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Searches summary in December 2012

Crosstips helped to find the following words this month:


  • masochist
    someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
  • adopts
  • debased
    lowered in value
  • mechanics
    the branch of physics concerned with the motion of bodies in a frame of reference
  • disencumber
    extricate: release from entanglement of difficulty; "I cannot extricate myself from this task";
    To remove an encumbrance (a burden)
  • domineered
  • bossy
    autocratic: offensively self-assured or given to exercising usually unwarranted power; "an autocratic person"; "autocratic behavior"; "a bossy way of ordering others around"; "a rather aggressive and dominating character"; "managed the employees
  • robotics
    the area of AI concerned with the practical use of robots
  • askance
    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
  • austerity
    the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
  • augur
    (ancient Rome) a religious official who interpreted omens to guide public policy
  • supercharge
    increase the pressure on a gas or liquid
  • curtained
    furnished or concealed with curtains or draperies
  • twingeing


  • marquise
    femme d'un marquis;
    (architecture) auvent vitré qui protège de la pluie;
    (joaillerie) bague à chaton oblong
  • mettrai
  • flammèche
  • solidarité
  • coexiste
  • ôte


  • lampoon
    satirize: ridicule with satire; "The writer satirized the politician's proposal";
    parody: a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way
  • narcissi
    Narcissus is the botanic name for a genus of mainly hardy, mostly spring-flowering, bulbs in the Amaryllis family native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. There are also several Narcissus species that bloom in the autumn. ...
  • masochist
    someone who obtains pleasure from receiving punishment
  • magnetic
    of or relating to or caused by magnetism
  • mahler
    Austrian composer and conductor (1860-1911)
  • sashes
    Cookham is a village and civil parish in the north-easternmost corner of Berkshire in England, on the River Thames. It lies 2 miles north of Maidenhead close to the border with Buckinghamshire.
  • obliterate
    remove completely from recognition or memory
  • abigail
    Abigail is a female name occurring in Biblical narratives in the Books of Samuel and in the Books of Chronicles. Abigal occurs once and is thought by the vast majority of scholars to be an alternate spelling of Abigail.
  • neapolitan
    a native or inhabitant of Naples;
    of or relating to or characteristic of Naples or its people
  • seaside
    the shore of a sea or ocean regarded as a resort
  • ledgered
    ledgering - A type of secured, working capital lending. See dominion of funds.;
    ledgering - Method of catching carp used by coarse anglers.
  • perturbs
    perturb - disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed; "She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill"
  • rereads
  • festoons
    Festoon (from French feston, Italian festone, from a Late Latin festo, originally a festal garland, Latin festum, feast), a wreath or garland, and so in architecture a conventional arrangement of flowers, foliage or fruit bound together and susp
  • ignoble
    completely lacking nobility in character or quality or purpose
  • agra
    a city in northern India; former capital of the Mogul empire; site of the Taj Mahal
  • phenomenon
    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
  • chomp
    chew noisily
  • difference
    the quality of being unlike or dissimilar
  • liquid
    a substance that is liquid at room temperature and pressure
  • fitful
    occurring in spells and often abruptly
  • aluminum
    a silvery ductile metallic element found primarily in bauxite
  • placement
    the spatial property of the way in which something is placed
  • impersonal
    not relating to or responsive to individual persons
  • unction
    excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
  • inapt
    awkward: not elegant or graceful in expression; "an awkward prose style"; "a clumsy apology"; "his cumbersome writing style"; "if the rumor is ...;
    Unapt; not apt; unsuitable; inept
  • indemnity
    protection against future loss
  • coalesce
    fuse or cause to grow together
  • gory
    accompanied by bloodshed
  • coincidence
    an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
  • downhearted
    gloomy: filled with melancholy and despondency ; "gloomy at the thought of what he had to face"; "gloomy predictions"; "a gloomy silence"; "took a grim view of the economy"; "the darkening mood"; "lonely and blue in a strange city"; "depressed b
  • premium
    payment for insurance
  • iraqi
    a native or inhabitant of Iraq
  • writhe
    to move in a twisting or contorted motion, (especially when struggling)
  • armful
    the quantity that can be contained in the arms
  • triennial
    occurring every third year or lasting 3 years
  • treasonous
    faithless: having the character of, or characteristic of, a traitor; "the faithless Benedict Arnold"; "a lying traitorous insurrectionist";
    Like or in the way of treason;
    treason - a crime that undermines the offender's government
  • prologue
    an introduction to a play
  • usage
    the customary manner in which a language (or a form of a language) is spoken or written
  • utopian
    an idealistic (but usually impractical) social reformer
  • nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
  • sustenance
    the act of sustaining life by food or providing a means of subsistence

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