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1aj causing or meant to cause delay; meant to gain time, defer action, etc.
abusive, disgraceful, disrespectful
roughened speech or manner, curt
brusque curt
to force out to make a person get out
1z to speak abusively to or about 1y to use or address with harsh or abusive language; revile.
vituperate (berate, upbraid)
1z to make or become better, improve 1y to make better or more tolerable
ameliorate (alleviate, calm, ease, improve)
temporarily quiet, inactive, causing no problems
intentionally bring oneself into another's favor
1aj worthy of being praised 2n song or hymn of praise 3 to praise; extol.
laudable, laud n/v
equal in measure or size; proportionate
sing/hum w/low, gentle tone -sentimentally sing songs
to link together in a series or chain
remorse for having done wrong or offending God
an old unattractive person, especially a woman
1 unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire 2 a person like that
lechery n, lecherous adj lecher n
refusing to obey authority custom; hard to handle or deal with
all s.o's descendents, all succeeding generations
1vt disapprove of strongly, condemn 2aj morally depraved; unprincipled 4aj rejected by God & w/no hope of salvation
reprobate 2/4 a person rejected by god etc.
pretend to be ill or incapacitated to escape work
1v speak out against strongly and openly 2v to condemn / depreciate by proclamation, as foreign or obsolete coins
1 cause mental distress to, torment 2 draw a harrow over (land), inorder to plow, break up clods, root up weeds
harrow v
a word that is less direct but less distasteful/offensive
too overwhelming to express in words; inexpressible
faint or weak in sickness, sadness, etc.
pleasantly warm, mild. -cheerful, friendly, sympathetic
from there :old-fashioned, formal
serious and without any amusement
examine, pick out desired parts, esp unwanted parts
1 overly optimistic; bright or cheerful 2 resembling a rose especially in color.
roseate \ROH-zee-it; -ayt\
1 vehement denunciation, censure, or reproach 3 an insulting word 4 adj vituperative; denunciatory
regular / fixed payment for services, any periodic payment
generous in forgiving injury or insult; above pettiness or meanness, high-minded, noble
style or manner of reading or speaking in public
to get up and move, trance-like while asleep
very careful about every detail, behavior
1 cruel, brutally harsh 2 defiantly aggressive 3 inclined to fight 4 expressing bitter opposition
truculent (his truculent criticism of her work)
of a quarrelsome or hostile nature, eager to fight
according to the teachings of the New Testament
1 a vertical rock face; steep cliff 2 hazardous situation or a situation of great peril
pleasant to the taste; acceptable to the mind
laugh at in contempt or scorn, to make fun of; ridicule. treat or speak of with contempt
lack of color,unnatural paleness,from poor health, fear etc.
pallor (adj pallid?)
excited; eager (to know or see more)
any of numerous silver coins issued by various German states from the 15th to the 19th centuries
taler, thaler
a kind of pasta in the form of long, slender, solid threads, resembling spaghetti but thinner
dying, coming to an end, little/no vital force left
1 anemic looking from illness or emotion; ashen 2 (of a light) imparting a deathlike luminosity 3 furiously angry... 4 discolored by coagulation of blood beneath the skin
happening by chance, accidental
sweet smelling or fragrant, suggestive or evocative
full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe, ominously prophetic, puffed up with vanity
portentous /pɔrˈtɛntəs, poʊr-/ [pawr-ten-tuhs, pohr-]
disregarding standards, morally unrestrained, esp sex
continuing/bitter hate/ill will; deep spite or malice
rancour [rang-ker] /ˈræŋkər/
too willing to serve or obey; fawning
raising a person to status of a god, deification
apotheosis /əˌpɒθiˈoʊsɪs, ˌæpəˈθiəsɪs/
hard to please, critical. too dainty -easily disgusted
fastidious ƒL fastus pride, conceit
put in slyly- a clause into a contract; to get sold by fraud
1 marked by quiet, caution and secrecy; really trying not to be observed; 2 conducted with hidden aims or methods
surreptitious "a furtive manner"
1 calmness in tough situations 2 an absence of emotional reactions 3 inactivity; showing an unusual lack of energy
phlegm n /flɛm/
hostile raid, purposes of conquest, plunder, capture of slaves. orig. as practised by the Muslim peoples in Africa
high open area of land that is not used for farming, especially an area covered with rough grass and heather
sth avoided or forbidden for religious or social reasons
a person whose hobby is catching fish
self-satisfaction, when unaware of actual deficiencies
structure, study of historical development, and relation of languages or language families
sweet dish made of cooked fruit
extremely or unusually small 2 of a word, name, suffix implying smallness (teeny, -kins, -let)
Acuteness of perception or vision; sharpness
2 address, speak to with formality 3 indicate, signify 3 to show beforehand; foretell
of or relating to the summer
estival, aestival
the sport of trying to catch fish with a rod, line and hook
1v to make trite, common, or stale by frequent use 2n a trotting horse used to pull a light carriage
1 free of superfluous words, succinct 2 brief to the point of rudeness
1 tending to suffer from an illness / show a certain negative 2 laying flat on the ground
second from the last
conversation, esp a formal conversation or conference
colloquy /ˈkɒləkwi/
pretentious display of money or power, to make people notice & admire you
helpful or useful, but stm. not morally acceptable
a set of instructions, esp on an exam paper
to speak to people in other org.s to exchange information… est a working rel't to coop on sth of mutual concern
make stronger -by concurrent or agreeing statements or evidence. support with evidence or authority.
