Being part 6 of an ongoing parade of entries from Word Lover's Dictionary: Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words
by Josefa Heifetz (New York: Carol Publishing, 1974, 1994) For previous entries in this series, please see Part 1
and Part 2
. If you want to find other posts in the series, search on the title "Will Geek for Words." Part 6 is the "Go to H" edition.
- habromania, n.: extreme euphoria.
- hagiarchy, n.: government by religious types.
- hamartiology, n.: the study of sin.
- hebetude, n.: dullness, stupidity. hebetudinous, adj.
- hedonics, n.: the study of pleasant and unpleasant sensations. the relationship of duty to pleasure.
- hedonophobia, n.: fear of pleasure.
- hent, v.t.: 1. to seize, carry away. 2. to experience. 3. to reach. -n. a grab; that which is grabbed.
- hesternophobia, n.: a pathologic yearning for the good old days.
- hircine, adj.: goatlike, especially in smell; lewd.
- Hogmanay, n.: New Year's Eve in Scotland, when children cadge treats from neighbors.
- horrent, adj.: 1. upright; bristling. 2. expressing horror.
- horrisonant, adj.: terrible-sounding.
- Hrimthursar, n.: the frost-giant who lived under the roots of Ygdrasil (Norse mythology).
- hwyl, n.: an emotional outburst of eloquence (Welsh).
- hypophobia, n.: lack of fear; pantaphobia.