar-shaped

aciniform

shaped like a berry

acinus

berry which grows in clusters

ackamarackus

pretentious or deceptive nonsense

aclinic

having no inclination or magnetic dip

acoemeti

ancient monastic order who maintained eternal choir service

acology

study of medical remedies

acolouthic

of, like or pertaining to an after-image or other after-sensation

acopic

curing or relieving fatigue

acoria

pathologically great appetite

acosmism

disbelief in existence of eternal universe distinct from God

acouasm

ringing noise in head

acquest

object which is acquired

acracy

government by none; anarchy

acre-breadth

old unit of length of 22 yards

acritochromacy

colour-blindness

acrocephalous

having a pointed or peaked skull

acrography

the art of making wood blocks in relief

acrolith

wooden statue with stone extremities

acrologic

of, like or pertaining to initials

acromegaly

glandular disorder causing gigantism of extremities

acronical

occurring at nightfall or sunset

acronym

word formed from initial letters of another word

acropathy

disease or illness of the extremities

acrophobia

fear of heights

acrophonic

using a symbol for the initial sound of a thing

acropodium

pedestal upon which a statue rests

acroscopic

looking or moving towards the apex

acroteleutic

phrase or words at the end of a psalm

acroterion

pedestal or ornament at the angle of a pediment

acrotism

absence of pulsing

actinism

action of solar radiation causing chemical change

actinograph

instrument used to calculate time of photographic exposure

actinometer

instrument for measuring incident radiation

actinotherapy

use of ultraviolet rays as medical therapy

acton

stuffed jacket worn under armour; haqueton

actuate

communicate motion to; cause

aculeate

prickly; pointed; stinging; a stinging insect

aculeiform

shaped like a thorn

acultomancy

divination using needles

acuminate

tapered; pointed; to sharpen

acutiator

sharpener of weapons

acutorsion

twisting artery with needle to stop bleeding

acyanopsia

colour-blindness with respect to blue

acyesis

female sterility

acyrology

incorrect diction or pronunciation

adactylous

lacking fingers or claws

adamantine

unbreakable; impenetrable

adamitism

nakedness for religious reasons

adaxial

next to or towards the axis

addax

large African antelope

addax

spiral-horned antelope dwelling in the Sahara desert

additament

thing added or appended; heraldic ornament

addititious

of, pertaining to or resulting from addition

addle

putrid; barren; muddled

addorsed

turned back to back in heraldry

adduce

cite as proof or instance

adeciduate

evergreen; coniferous

adeem

to cancel a bequest by destruction of the object

adelaster

provisional name for a plant whose flowers are unknown

adelphogamy

sharing of a wife by two or more brothers

ademption

revocation of donation by donor

adenalgia

painful swelling of a gland

adenia

glandular swelling

adeniform

shaped like a gland

adenography

descriptive work on the glandular system

adenoid

of, like or pertaining to or like a gland

adenology

study of glands

adenotomy

removal or excision of gland

adespota

anonymous works

adessive

indicating place where or proximity to

adevism

denial of gods of mythology and legend

adharma

unrighteousness

adhibit

to attach; to admit; to administer

adhocracy

government in an unstructured fashion; an unstructured organization

adiabatic

without transference of heat

adiaphoresis

absence of perspiration; inability to perspire

adiaphorism

doctrine of theological indifference or latitudinarianism

adiaphoron

tenet or belief on which a theological system is indifferent

adiapneustia

defective perspiration

adiathermancy

impermeability to radiant energy

adipescent

becoming fat or fatty

adipic

of, like or pertaining to fatty substances

adipocere

fatty substance occurring in corpses left in moist areas

adipsia

absence or lack of thirst

adit

opening or passage into a mine

adjudge

to decide; to award

adjutant

enormous Indian stork

adjutor

helper; assistant

adjuvant

substance added to make vaccine more effective

admanuensis

one who takes an oath on a religious book

admaxillary

connected to or near the jaw

admeasurement

the act of measuring or apportioning

adminicle

that which supports or aids, especially evidence

adnascent

growing on some other thing

adnominal

indicating adjective used as a noun

adnoun

adjective serving or used as a noun

adonise

to adorn oneself

adoptionism

belief that Christ was the adopted and not natural son of God

adosculation

impregnation by contact alone or by wind

adown

in a descending direction

adoxography

good writing on a trivial subject

adoxy

beliefs that are neither orthodox nor heterodox

adpress

to press together

adrogation

adoption of a boy or girl before adolescence

added; additional

attached or feudally bound to the soil or earth

to attract and stick to the surface

adumbrate

indicate faintly; foreshadow

aduncate

shaped like a hook or crook

horizontal movement of air

bringing inwards

due to outside causes

accidental; casual

a thing or person coming from outside