A fine kind of parchment from the skins of calves (lambs or kids), or any superior quality parchmant or imitation of
someone who tends not to get emotional or excited
phlegmatic /flɛgˈmætɪk/
indicating large size and sometimes awkwardness or unattractiveness - used of words and affixes
A.D. =in the year of our lord
Anno Domini, Anno Domini Nostri Iesu (Jesu) Christi
1 a small bundle ie. pine needles or nerve fibers 2 one of the divisions of a book published in parts
fascicle /ˈfæsɪkəl/
so satisfied with self/situation, feel no need to try harder, showing smug satisftaction with o.s or o's accomplishments
dish, small lil-bits meat/fish/veg in rectangles, eaten cold
1 at a distance, removed 2 distant in sympathy, interest, etc. reserved and cool
1vt go over in the mind repeatedly & often casually or slowly 2 to chew long and repeatedly 3 to chew cud
art or objects that are popular but that are considered to have no real artistic value and to be lacking in good taste
An accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact
fait accompli, faits accomplis
to deprive of morale or enthusiasm
1 a pointed rod used to urge an animal on 2 something that urges; spur
1 energy, pep 2 courage, determination
An object that excites disgust and hatred; a thing detested or detestable
1 to command; order; direct: 2. to express (a greeting, farewell, benediction, or wish):
bid: bid, bid / bade, bidden
Pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle
Offense/Resentment. Leaves that afford shade. Shade. A vague indication or suggestion; a hint.
umbrage \ˈəm-brij\
1 an important person 2 an unimportant person 3 refering to character or person, or in a play
disquietude or distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
chagrin, much to my ~, I was ~ed by my hairiness
in the act of being born or brought forth. having recently come into existence; coming into being
Polished in manner; polite, refined. Elegant, sophisticated in expression. City-sophisticated
one who carries liquor in his boot-legs; hence, an illicit trader in liquor
a hospital for the treatment of chronic diseases, as tuberculosis or various nervous or mental disorders
sanatorium, sanotorium
1 high spirits; exhilaration; exuberance 2 a boiling over; overflow
ebullience i-buhl-yuhns
a person who has very strong opinions about something, and tries to make other people have them too
a suffix forming mass or abstract nouns, originally from French
-age (voyage; courage)
A silly, flighty, or scatterbrained person, especially a pert young woman with such qualities
Romance language formerly spoken in and around Provence and Roussillon, S. France developing into Provençal
langue d´oc, occid
one who sells goods by shouting in the street or going door to door; peddler. One who sells aggresively by shouting
A small wheel/roller. Motion/noise of rolling. To push or propel on rollers. Move slow/heavy unevenly and noisy
1 linguistic form from which another is historically derived 1 word / part of a word from which another word comes
etymon ie. L cor “heart,” is the etymon of Eng cordial
1 observation by an augur of birds to discover omens 3 a prophetic sign; especially : a favorable sign
1 a blunt or abrupt rejection 2 a preemptory refusal 3 a check to action or progress V repel; refuse; drive away
German, Germanic. or northern European stock t/includes German, Dutch, Scandinavian, British.
teutonic (Ancient Teutons)
A person who could interpret bird movements
was called an "auspex," which meant "bird observer." /augar
1 unequivocally detestable; loathsome 2 thoroughly unpleasant or disagreeable
Enthusiastic devotion to a cause, ideal, or goal and tireless diligence in its advance
a written communication
missive Md F: lettre _____, letter intended to be sent
distinctive quality, style, way of doing sth 2 adherence to a particular manner 3 arts style: complex perspectival system
mannerism, 3 Mannerism
source of harm or ruin, †to kill; esp w/poison
a fine white clay used in the manufacture of porcelain.
