ses·qui·pe·da·li·an

[ses-kwi-pi-dey-lee-uhn, -deyl-yuhn]

adjective Also, ses·quip·e·dal  [ses-kwip-i-dl]

1. given to using long words.

2. (of a word) containing many syllables.

a·poth·e·o·sis

[uh-poth-ee-oh-sis, ap-uh-thee-uh-sis]

noun, plural a·poth·e·o·ses  [-seez, -seez]

1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.

2. the ideal example; epitome; quintessence: This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.

scur·ril·ous

[skur-uh-luh s, skuhr-]

adjective

1. grossly or obscenely abusive: a scurrilous attack on the mayor.

2. characterized by or using low buffoonery; coarsely jocular or derisive: a scurrilous jest.

de·ism

[dee-iz-uh m]

noun

1. belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation ( distinguished from theism ).

2. belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

sov·er·eign·ty

[sov-rin-tee, suhv-]

noun, plural sov·er·eign·ties.

2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royalty.

3. supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community.

4. rightful status, independence, or prerogative.

en·co·mi·um

[en-koh-mee-uh m]

noun, plural en·co·mi·ums, en·co·mi·a [-mee-uh]

a formal expression of high praise; eulogy

homologous
[huh-mol-uh-guh s, hoh-
adjective
1. having the same or a similar relation; corresponding, as in relative position or structure.
2. corresponding in structure and in origin, but not necessarily in function: The wing of a bird and the foreleg of a horse are homologous.

analogous

[uh-nal-uh-guh s]

adjective

1. having analogy; corresponding in some particular: A brain and a computer are analogous.
2. Biology . corresponding in function, but not evolved from corresponding organs, as the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird.

affectation

[af-ek-tey-shuh n]

noun

1.

an effort to appear to have a quality not really or fully possessed; the pretense of actual possession: an affectation of interest in art; affectation of great wealth.
2.

conspicuous artificiality of manner or appearance; effort to attract notice by pretense, assumption, or any assumed peculiarity.
3.

a trait, action, or expression characterized by such artificiality: a man of a thousand affectations.
unctuous
[uhngk-choo-uh s]
adjective

1. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
2. of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.
3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.
refrac·tory
[ri-frak-tuh-ree]adjective, noun, plural re·frac·to·ries.
adjective

1. hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient: a refractory child.
2. resisting ordinary methods of treatment.
3. difficult to fuse, reduce, or work, as an ore or metal.

granular

[gran-yuh-ler]

adjective

1.

of the nature of granules; grainy.
2.

composed of or bearing granules or grains.
3.

showing a granulated structure.

curlicue

[kur-li-kyoo]

noun

an ornamental, fancy curl or twist, as in a signature.

metanoia

[met-uh-noi-uh]

noun

a profound, usually spiritual, transformation; conversion.

ingratiate

[in-grey-shee-eyt]

verb (used with object), in·gra·ti·at·ed, in·gra·ti·at·ing.

to establish (oneself) in the favor or good graces of others, especially by deliberate effort (usually followed by with  ): He ingratiated himself with all the guests.

apostate

[uh-pos-teyt, -tit]

noun

1. a person who forsakes his religion, cause, party, etc.

fustian

[fuhs-chuh n]

noun

3. inflated or turgid language in writing or speaking: Fustian can’t disguise the author’s meager plot.
adjective

5. pompous or bombastic, as language: fustian melodrama.
6. worthless; cheap: fustian knaves and dupes.

onanism

[oh-nuh-niz-uh m]

noun

1. withdrawal of the penis in sexual intercourse so that ejaculation takes place outside the vagina; coitus interruptus.
2. masturbation.

portmanteau

[pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-; pawrt-man-toh, pohrt-]:

( modifier ) embodying several uses or qualities: the heroine is a portmanteau figure of all the virtues

puer

Concept in psychology & astrology:

Puer aeternus is Latin for eternal boy, used in mythology to designate a child-god who is forever young; psychologically it is an older man whose emotional life has remained at an adolescent level. The puer typically leads a provisional life, due to the fear of being caught in a situation from which it might not be possible to escape. He covets independence and freedom, chafes at boundaries and limits, and tends to find any restriction intolerable.

In analytical psychology (often called “Jungian psychology”) the puer aeternus is an example of what Jung called an archetype, one of the “primordial, structural elements of the human psyche”

Senex

The shadow of the puer is the senex (Latin for “old man”), associated with the god Apollo—disciplined, controlled, responsible, rational, ordered. Conversely, the shadow of the senex is the puer, related to Dionysus—unbounded instinct, disorder, intoxication, whimsy.

exordium \ig-ZAWR-dee-uhm\, noun:

1. The beginning of anything.
2. The introductory part of an oration, treatise, etc.

As for your beginning and exordium, I no longer remember it, nor consequently the middle; and as for your conclusion, I will do nothing of the sort.
— Michel de Montaigne, “Of the Education of Children,” Essays

advert \ad-VURT\,

verb

1. To remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to): He adverted briefly to the news of the day.
2. To turn the attention (usually followed by to): The committee adverted to the business at hand.

couthie \KOO-thee\, adjective:

Agreeable; genial; kindly.

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