adjective: louche; comparative adjective: loucher; superlative adjective: louchest
disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.“the louche world of the theater”
Origin: early 19th century: from French, literally ‘squinting.’
witch derives from the word victim (Partridge’s “Origins”)
lacking knowledge; ignorant.“I ventured into the new Korean restaurant with some equally nescient companions”
MEANING: noun: Knowledge that cannot be obtained by normal means.
ETYMOLOGY: From Greek para- (beyond) + gnosis (knowledge). Earliest documented use: 1933.
2.BASEBALLused to refer to a pitched ball that passes very close to the batter’s chin.“Clemens delivered some wicked chin music to Hernandez”
Anthony Quinn; Film: Puddle Deep, Mountain High; The Independent(London, UK); Dec 26, 2003.
Kathleen Parker; Let’s Put Right-wing Conspiracy Issue to Rest; The Grand Rapids Press (Michigan); Mar 21, 2002.
|noun:||1. The side of a coin, medal, etc. that has the main design.|
|2. The front or the principal side of anything.|
|3. A counterpart to something.|
|adjective:||1. Facing the observer.|
|2. Serving as a counterpart to something.|
heretic: from the Greek hairetikos meaning “able to choose.”
pattern: is from the Latin pater, meaning father.
carcinoma: a malignant tumor of epithelial origin.
epithelium and feminine derive from the Greek thele, meaning nipple.
masturbation: disturbing male seed.
orthodoxy: straight thinking.
philanthropy: lover of mankind.
apocalypse: from Greek, meaning an unveiling, a moment in which something is revealed that changes our perception of everything (definition via Nathan Schneider)
idiot: comes from Greek idios which means “one’s own, peculiar to oneself.” We see it in our English word idiosyncrasy and idiomatic—and it is where we get the word idiot, or a person who is consumed with himself.
approve: from prove which comes from pro- meaning in favor and bus meaning to be. So approve means to be in favor of being.
diagnosis: from Greek dia- meaning through and Greek gnosis meaning knowing.
peripatetic: disciple of Aristotle from Greek peripatetikos “given to walking about” (especially while teaching), from peripatein, from peri– “around” + patein“to walk.” Aristotle’s custom was to teach while strolling through the Lyceum in Athens.
gullible: from Middle English cull meaning to pluck or gather.
reify: to regard (something abstract) as a material or concrete thing.
debt: from Latin debere meaning to to owe, originally, to keep something away from someone.
experience: from Latin periculum meaning to attempt or to fail, also fear. An expert is one who has experienced.
restaurant: from French restaurer meaning to restore
infant: comes from Latin infans meaning without speech
axiom: comes from Greek axios meaning worthy
atom: comes from the Latin atomus meaning indivisible
bad: comes from the Old English baeddel meaning effeminate man