1 conscious knowledge or recognition; awareness 2 the range of what one can know or understand
1 imaginary; improbable or unrealistic 2 given to unrealistic fantasies or fantastic schemes
chimerical, (quixotic)
fork or divide into two parts/branches
Implies obvious harmfulness to something specified <the _____ effects of excessive drinking
cognoscible, cognizable
seriously harmful, implies injury through poisoning or destroying
Excessively submissive or devoted to one's wife
uxorious /ʌkˈsɔriəs /
A region inland from a coast; remote from urban areas, cultural centers: backcountry
something improvised in speech, music, etc 2 at one's pleasure; w/o restriction 3 freely; as needed
ad lib, ad libitum, ad accding to + libēre, to please
1aj forked; branching 2v to form a fork; branch
feeling or showing anger and surprise because you think that you have been treated unfairly
1 done openly and unashemedly 2 completely lacking in subtlety, very obvious
a person who does menial, distasteful, dull, hard work 2 ~ works in a routine, unimaginative way.
1 A fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, procedure 2 exactness in the observance of formalities
1 time betw/ two reigns; period w/o a ruler 2 period when gov't functions are stopped 3. Any breach of continuity
1 poisonous or harmful †both offensive and injurious to body, mind, or behavior; esp morally corrupting
noxious <noxious doctrines> ƒL noxius, noxa harm
Bread and circuses = food and entertainment, satisfying the masses; pacifies the ppl, helping a gov't further its pol't ends.
panem et circenses
harmful often in a subtle or unexpected way
deleterious - /ˌdɛlɪˈtɪəriəs/ Gk délétrios destructive, déleǐsthai to hurt, injure + -tér agent suffix + -ios adj.
1 small whirlpool 3 any similar current, air, dust, fog 4 a current or trend, opinion/events, counter to the main current
Fluctuation betw/2 things. Uncertain/Unable to decide which course to follow. Having both + and - to 1 person/thing
1794 To _______, to cut the cable and make sail instantly, without waiting to weigh anchor.
cut and run
turn over to another; transfer (goods, tenants' service, allegiance, etc.). agree to be tenant to a new (land)Lord
1 a row of arches with the columns that support them 2 an arched or covered passageway (as between shops)
sovereignty of God over the lives of people and events of history.
providence, pro before, videre see
1 easily becoming a vapor at a fairly low temperature 2 likely to change suddenly 3 threatening to become violent
contradictory or incongruous words: plastic glass, instant classic, lonely crowd, sweet sorrow, precious bane
oxymoron fr. Greek oxys sharp, moros foolish
1 rustic 2 of the life & occupation of a shepherd; pastoral 1 poem about shepherds 2 country person
bucolic \byoo-KOL-ik\
the minimal unit of language which has a semantic interpretation and embodies a distinct cultural concept.
1n A short heavy stick used as a weapon; a club 2tv To beat with or as if with a ____
an intricate problem; esp a problem insoluble in its own terms. The thing Alex the Great solved
Gordian knot
1 Excessive or flashy ornamentation or decoration 2 A fuss over a matter of little importance
1aj having a fleshy pink color 2aj red; blood-red 3vt to make red or crimson
popular sentiment
vox populi, vox pop
the type of dog that was originally bred to dig badgers out of their setts
dachshund, lit. Badger dog
a verb in the frequentative aspect, as wrestle from wrest.
To break apart; to separate; to divide; to sever
1v to make objection, esp. on the grounds of scruples 2v hestitate, delay, 3n a delay
demur dé- de- + morārī to delay
1 promote growth or development of; further encourage 3 to care for
1 unsubstantial; trifling; shallow; empty. 2 Foamy
a powerful personage or pretentious official. Important or self important person.
panjandrum, Grand Panjandrum
1n A petty, unscrupulous lawyer; a shyster 2n A person who quibbles over trivia
a woolen cloth woven in a plaid design esp. One associated with a particular Scottish clan
1 senior member of a group 2 s.o knowledgeable or uniquely skilled from long experience
doyen [doi-en, doi-uhn; Fr. dwa-yan] nƒ doyenne
1 oily, like oily; containing or producing oil 2 marked by an offensively ingratiating manner or quality
A vain, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or feats; a fop.
coxcomb /ˈkɒksˌkoʊm/
to sort (the words in a list or text) in order to determine the headword, under which other words are then listed.
