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a trickster or swindler; a charlatan
mountebank
a substandard or ungrammatical usage; a breach of etiquette; any impropriety or mistake
Solecism
a religious service or rite; the form of a ritual or other act of public worship
Liturgy
a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
interstice
lying flat on one's back; listless or lethargic; apathetic or passive
Supine
to cause to concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions; to cause light to vibrate in a pattern
Polarize
concerned with practical considerations or values; dealing with actions and results rather than with abstract theory
Pragmatic
an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of people or having a special character
enclave
protection; patronage; sponsorship
aegis
something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic
Adjunct
overfullness; superabundance; superfluity
plethora
a group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance; enthusiastic or fawning admirers; an opera hat
Claque
having the power to heal or cure; beneficial
therapeutic
to remove material considered offensive (from a book, play, film)
bowdlerize
to pull up by the roots; to root out, uproot, or dislocate; to eliminate all traces of
deracinate
very small, tiny; a lowercase letter
minuscule
the quality of appearing to be true, real, likely, or probable
versimilitude
narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hidebound
to inform of; to make aware of by giving oral or written notice
apprise
a dictionary of a language; the specially vocabulary of a person group, or subject; a compendium
lexicon
charitable; dependent upon or supported by charity; derived from or provided by charity
eleemosynary
something illusory, without substance, or without a basis in reality; an illusian
Mirage
the male sheep that leads the flock to the slaughterhouse; a leader, as in a desperate or violent undertaking; an indicator of trends
bellwether
an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed, fact, or action
fait-accompli
good-humored riducule; teasing
raillery
a convert; a disciple
proselyte
resembling but not actually being; seemingly but not actually or completely; partly, somewhat, or to some degree
quasi-
fond or inclined to drink; absorbent
bibulous
offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
noisome
inordinate greed; the disposition to obtain one's desire by force, extortion, or plunder
rapacity
originating in the country or region where found native; inborn; inherent
indigenous
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above anotehr in order of rank, wealth, class, etc.
hierarchy
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy: worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-date
effete
to darken or obscure; to confuse or bewilder
obfuscate
a patch of low, soft, wet ground; a swamp; a confusing situation in which one is entrapped, as in quicksand
morass
given to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious
lachrymose
forgetful; unaware
Oblivious
a base coward
Poltroon
absurd; wildly fantastic; impossible
Chimerical
irreverently mocking; coarse, vulgar, or indecent in language
Ribald
having a ruddy complexion; of a naturally cheerful, confident, or optimistic outlook
Sanguine
to come down or stoop voluntarily to a lower level; to deal with people in a patronizing manner
condescend
a person under the protection of a feudal lord to whom he or she owns allegiance; a subordinate or dependent; a servant; subservient
Vassal
to howl or screech like a cat; to quarrel; a harsh or noisy cry; a racket
caterwaul
lighthearted joking, talk, or writing
persiflage
a confused struggle; a violent free-for-all; a tumultuous mingling
melee
a short description or sketch; a picture or illustration with edges that gradually shade off; a decorative design on the title page of a book
Vignette
to trick; to cheat or swindle
cozen
a song of praise, joy, or triumph
paean
a miniature world or universe; a group or system viewed as a model of a larger group or system
microcosm
the range, extent, or scope of something; in law, the sscope or limit of what is provided in a statute
purview
a formal split within a religious organization; any division or separation of a group or organization into hostile factions
schism
a brilliant performer; a person with masterly skill or technique; masterly or brilliant
virtuoso
puzzled; mocking; odd; equivocal
quizzical
the policy or practice of treating or governing people in the manner of a father dealing with his children
paternalism
the iniverse considered as a whole; the entire complex structure of something
Macrocosm
free; without charge
gratis
a person's strong point; what a person does best
forte
subordinate or supplementary
ancillary
representation or image of a sacred personage, often considered sacred itself; an image or picture; a symbol
icon
a sermon stressing moral principles; a tedious moralizing lecture or discorse
Homily (n)
An enthusiastic and usually expert follower or fan
aficionado (n)
A quick raid, especially for plunder; a venture into some field of endeavor; to make such a raid
Foray
Blithely indifferent or unconcerned; carefree; happy-go-lucky
Insouciant (adj)
To intimidate by a stern or overbearing manner; to bully
browbeat
profit derived from an office or position or from employment; a fee or salary
emolument
To enclose or confine within walls; to imprson; to seclude or isolate
Immure
Equal in size, extent, duration, or importance; proportionate; measurable by the same standards
Commensurate
Very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
diaphanous
a type, class, or variety, especially a distinctive category of literary composition; a style of painting in which everyday scenes are realistically depicted
Genre
Very sacred or holy; inviolable; set apart or immune from questioning or attack
Sacrosanct
A change, variation, or alteration; successive or changing phases or conditions
Vicissitude
A mold; the surrounding situation or environment
Matrix
of or pertaining to the entire body; relating to a system or systems
Systemic
funeral rites or ceremonies
Obsequies
intended to promote a particular point of view, doctrine, or cause; biased or partisan
Tendentious
a character in a novel or ply; the outward character or role that a person assumes
Persona
A confident and stylish manner, dash; a strikingly aborate or colorful display
Panache
Having lustful desires or interests; tending to arouse sexual desires
Prurient
A bitter verbal attack
Philippic
a means of testing worth or genuineness
touchstone
to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
Modulate
something given in exchange or return for something else
Quid Pro Quo
to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
Vitiate
so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
traumatic
fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll
Waggish
knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
Prescience
characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
