Featured Word List – Latin Spelling Words

Believe it or not, over 60% of the English words have a Greek or Latin origin, and that is why, we present to you the list of Latin spelling words.

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English has borrowed words from many languages throughout history, a great deal of which, can be traced back to Latin or French origin. However, there are several other languages that have gone on to influence the English language and vocabulary as well.

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Keeping the Latin influence in mind, we have composed this Latin spelling words list for all you spelling bee enthusiasts. This is a comprehensive list of spelling bee words containing around 150 spellings.

You will find a lot of these words in different spelling bee word lists. Spelling bees like to incorporate words from different languages, origins, and culture. Hence, you are bound to run into one or more of these words at some point during your practice as well as during the competition.

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Abdicate To surrender or relinquish, as sovereign power; to withdraw definitely from filling or exercising, as a high office, station, dignity; as, to abdicate the throne, the crown, the papacy. – To renounce; to relinquish; — said of authority, a trust, duty, right, etc. – To reject; to cast off. – To disclaim and expel from the family, as a father his child; to disown; to disinherit. – To relinquish or renounce a throne, or other high office or dignity.
Access A coming to, or near approach; admittance; admission; accessibility; as, to gain access to a prince. – The means, place, or way by which a thing may be approached; passage way; as, the access is by a neck of land. – Admission to sexual intercourse. – Increase by something added; addition; as, an access of territory. [In this sense accession is more generally used.] – An onset, attack, or fit of disease. – A paroxysm; a fit of passion; an outburst; as, an access of fury.
Accommodate To render fit, suitable, or correspondent; to adapt; to conform; as, to accommodate ourselves to circumstances. – To bring into agreement or harmony; to reconcile; to compose; to adjust; to settle; as, to accommodate differences, a dispute, etc. – To furnish with something desired, needed, or convenient; to favor; to oblige; as, to accommodate a friend with a loan or with lodgings. – To show the correspondence of; to apply or make suit by analogy; to adapt or fit, as teachings to accidental circumstances, statements to facts, etc.; as, to accommodate prophecy to events. – To adapt one’s self; to be conformable or adapted. – Suitable; fit; adapted; as, means accommodate to end.
Adjacent Lying near, close, or contiguous; neighboring; bordering on; as, a field adjacent to the highway. – That which is adjacent.
Affinity Relationship by marriage (as between a husband and his wife’s blood relations, or between a wife and her husband’s blood relations); — in contradistinction to consanguinity, or relationship by blood; — followed by with, to, or between. – Kinship generally; close agreement; relation; conformity; resemblance; connection; as, the affinity of sounds, of colors, or of languages. – Companionship; acquaintance. – That attraction which takes place, at an insensible distance, between the heterogeneous particles of bodies, and unites them to form chemical compounds; chemism; chemical or elective affinity or attraction. – A relation between species or highe/ groups dependent on resemblance in the whole plan of structure, and indicating community of origin. – A superior spiritual relationship or attraction held to exist sometimes between persons, esp. Persons of the opposite sex; also, the man or woman who exerts such psychical or spiritual attraction.
Aggregate To bring together; to collect into a mass or sum. “The aggregated soil.” – To add or unite, as, a person, to an association. – To amount in the aggregate to; as, ten loads, aggregating five hundred bushels. – Formed by a collection of particulars into a whole mass or sum; collective. – Formed into clusters or groups of lobules; as, aggregate glands. – Composed of several florets within a common involucre, as in the daisy; or of several carpels formed from one flower, as in the raspberry. – Having the several component parts adherent to each other only to such a degree as to be separable by mechanical means. – United into a common organized mass; — said of certain compound animals. – A mass, assemblage, or sum of particulars; as, a house is an aggregate of stone, brick, timber, etc. – A mass formed by the union of homogeneous particles; — in distinction from a compound, formed by the union of heterogeneous particles.
Alleviate To lighten or lessen the force or weight of. – To lighten or lessen (physical or mental troubles); to mitigate, or make easier to be endured; as, to alleviate sorrow, pain, care, etc.; — opposed to aggravate. – To extenuate; to palliate.
Alliteration The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals; as in the following lines: –
Ambiguity The quality or state of being ambiguous; doubtfulness or uncertainty, particularly as to the signification of language, arising from its admitting of more than one meaning; an equivocal word or expression.
Ambivalent Having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone.
Ameliorate To make better; to improve; to meliorate. – To grow better; to meliorate; as, wine ameliorates by age.
Amicable Friendly; proceeding from, or exhibiting, friendliness; after the manner of friends; peaceable; as, an amicable disposition, or arrangement.
