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pantywaist
noun
1. Informal. a weak, effeminate man; sissy.


2. formerly, a child's undergarment consisting of short pants and a shirt that buttoned together at the waist.
clarion
–adjective
1. clear and shrill:
the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
civitas
noun
1. the body of citizens who constitute a state, esp. a city-state, commonwealth, or the like.

2. citizenship, esp. as imparting shared responsibility, a common purpose, and sense of community.
impresario
noun

1. a person who organizes or manages public entertainments, esp. operas, ballets, or concerts.

2. any manager, director, or the like
beleaguered
1. To harass; beset:
We are beleaguered by problems.

2. To surround with troops; besiege.
wayward
–adjective

1. turned or turning away from what is right or proper; willful; disobedient:
a wayward son;
wayward behavior.

2. swayed or prompted by caprice; capricious:
a wayward impulse;
to be wayward in one's affections.

3. turning or changing irregularly; irregular:
a wayward breeze.
gamely
–adverb

courageous, plucky (brave)
They struggled gamely.
wither
verb

1. To cause to shrivel or fade.

2. To render speechless or incapable of action; stun:
The teacher withered the noisy student with a glance.
droll
–adjective
1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish ().
like a wag; roguish in merriment and good humor; jocular:
Fielding and Sterne are waggish writers.
ululate
uhl-yuh-leyt, Oh-yul-late

verb

1. to howl, as a dog or a wolf; hoot, as an owl.

2. to lament loudly and shrilly; wail.
suppurate
verb

to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate.

fetid
–adjective
having an offensive odor; stinking.
miasma
mahy-az-muh

noun

1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.

2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.
pastiche
–noun
1. a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources.

2. an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge.
mayhem
–noun
1. the unlawful infliction of bodily injury; to cripple or mutilate

2. a state of rowdy disorder, havoc
Antagonisms between the various factions at the meeting finally boiled over, and mayhem ensued.
intrepid
–adjective

resolutely fearless; dauntless:
an intrepid explorer.
befoul
verb (used with object)

to make dirty or filthy; soil; defile; sully:
a bird that befouls its own nest.
grizzle
–adjective

gray; grayish; devoid of hue.
postprandial
–adjective
after a meal, esp. after dinner:
postprandial oratory;
a postprandial brandy.
pungent
–adjective

1. sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid.

2. Penetrating, biting, castic
pungent remarks.

3. to the point; sharp
appurtenance
noun

1. something added to another, more important thing; appendage.

2. Equipment used for specific purpose; gear; appurtenances.

3. Law. A right, privilege, or property that is considered incident to the principal property for purposes such as passage of title, conveyance, or inheritance.
shoehorn
–verb (used with object)

to force into a limited or tight space:
Can you shoehorn four of us into the back seat of your car?
blandishment
–noun
Often, blandishments.

flattery intended to persuade

Our blandishments left him unmoved.
We succumbed to the blandishments of tropical living.
reprisal
–noun

retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries. (esp. in war)