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abstruse
difficult to understand; recondite
aspersion
1. damaging or derogatory remark; slander 2. sprinkling with water
asseverate
1. declare seriously 2. affirm
ballast
1. heavy material used to balance a ship or a balloon 2. gravel used for the bed of a road
bonhoie
good nature; pleasant and easy manner
cassock
ankle-length garment with close-fitting sleeves and waist worn by clergy
cavil
find fault unnecessarily; quibble
cope
long ecclesaistical vestment worn over an alb or surplice
debar
1. exclude 2. forbid, hinder
dowff
dull and heavy
expiate
make amends; atone
expostulate
reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate
indigent
poor
invidious
1. tending to provoke envy or ill will 2. envious
irascible
irritable; easily provoked
lugubrious
mournful, dismal
magniloquent
pompous, bombastic
midden
dunghill or refuse heap
objurgate
scold or rebuke sharply; berate
oblectate
delight; please greatly
obstreperous
1. noisily and stubbornly defiant 2. aggressively boisterous
pablum
something (as in writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic
palimpsest
manuscript on which earlier text has been incompletely erased or still visible
palinode
formal statement of retraction
platitude
lack of originality; triteness
pusillanimous
cowardly
reave
1. seize and carry off forcibly 2. break or tear apart
renascent
springing or rising again into being
retrench
1. reduce 2. remove, delete
sedulous
assiduous
sententious
pithy
sough
make a soft murmuring or rustling sound
spavin
swelling of the hock joint of a horse; resulting in lameness
splenetic
1. of or relating to the spleen 2. irritable
sprack
quick, lively, alert
stirk
heiffer or bullock, especially between one and two years old
surplice
loose-fitting white ecclesiastical gown with wide sleeves, worn over a cassock
sybaritic
devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury
truculent
fierce
turbid
heavy, dark, or dense
vilipend
view or treat with contempt; despise
winnow
blow off (chaff) or away
bombinate
buzz, hum, drone
protean
1. showing variety or diversity
2. able to change forms
torpid
1. having lost motion, numb
2. dormant
3. dull, sluggish, apathetic
junta
governmental council or committee, especially one that rules after a revolution
filagree
delicate and intricate ornamentation
ebullition
boiling
gimcrack
cheap and showy object of little use
muslin
plain-woven sturdy cotton fabric
accrue
1. come to one as a gain or increment
2. come into existence as a claim that is legally enforceable
knout
leather scourge used for flogging
forfend
1. (archaic) forbid, ward off
2. defend
stormy petrel
1. sea bird of family Hydrobatidae, having dark plumage with pale underparts
2. one who brings discord or strife, or arrives at the onset of trouble
pleonasm
use of more words than are necessary
milksop
man lacking courage and other qualities deemed manly
tête-á-tête
without interference of a third person
maudlin
effusively or tearfully sentimental
hector
bully
reticule
1. small handbag or purse
2. reticle - grid or pattern placed on the eyepiece of an instrument
requisition
1. formal request for something needed
2. necessity
peculate
embezzle
egress
going out; emergence; exit
cherub
small angel
pettifog
quibble
putative
generally regarded as such; supposed
Boswell
assiduous and devoted admirer of another's words and deeds
lipogram
writing composed of words not containing certain letters
contumely
rudeness or harsh treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt
neoteric
recent in origin
glabrous
smooth; having a surface without hairs or projections
mangelwurzel
beet with a large yellowish root; used in cattle feed
aperient
mild laxative
tippet
covering for the shoulders with long ends hanging down in front
obdurate
stubborn; hardhearted
milliner
one that makes, trims, designs, or sells hats
catechize
teach principles by means of questions and answers
vacuity
emptiness
bilious
ill-humored
filbert
hazelnut
phlogistic
inflammatory
appropinquity
nearness
amanuensis
one employed to take dictation or copy manuscript
sinecure
position that requires little work but provides a salary
reprieve
1. postpone or cancel the punishment of
2. bring relief to
beadle
official hired to usher and keep order during services
sibilant
hissing
homily
sermon; moralizing lecture
epicure
person with refined taste
perdition
loss of the soul; damnation
stanhope
light, open, horse-drawn carriage with one seat and two or four wheels
plenipotentiary
1. invested with full powers
2. ambassador
perigrinate
travel from place to place, especially on foot
epaulet
shoulder ornament, especially a fringed strap worn on military uniforms