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arabesque
n. style of decoration involving intertwined plants and abstract curves. ex. frozen in eternal arabesque
blandish
v. cajole; coax with flattery. ex. blandish the doorman
cadge
v. beg; mooch; panhandle. ex. cadge a ride to work
desuetude
n. state of disuse ex. country dances
feckless
adj. feeble and ineffective; careless and irresponsible. ex. feckless ruler; feckless poet
froward
adj. stubbornly contrary. ex. Huck was froward child.
untrammeled
adj. without limits or restrictions; unrestrained. ex. untrammeled flow of words.
aggrandize
to increase in power, influence and reputation. ex. The supervisor sought to aggrandize himself.
amortize
to diminish by installment payments
arrogate
to claim without justification Cf. arrogant
belfry
bell tower
deleterious
subtly or unexpectedly harmful ex. deleterious to our reputation
desultory
jumping from one thing to another; disconnected ex. desultory academic record
diaphanous
allowing light to show through; delicate ex.diaphanous curtains
dilatory
intended to delay ex. dilatory measures
dilettante
someone with an amateurish and superficial interest in a topic ex. dilettantes with new jobs each week
distaff
the female branch of a family ex. duty belongs to the distaff's side
droll
amusing in a wry, subtle way ex. play was droll
elegy
sorrowful poem or speech
ersatz
fake, artificial ex. ersatz version of the bag
expurgate
to censor ex. propagandists expurgated negative references to the dictator
fetid
foul-smelling, putrid. ex. fedid stench from outhouse
incarnadine
blood-red in color ex. cheeks turned incarnadine
investiture
ceremony conferring authority ex. Napoleon's investiture
lapidary
relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them ex. lapidary work
lissome
easily flexed, limber, agile ex. lissome yoga instructor
nadir
lowest point
orotund
pompous
perfidious
willing to betray one's trust ex. perfidious companion of actress
seraphic
angelic, sweet ex. seraphic appearance
sobriquet
nickname ex. Ronald Reagan Gipper