definitions

People need to stop with this broader trend of describing entirely unrelated shit as “possibly TERFy” like it’s not a goddamn “”“"vibe”“”“ you forks, it’s a specific set of political stances that applies within a certain context & often within that context only. Like ffs, please stop and learn what words actually mean for a change!!!!

intimacy means that we can be who we are in a relationship, and allow the other person to do the same. ‘Being who we are’ requires that we can talk openly about things that are important to us, that we take a clear position on where we stand on important emotional issues, and that we clarify the limits of what is acceptable and tolerable to us in a relationship. 'Allowing the other person to do the same’ means that we can stay emotionally connected to that other party who thinks, feels, and believes differently, without needing to change, convince, or fix the other.

An intimate relationship is one in which neither party silences, sacrifices, or betrays the self and each party expresses strength and vulnerability, weakness and competence in a balanced way.

—  Harriet Lerner in The Dance of Intimacy, p. 3

Spring is finally here so here are some spring inspired words to use in your writing! ✿

  • afterglow (n.): the glow frequently seen in the sky after sunset
  • ariose (adj.): characterized by melody; songlike
  • aromatic (adj.): having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented 
  • bombinate (v.): to make a humming or buzzing noise
  • breard (n. or v.): Scottish word for the first shoots or sprouting of grain
  • budding (v.): to put forth or produce buds; to begin to develop 
  • diaphanous (adj.): very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent
  • echt (adj.): real; authentic; genuine
  • efflorescence (n.): the state or a period of flowering
  • ephemeral (adj.): lasting a very short time; short-lived
  • erumpent (adj.): bursting forth 
  • florid (adj.): reddish; ruddy; rosy
  • frondescence (n.): the process or period of putting forth leaves, as a tree, plant, etc.
  • irenic (adj.): tending to promote peace or reconciliation
  • iridescent (adj.): displaying a play of lustrous color like those of the rainbow
  • lofty (adj.): extending high in the air; of imposing height
  • meristem (n.): embryonic tissue in plants
  • narcissus (n.): any bulbous plant belonging to the genus Narcissus, of the amaryllis family; having showy yellow or white flowers with a cup-shaped corona 
  • oenomel (n.): a drink made of wine mixed with honey
  • petaloid (adj.): having the form or appearance of a petal
  • pullulate (v.): to send forth sprouts, buds, etc.
  • renascent (adj.): being reborn; springing again into being or vigor
  • reverie (n.): a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing
  • serendipity (n.): an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident; good fortune
  • supernal (adj.): being in or belonging to the heaven of divine beings; heavenly
  • susurrant (adj.): softly murmuring; whispering
  • transcendent (adj.): going beyond ordinary limits; surpassing
  • verdant (adj.): green with vegetation; covered with growing plants or grass
  • vernal (adj.): of or relating to spring (2) belonging to or characteristic of youth
  • wanderlust (n.): a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about
  • whimsical (adj.): given to whimsy or fanciful notions (2) of the nature of or proceeding from whimsy; as thoughts or actions

Click here for Part One | Click here for Part Two | A lot of these words came from various ‘Word of the Day’ calendars. All the Definitions came from Dictionary.com.

A COLLECTION OF VARIOUS TUMBLR USERS’ FAVOURITE WORDS

absolution; act of absolving; a freeing from blame or guilt; release fromconsequences, obligations, or penalties.

acquiesce; accept something reluctantly but without protest.

asterismos; a rhetorical term for an introductory word or phrase that has the primary function of calling attention to what follows.

astronomy; the scientific study of matter and phenomena in the universe, especially in outer space, including the positions, dimensions, distribution, motion, composition, energy, and evolution of celestial objects.

ataraxia; a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity.

aura; a distinctive and pervasive quality or character; atmosphere.

boisterous; noisy, energetic, and cheerful.

bling; a slang term popularized in hip hop culture, referring to flashy, ostentatious, or elaborate jewellery and ornamented accessories

brontide; a low muffled sound like distant thunder heard in certain seismic regions especially along seacoasts and over lakes and thought to be caused by feeble earth tremors.

burgundy; a deep red colour like that of burgundy wine.

cacophony; a harsh discordant mixture of sounds.

camaraderie; mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.

