Sir Francis Bacon

Histories make men wise; poets, witty; the mathematics, subtle; natural philosophy, deep; moral, grave; logic and rhetoric, able to contend.

--Of Studies--

Interesting Words

"What do you read my lord?"                          
                              "Words, words, words."
-William Shakespeare-

acerbic - adj - of sour or astringent taste/severe temper.

bedizen - v - to dress or adorn in a showy, gaudy or vulgar manner.

bravura - n - a display of daring, a brilliant performance

catechism - n - A statement of beliefs or principals, or a particular book, a summary of Christian beliefs and values in the form of questions and answers.

codicil - n - an addition, appendix, post script, or afterthought.

conspectus - n - a general or comprehensive view, survey

crinoline - n - a type of petticoat resembling a hoop skirt (19th century fashion)

crofter - n - British, a person who rents and works a very small farm

didactic - adj - intended to instruct or tutor.

dissonance - n - an inharmonious or harsh sound; discord.

duplicity - n - deceitfulness in speech or conduct; double dealing.

efface - verb - to wipe out; destroy; do away with.

ephemeral- adj - lasting a very short time, transitory

exchequer - n - the treasury of a state or nation

importunate- adj - urgent or persistent in solicitation.

indigent - adj - lacking the necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished  

inimical - adj - unfriendly, hostile, adverse in tendency, harmful.  

interlocutor - n - a person who takes part in conversation or dialog

lede - n - the opening paragraphs of a print article

licentious - adj - Unconcerned with law or moral standards, especially a lack of sexual restraint

litany - n - a ceremonial or liturgical form of prayer consisting of a series of invocations or supplications with responses that are the same for a number of successions.

mien - n - air, bearing or aspect indicative of character.

moribund - adj - 1. near death 2. In a state of stagnation or obsolescence

multifarious - adjective - having many different parts, elements, or forms. Numerous and varied, manifold.

nescient - adj - according to Webster's a bit of a catch-all, but primarily ignorant, uneducated, lacking knowledge or sophistication. Also, unenlightened, innocent, artless, gutless, and illiterate.

obsequious - adj - servilely compliant or deferential.

paroxysm - n - any sudden, violent outburst, as of action or emotion.

perfidy - n - a deliberate breach of faith or trust, faithlessness; treachery.

perspicacious - adj - of ready intelligence, esp. discerning or insightful.

perspicuous - adj - clear in expression or statement, lucid.

phalanstery - n - (Fourierism) the building occupied by a phalanx, the community itself, or similar organization.

philander - v - to make love without serious intention, to carry on flirtations.

polemic - noun - A controversial argument, or, one who takes up a controversial argument.

prolepsis - n - 1. the anticipation of possible objections in order to answer them in advance.  2. the assigning of a person, event, etc. to a period earlier than the actual one: prochronism.

provendor - n - food or provisions, especially for livestock.

reticent - adj - disposed to be silent, reserved.

sacrosanct - adj - sacred or inviolable

salutary - adj - favourable to or promoting health.

samovar - n - A metal urn, used for heating tea in Russia. 

scrofulous - adj - of the nature of, resembling, or affected with scrofula, a form of tuberculosis (swelling of the lymph glands, especially in the neck).

seminarian- n - a student of theology.

sententious- n - abounding with pithy aphorisms or maxims, as a book.

signet - n - a small official seal, as on a ring, sometimes used to mark wax seals.

solecism - n - a breach, error, impropriety or inconsistency, esp. in grammar or etiquette.

spermaceti - n - a waxy solid derived from the cranial cavity of sperm whales. Used as an emollient in 19th century cosmetics.

timourous - adj - full of fear, fearful.

vesper - n - 1. the evening star (Venus)  2. evening bells, songs, or religious services. 3. (Archaic) evening.

vivisect - v - to dissect the living body of an animal.