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risible
laughable
or
associated with, relating to, or used in laughter <risible muscles>
gambol
v. to skip about in play
isouciant
adj. lighthearted unconcern
mot juste
(mo juste)
n. exactly the right word or expression
maudlin
adj.
1. drunk enough to be emotionally silly
2. weakly and effusively sentimental
ecumenical
(ek-you-menical)
worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
chimerical
(ky-merical)
adj.
1 : existing only as the product of unchecked imagination : fantastically visionary or improbable
2 : given to fantastic schemes
sub-rosa
adj. secretive, private
lagniappe
(lanyap)
n. a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly : something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure
noisome
1 : NOXIOUS, HARMFUL
2 a : offensive to the senses and especially to the sense of smell b : highly obnoxious or objectionable
bane
a source of harm or ruin : CURSE
in medias res
(in medias race)
adv. in or into the middle of a narrative or plot
touchstone
n.
1 : a black siliceous stone related to flint and formerly used to test the purity of gold and silver by the streak left on the stone when rubbed by the metal
2 : a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing
3 : a fundamental or quintessential part or feature
diaphanous
adj. 1 : characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through
2 : characterized by extreme delicacy of form : ETHEREAL <painted diaphanous landscapes>
3 : INSUBSTANTIAL, VAGUE <had only a diaphanous hope of success>
philippic
a discourse or declamation full of bitter condemnation
waggish
1 : resembling or characteristic of a wag <a waggish friend> <a waggish prose style>
2 : done or made in waggery or for sport : HUMOROUS
apropos
(apro-po)
1 : at an opportune time : SEASONABLY
2 : by way of interjection or further comment: with regard to the present topic
quixotic
1 : foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially : marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
2 : CAPRICIOUS, UNPREDICTABLE
ineluctable
not to be avoided, changed, or resisted : INEVITABLE
apocryphal
1 : of doubtful authenticity : SPURIOUS
2 often capitalized : of or resembling the Apocrypha
spurious
1 : of illegitimate birth : BASTARD
2 : outwardly similar or corresponding to something without having its genuine qualities : FALSE
3 a : of falsified or erroneously attributed origin : FORGED b : of a deceitful nature or quality
mellifluous
(mel-iflous)
1 : having a smooth rich flow <a mellifluous voice>
2 : filled with something (as honey) that sweetens
malleable
1 : capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers
2 a : capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences b : having a capacity for adaptive change
adjunct
1 : something joined or added to another thing but not essentially a part of it
2 a : a word or word group that qualifies or completes the meaning of another word or other words and is not itself a main structural element in its sentence b : an adverb or adverbial (as heartily in "Most children eat heartily" or at noon in "We will leave at noon") attached to the verb of a clause especially to express a relation of time, place, frequency, degree, or manner -- compare DISJUNCT 2
3 : an associate or assistant of another
bellwether
one that takes the lead or initiative : LEADER; also : an indicator of trends
caterwaul
1 : to make a harsh cry
2 : to quarrel noisily
effete
1 : no longer fertile
2 a : having lost character, vitality, or strength <the effete monarchies ... of feudal Europe -- G. M. Trevelyan> b : marked by weakness or decadence <the effete East> c : soft or delicate from or as if from a pampered existence <peddled ... trendy tweeds to effete Easterners -- William Helmer> <effete tenderfeet>; also : characteristic of an effete person <a wool scarf ... a bit effete on an outdoorsman -- Nelson Bryant>
3 : EFFEMINATE 1 <a good-humored, effete boy brought up by maiden aunts -- Herman Wouk>
fait accompli
a thing accomplished and presumably irreversible
hidebound
adj.
1 of a domestic animal : having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh
2 : having an inflexible or ultraconservative character
liturgy
(litter-g)
1 often capitalized : a eucharistic rite
2 : a rite or body of rites prescribed for public worship
3 : a customary repertoire of ideas, phrases, or observances
morass
1 : MARSH, SWAMP
2 : something that traps, confuses, or impedes <a morass of troubles>
poltroon
n. coward i.e. characterized by complete cowardice
proselyte
(pross-uh-lite)
a new convert; specifically : a convert to Judaism
raillery
1 : good-natured ridicule : BANTER
2 : JEST
ribald
(rib-ald)
1 : CRUDE, OFFENSIVE <ribald language>
2 : characterized by or using coarse indecent humor
supine
1 a : lying on the back or with the face upward b : marked by supination
2 : exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity; especially : mentally or morally slack
3 archaic : leaning or sloping backward
vignette
1 : a running ornament (as of vine leaves, tendrils, and grapes) put on or just before a title page or at the beginning or end of a chapter; also : a small decorative design or picture so placed
2 a : a picture (as an engraving or photograph) that shades off gradually into the surrounding paper b : the pictorial part of a postage stamp design as distinguished from the frame and lettering
3 a : a short descriptive literary sketch b : a brief incident or scene (as in a play or movie)
aegis
1 : a shield or breastplate emblematic of majesty that was associated with Zeus and Athena
2 a : PROTECTION <under the aegis of the constitution> b : controlling or conditioning influence <many American mothers, under the aegis of benevolent permissiveness ... actually neglect their children -- Time>
3 a : AUSPICES, SPONSORSHIP <under the aegis of the museum> b : control or guidance especially by an individual, group, or system <acted under the court's aegis>
apprise
: to give notice to : TELL
claque
1 : a group hired to applaud at a performance
2 : a group of sycophants
deracinate
uproot
eleemosynary
of, relating to, or supported by charity
lachrymose
1 : given to tears or weeping : TEARFUL
2 : tending to cause tears : MOURNFUL
obfuscate
1 a : DARKEN b : to make obscure
2 : CONFUSE
purview
1 a : the body or enacting part of a statute b : the limit, purpose, or scope of a statute
2 : the range or limit of authority, competence, responsibility, concern, or intention
3 : range of vision, understanding, or cognizance