miscellaneous notes; commonplace books

word or phrase expressing opposition

refer to in speech or writing

darken; become late

liqueur containing rum and raw eggs

right of presentation to church living

adynamia

helplessness; lack of strength

adynaton

rhetorical use of a nearly impossible situation for emphasis

adytum

sacred part of a temple or church; church chancel

adzebill

prehistoric flightless bird of New Zealand

aedile

magistrate in charge of games, markets or buildings

aedoeology

science of generative organs

aegilops

stye in inner corner of eye

aegis

protection; support

aegrotat

medical certificate of illness excusing student’s sickness

aeneous

shining bronze colour

aeolian

giving forth a tone as if produced by the wind

aeolipyle

hollow ball that turns through steam escaping through valves

aeolotropy

variation in physical properties on basis of position

aeonian

lasting for an immeasurably long period of time

aepyornis

gigantic flightless bird of Madagascar

aerenchyma

respiratory tissue

aeriform

of the form or shape of gas; gaseous

aerious

of the nature of air; airy

aerobe

organism requiring oxygen to survive

aerobiology

study of airborne organisms

aerodonetics

science or study of gliding

aerogenesis

forming or generating gas or air

aerography

descriptive work on the atmosphere

aerolith

stone that falls from the sky; meteorite

aerolithology

study of aerolites; meteorites

aerology

study of the atmosphere

aeromancy

divination by means of the weather

aerometer

instrument for measuring weight or density of gas

aerophane

thin crinkled semi-transparent fabric

aerophilately

collecting of air-mail stamps

aerophobia

fear of flying or draughts

aerophone

musical instrument like a concertina

aerophore

instrument used to inflate stillborn child’s lungs

aeropleustic

of, like or pertaining to aerial navigation

aerostat

any lighter-than air craft; balloon

aerostatics

science of air pressure; art of ballooning

aeruginous

of, like or pertaining to copper-rust or verdigris

aerugo

rust of any metal

aesc

letter used in Old English for ‘ae’

aesopian

conveying meaning only to those in a secret movement

aesthesia

sensibility

aesthesiogenic

producing or causing a sensation

aestheticism

doctrine that beauty is central to other moral principles

aestival

of, like or pertaining to summer

aethrioscope

instrument for measuring temperature variations due to sky conditions

aeviternal

everlasting; endless

aeviternity

eternal existence

afebrile

not suffering from fever

affabulation

moral of a fable

affeer

to assess; to reduce to a fixed sum

afferent

bearing, bringing or carrying towards

affiance

to trust; to betroth

affine

a relation by marriage

afflatus

inspiration; divine impetus

afforce

to strengthen a jury by adding skilled people

afforest

to cover with forest; to convert into hunting grounds

affranchise

to free from slavery or similar obligation

affray

an attack or assault; an alarm or fright

affrayer

disturber of the peace

affreightment

hiring of a vessel

affricate

consonant that begins as a plosive and ends as a fricative

affronté

of two heraldic animals, facing one another

affusion

pouring on; as of baptismal water

afterclap

unexpected damaging or unsettling after-effect

afterdeck

deck behind a ship’s bridge

aftergame

rematch; means employed after first turn of affairs

afterguard

men who work the aft sails on the quarterdeck and poop deck

afterhand

subsequently

afterings

last milk drawn when milking a cow

afterpiece

minor piece after a play

aftershaft

second shaft coming out of the quill of a feather

afterwil

locking of the barn after the cows have been let out

agacerie

allurement; coquetry

agalactia

failure or inability to produce milk

agamist

one who opposes marriage

agamogenesis

reproduction by non-sexual means

agape

selfless Christian love; a feast in celebration of such love

agapeistic

characterized by Christian love

agapetae

churchwomen who live platonically with celibate men

agastopia

admiration of part of another’s body

agatewear

type of ceramic resembling agate stone

agathism

belief in ultimate triumph of good despite evil means

agathodaimon

one’s good genius; the good part of one’s conscience

agelast

one who never laughs

agennesic

sterile; impotent

agenocratia

opposition to birth control

agentive

indicating agent performing an action

ageotropic

moving or turning away from the earth

agersia

quality of not growing old

ageusia

damage to the sense of taste

agger

artificial mound or elevation for military use

aggerose

in heaps; piled up

aggiornamento

modernization of ideas of the Catholic church

aggrade

to raise level of a surface through depositing detritus

aggrandize

increase power or rank of; make greater

aggrate

to gratify or please

aggry

agio

premium paid on foreign currency exchange

agiotage

playing the stock market; speculation

agist

to charge with a public burden; to take in to graze for payment

agistment

land tax assessed for cattle pasturing

aglet

metal point attached to a lace or string

agma

symbol or sound for a velar nasal consonant “ng”

