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When I was in high school and even more insufferable than I am now, a friend and I started a tumblr called "sun words". The concept of this was to collect words that we discovered that were particularly succulent or mellifluous. 1

I have found myself learning more and more words recently. This is fun and good: I was worried for a while that my days of adapting and playing with the English language were largely behind me. I thought it would be interesting and illustrative to collect a list of the words I've learned recently alongside the sources from which I've gleaned them.

When I first started building this catalog, I expected the plurality to be from the NYT crossword 2, and the data appears to bear that out:

Footnotes

  1. Why "sun words"? Because we were high schoolers, and because we learned of the concept of "SAT words" — words that made Flesch-Kincaid salivate — and because _Sun_day comes after _Sat_urday. (I told you — insufferable.)

  2. Of which I recommend you make a daily habit!

iatrogenic
iatrogenic

relating to illness caused by medical examination or treatment.

Twitter
asthenosphere
asthenosphere

the upper layer of the earth's mantle, below the lithosphere, in which there is relatively low resistance to plastic flow and convection is thought to occur.

Twitter
plat
plat

a plot of land

NYT Crossword
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armillary

resembling an armlet or bracelet: consisting of rings or circles

The Three-Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
cabotage
cabotage

the right to operate sea, air, or other transport services within a particular territory.

Twitter
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clerestory

the upper part of the nave, choir, and transepts of a large church, containing a series of windows. It is clear of the roofs of the aisles and admits light to the central parts of the building.

The White Album (Joan Didion)
acedia
acedia

spiritual or mental sloth; apathy.

Twitter
anxiolytic
anxiolytic

(chiefly of a drug) used to reduce anxiety.

Twitter
rhadamantine
rhadamantine

rigorously strict or just

NYT Crossword
eucatastrophe
eucatastrophe

a sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

Hacker News
argot
argot

the jargon or slang of a particular group or class.

NYT Crossword
geas
geas

an obligation or prohibition magically imposed on a person

Twitter
tonsure
tonsure

a part of a monk's or priest's head left bare on top by shaving off the hair

Twitter
gruit
gruit

a herb mixture used for bittering and flavouring bee

RICToday
bouquiniste
bouquiniste

a dealer in secondhand books

Hacker News
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anaglypta

a type of wallpaper that has a permanent raised design

Silverview (John le Carre)
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quango

a semipublic administrative body outside the civil service but receiving financial support from the government, which makes senior appointments to it

Silverview (John le Carre)
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footling

trivial and irritating

Silverview (John le Carre)
mandinarate
mandinarate

a ruling class of scholars and elites

spatulate
spatulate

having a broad, rounded end.

Catch-22
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guerdon

a reward or recompense.

H of H Playbook (Anne Carson)
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aquarist

a person who keeps an aquarium

H of H Playbook (Anne Carson)
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moll

a gangster's female companion

Irma Vep
vranyo
vranyo

white lies or half-lies in Russian culture, told without the intention of (maliciously) deceiving, but as a fantasy, suppressing unpleasant parts of the truth

Twitter
sedevacantism
sedevacantism

a doctrinal position within traditionalist Catholicism which holds that the present occupier of the Holy See is not a valid pope due to the pope's espousal of one or more heresies

Twitter
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integument

a tough outer protective layer, especially that of an animal or plant.

Coventry (Rachel Cusk)
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matutinal

of or occurring in the morning.

The T-Shirts I Love (Haruki Murakami)
shufti
shufti

a look or reconnoiter, especially a quick one.

Hacker News
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mahout

a person who works with, rides, and tends an elephant

The Secret History (Donna Tartt)
hob
hob

a flat metal shelf at the side or back of a fireplace, having its surface level with the top of the grate and used especially for heating pans.

Cocktail Time with Kevin Kos
pied
pied

having two or more different colors.

NYT Crossword
mandamus
mandamus

a judicial writ issued as a command to an inferior court or ordering a person to perform a public or statutory duty.

NYT Crossword
eigengrau
eigengrau

the uniform dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light

Twitter
hegira
hegira

an exodus or migration

NYT Crossword
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bracken

a tall fern with coarse lobed fronds, which occurs worldwide and can cover large areas.

