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hibernal
wintry
hirsute
hairy
homeostasis
tendency to remain stable
hortatory
encouraging, exhortive
humus
substance formed by decaying vegetable matter
inconoclastic
attacking tradition
igneous
produced by fire
illimitable
infinite
impalpable
imperceptible
impecunious
without money
imperious
domineering, haughty
impolitic
not wise
imponderable
weightless
importunate
urging, demanding
imprecation
curse
impute
attribute, ascribe
incrustation
hard coating or crust
incubus
burden, nightmare
inculcate
teach
indemnify
make secure against loss
indigence
poverty
indolent
lazy
ineffable
unutterable
inerrancy
infallibility
ingenuous
naive, trusting
insipid
lacking in flavor, dull
insouciant
indifferent
insuperable
insurmountable
internecine
mutually destructive
interregnum
period between two reigns
inveigle
lead astray, wheedle
inveterate
deep-rooted, habitual
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy
isotope
varying form of an element
jocose
given to joking
jocund
merry
ken
range of knowledge
kismet
fate
labile
likely to change
lachrymose
producing tears
laconic
brief and to the point
largess
generous gift
lassitude
languor, weariness
legerdemain
lightness of hand
libertine
debauched person, roue
lien
legal claim to a property
limn
draw, outline, describe
litotes
understatment
loath
reluctant
lucre
money
macabre
gruesome, grisly
macerate
soften by soaking in a liquid
madrigal
pastoral song
magniloquent
boastful, pompous
malapropism
comic misuse of a word
malingerer
one who fakes sick
manacle
restrain, handcuff
manumit
emancipate
martinet
stickler for rules
matriculate
enroll
mawkish
overly sentimental
megalomania
mania for doing grandiose things
mellifluous
sweetly or smoothly flowing
mendacious
lying, habitually dishonest
metaphysical
pertaining to speculative philosophy
miasma
swamp gas, heavy vaporous atmosphere
misanthrope
one who hates mankind
misogamy
hatred of marriage
mordant
biting, sarcastic
mote
small speck
mountebank
charlatan, boastful pretender
mulct
to defraud a person of something
natation
swimming
natty
neartly or smartly dressed
neologism
newly coined word
nonplus
to perplex, confuse
nugatory
futile, worthless
numismatist
person who collects coins
obeisance
a bow, deference
obloquy
slander, disgrace
obsequy
funeral ceremony
obtrude
to intrude
odoriferous
giving off an odor
osseous
made of bone, bony
ossify
change or harden into bone
overweening
presumptuous
pachyderm
thick-skinned animal
palimpsest
parchment used for second time after original writing
pastiche
imitation of another's style in musical composition or writing
patois
local or provincial dialect
pedant
scholar who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities
pedantic
showing off learning
pellucid
transparent, limpid
penumbra
partial shadow
penury
severe poverty, stinginess
peregrination
journey
preroration
conclusion of an oration
philatelist
stamp collector
phlegmatic
calm, not easily disturbed
physiognomy
face
pinion
restrain
pique
irritation, resentment
piscatorial
pertaining to fishing
plaudit
enthusiastic approval
plutocracy
society ruled by the wealthy
polity
form of government or nation or state
polyglot
mixture of languages
poseur
person who pretends to be sophisticated to impress others
precis
concise summing up of main points
prefatory
introductory
prehensile
capable of grasping or holding
preternatural
beyond which is normal in nature
primogeniture
seniority by birth
prodigal
wasteful, reckless
profligate
dissipated, wasteful
promontory
headland
prophylactic
used to prevent disease
propitiate
appease
propitious
favorable, fortunate
propulsive
driving forward
prosody
the art of versification
provender
dry food, fodder
provident
displaying foresight
pugilist
boxer
pulchritude
beauty
putative
supposed
quarry
victim, object of hunt
quisling
traitor who aids invaders
rapacious
excessively grasping, plundering
recalcitrant
obstinately stubborn
recapitulate
recap, summarize
redoutable
formidable, awe-inspiring
redress
remedy, compensation
refractory
stubborn, unmanageable
remediable
reparable
remonstrance
protest, objection
remunerative
compensating, rewarding
repine
fret, complain
reprobate
person hardened in sin