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androgyny
adj. showing characteristics of boths sexes
locus
n. center of focus of great activity or intense concentration
joie de vivre
n. hearty or carefree enjoyment of life
repine
v. to feel or express discontent; to long for something
typology
n. the study or systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common
elide
v. to strike out; to cut short; abridge; to eliminate or leave out of consideration; to omit or slur over
acrid
adj. sharp and harsh, or bitter to the taste or smell; pungent; causitc in language or tone
hullabaloo
n. a confused noise; uproar; tumult
excrescence
n. (1) something growing out from something else (2) a disfiguring or unwanted mark, part, or addition
valence
n. degree of attraction or aversion that an individual feels toward a specific object or event
jollification
n. merrymaking; festivity; revelry
importunate
adj. troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous
camarilla
n. a group of secret and often scheming advisers, as of a king; a cabal or clique
deus ex machina
n. an active agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently insoluble difficulty
oeuvre
n. a work of art; the sum of the lifework of an artist
intone
v. to recite in a singing tone
filament
n. a thread like structure; a thin wire
attitudinize
v. to assume an affected attitude; posture
emit
v. to give or send out; to voice; to express
lucubration
n. writing produced by laborious effort or study; product of laborious cogitation
sockdolager
n. (1) a conclusive blow or remark (2) something outstanding
nabob
n. a person of wealth and prominence
hypostasis
n. the substance, essence, or underlying reality
ganglion
n. a center of power, activity, or energy
palpitate
v. (1) to beat with excessive rapidity; throb (2) to move with a slight tremulous motion; tremble; shake; quiver
woebegone
adj. beset or overwhelmed with woe; immersed in grief or sorrow; being in a sorry condition; dismal-looking; dilapidated; run-down
afflatus
n. a divine imparting of knowledge; inspiration
sortition
making a chance decision by using lots, straws or pebbles, that are thrown or drawn
obtund
v. to make less intense; dull or deaden; reduce the edge or violence of
sidelight
n. (1) a light coming from the side (2) a piece of incidental or contrasting information
caesura
n. any break, pause or interruption
evocation
n. the act of evoking; creation anew through the power of the memory or imagination
crepitate
v. to make a crackling or popping sound; crackle
sallow
adj. of a sickly yellowish hue or complexion; unhealthy looking
sibylline
adj. (1) prophetic; oracular (2) having a secret or hidden meaning
beau geste
n. a gracious gesture; a gesture noble in form but meaningless in substance
meridional
adj. of or characteristic of suthern areas or people
will'-o-the-wisp
(fools fire) ghostly lights sometimes seen at night or twilight that hover over damp ground in still air, looks like a flickering light, and is said to recede if approached
prognathous
adj. having jaws that project forward to a marked degree
eponym
n. a person whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something, such as a city, country or era
inamorata
n. a woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship
meme
n. a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another
mokusatsu
the act of keeping a contemptuous silence
objurgate
v. to express strong disapproval; to criticize severely
immaculate
adj. impeccably clean; spotless; free from stain or blemish; pure; free from fault or error; having no markings
pin money
n. money for incidental expenses; an allowance for private and personal expenditures; a trivial sum
roister
v. to engage in boisterous merrymaking; to revel; to carouse; to bluster; to swagger
abulia
n. loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions
longanimity
n. calmness in the face of suffering and adversity; forbearance
foppery
n. foolish quality or action; the manner of a fop
inveigle
v. to persuade by ingenuity or flattery; to entice
chimerical
adj. given to unrealistic fantasies; fanciful; highly improbable
amor patriae
love of country; patriotism
portent
n. a sign of a coming event or calamity; an omen; prophetic or menacing significance; something amazing; a marvel
lambaste
v. to scold sharply; to give a thrashing to; to beat severely; to attack verbally; to berate
whetstone
n. a hard, fine-grained stone used for honing tools
externality
n. an unintended side effect, good or bad, usually related to an economic transaction
twofer
n. a deal in which a single expense yields a dual return
winsome
adj. cheerful; merry; gay; light-hearted; causing joy or pleasure; agreeable; pleasant
descant
v. (1) to comment at length; discourse (2) to sing melodiously; a decorative musical accompaniement added above a basic melody
mince
v. (1) to pronounce in an affected way, as with studied elegance an refinement (2) to moderate or restrain for the sake of politeness; euphemize (3) to walk with short steps or exaggerated primness
otiose
adj. lazy, indolent; of no use; ineffective; futile
bivouac
n. a temporary encampment often in an unsheltered area
epigone
n. an inferior imitator, especially of some distinguished writer, artist, musician or philosopher
panmixia
n. random mating within a breeding population
pro tanto
for so much; for as much as one is able; as far as it can go
incommode
v. to cause to be inconvenienced; disturb
desis
complication; everything leading up to the moment of peripeteia
lusis
denouement; everything from the peripeteia onward
peripeteia
n. a sudden change of events or reversal of circumstance
taut
adj. pulled or drawn tight; not slack; strained; tense; concise use of something
harlequin
n. a clown; a buffoon
lapidary
n. a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
rectitude
n. moral uprightness; righteousness; the quality of being straight; the quality of being correct in judgment
puerile
adj. belonging to childhood; juvenile; immature
envenom
v. to make poisonous; noxious; to embitter
pertinacious
adj. holding tenaciously to a purpose, belief, opinion or course of action; stubbornly or perversely persistent
philhellene
n. one who admires Greece or the Greeks
thane
n. a man ranking above an ordinary freeman and below a noble
bumptious
adj. crudely or loudly assertive; pushy
obtrude
v. to impose on others with undue insistence or without invitation; to thrust out; push forward
denude
v. to divest of covering; make bare
irredenta
n. a region that is culturally or historically related to one nation but is subject to a foreign government
gimcrack
n. a showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw; tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy
sous-allies
n. the weak powers
exiguity
n. the quality or condition of being scanter or meager
sultry
adj. (1) very humid and hot; extremely hot; torrid (2) expressing or arousing desire
arabesques
n. an intricate or elaborate pattern or design
petulant
adj. unreasonably irritable or ill-tempered; peevish; contemptuous in speech or behavior
pendency
n. the state of being undecided or in continuance; suspence; as, the pendency of a suit
vicar
n. a priest who acts for or represents another, often high-ranking member of the clergy; stand in for a high-ranking personage
lenity
n. the state or quality of being lenient; mildness; gentleness of treatment; leniency
desist
v. to cease doing something; forbear
betrothal
n. a mutual promise to marry; an engagement
fuddle
v. (1) to put into a state of confusion (2) to make drunk; intoxicate
esurient
adj. hungry; greedy; ardently or excessively desirous
lees
n. sediment settling during fermentation, especially in wine; dregs
expiate
v. to make amends or reparation for; atone
titter
v. to laugh in a restrained, nervous way; giggle; a nervous giggle
phantasm
n. something apparently seen but having no physical reality; an apparition; an illusory mental image