agnail

sore, corn or hangnail on the toe or foot

agname

name over and above the ordinary name and surname

agnize

to acknowledge or confess

agnomen

additional name; surname; nickname

agnomination

rhetorical use of similar-sounding words for effect

agnosic

unable to recognize familiar objects due to brain damage

agnosticism

doctrine that we can know nothing beyond material phenomena

agoge

tempo or sequence in melody in ancient Greek music

agogic

accenting a musical note by slightly dwelling on it

agomphosis

looseness in the teeth

agonism

competition; effort; striving

agonistes

someone in the grip of inner conflict

agonistic

of, like or pertaining to or being aggressive or argumentative

agonistics

art and theory of prize-fighting

agoraphobia

fear of open spaces

agouti

tropical rabbit-sized rodent

agowilt

sudden sickening and unnecessary fear

agraffe

hooked clasp used by masons to hold blocks together

agrapha

sayings of Jesus not found in the canonical gospels

agraphia

inability to write

agravic

having no gravity; pertaining to the condition of zero-gravity

agrestic

of the fields; rural; unpolished

agriology

the comparative study of primitive peoples

agrize

to horrify; to disfigure

agrizoiatry

medicine specializing in wild animals

agrobiology

study of plant nutrition; soil yields

agrology

study of agricultural soils

agromania

intense desire to be in open spaces

agronomics

study of productivity of land

agrostography

writing about grasses

agrostology

science or study of grasses

agrypnotic

anything taken to aid wakefulness

aguardiente

Spanish or Portuguese brandy

agyiophobia

fear of crossing busy streets

agynary

lacking female genitals

ahimsa

the duty of sparing animal life; non-violence

ahull

with sails furled and helm lashed to the lee-side

aichmophobia

fear of sharp or pointed objects

aiger

tidal wave occurring in rivers

aigrette

a spray of jewels; ornamental feather plume; an egret

aiguille

sharp; needle-like peak of rock

aileron

flap on airplane wing for lateral balance

ailette

plate of armour worn on shoulder

ailuromancy

divination by watching cats’ movements

ailurophilia

love of cats

ailurophobia

fear of cats

aioli

garlic-flavoured mayonnaise

airscrew

aircraft propeller

aischrolatry

worship of filth, dirt, or smut

aisling

a vision or dream

ait

small island in lake or river

aitchbone

rump bone of cattle; rump cut of beef

akeratophorous

not horned

akinesia

loss of ability to move

ala

membranous outgrowth on a plant or animal

alabamine

alternate name for the element astatine

alack

expression of sorrow or regret

alalia

loss of ability to speak

alameda

public walkway between rows of poplar trees

alamode

lightweight glossy silk

alamort

half-dead; dejected

alannah

term of endearment used with one’s child

alar

of, like or pertaining to the wing or shoulder

alastrim

mild form of smallpox

alation

state of having wings; position of wings on a creature

alaudine

of, like or pertaining to skylarks

alb

long white robe worn by priests

albarello

cylindrical jar used to hold drugs

albata

variety of German silver

albedo

whiteness, as of a celestial object

albescent

becoming white; whiteness

albicant

whitish; becoming white

albificative

able to whiten or be whitened

albion

medieval astronomical device for finding positions of planets

albocracy

government by white people

albolith

white cement formed from magnesia and silica

albugineous

like the white of an eye or an egg; white-coloured

alcahest

alchemical universal solvent

alcine

of, like or pertaining to elks; of, like or pertaining to auks

alcoholometer

instrument for measuring proportion of alcohol in solutions

alcovinometer

instrument to measure strength of wine

aleatoric

depending on contingencies or chance

aleberry

beverage made from ale, spices, and dried bread

alecost

costmary, an herb used in flavouring ale

alectormancy

divination by sacrificing a rooster

alectryomachy

cock-fighting

alectryomancy

divination by watching a rooster gather corn kernels

alee

on or toward the lee

alegar

vinegar made by turning ale sour

alembicated

over-refined

alepine

mixed wool and silk or mohair and cotton fabric

alethiology

study of truth

aleuromancy

divination using flour or meal

alexia

inability to read

alexipharmic

antidote

alfet

cauldron of boiling water used during trials by ordeal

alforge

wallet or leather bag

algedonics

science of pleasure and pain

algetic

causing or producing pain

algicide

killer of algae

alginuresis

painful urination

algolagnia

sexual pleasure derived from inflicting pain

algology

study of algae

algophobia

fear of pain

algor

coldness; shivering fit

algraphy

art of printing from aluminum plates

alicorn

mythical wavy-horned bull, often used as heraldic device

alidade

revolving index on astrolabe or other instrument for reading gradations

alieniloquy

speech on subjects other than the matter at hand; off-topic speech

aliicide

killing of someone other than oneself; murder

aliped

having wings on the feet

aliphatic

of, like or pertaining to fat or fats in general

aliquant

number dividing into another with a remainder

aliquot

number dividing into another without leaving a remainder

aliter

requiring a different law to be applied; it is otherwise; in other words

aliunde

from elsewhere

alk

sap or resin from turpentine trees

alkalimeter

instrument for measuring strength of alkalines

alkanet

reddish plant-based dye

allantiasis

food poisoning resulting from inadequate preservation

allantoid

shaped like a sausage

allative

indicating movement towards

allemain

enormous pudding out of which acrobats leap

allemande

courtly baroque dance in which the arms are interlaced

alliaceous

allicient

attracting something else

allision

intentional collision of two ships

allocatur

amount allowed for costs

allochthonous

formed or produced elsewhere or externally

allodic

not subject to a superior

allogamy

cross-fertilization

allogeneous

different

allography

writing another individual’s signature

allolalia

speech disorder featuring randomly spoken words

allonge

