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Stentorian
Extremely loud
Prolix
Tediously prolonged; wordy.
Pleiad
A group of seven illustrious persons.
Spleen
Anger; spite; ill-humor
Champaign
Flat; open; level
Plebeian
crude, vulgar, or coarse; of low rank; common.
Maecenas
A wealthy and generous patron, esp. of literature or art.
tete-a-tete
(head-to-head)
A private or intimate conversation between two people.
Ramify
to divide into branches or subdivisions.
Ascendancy
controlling influence
Platitude
trite remark; commonplace statement.
Consort
husband or wife
Spendthrift
someone who wastes money
Firebrand
hothead; troublemaker.
Unfeigned
genuine; real.
Floe
mass of floating ice
Deplore
to regret
Cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief
Secrete
to hide away or cache; to produce and release a substance into an organism.
Nicety
precision; minute distraction.
Codicil
supplement to the body of a will
Harbinger
forerunner
Sinecure
well-paid person with little responsibility
Facile
easy; expert.
Hap
chance; luck.
Cerebration
thought
Fervid
intensely emotional; feverish.
Cozen
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
Duress
compulsory force or threat; coercion.
Bilious
peevish; irritable; cranky;
extremely unpleasant or distasteful.
Gamesome
playful; frolicsome.
Drollery
an oddly amusing story or jest; something whimsically funny.
Prate
to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble
to utter in empty or foolish talk.
Amity
friendship; peaceful harmony.
Splenetic
irritable; peevish; spiteful.
Remonstrance
earnest opposition or protest.
Doggerel
rude, crude, or poor poetry.
Effuse
to exude; flow out.
Defray
To undertake the payment of (costs or expenses); pay.
Coxcomb
A conceited dandy; a fop.
Expatiate
To speak or write at length.
Importunate
persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating.
Chimera
a horrible or unreal creature of the imagination; a vain or idle fancy.
Sagacity
acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment.
Pinion
a gear with a small number of teeth, esp. one engaging with a rack or larger gear.
Tendentious
Marked by a strong implicit point of view; partisan; biased.
Lorgnette
A pair of eyeglasses or opera glasses with a short handle.
Signet
a small official seal.
Reticule
a small purse or bag.
Vapid
Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull.
Lacking taste, zest, or flavor; flat.
Quirt
A riding whip with a short handle and a lash of braided rawhide.
Perspicacious
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.
Peccadillo
A small sin or fault.
Yataghan
a long Turkish knife with a curved blade having a single edge.
Infusoria
microscopic animal life (not technical).
Parsimonious
excessively sparing or frugal
Blasé
Uninterested because of frequent exposure or indulgence.
Unconcerned; nonchalant.
Very sophisticated.
Acolyte
A devoted follower or attendant.
Iconoclastic
One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
One who destroys sacred religious images.
Replete
Abundantly supplied; abounding.
Filled to satiation; gorged.
Sidereal
relating to the stars or constellations
Abstruse
hard to understand; recondite; esoteric
Preclude
keep from happening or arising; make impossible; prevent
Resplendent
shining brilliantly; gleaming; splendid
Plash
a light splash
Timorous
full of fear; fearful
Spate
a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring
Sepulchral
of or pertaining to burial
hollow or deep (~ tones)
Purl
1. to flow with a murmuring sound or with a curling motion;
2. to knit with a reverse stitch
Heath
a tract of open and uncultivated land
Sumptuous
rich and superior in quality
Brocade (v.)
to weave a design into
Obeisance
an attitude of deference or homage
Pallid
pale or wan in complexion;
Lacking in radiance or vitality; dull
Demure
modest and reserved in manner or behavior; shy
Lapis
a medium to dark blue; a stone
Proffer
to put before a person for acceptance; offer
Empyreal
pertaining to the highest heaven; pertaining to the sky; celestial
Tutelary
being or serving as a guardian or protector
Evince
to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove
Subterfuge
a deceptive stratagem or device
Fiat
an authoritative but arbitrary order
Avow
to acknowledge openly, boldly, and unashamedly; confess; admit openly and bluntly
Trammel
to hold in trammels; restrain; to catch or entangle as in a net
Votary
a person who is fervently devoted, as to a leader or ideal; a faithful follower; a devout adherent of a cult or religion
Gild
to cover with or as if with a thin layer of gold;
to give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to
Besotted
to muddle or stupefy, as with alcoholic liquor or infatuation
Indefatigable
incapable of being tired out; not yielding to fatigue; untiring
Preponderance
superiority in weight, force, importance, or influence
Consign
commit forever; commit irrevocably
Immolate
to kill as a sacrifice; destroy by fire
Rostrum
a pulpit or stage for public speaking
Anathema
a detested, cursed, or despised person; one who has been excommunicated or damned
Immure
to shut in; seclude or confine; to enclose within walls
Bedaub
to stain or soil; to ornament in a vulgar or showy fashion
Pugnacious
Inclined to quarrel or fight readily; quarrelsome; belligerent; combative
Clemency
Mercy; leniency; forbearance; mildness (weather)
Petulant
Unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish; Contemptuous in speech or behavior
Pithy
Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief
Congenial
Agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character
Vaunted
Praised boastfully or excessively
Brook (v.)
To put up with; tolerate
Fickle
wavering; unstable; of a changeable mind; capricious
Calico
plain or unprinted white cloth; coarse cotton cloth
Impudent
shamelessly bold; insolent
Insolent
disrespectful of custom or authority; disregard for others
Supine
lying on the back, face upward
Languor
lack of vigor or vitality; lack of interest or spirit
Indolence
habitual idleness; laziness
Benign
kind; gracious; agreeable; beneficial; doing no harm
Galvanize
to startle; excite; apply electric current to
Precentor
leader or director of the choir in a cathedral; one who leads the singing in church
Internecine
Mutually destructive; conflict or struggle within a group; deadly
Détente
a relaxing of tension, usually between rivals
Feral
wild; untamed; existing in a natural state
Sylvan
Of, pertaining to, or inhabiting the woods