Animosity Mere spiritedness or courage. – Violent hatred leading to active opposition; active enmity; energetic dislike.
Aquatic Pertaining to water; growing in water; living in, swimming in, or frequenting the margins of waters; as, aquatic plants and fowls. – An aquatic animal or plant. – Sports or exercises practiced in or on the water.
Bellicose Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.
Belligerent Waging war; carrying on war. – Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; as, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights. – A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
Benefactor One who confers a benefit or benefits.
Benevolent Having a disposition to do good; possessing or manifesting love to mankind, and a desire to promote their prosperity and happiness; disposed to give to good objects; kind; charitable.
Bugle A sort of wild ox; a buffalo. – A horn used by hunters. – A copper instrument of the horn quality of tone, shorter and more conical that the trumpet, sometimes keyed; formerly much used in military bands, very rarely in the orchestra; now superseded by the cornet; — called also the Kent bugle. – An elongated glass bead, of various colors, though commonly black. – Jet black. – A plant of the genus Ajuga of the Mint family, a native of the Old World.
Canary Of or pertaining to the Canary Islands; as, canary wine; canary birds. – Of a pale yellowish color; as, Canary stone. – Wine made in the Canary Islands; sack. – A canary bird. – A pale yellow color, like that of a canary bird. – A quick and lively dance. – To perform the canary dance; to move nimbly; to caper.
Candidate One who offers himself, or is put forward by others, as a suitable person or an aspirant or contestant for an office, privilege, or honor; as, a candidate for the office of governor; a candidate for holy orders; a candidate for scholastic honors.
Canine Of or pertaining to the family Canidae, or dogs and wolves; having the nature or qualities of a dog; like that or those of a dog. – Of or pertaining to the pointed tooth on each side the incisors. – A canine tooth.
Capitulation A reducing to heads or articles; a formal agreement. – The act of capitulating or surrendering to an emeny upon stipulated terms. – The instrument containing the terms of an agreement or surrender.
Capricorn The tenth sign of zodiac, into which the sun enters at the winter solstice, about December 21. See Tropic. – A southern constellation, represented on ancient monuments by the figure of a goat, or a figure with its fore part like a fish.
Carnivore One of the Carnivora.
Cognition The act of knowing; knowledge; perception. – That which is known.
Colloquial Pertaining to, or used in, conversation, esp. Common and familiar conversation; conversational; hence, unstudied; informal; as, colloquial intercourse; colloquial phrases; a colloquial style.
Commensurate To reduce to a common measure. – To proportionate; to adjust. – Having a common measure; commensurable; reducible to a common measure; as, commensurate quantities. – Equal in measure or extent; proportionate.
Condolences An expression of sympathy, especially on the occasion of the death of a person’s relative or close friend.
Confidence The act of confiding, trusting, or putting faith in; trust; reliance; belief; — formerly followed by of, now commonly by in. – That in which faith is put or reliance had. – The state of mind characterized by one’s reliance on himself, or his circumstances; a feeling of self-sufficiency; such assurance as leads to a feeling of security; self-reliance; — often with self-prefixed. – Private conversation; (pl.) Secrets shared; as, there were confidences between them. – Trustful; without fear or suspicion; frank; unreserved. – Having self-reliance; bold; undaunted. – Having an excess of assurance; bold to a fault; dogmatically; impudent; presumptuous. – Giving occasion for confidence.
Conjecture An opinion, or judgment, formed on defective or presumptive evidence; probable inference; surmise; guess; suspicion. – To arrive at by conjecture; to infer on slight evidence; to surmise; to guess; to form, at random, opinions concerning. – To make conjectures; to surmise; to guess; to infer; to form an opinion; to imagine.
Consensus Agreement; accord; consent.
Contiguous In actual contact; touching; also, adjacent; near; neighboring; adjoining.
Corporal A noncommissioned officer, next below a sergeant. In the United States army he is the lowest noncommissioned officer in a company of infantry. He places and relieves sentinels. – Belonging or relating to the body; bodily. – Having a body or substance; not spiritual; material. In this sense now usually written corporeal. – Alt. Of Corporale
Corpuscle A minute particle; an atom; a molecule. – A protoplasmic animal cell; esp., such as float free, like blood, lymph, and pus corpuscles; or such as are imbedded in an intercellular matrix, like connective tissue and cartilage corpuscles. See Blood.
Credentials A qualification, achievement, quality, or aspect of a person’s background, especially when used to indicate their suitability for something.
Credible Capable of being credited or believed; worthy of belief; entitled to confidence; trustworthy.
