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proems
n. an introduction; a preface
consanguinity
n. relationship by blood or by a common ancestor; close affinity or connection
deposition
n. testimony under oath, especially a statement by a witness that is written down
exordium
n. a beginning or introductory part, especially of a speech or treatise
euphony
n. agreeable sound, especially in the phonetic quality of words
trochee
n. a metrical foot consisting of a stressed syllable followed by an unstressed syllable (sea-son), or of a long syllable followed by a short one
iambus
n. a metrical foot consisting of a unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable (de-lay)
apothegm
n. a terse, witty, instructive saying; a maxim
captious
adj. marked by a disposition to find and point out trivial faults; intended to entrap or confuse, as in an argument
expostulate
v. to reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate
paragon
n./v. a model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example/to compare; parallel; to equal; match
recension
n. a critical revision of a text incorporating the most plausible elements found in varying sources; a text so revised
catspaw
n. (1) a person used by another as a dupe or a tool (2) a light breeze that ruffles small areas of a water surface
knell
v. the stroke of a bell at a funeral
coadjutor
n. a coworker; an assistant
condominium
n. joint sovereignty, especially joint rule of territory by two or more nations; a politically dependent territory
declamation
n. a recitation delivered as an exercise in rhetoric and elocution; vehement oratory; a speech marked by strong feeling; a tirade
pendulous
adj. (1) hanging loosely; suspended so as to swing or sway (2) wavering; undecided
aestival
adj. of or belonging to the summer
inculpate
v. to incriminate
bruit
v. to report; to noise abroad
aureole
n. a circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo
epiphenomena
n. a secondary phenomena that results from and accompanies another; an addition symptom
diadem
n. a crow worn as a sign of royalty; royal power or dignity
juju
n. an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers
peregrination
n. a traveling from place to place; a wandering
naif
adj. naïve; a naïve inexperienced person
chthonic
adj. dwelling in or under the earth;
potter
v. to be busy in a pleasant but aimless way; to move with little energy or direction
staccato
adj. cut short crisply; detached; marked by abrupt, disconnected parts or sounds
enthymeme
n. a syllogism in which one of the the premises or the conclusion is not stated explicitly
taxis/lexis
arrangement; ordering/vocabulary; set of words
sluice
n./v. an artificial channel for conductin water; a body of water impounded behind a floodgate/to flood or drench with a flow of water
subvent
v. guarantee financial support; promise to accomplish
chitinous
n. a tough, protective, semitransparent substance forming the principal component of exoskeletons
acnestis
n. the part of an animals back that it can't reach to scratch
bespawl
v. to splatter with saliva
kankedort
n. an awkward situation
petrichor
n. the loamy smell that rises from the dry ground after rain
prend
n. a mended crack
catatonic
n. an abnormal condition variously characterized by stupor, stereotypy, mania, and eithe rigidity or extreme flexibility of the limbs
marmoreal
adj. resembling marble, as in smoothness, hardness, or whiteness
malocclusion
n. a misalignment of teeth and/or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches
incompetible
adj. outside the range of competency
repertitious
adj. found accidently
vicambulist
n. a person who wanders city streets
hyperglast
n. a person who won't stop laughing
land
v. to add urin to ale to give it more kick
obmutescence
adj. wilfull speechlessness
ploiter
v. to work to little purpose
tiller
n. a lever used to turn a rudder and steer a boat
comestible
adj. suitable to be eaten; edible
orotund
adj. pompous and bombast; full in sound
tawny
n. a light brown to brownish orange
evanescent
adj. liable to vanish or pass away like vapor; fleeting
kitsch
n. art characterized by pretentious bad taste
suffuse
v. to spread through or over in the manner of fluid or light; to flush
tintinnabulation
n. a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells
misprize
v. to hold in contempt; to undervalue
allodium
n. freehold estate; land which is the absolute property of the owner; real estate held in absolute independence, without being subject to any rent, service, or acknowledgment to a superior; opposed to feud
baleful
adj. portending evil; ominous; harmful or malignant in intent or effect
badinage
n. light, playful banter; witty conversation; light teasing repartee
scion
n. (1) a detached shoot or twig of a plant used for grafting (2) a descendant; an heir
numismatics
n. the collection of and study of money, coins in particular
delenda est carthago
carthage must be destroyed
wroth
adj. vehemently incensed and condemnatory
fettle
n. a state or condition of fitness or order; state of mind
slugabed
n. one who stays in bed until a late hour; a sluggard
donnybrook
n. a brawl; a free-for-all; a heated quarrel or dispute
rubicund
adj. inclining to redness; ruddy; red
legerdmain
n. (1) sleight of hand (2) display of skill, trickery, or artful deception
potpourri
n. a combination of incongruous things; an anthology or collection
waylay
v. to lie in wait for and attack from ambush; to approach or stop unexpectedly
alfresco
v. in the open air; outdoors
bailwick
n. (1) a persons specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work (2) district of a bailiff
malfeasance
n. wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior, especially by a public official
limn
v. (1) to depict by drawing or painting (2) to portray in words; to describe
crotchety
adj. capriciously stubborn or eccentric; perverse
execrable
adj. detestable; abominable; extremely bad; of very poor quality; very inferior
gloaming
n. twilight; dusk
animus furandi
the intention to steal
addle
v. (1) to make or become muddle or confused (2) to make or become rotten or putrid
aquiline
adj. of or like an eagle
epicure
n. a person who enjoys eating and drinking, and who is very particular in choosing fine foods; a person fond of luxury and pleasure
footless
adj. (1) figuratively, without support; not substantial (2) inept; awkward
mot juste
n. a word or phrase that exactly fits the case
séance
n. a meeting of people to receive spiritualistic messages; a meeting, session, or sitting, as of a learned or legislative body
suo vigore
his effect; his force; his vigor
ex injuria jus non oritur
an illegal act cannot become a source of rights for the wrongdoer
ex factis jus oritur
law is the product of social reality
horripilation
n. the act or process of the hair bristling on the skin, as from cold or fear; goose flesh
sidereal
adj. measured or determined by the daily motion of the stars; of or having to do with the stars or constellations
soiree
n. an evening or social gathering
obsequies
n. funeral rites or ceremonies
frowzy
adj. dirty and untidy; slovenly; smelling bad, musty
amatory
adj. of love; expressing love, especially sexual
lucullant
adj. rich; magnificent and luxurious
escutcheon
n.(1) a shield decorated with a coat of arms (2) the protective metal plate around a keyhole and lock, drawer handle or pull (3) the panel on a ship's stern bearing her name
guerdon
n. a reward; payback
reprobate
n./adj. a very wicket, unprincipled person; soundrel; a person predestined to damnation; rejected from salvation