POSP's stringer Tim has provided the last list of vocabulary words for 2012.
1. Without a leader or ruler.
2. Also, acephalic Zoology. headless; lacking a distinct head.
1. Unselfish love of one person for another without sexual implications.
2. The love of Christians for other persons, corresponding to the love of God for humankind.
1. Warding off poisoning or infection; anecdotal; prophylactic.
2. An alexipharmic agent, especially an internal antidote.
Shaped like an almond
1. A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
2. An instance of anacoluthia.
A person who steals books.
Of or relating to fields or open country, rural.
1. Chiefly Scot. A magic spell; trick by sorcery.
2. Chiefly British. Artful shamming meant to deceive.
Investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea.
1. A critical period.
2. Physiology: a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
3. A year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one's sixty-third year.
4. The period of maximum respiration in a fruit, during which it becomes fully ripened.
Composition; constitution; makeup.
One that is an autonomous creative force or decisive power.
To reveal; confess.
1. A phantom; apparition.
2. An ideal.
Of, relatic to, or resembling an enigma, mysterious.
1. Of a person being the person after whom a literary work, film,etc, is named: the eponymous heroine in the film of Jane Eyre.
2. Of a literary work, film, etc. named after its central characteror creator: the Stooges' eponymous debut album.
1. To shirk; evade work or responsibility.
2. To renege at cards.
Flashing like lightning.
1. Embellishment, trimming.
2. A set of decorative objects (as vases, urns, or clocks).
To have a paralyzing or mesmerizing effect on, stupefy, petrify.
Giving exhortation, serving to advise or warn.
1a. To enclose within or as if within walls.
2. To build into a wall; especially, to entomb in a wall.
1. Having the shape of a double-convex lens.
2. Of or relating to a lens.
3. Provided with or utilizing lenticules.
Relating to or resembling the Socratic method of eliciting new ideas from another.
1. Having a weak often unpleasant taste.
2. Marked by sickly sentimentality, sad or romantic in a foolish or exaggerated way.
A short point projecting abruptly, as at the end of a leaf.
A simpleton;a foolish person.
A spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon, or place.
Spoken rather than written, oral.
1a. Stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing.
1b. Hardened in feelings.
2. Resistant to persuasion or softening influences.
1. Bearing or about to bear young; travailing.
2. Pertaining to parturition.
3. Bringing forth or about to produce something, as an idea.
Brave only as a result of being drunk.
1. The process of exact thinking, reasoning.
2. A reasoned train of thought.
1a. To make (as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush.
1b, To apply (a color) in this manner.
2. To soften the lines or colors of (a drawing) by rubbing lightly.
A prolonged sitting (as for discussion).
1. Often capitalized, a person of irritable or violent temper.
2. One that proves to be unexpectedly formidable.
Resembling a monster.
The use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in to wage war and peace or On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.
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