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logogriph

[law-guh-grif, loguh-]

noun
  1. an anagram, or a puzzle involvinganagrams.
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par·en·thet·i·cal
[ˌperənˈTHedək(ə)l]

ADJECTIVE
relating to or inserted as a parenthesis.
“ignore the parenthetical remarks that pockmark every page”
synonyms:
incidental · supplementary · by-the-way · by-the-by · in parentheses · parenthetic · in brackets · explanatory · qualifying · inserted · interposed · extraneous

ORIGIN
late 18th century: from parenthesis, on the pattern of pairs such as synthesis, synthetic.

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sen·tient

/ˈsen(t)SH(ē)ənt/

adjective

adjective: sentient

  1. able to perceive or feel things.

    “she had been instructed from birth in the equality of all sentient life forms”

    synonyms: (capable of) feeling, livinglive;More

    consciousawareresponsivereactive


    “any sentient creature should have the good sense to avoid something so dangerous”

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin sentient- ‘feeling,’ from the verb sentire .

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book·ish
[ˈbo͝okiSH]

ADJECTIVE
(of a person or way of life) devoted to reading and studying rather than worldly interests.
“by comparison I was very bookish, intellectual, and wordy in a wrong way”
synonyms:
studious · scholarly · academic · literary · intellectual · highbrow · erudite · learned · well read · widely read · educated · well educated · well informed · knowledgeable · cultured · accomplished · pedantic · pedagogical · donnish · bluestocking · cerebral · serious · earnest · thoughtful · impractical · ivory-towerish · brainy · egghead · lettered · clerkly
antonyms:
lowbrow
(of language or writing) literary in style or allusion.
“long bookish scholarship” · “a bookish but eloquent erotic memoir”

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wraith
[rāTH]

NOUN
wraiths (plural noun)
a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death.
synonyms:
ghost · specter · spirit · phantom · apparition · manifestation · vision · shadow · presence · poltergeist · supernatural being · bodach · duppy · spook · shade · visitant · revenant · phantasm · wight · eidolon · manes · lemures
used in reference to a pale, thin, or insubstantial person or thing.
“heart attacks had reduced his mother to a wraith”
literary
a wisp or faint trace of something.
“a sea breeze was sending a gray wraith of smoke up the slopes”

ORIGIN
early 16th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.

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fiend
[fēnd]

NOUN
fiends (plural noun)
an evil spirit or demon.
synonyms:
demon · devil · evil spirit · imp · bogie · incubus · succubus · hellhound · spook · cacodemon
archaic
(the fiend)
the Devil.
a wicked or cruel person.
“a fiend thirsty for blood and revenge”

 
synonyms:
brute · beast · villain · barbarian · monster · ogre · sadist · evil-doer · baddie · swine · blackguard
informal
a person who is excessively fond of or addicted to something.
“the restaurant’s owner is a wine fiend”
synonyms:
enthusiast · fanatic · maniac · addict · devotee · fan · lover · follower · aficionado · connoisseur · appreciator · buff · freak · nut · ham · sucker · great one

ORIGIN
Old English fēond ‘an enemy, the devil, a demon’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vijand and German Feind ‘enemy’.