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adjective

1 : strange or clumsy in shape or appearance : outlandish
2 : lacking in polish and grace : rugged
*3 : awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior : rude
uncouth
from the Old English "uncūth," which joins the prefix "un-" with "cūth," meaning "familiar, known."
adjective

: of, relating to, or characterized by play : playful
ludic
from the Latin noun "ludus," which refers to a whole range of fun things — stage shows, games, sports, even jokes.
noun

: the insertion or development of a sound or letter in the body of a word
epenthesis
came to us by way of Late Latin from the Greek verb "epentithenai," which means "to insert a letter." such as adding a "b" to "family" and saying "fam-blee."
verb

1 : to reflect on carefully : ponder
*2 : to be attentive : reflect
perpend
As such, its use can be compared to the phrase "mark my words." from the Latin verb "perpendere," which in turn comes from "pendere," meaning "to weigh." Appropriately, our English word essentially means "to weigh carefully in the mind."
noun

1 : an explanation of controlling principles of opinion, belief, practice, or phenomena
*2 : an underlying reason : basis
rationale
based on the Latin "ratio," which means "reason," and "rationalis," which means "endowed with reason."
adjective

: flagrantly wicked or impious : evil
nefarious
similar to "vicious" and "villainous;" which derives from the Latin noun "nefas," meaning "crime"
adjective

*1 : containing more words than necessary : wordy; also : impaired by wordiness
2 : given to wordiness
verbose
comes from Latin "verbosus," from "verbum," meaning "word."
noun

1 : a government official (as in Sweden or New Zealand) who investigates complaints made against public officials
*2 : one that investigates reported complaints (as from students or consumers), reports findings, and helps to achieve equitable settlements
ombudsman
It was borrowed from Swedish, where it means "representative," and ultimately derives from the Old Norse words "umboth" ("commission") and "mathr" ("man").
noun

1 : assembly, meeting
2 : an assembly of an irregular or unlawful character
*3 : an assembly for religious worship; especially : a secret meeting for worship not sanctioned by law
4 : meetinghouse
conventicle
from the Latin "conventiculum," the diminutive of "conventus," meaning "assembly." "Conventus" (which also gave English the word "convent") is itself derived from the Latin word "convenire," meaning "to come together."
adjective

*1 : capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled : docile
2 : easily handled, managed, or wrought : malleable
tractable
rom the Latin verb "tractare" ("to handle" or "to treat")
noun

1 : sea spray; especially : spray blown from waves during a gale
*2 : fine wind-borne snow or sand
spindrift
from Scottish: "Speen" which means "to drive before a strong wind"
adverb

: in confidence : secretly
sub rosa
literally means "under the rose" in New Latin; the rose has often been associated with secrecy; In ancient mythology, Cupid gave a rose to Harpocrates, the god of silence, to keep him from telling about the indiscretions of Venus.
adjective

: expressing a wish
precatory
traces to Latin "precari" ("to pray"), and it has always referred to something in the nature of an entreaty or supplication; usually describes orders as non-binding
noun

*1 : a Christmas carol
2 capitalized : Christmas
noel
from the Latin "natalis," meaning "birthday" or "natal." (That's also a relative of the English word "natal," meaning "relating to birth.") "Natalis" in turn traces to "nasci" ("to be born"), which is an ancestor of various English words, including "nation," "native," and "nature."
adjective

: lacking skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations : inept
maladroit
"mal," meaning "bad," and the second is the phrase "a droit," meaning "properly."
noun

1 : a glove worn with medieval armor to protect the hand
2 : any of various protective gloves used especially in industry
*3 : an open challenge (as to combat) — used in phrases like throw down the ______ (in which you may "pick up the _______" if you accept the challenge)
4 : a dress glove extending above the wrist
gauntlet
adj: angry at unfairness; angry or annoyed at the unfairness or unreasonableness of somebody or something
indignant
From Latin indignant- , present participle stem of indignari “to regard as unworthy,” ultimately from dignus “worthy” (see dignity).
adj
disrespectful: showing an aggressive lack of respect in speech or behavior
insolent
[14th century. From Latin insolens “unusual, arrogant,” from solere “to be accustomed.”]
adj
1. lazy: lethargic and not showing any interest or making any effort
2. medicine painless and slow to change: used to describe a disease or condition that is slow to develop or be healed, and causes no pain
indolent
[Mid-17th century. From the late Latin stem indolent- “insensitive to pain,” from dolent- , present participle stem of dolere “to suffer pain.”]
verb

: to come out finally : result, come about
eventuate
from the Latin noun "eventus" ("event"), which in turn traces to the verb "evenire," meaning "to happen."
noun

1 a : a short humorous or satiric writing or speech *b : a short news item; especially : filler
2 a : a small firecracker b : a broken firecracker in which the powder burns with a fizz
3 : a small electric or pyrotechnic device used to ignite a charge
squib
adjective

1 *a : fussy about small details : fastidious b : having the characteristics of a snob
2 : requiring great precision
persnickety