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zeitgeist
–noun German.
the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
glib
–adjective, glib·ber, glib·best.
1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
denouement (day-new-mon)
–noun
1. the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
2. the place in the plot at which this occurs.
3. the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
firmament
–noun
the vault of heaven; sky.
financier (fin-uhn-seer)
–noun
1. a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate.
–verb (used with object)
2. to finance.
–verb (used without object)
3. to act as a financier.
excoriate
–verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing.
1. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally: He was excoriated for his mistakes.
2. to strip off or remove the skin from: Her palms were excoriated by the hard labor of shoveling.
FUBAR
(military term)
–adjective Slang.
not working; completely messed up; bungled; confused.
"Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition"
petulant
–adjective
moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, esp. over some trifling annoyance: a petulant toss of the head.
imperative
–adjective
1. absolutely necessary or required; unavoidable: It is imperative that we leave.
2. of the nature of or expressing a command; commanding.
3. Grammar. noting or pertaining to the mood of the verb used in commands, requests, etc., as in Listen! Go! Compare indicative (def. 2), subjunctive (def. 1).
–noun
4. a command.
5. something that demands attention or action; an unavoidable obligation or requirement; necessity: It is an imperative that we help defend friendly nations.
6. Grammar.
a. the imperative mood.
b. a verb in this mood.
7. an obligatory statement, principle, or the like.
defuse
–verb (used with object)
1. to remove the fuze from (a bomb, mine, etc.).
2. to make less dangerous, tense, or embarrassing: to defuse a potentially ugly situation.
–verb (used without object)
3. to grow less dangerous; weaken.
limerence
Limerence, as posited by psychologist Dorothy Tennov, is an involuntary cognitive and emotional state in which a person feels an intense romantic desire for another person (the limerent object). Limerence can often be what is meant when one expresses "having a crush" on (or infatuation with) someone else although limerence, unlike a crush, can last months, years or even a lifetime.
egregious
–adjective
1. extraordinary in some bad way; glaring; flagrant: an egregious mistake; an egregious liar.
2. Archaic. distinguished or eminent.
curtail
–verb (used with object)
to cut short; cut off a part of; abridge; reduce; diminish.
bevy
–noun, plural bev·ies.
1. a group of birds, as larks or quail, or animals, as roebuck, in close association.
2. a large group or collection: a bevy of boisterous sailors.
indolence
in·do·lence (ĭn'də-ləns) Pronunciation Key
n. Habitual laziness; sloth. (the quality of being indolent)
apocryphal
–adjective
1. of doubtful authorship or authenticity.
2. Ecclesiastical.
a. (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the Apocrypha.
b. of doubtful sanction; uncanonical.
3. false; spurious: He told an apocryphal story about the sword, but the truth was later revealed.
spurious
adjective
1. not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source; counterfeit.
2. Biology. (of two or more parts, plants, etc.) having a similar appearance but a different structure.
3. of illegitimate birth; bastard.
ostensible
–adjective
1. outwardly appearing as such; professed; pretended: an ostensible cheerfulness concealing sadness.
2. apparent, evident, or conspicuous: the ostensible truth of their theories.
arrant
–adjective
1. downright; thorough; unmitigated; notorious: an arrant fool.
2. wandering; errant.
de rigeur
if something is de rigeur, it is necessary if you want to be thought fashionable or if you want to follow a custom. Leather jackets and jeans are still de rigeur for hard rock fans.