1 Latin verbal noun having an accusative of purpose in -um and an ablative of specification in -u. 2 Eng infinitive with to
supine noun
1 capable of being easily led, taught, or managed; docile 2 easily handled, managed, or worked; malleable
1n a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge 2n an investigation 3n Questions, query
inquiry, enquiry
1 remove/modify parts considered offensive 2 To modify,by shortening, simplifying, or distorting in style or content
bowdlerize [bohd-luh-rahyz] /ˈboʊdləˌraɪz, ˈbaʊd-/
2 not yet settled/formed; immature/incomplete 3 changing 4 trivial frivolous 5 full of vitality; exuberant.
to make dim, as with tears or inflammation 3. dim; indistinct 4n a blur; cloudiness; dimness
blear a biting wind that bleared the vision.
3 dull person with conventional thoughts 4 commonplace / conventional saying
bromide 2 potassium bromide as a sedative
1 a situation requiring a choice between equally undesirable alternatives 2 any difficult / perplexing situation or problem
dilemma (yes, a trilemme too)
of the same blood or origin; specifically : descended from the same
consanguineous [kon-sang-gwin-ee-uhs] /ˌkɒnsæŋˈgwɪniəs/
1 the lair of a badger 2 particular pattern of stripes in a tartan
sett, set
1v give support and encouragement to Aus/NZ 2v cheer loudly at someone to distract or express dissaproval
barrack [bar-uhk] (northern Ireland) barrack to brag
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality: “Richard the Lion-Hearted”
1 deliberately affected; theatrical 2 of or relating to actors, acting, or the theater
1 lying on the back, or with the face upward 2 indolent; inactive; mentally or morally lethargic
1n the tip, point, or vertex; summit 2n climax; peak; acme
1 Characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent, effrontery
1 a wild exaggeration that’s used to emphasize a point.
hyperbole, the spider was the size of a football
Capable of being done, accomplished or carried out; possible, practicable
feasible, OF faisable, fais- of faire, L facere
the time of greatest strength, popularity, or vigor
Extreme bodily suffering, such as to produce writhing of the body
1i to evoke violent anger or strong disgust 2 to make furiously angry.
to make one's gorge rise, to rouse (stir) the gorge
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity
1a showing clear and forceful expression, feeling, or meaning †suggests clarity and power
eloquent ƒL eloquor speak out, utter
absence or suppression of passion, emotion, or excitement 2 not interested in what others find cool
apathy ƒL apathīa < Gk apátheia unfeeling inseneibility to suffering
a thing or action by imitation of natural sounds, such as "buzz" and "babble."
onomatopeia [on-uh-mat-uh-pee-uh, ‑mah-tuh‑]
1vi to speak or cry out with derision or mockery 2vt to deride with taunts
act of talking to oneself, especially in a dramatic play
1 Difficult to fathom or understand; difficult to be explained 3 incapable of being seen through physically
inscrutable (unexplainable)
2vt borrow w/o intent to repay 4vi to ask, expect, or encourage s.o to pay for one's drinks, meals, etc. 5 to beg
cadge /kædʒ/
of or lasting for five years 2 occurring every five years. 4 a fifth anniversary 5 a five-year term 6 a quinquennium
quinquennial -in latin stm. a period of 4 years
1 done in the moment, or w/o previous study 2 prepared, but done w/o notes 3 good at unpreparedness 4 makeshift
1 a narrow cleft with steep, rocky walls, esp. With a stream through it 2 small canyon. 5. an obstructing mass
gratus, pleasing/agreeable. The "gratus" family of English is a large one. Besides "gratuitous," it includes:
agree, congratulate, grace, grateful, gratify, gratitude, ingrate
resembling a net. net-like formation of veins, fibers. ie. a leaf with a net-like pattern of veins would be called a ___
reticulate, "reticulate leaf."
1 lofty in thought, language 2 giving a sense of grandeur / power 3 supreme/outstanding 4 complete; absolute; utter
a figure of speech in which two things are compared by means of the words "like" or "as."
simile, He is as slow as molasses
to frighten by threatening, To play the hector or bully; to brag, bluster, domineer, To intimidate by bluster or threats
The line from which competitors start in a race has been called the ____ since the late 1700s
scratch, to start from ~, make from ~
3 a gluttonous meal 4 sth swallowed; contents of the stomach 9. throat; gullet 11 swallow/eat esp greedily.
