1. fantasy; invention; fairytale.
2. Obsolete: the moral of a fable.
Etymology: from affabuler (French, “to make up stories, to tell a fable”) + -tion (used to form nouns meaning “the action of [a verb” or “the result of [a verb]”, from Middle English -cioun, Old French -tion, -cion, borrowed from the accusative of Latin suffix -tiō).
Etymology: wrack (Middle English wrak < Old English wræc “vengeance, misery”, akin to wracu “vengeance, misery”, wrecan “to wreak”) + -ful (a suffix meaning “full of,” “characterised by”).
(Source: gifovea, via thisbasil)
Etymology: from Old French souvenance, from the verb sovenir.
[Madeline von Foerster - Rite of Remembrance]
1. bright red; bright red slightly tinted with orange; vermillion.
2. a mineral, mercuric sulfide, HgS, occurring in red crystals or masses.
2. red mercuric sulfide, used as a pigment.
Etymology: from Latin cinnabaris < Greek kinnábari.
[Paula Belle Flores]
a letter; epistle; missive; message.
Etymology: from Latin, ultimately from Greek ἐπιστολή, epistolē, “letter, a written message”, from ἐπιστέλλω, epistellō, “I send a message”, from ἐπί, epi, “upon” + στέλλω, stellō, “I prepare, send”.
1. coarse, obscene, or licentious, usually in a humourous or mocking way.
2. a ribald person.
Etymology: from Middle English ribald, ribaud (noun) < Old French ribau(l)d, equivalent to rib(er) “to be licentious” < Old High German rīben “to copulate, be in heat, literally, rub”.
[The Sin by Heinrich Lossow, circa 1880]
(Source: stargods, via tuesunefraise)
Informal: a beautiful place.
Etymology: Greek calli (combining form of kállos, “beauty”) +-topia (suffix derived from tóp(os), “a place”).
[fanming - Xanadu]
1. the state or a period of flowering; blossoming.
2. an example or result of growth and development.
3. Chemistry: a) the act or process of efflorescing. b) the resulting powdery substance or incrustation.
4. Pathology: a rash or eruption of the skin.
Etymology: French, from Mediaeval Latin efflōrēscentia, from Latin efflōrēscere, “to blossom out”.
[a-hour - Danae]
desperation; despair; distress.
1. to express dejection; display of depression or lowness of spirits.
2. to be fretfully discontented; fret; complain.
3. to yearn after something.
Etymology: Middle English repinen (to be aggrieved); re- (re-) +pinen (to yearn).
[Jeff Simpson - The Little Mermaid]
Nonce-word: the desire of revenging oneself or of taking vengeance.
Etymology: from Latin vindicta ”vengeance” + volens, present participle of velle ”to wish”, modeled after malevolence.
[Marta de Andrés]
1. stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief, or opinion that differs from one’s own.
2. the actions, beliefs, prejudices, etc., of a bigot, i.e. an intolerant and prejudiced person, i.e. the state of mind of a bigot - someone who, as a result of their prejudices, treats or views other people with fear, distrust, hatred, contempt, or intolerance on the basis of a person’s opinion, ethnicity, race, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.
Etymology: from French bigoterie, from Old French -name applied contemptuously to the Normans by the French, of obscure origin.
1. (of fish scales) hard and bony with a shiny enamellike surface.
2. of, relating to, or characteristic of certain bony fishes, such as the sturgeon and the gar, that have armourlike scales consisting of bony plates covered with layers of dentine and enamel.
3. a ganoid fish.
Etymology: from French ganoïde, from Greek ganos ”brightness, gladness”, from ganusthai, “to rejoice”.
strictly and uncompromisingly just; showing stern and inflexible judgment; being completely fair and incorruptible.
Etymology: derived from Rhadamanthus, a son of Zeus and Europa who, in reward for his exemplary sense of justice, was made a judge of the underworld after his death.
[Kinuko Y. Craft - Blind Justice]