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stemwinder
–noun

1. a stemwinding watch.

2. Older Slang.
a. something remarkable

b. a rousing speech or a stirring orator.
thrall
–noun

1. a person who is in bondage; slave.

2. a person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence, or the like:
He was the thrall of morbid fantasies.

3. slavery; thralldom.
retinue
–noun

a body of retainers in attendance upon an important personage; suite.
regale
pronunciation: re-gail (as in the woman's name, Gail)

verb

to entertain, especially with sumptuous with food and drink
besot
verb

1. to intoxicate or stupefy with drink.

2. to make stupid or foolish:
a mind besotted with fear and superstition.

3. to infatuate; obsess:
He is besotted by her youth and beauty.
harridan
hahr-i-dn

noun

a scolding, vicious woman; hag(); shrew()
hag: an ugly old woman

shrew: a woman of violent temper and speech
pageboy
–noun

1. a hair style in which the hair is rolled under, usually at shoulder-length.

2. a youth or man who works as a page, as at a hotel.
mottle
1. Variegated in color; consisting of different colors; dappled; party-colored
a motley coat.

2. Wearing motley or party-colored clothing.
"A motley fool."

3. Composed of different or various parts; heterogeneously made or mixed up; discordantly composite;
motley style. --Byron.
crone
noun

a withered, witchlike old woman.
visage
–noun

1. the face or facial expression; countenance.

2. appearance.
conundrum
–noun

1. a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as
What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.

2. anything that puzzles.
conflate
verb

to fuse into one entity; merge:

to conflate dissenting voices into one protest.
palliative
pal-ee-ay-tiv (ay as in say)

adj

Relieving the symptoms of a disease without affecting cure.
plumb
adv

1. in a perpendicular or vertical direction.

2. exactly, precisely, or directly.

3. Informal. completely or absolutely:
She was plumb mad. You're plumb right.
surreptitious
adj.

clandestine

obtained by subreption()
subreption, noun,

A calculated misrepresentation through concealment of the facts
ersatz
er-zahts

adj.

serving as a substitute, usually an inferior or artificial one

ersatz coffee made from grain.
fluff
noun

1. Something having a very light or soft consistency or appearance:
a fluff of on a dandelion;
a fluff of cloud.

2. Something of little substance or consequence, especially:

a. Superficial entertainment: The movie was just another bit of fluff from Hollywood.

b. Inflated or padded material: The report was mostly fluff, with little new information.

c. The parts of a junked car that are not metal and cannot be recycled.

d. Informal. An error, especially in the delivery of lines, as by an actor or announcer.
wangle
noun

1. to accomplish or obtain by underhanded methods
to wangle an invitation.

2. to falsify or manipulate for dishonest ends:
to wangle business records
splay
adj.

1. Spread out.

2. Clumsy, awkward.
halcyon
hal-see-uhn

adj.

1. calm; peaceful; tranquil:
halcyon weather.

2. rich; wealthy; prosperous:
halcyon times of peace.

3. happy; joyful; carefree:
halcyon days of youth.
chador
chuhd-er

–noun

burka; the traditional garment of Muslim and Hindu women, consisting of a long, usually black or drab-colored cloth or veil that envelops the body from head to foot and covers all or part of the face.
imam
i-mom (soft i)

noun

the title for a Muslim religious leader, esp the officiating leader of a mosque
debonair
–adjective

1. having sophisticated charm; courteous, gracious
a debonair gentleman.

2. jaunty(); carefree; sprightly().
jaunty, adj.
1. cheerful, lively, and self-confident
2. Neat, trim, smart in appearance, esp. clothing; dapper; natty; spruce

sprightly, adj,
animated, vivacious, lively
diffident
adj.

timid, shy, reserved
effusive
–adjective

1. Excessively emotional; gushy:
effusive greetings;
an effusive person.

2. pouring out; overflowing.
raffish
adjective

1. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; dapper; jaunty; rakish

2. mildly or engagingly disreputable or nonconformist; rakish:
a matinee idol whose raffish offstage behavior amused millions.

3. gaudily vulgar or cheap; tawdry; dissolute; lewd; debauched.
raconteur
rak-uhn-tur;

noun

a person who tells interesting stories; the skill of telling interesting stories
sandbag
verb

1. treat harshly or unfairly

2. compel by coercion or threats; dragoon
"sandbagged us to clean up their mess"

3. to thwart or cause to fail or be rejected, esp. surreptitiously or without warning:
He sandbagged our proposal by snide remarks to the boss.

4. hit something or somebody as if with a sandbag

5. downplay one's ability (towards others) in a game in order to deceive, as in gambling

6. protect or strengthen with sandbags; stop up; "The residents sandbagged the beach front"