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(n) Someone who is not committed to believing in either the existence or the nonexistence of a god; (adj) Having a skeptical or non-committal attitude towards something. Greek “agnostos”=unknown < “a-“=without + “gnosis”=knowledge <“gignoskein”=to know.


An underground chamber or vault often used as a burial place and typically lying beneath a church; a cave, cavern, or grotto. Latin “crypta”=covered passage < Greek “kripti”=vault < “kriptein”=to hide.

A written order that commands someone to appear in court to give evidence. Latin “sub poena”=under penalty < “sub”=under + “poena”<penalty, punishment, revenge < Greek “poini”=blood money, fine.

A layer of rocks in the ground; a level or class of people in a society. Latin past participle of “sternere”=to spread out, lay on the ground < Greek “strotos”=spread out.

A length of time with a specific beginning and end. Middle French “periode” < Latin “perihodos”=length of time an illness or disease lasts < Greek “periodos”=going round, reoccurring < “peri-“=arund + “othos”=way.

A name for the maker or creator of the world, in the Platonic philosophy. Greek “demiourgos”=craftsman < “demios”=of the people + “ergos”=working.

Relating to the population and groups of people in it, particularly in regard to size and characteristics. Greek “dimos”=people + “grafia”=science or study of something.

A subatomic particle composed of three quarks. Greek “baros”=heavy + “-on”=suffix used to name subatomic particles in Physics.

To annoy or anger someone, usually by doing something they don’t like. Greek “antagonizesthai”=to struggle against < “anti”=against + “agon”=struggle or a contest for a prize.

To pour liquid from one container into another often in order to remove sediment. Latin “decanthare” < “de-“=away, down + “canthus”=the rim or edge of a cup or jug < Greek “kanthos”=corner (of the eye).

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