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cock-a-hoop
adj.
1. Being in a state of boastful elation or exultation.
After their superbowl victory, the cock-a-hoop players declared themselves the best football team of all time.

2. Being askew (twisted to one side; awry).
1. He was cock-a-hoop over his victory.

2. He knocked his hat cock-a-hoop.
erstwhile
adv. In the past; at a former time; formerly
fait accompli
n. An accomplished, presumably irreversible deed or fact.
embattled
adj.
1. Prepared or fortified for battle or engaged in battle:
embattled troops;
an embattled city.

2. Beset with attackers, criticism, or controversy:
an embattled legislative minority.
esoteric
adj.
1. Intended for or understood by only a small/particular group: an esoteric cult; esoteric interests.

2. Not publicly disclosed; confidential.
amble
v.
1. To walk slowly or leisurely; stroll

2. Of a horse: to move along at an easy gait by using both legs on one side alternately with both on the other.
prim
adj.
1. Precise or proper to the point of affectation; excessively decorous; strait-laced; stiffly neat; prudish()

2. Neat and trim: a prim hedgerow.
prudish: adj: excessively proper or modest in speech, conduct, dress, etc.
encomium
n.
Warm, glowing praise, esp. a formal expression of praise; a tribute.
countenance
n.
1.The face or facial features, especially the expression of the face:
The question left him with a puzzled countenance.

2. A look or expression indicative of encouragement or of moral support or approval.
winsome
adj. Charming, often in a childlike or naive way.
modish
adj. Being in or conforming to the prevailing or current fashion; stylish; fashionable.
voil
n. A light, sheer fabric

plain-weave; made of cotton, rayon, silk, or wool used especially for making dresses and curtains.
blousy

blouzy
adj.
1. Having a coarse, ruddy () complexion.

2. Disheveled, untidy
frowzy ()
unkempt()
blowzy hair
ruddy: having a healthy, reddish color

frowzy: untidy in dress or appearance

unkempt: disorderly or untidy
ectoplasm
n.
1. Biology. The outer portion of the continuous phase of cytoplasm of a cell, sometimes distinguishable as a somewhat rigid, gelled layer beneath the cell membrane.

2. The visible substance believed to emanate from the body of a spiritualistic medium during communication with the dead.

3. An immaterial or ethereal substance, especially the transparent corporeal presence of a spirit or ghost.
ineffable
adj.
1. Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable; unspeakable.

2. Not to be uttered; taboo: the ineffable name of God.
risible
adj.
Capable of, inclined to, relating to or eliciting laughter; ludicrous().
ludicrous: adj.
causing or deserving laughter or derision because of absurdity; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency
inconoclast
n.
1. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.

2. One who destroys sacred religious images.
sartorial
adj. Of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or tailored clothing: sartorial elegance.
neigh

(nay)
v. The long, high-pitched sound made by a horse.
wit
n.
1. The natural ability to perceive and understand; intelligence.

2. "wits" Sound mental faculties; sanity: scared out of my wits; living by one's wits.

3. The ability to perceive and express in an ingeniously humorous manner the relationship between seemingly incongruous or disparate things.

4. A person of exceptional intelligence
plutocracy
n.
1. A government or state in which the wealthy rule.

2. A wealthy class that controls a government.
burlesque
n.
1. A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style. See Synonyms at caricature.

2.A ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty:
The antics of the defense attorneys turned the trial into a burlesque of justice.

3. A variety show characterized by broad ribald (vulgar, lewd humor) comedy, dancing, and striptease.
predilection
n.
A partiality or disposition in favor of something; a preference
predicament
n.
1. A situation, especially an unpleasant, troublesome, or trying one, from which extrication is difficult; a dilemma.

2. Logic. An Aristotealion category:
cipher

cypher
n.
1. The mathematical symbol (0) denoting absence of quantity; zero.

2. An Arabic numeral or figure; a number.

3. One having no influence or value; a nonentity.

4. A cryptographic system in which units of plain text of regular length, usually letters, are arbitrarily transposed or substituted according to a predetermined code;

The key to such a system;

A message written or transmitted in such a system.

5. A design combining or interweaving letters or initials; a monogram.
rumple
v. To wrinkle, fold, or crease
tinkle
v. To make light metallic sounds, as those of a small bell.
obdurate
adj.
1. Hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent:
“obdurate conscience of the old sinner” (Sir Walter Scott).

2. Hardened against feeling; hardhearted:
an obdurate miser.

3. Hardened to persuasion; intractable(); inflexible.
intractable: adj (1 of 3)
not easily controlled or directed; not docile or manageable; stubborn; obstinate: an intractable disposition.
granitic
adj
1: hard as granite;
"a granitic fist"
[syn: granitelike, rocklike, stony]

2: having austere inflexibility;
"a flinty manner";
"granitic morality";
"his unyielding mouth and glassy eyes"- Marchette Chute
[syn: flinty, unyielding]
peevish
adj.
1. querulous (), cross(), or fretful(), vexed or unhapppy:
a peevish youngster.

2. showing annoyance, irritation, or bad mood:
a peevish reply
a peevish frown.

3. Contrary/Perverse(); fractious(), obstinate()
1. querulous: adj.
habitually complaining; whiny

cross: adj.
angry and annoyed; ill-humored; snappish:
Don't be cross with me.

fret: adj.
disposed or quick to fret; irritable or irascible

nettlesome, peckish, pettish, petulant, testy, tetchy, techy


3. Contrary, Perverse (1 of 5): adj.
[willfully determined or disposed to] going counter to what is expected or desired.
a contrarian manager

Fractious: adj.
1. cranky, peckish
2. unruly, refractory ()

obstinate: adj.
Difficult to manage, control, or subdue; refractory()

refractory: adj. (1 of 4)
hard or impossible to manage; stubbornly disobedient:
a refractory child.
chasten
v.
1. to inflict suffering upon for purposes of moral improvement; chastise; To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.