Crescent The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state. – Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon. – A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge – A symbol of Artemis, or Diana. – The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople. – The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople. – Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by Rene of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services. – The emblem of the increasing moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; — often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants. – Shaped like a crescent. – Increasing; growing. – To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent. – To adorn with crescents.
Current Running or moving rapidly. – Now passing, as time; as, the current month. – Passing from person to person, or from hand to hand; circulating through the community; generally received; common; as, a current coin; a current report; current history. – Commonly estimated or acknowledged. – Fitted for general acceptance or circulation; authentic; passable. – A flowing or passing; onward motion. Hence: A body of fluid moving continuously in a certain direction; a stream; esp., the swiftest part of it; as, a current of water or of air; that which resembles a stream in motion; as, a current of electricity. – General course; ordinary procedure; progressive and connected movement; as, the current of time, of events, of opinion, etc.
Curriculum A race course; a place for running. – A course; particularly, a specified fixed course of study, as in a university.
Dejected Cast down; afflicted; low-spirited; sad; as, a dejected look or countenance. – To cast down the spirits of; to dispirit; to discourage; to dishearten. – Dejected.
Diary A register of daily events or transactions; a daily record; a journal; a blank book dated for the record of daily memoranda; as, a diary of the weather; a physician’s diary. – lasting for one day; as, a diary fever.
Discern To see and identify by noting a difference or differences; to note the distinctive character of; to discriminate; to distinguish. – To see by the eye or by the understanding; to perceive and recognize; as, to discern a difference. – To see or understand the difference; to make distinction; as, to discern between good and evil, truth and falsehood. – To make cognizance.
Discipline The treatment suited to a disciple or learner; education; development of the faculties by instruction and exercise; training, whether physical, mental, or moral. – Training to act in accordance with established rules; accustoming to systematic and regular action; drill. – Subjection to rule; submissiveness to order and control; habit of obedience. – Severe training, corrective of faults; instruction by means of misfortune, suffering, punishment, etc. – Correction; chastisement; punishment inflicted by way of correction and training. – The subject matter of instruction; a branch of knowledge. – The enforcement of methods of correction against one guilty of ecclesiastical offenses; reformatory or penal action toward a church member. – Self-inflicted and voluntary corporal punishment, as penance, or otherwise; specifically, a penitential scourge. – A system of essential rules and duties; as, the Romish or Anglican discipline. – To educate; to develop by instruction and exercise; to train. – To accustom to regular and systematic action; to bring under control so as to act systematically; to train to act together under orders; to teach subordination to; to form a habit of obedience in; to drill. – To improve by corrective and penal methods; to chastise; to correct. – To inflict ecclesiastical censures and penalties upon.
Dissect To divide into separate parts; to cut in pieces; to separate and expose the parts of, as an animal or a plant, for examination and to show their structure and relations; to anatomize. – To analyze, for the purposes of science or criticism; to divide and examine minutely.
Ductile Easily led; tractable; complying; yielding to motives, persuasion, or instruction; as, a ductile people. – Capable of being elongated or drawn out, as into wire or threads.
Efficacy Power to produce effects; operation or energy of an agent or force; production of the effect intended; as, the efficacy of medicine in counteracting disease; the efficacy of prayer.
Egregious Surpassing; extraordinary; distinguished (in a bad sense); — formerly used with words importing a good quality, but now joined with words having a bad sense; as, an egregious rascal; an egregious ass; an egregious mistake.
Electoral Relating to elections or electors.
Erudite Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; well instructed; learned.
Exacerbate To render more violent or bitter; to irriate; to exasperate; to imbitter, as passions or disease.
Exuberant Characterized by abundance or superabundance; plenteous; rich; overflowing; copious or excessive in production; as, exuberant goodness; an exuberant intellect; exuberant foliage.
Facetious Given to wit and good humor; merry; sportive; jocular; as, a facetious companion. – Characterized by wit and pleasantry; exciting laughter; as, a facetious story or reply.
Fastidious Difficult to please; delicate to a fault; suited with difficulty; squeamish; as, a fastidious mind or ear; a fastidious appetite.
Femininity The quality or nature of the female sex; womanliness. – The female form.
Fidelity Faithfulness; adherence to right; careful and exact observance of duty, or discharge of obligations. – Adherence to a person or party to which one is bound; loyalty. – Adherence to the marriage contract. – Adherence to truth; veracity; honesty.
Filament A thread or threadlike object or appendage; a fiber; esp. (Bot.), the threadlike part of the stamen supporting the anther.
Foliate Furnished with leaves; leafy; as, a foliate stalk. – To beat into a leaf, or thin plate. – To spread over with a thin coat of tin and quicksilver; as, to foliate a looking-glass.