Goldfinger
gastrique
gastrique

caramelized sugar, deglazed with vinegar or other sour liquids, used as a sweet and sour flavoring for sauces

Anthony Bourdain
mittelstand
mittelstand

a group of stable business enterprises in Germany, Austria and Switzerland that have proved successful in enduring economic change and turbulence

Hacker News
strix
strix

in the mythology of classical antiquity, was a bird of ill omen, the product of metamorphosis, that fed on human flesh and blood

Sonny
souq
souq

A street market, particularly in Arabic- and Somali-speaking countries; a place where people buy and sell goods; a bazaar.

Twitter
favela
favela

a slum or shantytown located within or on the outskirts of the country’s large cities

Twitter
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coracle

a small round boat made of wickerwork covered with a watertight material, propelled with a paddle

LaserWriter II: A Novel
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atelic

showing an action or happening as being unfinished

Four Thousand Weeks (Oliver Burkeman)
ignosticism
ignosticism

the philosophical position that the question of the existence of God is meaningless

A Little History of Philosophy
mawkish
mawkish

sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

Reddit
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leveret

a young hare in its first year

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
orgone
orgone

a supposed sexual energy or life force distributed throughout the universe that can be collected and stored (in an orgone box) for therapeutic use

Twitter
grook
grook

a form of short aphoristic poem or rhyming aphorism

Twitter
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choreomania

n uncontrollable urge to dance, especially in a frenzied, convulsive manner

Dance Fever (Florence + The Machine)
spoor
spoor

the track or scent of an animal

NYT Crossword
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geognosis

knowledge of the world

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
segigniorage
segigniorage

revenue or a profit taken from the minting of coins, usually the difference between the value of the bullion used and the face value of the coin.

Twitter
scaffa
scaffa

a cocktail prepared at room temperature

Wikipedia
veridical
veridical

coinciding with reality

Wikipedia
dipsomania
dipsomania

alcoholism, specifically in a form characterized by intermittent bouts of craving for alcohol.

Twitter
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nullifidian

a person having no faith or religious belief.

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
ectopic
ectopic

in an abnormal place or position

Twitter
banlieue
banlieue

a suburb of a French city, especially Paris.

Twitter
gurn
gurn

to make a grotesque face

Steve Hind
apposite
apposite

apt in the circumstances or in relation to something.

Twitter
genetrix
genetrix

a female parent; a mother

Buttondown user
ischemia
ischemia

an inadequate blood supply to an organ or part of the body, especially the heart muscles

Twitter
narthex
narthex

an antechamber, porch, or distinct area at the western entrance of some early Christian churches

NYT Crossword
parataxis
parataxis

the placing of clauses or phrases one after another, without words to indicate coordination or subordination, as in Tell me, how are you?

Twitter
allograft
allograft

a tissue graft from a donor of the same species as the recipient but not genetically identical

Email
chrism
chrism

a mixture of oil and balsam, consecrated and used for anointing at baptism

NYT Crossword
modiste
modiste

a fashionable milliner or dressmaker

Casey Allen Spears
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jalopy

an old car in a dilapidated condition

What We Do In The Shadows
glasnost
glasnost

the policy or practice of more open consultative government and wider dissemination of information

T
chiaroscuro
chiaroscuro

the treatment of light and shade in drawing and painting.

Shep Walker
hosanna
hosanna

an expression of adoration, praise, or joy

NYT Crossword
excursus
excursus

a detailed discussion of a particular point in a book, usually in an appendix.

Buttondown customer
quadrille
quadrille

a square dance performed typically by four couples and containing five figures, each of which is a complete dance in itself.

Bridgerton
apperception
apperception

the mental process by which a person makes sense of an idea by assimilating it to the body of ideas he or she already possesses.

Twitter
paternoster
paternoster

an elevator consisting of a series of linked doorless compartments moving continuously on an endless belt.

Twitter
sumptuary
sumptuary

relating to or denoting laws that limit private expenditure on food and personal items

Dan Carlin's Hardcore History
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catafalque

a decorated wooden framework supporting the coffin of a distinguished person during a funeral or while lying in state.

No One Writes To The Colonel (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
oneiromancy
oneiromancy

the interpretation of dreams in order to foretell the future.

Twitter
apricity
apricity

the warmth of the sun in winter

Twitter
terroir
terroir

the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced

Twitter
oology
oology

the collection and study of birds' eggs especially in relation to their shape and coloration

NYT Crossword
nephology
nephology

the study or contemplation of clouds

NYT Crossword
txoko
txoko

a typically Basque type of closed gastronomical society where men come together to cook, experiment with new ways of cooking, eat and socialize

Twitter
yegg
yegg

a burglar or safecracker

NYT Crossword
marotte
marotte

a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it

Wikipedia
aubade
aubade

a piece sung or played outdoors at dawn, usually as a compliment to someone

chrestomathy
chrestomathy

a selection of passages from an author or authors, designed to help in learning a language.

Twitter
holon
holon

something that is simultaneously a whole in and of itself, as well as a part of a larger whole

Wikipedia
feve
feve

a small trinket hidden in a king cake or similar dessert

Twitter
scopophilia
scopophilia

pleasure in looking; in Freudian psychoanalytic theory, an infantile instinct

Wikipedia
hebetude
hebetude

the state of being dull or lethargic

apoptosis
apoptosis

the death of cells which occurs as a normal and controlled part of an organism's growth or development.

Twitter
pycnocline
pycnocline

a layer in an ocean or other body of water in which water density increases rapidly with depth.

Twitter
deixis
deixis

the function or use of deictic words, forms, or expressions.

Wikipedia
hircinous
hircinous

Of, or pertaining to goats; hircine

Buttondown
bogatyr
bogatyr

a stock character in medieval East Slavic legends, akin to a Western European knight-errant

Twitter
antinomy
antinomy

a contradiction between two beliefs or conclusions that are in themselves reasonable; a paradox.

Buttondown customer
adipose
adipose

fat

Nick Wolven
propinquity
propinquity

the state of being close to someone or something; proximity.

Twitter
sere
sere

(especially of vegetation) dry or withered

Twitter
anosognosia
anosognosia

a condition in which a person with a disability is cognitively unaware of having it due to an underlying physical condition

Twitter
arrogate
arrogate

take or claim (something) without justification.

NYT Crossword
chiton
chiton

a marine mollusk that has an oval flattened body with a shell of overlapping plates

Advent of Code 2021
hapax
hapax

a word that only appears once in a work of or genus of literature or in a body of work by a particular author

Twitter
etiology
etiology

the investigation or attribution of the cause or reason for something, often expressed in terms of historical or mythical explanation.

Twitter
polysemy
polysemy

the coexistence of many possible meanings for a word or phrase

Wikipedia
slew
slew

to turn (something, such as a telescope or a ship's spar) about a fixed point that is usually the axis

NYT Crossword
berm
berm

a flat strip of land, raised bank, or terrace bordering a river or canal.

Simon Sarris
gantry
gantry

a bridge-like overhead structure with a platform supporting equipment such as a crane, railroad signals, lights, or cameras.

mare
mare

large, dark, basaltic plains on Earth's Moon, formed by ancient volcanic eruptions

NYT Crossword
latibulate
latibulate

to hide oneself in a corner

Twitter
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xerophagy

the practice of eating dry food, especially food cooked without oil

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
enconium
enconium

a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.

Reddit
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interstice

a space that intervenes between things

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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figurant

one that figures in a scene without speaking or without taking a prominent part

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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teratogen

an agent that can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
demotic
demotic

denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; popular or colloquial.

Twitter
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fictile

capable of being molded; made of earth, clay, etc.; by a potter.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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harridan

an angry and unpleasant woman

30 Rock
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picayune

of little value or account; small; trifling

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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concupiscence

strong sexual desire; lust

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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formulary

an official list giving details of medicines that may be prescribed.

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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hybristophilia

sexual interest in and attraction to those who commit crimes

Parnassus on Wheels (Christopher Morley)
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widdershins

in a direction contrary to the sun's course, considered as unlucky; counterclockwise.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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pullulate

to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.; germinate; sprout

Abeyance, North America (JoAnna Novak)
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factotum

an employee who does all kinds of work.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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muliebrity

womanly qualities; womanhood.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
gasconade
gasconade

extravagant boasting.

Stripe
callipygian
callipygian

having well-shaped buttocks

Twitter
meretricious
meretricious

apparently attractive but having in reality no value or integrity.

Twitter
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nictitate

to blink

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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cloche

a small translucent cover for protecting or forcing outdoor plants.

