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anoesis
a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion, without cognitive content
hobbyhorse
1. a pet idea or project. 2. a topic to which one constantly reverts 3. a stick with a horse's head, or a rocking horse, ridden by children.
consuetude
an established custom or usage, esp one having legal force
palsy-walsy
excessively friendly; friendly or appearing to be friendly in a very intimate or hearty way
aperient
Gently stimulating evacuation of the bowels; laxative.
emetic
causing vomiting (n or adj)
ululate
1. to lament loudly and shrilly. 2. to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.
Elysium
1. place or condition of perfect bliss 2. the dwelling place of the blessed after death (Greek mythology)
vamoose
to leave hurriedly or quickly [slang]
mythomania
A compulsion to embroider the truth, engage in exaggeration, or tell lies.
mealy-mouthed
Unwilling to state facts or opinions simply and directly
panophobia (also pantophobia)
1. a fear of everything 2. a nonspecific fear, a state of general anxiety.
deadwood
1. (in writing) unnecessary words, phrases, or exposition; expendable verbiage. 2. the dead branches on a tree; dead branches or trees.
scare quote
The quotation marks used to indicate that the quoted word or phrase is incorrect, nonstandard, ironic or not the author's preferred terminology
cruciverbalist
1. A constructor of crosswords. 2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.
endogenous
Originating from within.
stenophagous
Feeding on a limited variety of food
antinome
something that is contradictory or opposite to another; a logical contradiction
solecism
(1) A grammatical mistake in speaking or writing. (2) A blunder in etiquette or proper behavior.