capricious; guided by whim rather than reason.

cosmic; relating to the universe or cosmos, especially as distinct from the earth.

decadence; moral or cultural decline as characterized by excessive indulgence in pleasure or luxury.

defenestration; the action of throwing someone out of a window, or, the action or process of dismissing someone from a position of power or authority.

effervescent; vivacious and enthusiastic.

eloquence; fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.

ephemeral; lasting for a very short time.

epinephrine; another term for adrenaline.

epistemology; the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

ethereal; extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world.

eunoia; comes from the Greek word εὔνοια, meaning “well mind” or “beautiful thinking.”

fantastical; based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal.

furtive; attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble; secretive.

gossamer; a light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate material or substance.

halcyon; denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

ineffable; too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words.

intoxication; the state of being intoxicated, especially by alcohol.

lactescere; (Latin) to turn to milk.

leonine; of or resembling a lion or lions.

loquacious; tending to talk a great deal; talkative.

machiavellian; cunning, scheming, and unscrupulous, especially in politics.

mischievous; causing or showing a fondness for causing trouble in a playful way.

momentum; the impetus gained by a moving object.

myriad; a countless or extremely great number of people or things.

nebulae; a cloud of gas and dust in outer space, visible in the night sky either as an indistinct bright patch or as a dark silhouette against other luminous matter.

nefarious; (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal.

nonchalant; feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.

opalescence; the quality of being opallike, or milkily iridescent. 

obligatory; required by a legal, moral, or other rule; compulsory.

orphic; of or relating to Orpheus or Orphism.

parenthetical; relating to or inserted as a parenthesis (explains or qualifies something).

partial; existing only in part; incomplete.

pastiche; an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period.

petrichor; a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.

phosphenes; a sensation of a ring or spot of light produced by pressure on the eyeball or direct stimulation of the visual system other than by light.

plethora; a large or excessive amount of something.

pleasure; a feeling of happy satisfaction and enjoyment.

pretentious; attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.

prosaic; having or using the style or diction of prose as opposed to poetry; lacking imaginativeness or originality, commonplace; unromantic.

resilience; the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.

ricochet; a bullet or other projectile rebound off a surface.

sempiternal; eternal and unchanging; everlasting.

serendipitous; occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way.

sphere; a round solid figure, or its surface, with every point on its surface equidistant from its centre.

soliloquy; an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play.

sonorous; (of a person’s voice or other sound) imposingly deep and full.

tenebrific; causing gloom or darkness.

twilight; the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun’s rays from the atmosphere.

vespertide; the period of vespers; evening.

vicissitude; a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

waltz; a ballroom dance in triple time performed by a couple or to act casually, confidently, or inconsiderately.

zodiac signs as lovely words

aries: duende (n: a quality of passion and inspiration; the mysterious power of art to deeply move a person)

taurus: vagary (n: an unexpected and inexplicable instance or change; a wandering journey; a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea/desire/action)

gemini: augenblick (a decisive moment in time that is fleeting, yet momentously eventful and incredibly significant… ‘in the blink of an eye’)

cancer: tacenda (n: things better left unsaid; matters to be passed over in silence)

leo: cosmogyral (adj: whirling around the universe)

virgo: tsundoku (the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together)

libra: aspectabund (adj: letting or being able to let expressive emotion show easily through one’s face and eyes)

scorpio: nyctophilia (n: a preference or love for darkness or night; finding relaxation and comfort in darkness)

sagittarius: shemesh khola (n: the weather when the sun is out, but the atmosphere is cold.. ‘sick sun’)

capricorn: philocalist (n: a lover of beauty; someone who finds and appreciates beauty in all things)

aquarius: meraki (v: to do something with soul, creativity, or love; to put something of yourself into your work)

pisces: nakama (n: a good friend/someone that you love in a non-romantic way, who is like your family)

I really love words. I love small words and big words. I love words that sound funny and ones I can barely pronounce. As a reader and a writer, I think it is so vastly important that we try to broaden our vocabulary and actively learn new words. There are so many words out there that you never hear in conversation and ones you rarely even see in a book. So, I made a list of words that I have come across recently that I don’t see or hear very often. I’m not saying to go overboard and substitute every single word with something different. I’m only suggesting that these words need a little love too.

