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deipnosophist gnomology truckle bagarre zyxt succubitus felix nolition controversion trucidation pièges-à-loups senatus consultum ullagone rufescent biocide isocracy scripturient warison disembosom sensu stricto kerygma galgenhumor nubble steganography xenomorphic gralloche nimiety gammadion bywoner kickie wickie bourasque delenda est Carthago
a person who chatters while eating; meal time conversationalist1898The Letters and Journals of Lord ByronHe was famous for his 'mob dinners,' to which Moore probably refers when he writes to Byron, in an undated letter, of the 'Deipnosophist Kinnaird.'
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a collection of sayings, aphorism, proverbs, short poems, maxims, or reflections1871PhaedrusSOCRATES: And there is also Polus, who has treasuries of diplasiology, and gnomology, and eikonology, and who teaches in them the names of which Licymnius made him a present; they were to give a polish.
subservient behavior; to act in fawning or obsequious manner; to kowtow1911A Lute of JadeWhere is the man that would not wealth acclaim? | Who would not truckle for his sovereign's grace? | Yet years of high renown their furrows trace, | And greatness overwhelms the weary frame. L. Cranmer-Byng,
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a small fight; a small battle1983The Nonborn KingAnd I'm drained for the next day or so after putting on one of my better performances; so three weeks of a progress—not to mention the Geroniah dustup and a small bagarre we had with a Firvulag raiding party around Bardelaskwell…
Labels: Julian May
to see1998The Professor and the Madman ...with the inclusion of the Old Kentish word zyxt—the second indicative present tense, in local argot, of the verb to see—the work was done, the alphabet was exhausted, and the full text was now wholly in the printers' hands.
Labels: Simon Winchester
assisting in happiness; aiding in good fortune1922UlyssesThis would be tantamount to a cooperation…between the nisus formativus of the nemasperm on the one hand and on the other a happily chosen position, succubitus felix of the passive element.
Labels: James Joyce
unwillingness; the opposite of volition1558Epistle to Henry III weep for Nice, Monaco, Pisa, Genoa, Savona, Siena, Capua, Modena, Malta: For the above blood and sword for a New Year's gift, Fire, the earth to tremble, water, unfortunate nolition.
Labels: Michel Nostradamus
to be in opposition to something; opposition; controversy1904A History of Science One important demonstration was his controversion of the theory of abiogenesis, or 'spontaneous generation,' as propounded by Needham and Buffon.
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slaughter; the act of slaughter1883Letter to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stevenson (8 May 1883)I loathe the snails, but from loathing to actual butchery, trucidation of multitudes, there is still a step that I hesitate to take.
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a wolf trap, usually a pit into which sharpened sticks have been placed such that anything falling into the trap will be impaled1914My Days of Adventure...stakes were being pointed for the many pièges-à-loups…
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decree of the senate1866The American RepublicMoreover, nothing in Roman history indicates that to the validity of a senatus consultum it was necessary to count the vacant domains of the sacred territory.
Labels: O. A. Brownson
a woeful lament1834Rookwood'Kilt!' echoed Titus. 'Is it kilt that Mr. Coates is? Ah! ullagone, and is it over with him entirely? Is he gone to rejoin his father, the thief-taker? Bring me to his remains.'
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of a reddish color1889The Nests and Eggs of Indian BirdsThe eggs are usually three in number, of a rosy or purplish white, sprinkled over rather numerously with deep claret or rufescent purple specks and spots.
Labels: Allan O. Hume
a pesticide to kill living organisms1989Clear and Present DangerIt was a fancy name for poison, and poison was exactly what it was, a biocide that was supposed to kill the cancer a little faster than it killed the patient.
Labels: Tom Clancy
rule whereby all persons hold equal political power1838The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor ColeridgeSancho's eagerness for his government, the nascent lust of actual democracy, or isocracy!
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an overpowering need or desire to write1880The Life of John Milton 1643-1649That grand scripturient paper-spiller, | That endless, needless, margin-filler, | So strangely tossed from post to pillar.
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reward; preparation1380Confessio Amantis'Mi liege lord, god mot you quite! | Mi fader hier hath bot a lite | Of warison, and that he wende | Hadde al be lost; bot now amende | He mai wel thurgh your noble grace.'
