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unctuous
–adjective

1. excessively pious or moralistic, esp. affectedly so; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.

2. of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.

3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals
tony
adj.

high-toned; stylish:

a tony nightclub.
snarky
adj.

1. Rudely sarcastic; snide.

2. Irritable; irascible.
philistine
–adjective

1. (sometimes initial capital letter) lacking in or hostile to culture.

2. smugly commonplace or conventional.

3. (initial capital letter) of or belonging to the ancient Philistines.
unctuous
–adjective

1. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner;

2. excessively smooth, suave, or smug.

3. oily; greasy.
tony
adj.

high-toned; stylish:

a tony nightclub.
snarky
adj.

testy or irritable; short.
philistine
–adjective

1. (sometimes initial capital letter) lacking in or hostile to culture.

2. smugly commonplace or conventional.

3. (initial capital letter) of or belonging to the ancient Philistines.
demiurge
–noun
1. A powerful creative force or personality.

2. A public magistrate in some ancient Greek states.

3. Demiurge A deity in Gnosticism, Manichaeism, and other religions who creates the material world and is often viewed as the originator of evil.

4. Demiurge A Platonic deity who orders or fashions the material world out of chaos.
riff
n.

1. a clever remark

"Those little riffs that had seemed to have such sparkle over drinks ... look all too embarrassing in cold print" (John Richardson).

2. Music: A short rhythmic phrase, (especially one that is repeated in improvisation)
limpid
–adjective

1. Characterized by transparent clearness; pellucid.
We could see to the very bottom of the limpid pond.

2. free from obscurity; lucid; clear:
a limpid style; limpid prose.

3. calm and untroubled; serene
a limpid, emotionless existence.
punny
adj.

having, involving, or characteristic of a pun.
shaggy
adj.

1. Characterized by long, rough, matted hair.

2. untidy; unkempt:
a shaggy person.

3. having a rough nap()

4. characterized by sloppy planning or execution
a shaggy production of Macbeth.
nap: surface texture of cloth
perdition
–noun
1. spiritual damnation; loss of the soul; the future state of the wicked

2. utter destruction/ruin.
negritude
noun

the historical, cultural, and social heritage considered common to blacks collectively
fete
(fāt, fět)

–noun

1. a day of celebration; holiday:
The Fourth of July is a great American fete.

2. a celebration, esp. a religious festival
The ball was the greatest fete of the season.
a fete lasting several days in honor of a saint.
spurn
verb

1. to reject with disdain; scorn.

2. to treat with contempt; despise.

3. to kick or trample with the foot.
bleary
adj

1. (of the eyes or sight) blurred, unclear--as from sleep or weariness.

2. fatigued; worn-out.
faggy
adj.

1. of or resembling a male homosexual.

2. coyly affected.
buffet
verb (used with object)

1. to strike, esp. repeatedly:
The wind buffeted the house.

2. To force (one's way) with difficulty
requiem
–noun
1. Roman Catholic Church. Also called Requiem Mass. the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead.


2. any musical service, hymn, or dirge for the repose of the dead.
frock
–noun

1. a dress

2. a loose outer garment worn by peasants and workers
smock.

3. a coarse outer garment with large sleeves, worn by monks.
bawl
verb


1. To cry or sob loudly; wail.

2. To cry out loudly and vehemently; shout.
patter
–noun

1. meaningless, rapid talk; gabble; jabber

2. stylized, rehearsed, or glib() talk used to attract attention, entertain, etc.

3. the jargon or cant of any class, group, etc.
glib: adj

thoughtless, superficial, insincere words (spoken or written) that come easily

a glib talker; glib answers.
didactic
adjective

1. intended for instruction; instructive, esp. morally:
didactic poetry.

2. inclined to teaching/ lecturing too much
a boring, didactic speaker.

3. Didactics: (used with a singular verb) the art or science of teaching.
wan
[won]

–adjective

1. marked by sickly pallor; pallid; lacking color:
His wan face suddenly flushed.

2. suggesting sickness, fatigue, unhappiness
a wan look; a wan smile.

3. Weak, incompetent, inefffective
their wan attempts to organize the alumni.
treacle
(trē'kəl)

–noun

Contrived or excessive sentimentality:
a movie plot of the most shameless treacle
coy
adj

1. Tending to avoid people and social situations; reserved.

2. Affectedly shy or modest.

3. Annoyingly unwilling to make a commitment.
coquette
noun

a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
artful
adj.

1. slyly crafty or cunning; deceitful; tricky:
artful schemes.

2. skillful in adapting means to ends; ingenious:
an artful choice of metaphors and similes.

3. Exhibiting art or skill:
artful acting;
artful repairs.