Formidable Exciting fear or apprehension; impressing dread; adapted to excite fear and deter from approach, encounter, or undertaking; alarming.
Gradient Moving by steps; walking; as, gradient automata. – Rising or descending by regular degrees of inclination; as, the gradient line of a railroad. – Adapted for walking, as the feet of certain birds. – The rate of regular or graded ascent or descent in a road; grade. – A part of a road which slopes upward or downward; a portion of a way not level; a grade. – The rate of increase or decrease of a variable magnitude, or the curve which represents it; as, a thermometric gradient.
Gregarious Habitually living or moving in flocks or herds; tending to flock or herd together; not habitually solitary or living alone.
Herbivore One of the Herbivora.
Humble Near the ground; not high or lofty; not pretentious or magnificent; unpretending; unassuming; as, a humble cottage. – Thinking lowly of one’s self; claiming little for one’s self; not proud, arrogant, or assuming; thinking one’s self ill-deserving or unworthy, when judged by the demands of God; lowly; waek; modest. – Hornless. See Hummel. – To bring low; to reduce the power, independence, or exaltation of; to lower; to abase; to humilate. – To make humble or lowly in mind; to abase the pride or arrogance of; to reduce the self-sufficiently of; to make meek and submissive; — often used rexlexively.
Igneous Pertaining to, having the nature of, fire; containing fire; resembling fire; as, an igneous appearance. – Resulting from, or produced by, the action of fire; as, lavas and basalt are igneous rocks.
Imperative Expressive of command; containing positive command; authoritatively or absolutely directive; commanding; authoritative; as, imperative orders. – Not to be avoided or evaded; obligatory; binding; compulsory; as, an imperative duty or order. – Expressive of commund, entreaty, advice, or exhortation; as, the imperative mood. – The imperative mood; also, a verb in the imperative mood.
Impetuous Rushing with force and violence; moving with impetus; furious; forcible; violent; as, an impetuous wind; an impetuous torrent. – Vehement in feeling; hasty; passionate; violent; as, a man of impetuous temper.
Implement That which fulfills or supplies a want or use; esp., an instrument, toll, or utensil, as supplying a requisite to an end; as, the implements of trade, of husbandry, or of war. – To accomplish; to fulfill. – To provide with an implement or implements; to cause to be fulfilled, satisfied, or carried out, by means of an implement or implements. – To fulfill or perform, as a contract or an engagement.
Inane Without contents; empty; void of sense or intelligence; purposeless; pointless; characterless; useless. – That which is void or empty.
Incorruptible Not corruptible; incapable of corruption, decay, or dissolution; as, gold is incorruptible. – Incapable of being bribed or morally corrupted; inflexibly just and upright. – One of a religious sect which arose in Alexandria, in the reign of the Emperor Justinian, and which believed that the body of Christ was incorruptible, and that he suffered hunger, thirst, pain, only in appearance. – The quality or state of being incorruptible.
Incredulous Not credulous; indisposed to admit or accept that which is related as true, skeptical; unbelieving. – Indicating, or caused by, disbelief or incredulity. – Incredible; not easy to be believed.
Incriminate To accuse; to charge with a crime or fault; to criminate.
Indigenous Native; produced, growing, or living, naturally in a country or climate; not exotic; not imported. – Native; inherent; innate.
Infinitesimal Infinitely or indefinitely small; less than any assignable quantity or value; very small. – An infinitely small quantity; that which is less than any assignable quantity.
Ingenious Possessed of genius, or the faculty of invention; skillful or promp to invent; having an aptitude to contrive, or to form new combinations; as, an ingenious author, mechanic. – Proseeding from, pertaining to, or characterized by, genius or ingenuity; of curious design, structure, or mechanism; as, an ingenious model, or machine; an ingenious scheme, contrivance, etc. – Witty; shrewd; adroit; keen; sagacious; as, an ingenious reply. – Mental; intellectual.
Innate Inborn; native; natural; as, innate vigor; innate eloquence. – Originating in, or derived from, the constitution of the intellect, as opposed to acquired from experience; as, innate ideas. See A priori, Intuitive. – Joined by the base to the very tip of a filament; as, an innate anther. – To cause to exit; to call into being.
Innocuous Harmless; producing no ill effect; innocent.
Insidious Lying in wait; watching an opportunity to insnare or entrap; deceitful; sly; treacherous; — said of persons; as, the insidious foe. – Intended to entrap; characterized by treachery and deceit; as, insidious arts.