paper attached to commercial bill requiring signatures

allonym

other person’s name used by an author

alloquy

speaking to another or many others; an address

allotheism

belief in or worship of strange gods

allotriophagy

craving for strange foods

allotropy

of an element, having more than one form

alluvion

effect of water impacting on shoreline

allwhere

elsewhere; everywhere

almacantar

circle of altitude, parallel to the horizon

almagest

textbook or handbook, especially dealing with astronomy

almandine

violet-coloured garnet

almoner

giver of alms; social worker in a hospital

almuce

cloth or fur hood

alnager

inspector of cloth

alogism

illogical statement

alomancy

divination using salt

alopecia

baldness; hair loss

alopecoid

of or resembling a fox

alpaca

fine wool made from alpaca hair

alpenglow

reddish glow appearing at sunrise or sunset in mountains

alpenstocker

mountain climber

alpestrine

of, like or pertaining to alpine regions

alphenic

sugary candy used in medicine

alphitomancy

divination using loaves of barley

alphonsin

instrument used to extract bullets from bodies

altarage

payment to priest for mass; offerings at altar

alterity

state of being different

alternatim

alternately

altiloquence

pompous or high speech

altisonant

high-sounding

altitonant

thundering on high or loudly

altricial

having young requiring care for a lengthy period

aludel

pear-shaped pot used in sublimation

aluminiferous

bearing aluminum

alveary

beehive; area of the ear where wax collects; word-list

alveolate

of or like a honeycomb

alveromancy

divination using sounds

ama

a Japanese pearl-diver

amadelphous

outgoing; gregarious

amain

to a high degree; exceedingly; at full speed

amanuensis

one employed to write from dictation

amaranth

imaginary flower reputed never to fade

amaranthine

immortal; undying; deep purple-red colour

amasesis

inability to chew

amasthenic

focusing light rays to a single point

amathophobia

fear of dust

amaxophobia

fear of riding in a car

ambages

windings; roundabout ways; delays

ambeer

juice from chewing tobacco

amberjack

spiny-finned Atlantic sport fish

ambiloquous

using dubious or ambiguous expressions

ambisinistrous

awkward in the use of both hands

ambit

circuit; scope; compass; confines

ambo

early Christian raised reading desk or pulpit

ambry

recess for church vessels; cupboard or niche

ambsace

bad luck; a low score

ambulatory

aisle down the east end of a church

ambulomancy

divination by taking a walk

ambulophobia

fear of walking

ambustion

burn or scald

amende

fine or reparation paid

ament

a person who fails to develop mentally

amerce

to fine; to deprive; to punish

ametropia

abnormal optical refraction

amice

strip of fine linen worn as cloak or wrap by priest at mass

amicicide

murder of a friend

amidmost

in the very middle

amidships

midway between the bow and stern of a ship

ammeter

instrument for measuring electrical current

ammophilous

sand-loving; preferring to dwell in sand

amnicolist

one who lives near a river

amniomancy

divination by examining afterbirth

amorce

percussion cap for a toy pistol

amoret

love sonnet or song

amoretto

a cherub or spirit of love

ampelidious

of, like or pertaining to vines

ampelography

scientific description of the vine

ampere

unit for measuring amount of electrical current

amphibiolith

fossilized amphibian

amphibolic

able to turn both backwards and forwards; double-jointed

amphibology

ambiguity in language; dual grammatical meaning

amphigean

occurring in both hemispheres of the brain or body

amphigory

a nonsense verse

amphimixis

interbreeding; intermixing of two individuals’ genetic matter

amphipneust

animal with both lungs and gills

amphisbaena

mythical two-headed serpent or lizard

amphiscian

of, like or pertaining to torrid regions

amphiuma

aquatic American salamander with two pairs of small feet

amphoriloquy

cavernous voice of a patient heard over a patient’s lung cavity

amplexus

ampliative

supplemental; additional

amplivagant

stretching far; having a great scope

ampulla

vessel for holy oil or wine for coronations or rituals

amrita

Hindu ambrosia bestowing immortality

amygdaloid

almond-shaped; of, like or pertaining to tonsils

amyloid

containing or pertaining to starch; starchy

ana

in equal quantities

anabasis

journey leading upwards; first phase of an illness

anabiosis

return to life after apparent death

anacampserote

something which can bring back a lost love

anacamptic

reflecting or reflected light; sound or water

anacardic

of, like or pertaining to cashews

anacathartic

causing vomiting or expectoration

anachoric

foreign or geographically absurd relating to a country

anaclastic

refractive; of, like or pertaining to refraction

anaclitic

dependent on other phenomenon or ability

anacoenosis

rhetorical questioning of hearers or opponents for opinions on a matter

anacoluthon

moving to new topic of discussion before finishing current one

anacrisis

interrogation accompanied by torture

anacrusis

syllable prior to the normal rhythm of a verse

anacusic

completely deaf

anadem

wreath, fillet or band

anadiplosis

repeating last word of clause at beginning of next clause

anadromous

fish which ascend rivers to spawn

anaerectic

destructive

anaesthesiology

study of anaesthetics

anagalactic

coming from or existing beyond our own galaxy

anaglyph

ornament in low relief

anaglyptics

art of carving in bas-relief

anaglyptography

art of engraving so as to give the subject an embossed appearance

anagnorisis

recognition leading to denouement of a play

anagogy

mystical interpretation

anagraphy

art of constructing catalogues

analects

crumbs that fall from the table

analepsis

repetition of a word or phrase for emphasis; pleonasm

analgia

inability to feel pain

anamnesis

reminiscence; prayer recalling death and resurrection of Jesus

anamorphic

changing to a more complex form

ananym

name written backward; often used as synonym

anapeiratic

caused by excessive use

anapest

two short metrical syllables followed by one long one

anaphalantiasis

falling out of the eyebrows

anaphia