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to unburden; to divulge1801The Parent's AssistantLandlady (aside). Simpleton! (Aloud.) But, my dear Miss Bursal, if I may be so bold—if you'd only disembosom your mind of what's on it—
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in the strictest sense1978Desolation IslandTwo I find to be idiots, sensu stricto; three, including the big fellow that is thought to have killed his keeper, are hard men.
Labels: Patrick O'Brian
a proclamation of religious truth1913The Catholic EncyclopediaClement of Alexandria repeatedly quotes from a kerygma Petrou, concerning whose credibility he obviously has no doubt.
Labels: George R. Reid
gallows humor1940Into The DarknessFlinging back his head, he burst into truly blood-curdling laughter, best described by the German phrase galgenhumor—gallows-humor.
Labels: Lothrop Stoddard
a bump on something; a small knob on a tree or in wood1984East of EalingAlmost at once he spied out the villain, a nubble of polished metal protruding from the dusty path.
Labels: Robert Rankin
writing that is in code; cryptology2002Pattern RecognitionSteganography is about concealing information by spreading it throughout other information.
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something having a shape or form that is not usual to it's natural shape or form1989Forests of the NightThe Frank's much too xenomorphic.
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to gut and clean an animal; to remove offal from an animal2003Blue HorizonThey skinned the ewe and gralloched her, feasting on raw liver as they worked.
Labels: Wilbur Smith
too much; excess; more than necessary1994Calde of the Long SunHad Chenille, who had stabbed Orpine in a nimiety of terror, loved something beyond herself?
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a swastika-shaped cross; fylfot1972Time's Last GiftOne of these was a swastika with its arms to the right, the good-luck gammadion.
Labels: Philip Jose Farmer
laborer; a lowly farm worker1986The Power of the SwordOne of the poor white Afrikaners, Shasa recognized his type. A bywoner, a squatter's kid.
Labels: Wilbur Smith
wife1602All's Well That Ends WellHe weares his honor in a boxe unseene, | That hugges his kickie wickie heare at home…
Labels: William Shakespeare
a tempest; a storm; a gale1856The Poetical Works of PopeA sudden bourasque freed him from the rover, and he got to land…
Labels: Alexander Pope
delenda est Carthago
day-LEN-daw est kawr-TAW-go
Carthage must be destroyed. - (Marcus Porcius) Cato the Elder, Roman Senator during the period of the Third Punic War (149 - 146 B.C.)1775London 1757 to 1775I sit down, Sir, after much patience, merely to take some notice of the invective and abuse, that have, on this occasion, been so liberally bestowed on my country, by your writers who sign themselves Old England, a Londoner, a Liveryman of London, &c. &c. [By the way, Mr. Printer, should I have said liberally or illiberally? Not being now it seems allowed to be an Englishman, I ought modestly to doubt my English, and submit it as I do to your correction.] The public, however, has been assured by these gentlemen, that 'the Bostonians have an evil disposition towards Old England, a rooted malice against this country, an implacable enmity to it;' they talk of our having 'hostile intentions,' and making 'barbarous resolutions against it;' they say that 'neither French nor Spaniards have as yet outdone the Bostonians in malicious combinations against its existence;' that we are 'as inveterate enemies to Old England, as ever the Carthagenians appeared to be to Rome.'—If all this is true, the inference intended is a plain one; it is as proper now to make war on Boston, as ever it was to make war against France or Spain; and it will be as right a thing in Old-England, totally to destroy New-England, as it was in Old Rome to destroy Carthage—You should not be contented with cutting the throats of one half of us in the West, to make the other half buy your goods whether they will or no, (as some Londoners say other Londoners do in the East) but the word should be, with old Cato, delenda est: Don't leave one stone upon another, nor a Carthagenian or Bostonian alive upon the face of the earth. Is this what these valiant writers would be at?1884Celtic EmpireIn 195 BC the Consul Marcus Porcius Cato was sent to deal with the rebellious tribes. He was an austere military man and his severity was proverbial. He is famous for uttering the cry: 'Carthago delenda est!' (Carthage must be destroyed!).1912Mrs Budlong's Chrismas PresentsShe grew frantic to be quit of Carthage—to rub it off her visiting list. Unconsciously her motto became Cato's ruthless Carthago delenda est.1999Serpent'It's something you learn in first-year Latin. 'Delenda est Carthago.' Carthage must be destroyed!