Interrupt To break into, or between; to stop, or hinder by breaking in upon the course or progress of; to interfere with the current or motion of; to cause a temporary cessation of; as, to interrupt the remarks speaking. – To divide; to separate; to break the monotony of; as, the evenness of the road was not interrupted by a single hill. – Broken; interrupted.
Intractable Not tractable; not easily governed, managed, or directed; indisposed to be taught, disciplined, or tamed; violent; stubborn; obstinate; refractory; as, an intractable child.
Jovial Of or pertaining to the god, or the planet, Jupiter. – Sunny; serene. – Gay; merry; joyous; jolly; mirth-inspiring; hilarious; characterized by mirth or jollity; as, a jovial youth; a jovial company; a jovial poem.
Library A considerable collection of books kept for use, and not as merchandise; as, a private library; a public library. – A building or apartment appropriated for holding such a collection of books.
Lucid Shining; bright; resplendent; as, the lucid orbs of heaven. – Clear; transparent. – Presenting a clear view; easily understood; clear. – Bright with the radiance of intellect; not darkened or confused by delirium or madness; marked by the regular operations of reason; as, a lucid interval.
Lunatic Affected by lunacy; insane; mad. – Of or pertaining to, or suitable for, an insane person; evincing lunacy; as, lunatic gibberish; a lunatic asylum. – A person affected by lunacy; an insane person, esp. One who has lucid intervals; a madman; a person of unsound mind.
Magnanimous Great of mind; elevated in soul or in sentiment; raised above what is low, mean, or ungenerous; of lofty and courageous spirit; as, a magnanimous character; a magnanimous conqueror. – Dictated by or exhibiting nobleness of soul; honorable; noble; not selfish.
Measure A standard of dimension; a fixed unit of quantity or extent; an extent or quantity in the fractions or multiples of which anything is estimated and stated; hence, a rule by which anything is adjusted or judged. – An instrument by means of which size or quantity is measured, as a graduated line, rod, vessel, or the like. – The dimensions or capacity of anything, reckoned according to some standard; size or extent, determined and stated; estimated extent; as, to take one’s measure for a coat. – The contents of a vessel by which quantity is measured; a quantity determined by a standard; a stated or limited quantity or amount. – Extent or degree not excessive or beyong bounds; moderation; due restraint; esp. In the phrases, in measure; with measure; without or beyond measure. – Determined extent, not to be exceeded; limit; allotted share, as of action, influence, ability, or the like; due proportion. – The quantity determined by measuring, especially in buying and selling; as, to give good or full measure. – Undefined quantity; extent; degree. – Regulated division of movement – A regulated movement corresponding to the time in which the accompanying music is performed; but, especially, a slow and stately dance, like the minuet. – The group or grouping of beats, caused by the regular recurrence of accented beats. – The space between two bars. – The manner of ordering and combining the quantities, or long and short syllables; meter; rhythm; hence, a foot; as, a poem in iambic measure. – A number which is contained in a given number a number of times without a remainder; as in the phrases, the common measure, the greatest common measure, etc., of two or more numbers. – A step or definite part of a progressive course or policy; a means to an end; an act designed for the accomplishment of an object; as, political measures; prudent measures; an inefficient measure. – The act of measuring; measurement. – Beds or strata; as, coal measures; lead measures. – To ascertain by use of a measuring instrument; to compute or ascertain the extent, quantity, dimensions, or capacity of, by a certain rule or standard; to take the dimensions of; hence, to estimate; to judge of; to value; to appraise. – To serve as the measure of; as, the thermometer measures changes of temperature. – To pass throught or over in journeying, as if laying off and determining the distance. – To adjust by a rule or standard. – To allot or distribute by measure; to set off or apart by measure; — often with out or off. – To make a measurement or measurements. – To result, or turn out, on measuring; as, the grain measures well; the pieces measure unequally. – To be of a certain size or quantity, or to have a certain length, breadth, or thickness, or a certain capacity according to a standard measure; as, cloth measures three fourths of a yard; a tree measures three feet in diameter.
Mediocre Of a middle quality; of but a moderate or low degree of excellence; indifferent; ordinary. – A mediocre person. – A young monk who was excused from performing a portion of a monk’s duties.
Mercurial Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury; swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable; as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament. – Having the form or image of Mercury; — applied to ancient guideposts. – Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty. – Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial preparations, barometer. See Mercury, 2. – Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore mouth. – A person having mercurial qualities. – A preparation containing mercury.
Message Any notice, word, or communication, written or verbal, sent from one person to another. – Hence, specifically, an official communication, not made in person, but delivered by a messenger; as, the President’s message. – To bear as a message. – A messenger.
