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anonymous
unknown authorship or agency
cognomen
family name; nickname
denomination
name of class or group
homonym
sound the same, differ in spelling or meaning
ignominy
personal dishonor or humiliation; shameful action
metonymy
named or designated by associated feature
misnomer
name or wrongly placed or given
nomenclature
system of names in arts and sciences
nominal
existing in name not in actuality
renown
widely honored or acclaimed
convivial
sociable; fond of good company
ebullience
expressing feelings in lively manner
felicitous
well chosen; yielding great delight
irascible
prone to angry outbursts
placid
undisturbed; calm; self-satisfied
querulous
given to complaining
sardonic
scornfully mocking
surly
sullenly ill-humored
truculent
savage and cruel; fierce
unctuous
exaggerated earnestness; greasy
audacious
fearlessly bold; daring
contumacy
stubborn rebelliousness
dour
stubborn harshness
eclat
great brilliance in performance
indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued
irresolute
undecided
obdurate
not giving in to persuasion
obsequious
excessively eager to serve; fawning
pertinacity
holding firmly to a belief
stoic
seemingly indifferent to pleasure or pain
benediction
a blessing; expression of good wishes
colloquium
academic seminar on a field of study; conference
edict
formal proclamtion
elocution
art of public speaking
grandiloquence
pompous or bombastic speech
indict
to accuse of a crime
interdict
to prohibit or forbid
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a conversation
loquacious
very talkative
soliloquy
literary or dramatic speech
deleterious
having a harmful effect
despoil
to deprive of possessions by force; rob
effectual
producing the desired result
jettison
to discard as unwanted
obviate
to prevent by anticipation
pinnacle
the highest point
raze
to tear down or scrape off
stultify
to render useless; cripple
surmount
to overcome or conquer
wrest
to obtain by violent, twisting movements
avarice
an extreme desire for wealth; greed
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
inundate
to overwhelm or flood
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number
parsimony
unusual or excessive stinginess
prodigal
unusual or excessive stinginess
replete
plentifully supplied
surfeit
an excessive amount
tumult
a disorderly, noisy movement of people
voluminous
having great volume, size or number
extenuation
to attempt to lessen the seriousness by excuses
portent
an indication of something calamitous about to occur
pretentious
making an extravagant show
retentive
having the ability to remember or store
retinue
attendants of a high-ranking person
sustenance
something, especially food, that supports life
tenable
capable of being defended; logical
tenacious
holding firmly; persistent
tenuous
having little substance
tenure
the period of holding an office or property
adduce
to cite as an example or means of proof
confound
to cause to become confused
construe
to interpret
conundrum
a problem with no satisfactory solution
cryptic
having an ambiguous or hidden meaning
equivocate
to use misleading language
paradox
seemingly contradictory but true statement
patent
obvious; plain
perspicacity
acuteness of perception or understanding
rudimentary
of basic facts or principles that must be learned
commodious
spacious; roomy
finite
limited; has boundaries
gamut
complete range or extent of something
incalculable
not capable of being determined
iota
an extremely small amount; bit
lofty
of great height; towering
magnitude
greatness in size or extent
miniscule
very small; tiny
picayune
of little value or importance
vestige
a visible trace of something that used to exist
bedlam
a place or situation of noisy confusion
chauvinism
a prejudiced belief in superiority of one's group
draconian
exceedingly harsh; rigorous
herculean
of or requiring unusual size, power, or difficulty
martinet
a rigid military disciplinarian
maudlin
weakly and excessively tearful
mesmerize
to capture and charm; enthrall
silhouette
an outline of something that appears dark; shadow
stentorian
extremely loud
titanic
having great stature or strength
concomitant
existing or occurring at the same time
eon
an indefinite amount of time; eternity
extant
still in existence; not destroyed
hiatus
a gap in space, time, or continuity
inure
to make use of something undesirable
irrevocable
incapable of being changed, undone, or retracted
millenium
span of one thousand years
perpetuity
quality of being everlasting
pristine
of, pertaining to the earliest time or condition; original
transcience
quality of passing into and out of existence
deplore
to feel or express strong disapproval
disconsolate
beyond comfort; hopelessly sad
distraught
agitated with anxiety; worried
halcyon
calm and peaceful; tranquil; prosperous
lachrymose
weeping or inclined to weep
mercurial
being quick and changeable in character; fickled
revel
to take pleasure or delight in
tirade
a long, angry, or violent speech
trauma
an emotional shock having a lasting effect
vex
to irritate or annoy; to puzzle
coup d'etat
a sudden overthrow of a government
elan
enthusiastic vigor or liveliness
entree
admittance; main course
espirit de corps
team spirit; comradery
laissez faire
doctrine that opposes gov. control of economy
nouveau riche
a person recently becoming rich; flauntingly rich
par excellence
superior; outstanding
potpourri
a combination of diverse elements
savoir-faire
the ability to do appropritate things all the time
tete a tete
private conversation between two people
abstract
concerned with designs that do not represent anything
aesthetic
of the sense of the beautiful
avant-garde
a group who invent unconventional art styles
eclectic
choosing the best from diverse sources
grotesque
ludicrous or incongruous distortion; bizzare
coup d'etat
a sudden overthrow of a government
elan
enthusiastic vigor or liveliness
entree
admittance; main course
espirit de corps
team spirit; comradery
laissez faire
doctrine that opposes gov. control of economy
nouveau riche
a person recently becoming rich; flauntingly rich
par excellence
superior; outstanding
potpourri
a combination of diverse elements
savoir-faire
the ability to do appropritate things all the time
tete a tete
private conversation between two people
abstract
concerned with designs that do not represent anything
aesthetic
of the sense of the beautiful
avant-garde
a group who invent unconventional art styles
eclectic
choosing the best from diverse sources
grotesque
ludicrous or incongruous distortion; bizzare
hackneyed
lacking in freshness b/c of overuse
perspective
view; point of view; type of art
representational
realistic or graphic portrayal in art
surrealistic
20th century dream-like imagery
versimilitude
appearing to be true or real
buffoon
a clown; a person who makes rude jokes
farce
a comic play with ludicrous exaggerations
irony
use of words to convey the opposite of literal meaning
jocular
characterized by joking; fun-loving
lampoon
broad comic piece used to ridicule someone
levity
light manner or attitude, especially when inappropriate
parody
comic imitation of a person or style that exaggerates
raillery
good-natured teasing; banter
regale
to delight or entertain
satirical
witty attack on human vice