Garderobe

/ˈɡärdrōb/ noun 1 A lavatory in a medieval building. 1.1 A wardrobe or small storeroom in a medieval building. Origin Late Middle English: French, from […] Read More

Microcosm

/ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)kɒz(ə)m/ noun 1 A community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger. 1.1 Humankind regarded as the representation […] Read More

Propugn

/prə(ʊ)ˈpjuːn/ verb rare with object – To fight or contend for or on behalf of (someone or something); to defend, champion, or vindicate (an opinion, […] Read More

Nivel

/ˈnɪvl/ verb British Regional rare no object – To look downcast; to grimace, or wrinkle one’s nose; to snivel. Origin Middle English; earliest use found […] Read More

Surveillance

/səˈveɪəns//səˈveɪl(ə)ns/ noun mass noun Close observation, especially of a suspected spy or criminal. Origin Early 19th century: from French, from sur- ‘over’ + veiller ‘watch’ […] Read More

Fulgor

/ˈfʌlɡə/ (also fulgor) noun poetic Dazzling brightness; splendour; a bright light, a dazzling beam. Origin Late 16th century; earliest use found in Boece’s History of […] Read More

Candleshine

/ˈkand(ə)lʃʌɪn/ noun The light thrown from a lit candle ========== Even for those used to the bright city lights, candleshine in a forest cabin is […] Read More

Omnivolent

/ɒmˈnɪvəl(ə)nt//ɒmˈnɪvələnt//ɒmˈnɪv(ə)l(ə)nt/ adjective Willing or wishing for everything; determining all things. Origin Mid 17th century. Originally from post-classical Latin omnivolent-, omnivolens from classical Latin omni- + […] Read More

holus-bolus

/ˌhəʊləsˈbəʊləs/ adverb North American archaic All at once. Origin Mid 19th century (originally dialect): perhaps pseudo-Latin for ‘whole bolus, whole lump’. ========== Never take my […] Read More