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aspersion
noun

1. An unfavorable or damaging remark; slander:
Don't cast aspersions on my honesty.

2. A sprinkling, especially with holy water.
repartee
noun

1. a quick, witty reply.

2. conversation full of such replies.

3. skill in making such replies.
supercillious
adj

haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a person or a facial expression.
lede
the introductory section of a story; "it was an amusing lead-in to a very serious matter" [syn:
dragoon
verb

1. To subjugate or persecute by the imposition of troops.

2 To compel by violent measures or threats; coer
implacable
adj

not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable: an implacable enemy.
prolix
–adjective

1. extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.

2. (of a person) given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length.
burnish
verb

1. to polish (a surface) by friction.

2. to make smooth and bright.

3. Engraving. to flatten and enlarge the dots of (a halftone) by rubbing with a tool.
laconic
adj.

using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply.
callow
adj.

immature or inexperienced: a callow youth.
brook
verb

to bear; suffer; tolerate: I will brook no interference.
riff
noun

A clever or inventive commentary or remark: "Those little riffs that had seemed to have such sparkle over drinks ... look all too embarrassing in cold print" (John Richardson).
pell mell
–adverb

1. in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.

2. in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.:
The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
array
noun

1. an orderly arrangement;
"an array of troops in battle order"

2. an impressive display;
"it was a bewildering array of books";
"his tools were in an orderly array on the basement wall"

3. especially fine or decorative clothing

4. an arrangement of aerials spaced to give desired directional characteristics
skullduggery
noun

Crafty deception or trickery or an instance of it.
scotched
verb

1. To put an abrupt end to:
The prime minister scotched the rumors of her illness with a public appearance.

2. To injure so as to render harmless.

3. To cut or score.