Abeyance, North America (JoAnna Novak)
battement
battement

a movement in which one leg is moved outward from the body and in again

Twitter
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ruction

a noisy fight

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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dissimulation

concealment of one's thoughts, feelings, or character; pretense

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
propitiation
propitiation

the act of appeasing or making well-disposed a deity, thus incurring divine favor or avoiding divine retribution

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lordotic

having an increased inward curving of the lumbar spine

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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lazarette

a small compartment below the deck in the after end of a vessel, used for stores.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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bafflegab

incomprehensible or pretentious language, especially bureaucratic jargon.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
tonneau
tonneau

the part of an automobile, typically an open car, occupied by the back seats

NYT Crossword
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redolent

exuding fragrance : aromatic

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
snee
snee

to cut or thrust with a knife, esp when fighting

NYT Crossword
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wainscott

line (a room or wall) with wooden paneling

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
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agnate

a relative whose kinship is traceable exclusively through males

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
ariose
ariose

characterized by melody; songlike

NYT Crossword
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sangfroid

composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.

Infinite Jest (David Foster Wallace)
erumpent
erumpent

bursting forth or through a surface

Stripe
mell
mell

to blend; mix; meld. to meddle; concern oneself

Typo
muliebrity
muliebrity

womanhood

Twitter
thurible
thurible

censer

NYT Crossword
aureate
aureate

denoting, made of, or having the color of gold

Twitter
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transom

a strengthening crossbar, in particular one set above a window or door

When Harry Met Sally (Nora Ephron)
febrile
febrile

feverish

The World For Sale
travois
travois

a type of sledge used to carry goods, consisting of two joined poles pulled by a horse or dog.

Twitter
agential
agential

of, relating to, or expressive of an agent or agency

Twitter
chaparral
chaparral

vegetation consisting chiefly of tangled shrubs and thorny bushes.

NYT Crossword
gamine
gamine

a young woman with a mischievous, boyish charm

NYT Crossword
novena
novena

a form of worship consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

Twitter
oscular
oscular

related to kissing

NYT Crossword
uxorious
uxorious

having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one's wife

Twitter
alterity
alterity

the state of being other or different; otherness.

Twitter
interpellate
interpellate

to question (someone, such as a foreign minister) formally concerning an official action or policy or personal conduct

Twitter
oriel
oriel

a projection from the wall of a building, typically supported from the ground or by corbels

NYT Crossword
caconym
caconym

an incorrect name for something

Twitter
perihelion
perihelion

the point in the orbit of a planet, asteroid, or comet at which it is closest to the sun

Twitter
pettifogging
pettifogging

placing undue emphasis on petty details

Twitter
agnotology
agnotology

the study of deliberate, culturally-induced ignorance or doubt, typically to sell a product or win favour

Twitter
ontogenesis
ontogenesis

the development of an individual organism or anatomical or behavioral feature from the earliest stage to maturity

Wikipedia
hiatal
hiatal

of, relating to, or involving a hiatus

NYT Crossword
salubrious
salubrious

favorable to or promoting health or well-being

NYT Crossword
hamartia
hamartia

a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.

Twitter
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canticle

a hymn or chant, typically with a biblical text, forming a regular part of a church service.

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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sacristy

a room in a church where a priest prepares for a service, and where vestments and other things used in worship are kept.

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
cay
cay

a low bank or reef of coral, rock, or sand

NYT Crossword
palooka
palooka

a stupid, clumsy, or uncouth person

NYT Crossword
deontic
deontic

relating to duty and obligation as ethical concepts

Twitter
tatterdemalion
tatterdemalion

a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person

Twitter
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pythonist

a person who professes to prophesy through some divine or esoteric inspiration

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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sybarite

a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
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ataraxy

a state of serene calmness

The Kingdom (Emmanuel Carrère)
snood
snood

an ornamental hairnet or fabric bag worn over the hair at the back of a woman's head

NYT Crossword
peripatetic
peripatetic

traveling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

The Generalist
antrum
antrum

a natural chamber or cavity in a bone or other anatomical structure

NYT Crossword
aneuploidy
aneuploidy

the presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in a cell, for example a human cell having 45 or 47 chromosomes instead of the usual 46

Twitter
rill
rill

a small stream

NYT Crossword
passerine
passerine

relating to or denoting birds of a large order distinguished by feet that are adapted for perching, including all songbirds.

Twitter
gouache
gouache

a method of painting using opaque pigments ground in water and thickened with a gluelike substance.

