Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Anoxic

Free of oxygen.

From Wikipedia:
Oceanic anoxic events occur when the Earth's oceans become completely depleted of oxygen (O2) below the surface levels. Although anoxic events have not happened for millions of years, the geological record shows that they happened many times in the past, and may have caused mass extinctions.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Aga

title of respect, as Hassan Aga; basic meaning is landlord

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Endogenous

The word endogenous means "arising from within", the opposite of exogenous.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Dovish

opposed to war, pacifist
definition

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Atavism

An atavism is a real or supposed evolutionary throwback

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Egregious

Extremely or remarkably bad
source

e.g. Give it a shot… see what happens! Live life to its fullest and try to regret at least one egregious error per day.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Asceticism

a life characterized by abstinence from worldly pleasures.

wiki

Peurile

Childish

Friday, October 12, 2007

Chicanery

  1. Deception by use of trickery.
  2. Trickery via quibbling and distraction.
from the wiktionary

Chicanery

  1. Deception by use of trickery.
  2. Trickery via quibbling and distraction.
from the wiktionary

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Saturnine

1. Gloomy or sullen in disposition.
2. Having a sardonic or bitter aspect.

source: dictionary.com

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Truncheon

A European club made of wood.

e.g. You can dance at a truncheon, but it is more commonly used as a cudgel.