cock·a·trice (kok-uh-tris | kɒkətrɪs) Middle English, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin noun a legendary monster with a deadly glance, supposedly hatched by a serpent from the egg of a cock, and commonly represented with the head, legs, and wings of a cock and the body and tail of a serpent He gave me a poisonous stare comparable to that of a cockatrice. Submitted by deadstillcurious
vig·il (vij-uhl, vij-ill | vɪdʒəl, vɪdʒɪl) Latin noun wakefulness maintained for any reason during the normal hours for sleeping The son kept vigil at the bedside of his dying mother. Submitted by deadstillcurious
pro·pen·si·ty (pruh-pen-si-tee | prəpɛnsɪti) Latin noun a natural inclination or predisposition toward something, (obsolete) a predisposition or partiality toward something favourable I have a propensity for using sexy words. (see also: proclivity [link to follow]) Submitted by Elisa, via email.
mi·as·ma (my-az-muh, mee-az-muh | maɪæzmə, miæzmə) Greek noun 1) noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere 2) a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere The miasma in the air was indicative of the approaching zombie hoard.
tor·tu·ous (tor·choo·us | tɔrtʃuəs) Middle English, from Latin adjective 1) full of twists, turns, or bends; twisting, winding, or crooked. 2) not direct or straightforward, as in procedure or speech; intricate; circuitous. 3) deceitfully indirect or morally crooked, as proceedings, methods, or policy; devious. “In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets...
pres·by·o·pi·a (prezz-bee-oh-pee-uh | prɛzbioʊpiə) Latin noun a visual condition which becomes apparent especially in middle age and in which loss of elasticity of the lens of the eye causes defective accommodation and inability to focus sharply for near vision. His presbyopia forces him to hold his books at arm’s length. Submitted by sandcastleprincess
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