avoirdupois \av-uhr-duh-POIZ; AV-uhr-duh-poiz\ (noun) - 1 : Avoirdupois weight, a system of weights based on a pound containing 16 ounces or 7,000 grains (453.59 grams). 2 : Weight; heaviness; as, a person of much ...Read More
euphonious \yoo-FOH-nee-uhs\ (adjective) - Pleasing or sweet in sound; smooth-sounding.
"At twelve-zero-zero Greewich time I had already been introduced to the Director of the British Museum, whose euphonious and idiotic ...Read More
termagant \TUR-muh-guhnt\ (noun) - A scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman; a shrew.
(adjective) - Overbearing; shrewish; scolding.
"For you are the witch Magrit, the horrid harridan, the repulsive termagant, the ...Read More
contradistinction \kon-truh-dis-TINK-shuhn\ (noun) - Distinction by contrast; as, "sculpture in contradistinction to painting."
"The balloon, for the twenty-two days of its existence, offered the possibility, in its ...Read More
palimpsest \PAL-imp-sest\ (noun) - 1 : A manuscript, usually of papyrus or parchment, on which more than one text has been written with the earlier writing incompletely erased and still visible. 2 : An object or place ...Read More
constitutional \kon-stih-TOO-shuhn-uhl; -TYOO-\ (noun) - A walk taken for one's health.
"A wise physician does not simply give a tonic for a diseased limb, or a high fever; the patient might be dead before the ...Read More