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Jaunty
Sprightly in manner and appeareance
knell
an indication of the end or failure (a bell)
exiguous
excessively scanty
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
fluvial
of relating to or living in a stream or river
miasma
a vaporous exhalation; emanation or atmosphere
anodyne
serving to assuage pain; not likely to arouse tensions
vacuity
an empty space; the state, a fact or quality of being
prolix
unduly or drawn out; wordy
insouciant
lighthearted unconcern
adroit
having or showing skill, cleverness, or resoucefulness
obstreperous
stubbornly resistant to control
censoriuos
marked by or given to censure
invidious
tending to cause disconnect, animosity or envy
dissolute
lacking restraint and marked by indulgence in things
factitious
produced by humans rather than natural forces
miasma
an influence or atmosphere that tends to deplete or corrupt
obstreperous
stubbornly resistant to control
obstreperous
stubbornly resistant to control
invidious
of an unpleasant or objectionable nature
indemnify
to compensate for, or secure against a loss or damage
maritime
of the sea
penury
severe poverty
servile
cravenly submissive
empyreal
celestial; sublime
peroration
the concluding part of a discourse and especially an oration;
a highly rhetorical speech
veldt
a grassland especially of southern Africa usually with scattered shrubs or trees
serpentine
subtly wily or tempting; winding or turning one way and another
somnambulism
sleepwalking
abjure
to renounce upon oath; to reject solemnly; to abstain from
aquisitive
strongly desirous of acquiring and possessing
welter
to rise and fall or toss about in or with waves; to become deeply sunk, soaked, or involved; to be in turmoil
pied
of two or more colors in blotches; also; wearing or having a parti-colored coat
vituperative
characterized by verbal abuse
proletariat
the lowest social or economic class of a community; the laboring class; especially : the class of industrial workers who lack their own means of production and hence sell their labor to live
bourgeois
of, relating to, or characteristic of the townsman or of the social middle class; marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity; dominated by commercial and industrial interests
profusion
abundance
fetters
constrain
prediliction
to love more; prefer
louche
not reputable or decent
parietal
of or relating to the walls of a part or cavity; of, relating to, or forming the upper posterior wall of the head;the regulations governing the visiting privileges of members of the opposite sex in campus dormitories
acrid
sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor; deeply or violently bitter
impervious
not allowing entrance or passage; not capable of being damaged or harmed; not capable of being affected or disturbed
fetters
constrains
repose
to lie at rest; to lie dead; to remain still or concealed; to take a rest
profundity
intellectual depth; something profound or abstruse; the quality or state of being profound or deep
cabalistic
a traditional, esoteric, occult, or secret matter; esoteric doctrine or mysterious art
disavow
to deny responsibility for; to refuse to acknowledge
recondite
hidden from sight; difficult or impossible for one of ordinary understanding or knowledge to comprehend; of, relating to, or dealing with something little known or obscure
pernicious
highly injurious or destructive
preternatural
existing outside of nature; exceeding what is natural or regular; inexplicable by ordinary means
fetid
having a heavy offensive smell
claimant
one that asserts a right or title
drollery
something that is droll; especially : a comic picture or drawing; the act or an instance of jesting or burlesquing; whimsical humor
captious
marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections; calculated to confuse, entrap, or entangle in argument
laberinthine
of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth; of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the internal ear
hidebound
having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh; having an inflexible or ultraconservative character
imbroglio
a confused mass; an intricate or complicated situation; an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding; a violently confused or bitterly complicated altercation
imbibe
to receive into the mind and retain; to assimilate or take into solution; to take in or up
proviso
an article or clause that introduces a condition; a conditional stipulation
obsequious
marked by or exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
abstemious
marked by restraint especially in the consumption of food or alcohol
inter
to deposit a dead body in the earth or in a tomb
insipid
lacking taste or savor; lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge
bomb
fail
foray
raid; a brief excursion or attempt especially outside one's accustomed sphere
valediction
an act of bidding farewell
aphorism
a concise statement of a principle; a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment
pithy
having substance and point : tersely cogent
ebullience
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings
vigilante
a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily
appropriate
to take exclusive possession of; to set apart for or assign to a particular purpose or use; to take or make use of without authority or right
cistern
an artificial reservoir (as an underground tank) for storing liquids and especially water (as rainwater; a large usually silver vessel formerly used (as in cooling wine) at the dining table; a fluid-containing sac or cavity in an organism
cabal
the artifices and intrigues of a group of persons secretly united to bring about an overturn or usurpation especially in public affairs; also : a group engaged in such artifices and intrigues
propituous
favorably disposed; being of good omen
incise
to cut into; to carve figures, letters, or devices into
scepter
a staff or baton borne by a sovereign as an emblem of authority; royal or imperial authority
simper
to smile in a silly manner
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts mankind
bantam
small, diminuative; pertly combative
fatuous
complacently or inanely foolish
daphanous
insubstantial; vague; characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through; characterized by extreme delicacy of form
adage
a saying often in metaphorical form that embodies a common observation
tortuous
winding <a tortuous path>; tricky or crooked
helical
of, relating to, or having the form of a helix; spiral
sepal
one of the modified leaves comprising a calyx
abjure
to renounce upon oath; to reject solemnly; to abstain from
sagacious
shrewd; keen in sense perception; caused by or indicating acute discernment
divination
the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers; unusual insight : intuitive perception
avarice
greediness; cupidity
antebellum
existing before a war
flout
to treat with contemptuous disregard
eddy
a current of water or air running contrary to the main current; whirlpool
foppish
foolish; silly
lumen
measurement of light; the cavity of a tubular organ <the lumen of a blood vessel>; the bore of a tube (as of a hollow needle or catheter)
prosaic
dull, unimaginative; everyday, ordinary
characteristic of prose as distinguished from poetry :
sampler
decorative piece of needlework typically having letters or verses embroidered on it in various stitches as an example of skill
machination
scheming or crafty action or artful design intended to accomplish some usually evil end
epitaph
an inscription on or at a tomb or a grave in memory of the one buried there; a brief statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person or something past
indemnify
to secure against hurt, loss, or damage; to make compensation to for incurred hurt, loss, or damage
elision
the use of a speech form that lacks a final or initial sound which a variant speech form has (as 's instead of is in there's) b : the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable in a verse to achieve a uniform metrical pattern; the act or an instance of omitting something
emend
to correct usually by textual alterations
waggish
mischievous merriment; jest
vend
to sell especially as a hawker or peddler; to sell by means of vending machines; to utter publicly
vendable
saleable
surreptitious
done, made, or acquired by stealth; acting or doing something clandestinely
minatory
having a menacing quality
felicitous
very well suited or expressed; pleasant
insouciance
lighthearted unconcern
mountebank
a person who sells quack medicines from a platform; a boastful unscrupulous pretender
levy
to impose or collect by legal authority <levy a tax>; to enlist or conscript for military service
grouse
bird; to complain or grumble
effrontery
shameless boldness
temerity
unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger or opposition
insolent
insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct
limpid
marked by transparency; clear and simple in style; absolutely serene and untroubled
solidity
the quality or state of being solid; something solid
capitulation
a set of terms or articles constituting an agreement between governments; the act of surrendering or yielding; the terms of surrender
halcyon
bird; calm, peaceful, happy, golden; prosperous
unflappable
marked by assurance and self-control
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity
hallow
to make holy or set apart for holy use; to respect greatly
encomium
glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise; also : an expression of this
epistle
one of the letters adopted as books of the New Testament;a formal or elegant letter
fervid
very hot; burning; impassioned
antipathy
settled aversion or dislike
rune
any of the characters of any of several alphabets used by the Germanic peoples from about the 3d to the 13th centuries
annals
historical records : CHRONICLES
ab·ro·gate
to abolish by authoritative action : ANNUL to treat as nonexistent
accretion
the process of growth or enlargement by a gradual buildup
apposite
highly pertinent or appropriate
approbation
an act of approving formally or officially; COMMENDATION, PRAISE
avow
to declare assuredly; to declare openly, bluntly, and without shame
chary
discreetly cautious
patina
an appearance or aura that is derived from association, habit, or established character; a superficial covering or exterior