Twitter
friable
friable

easily crumbled

Twitter
panegyric
panegyric

a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

NYT Crossword
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efflux

something given off in as or as if in a stream

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
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tenebrous

dark; shadowy or obscure

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
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doyenne

a woman who is the most respected or prominent person in a particular field

Transcription (Kate Atkinson)
chiral
chiral

asymmetric in such a way that the structure and its mirror image are not superimposable

Twitter
solecism
solecism

a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

Twitter
exaptation
exaptation

a trait that has been co-opted for a use other than the one for which natural selection has built it

Twitter
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lustic

vigorous; jovial

Life after Life (Kate Atkinson)
voluptuary
voluptuary

a person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure

NYT Crossword
bedizen
bedizen

dress up or decorate gaudily.

NYT Crossword
locavore
locavore

a person whose diet consists only or principally of locally grown or produced food.

Twitter
ostinato
ostinato

a motif or phrase that persistently repeats in the same musical voice and/or pitch

Twitter
martinet
martinet

a strict disciplinarian, especially in the armed forces.

Reddit
attar
attar

a fragrant essential oil, typically made from rose petals.

NYT Crossword
apophasis
apophasis

a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it

belletrist
belletrist

a person who writes essays, particularly on literary and artistic criticism, that are composed and read primarily for their aesthetic effect

Twitter
psychosphere
psychosphere

the sphere or realm of human consciousness

Twitter
clowder
clowder

a group of cats

Kitty Letters
ort
ort

a scrap or remainder of food from a meal

NYT Crossword
afflatus
afflatus

a divine creative impulse or inspiration

Twitter
desacralize
desacralize

to divest of sacred qualities or status

Twitter
stertoreous
stertoreous

snoring; hardly breathing

NYT Crossword
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apophenia

the tendency to perceive meaningful connections between seemingly unrelated things

The Queen’s Gambit
recusancy
recusancy

refusal to submit to established authority

Matthew Walter
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chiffonier

a tall chest of drawers, often with a mirror on top.

The Queen’s Gambit
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denude

strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare

Kissa by Kissa (Craig Mod)
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nudnik

a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore.

Kissa by Kissa (Craig Mod)
collimate
collimate

make (rays of light or particles) accurately parallel

Robin Sloan
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threnody

a lament

31 Poems (Dean Young)
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naphtha

a flammable oil

31 Poems (Dean Young)
mishegaas
mishegaas

craziness; senseless behavior or activity

Twitter
antapex
antapex

the point of the celestial sphere from which the solar system is moving

Twitter
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fissile

able to undergo nuclear fission; easily split

Tenet (Christopher Nolan)
dun
dun

to nag someone about paying a debt

NYT Crossword
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quorate

having a sufficient number of members to constitute a quorum

The Death of Stalin
parimutuel
parimutuel

a form of betting in which those backing the first three places divide the losers' stakes

Jerry Neumann
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graphomania

the compulsion to write

HHhH (Laurent Binet)
remainderman
remainderman

the person who inherits or is entitled to inherit property upon the termination of the life estate of the former owner

Christopher Vu
pluviophile
pluviophile

a lover of rain

NWS Seattle
unicursal
unicursal

relating to or denoting a curve or surface which is closed and can be drawn or swept out in a single movement

Twitter
pikuach nefesh
pikuach nefesh

the principle in Jewish law that the preservation of human life overrides virtually any other religious rule. When the life of a specific person is in danger, almost any mitzvah lo ta'aseh of the Torah becomes inapplicable

Wikipedia
shirr
shirr

bake an egg without its shell

NYT Crossword
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poryphyry

a hard igneous rock containing crystals, usually of feldspar, in a fine-grained, typically reddish groundmass.

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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pleonastic

needlessly wordy or redundant (“I heard it with my own ears”)

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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syntony

the state of being normally responsive to and in harmony with the environment

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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gangue

the commercially valueless material in which ore is found

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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pericarp

the part of the fruit formed from the wall of the ripened ovary

Six Memos for the Next Millenium (Italo Calvino)
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asperity

harshness of tone or manner

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
quirt
quirt

a short-handled riding whip with a braided leather lash

Jasdev Singh
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crypticity

the condition or state of something being cryptic

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
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ailurophobe

someone who is irrationally afraid of cats

Persona 4 Golden
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votary

a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to religious service

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
anneal
anneal

to heat something and allow it to cool slowly, in order to remove internal stresses and toughen it.