Meticulous Timid; fearful.
Nasal Of or pertaining to the nose. – Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants m, n, ng (see Guide to Pronunciation, // 20, 208); characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance. – An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously. – A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine. – Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard. – One of the nasal bones. – A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
Necessary Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be avoided; inevitable. – Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with, without preventing the attainment of a desired result; indispensable; requiste; essential. – Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; — opposed to free; as, whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed. – A thing that is necessary or indispensable to some purpose; something that one can not do without; a requisite; an essential; — used chiefly in the plural; as, the necessaries of life. – A privy; a water-closet. – Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics, and married women, as are requisite for support suitable to station.
Obsequious Promptly obedient, or submissive, to the will of another; compliant; yielding to the desires of another; devoted. – Servilely or meanly attentive; compliant to excess; cringing; fawning; as, obsequious flatterer, parasite. – Of or pertaining to obsequies; funereal.
Obstinate Pertinaciously adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course; persistent; not yielding to reason, arguments, or other means; stubborn; pertinacious; — usually implying unreasonableness. – Not yielding; not easily subdued or removed; as, obstinate fever; obstinate obstructions.
Ominous Of or pertaining to an omen or to omens; being or exhibiting an omen; significant; portentous; — formerly used both in a favorable and unfavorable sense; now chiefly in the latter; foreboding or foreshowing evil; inauspicious; as, an ominous dread.
Omnipotent Able in every respect and for every work; unlimited in ability; all-powerful; almighty; as, the Being that can create worlds must be omnipotent. – Having unlimited power of a particular kind; as, omnipotent love.
Omnivorous All-devouring; eating everything indiscriminately; as, omnivorous vanity; esp. (Zool.), eating both animal and vegetable food.
Opera A drama, either tragic or comic, of which music forms an essential part; a drama wholly or mostly sung, consisting of recitative, arials, choruses, duets, trios, etc., with orchestral accompaniment, preludes, and interludes, together with appropriate costumes, scenery, and action; a lyric drama. – The score of a musical drama, either written or in print; a play set to music. – The house where operas are exhibited.
Ostentatious Fond of, or evincing, ostentation; unduly conspicuous; pretentious; boastful.
Participant Sharing; participating; having a share of part. – A participator; a partaker.
Patina A dish or plate of metal or earthenware; a patella. – The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; especially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and medals.
Percolate To cause to pass through fine interstices, as a liquor; to filter; to strain. – To pass through fine interstices; to filter; as, water percolates through porous stone.
Perennial Ing or continuing through the year; as, perennial fountains. – Continuing without cessation or intermission; perpetual; unceasing; never failing. – Continuing more than two years; as, a perennial steam, or root, or plant. – A perennial plant; a plant which lives or continues more than two years, whether it retains its leaves in winter or not.
Perfidy The act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery.
Pernicious Quick; swift (to burn). – Having the quality of injuring or killing; destructive; very mischievous; baleful; malicious; wicked.
Plausible Worthy of being applauded; praiseworthy; commendable; ready. – Obtaining approbation; specifically pleasing; apparently right; specious; as, a plausible pretext; plausible manners; a plausible delusion. – Using specious arguments or discourse; as, a plausible speaker.
Popularity The quality or state of being popular; especially, the state of being esteemed by, or of being in favor with, the people at large; good will or favor proceeding from the people; as, the popularity of a law, statesman, or a book. – The quality or state of being adapted or pleasing to common, poor, or vulgar people; hence, cheapness; inferiority; vulgarity. – Something which obtains, or is intended to obtain, the favor of the vulgar; claptrap. – The act of courting the favor of the people. – Public sentiment; general passion.
Postmortem An examination of a dead body to determine the cause of death.
Precipice A sudden or headlong fall. – A headlong steep; a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place; an abrupt declivity; a cliff.
Precipitate Overhasty; rash; as, the king was too precipitate in declaring war. – Lacking due deliberation or care; hurried; said or done before the time; as, a precipitate measure. – Falling, flowing, or rushing, with steep descent; headlong. – Ending quickly in death; brief and fatal; as, a precipitate case of disease. – An insoluble substance separated from a solution in a concrete state by the action of some reagent added to the solution, or of some force, such as heat or cold. The precipitate may fall to the bottom (whence the name), may be diffused through the solution, or may float at or near the surface. – To throw headlong; to cast down from a precipice or height. – To urge or press on with eager haste or violence; to cause to happen, or come to a crisis, suddenly or too soon; as, precipitate a journey, or a conflict. – To separate from a solution, or other medium, in the form of a precipitate; as, water precipitates camphor when in solution with alcohol. – To dash or fall headlong. – To hasten without preparation. – To separate from a solution as a precipitate. See Precipitate, n.