1 done or provided freely with nothing expected in return 2 not called for by the circumstances : unwarranted
feeling or showing disapproval of anything improper; stiffly correct.
an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income, salary, or wages. Tip, gratuity
an injury, as from a blunt object, when subsurface tissue is injured but skin is not broken; bruise
pair, set of two; conjugal pair; pair of associates/adversaries/contestants;
par, paris
a passing or casual reference; an incidental mention of something, either directly or by implication
absurd or foolish talk; nonsense
bosh (gibberish)
a difficult or unlucky situation or event
the special vocabulary and idiom of a particular profession or social group. Smts. for secrecy
the placing together of sentences, clauses, or phrases without a conjunctive word or words
parataxis n, paratactic adj
1 frugality that gives an appearance of actual poverty 2 marked by extreme stinting frugality
penurious /pəˈnʊəriəs, -ˈnyʊər-/
positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
Disorder, flurry, agitation; hubbub, holabalu. chf Brit?
kerfuffle, curfuffle
1 secure from violation or profanation 2 secure from assault or trespass; unassailable
inviolable /ɪnˈvaɪələbəl/
harmony or elegance of design esp. of literary style in adaptation of parts to a whole or to each other
1 seeming right or true but actually wrong or false. syn misleading 2 pleasing to the eye but deceptive.
1a frugal to the point of stinginess 2a sparing, restraine
difficulty in articulating words, caused by impairment of the muscles used in speech
dysarthria /dɪsˈɑrθriə/
circumscribed collection of blood, usually clotted, in a tissue/organ, caused by a break in a blood vessel
1v to interest s.o a lot, esp by the strange, unusual or mysterious 2n an illicit love affair 3v plot underhandedly
1n literary / rhetorical device w/use of words in other than their literal sense 2n the figurative use of an expression
call up or produce (memories, feelings) 2 to elicit or draw forth 4. to produce/suggest through artistry & imagination
a peculiarity of pronunciation, behavior, dress, etc., that distinguishes a particular class or set of persons 2 a slogan
1 : a small book for teaching children to read 2 : a small introductory book 3 : a short informative piece of writing
primer [prim-er or, esp Brit., prahy-mer]
process by which a new word is created from an old word because of a misunderstanding of the origin of the old word
folk etymology
making a hypocritical show of religious devotion, piety, righteousness, etc. 2. Obsolete. holy; sacred
1 to have/present the often false appearance of being or intending 2 have intention of doing; purpose, express, imply
16c. 'hooboube' - an irish outcry. Gaelic ub! ub! ubub! interj of aversion. War-cry. A confused noise of shouting
1. The basic, central, or critical point 2. Anything that is very puzzling or difficult to explain or solve.
1 intense or sharp 2 lavishly elegant and refined 3 delicately beautiful 4 of extreme beauty
1 a cramping & oppressive lack of resources; severe poverty 2 : extreme and often niggardly frugality
1 the cavity at the back of the mouth, leading into the pharynx 2 a vestibule of an ancient Roman house.
can't be stormed or taken by assault 2 hard to/impossible to overcome or refute successfully; beyond question/criticism
1n sluggish inactivity †suggests the suspension of activity like of an animal in hibernation
torpor n, torpidity a
1 the writing, editing, or compiling of dictionaries 2 the principles and procedures involved in ~1
a state of sluggishness, drowsy dullness or apathy
1 stubbornly obstructive & unwilling to cooperate 2 having a difficult & contrary disposition
similar, a like. Contracted from 'of kin'
break apart, separate, divide, sever
sunder, cf. asunder adv apart, separated
to set or place together, esp. side by side. 2 to arrange in proper order
1aj to arouse anger or resentment in : irritate 2n transient feeling of wounded vanity
pique, \ˈpēk\
an abbreviation pronounced wholly or partly using the names of its letters, e.g., CD = compact disc
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; lacking originality or freshness
trite adj
1 as a consequence, for this reason. 2 in the future 3 from here
hence, 2 two years hence. 3 hence, be gone
low-growing shrubs with small evergreen leaves and small, colorful, urn-shaped flowers
heath, heather /hiθ/ , /ˈhɛðər/
lexemes that co-occur with each other in natural texts: strong tea
1 marked by a pretense of simplicity or innocence 2 s.o who shrewdly poses as simple or innocent
faux-naïf [foh-nah-eef]
weariness of body or mind from strain †implies weariness from physical or mental strain
a prefix occurring in loanwords from Greek, having the same function as co- ; meaning 'with' or 'together'
"syn, sy-, syl-, sym-, sys- (synthesis, synthetic, syngas)
to spend the summer, as at a specific place or in a certain activity
estivate vs hibernate to spend the winter dormant
1n Lack of physical or mental energy †the indolence typical of one satiated by a life of luxury or pleasure
languor /ˈlæŋgər/
playful behavior intended to arouse sexual interest
coquetry /ˈkoʊkɪtri, koʊˈkɛtri/
Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating 2 Pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated; faux-naïf
2 a feeling of sympathy for the misfortunes of others 3 a quality or style that has the power to evoke feelings
pathos /ˈpeɪθɒs, -θoʊs, -θɔs/ Gk suffering, sensation
set of all the forms that have the same meaning, the main form chosen by convention to represent the lexeme
lemma (morphology) (lexicography lemma=headword)
speaking or expressed in a lofty style, often to the point of being pompous or bombastic.