Twitter
chanticleer
chanticleer

rooster

ESPN
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burgess

an inhabitant of a town or borough with full rights of citizenship

You Never Forget Your First (Alexis Coe)
escheat
escheat

the reversion of property to the state on the owner's dying without legal heirs

Twitter
stemwinder
stemwinder

an entertaining and rousing speech

Merlin Mann
ratiocination
ratiocination

the process of exact thinking

Wikipedia
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parson

a beneficed member of the clergy; a rector or a vicar

Agatha Christie’s Poirot
natant
natant

swimming or afloat

NYT Crossword
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cloche

a covering protecting plants or perishables from rough temperatures or weather

Do: Inhabit (Sue Fan & Danielle Quigley)
brumation
brumation

a state or condition of sluggishness, inactivity, or torpor exhibited by reptiles

B
adumbrate
adumbrate

report or represent in outline

Twitter
dudgeon
dudgeon

a feeling of offense or deep resentment

NYT Crossword
septentrional
septentrional

related to the north; northern

Twitter (@xdesro)
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spinnaker

a sail designed specifically for sailing off the wind

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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engram

a unit of cognitive information inside the brain

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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cotyledon

an embryonic leaf in seed-bearing plants

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
roan
roan

denoting an animal with gray/silvery hair

NYT Crossword
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antedating

an example or instance of a word/phrase at a date earlier than previously known

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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crenellation

the battlements of a castle or other building

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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fibril

a small or slender fiber

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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flexion

the action of bending or the condition of being bent

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
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aileron

a hinged surface in the trailing edge of an airplane wing, used to control lateral balance

The Mezzanine (Nicholas Baker)
calumny
calumny

the making of false and defamatory statements about someone in order to damage their reputation; slander.

vibratiuncle
vibratiuncle

a miniscule or slight vibration

bollix
bollix

to bungle (ie a task)

George Reilly
tonsorial
tonsorial

relating to hairdressing

Craig Mod
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susurrus

whispering, murmuring, or rustling.

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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gravitic

of or pertaining to gravity

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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culvert

a tunnel carrying a stream or open drain under a road or railroad

Are You Listening? (Tillie Walden)
quidnunc
quidnunc

an inquisitive and gossipy person

NYT Crossword
piolet
piolet

ice axe

NYT Crossword
kvell
kvell

feel happy and proud

NYT Crossword
interwork
interwork

be able to connect, communicate, or exchange data

Andrew Buss
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muon

an unstable subatomic particle of the same class as an electron

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
plenum
plenum

an assembly of all the members of a group or committee

Twitter
rodomontade
rodomontade

boastful or inflated talk or behavior.

NYT Crossword
tref
tref

not kosher

NYT Crossword
irenic
irenic

aiming at peace

Twitter
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geometer

a specialist in geometry (i.e. for mapmaking or exploration)

The Discovery of France
egest
egest

to discharge, as from the body; void (opposed to ingest)

NYT Crossword
dolorous
dolorous

feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.

The A.V. Club
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autogyro

a type of rotorcraft that uses an unpowered rotor in free autorotation to develop lift

It Happened One Night
neonate
neonate

a newborn child

NYT Crossword
quincunx
quincunx

an arrangement of five objects with four at the corners of a square or rectangle and the fifth at its center

NYT Crossword
neotony
neotony

the retention of juvenile features in the adult animal

Twitter
neoteric
neoteric

new or modern; recent

Wikipedia
ablation
ablation

a procedure for restoring normal heart rhythm

Twitter
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clement

mild and peaceful

Piranesi (Susanna Clarke)
oracular
oracular

hard to interpret; enigmatic

Patrick Collison
carom
carom

strike and rebound

Reddit
dysgenic
dysgenic

exerting a detrimental effect on later generations through the inheritance of undesirable characteristics

Twitter
oleaginous
oleaginous

rich with, covered in, or heavily producing oil or grease

Twitter
extirpate
extirpate

root out and destroy completely

Twitter
suet
suet

the hard white fat on the kidneys and loins of cattle, sheep, and other animals, used to make foods including puddings, pastry, and mincemeat

NYT Crossword
offal
offal

the entrails and internal organs of an animal used as food.

