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These are words I have encountered in reading that I could not define.  I started doing this after getting my Master's degree, so hopefully the words are non-trivial.  I may adjust the words to their base form, versus using them as they appear in the text.  For example, removing "ly" to convert an adverb to its root word, or removing "ed" to convert to the present tense.  This tends to make the dictionary lookup find a better definition.  If a word appears more than once, it is because I didn't manage to assimilate it the first time around!

Word
Definition
Source
Page
abjures TBD Expert Political Judgment 220
abstruse TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 86
accessions TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 178
accretion TBD God is not Great 107
acrimony TBD Expert Political Judgment 134
adduce TBD The End of Faith 215
adduce TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 509
adjudicate TBD The Signal and the Noise 371
adumbrated TBD God is not Great 121
aegis TBD Harvard Business Review, September 2016 71
alacrity TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 83
alighted TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 468
ameliorate TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2012 81
amity TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2012 80
animus TBD The End of Faith 101
anon TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 22
aphorism TBD Harvard Business Review, October 2016 46
apocryphal TBD Blink 126
apocryphal TBD Freakonomics 238
apocryphal TBD God is not Great 110
apotheosis TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2012 80
approbation TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 43
arbitrage TBD Harvard Business Review, July 2011 64
arbitrage TBD The Signal and the Noise 352
ardor TBD Rebounders 75
ardor TBD The End of Faith 205
ardor TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 180
asceticism TBD Extreme Ownership 272
askance TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 271
atavistic TBD God is not Great 190
atavistic TBD God is not Great 28
augur TBD God is not Great 166
augury TBD God is not Great 128
austerity TBD Expert Political Judgment 220
avarice TBD God is not Great 214
avarice TBD The Signal and the Noise 23
avowal TBD Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 206
badinage TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 174
bagatelles TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2012 54
beatific TBD God is not Great 53
beguiled TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 417
bespoke TBD Trillions 28
bespoke TBD Used by coworker n/a
blandishment TBD Harvard Business Review, July 2012 158
bricolage TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 56
cadge TBD Harvard Business Review 130
calaboose TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 198
canaille TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 305
caprice TBD God is not Great 231
castigate TBD Used by coworker n/a
casuistry TBD God is not Great 120
casuistry TBD The End of Faith 111
catharsis TBD The Power of Habit 71
cathartic TBD Trillions 131
cavil TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 259
censer TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 235
ceteris paribus TBD Expert Political Judgment 41
chattel TBD God is not Great 99
chimera TBD God is not Great 252
churlish TBD Freakonomics 129
cloying TBD Expert Political Judgment 108
cogent TBD Harvard Business Review, March 2016 55
colloquy TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 219
compeers TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 85
comport TBD Trillions 55
concision TBD The End of Faith 123
concomitant TBD Harvard Business Review, June 2011 135
contagion TBD Expert Political Judgment 135
convivial TBD Harvard Business Review, September 2011 86
coterminous TBD The Opposable Mind 121
crepuscular TBD Harvard Business Review, November 2008 41
cupidity TBD God is not Great 214
daguerreotype TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 24
delirium TBD Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 368
demur TBD Expert Political Judgment 17
denizen TBD The End of Faith 123
denizen TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2012 103
denouement TBD Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 370
depredation TBD Harvard Business Review, March 2016 84
deracination TBD Harvard Business Review, September 2016 42
desuetude TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 454
desultory TBD Outliers 267
detente TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2012 61
detente TBD The Signal and the Noise 87
diablerie TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 282
diaspora TBD Expert Political Judgment 133
diaspora TBD God is not Great 25
diffident TBD Expert Political Judgment 61
digerati TBD Trillions 45
dilettante TBD Expert Political Judgment 43
dilettanti TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 85
discrepant TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 51
disquisition TBD The Opposable Mind 61
doleful TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 274
dour TBD Expert Political Judgment 103
dour TBD Freakonomics 33
droll TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 85
drollery TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 271
ebullition TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 14
efface TBD God is not Great 231