loss of sense of touch

anaphora

repetition of a word at beginning of successive phrases for emphasis

anapnea

recovery of one’s breath; restoration of breath

anastasic

convalescent

anastrophe

reversing or inverting word order as rhetorical device

anatine

of, like or pertaining to ducks

anatocism

compound interest

anatreptic

overcoming; overturning

anaunter

on the chance; lest

anbury

soft fleshy tumour in horses

anchorite

one withdrawn from the world for religious reasons

ancillary

auxiliary; secondary

ancipitous

two-edged and flattened

ancistroid

hook-shaped

anconoid

of, like or pertaining to the elbow

ancoral

of, shaped like or resembling an anchor

ancress

female religious recluse

andiron

iron bar used to support the end of a log in a fire

andragogy

science of teaching adults

androcracy

government by men

androlepsia

governmental kidnapping for political purposes

andromania

nymphomania

androphagy

cannibalism

aneabil

single; unmarried

anele

to administer extreme unction to

anemocracy

government by the wind or by whim

anemograph

instrument for measuring pressure and velocity of wind

anemography

treatise on the winds

anemology

study of winds

anemometer

instrument for measuring wind velocity

anemophilous

pollinated by wind

anencephalic

lacking a brain

anent

about; concerning

anergia

failure of immune system; loss of energy

anesis

tuning to a lower musical pitch

aneuria

lack of nervous energy

anfractuous

full of windings and intricate turnings

angary

the right of a belligerent to seize neutral property

angelocracy

government by angels

angelolatry

worship of or belief in angels

angelology

study of angels

angelot

musical instrument resembling a lute

angelus

prayer said in morning, at noon and at sunset

angiogenesis

production of blood vessels

angiography

description or examination of the blood vessels

angiology

study of blood flow and lymphatic system

anglice

in plain English

anglomania

craze or obsession with England and the English

anglophilia

love or fondness for England or the English

anglophobia

fear of England or the English

angora

silk-like fabric made from wool of angora goats

angstrom

unit of one ten-billionth of a meter

anguiform

shaped like a snake

anguilliform

shaped like an eel

anguine

of, like or pertaining to snakes

anhedonia

an unresponsiveness to pleasure

anhelation

shortness of breath

anhidrosis

absence of perspiration

anhinga

long-necked fish-eating tropical American bird

aniconic

symbolizing without aiming at resemblance

anicular

like an old woman

anile

imbecilic; senile; like a very old woman

animalism

belief that humans are mere animals

animastic

spiritual; animate

animé

of a heraldic animal, having eyes differently-coloured from the animal itself

animism

attribution of soul to inanimate objects

anion

positively charged ion

anisothenic

being of unequal strength

anker

liquid measure of 8 1/2 gallons

ankus

spiked elephant goad

ankyloglossia

condition where motion of tongue is impeded; state of being tongue-tied

anlace

short two-edged dagger

anneal

to heat and cool metal gradually to temper

annectent

having intermediate features between two taxa

annihilationism

doctrine that the wicked are utterly destroyed after death

annodated

shaped like the letter S

annomination

pun; play on words

annuent

nodding or moving of the head

annulated

furnished with rings, wearing rings

annulet

small ring around a classical column

annulose

ringed; composed of rings

anoa

small wild ox of Indonesia

anocathartic

emetic; causing vomiting or expectoration

anodontia

toothlessness

anodyne

something that relieves pain or suffering

anoesis

sensation not accompanied by understanding of it

anogenic

formed from below or beneath

anole

arboreal American lizard with ability to change colour

anomia

inability to remember names

anomic

in a state lacking social order and norms

anomie

condition of lacking accepted social values or standards

anomphalous

without a navel

anon

at once; immediately

anonym

person whose name is not given; pseudonym

anonymuncule

minor anonymous writer

anopheline

of, like or pertaining to malarial mosquitoes

anopisthographic

bearing writing or inscription only on one side

anorchous

lacking testicles

anosmia

lack or loss of sense of smell

ansate

having a handle or hand-like shape

anserated

of a heraldic cross, having the extremities cleft

anserine

of, like or pertaining to geese

anta

pier produced by thickening wall at one end

antalgic

alleviating or relieving pain

antanaclasis

repetition of key word of phrase as a play on words

antapology

response to an apology

antarchy

opposition to government; anarchy

antechapel

anteroom to a chapel or church

antechinus

carnivorous mouselike Australian marsupial

antejentacular

before breakfast

antelucan

before dawn or daylight

antemundane

before one’s own birth; before the creation of the world

antenniferous

bearing antennae

antependium

covering or cloth over pulpit or altar

antephialtic

preventing nightmares

antepone

to put before; to prefer

anteprandial

before dinner

antevenient

preceding

anthelion

luminous ring seen on a cloud opposite the sun

anthelminthic

destroying or expelling worms

anthography

scientific description of flowers

anthomancy

divination using flowers

anthomania

obsession with flowers

anthophilous

loving or frequenting flowers

anthorism

counter-definition; redefinition of opponent’s term for rhetorical effect

anthracomancy

divination using burning coals

anthrophobia

fear of humans

anthropobiology

study of human biology

anthropocentrism

belief that humans are central to the universe

anthropogenesis

origin of human beings

anthropoglot

animal with human tongue; animal capable of speech

anthropolatry

worship of human beings

anthropolith

fossilized human skeleton

anthropomancy

divination using human entrails

anthropomorphization

attribution of human qualities to animals

anthropopathy

ascription of human feelings to inanimate object

anthropophaginian

cannibal

anthropophagous

eating humans

anthroposophy

