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    abseil : descend a rock face or other near-vertical surface by using a doubled rope coiled round the body and fixed at a higher point; rappel.

    "The commandos had to abseil down sheer cliffs to reach the hostage."
    Interesting, it's the default word in the UK (we use it where an American English speaker would say "rappel").
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    The original term is "Abseilen". "Ab" is short for "Abwärts", meaning "Downwards", "Seil" is the common term for "climbing rope", the ending "en" describes an action, turning it into "using a climbing rope".
    It´s a good example how we use compound words to condense whole sentences/concepts.

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    I just learned proskynesis (the act of bowing as a sign of respect, especially in the Persian culture) from this post:

    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    The question is how much of a goddess she considers herself... we haven't seen her receiving open worship or proskynesis.
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    Apoplectic - To overcome with anger

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    Quote Originally Posted by MCollarsen View Post
    Apoplectic - To overcome with anger
    I hope you just made a typo. as that definition is actually badly wrong:

    Apoplectic - overcome with anger

    "To overcome with anger" would mean you/they are overcoming something else which is a very different thing.
    Apoplexy (i.e. when someone is apoplectic) is when someone is overcome with anger.
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    "Couth". I had never heard it; only "uncouth".
    Quote Originally Posted by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955
    I thought Tom Bombadil dreadful — but worse still was the announcer's preliminary remarks that Goldberry was his daughter (!), and that Willowman was an ally of Mordor (!!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vinyadan View Post
    "Couth". I had never heard it; only "uncouth".
    It's one of those words that has died out, leaving only an obviously-derivative word behind. Like how pamphlets are everywhere, but nobody ever talks about full-size pamphs anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SZbNAhL View Post
    It's one of those words that has died out, leaving only an obviously-derivative word behind.
    It´s actually quite interesting.

    Couth/Uncouth in english, Keusch/Unkeusch in german. It gets more interesting when looking at Kulturni/Njet Kulturni in russian,

    In a sense, it´s actually a word that got assimilated by religion and stayed there. Cough/Keusch describes christian as well as moslem values, while the counterparts, Uncouth/Unkeusch/Njet Kulturni describe universal society-based values.

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    Braggadocio - boastful or arrogant behaviour, or one who performs such behaviour. Also used specifically to describe hyperbolic boasting among rappers.
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    Poltroon: An utter coward.

    Got brought up by my husband the other day in reference to a particular world leader, and I was like "A What?" and he had to explain it. He loves using big archaic words and I love him for it.
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    mordant - having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting as in "a mordant wit".

    I read it and thought it meant something similar to morbid sense of humor.


    BTW: Poltroon & Braggadocio are great Ren Faire words! If we ever get to go again....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Knight View Post
    mordant - having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting as in "a mordant wit".
    It's also the term for the chemicals or additions used to fix dyes so they don't fade out or rub off too easily. Possibly related, as many of the traditional mordants would be very acrid or astringent chemicals that usually have a smell/taste described as 'sharp.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyckspoon View Post
    It's also the term for the chemicals or additions used to fix dyes so they don't fade out or rub off too easily. Possibly related, as many of the traditional mordants would be very acrid or astringent chemicals that usually have a smell/taste described as 'sharp.'
    I think that both come from mordre = to bite, mordant literally meaning "biting". Mordant also used to mean acids used for refining metal, so it would have left some bite in there. Maybe mordant in the modern chemical sense is an extension of this meaning. Another explanation I found is that it's because it holds the dye, like an animal holding on to something by biting it, but I find it less likely. Mordant wit = biting wit seems to make sense, however (with a sense similar to "stinging").
    Quote Originally Posted by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1955
    I thought Tom Bombadil dreadful — but worse still was the announcer's preliminary remarks that Goldberry was his daughter (!), and that Willowman was an ally of Mordor (!!).

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    As a Stephen Donaldson fan, here's an obligatory reference (from the archive)

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    oeuvre : A work of art; The complete body of an artist's work.

    "Readers familiar with the poet's oeuvre recognize her unusual impulses."
    “A long surcote of pers upon he hade, / And by his syde he baar a rusty blade.” - Chaucer

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    This one's a mouthful I learned in Latin class:
    Anagnorisis: the key realization in a play, usually a tragedy, that leads to the plot's resolution, such as someone's true identity being revealed moments before the climax.
    And because I used to play Freerice a ton of times and accumulated a list of my favorite cool-sounding words, here's a few more of them for the road:
    Enantiodromia: the tendency for things to transform into their opposites. Usually used in psychology.
    Entelechy: the realization of potential, such as when Elan learned the Dashing Swordsman class and put his Charisma stat to combat use.
    Epeolatry: the worship of words. Sounds like something Vaarsuvius should get into.
    And one of my favorites, ophidian. It means snake-like. I liked it so much I named one of my characters after it, though I added an "r" to make it less obvious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Raziere View Post
    I learned one watching an elder scrolls lore video:

    sinistral: a fancy word for being left-handed.
    Coincidentally, I remember it from the subtitle of an older video game: Lufia II. Having looked it up back then, I still wonder if the game was trying to say that all southpaws are evil gods...

    Today I learned that a colloquialism for sunshower, the phenomenon of rain on a sunny day (cue CCR), is "the devil beating his wife." I didn't even know he was married.

    I was also recently browbeaten for misusing "ephemeral," a word I know well, in reference to the main blood vessel in the upper part of one's leg. I've been trying to reconcile in the weeks since how I got by so long without any memory of having ever seen "femoral" in print, along with feeling a sense that I may need to rewatch a number of medical dramas and certain crime shows with this new understanding.

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    "anodyne" - not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinterKnight404 View Post
    "anodyne" - not likely to provoke dissent or offense; inoffensive, often deliberately so.
    Also a medicine or cure, as I learned from playing Dragon's Dogma years ago (the basic healing spell being Anodyne).

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    Hypocorism, an affectionate nickname.
    "Après la vie - le mort, après le mort, la vie de noveau.
    Après le monde - le gris; après le gris - le monde de nouveau.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rynjin View Post
    Also a medicine or cure, as I learned from playing Dragon's Dogma years ago (the basic healing spell being Anodyne).
    Specifically it relates to pain killers or pain relief. Not just any medicine or cure.

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    Accrete - to grow together; adhere

    "Temptations and decisions that accrete into experience."
    “A long surcote of pers upon he hade, / And by his syde he baar a rusty blade.” - Chaucer

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    obloquy - strong public criticism or verbal abuse.
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    Ptochocracy - rule by the poor (opposite of the more common plutocracy).


    Quote Originally Posted by Scarlet Knight View Post
    Accrete - to grow together; adhere

    "Temptations and decisions that accrete into experience."
    Hence the "accretion disc" of accreting matter around young stars.
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    Geitonogamy, when a flower pollinates a different flower of the same plant.
    "Après la vie - le mort, après le mort, la vie de noveau.
    Après le monde - le gris; après le gris - le monde de nouveau.
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    Lacuna - a blank space or a missing part : gap; deficiency.

    "That absence is not a lacuna in the story."
    “A long surcote of pers upon he hade, / And by his syde he baar a rusty blade.” - Chaucer

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    Discombobulate.
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    Discombobulate.
    I don't know when I learned "discombobulate". I feel like I have always known it. Either one of my older siblings liked it or it was in a book I read as a child or on a TV show. Now I must examine my childhood to find out.
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    Ineffable - incapable of being expressed in words : indescribable

    "The best fiction is ineffable; the reader cannot precisely explain what they have experienced."
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    dais - a low platform
    loth - loath
    wisp - a small bunch
    gluon - a type of particle
    vasopressin - an attachment hormone

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