noun • 1) a spot or blotch of color. 2) a pattern or coloring of mottle. [plant mottle images] #infsum: “C.T. has crossed his arms casually; their triceps’ flesh is webbed with mottle in the air-conditioned sunlight.”
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genius & ingenious: The former from gignere (to be born). The latter from ingenium (clever). sacrilegious & religious: The former from sacra legere (to purloin sacred objects). The latter from religare (to bind).
adjective • /kuh-LIJ-uh-nuhs/ • dark; misty; gloomy.
noun • (obsolete) Extravagant spending on food and drink.
noun • /kənˈkjupɪsəns/ a strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust. In Christian theology, selfish human desire for an object, person, or experience. ORIGIN: Late Latin concupīscentia, from Latin concupīscere (to desire strongly)
adjective • /θɑ.nɪk/ • off or relating to the underworld; infernal.
adjective • 1) of or pertaining to the pharynx. 2) articulated with the pharynx, a term usually describing a consonant which is articulated by the rear area of the tongue being raised to below the region between the uvula and the pharyngeal wall. The term cannot apply to a plosive or stop consonant. (phonetics)
adjective • related or akin through males or on the father’s side
noun • to loathe to the point of nausea
noun • a small island in a river or estuary
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adjective • /di-STRAY/ • inattentive, especially because of anxiety
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adjective • easily recognized; distinctive or conspicuous.
noun • real life or the physical world, as opposed to cyberspace.
noun • /ˌän-ə-ˌmat-ə-ˈmā-nē-ə/ • 1) frustration at being unable to think of an appropriate word. 2) an obsession with or extreme love of a particular word. ORIGIN: Greek ὂνομα, name + μανία, madness
noun • /vəˈliədi/ or /vɛˈliədi/ • a mere wish not strong enough to lead to action ORIGIN: medieval Latin velleitas, from Latin velle ‘to wish.’
In rhetoric, anthimeria, traditionally and more properly called antimeria (from the Greek: ἀντί, antí, “against, opposite” and μέρος, méros, “part”), is the use of a word as if it were a member of a different word class (part of speech); typically, the use of a noun as if it were a verb.