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rivet (N)
a metal pin used for pinning metal plates together
overture (N)
first offer or a proposal in reaching an agreement
solecism (N)
A grammatical mistake in speech or writing.
jaunty (ADJ)
cheerful and full of life
factotum (N)
An employee who does all kinds of work, handyman
voluble (ADJ)
Speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently
implore (V)
to beg
nettle (V)
to irritate
blackball (V)
Reject (someone), typically by means of a secret ballot: "her husband was blackballed".
bilious (ADJ)
suffering from indigestion
rococo (ADJ)
highly decorated
verbiage (N)
a pompus display of words
truncate (V)
to cut off the top
allay (V)
Diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry).
phlegmatic (ADJ)
(of a person) Having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition
fractious (ADJ)
Easily irritated; bad-tempered: "they fight and squabble like fractious children".
trappings (N)
The outward signs, features, or objects associated with a particular situation, role, or thing: "I had the trappings of success"
ascendancy (N)
Occupation of a position of dominant power or influence: "the ascendancy of good over evil".
plenary (ADJ)
Unqualified; absolute
- crusaders were offered a plenary indulgence by the pope
(of a meeting) To be attended by all participants at a conference or assembly, who otherwise meet in smaller groups
portend (V)
Be a sign or warning that (something, esp. something momentous or calamitous) is likely to happen
- the eclipses portend some major event
vaunt (V)
Boast about or praise (something), esp. excessively
- the much vaunted information superhighway
gibe (N)
An insulting or mocking remark; a taunt
- a gibe at his old rivals
dowdy (ADJ)
(of a person, typically a woman, or their clothes) Unfashionable and without style in appearance
- she could achieve the kind of casual chic that made every other woman around her look dowdy
congeal (V)
Solidify or coagulate, esp. by cooling
- the blood had congealed into blobs
dynamo (N)
A machine for converting mechanical energy into electrical energy; a generator
legato (ADJ)
played smoothly
modicum (N)
A small quantity of a particular thing, esp. something considered desirable or valuable
- his statement had more than a modicum of truth
tacit (ADJ)
Understood or implied without being stated
- your silence may be taken to mean tacit agreement
nicety (ADJ)
Accuracy or precision
- she prided herself on her nicety of pronunciation
obfuscate (V)
Render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible
- the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins
sentient (ADJ)
Able to perceive or feel things
- she had been instructed from birth in the equality of all sentient life forms
sanctimonious (ADJ)
derogatory. Making a show of being morally superior to other people- what happened to all the sanctimonious talk about putting his family first?
addle (V)
Make unable to think clearly; confuse
- being in love must have addled your brain
imbroglio (N)
An extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation
- the Watergate imbroglio
stentorian (ADJ)
(of a person's voice) Loud and powerful
- he introduced me to the staff with a stentorian announcement