Precocious Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or developed; as, precocious trees. – Developed more than is natural or usual at a given age; exceeding what is to be expected of one’s years; too forward; — used especially of mental forwardness; as, a precocious child; precocious talents.
Predicate To assert to belong to something; to affirm (one thing of another); as, to predicate whiteness of snow. – To found; to base. – To affirm something of another thing; to make an affirmation. – That which is affirmed or denied of the subject. In these propositions, “Paper is white,” “Ink is not white,” whiteness is the predicate affirmed of paper and denied of ink. – The word or words in a proposition which express what is affirmed of the subject. – Predicated.
Prerogative An exclusive or peculiar privilege; prior and indefeasible right; fundamental and essential possession; — used generally of an official and hereditary right which may be asserted without question, and for the exercise of which there is no responsibility or accountability as to the fact and the manner of its exercise. – Precedence; preeminence; first rank.
Prescription The act of prescribing, directing, or dictating; direction; precept; also, that which is prescribed. – A direction of a remedy or of remedies for a disease, and the manner of using them; a medical recipe; also, a prescribed remedy. – A prescribing for title; the claim of title to a thing by virtue immemorial use and enjoyment; the right or title acquired by possession had during the time and in the manner fixed by law.
Primal First; primary; original; chief.
Prodigal Given to extravagant expenditure; expending money or other things without necessity; recklessly or viciously profuse; lavish; wasteful; not frugal or economical; as, a prodigal man; the prodigal son; prodigal giving; prodigal expenses. – One who expends money extravagantly, viciously, or without necessity; one that is profuse or lavish in any expenditure; a waster; a spendthrift.
Prosaic Alt. Of Prosaical
Prosecute To follow or pursue with a view to reach, execute, or accomplish; to endeavor to obtain or complete; to carry on; to continue; as, to prosecute a scheme, hope, or claim. – To seek to obtain by legal process; as, to prosecute a right or a claim in a court of law. – To pursue with the intention of punishing; to accuse of some crime or breach of law, or to pursue for redress or punishment, before a legal tribunal; to proceed against judicially; as, to prosecute a man for trespass, or for a riot. – To follow after. – To institute and carry on a legal prosecution; as, to prosecute for public offenses.
Providence The act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation. – Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience. – A manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction. – Prudence in the management of one’s concerns; economy; frugality.
Recalcitrant Kicking back; recalcitrating; hence, showing repugnance or opposition; refractory.
Refugee One who flees to a shelter, or place of safety. – Especially, one who, in times of persecution or political commotion, flees to a foreign power or country for safety; as, the French refugees who left France after the revocation of the edict of Nantes.
Relevant Relieving; lending aid or support. – Bearing upon, or properly applying to, the case in hand; pertinent; applicable. – Sufficient to support the cause.
Renovate To make over again; to restore to freshness or vigor; to renew.
Reptile Creeping; moving on the belly, or by means of small and short legs. – Hence: Groveling; low; vulgar; as, a reptile race or crew; reptile vices. – An animal that crawls, or moves on its belly, as snakes,, or by means of small, short legs, as lizards, and the like. – One of the Reptilia, or one of the Amphibia. – A groveling or very mean person.
Retrospective Looking backward; contemplating things past; — opposed to prospective; as, a retrospective view. – Having reference to what is past; affecting things past; retroactive; as, a retrospective law.
Ridiculous Fitted to excite ridicule; absurd and laughable; unworthy of serious consideration; as, a ridiculous dress or behavior. – Involving or expressing ridicule.
Rupture The act of breaking apart, or separating; the state of being broken asunder; as, the rupture of the skin; the rupture of a vessel or fiber; the rupture of a lutestring. – Breach of peace or concord between individuals; open hostility or war between nations; interruption of friendly relations; as, the parties came to a rupture. – Hernia. See Hernia. – A bursting open, as of a steam boiler, in a less sudden manner than by explosion. See Explosion. – To part by violence; to break; to burst; as, to rupture a blood vessel. – To produce a hernia in. – To suffer a breach or disruption.
Simile A word or phrase by which anything is likened, in one or more of its aspects, to something else; a similitude; a poetical or imaginative comparison.
Soliloquy The act of talking to one’s self; a discourse made by one in solitude to one’s self; monologue. – A written composition, reciting what it is supposed a person says to himself.