Saturnalian
foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
Portentous
Conducive to health or well-being; wholesome
Salubrious
to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors
Bruit
to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
Ensconce
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
Iconoclastic
insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
Contumelious
a short saying; an authoritative statement
Dictum
mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
Internecine
failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
Abortive
in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
In medias res
lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception, or judgment
Maladroit
excessively or effusively sentimental
Maudlin
an entire range or series
gamut
valor or heroism; daring deeds or exploits (often used to poke fun at false heroics)
derring-do
a natural attraction to a person, thing, or activity; a relationship, connection
affinity
a proposition that follows from one already proven; a natural consequence or result; resultant or consequent
corollary
peevish or irritable; sickeningly unpleasant
bilious
foolish talk, ideas, or procedures; nonsense; a trifle
folderol
closely related in origin, essential nature, or function; such a person or thing
cognate
a potion once though capable of curing all ills and maintaining life indefinitely; a panacea; a sweet liquid used as a vehicle in medicines
elixir
a blind alley or dead-end street; any situation in which further progress is impossible; an impasse
cul-de-sac
the art or act of predicting the future or discovering hidden knowledge
divination
pertaining to laughter; able or inclined to laugh; laughable
risible
the common people, the masses
hoi polloi
public abuse indicating strong disapproval or censure; the disgrace resulting from such treatment
obloquy
typical or characteristic; being or concerned with a symptom of a disease
symptomatic
an about-face; a complete reversal
volte-face
not expressible in words; too great or too sacred to be uttered
ineffable
relating to or designed to assist the memory; a device to aid the memory
mnemonic
laborious study or thought, especially at night; the result of such work
Lucubration
a determining or characteristic element; a factor that shapes the total outcome; a limit, boundary
parameter
a learned person; one who gives authoritative opinions
Pundit
to jump or skip about playfully
gambol
having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something
ambivalent
dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance ( of performance or achievement)
eclat
a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside
abeyance
To soak or stain thoroughly; to fill the mind
Imbue
Full freedom or authority to act at one’s own discretion
Carte Blanche
Overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted
Fastidious
A sudden, violent, or devastating upheaval; a surging flood, deluge
Cataclysm
to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass
Beleaguer
To corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; an act or occasion of dissipation or vice
Debauch
A malicious satire; to satirize, ridicule
Lampoon
The ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence
Savoir-Faire
Nauseated or uneasy; causing nausea or uneasiness; troubled
Queasy
Just beginning; not fully shaped or formed
Inchoate
Involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers
Picaresque
To make a choice or decision
Opt
Stubborn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure
Refractory
Lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; such a person
Philistine
An agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
Nemesis
Capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced
Malleable
for this specific purpose; improvised; with respect to
Ad Hoc
the act of preying upon or plundering
Depredation
a forerunner, herald; to herald the approach of
Harbinger
actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; in reality, actually
De Facto
a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
Aberration
a sympathetic understanding of or identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
Empathy
intrusion of commonplace; grossly insincere or exaggerated sentimentality; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, comedown
Bathos
the source or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin itself; poison
Bane
ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
Cantankerous
the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; species argument
Casuistry
a minor sin or offense; a trifling fault or shortcoming
Peccadillo
a group of symptoms or signs that collectively characterize or indicate a disease, disorder, abnormality, etc.
Syndrome
undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
Nepotism
the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
Hedonism
the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
Piece de resistance
to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court
Remand
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; a person who does this
Pander
flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed
Mellifluous
lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
Lackluster
discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; (n)such a person
Malcontent
to be an omen of; to indicate by signs
bode
having an unpleasant or offensive odor
fetid
a demon or evil spirit supposed to haunt human beings in their bedrooms at night; anything that oppresses or weighs upon one like a nightmare
incubus
the period of greatest power, vigor, success, or influence; the prime years
heyday
burning with enthusiasm or zeal; extremely heated
fervid
unpleasantly damp or wet
dank
a state of perfect happiness or blessedness; a blessing
beatitude
worldwide or universal in influence or application
ecumenical
someone or something that one especially dislikes, dreads, or avoids
bete noire
of immense size, volume, or capacity; enormous, prodigious
gargantuan
to yield or submit tamely or submissively
truckle
needless repetition of any idea by using different but equivalent words; a redundancy
tautology
a basic foundation or framework; a system of public works; the resources and facilities required for an activity; permanent military installations
infrastructure
long-winded and wordy; tending to speak or write in such a way
prolix
an extra or unexpected gift or gratuity
lagniappe
someone who attempts to win favors or advance him- or herself by flattery or servile behavior; a slanderer, defamer
sycophant
someone whose welfare, training, or career is under the patronage of an influential person; someone under the jurisdiction of a foreign country or government
protege
the acclaim, prestige, or renown that comes as the result of some action or achievement
kudos
an original pattern or model; a primitive or ancestral form
prototype
to entice, lure, or snare by flattery or artful inducements; to obtain or acquire by artifice
inveigle