elan TBD The Opposable Mind 141
endemic TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 3
endogenous TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 28
enervate TBD Jack: Straight from the Gut 160
ennui TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 176
ensconced TBD Harvard Business Review, November 2010 89
envisage TBD Harvard Business Review, May 2016 57
ephemera TBD Expert Political Judgment 88
epicure TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 235
epistemic TBD Expert Political Judgment 23
epistemological TBD Expert Political Judgment 137
equanimity TBD Rebounders 195
erudition TBD Outliers 72
escutcheon TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 493
eugenic TBD God is not Great 237
eviscerate TBD Harvard Business Review, December 2012 131
ex ante TBD Expert Political Judgment 30
ex post TBD Expert Political Judgment 42
excoriated TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2013 80
execrations TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 449
extirpate TBD God is not Great 247
facile TBD Data Driven 70
fain TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 442
farrago TBD God is not Great 111
fatuity TBD God is not Great 119
fatuous TBD God is not Great 12
fatuous TBD God is not Great 240
fealty TBD The Signal and the Noise 173
feckless TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2012 143
fecundity TBD The Week 07-Feb-2017
felicitous TBD The End of Faith 130
felicitousness TBD Trillions 189
ferment TBD The Opposable Mind (used as noun) 74
fillip TBD The End of Faith 123
flambeaux TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 461
floe TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin vii
furtive TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 274
fusillades TBD Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 211
garrulous TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 249
haute TBD The Signal and the Noise 185
hauteur TBD Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 329
hypernym TBD Harvard Business Review, December 2015 87
hyponym TBD Harvard Business Review, December 2015 87
ignominious TBD Rebounders 179
immolation TBD God is not Great 149
implacable TBD The Tipping Point 259
imprimatur TBD Rebounders 50
inchoate TBD Expert Political Judgment 216
incipient TBD Know What You Don't Know 143
indigent TBD NPR
indolent TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 230
ineluctably TBD God is not Great 274
ingenue TBD Rebounders 77
inimical TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 82
insuperable TBD Expert Political Judgment 236
insuperable TBD God is not Great 3
interegnum TBD Harvard Business Review, December 2016 55
inure TBD The End of Faith 176
inured TBD Harvard Business Review, June 2012 26
invidious TBD Expert Political Judgment 212
invidious TBD The End of Faith 216
irruption TBD God is not Great 19
klieg TBD Rebounders 166
languor TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 197
lapidary TBD God is not Great 107
laudanum TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 281
machinations TBD Expert Political Judgment 107
maladroit TBD Expert Political Judgment 131
malediction TBD God is not Great 261
maudlin TBD Jack: Straight from the Gut 436
menage TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 176
mendacity TBD Harvard Business Review, October 2012 98
meretricious TBD God is not Great 143
metes TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 480
miasma TBD Expert Political Judgment 94
milieu TBD Trillions 165
militate TBD Freakonomics 18
militate TBD The Signal and the Noise 377
militate TBD Trillions 124
militate TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 393
ministration TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 474
nadir TBD Harvard Business Review, October 2012 98
nadir TBD The Signal and the Noise 31
natty TBD Jack: Straight from the Gut 308
necromancy TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 423
nettlesome TBD Harvard Business Review, May 2012 147
nodule TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 501
noetic TBD Freakonomics 218
obeisance TBD Harvard Business Review, September 2013 82
obloquy TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2013 54
obsequious TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 122
obsequy TBD God is not Great 105
offal TBD The End of Faith 47
ostentation TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 454
paean TBD Harvard Business Review, November 2012 72
pallid TBD Expert Political Judgment 191
palsied TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 148
paroxysm TBD The End of Faith 153
paroxysm TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 469
parsimony TBD Expert Political Judgment 20
pecuniary TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 37
pedantic TBD Expert Political Judgment 102
pellucid TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 184
peroration TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 194
perquisite TBD Harvard Business Review, March 2012 126
perspicacity TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 2
pertinacious TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 497
pertinacity TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 126
petulance TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2012 94
petulant TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 176
phantasm TBD God is not Great 53
picayune TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 309