Spectrum An apparition; a specter. – The several colored and other rays of which light is composed, separated by the refraction of a prism or other means, and observed or studied either as spread out on a screen, by direct vision, by photography, or otherwise. See Illust. Of Light, and Spectroscope. – A luminous appearance, or an image seen after the eye has been exposed to an intense light or a strongly illuminated object. When the object is colored, the image appears of the complementary color, as a green image seen after viewing a red wafer lying on white paper. Called also ocular spectrum.
Strict Strained; drawn close; tight; as, a strict embrace; a strict ligature. – Tense; not relaxed; as, a strict fiber. – Exact; accurate; precise; rigorously nice; as, to keep strict watch; to pay strict attention. – Governed or governing by exact rules; observing exact rules; severe; rigorous; as, very strict in observing the Sabbath. – Rigidly; interpreted; exactly limited; confined; restricted; as, to understand words in a strict sense. – Upright, or straight and narrow; — said of the shape of the plants or their flower clusters.
Subterfuge That to which one resorts for escape or concealment; an artifice employed to escape censure or the force of an argument, or to justify opinions or conduct; a shift; an evasion.
Susceptible Capable of admitting anything additional, or any change, affection, or influence; readily acted upon; as, a body susceptible of color or of alteration. – Capable of impression; having nice sensibility; impressible; tender; sensitive; as, children are more susceptible than adults; a man of a susceptible heart.
Temporal Of or pertaining to the temple or temples; as, the temporal bone; a temporal artery. – Of or pertaining to time, that is, to the present life, or this world; secular, as distinguished from sacred or eternal. – Civil or political, as distinguished from ecclesiastical; as, temporal power; temporal courts. – Anything temporal or secular; a temporality; — used chiefly in the plural.
Tertiary Being of the third formation, order, or rank; third; as, a tertiary use of a word. – Possessing some quality in the third degree; having been subjected to the substitution of three atoms or radicals; as, a tertiary alcohol, amine, or salt. Cf. Primary, and Secondary. – Later than, or subsequent to, the Secondary. – Growing on the innermost joint of a bird’s wing; tertial; — said of quills. – A member of the Third Order in any monastic system; as, the Franciscan tertiaries; the Dominican tertiaries; the Carmelite tertiaries. See Third Order, under Third. – The Tertiary era, period, or formation. – One of the quill feathers which are borne upon the basal joint of the wing of a bird. See Illust. Of Bird.
Trajectory The curve which a body describes in space, as a planet or comet in its orbit, or stone thrown upward obliquely in the air.
Transect A straight line or narrow section through an object or natural feature or across the earth’s surface, along which observations are made or measurements taken.
Triumvirate Government by three in coalition or association; the term of such a government. – A coalition or association of three in office or authority; especially, the union of three men who obtained the government of the Roman empire.
Ubiquitous Existing or being everywhere, or in all places, at the same time; omnipresent.
Unity The state of being one; oneness. – Concord; harmony; conjunction; agreement; uniformity; as, a unity of proofs; unity of doctrine. – Any definite quantity, or aggregate of quantities or magnitudes taken as one, or for which 1 is made to stand in calculation; thus, in a table of natural sines, the radius of the circle is regarded as unity. – In dramatic composition, one of the principles by which a uniform tenor of story and propriety of representation are preserved; conformity in a composition to these; in oratory, discourse, etc., the due subordination and reference of every part to the development of the leading idea or the eastablishment of the main proposition. – Such a combination of parts as to constitute a whole, or a kind of symmetry of style and character. – The peculiar characteristics of an estate held by several in joint tenancy.
Ventilate To open and expose to the free passage of air; to supply with fresh air, and remove impure air from; to air; as, to ventilate a room; to ventilate a cellar; to ventilate a mine. – To provide with a vent, or escape, for air, gas, etc.; as, to ventilate a mold, or a water-wheel bucket. – To change or renew, as the air of a room. – To winnow; to fan; as, to ventilate wheat. – To sift and examine; to bring out, and subject to penetrating scrutiny; to expose to examination and discussion; as, to ventilate questions of policy. – To give vent; to utter; to make public.
Vernacular Belonging to the country of one’s birth; one’s own by birth or nature; native; indigenous; — now used chiefly of language; as, English is our vernacular language. – The vernacular language; one’s mother tongue; often, the common forms of expression in a particular locality.
Visceral Of or pertaining to the viscera; splanchnic. – Fig.: Having deep sensibility.
Vivisection The dissection of an animal while alive, for the purpose of making physiological investigations.
Vulnerable Capable of being wounded; susceptible of wounds or external injuries; as, a vulnerable body. – Liable to injury; subject to be affected injuriously; assailable; as, a vulnerable reputation.
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