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Something (action, event, comment etc.) that draws attention to itself in the manner of stinking fish. Latin “pisculentus”=full of fish < “piscis”=fish + “-ulentus”=adjective-forming suffix meaning “abounding in” or “full of.”


To drive monks permanently away from a place. Latin “de-“=away” + “monachus”=monk + “-ize”=verb-forming suffix.

An inferior or mediocre historian. Latin “historia”=history + “-aster”=a suffix used, often as an insult, to describe a person as “incomplete” or “poorly resembling.”

A person whose job it is to walk in front of another, such as an usher. In Ancient Rome, someone who walked in front of his patron to clear the way. Latin “ante”=before + “ambulare”=to walk + “-o”=noun-forming suffix.

The delusional belief that one is a horse. Latin ” hippanthropia” < Greek “hippos”=horse + “anthropos”=human.

Shaped like a horseshoe. Latin “hippocrepiformis” < Greek “hippos”=horse + “kripis”=boot or shoe + “formis”=having the shape of.

To officially criticize someone or something very strongly and publicly. French “censure” < Latin “censura”=judgement, censorship < “censere”=to estimate, measure, judge.

Intentionally hidden, usually to achieve some unstated aim. Latin “ulterior”=further, more distant.

Showing great generosity. Latin “munificentior” < “munificus”=bountiful, giving < “munus”=a gift.

To delineate or draw something in sharp detail. Middle English “lymn”=to illustrate a manuscript < Old French “luminer” < Latin “luminare”=to light (up) < “lumen”=light.

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