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flummoxed
verb

To confuse; perplex.
lope
verb (used without object)

1. to move with bounding() steps or to canter() leisurely, as a quadruped (e.g., a horse)

2. To move with a long, easy stride, as a person.
()bounding: verb
To leap forward or upward

() canter: verb
to gallop easily
plumy
adj.

1. having plumes or feathers
a plumy helmet.

2. plumelike or feathery.
nigh


–adverb

1. near in space, time, or relation: The time draws nigh.

2. nearly; almost; (often fol. by on or onto): nigh onto twenty years.
trike
noun

tricycle
deadpan
adj.

1. marked by or accomplished with a careful pretense of seriousness or calm detachment; impassive() or expressionless: deadpan humor.

2. displaying no emotional or personal involvement: a deadpan style.
() impassive
–adjective

1. without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.

2. calm; serene; not subject to suffering.

3. unconscious; insensible.

4. motionless
piebald
–adjective

having patches of black and white or of other colors; parti-colored.
–noun
appliquéd
noun

(āp'lĭ-kā')

an ornamentation or decorative feature

e.g., a cutout design, that is sewn on to or otherwise applied to a piece of material.

e.g., a sconce(), applied to a surface.
()sconce -–noun
1. a bracket for candles or other lights, placed on a wall, mirror, picture frame, etc.

2. the hole or socket of a candlestick, for holding the candle.
apotheosis
noun

1. the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god.

2. the ideal example; epitome(); quintessence:
This poem is the apotheosis of lyric expression.
()epitome
–noun
1. a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class: He is the epitome of goodness.
—Synonyms 1. embodiment, exemplification, model, typification, quintessence.

2. a condensed account, esp. of a literary work; abstract.
malfeasance
noun - Law.

wrongdoing by a public official ()
() the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law; (used esp. of an act in violation of a public trust). Compare misfeasance (def. 2), nonfeasance.
supine
–adjective

1. lying on the back, face or front upward.

2. inactive, passive, or inert, esp. from indolence or indifference.

3. (of the hand) having the palm upward
solipsism
–noun

1. Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.

2. extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
gonzo
adjective

1. (of journalism, reportage, etc.) filled with bizarre or subjective ideas, commentary, or the like.

2. crazy; eccentric.
coda
–noun

anything that serves as a concluding part, be it in music, ballet, literature, or drama. ()
()
1. Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.

2. Ballet. the concluding section of a ballet, esp. the final part of a pas de deux.

3. a concluding section or part, esp. one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.

4.
revue
–noun

a variety show, especially one that parodies contemporary events

1. a form of theatrical entertainment in which recent events, popular fads, etc., are parodied.

2. any entertainment featuring skits, dances, and songs.
swaddle
verb (used with object)

1. to bind (an infant, esp. a newborn infant) with long, narrow strips of cloth to prevent free movement; wrap tightly with clothes.

2. to wrap (anything) round with bandages.
arrogate
verb

1. to claim unwarrantably or presumptuously; assume or appropriate to oneself without right: to arrogate the right to make decisions.

2. to attribute or assign to another; ascribe.
melisma
noun

an ornamental phrase of several notes sung to one syllable of text, as in plainsong or blues singing.
mist
verb

v. intr.

1. To be or become obscured or blurred by or as if by mist.

2. To rain in a fine shower.
grifter
–noun Slang.

1. a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., esp. a gambling attraction.

2. a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like.
commedia dell'arte
(kə-mā'dē-ə děl-är'tē, -tě, -měd'ē-ə)

Italian popular comedy, developed chiefly during the 16th–18th centuries, in which masked entertainers improvised from a plot outline based on themes associated with stock characters and situations.
vaudeville
–noun

1. theatrical entertainment consisting of a number of individual performances, acts, or mixed numbers, as by comedians, singers, dancers, acrobats, and magicians. Compare variety (def. 9).

2. a theatrical piece of light or amusing character, interspersed with songs and dances.

3. a satirical cabaret song
pillory
–verb (used with object)

1. to set in the pillory (a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision.).

2. to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse: The candidate mercilessly pilloried his opponent.
raucous
adjective [raw-kuhs]

1. harsh; strident; grating: raucous voices; raucous laughter.

2. rowdy; disorderly: a raucous party.
insidious
adjective

1. intended to entrap or beguile:

an insidious plan.

2. stealthily treacherous or deceitful:

an insidious enemy.

3. operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect:

an insidious disease.
de rigueur
–noun

duh ri-gur

strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
fecund
–adjective

(fē'kənd, fěk'ənd)

1. producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful:
fecund parents; fecund farmland.

2. very productive or creative intellectually:
the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
insidious
adjective

1. intended to entrap or beguile:
an insidious plan.

2. stealthily treacherous or deceitful:
an insidious enemy.

3. operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect:
an insidious disease.
de rigueur
–noun

duh ri-gur

strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
fecund
–adjective

1. producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc., in abundance; prolific; fruitful:

fecund parents; fecund farmland.

2. very productive or creative intellectually:

the fecund years of the Italian Renaissance.
emetic
adjective

causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance.