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scad
noun
a large quantity
scads of ...
censure
noun
1. the act of blaming, criticizing, or condemning as wrong; reprehension
2. an official reprimand.
3. the state of excommunication.

verb
1. to criticize harshly.
2. to formally rebuke.
apotheosis
noun
1. glorification, sometimes to a divine level; deification
2. a glorified example, the apex of perfection.
3. (Mythology) becoming a deity
abrogate
verb
1. (transitive) To annul by an authoritative act; to abolish by the authority of the maker or his successor; to repeal; -- applied to the repeal of laws, decrees, ordinances, the abolition of customs, etc.
2. (transitive) To put an end to; to do away with.
chary
adjective
Cautious, wary, shy, ungenerous.
lugubrious
adjective
gloomy, mournful or dismal, especially to an exaggerated degree.
stilted
adjective
1. (of language) stiff and artificially formal
ungainly
adjective
1. clumsy; lacking grace.
2. difficult to move or to manage; unwieldy.
quixotic
adjective
1. Possessing or acting with the desire to do noble and romantic deeds, without thought of realism and practicality.
2. Impulsive.
3. Like Don Quixote; romantic to extravagance; absurdly chivalric; apt to be deluded.
abstemious
adjective
1. Sparing in diet; refraining from a free use of food and strong drinks; temperate; abstinent; sparing in the indulgence of the appetite or passions.
2. Sparingly used; used with temperance or moderation; as, an abstemious diet. - Gibbon
3. Marked by, or spent in, abstinence; as, an abstemious life.
restive
adjective
1. impatient under duress or control
2. resistant of control; stubborn
3. refusing to move
gander
noun
1. a male goose.
2. (slang) A look (used only in the expression to have/take a gander).
drake
noun
1. a male duck.
2. a small type of dragon.
bridle
noun
1. The headgear with which a horse is directed and which carries a bit and reins.
2. A length of line or cable attached to two parts of something to spread the force of a pull, as the rigging on a kite for attaching line.
shoal
noun
1. A large number of fish of the same species swimming together.
2. A sandbank or bar creating a shallow
firebrand
noun
1. a piece of burning wood or other material
2. a person who kindles strife or encourages unrest; an agitator; troublemaker
gamely
adverb
in a game or plucky manner
calumny
noun
1. a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something
2. the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation
aspersion
noun
1. a. An unfavorable or damaging remark; slander
b. The act of defaming or slandering
2. A sprinkling, especially with holy water
apocryphal
adjective
1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity
2. Ecclesiastical a. of or pertaining to the Apocrypha b. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical
3. false; spurious
pulchritude
noun
physical beauty; comeliness
languor
noun
1. lack of energy or vitality; sluggishness
2. lack of spirit or interest; listlessness; stagnation
3. physical weakness or faintness
4. emotional softness or tenderness
hidebound
adjective
1. narrow and rigid in opinion; inflexible
2. oriented toward or confined to the past; extremely conservative
3. (of a horse, cow, etc.) having the back and ribs bound tightly by the hide
truculent
adjective
1. fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
2. brutally harsh; vitriolic; scathing
3. aggressively hostile; belligerent