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soubriquet
sou‧bri‧quet 
soo-bruh-key, -ket

n.
1. An affectionate or humorous nickname.

2. An assumed name
tranche
n : a portion of something (especially money)
tot
v. To total: totted up the bill
parley
n. A discussion or conference, especially one between enemies over terms of truce or other matters.
pique
(peek)
verb
1. a feeling of wounded pride provoked by a perceived slight or indignity.

2. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action:
to pique someone to answer a challenge.
laggard
n. a straggler.
nascent
adj. Coming into existence; emerging: “the moral shock of our nascent imperialism” (Richard Hofstadter).
cantonment
n : temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers;
"wherever he went in the cantonment the men were grumbling"
[syn: camp, encampment, bivouac]
crooner
n : a singer of popular ballads [syn: balladeer]
clamor
n.
1. A loud outcry; a hubbub(); A loud sustained noise.

2. A vehement expression of discontent or protest, especially a public outcry
a clamor in the press for pollution control.
hubbub: –noun
1. a loud, confused noise, as of many voices:
There was quite a hubbub in the auditorium after the announcement.

2. tumult; uproar.
antiquarian
adj.
1. Of or relating to antiquarians or to the study or collecting of antiquities.

2. Dealing in or having to do with old or rare books
patchoulie
PAT-cho-lee
by syllable: pat as in cat
cho as in go
lee as in tea

noun

1. A small southeast Asian shrub (Pogostemon cablin) in the mint family, having leaves that yield a fragrant oil used in the manufacture of perfumes.

2. A perfume made from the oil of this plant.
sultry
adj.
1. Very humid and hot: torrid()
sultry July weather
the sultry sands of the desert

2. Expressing or arousing desire:
a sultry look;
a sultry dance.
torrid:
1. oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air.

2. ardent; passionate: a torrid love story.
cad
n.a man whose behavior is unprincipled or dishonorable.
torrid
adj.
1. Parched with the heat of the sun; intensely hot; scorching; burning:
the torrid noonday sun.

2. Passionate; ardent:
a torrid love scene.

3. Hurried; rapid:
set a torrid pace
torrid economic growth
sprite
noun

an elf, fairy or goblin
bevy
n.
1. A group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail; flock

2. A group or an assemblage:
a bevy of beauties.
laconic
adj. Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise. See Synonyms at silent.
pizzicato
adj

Played by plucking rather than bowing the string
dote
v.
1. To show excessive fondness or love:

parents who dote on their only child.

2. to show a decline of mental faculties, esp. associated with old age.
fluster
n. A state of agitation, confusion, or excitement.
sot
n. A drunkard.
indigent
adj. Experiencing want or need; impoverished; poor.
vamp
noun
1. The upper part of a boot or shoe covering the instep and sometimes extending over the toe.

2.Something patched up or refurbished.
Instead of buying a new computer, John saved money by purchasing a vamped Pentium II desktop computer.

3. Music. An improvised accompaniment.
Jazz enthusiasts adored the vamps following Billie Holiday's formal concerts.

4. A woman who uses her sex appeal to entrap and exploit men.
inglorious
adj.
1. Ignominious; disgraceful:
Napoleon's inglorious end.
[ig-nuh-min-ee-uhs]

2. Not famous; obscure:
an inglorious youngster
in the pink of condition
in good condition
miff
n.
1. A petulant, bad-tempered mood; a huff.

2. A petty quarrel or argument; a tiff.
glum
adj.
moody and melancholy; dejected; gloomy; dismal
porky
adj.
1. Of or like pork: a porky flavor.

2. Slang. Fat, corpulent ()
corpulent: adj.
large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat
schadenfreude
n. taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others
pan
n

Informal. Severe criticism, especially a negative review: gave the film a pan.
junket
–noun
1. a sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.

2. a pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.

3. a trip, as by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
jeer
v. To abuse vocally; taunt:

jeered the speaker off the stage.
swag
n.
1. An ornamental festoon of curtains, flowers or fruit.

