Saturday, December 19, 2020

In other words, a to z

  • abbreviation, noun. A shortened or contracted form of a word or phrase, used to represent the whole.
  • anemious, adjective. Exposed to wind; windswept.
  • bigly, adverb. With great force; firmly, violently; (also) stoutly, strongly.
  • bis, adverb. (As a direction in music) again, twice. A way to designate the repeat of a phrase or stanza.
  • Briticism, noun. A word or phrase characteristic of the English of Great Britain but not used in the English of the United States or other countries.
  • codswallop, noun (British Slang). Nonsense; rubbish.
  • gravitas, noun. Seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech.
  • hypertonic, adjective (Physiology). Of or relating to hypertonia, that is, increased rigidity, tension, and spasticity of the muscles.
  • immaculate, adjective. Free from spot or stain, spotlessly clean; free from fault, flaw, or errors; free from moral blemish or impurity; pure; undefiled.
  • initialism, noun. A set of initials representing a name, organization, etc., with each letter pronounced separately; or, a word formed from the initial letters of a group of words and pronounced as a separate word.
  • magnalia, noun (with plural agreement). Great or wonderful things; marvels (esp. of nature).
  • mel, noun. Honey.
  • pacify, verb (transitive). To appease (as wrath or other violent passion or appetite), to calm, still, or quiet; to restore peace to; to tranquilize.
  • quarantine, noun (mass noun). A state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
  • sportingly, adverb. In a manner calculated to amuse or entertain; in or with jesting words or speech; wittily, satirically; facetiously, mischievously. (Now rare).
  • WotY, noun. An initialism for Word(s) of the Year, referring to various assessments as to the most important word(s) in the public sphere during a specific year.
  • zero-sum, adjective. In general, designating any situation in which an advantage to one participant necessarily leads to a disadvantage to one or more of the others.

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