February 07, 2008

Vocabulary Time Part 6

It is vocabulary time again. Here is part one, part two, part three, part four and part five.
xenodochiophobia

the fear of foreign hospitality (worry about foreign hotels)

Xenodochium
n.

(a) (Class. Antiq.) A house for the reception of strangers. (b) In the Middle Ages, a room in a monastery for the reception and entertainment of strangers and pilgrims, and for the relief of paupers. [Called also Xenodocheion.]

Knobstick
n.

1. One who refuses to join, or withdraws from, a trade union. [Cant, Eng.]

2. A stick, cane, or club terminating in a knob; esp., such a stick or club used as a weapon or missile; a knobkerrie.

effulgence \i-FUL-juhn(t)s\, noun:
The state of being bright and radiant; splendor; brilliance.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]

divaricate
To diverge at a wide angle; spread apart.

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