2. A carving or plaster molding of such an ornament.

3. Slang. Stolen property; loot.

4. Australian. The pack or bundle containing the personal belongings of a swagman()

5. Slang. Herbal tea in a plastic sandwich bag sold as marijuana to an unsuspecting customer
swagman: noun
a tramp, hobo, or vagabond.
coquette
n. A woman who makes teasing sexual or romantic overtures; a flirt.
widower
n. A man whose wife has died and who has not remarried.
tempest
TEM-pist

n.

1. A violent windstorm, frequently accompanied by rain, snow, or hail.

2. A violent, furious agitation, commotion, or tumult; an uproar:
“The tempest in my mind/Doth from my senses take all feeling” (Shakespeare).
excoriate
v.
1. To tear or wear off the skin of; abrade; chafe.
the new boots excoriated the boy's heels

2. To censure strongly; denounce:
an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.
panache
n
1: distinctive and stylish elegance;
"he wooed her with the confident panache of a cavalry officer"
[syn: dash, elan(), flair, style]

2: a feathered plume on a helmet
elan:
1. Enthusiastic vigor and liveliness.
2. Distinctive style or flair.
trove
n.
a collection of valuable items discovered or found; a treasure-trove.
commodes
n.
1. A low cabinet or chest of drawers, often elaborately decorated and usually standing on legs or short feet.

2. A movable stand or cupboard containing a washbowl.

3. A chair enclosing a chamber pot()

4. A toilet.

5. A woman's ornate headdress, fashionable around 1700.
chamber pot: a portable container, esp. for urine, used in bedrooms.
bucolic
adj.
1. Of or characteristic of the countryside or its people; rustic; rural.

2. Of or characteristic of shepherds or flocks; pastoral.
inveigle
v.

To influence, persuade, or attain through repeated, gentle requests of smooth, flattering, or beguiling words.()

(usually fol. by INTO) to inveigle a person into playing bridge.

(usually fol. by FROM or AWAY): to inveigle a theater pass from a person.
1. To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk. See Synonyms at lure. To obtain by cajolery; to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods
assignation
n.
1. The act of assigning.

2. Something assigned, especially an allotment.

3. An appointment for a meeting between lovers; a tryst()
Synonyms: engagements
tryst: noun
an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, esp. one made somewhat secretly by lovers.
omerta
n. secrecy sworn to by oath; code of silence.
bawdy
adj.
indecent; lewd; obscene; risqué()

another of his bawdy stories.
risqué: adj
daringly close to impropriety; off-color:
a risqué story.
remunerate
v.
To pay (a person) a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, services rendered, or losses incurred; recompense; To compensate for; make payment for:

remunerated his efforts
mulish
adj. Stubborn and intractable; recalcitrant(); obstinate()
recalcitrant: adj.
resisting authority or control; not obedient or compliant; refractory.

Obstinate: adj.
firmly or stubbornly adhering to one's purpose, opinion, etc.; not yielding to argument, persuasion, or entreaty.
torpid
adj.
1. Lethargic; apathetic; inactive, sluggish

2. Numb; deprived of the power of motion or feeling.

3. Dormant; hibernating.
loll
v.
1. To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.

2. To hang or droop laxly ():
a pennant lolling from the mast
laxly: loosely, not rigid
wizen
v. To dry up; wither or shrivel.
the umbillical cords on the newborn puppies wizened within a few hours
mordant
adj.
1. Bitingly sarcastic; Incisive() and trenchant():
mordant satire
an inquisitor's mordant questioning

2. Burning, corrosive; caustic
mordant acid

3. Serving to fix colors in dyeing
incisive: penetrating; cutting; biting
an incisive tone of voice

trenchant: incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting:
trenchant wit.
profligate
adj.
1. Utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute
With one week to live, the profligate heiress partied 24/7.


2. Recklessly wasteful; wildly extravagant.
The profligate banker burned through a million dollars in one week.
pixie
noun
1. a fairy or sprite, esp. a mischievous one.

2. a small or mischievous person.
cajole
v. To influence, persuade or acquire with gentle and repeated appeals of smooth, flattering, or beguiling words
wheedle()
coax
inveigle
wheedle:

to endeavor to influence (a person) by smooth, flattering, or beguiling words or acts:
We wheedled him incessantly, but he would not consent.
coax
verb
1. to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole:
He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.