grandiloquent [gran-dil-uh-kwuhnt] /grænˈdɪləkwənt/
id. w/, understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives. 2 attribution of one's own feelings to an object.
Being truly so called; real or genuine, being truly or very much so; authentic
1 show the form or outline of 2 determine the essential quality of 3 trace the shape of 5 describe in vivid detail
an abbreviation pronounced as a series of constituent letters, e.g., SARS = severe acute respiratory syndrome
a flat, rectangular frame used for carrying a load, esp with projecting shafts at each end for handles
the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be assessed
context 2 word preceding and following give meaning
a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection; flirt.
1 a physical weakness or ailment 3 a moral weakness or failing
A film of a transmitted television program.
an ointment or salve, usually liquid or semiliquid, for application to wounds, sores, etc.
4 complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb 5 being of the highest or most extreme degree
consummate adj
may suggest calamity or great harm but sometimes mere unpleasantness
Conduct or language inciting resistance to or rebellion against lawful authority
Resembling waves in form, motion, or occurrence
undulant :L undula, sm wave (diminu. Unda)
1 lively, playful, frisky; frolicsome 3 not trained or disciplined; unruly; wild
coltish 2. of, pertaining to, or resembling a colt.
resolutely fearless; dauntless
an intrepid explorer.
a very timid, unassertive, spineless person, esp. one who is easily dominated or intimidated
a milquetoast who's afraid to ask for a raise
chronic condition of illness or disability
invalidism /ˈɪnvəlɪˌdɪzəm/ , invalidity
a minor work (as of literature)
opusculum, L opus, pl opera! :operate
1 be about, hang around 2 to wait, sojourn 3 delay, be late
1 Extending to a great length; unnec. long; wordy 2 Tending to speak or write at excessive length.
prolix \pro-LIKS; PRO-liks\
having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful 2 Pathology. causing little or no pain an indolent ulcer
indolent [in-dl-uhnt] /ˈɪndlənt/ an ~ ulcer/person
“a predictor of outcomes,” usually suggests evil or damaging eventualities: ~ storm clouds; an ~ silence.
1 gambling casino attendant who rakes in money / chips & pays winners 2 assistant chairperson at a public dinner
croupier [kroo-pee-er, -pee-ey; Fr. kroo-pyey]
1 reasonable and likely to be true 2 good at sounding honest and sincere, esp when trying to trick people
2 ominously prophetic 3 puffed up with vanity †may suggest evil results, but also a very important outcome
portentous /pɔrˈtɛntəs, poʊr-/ a portentous defeat
1 deviating from the regular course; erring; straying 2 journeying, questing 3 moving in changing manner
errant : an errant breeze
1 unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech 2 oily, ointmenty, buttery
1 Of or having to do with an uncle 2 Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, esp in benevolence or tolerance
fitted vest or wide, lace-up girdle worn by women over a dress, sleeveless. common in peasant dress
1 feeble or weak in body or health, esp. because of age; ailing 2 unsteadfast, irresolute 4 unsound or invalid
1 To sway from one side to the other 2 To swing indecisively from one course of action / opinion to another
vacillate :vacillāre to sway to and fro
always suggests serious damage as an outcome: a disease ~ the entire population; He advanced with a ~ swagger.
1 expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body 2 cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious
an adroit debater.
1 a secret rendezvous, esp betw/ lovers 2 Chf Scot to make an appointment or arrange a meeting with.
tryst, trist :ME trist (trust), OF triste hun meeting place
1 Gradual return to health and strength after illness 2 the period needed for returning to health after illness
most often stresses the great or decisive importance of what it describes: a ~ day that changed our world.