errantry

/ˈɛr(ə)ntri/ noun mass noun literary, archaic The quality or condition of being a traveller, especially a knight, in search of adventure. ========== He crossed the […] Read More

fluviatile

/ˈfluːvɪəˌtʌɪl/ adjective technical Of, found in, or produced by a river. Origin Late 16th century: from French, from Latin fluviatilis, from fluviatus ‘moistened’, from fluvius […] Read More

zounds

/zaʊndz/ exclamation humorous, archaic Expressing surprise or indignation. Origin Late 16th century: contraction from (God)’s wounds (i.e. those of Christ on the Cross). ========== Each […] Read More

haruspication

/hərʌspɪˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun mass noun (in ancient Rome) the interpretation of omens by inspecting the entrails of sacrificial animals. Origin Late 19th century: from haruspex + […] Read More

oligopsony

/ɒlɪˈɡɒps(ə)ni/ noun A state of the market in which only a small number of buyers exists for a product. Origin 1940s: from oligo- ‘small number’ […] Read More

vague

/veɪɡ/ adjective 1 Of uncertain, indefinite, or unclear character or meaning. 1.1 Thinking or communicating in an unfocused or imprecise way. Origin Mid 16th century: […] Read More

deficient

/dɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nt/ adjective 1 Not having enough of a specified quality or ingredient. 1.1 Insufficient or inadequate. 2 dated, offensive Having mental disabilities.Origin Late 16th century […] Read More

despair

/dɪˈspɛː/ noun mass noun The complete loss or absence of hope. verb [no object] Lose or be without hope. Origin Middle English: the noun via […] Read More

proselytize

(British proselytise) /ˈprɒsɪlɪtʌɪz/ verb [with object] 1 Convert or attempt to convert (someone) from one religion, belief, or opinion to another. 1.1 Advocate or promote […] Read More

soused

/saʊst/ adjective 1 (of food, especially fish) preserved in pickle or a marinade. 2 informal – Drunk. ========== He was tipsy. He was pickled. He […] Read More