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ablaze
showing strong emotion
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity; questionable
bejeweled
decorated with jewels
bohemian
a person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.
bungle
to act incompetently or inefficiently.
clique
a small, exclusive group of friends or associates.
convalesce
to heal gradually after sickness or injury.
corrugate
to shape into folds or parallel and alternating ridges and grooves
dearth
a scarce supply; a shortage.
disaffected
discontented and resentful, especially against authority.
dissonance
a lack of agreement, especially among the beliefs one holds or between one’s actions and one’s beliefs.
doily
a small ornamental mat, usually of lace or linen.
equivocal
open to two or more interpretations.
erratic
lacking consistency, regularity, or uniformity.
euphemism
a mild, indirect, or vague term that is substituted for one that may be offensive or unpleasant
beatnik
a person who rejects the values of established society and engages in self-expression.
fledgling
new and inexperienced.
flit
to pass quickly or abruptly from one place or condition to another.
grouse
to complain or grumble.
hindsight
seeing the nature or importance of an event after it has happened
hobnob
to associate closely and familiarly
impenetrable
impossible to understand; incomprehensible.
incipient
in the first stage of existence.
indomitable
impossible to overcome, subdue, or vanquish.
intrinsic
part of the essential nature of something.
laryngectomy
the surgical removal of part or all of the larynx
literati
the educated class, especially in literature.
malady
a disease, disorder, or ailment.
mediocre
of moderate or low quality.
melee
a noisy, riotous fight, either verbal or physical.
metronomic
mechanically regular in rhythm.
miscellany
a collection of diverse items, parts, or ingredients
opine
to state as a personal view
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady, constant rhythm.
paradox
a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true.
pedagogy
the art or profession of teaching.
pedantic
a narrow, often showy concern for book learning and formal rules.
platitude
a trite or stale remark, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant.
precocious
characterized by unusually early development or maturity.
preen
to swell with pride; gloat.
prowess
superior skill, strength, or ability.
quaver
to shake involuntarily
restive
uneasily impatient.
salubrious
favorable to one’s health or well being.
scuttle
to move with short hurried movements; scurry.
shibboleth
a word or or phrase identified with a particular group or cause.
somnambulant
walking while asleep.
spate
a sudden flood, rush, or outpouring.
suppurate
to form or discharge pus; to fester.
tenuous
having little substance; flimsy or weak.
tout
to praise or publicize loudly.
venal
open to corrupt influence and especially bribery.
wherewithal
the necessary means, especially financial.