aesthetic
relating to the enjoyment or study of beauty
anaemic
someone suffering from anaemia (a medical condition in which there are not enough red blood cells in the blood)
anarcha-feminist
the combination of anarchism (the political belief that there should be little or no formal or official organization to society but that people should work freely together) with feminism (the belief that women should be allowed the same rights, power and opportunities as men and be treated in the same way, or the set of activities intended to achieve this state)
anchorite
someone who lives alone away from other people for religious reasons; a hermit
annexed
having taken possession of an area of land or a country, usually by force or without permission
anodyne
intended to avoid causing offence or disagreement, especially by not expressing strong feelings or opinions
apostle
someone who strongly supports a particular belief or political movement (from the group of early Christians who travelled to different places telling people about Jesus Christ and the gospel)
aquifers
layers of rock, sand or earth that contain water or allow water to pass through
baize
thick, usually green, material made from wool (often used to cover the special tables on which snooker, billiards and card games are played)
carcinoma
invasive malignant tumour (cancer)
chignon
a woman's hairstyle where the hair is arranged in a knot or roll at the back of her head
chronology
the order in which a series of events happened, or a list or explanation of these events in the order in which they happened
conservationist
a person who protects plants and animals, natural areas, and interesting and important structures and buildings, especially from the damaging effects of human activity
croquet
a game in which two, three or four players use mallets (long wooden hammers) to hit wooden balls through small metal hoops (curves) fixed into the grass
cuckold
a man whose wife deceives him by having a sexual relationship with another man
decolletage
(the shoulders and chest of a woman's body shown by) the low top edge of a dress
dipterous
having two wings
dissolution
the act or process of ending an official organization or legal agreement
en suite
a bathroom which is directly connected to a bedroom
epaulettes
a decorative part on the shoulder of a piece of clothing, especially on a military coat, shirt, etc.
fait accompli
an action which has already been done and which cannot be changed
fecund
able to produce a lot of crops, fruit, babies, young animals, etc; active and productive
fickle
likely to change your opinion or your feelings suddenly and without a good reason
flamingoes
a large bird with pink feathers, long thin legs, a long neck and a beak that curves down
Frascati
an Italian white wine from the region of Frascati
functionaries
people who have official duties, especially in a government or political party
Happy Hour
a period of time in which a restaurant or bar offers discounts on certain alcoholic drinks. Usually 'happy hour' lasts longer than just one hour.
hovel
a small home which is dirty and in bad condition
insouciance
a relaxed and happy way of acting without feeling worried or guilty
lascivious
expressing a strong desire for sexual activity
lothario
a successful womanizer; a man who behaves selfishly in his sexual relationships with women
luddite
a person who is opposed to the introduction of new working methods, especially new machines
lumber-room
a room used to store lumber (wood that has been prepared for building)
Lycra
a stretchy material used especially for making clothes which fit very tightly
machismo
manliness; male behaviour which is strong and forceful and in which someone has very traditional ideas about how men and women should behave
Mammon
the force which makes people try to become as rich as possible and the belief that this is the most important thing in life
masochist
someone who gets pleasure (often sexual in nature) from being hurt or humiliated.
masonic
of, or related to, the Freemasons: a large, old and powerful secret society for men in which all the members help each other and use secret signs to communicate with each other
micturating
urinating
mitosis
the type of cell division in which one cell divides into two identical cells, each with the same number of chromosomes as the original cell
monologue
a long speech by one person
necrophiliac
a person who is sexually attracted to or has sex with dead bodies
NHS
National Health Service
nouveau
new and different, often fashionably so
P.O. Box
a Post Office Box is a uniquely-addressable lockable box located on the premises of a post office station
palimpsest
a parchment or the like from which writing has been partially or completely erased to make room for another text; layers of writing on top of one another
perdition
a state of punishment which goes on for ever, suffered by evil people after death
qualms
an uncomfortable feeling of doubt about whether you are doing the right thing
quantum physicist
a scientist who studies quantum mechanics (the theory that explains the behaviour of elementary particles, both separately and in groups)
red plague
bubonic plague
roué
a debauched or lecherous man
Securicor
one of the UK's largest security companies
Semtex
a powerful explosive, used especially to make illegal bombs
Shiksa
Yiddish and Polish word denoting a non-Jewish woman (usually derogatory)
staccato
describes musical notes that are short and separate when played, or this way of playing music; describes a noise or way of speaking that consists of a series of short and separate sounds
superlatives
the form of an adjective or adverb which expresses that the thing or person being described has more of the particular quality than anything or anyone else of the same type
syntax
the grammatical arrangement of words in a sentence
tartan
a pattern of different coloured straight lines crossing each other at 90 degree angles, or a cloth with this pattern
taxonomy
a system for naming and organizing things, especially plants and animals, into groups which share similar qualities
Teledildonics
electronic sex toys that can be controlled by a computer
thrombocyte
a cell that plays a key role in blood clotting
Veuve Clicquot
a type of champagne
virulent
describes a dangerous disease or poison which very quickly spreads or has an effect
wireless
a radio