piffle TBD God is not Great 86
pillory TBD The Tipping Point 235
piquant TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 245
pithy TBD Definition of "aphorism" n/a
plebiscite TBD The End of Faith 151
plebiscites TBD Freakonomics 241
pluck TBD Outliers (used as noun) 18
pneumatology TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 480
pogrom TBD God is not Great 111
pogrom TBD The End of Faith 103
polemic TBD God is not Great 173
potentate TBD Rebounders 167
potentate TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 393
precipice TBD Expert Political Judgment 112
predilection TBD Expert Political Judgment 107
prescient TBD Expert Political Judgment 107
prolegomenon TBD The Ambiguities of Experience 3
propitiated TBD God is not Great 89
propitiation TBD God is not Great 200
protean TBD The Fourth Dimension 202
prurience TBD God is not Great 122
puerile TBD God is not Great 86
pullulate TBD God is not Great 64
pusillanimity TBD Expert Political Judgment 90
putative TBD God is not Great 263
quotidian TBD Freakonomics 140
rakish TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 83
regnant TBD God is not Great 232
regnant TBD The End of Faith 179
reliquary TBD God is not Great 200
remonstrance TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 15
rencontre TBD Uncle Tom's Cabin 482
reticense TBD Harvard Business Review, January 2016 84
riposte TBD Rebounders 35
risible TBD The End of Faith 130
riven TBD Harvard Business Review, October 2012 98
rococo TBD The End of Faith 14
rostrum TBD Harvard Business Review, December 2010 75
sagacious TBD God is not Great 171
sardonic TBD Freakonomics 116
sartorial TBD Jack: Straight from the Gut 234
sclerotic TBD Harvard Business Review, March 2010 66
semiotics TBD Harvard Business Review, April 2012 98
sensate Perceiving or perceived by the senses. Rebounders 74
sententious Given to moralizing in a pompous or affected manner. Uncle Tom's Cabin 85
sine qua non An essential condition; a thing that is absolutely necessary. Trillions 165
sinecure A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit. Uncle Tom's Cabin 203
skein A length of thread or yarn, loosely coiled and knotted. A tangled or complicated arrangement, state, or situation. God is not Great 103
solicitude Care or concern for someone or something. Harvard Business Review, November 2012 67
solipsism The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist. Expert Political Judgment 157
solipsism The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist. God is not Great 74
soporific Tending to induce drowsiness or sleep. God is not Great 164
specious Superficially plausible, but actually wrong. Outliers 25
staid Sedate, respectable, and unadventurous. The Opposable Mind 128
stasis A period of inactivity or equilibrium. Civil strife. Harvard Business Review, March 2016 58
stentorian Loud and powerful. Uncle Tom's Cabin 136
stultify Cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of tedious routine. Cause someone to appear foolish. God is not Great 227
suborn Bribe or otherwise induce someone to commit an unlawful act such as perjury. The Ambiguities of Experience 68
subterfuge Deceit used in order to achieve one's goal. Harvard Business Review, June 2016 88
succor Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress. To give assistance or aid to. God is not Great 52
surfeit An excessive amount of something. To cause someone to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess. The Tipping Point 99
syncretic The amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought. God is not Great 98
taciturn Reserved or uncommunicative in speech; saying little. Harvard Business Review, June 2013 40
temerity Excessive confidence or boldness; audacity. Expert Political Judgment 221
trice In a moment. Very quickly. Harvard Business Review, November 2012 74
truculent Eager or quick to argue or fight. Aggressively defiant. Rebounders 174
unalloyed Pure, not alloyed, as in metals. Complete and unreserved. Harvard Business Review, July 2011 59
unctuous Excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily. God is not Great 60
vacuity Lack of thought or intelligence; empty-headedness. Empty space; emptiness. The End of Faith 47
valise A small traveling bag or suitcase. Uncle Tom's Cabin 34
vapid Offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging. Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 397
variegated Exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks. Oxford Essential Guide to Writing 334
veldt Open, uncultivated country or grassland in southern Africa. The End of Faith 195
verily Truly, certainly. Rebounders 194
verisimilitude The appearance of being true or real. The Ambiguities of Experience 112
vicissitude A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant. Rebounders 7
vigorish An excessive rate of interest on a loan, typically one from an illegal moneylender. The percentage deducted from a gambler's winnings by the organizers of a game. Freakonomics 229
vociferous Vehement or clamorous, especially of a person or speech. Know What You Don't Know 60
voluptuary A person devoted to luxury and sensual pleasure. Uncle Tom's Cabin 185
votary A person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to religious service. God is not Great 144
weal A red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure. The Power of Habit 271
zeitgeist The defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time. Freakonomics 193


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