anergy

/ˈanədʒi/ noun mass noun Medicine Absence of the normal immune response to a particular antigen or allergen. Origin Early 20th century: from German Anergie, from […] Read More

acentric

/eɪˈsɛntrɪk/ adjective 1 Without a centre; not centralized. 1.1 Genetics (of a chromosome) having no centromere. ========== It did not bother Tom in the least […] Read More

bully

/ˈbʊli/ noun A person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable. verb [with object] Seek to harm, intimidate, or […] Read More

avast

/əˈvɑːst/ exclamation Nautical Stop; cease. Origin Early 17th century: from Dutch hou’vast, houd vast ‘hold fast!’. ========== “Avast!”, yelled the first mate. The mainsail snapped […] Read More

reprimand

/ˈrɛprɪmɑːnd/ noun A formal expression of disapproval. verb [with object] Address a reprimand to. Origin Mid 17th century: from French réprimande, via Spanish from Latin […] Read More

spatulate

/ˈspatjʊlət/ adjective 1 Having a broad, rounded end. 1.1 Botany Zoology Broad at the apex and tapered to the base. ========== Tom’s spathulate fingers made […] Read More

glossolalia

/ˌɡlɒsəˈleɪlɪə/ noun mass noun The phenomenon of (apparently) speaking in an unknown language, especially in religious worship. It is practiced especially by Pentecostal and charismatic […] Read More

let-down

/ˈlɛtdaʊn/ noun 1 A disappointment. 2 mass noun – The release of milk in a nursing mother or lactating animal as a reflex response to […] Read More

imbroglio

/ɪmˈbrəʊlɪəʊ/ noun 1 An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation. 1.1 archaic A confused heap. Origin Mid 18th century: Italian, from imbrogliare ‘confuse’; related to […] Read More

lobotomy

/ləˈbɒtəmi/ noun A surgical operation involving incision into the prefrontal lobe of the brain, formerly used to treat mental illness. Compare with leucotomy mass noun […] Read More