knowledge of the nature of humanity; human wisdom

anthropotheism

belief that gods are only deified men

anthypophora

refuting an objection using a contrary inference

antibasilican

opposed to monarchic principle

antiblastic

providing natural immunity against harmful substances

antibromic

eliminating offensive odours

antichresis

enjoyment of mortgaged property in lieu of interest payments

antichthon

hypothetical second Earth on the opposite side of the sun

anticlimax

expression whose last part is decreased in effect from the prior part

anticryptic

camouflaged; having protective resemblance to environment

antidisestablishmentarianism

doctrine opposed to removing Church of England’s official religion status

antigalactic

preventing the secretion of milk

antigropelos

waterproof leggings

antilapsarianism

denial of doctrine of the fall of humanity

antilegomena

books of the New Testament not part of early Christian Bible

antilogarithm

number of which a given number is the logarithm

antilogism

statement of three propositions containing contradiction

antilogy

contradiction

antiloquy

speaking against some idea; contradicting or gainsaying

antimacassar

protective covering for back of sofa or chair

antimetabole

figure in which words or phrases are repeated but in inverse order

antimetathesis

inversion of the parts of an antithesis

antimnemonic

damaging the memory; eliminating memories

antimony

brittle, bluish-white metallic element

antinomianism

doctrine of the rejection of moral law

antinomy

contradiction between two logical conclusions

antipedobaptism

denial of validity of infant baptism

antiperistasis

opposition or resistance

antiphon

anthem sung as a response during church service

antiphrasis

use of words in a sense opposite to literal

antipudic

concealing private parts of the body

antiscian

dweller on the exact opposite side of the world

antistrophe

repetition of words in reverse order

antistrophon

turning of opponent’s own argument against them

antithalian

opposed to mirth or fun

antithesis

contrast of ideas by means of parallel arrangement of words or clauses

antitypy

resistance to being penetrated

antonomasia

use of descriptive phrase or epithet instead of proper name

antrorse

turned upward and forward

anuptaphobia

fear of staying single

anuresis

inability to urinate

anzactile

army biscuit

aorist

expressing simple past time with no continuance

apaesthesia

numbness or loss of sensation in a limb

apagoge

proof by showing the falsehood of the opposite

apanage

privilege of office; especially one given to younger offspring

apantomancy

divination using objects at hand

aparithmesis

rhetorical answer to a proposition

apatetic

of an animal’s coloration or markings

apercu

brief outline; glimpse; intuitive insight

aphagia

inability to eat or swallow

aphemia

loss of ability to produce articulate speech

apheresis

taking away a sound or syllable at the beginning of a word

aphesis

loss of initial unaccented vowel from beginning of a word

aphicide

killer of aphids

aphidicide

killer of aphids

aphnology

science of wealth

aphologistic

flameless

aphrasia

inability to speak

aphrodisiomania

abnormal sexual interest

aphthong

silent letter

apian

of, like or pertaining to bees

apiarian

of, like or pertaining to bees or beekeeping

apiculate

ending in a small apex or point

apiculture

beekeeping

apistia

faithlessness in marriage

aplanatic

a lens free of spherical aberration

apocalypticism

doctrine of the imminent end of the world

apocarteresis

suicide by starvation

apocatastasis

final restitution of all things at the appearance of the Messiah

apocatastisis

reversion or restoration to original position

apocope

cutting off the last sound of a word

apocrisiary

papal secretary

apodictic

necessarily true beyond contradiction

apodosis

main concluding clause in a conditional sentence

apodysophilia

feverish desire to undress

apograph

exact copy; facsimile

apolaustic

dedicated to the search for enjoyment

apologetics

defense and proof of Christianity or other doctrine

apopemptic

valedictory

apophasis

saying something by stating that you will not mention it

apophoret

a gift given to celebrate a new year

apophthegm

brief saying; proverb; epigram

aporia

professed but false doubt of what to say or choose, for rhetorical effect

aposiopesis

suddenly stopping in the middle of a speech for emphasis

apositia

dislike of or distaste for food

apostasy

renunciation of former beliefs

apostrophe

addressing of a personified thing rhetorically

apotelesm

casting of a horoscope

apothegm

a short, instructive saying or formula

apotheosis

elevation to divine status; a perfect example

apotropaic

designed to turn away evil

apparitor

officer in court who attends to execute orders; harbinger

appaumé

having the palm displayed

appendant

attached to; hanging from; adjunct

apperception

mind’s perception of itself as a conscious agent

appersonation

irrational belief that one is another person

appetence

strong craving or powerful desire

applanate

flat; flattened; compressed

appointé

in heraldry, having two things touching at the ends

apport

to transport objects without material agency

appose

to place in juxtaposition or proximity

approbation

approval; consent

appropinquity

nearness

appui

to support militarily

appulse

a striking against something

appurtenance

a subordinate or adjunct part of

apricate

to bask in the sun

apricide

killing of a boar

apse

rounded extension of church or other building

apselophesia

loss of sense of touch

apsidal

shaped like an apse

apterygial

wingless; finless

aptotic

uninflected; indeclinable

aptronym

name that suits its owner

apyrexy

period of intermission in a fever

aquamanile

ewer in the form of a human or animal figure for ceremonial handwashing

aquaphobia

fear of water

aquarelle

watercolour painting

aquifer

a rock formation containing water

aquiform

watery; liquid

aquilated

aquiline

of, like or pertaining to eagles; hooked like an eagle’s beak

araba

wheeled Middle Eastern carriage

arachibutyrophobia

fear of peanut butter sticking to roof of mouth