  • ameliorate (v.): to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory
  • anthophilous (adj.): attracted by or living among flowers
  • antipathy (n.): a natural, basic, or habitual repugnance (2) an instinctive contrariety or opposition in feeling; strong dislike
  • atemporal (adj.): free from limitations of time
  • attenuate (v.): to weaken or reduce in force (2) to make thin
  • beguile (v.): to influence by trickery, flattery, etc. (2) to charm or divert
  • bonce (n.): head; skull
  • clandestine (adj.): characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment
  • claque (n.): a group of persons hired to applaud an act or performer
  • credulous (adj.): willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence; gullible 
  • doleful (adj.): sorrowful; mournful; melancholy
  • egress (n.): the act or an instance of going (2) a means or place of going out; an exit
  • embullient (adj.): overflowing with fervor, enthusiasm, or excitement
  • enjambment (n.): the running on of the thought from one line, couplet, or stanza without a syntactical break
  • ethereal (adj.): light, airy, or tenuous (2) extremely delicate or refined (3) heavenly
  • eurhythmic (adj.): characterized by a pleasing rhythm; harmoniously ordered 
  • extraneous (adj.): introduced or coming from without; not belonging or proper to a thing; external; foreign (2) not pertinent; irrelevant 
  • fortitudinous (adj.): marked by bravery or courage; having or showing fortitude
  • gobsmacked (adj.): utterly astounded; astonished 
  • idyllic (adj.): suitable for or suggestive of an idyll; charmingly simple or rustic
  • ineffable (adj.): incapable of being expressed or described in words
  • kerfuffle (n.): a fuss; commotion 
  • macaronic (adj.): composed of a mixture of languages
  • mellifluous (adj.): sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding 
  • mollycoddle (v.): to coddle; pamper
  • musette (n.): a small leather or canvas bag with a shoulder strap, used for carrying personal belongings (2) a woodwind instrument similar to but smaller than a shawm
  • obfuscate (v.): to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy
  • pneumatic (adj.): of or relating to air, gases, or wind
  • preta (n.): a wandering or disturbed ghost
  • psychomancy (n.): occult communication between souls or with spirits
  • scintillate (v.): to emit sparks (2) to sparkle; flash
  • tendentious (adj.): having or showing a definite tendency 
  • ululate (v.): to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl (2) to lament loudly and shrilly
  • vulpine (adj.): of or resembling a fox
  • wastrel (n.): a wasteful person

*A lot of these words came from various ‘Word of the Day’ calendars. All the Definitions came from Dictionary.com.

I was looking up the multiple translations of the word ‘meek’, and meek is actually derived from a Greek word… and that word didn’t exactly mean meek, it meant something like, those who have weapons and have the ability to use them, but determined to keep them sheathed… And that means people who are capable of force, let’s say, but decide not to use it, are in the proper moral position.
Witchcraft vs. Wicca

Originally posted by xesoteric-extraterrestrialx

The difference between Wicca and Witchcraft can be summarized simply: Wicca is a religion whereas Witchcraft is a practice. That begs the questions of what is a religion and what is a practice.

A religion is a spiritual belief system, such as Christianity, Islam, or Wicca. It is a series of beliefs, based around observance to or worship of deities and/or spirits. A practice is something that is done, such as prayer, meditation, or magic. Simply put, magic is a practice and Paganism is a religion. Wicca is a subset of Paganism, and raising energy (casting magic) is the main goal of Witchcraft.

Psych Terminology: Words that begin with Schizo-

Schizophrenia - severe psychotic disorder that causes alterations in perceptions, thought, and behavior. This is the word you probably mean, as it’s the most commonly used.

Schizophreniform - a psychotic disorder that’s basically schizophrenia-lite. Not as many symptoms required, and you can’t have had it for more than 6 months.

Schizoaffective - basically schizophrenia AND a mood disorder (depressive / manic or hypomanic episodes) at the same time.

Schizotypal (Personality Disorder) - a personality disorder that involves difficulties with social interactions and odd & eccentric beliefs and behaviors. 

Schizoid (Personality Disorder) - a personality disorder that involves being detached from and lacking a desire for social relationships. 

None of these words mean having “split” or “multiple” personalities. That’s dissociative identity disorder.