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very talkative; garrulous
loquacious
to release from an entanglement or difficulty; disengage
extricate
a markedly short-lived thing
ephemeral
extremely angry; furious
livid
characterized by nobility; majestic
sublime
extremely loud
stentorian
complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
probity
excessively dramatic or emotional; affected
histrionic
to discuss or debate
moot
listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
ennui
a small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently
coterie
to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
enervate
characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable
capricious
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty
insipid
to become sore or inflamed; fester
rankle
an exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work
travesty
belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War
antebellum
an amusement; a diversion (usually wasteful)
dissipation
belonging to childhood; juvenile; immature; childish
puerile
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
demure
the act of claiming for onself the attributes and rights of God
blasphemy
a four-wheeled horse-drawn pleasure carriage having two or four seats
surrey
self-confident assurance; poise
aplomb
an authoritative principle, belief, or statement of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true
dogma
to make a false show of; feign
dissemble
habitually untalktative
taciturn
dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony
wry
offense; resentment
umbrage
swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated
turgid
lacking in imagination and spirit; dull
prosaic
great personal dishonor or humiliation
ignominy
talkative, voluble; disrespectful levity; speaking with ease & rapidity
flippant
a place or condition of ideal happiness
Elysium
willful neglect, as of duty or principle; the act of abandoning; abandonment
dereliction
melancholy; sullen
saturnine
a period of 14 days; two weeks
fortnight
in the past; at a former time; formerly
erstwhile
agreement; harmony; conformity or correspondence
congruence
heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent
circumpsect
to substitute (one person) for another
subrogate
a socially awkward or tactless act
gaffe
to urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery; wheedle
cajole
a roundabout expression
circumlocution
to make amends; atone
expiate
arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
odious
cloudy, misty, or hazy
nebulous
to be discontented or low in spirits; to complain or fret; to yearn after something
repine
responsive to advice, authority, or suggestion; willing
amenable
to tear or wear off the skin of; abrade
excoriate
a model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example
paragon
lack of originality; triteness
platitude
travel (especially by foot)
peregrination
a quack remedy
nostrum
a teacher; an instructor
preceptor
a large, strong, courageous woman
virago
having or formed of two sides; two-sided
bilateral
to infer by inductive reasoning; persuasive; to cause
induce
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid; reserved in manner
diffident
quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
mercurial
a name, title, or designation
appellation
brilliantly clever
scintillating
of or relating to a lower world of the dead
infernal
easily bent or shaped
pliable
possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail
fastidious
to affirm positively; declare
aver
intended to delay; tending to postpone or delay
dilatory
using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise
laconic
to exclude from a group
ostracize
to stimulate or shock with an electric current; electrifying or moving an audience
galvanize
to excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach
tantalize
to speed up the progress of; accelerate
expedite
to retard or obstruct the progress of
impede
a mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach; a small mark; a scar or birthmark
stigma
one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
stoic
negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness
cynical
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality; capricious, impulsive
quixotic
to act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer
pander
a very noisy place; wild uproar or noise
pandemonium
to modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skewing the content in a certain manner
bowdlerize
requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very great, difficult, or dangerous
Herculean
given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative
garrulous
a state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy
lethargy
precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
pithy
tending to make or become worse; disparaging; belittling
pejorative
a construction in which a single word, especially a verb or an adjective, is applied to two or more nouns when its sense is appropriate to only oneof them or to both in different ways
zeugma
rustic cottage or chamber; attractive dwelling or retreat
bower
worried unease; anxiety
disquietude
acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
perfunctory
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurences; practical
pragmatic
one chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue
arbiter
tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly; causing great harm; destruction
pernicious
to make used to something undesirable, esp. by prolonged subjection; accustom
inured
a self-evident or universally recognized truth; maxim
axiom
one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; forerunner
harbinger
appearance, esp. the expression of the face; the face or facial features
countenance
an innate inclination; tendency
propensity
putting an end to all debate or action