NYT Crossword
syncytium
syncytium

a single cell or cytoplasmic mass containing several nuclei, formed by fusion of cells or by division of nuclei

Wikipedia
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funicular

a cable railroad, especially one on a mountainside, in which ascending and descending cars are counterbalanced.

The Lying Life of Adults (Elena Ferrante)
salvific
salvific

leading to salvation

Twitter
missal
missal

a book containing the texts used in the Catholic Mass throughout the year

NYT Crossword
aporia
aporia

an irresolvable internal contradiction or logical disjunction in a text, argument, or theory

Twitter
slatternly
slatternly

(relating to a woman’s appearance) dirty and untidy

Wikipedia
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chthonic

concerning, belonging to, or inhabiting the underworld.

Hades
gongoozler
gongoozler

a person who enjoys watching activity on the canals of the United Kingdom

Wikipedia
soteriology
soteriology

the doctrine of salvation

Twitter (Liz Bruenig)
trilemma
trilemma

a difficult choice from three options, each of which is (or appears) unacceptable or unfavourable

Twitter
alimentary
alimentary

relating to nourishment or sustenance.

Twitter
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squamous

covered with or characterized by scales

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
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helpmate

a helpful companion or partner, especially one's husband or wife.

The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)
dropsy
dropsy

a non-technical edema

Twitter
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dewclaw

a rudimentary inner toe present in some dogs

The Art of Raising a Puppy
weir
weir

a low dam built across a river to raise the water level upstream

NYT Crossword
concomitant
concomitant

naturally accompanying or associated

Twitter
miserablist
miserablist

a person who appears to enjoy being depressed, esp a performer of or listener to gloomy music

Twitter
autarky
autarky

economic independence or self-sufficiency

Twitter
slue
slue

turn or slide violently or uncontrollably in a particular direction.

NYT Crossword
toyetic
toyetic

potentially marketable as a toy or having merchandising potential

Twitter
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elucubrate

to solve, write, or compose by working studiously at all hours

Postwar (Tony Judt)
scripturient
scripturient

having a strong urge to write

Max Read
oryx
oryx

a species of large antelopes

2020 NBA Playoffs, Game 2 Heat-Bucks
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lustration

a rite of purification, especially washing

Postwar (Tony Judt)
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saturnine

slow and gloomy

Better Living Through Criticism
orts
orts

table scraps

NYT Crossword
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glabrous

free from hair or down; smooth

A Spell of Songs (Peter Jay Shippy)
loge
loge

a small enclosure or booth in a theatre or arena

NYT Crossword
cachinnate
cachinnate

to laugh loudly or immoderately

NYT Crossword
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varietist

one who varies from the norm

The Decline And Fall Of Practically Everybody (Will Cuppy)
sestet
sestet

the last six lines of a sonnet

NYT Crossword
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impecunious

having little or no money

Postwar (Tony Judt)
doctrinaire
doctrinaire

seeking to impose a doctrine in all circumstances without regard to practical considerations.

Zach Lowe
arrant
arrant

complete; utter

NYT Crossword
goldbrick
goldbrick

invent excuses to avoid a task; shirk.

NYT Crossword
cartouche
cartouche

a carved tablet or drawing representing a scroll with rolled-up ends

NYT Crossword
timpani
timpani

kettledrums, especially when played by one musician in an orchestra

NYT Crossword
coati
coati

a type of raccoon with a long snout and a striped tail

NYT Crossword
besserwisser
besserwisser

know-it-all, wiseguy, wiseacre, smart aleck

Brendan Schlagel
olio
olio

a miscellaneous collection of things

NYT Crossword
eunoia
eunoia

beautiful thinking

Brendan Schlagel
amphigory
amphigory

nonsense verse

Brendan Schlagel
phrontistery
phrontistery

a place for studying

Brendan Schlagel
enchiridion
enchiridion

carried reference book

Brendan Schlagel
apothegm
apothegm

short, witty aphorism

Brendan Schlagel
selcouth
selcouth

strange; unfamiliar; marvelous

Brendan Schlagel
piste
piste

a ski run of compacted snow.

Mike Towber
autochthonous
autochthonous

native to the place where found (ant. allochthonous)

Twitter
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polity

an organized society; a state as a political entity

Against the Grain (James Scott)
calf
calf

a floating piece of ice detached from an iceberg.

NYT Crossword
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