2. to manipulate to a desired end by adroit handling or persistent effort:
He coaxed the large chair through the door.
cajole: verb
to persuade by flattery or promises; wheedle.
entice
v.
to lead on by exciting hope or desire; allure; inveigle():

They were enticed westward by dreams of gold.

inveigle: verb
1. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements (usually fol. by into):
to inveigle a person into playing bridge.

2. to acquire, win, or obtain by beguiling talk or methods (usually fol. by from or away):
to inveigle a theater pass from a person.
taunt
v.
To reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; ridicule; twit (ridicule, upbraid(censure))
rustic
adj.
1. Of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people; rural.

2. Lacking refinement or elegance; coarse.

3. Charmingly simple or unsophisticated.

4. Made of unfinished or roughly finished wood:
rustic furniture.

5. Having a rough or textured appearance; rusticated. Used of masonry.
pastoral
adj.
1. Of or relating to:
- shepherds
- rural life
- a religious pastor

2. Charmingly simple and serene; idyllic.
dissolute
adj.
Lacking moral restraint; indulging in sensual pleasures or vices
dissipation
n.
1. dispersion, disintegration.

2. Wasteful expenditure or consumption.

3. Intemperance; dissolute() indulgence in sensual pleasure, esp. imbibing alcohol; .

4. An amusement; a mental distraction; a diversion.
dissolute: adj
indifferent to moral restraints
trenchant
adj.
1. Forceful, effective, and vigorous
a trenchant argument

2. Caustic(); cutting; mordant; incisive
trenchant criticism.

3. Distinct; clear-cut
trenchant differences between political parties
caustic: adj.
1. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue

2. severely critical or sarcastic
a caustic remark
incisive
adj.
1. penetrating; cutting; biting; trenchant; mordant
an incisive tone of voice.

2. remarkably clear and direct; sharp; keen; acute:
an incisive method of summarizing the issue.

3. adapted for cutting or piercing.

4. of or pertaining to the incisors: the incisive teeth.
hubbub
n.
1. Loud noise; din()

2. Confusion; tumult; uproar
din: noun
a loud, confused noise; a continued loud or tumultuous sound; noisy clamor.
tryst
n.

An agreement, esp. between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place in a somewhat secretive manner; an engagement
lewd
adj.
1. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.

2. Obscene; indecent.
risque
adj.
Suggestive of or bordering on indelicacy or impropriety.
wheedle
v.
To obtain by smooth, flattering or guiling () words; cajole.

a swindler who wheedled my life savings out of me.
guiling:
treacherous cunnning, skillful deceit.
vehement
adj

vigorous, strong, violent

1. Characterized by forcefulness of expression or intensity of emotion or conviction; fervid; intense
a vehement denial.

2. Marked by or full of vigor or energy; strong
a vehement storm

3. characterized by rancor or anger; violent:
vehement hostility.
balladeer
n.
a singer of ballads
ballad
n.
1. a A narrative poem, often of folk origin and intended to be sung, consisting of simple stanzas and usually having a refrain.

1. b. The music for such a poem.

2. A popular song especially of a romantic or sentimental nature.
risque
adj

Approaching sexual impropriety

1. Hazardous; risky; esp., fig., verging upon impropriety; dangerously close to, or suggestive of, what is indecent or of doubtful morality; as, a risqu['e] story. --Henry Austin.

2. suggestive of sexual impropriety; "a blue movie"; "blue jokes"; "he skips asterisks and gives you the gamy details"; "a juicy scandal"; "a naughty wink"; "naughty words"; "racy anecdotes"; "a risque story"; "spicy gossip" [syn: blue, gamy, gamey, juicy, naughty, racy, spicy]
lewd
adj.
1. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.

2. Obscene; indecent.
beguile
verb

1. Cheat, deceive, mislead delude (usually fol. by of):
to be beguiled of money.

2. to charm or divert:
a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.

3. to pass (time) pleasantly:
beguiling the long afternoon with a good book.