2. To restrain; subdue:
chasten a proud spirit.

3. To rid of excess; refine or purify:
chasten a careless writing style.
stoney

stony
adj.
1. Covered with or full of stones:
a stony beach.

2. Resembling stone, as in hardness; granitic
a stoney titantium alloy

3. Hardhearted; flinty; impassive(); unemotional; exhibiting no feeling or warmth
a stony miser

4. Emotionally numbing or paralyzing:
stony fear
impassive (1 of 4 definitions)
adj
without emotion; apathetic; unmoved
chastise
verb.
1. To punish, as by beating (corporal punishment).

2. To criticize severely; rebuke.
askew
adj.
To one side; awry;
cockeyed; lopsided

rugs lying askew
ribald
adj.

scurrilous()


coarsely or disrespectfully humorous; vulgar or indecent in speech;
coarsely mocking, abusive, or irreverent;
scurrilous adj
1. grossly or obscenely abusive:
a scurrilous attack on the mayor.

2.coarsely jocular or derisive:
a scurrilous jest
lewd
adj.
1. Preoccupied with sex and sexual desire; lustful.

2. Obscene; indecent
querulous
adj : habitually complaining;
"a whining child"
[syn: fretful, whiney, whining(a), whiny]
ruddy
adj.
1. Having a healthy, reddish color.

2. Reddish; rosy.
beset
v.
1. To attack from all sides.

2. To hem in; surround:
“the mountains which beset it round” (Nathaniel Hawthorne).

3.To trouble persistently; harass.

4. To stud, as with jewels
decorous
adj.
Characterized by or exhibiting decorum (); proper:

decorous behavior.
decorum: dignified propriety of behavior, speech, dress, etc.
prude
n.
person excessively concerned about propriety and decorum [syn: puritan]
slovenly
adj.
1. untidy or unclean in appearance or habits.

2. Marked by negligence; slipshod(); sloppy.
slovenly work
slipshod: adj
careless, untidy:
slipshod work
unkempt
adj.
1. Not combed:
unkempt hair.

2. Not properly maintained; disorderly or untidy: sloppy
an unkempt garden

3. Unpolished; rude.
unkempt red-neck
musty
adj.
1. Stale or moldy in odor or taste.
musty pantry

2. Hackneyed or trite(); dull.
with so many people climbing Mount Everest, it's become musty

3. Out of date; antiquated.
the musty, ten year old computer

4. Out of use or practice; rusty.
after taking six months to heal an injury, the dancer was musty
2. trite: lacking in freshness or effectiveness because of constant use or excessive repetition;
impassive
adj.
1. Devoid of or not subject to emotion; emotionless; apathetic; unmoved, phlegmatic(), stoical(), indifferent

2. calm; serene.
tranquil, unruffled, composed, undisturbed, unperturbed

3. Revealing no emotion; expressionless.

4. Motionless; still.
phlegmantic: adjective
1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish.

2. self-possessed, calm, or composed.

stoical: adjective
characterized by a calm, austere fortitude befitting the Stoics:
a stoical sufferer.
fractious
adj.
1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly()

2. Having a peevish nature; cranky, irascible
unruly: adj.
not submissive or conforming to rule; ungovernable; turbulent; intractable; refractory; lawless:
an unruly class;
an unruly wilderness.
intractable
adj.
1.Difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; obstinate(); unruly.
intractable populace

2. Difficult to mold or manipulate:
intractable metal

3. Difficult to alleviate, remedy, or cure:
intractable pain.
obstinate: adj.
1. characterized by inflexible persistence or an unyielding attitude; unmoved by argument, persuasion, or entreaty;

2. not easily treated, controlled or overcome:
the obstinate growth of weeds.
an obstinate disease.
caricature
n.
1. A representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque() effect.

2. The art of creating such representations.

3. A grotesque() imitation or misrepresentation:
The trial was a caricature of justice.
grotesque: adj. (1 of 2)
odd or unnatural in shape, appearance, or character; fantastically ugly or absurd; bizarre.
antic
n.
A ludicrous() or extravagant() act; a caper ()
ludicrous, –adjective
causing laughter because of absurdity; provoking or deserving derision; ridiculous; laughable:
a ludicrous lack of efficiency.

extravagant: adj. (1 of 4)
going beyond what is deserved or justifiable:
extravagant praise.

caper: noun
1. a playful leap or skip.
2. a frivolous escapade() or prank
3. Slang. a criminal act, esp. a burglary or robbery.

escapade: noun
1. a reckless adventure or wild prank.
2. an escape from confinement or restraint.
caper
n.
1. A playful leap or hop.

2. A reckless adventure or wild prank (escapade)

3. Slang. An illegal plot or enterprise, especially one involving theft.
awry
adv.
1. In a position that is turned or twisted toward one side; askew.

2. Away from the correct course; amiss.
slipshod
adj.

Marked by carelessness; sloppy or slovenly in appearance;

shabby/seedy (run-down, dilapidated)
trite
adj.
Lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repetition; hackneyed.
churl
noun
1. a rude, boorish, or surly person.

2. a peasant; rustic()

3. niggard; miser:
He was a churl in his affections.
rustic: adj.

1. Of, relating to, or typical of country life or country people; rural.
rustic small town folk

2. Charmingly simple or unsophisticated
a rustic child

3. uncouth, rude, or boorish; Lacking refinement or elegance; coarse.
rustic, drunk red-neck

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

5. Having a rough or textured appearance; rusticated. Used of masonry.
rustic facade