peremptorily
the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general principles of ethics
casuistry
any of numerous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the order Anoplura, many of which are external parasites on various animals, including man
louse
to render useless or ineffectual; cripple
stultify
immoral person
rake
the state of being depressed; melancholy
dejection
easy to speak to; amiable
affable
inference based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; to guess
conjecture
a sudden outburst of emotion or action
paroxysm
performed, made or acquired by secret, clandestine, or stealthy means
surreptitiously
a quality that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow
pathos
submission or courteous yielding to the opinion, wishes, or judgement of another
deference
existing or occurring concurrently; accompanying; attendant
concomitant
not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; unyielding
inexorable
to erase or make indistinct by or as if by rubbing; wipe out
efface
to drive out
ferret
disguised; feigned; appeared; to hide under a false appearance
dissimulation
disunion; seperated, divided
schismatic
given over to dissipation; dissolute; wildly extravant
profligate
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
obsequious
a large destructive fire
conflagration
to clear of guilt or blame
exculpate
a short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters
epilogue, epilog
a rude or insensitive person
boor
an exhibition or display of optical effects and illusions
phantasmagoria
lacking vigor/energy; having a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, hemoglobin, or total volume
anemic
lacking congruity; not harmonious; out of place
incongruous
an urn with a spigot at its base used especially in Russia to boil water for tea
samovar
highly concentrated essence of something in its purest form; the most typical example or representative
quintessence
occurring by chance
fortuitous
marked by incisive sarcasm
caustic
untamed, or suggestive of a wild beast
feral
something foolish or stupid
fatuity
apathy, dullness, mental and motor inactivity
torpor
inferior, trashy, cheap
paltry
hard crisp bread originally used as ships' stores
rusk
bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints
audacity
a vehicle used to haul goods
dray
unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking
loath
very hot and humid
sultry
uncertain how to act or proceed
irresolute
any of various forms of corporeal property (as land) or incorporeal property that is held by one person from another; a run-down, low-rent apartment
tenement
very flowery in style
florid
a usually alcoholic drink or brew
potations
desirous to the point of greed; urgently eager
avid
sunk to or existing in a low state or condition
abject
drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion
languid
extreme indulgence in sensuality
debauchery
easily rolling or turning
voluble
of, relating to, or constituting something that foreshadows a coming event
portentous
a long cloak or coat made of fur or lined or trimmed with fur
pelisse
marked by ease and informality
glib
having a large bulky body
corpulent
an expression of warm approval; praise; official approval
approbation
being timid or shy
diffidence
a light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses
phaeton
an impulsive change of mind; a sudden, unpredictable action
caprice
principled; conscientious and exact; painstaking
scrupulous
any of various light, open carriages, often with a collapsible hood, esp. a two-wheeled carriage drawn by a horse
chaise
the property of a metal which allows it to be drawn into wires or filaments; easily molded or shaped
ductility
the land belonging to a lord or nobleman, or so much land as a lord or great personage kept in his own hands, for the use and subsistence of his family
manor
capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible; easily influenced for good or evil; tractable
pliant
disinclined to exert onself; habitually lazy; causing little or no pain, as a tumor; slow to heal, grow, or develop, as an ulcer; inactive
indolent
care or concern, as for the well-being of another; a cause of anxiety or concern
solicitude
steps for crossing a fence or wall; a vertical member of a panel or frame, as in a door or window sash
stile
lacking in importance or worth
paltry
appropriateness of behavior or conduct; propriety
decorum
a woman's slip or underskirt that is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace; something, such a decorative valance or flounce, that resembles a woman's underskirt
petticoat
lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull; lacking flavor
insipid
the inclination to comply willingly with the wishes of others; amiability
complaisance
characterized by a strict adherence to formal rules or literal meaning at the expense of a wider view; didactic
pedantic
a state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride
pique
feeling or showing haughty disdain
supercilious
possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail
fastidious
elaborate praise; an encomium; formal expression of praise; a eulogy
panegyric
a card game for two people, playing with a deck from which all cards below the seven, aces being high, are omitted
piquet
a card game in which each player contributes stakes to a pool
loo
to predict according to present indications or signs; foretell; foreshadow; portend
prognosticate
unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy; profuse; overflowing
effusive
a restraint, limit, or restriction; adverse remark or criticism; censure; an abnormal narrowing of a duct or passage
stricture
air or bearing, esp. as expressive of attitude or personality
mien
a conclusion deduced from defective or presumptive evidence
conjecture
to look around, or be cautious; heedful of potential consequences; prudent
circumspect