arachnivorous

feeding on spiders

arachnology

study of spiders

arachnophobia

fear of spiders

araneidan

of, like or pertaining to spiders

araneiform

shaped like a spider

araneous

transparent; delicate; like a spider’s web

araphorostic

seamless

arbalest

type of crossbow

arborescent

branched; branching; tree-shaped

arboricide

killing of trees

arboricolous

growing on or living in trees

arboriform

shaped like a tree

arbrolatry

worship of start

arbuscle

dwarf or shrub-like tree

arbustum

orchard; copse of trees

arcanna

red chalk used to mark trees

arceate

to prevent; to ward off

archaeolatry

worship of archaic things or old customs

archelogy

the study of first principles

archididascalian

of, like or pertaining to headmasters

archididascalos

school principal

archiloquy

first part of a speech

archimandrite

head of a monastery or convent

archimime

chief buffoon or mimic

architectonics

of, like or pertaining to the arrangement of knowledge

architecuralization

adaptation of non-architectural entities for architectural purposes

architrave

parts surrounding a door or window, especially the top

archology

science of the origins of government

arciform

shaped like a bow

arctician

one skilled in navigating arctic regions

arctogaeal

of the arctic regions of the earth

arctophile

collector of teddy bears

arctophily

study of teddy bears

arcuate

arched; bow-shaped

ard

plough used to scratch top surface of soil

arefy

to dry up; to wither

arenaceous

like, growing in or consisting of sand

arenoid

sandy; like sand

areometer

instrument used for measuring specific gravity

areopagitic

of, like or pertaining to tribunals or courts

aretaics

the science of virtue

arete

sharp mountain ridge

argali

large-horned Asian wild sheep

argent

the heraldic colour silver or white

argentiferous

bearing silver

argentocracy

government by money

argil

clay used in making pottery

argillaceous

clayey; of or resembling clay

argol

crust formed on wine kept too long or improperly

argol

dried cow dung used as fuel

argosy

a large merchant ship; a rich supply

arguendo

for the sake of argument

arguria

silver poisoning

argute

shrill; keen; shrewd

argyll

silver gravy dish

arietine

of, like or pertaining to rams

arietinous

shaped like a ram’s head

aright

right; correctly

ariolation

divination in general

aristarch

a severe critic

aristarchy

government by the best

aristology

the science or art of dining

arithmancy

divination using numbers

arithmocracy

government by simple majority

arithmogram

number composed of numerical values of letters in a word

arithmography

writing a number using letters; gematria

arithmomania

obsessive preoccupation with numbers

armamentarium

collective equipment available to a doctor

armet

round iron helmet

armigerous

entitled to bear arms

armillary

like or composed of rings

armipotent

having strong weapons; militarily potent

armisonant

resounding with noises of battle or weapons

armlet

piece of armour for the arm

armomancy

divination by examining one’s shoulders

armure

twilled woollen or silk fabric

arpeggione

stringed instrument like the cello

arpent

unit of land area slightly smaller than an acre

arpenteur

land surveyor

arrant

downright; unmitigated

arras

tapestry covering a wall

arrasene

embroidery fabric of wool and silk

arrect

attentive; erect; raised up

arrendator

one who rents or farms at a yearly rent

arreptitious

ecstatic; frantic; hasty or hurried

arrestant

substance causing an insect to stop moving

arrhizal

lacking roots

arris

sharp edge on stone; meeting of two surfaces

arrogate

to claim unduly as one’s own; to ascribe

arrondi

of a heraldic device, having rounded sides

arrosive

gnawing; chewing; corroding

arthrology

study of joints

arthroscope

instrument for examining interior of a joint

arundiferous

bearing or producing reeds

arundinaceous

like or having the properties of a reed

arval

of, like or pertaining to ploughed land

ascesis

the practice of disciplining oneself; asceticism

asceticism

doctrine that self-denial of the body permits spiritual enlightenment

ascham

box for keeping bows and arrows dry

ascian

inhabitant of the equatorial zone

aseity

self-origination

ashlar

squared stone used in building walls

ashplant

walking stick

asinine

of, like or pertaining to asses; stupid

asitia

lack of appetite

askefise

one who blows on ashes to bring them to flame

asomatous

lacking a body; incorporeal

asonia

deafness to specific pitches of sound

aspergilliform

shaped like a brush

aspergillum

vessel for sprinkling holy water

asperity

roughness of surface or sound

asperse

slander; disparage

aspersed

in heraldry, covered with an indefinite number of small figures

aspersory

vessel for holding holy water

aspheterism

denial of the right to private property

aspidate

shield-shaped

aspidomancy

divination by sitting and chanting within a circle

asportation

to carry property away wrongfully

assart

to reclaim for agriculture by clearing away trees

assecuration

marine insurance

assentation

insincere or glib assent

asseveration

positive or earnest affirmation

assibilate

to pronounce with a hiss or sibilant

assiduity

persevering application to a pursuit

assizer

officer or judge in charge of weights and measures

associative

indicating association with or accompaniment by

assoil

to absolve; to acquit

assot

to befool; to besot

assuefaction

habituation

assuetude

accustomedness; habit

assurgent

ascending; rising; curving upward

astacology

the science of crayfish

astatic

in equilibrium

asterism

cluster of three asterisks arranged in triangle to draw attention to passage

astern

at the stern of a ship

astheniology

study of diseases of weakening and aging

asthenopia

muscular weakening of the eyes

astragal

small semicircular moulding; dice

astragalomancy

divination using dice or knucklebones

astraphobia

fear of being struck by lightning

astrapophobia

fear of thunder and lightning

astriction

binding obligation

astringe

to draw together; to tighten

astrionics

electronics as applied to space flight

astrobleme

