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fete
feyt

noun
1. a day of celebration; holiday: The Fourth of July is a great American fete.
2. a festive celebration or entertainment: The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
3. a religious feast or festival: a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
Dutch Uncle
–noun
a person who criticizes or reproves with unsparing severity and frankness.
internecine
in-ter-NEE-seen

adjective

1. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group:
an internecine feud among proxy holders.

2. mutually destructive.

3. characterized by great slaughter; deadly.
denouement
[dey-noo-mahn]

–noun

the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
boudoir
–noun
a woman's bedroom or private sitting room.
slattern
–noun
1. a slovenly, untidy woman or girl.

2. a slut; harlot (prostitute; whore).
repartee
–noun
1. a quick, witty reply.
2. conversation full of such replies.
3. skill in making such replies.
parsimonious
–adjective

frugal, stingy.
biddy
noun

1. a chicken.

2. a newly hatched chick.

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3. a fussbudget(a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person), esp. a fussy old woman.
4. a female domestic servant, esp. a cleaning woman.

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rococo
–noun
1. a style of architecture and decoration, originating in France about 1720, evolved from Baroque types and distinguished by its elegant refinement in using different materials for a delicate overall effect and by its ornament of shellwork, foliage, etc.
2. a homophonic musical style of the middle 18th century, marked by a generally superficial elegance and charm and by the use of elaborate ornamentation and stereotyped devices.
erudite
ER-yoo-dight

–adjective
characterized by great knowledge; learned or scholarly:
an erudite professor;
an erudite commentary.
ermine
–noun
1. an Old World weasel, Mustela erminea, having in its winter color phase a white coat with black at the tip of the tail. Compare stoat.

2. any of various weasels having a white winter coat.

3. the lustrous, white, winter fur of the ermine, often having fur from the animal's black tail tip inserted at intervals for contrast.

4. the rank, position, or status of a king, peer, or judge, esp. one in certain European countries who wears, or formerly wore, a robe trimmed with ermine, as on official or state occasions.

5. Heraldry. a fur, consisting of a conventional representation of tails, often with a pattern of dots, sable on argent.
manse
–noun
1. the house and land occupied by a minister or parson().

2. the dwelling of a landholder; mansion.
parson, noun
a protestant minister
femme fatale
noun

an irresistibly attractive woman, esp. one who leads men into difficult, dangerous, or disastrous situations; siren.
hardscrabble
–adjective
demanding and unrewarding:
providing or yielding meagerly in return for much effort;
the hardscrabble existence of mountainside farmers.
tin ear
–noun
1. an insensitivity to melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic variety in music.
2. an insensitivity to subtlety or appropriateness in verbal expression: a tin ear for clear, precise prose.
assuage
verb

to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease; mitigate:
to assuage one's grief;
to assuage one's pain
to assuage one's hunger.
to assuage his fears;
to assuage her anger.
aspersions
noun

1.
1. An unfavorable or damaging remark; slander: Don't cast aspersions on my honesty.

2.A sprinkling, especially with holy water.
sardonic
–adjective
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering: a sardonic grin.
pap
–noun
1. soft food for infants or invalids, as bread soaked in water or milk.

2. an idea, talk, book, or the like, lacking substance or real value.
alacrity
–noun
1. cheerful readiness, promptness, or willingness: We accepted the invitation with alacrity.
2. liveliness; briskness.
ruminative
–verb (used with object)
3. to chew again or over and over.
4. to meditate on; ponder.
missive
–noun
1. a written message; letter
pugilistic
noun
a person who fights with the fists; a boxer, usually a professional.
inveterate
–adjective
1. settled or confirmed in a habit, practice, feeling, or the like: an inveterate gambler.
2. firmly established by long continuance, as a disease, habit, practice, feeling, etc.; chronic
umbrage
noun
1. offense; annoyance; displeasure:
to feel umbrage at a social snub;
to give umbrage to someone;
to take umbrage at someone's rudeness.

2. the slightest indication or vaguest feeling of suspicion, doubt, hostility, or the like.

3. leaves that afford shade, as the foliage of trees.

4. shade or shadows, as cast by trees.

5. a shadowy appearance or semblance of something.
stalwart
adjective
1. strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.

2. strong and brave; valiant:
a stalwart knight.

3. firm, steadfast, or uncompromising:
a stalwart supporter of the U.N.
harlot
noun

prostitute, whore
garrulous
–adjective

1. excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, esp. about trivial matters.

2. wordy or diffuse: a garrulous and boring speech.
fussbudget
–noun

a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person.
parson
–noun

1. a member of the clergy, esp. a Protestant minister; pastor; rector.

2. the holder or incumbent of a parochial benefice(), esp. an Anglican.
benefice: n
a position or post granted to an ecclesiastic that guarantees a fixed amount of property or income.
allay
verb

1. to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.

2. to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain.