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tipple
v. to drink or engage in such drinking, especially habitually or to excess
cloy
v. to weary by excess, especially of sweetness, richness and pleasure; to become distasteful through an excess, usually something originally pleasing
florid
adj. very ornate; flowery
kluge
n. a clumsy or inelegant, yet surpisingly effective, solution to a problem
blanch
v. to cause to turn white or pale
soliloquy
n. discourse in which a character reveals their thoughts without addressing a listener
goatherd
n. one who tends goats
dastardly
adj. cowardly and malicious; base
movant
n. one who makes a motion before a court; the applicant for a judicial rule or order
consonant
adj. being in agreement or accord
avulsion
n. (1) the forcible tearing away of a body part by trauma or surgery (2) an abrupt change in the course of a stream
convalesce
v. to return to health and strength after illness; recuperate
abrade
v. to wear down or rub away by friction; erode; to make weary through constant irritation
dysphagia
n. difficulty in swallowing
diametric
adj. exactly opposite; contrary
innervate
v. to stimulate to action; to supply with nerves
educe
v. to draw or bring out; elicit; to assume or work out from given facts; deduce; construe; develop or evolve from a latent or potential state
donjon
n. a fortified tower of a castle; a keep
carapace
n. a protective, shell-like covering likened to that of a turtle or crustacean
provenance
n. place of origin; derivation; where something was nurtured in its early existence
mellifluous
adj. flowing with sweetness or honey; smooth and sweet
jape
v. to joke or quip; to make a sport of
dreck
n. trash, especially inferior merchandise
immanent
adj. existing or remaining within; inherent; restricted entirely to the mind; subjective
susurrant
n. a soft, whispering or rustling sound; a murmur
jink
v. to make a quick, evasive turn
gangrene
n. death and decay of body tissue caused by insufficient bloody supply and usually following injury or disease
pis aller
n. the final recourse or expedient; the last resort
secundo-geniture
n. a right of inheritance belong to a second son; a property or possession so inherited
moiety
n. one of two equal parts; a half; an indefinite part; a small portion or share
euphonious
adj. pleasing or agreeable to the ear
flyblown
adj. tainted; corrupt; dirty or rundown; squalid
Gleichschaltung
equal switching; synchronization; coordination; making the same
weltanschauung
n. a comprehensive view of the world and human life
treacle
n. cloying speech or sentiment; excessively sweet and sentimental; to be too filling, rich, or sweet
Daedalian
n. a renowned craftsman and inventor
mizzle
v. to rain in fine, mistlike droplets; drizzle
legerity
n. quickness or agility of mind or body
sycophant
n. a servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people
labile
adj. open to change; adaptable; constantly undergoing or likely to undergo change; unstable
Buridan's ass
n. a man of indecision
ame damnee
n. hopelessly devoted follower
somnolence
n. a state of drowsiness; sleepiness
blaspheme
v. to speak in an irreverent, impious manner; to revile; execrate
fete
n./v. a festival or feast; an elaborate party/to celebrate or honor; to pay honor to
oscitance
n. drowsiness and dullness manifested by yawning
cynosure
n. an object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration; something that serves to guide
cuckold
n. a man married to an unfaithful wife
paean
n. a joyous song of praise, triump, or thanksgiving
anagnorisis
recognition
opsis
vision; appearance
patina
n. the sheen on any surface produced by age and use; a thin greenish layer, usually copper sulfate, that forms on copper alloys, such as bronze, as the result of corrosion
catastasis
the climax of a play; that part preceding the catastrophe, where the action is at its height
choreodrama
a drama expressed in dance
deuteragonist
the role that is second in importance to that of the protagonist, or main character
epitasis
the main action of a drama, leading up to the catastrophe
exode
conclusion of the play
protasis
the first part of a play, when the characters are introduced
subfusc
adj. dark or dull in color; drab; dusky
pederast
n. a man who has sexual relations, especially anal intercourse, with a boy
ribald
adj./n. characterized by indulging in vulgar, lewd humor
ignis fatuus
n. something that misleads or deludes; an illusion; a pale light sometimes seen at night
bathos
n. (1) an anticlimax; an abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace; banality; triteness (2) insincere or grossly sentimental pathos
malgre lui
in spite of himself
pathos
n. a quality that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness or sorrow
sulfurous
adj. fiery; hellish
periphrasis
adj. roundabout and unnecessarily wordy; preference ofr circomlocutions rather than forthright expression
Potemkin village
n. an impressive façade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front
lugubrious
adj. mournful, dismal or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
cornucopia
n. an overflowing store; an abundance; a symbol of plenty, consisting of a horn overflowing with fruit and flowers
cadge
v. to beg or obtain by begging; to sponge
sic semper tyrannis
thus ever to tyrants; death to tyrants
byzantine
adj. (1) relating to intrigue; scheming; devious (2) highly complicated; intricate and involved
aright
v. rightly; correctly; properly; in a right way or manner
hudna
truce between factions that are essentially at war; calm; quiet; armistice
red queen effect
for an evolutionary system, continuing development is needed in order to maintain fitness relative to the systems it is co-evolving with
piscivorous
adj. habitually feeding on fish; fish-eating
enfilade/defilade
n./v. a target vulnerable to sweeping gunfire; gunfire directed along the length of a target/a fortified position offering protection from enemy fire
listless
adj. having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless
cathect
v. to invest emotional energy in (a person, object or idea)
compunction
n. a strong uneasiness by a sense of guilt; a sting of conscience or a pang of doubt aroused by wrongdoing or its prospect; feeling of deep regret
congerie
n. a collection; an aggregation
repertoire
n. the range or number of skills, aptitudes, or special accomplishments of a person; entire stock of skills or techniques that someone is capable of
forfend
v. to defend or protect; to keep or ward off; avert; prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Occam's Razor
entities should not be multiplied beyond necessity; all other things being equal, the simplest solution is the best; explanations should make as few assumptions as possible
repartee
n. a swift, witty reply; a conversation marked by the exchange of witty retorts
bon mot
n. a clever saying; a witticism
grandee
n. a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman of the first rank
triptych
n. a work consisting of three painted or carved panels that are hinged together
buxom
adj. full-bosomed; healthily plump, attractive and ample of figure
harridan
n. a worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag
countermand
v. to revoke; to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given
heresy
n. a controversial or unorthodox opinion; an opinion at variance with established beliefs
pillory
v. to expose to ridicule and abuse
pissenlit
piss-in-bed; dandelion
percuss
v. to strike or tap firmly, as in medical percussion
parapraxes
n. a minor error, such as a slip of the tongue, thought to reveal a repressed motive
tagesreste
trivial recollections from the previous day; day's remainders or residues
bagatelle
n. a trifle; a thing of little or no importance
lachrymose
adj. generating or shedding tears; given to shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful; causing tears