scar on the earth’s surface from meteorite impact

astrobolism

sun-stroke

astrogeology

study of extraterrestrial geology

astrognosy

knowledge of fixed stars

astrogony

theory of the origin of stars

astrolatry

worship of stars

astrologaster

a foolish or petty astrologer

astromancy

divination using stars

astrometeorology

study of effect of stars on climate

astrophile

person interested in astronomy

astroseismology

study of star oscillations

astrut

protrudingly; distendedly

asynartetic

having two members with different rhythms

asyndeton

rhetorical device of omitting conjunctions

ataraxia

tranquility; freedom from anxiety; stoicism

atavism

reversion to early or ancestral type

ateknia

childlessness

atelier

artist’s studio or workshop

ateliosis

imperfect development; developmental irregularity

athanasy

deathlessness

athanor

alchemist’s self-feeding digesting furnace

atheling

Anglo-Saxon prince or nobleman

athenaeum

literary or scientific association

athetesis

rejection of a passage as spurious

athetosis

nervous twitching of digits and extremities

athwart

across; in opposition to; sideways; transversely

atimy

loss of honour; disgrace

atlantes

male figures used as columns

atlas

rich satin fabric

atmatertera

great-grandfather’s grandmother’s sister

atmology

the science of aqueous vapour

atmometer

instrument for measuring evaporating capacity of air

atocia

female sterility

atokous

lacking offspring

atomism

belief that the universe consists of small indivisible particles

atony

muscular weakness

atpatruus

great-grandfather’s grandfather’s brother

atrabiliary

melancholy; hypochondriac

atrabilious

melancholy; splenetic; acrimonious

atrament

blacking; ink; black dye

atresia

absence or irregular closure of a passage in the body

attainder

the loss of civil rights for high treason

attaint

disgrace; sully; infect; taint

attemper

to adapt or alter quality by adding to something

attenuate

make thin; reduce in value

atticism

expression characterized by conciseness and elegance

attollent

lifting up; raising

attorn

to transfer to another

attrahent

attracting or drawing

attrite

repentant through fear of punishment

attuition

operation between sensation and perception

aubade

musical announcement of dawn; sunrise song

aubin

horse’s gait between an amble and a gallop

auceps

hawker or bird-tender

aucupate

to hunt birds; to pursue prey with vigilance

audile

person more attuned to sound than the other senses

audiology

study of hearing

audiometer

instrument for measuring acuity of hearing

audiophile

one who loves accurately reproduced recorded sound

audism

belief that people who can hear are superior to people who are deaf

augean

filthy; difficult

augend

number to which another number is added

aularian

of, like or pertaining to a hall in a university

aulic

courtly; ceremonious; genteel

auncel

crude balance for weighing

aurantiaceous

of, like or pertaining or pertaining to oranges or orange trees

aureity

property of being golden in colour or substance

aureole

radiant light around head or body of holy personage

auricomous

having golden or blond hair

auricular

of, like or pertaining to the ear; spoken secretly

auriferous

bearing gold

auriform

shaped like an ear

aurigation

charioteering

aurigraphy

writing or engraving in gold

aurilave

instrument for cleaning the ear

auriphrygia

gold embroidery

auriscope

instrument for examining the ear

aurochs

extinct wild ox

aurulent

gold-coloured

auscultation

listening to sounds arising within organs

auslaut

final sound of a word or syllable

austringer

keeper of goshawks

austromancy

divination using wind

autarchy

government by an absolute ruler

autarkic

self-sufficient; independent

autecology

study of ecology of one species

autocephality

ecclesiastical self-government

autocide

killing of oneself; suicide

autocide

killing of oneself or another by means of a motor vehicle

autocoprophagy

eating one’s own feces

autocracy

government by one individual

auto-da-fe

burning of a heretic

autodidact

self-taught person

autogenesis

spontaneous generation

autognosis

knowledge of or about oneself

autography

writing in one’s own hand

autolatry

self-worship

autology

scientific study of oneself

automorphism

ascription to others of one’s own characteristics

automysophobia

fear of being dirty

autonym

a writer’s real name; work published under writer’s own name

autophagy

feeding on body’s own tissues

autophanous

self-luminous

autophobia

fear of solitude

autoschediasm

anything extemporized

autosoterism

belief that one can obtain salvation through oneself

autotelic

being an end in itself

autothaumaturgist

person pretending to be mystical or mysterious

autotheism

belief that one is God incarnate or that one is Christ

autotropic

growing in a straight line

auxanometer

instrument for measuring growth of plants

auxesis

increase in size; hyperbole or augmentation of meaning

auxology

science of growth

auxometer

instrument for measuring magnifying power

aval

of, like or pertaining to a grandparent

avalement

allowing knees to flex while skiing

avaunt

away; hence; to boast

aveniform

shaped like oats

aventail

movable front of a helmet

averruncate

to ward off; to uproot

averruncator

pole for pruning trees

aversant

in heraldry, with a hand turned towards the back

avicide

killing of birds

avicular

of, like or pertaining to birds

avionics

the science of electronic devices for aircraft

avizandum

private consideration of a case by a judge

avocet

long-legged wading bird with upward-curving bill

avolitional

involuntary

avulse

to pluck or tear away by force

avuncular

like an uncle; of, like or pertaining to uncles

awn

beard or similar bristly growth on stalk of grain

axiniform

shaped like an axe-head

axinomancy

divination using an axe or hatchet

axiology

the science of the ultimate nature of values

axolotl

salamander dwelling in mountainous lakes

aye-aye

nocturnal lemur-like animal of Madagascar

azimuth

arc of the horizon

azoth

alchemical name for mercury

azure

light or sky blue; the heraldic colour blue