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Fop
an excessively fashion-conscious man
fortuitous
lucky; by chance
gambol
to frolic; to romp about playfully
garish
tastelessly gaudy
garner
to gather, to qcquire
garrulous
talkative
germane
relevant; fitting
gibe
to scoff, to ridicule
gloat
to look at or think about with great satisfaction
glower
to stare angrily
grandiose
impressive, showy, magnificent
gratuitous
unnecessary or uncalled for
grotesque
absured; distorted
gumption
courage and initiative; common sense
hackneyed
commonplace; overused
halcyon
calm, pleasant
hallow
to make holy; holy
harbinger
an omen or sign
harlequin
a clown
hector
to bully; to pester
hedonism
pursuit of pleasure, especially of the sense
hegira
flight, escape
hermetic
tightly sealed
heterogeneous
different; dissimilar
hiatus
a pause or gap
hoi polloi
common people; the masses
hospice
a shelter
hubris
excessive pride or selfl-confidence
hybrid
anything of mixed origin; mixed, assorted
idiosyncrasy
a peculiar personality trait
idoltry
excessive or blind adoration; worship of an object
imminent
likely to happen; threatening
immolate
to kill someone as a sacrificial victim, usually by fire
immutable
unchageable, fixed
impair
to weaken; to cause to become worse
impale
to pierce with a sharp stake through the body
impalpable
unable to be felt, intangible
impecunious
without money; penniless
impediment
a barrier, obstruction
imperative
extrememly necessary; vitally important
imperious
domineering; haughty
impinge
to strike; to encroach
impious
disresepctful toward God
importune
to persistently ask; to beg
impotent
powerless; lacking strength
imprecation
a curse
jocular
humorous, lighthearted
juxtapose
to place side by side for comparison
kinetic
pertaining to motion
kismet
destiny; fate;fortune
knell
a sound made by a bell rung slowly for a death or funeral
labryrinth
a complicated network of winding passages; a maze
lachrymose
tearful, weepy
laconic
using few words; short; concise
lambent
softly bright or radient; running or moving lightly over a surface
languid
sluggish; drooping from weakness
lascivious
lustful or lewd; inciting sexual desire
legerdemain
sleight of hang; deception
libertine
one who leads an immoral life
machination
an evil design or plan
macroscopic
visible to the naked eye
maelstrom
whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind
malapropism
a word humorously misused
malleable
capable of being changed; easily shaped
martinet
a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster
masochist
one who enjoys his or her own pain and suffering
mendacious
lying; false; deceitful
meretricious
attractive in a cheap, flashy way
milieu
environment, setting
miscreant
a vicious person
nebulous
hazy, vague, uncertain
necromancy
magic, especially that practiced by a witch
neologism
use of a new word; making up a new word or definition
nilhilism
a total rejection of established laws
nirvana
a condition of great peace or happiness
nonentity
a person or thing of little importance
non sequitur
something that does not logically follow
nubile
a female suitable for marriage in regard to age and physical development
obdurate
stubborn, hardhearted
obfuscated
to confuse; to bewilder
obloquy
strong disapproval; a bad reputation resulting from public criticism
obsequious
excessively submissive or overly attentive
obviate
to prevent; to get around
offal
garbage; waste parts
olfactory
pertaining to smell
onerous
burdensome; heavy; hard to endure
onus
a burden, responsibility, obligation
optimum
the best, the most fvorable, the ideal
opulent
rich, luxurious; wealthy
orifice
mouth; opening
orthography
correct spelling
paleontology
a science dealing with prehistoric life through study of fossils
palliate
to ease, to lessen, to soothe
panache
self-confidence; a showy manner
pandemic
general; widespread
panegyric
an expression of praise
paradigm
a model, an example
parochial
local; narrow; limited
parody
a work which imitates another in a ridiculous manner
paroxym
a sudden outburst; a fit
patent
evident or obvious
peccadillo
a minor offense, a misdeed
pecuniary
pertaining to money; financial
pedantic
tending to show off one's learning
pedestrian
a person or thing said to be ordinary or dull
pejorative
having a negative effect; insulting
perdition
damnation; ruin; hell
perfuctory
done without care; in a routine fashion
perspicacity
keeness of judgment
peruse
to read carefully; scrutinize
quagmire
a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation
quandary
a puzzling situation; a dilemma
quasi
resembling; seeming; half
querulous
com;laining; grumbling
quiddity
an essential quality
raiment
clothing; garments
rakish
carefree; dashing; jaunty
ratiocinate
to reason; to think
rationalize
to make an excuse for
rebuke
to scold; to blame
recant
to withdraw or disavow a statement or opinion
recapitulate
to summarize; to repeat briefly
recoil
to retreat; to draw back
recondite
difficult to understand; profound
recreant
a coward, a traitor
rectify
to correct; to make right
redolent
having a pleasant odor; suggestive or evocative
redundant
repetitious; using more words than needed
regale
to delight with something pleasing or amusing
regress
to move in a backward direction
sacrosanct
extremely holy
sadistic
de3riving pleasure from inflicting pain on others
sagacious
wise; having keen perception and sound judgement
salacious
obscene; lusty
salient
significant; conspicuous; standing out from the rest
salutary
healthful; wholesome
sangf-roid
calmness; composure or cool self-possesion
sanguine
cheerful; optimistic
sapient
wise; full of knowledge
saturnine
gloomy; sluggish
savant
a person of extensive learning; an eminent scholar
scintillate
to sparkle; to twinkle; to sparkle intellectually
scurrilous
coarsely abusive; vulgar
sedition
rebellion or resistance against the government
sedulous
hard working; diligent
sentient
conscious; capable of feeling or perception
shard
a fragment
shibboleth
a slogan; a password
sibilant
a hissing sound