A misfortune, a disadvantage.
Mid 18th century. From mal- + -efit.
“she suffered a malefit along this road.”
Vexillology (noun) veks-il-ol-oj-ee The study of flags 1950s from Latin vexillum ‘flag’ + -logy. (more…)
Paraphernalia (noun) pa-ra-fur-nay-lee-a Miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity. Mid 17th century (denoting property owned by a married woman): from medieval Latin, based on Greek parapherna…
Anomie (noun) also anomy an-o-mee Lack of the usual social or ethical standards in an individual or group. 1930s from French, from Greek anomia, from anomos ‘lawless’. (more…)
Luthier (noun) loo-tee-er A maker of stringed instruments such as violins or guitars. Late 19th century from French, from luth ‘lute’. (more…)
Filibuster (noun) fil-ib-ust-er An action such as prolonged speaking which obstructs progress in a legislative assembly in a way that does not technically contravene the required procedures. Late 18th century…
Trigraph (noun) try-graf A group of three letters representing one sound, for example 'tch'. (more…)
Nascent (adj) na-sent (especially of a process or organization) just coming into existence and beginning to display signs of future potential. Early 17th century from Latin nascent- ‘being born’, from…
Pestilent (adj) pes-te-lent Destructive to life; deadly. Late Middle English from Latin pestilens, pestilent- ‘unhealthy, destructive’, from pestis ‘plague’. (more…)
Preamble (noun) pree-am-bl A preliminary or preparatory statement; an introduction. Late Middle English from Old French preambule, from medieval Latin praeambulum, from late Latin praeambulus ‘going before’. (more…)