Everyone has access to a dictionary for finding single words, or a thesaurus for finding synonyms. But what if you want to know a whole lot of words that relate to a single theme or that have the same ending? The pages below are topical word-lists or glossaries relating to individual subjects of interest. Note that I'm an expert on words, not any of the individual subjects below, so if you want to know more about some philosophical worldview or type of fabric, I'm not your guy. Also, note that the definitions on these pages are derived from those in major dictionaries like the
Oxford English Dictionary and the Chambers Dictionary, rather than directly from experts in the subjects, so corrections and additions are welcome. Some of these lists are extremely complete, while others have just been collected haphazardly and I make no guarantee that they are systematic. I also keep a running list of ideas for new glossaries that I might write in the future. If you have ideas for new lists, or corrections to any of the lists below, please feel free to contact me; I welcome submissions and comments.
Adjectives of Relation: Adjectives of possession or relation, 'of or relating to' some noun.
Bearing and Carrying: Adjectives indicating bearing or carrying; '-gerous', '-ferous'.
Carriages and Chariots: List of two-wheeled or four-wheeled animal-drawn vehicles.
Causation and Formation: Words for causation, formation, origination, production, or generation; '-genesis', '-genous'.
Colour Terms: Words for obscure or unusual colours or colour combinations.
Contour Lines: Scientific terms describing contour lines using the prefix 'iso-'.
Dance Styles: Forms of classical, modern, traditional, and Latin dance.
Divination and Fortune-Telling: Divination using different objects or elements; '-mancy'.
Ecclesiastical Terms: Terminology relating to Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.
Fabric and Cloth: Types of fabric, both contemporary and archaic.
Feeding and Eating: Words relating to consumption or eating particular things; '-phagous', '-vorous'.
Fighting and Combat: Words reflecting actual or allegorical combat between entities; '-machy'.
Forms and Shapes: Having a particular shape or form; '-iform'.
Forms of Government: Types of government or rulership; '-cracy'; '-archy'.
Forms of Worship: Devoted love, worship, or veneration of various entities; '-latry'.
Forthright's Forsoothery: Archaic and obsolete adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.
Grammatical Cases: Linguistic noun cases.
Isms: Philosophical, metaphysical, or conceptual 'isms'.
Killers and Killing: Words for killing or elimination of entities; '-cide'.
Latin Adverbs and Prepositions: English adverbs and prepositions of Latin origin.
Love and Attraction: Words for love, attraction, adoration, or preference; '-philia'.
Manias and Obsessions: Words for obsession, clinical or otherwise; '-mania'.
Musical Instruments: Words for unusual musical instruments.
Names for Names: Kinds of names for things or naming practices; '-nym'.
Nautical Terms: Words relating to the components, navigation, and operation of traditional vessels.
Nonsense Words: Words for nonsense, rubbish, or claptrap.
Phobias: Words for fear or aversion.
Pretenders and Dabblers: Obscure words for mediocre or false practitioners; '-aster'
Rhetorical Devices: Rhetorical and literary devices.
Sciences and Studies: Terms for sciences and scholarly pursuits; '-ology'; '-ics', etc.
Scientific Instruments: Scientific or technical instruments; '-meter', '-scope', '-graph'.
Signs, Symbols, and Accents: Words for unusual signs, symbols, accents, and other marks.
Sesquipedalian Words: Extremely long words from the pages of the Phrontistery.
Stones and Rocks: Scientific terminology for lithic growths and objects; '-lith'.
Styles of Speech: Means or manner of speaking or oration; '-loquence'.
Three-Letter Rare Words: Obscure or unusual words of exactly three letters.
Units of Measurement: Unusual or little-known units of measurement.
Unusual Animals: Weird and wacky beasts from around the world.
Words about Words: Words whose meanings concern words themselves.
Words of Wisdom: Words reflecting wisdom or knowledge of subjects; '-sophy'.
I hope you have found this site to be useful. If you have any corrections, additions, or comments, please
contact me. Please note that I am not able to respond to all requests. Please consult a major dictionary before e-mailing your query. All material on this page © 1996-2014 Stephen Chrisomalis. Links to this page may be made without permission.