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involute
intricate, complex (intrv.) to curl inward
immemorial
exceeding the limits of memory, tradition or recorded history
unassailable
impossible to dispute or disprove; undeniable
incessant
continuing without interruption
pendulous
hanging loosely; suspended so as to swing or sway
intersperse
to distribute among other things at intervals
didactic
intended to instruct
commiserate
to feel or express sympathy (trv.) to feel or express sorrow or pity for
bombast
grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing
paucity
scarcity; smallness in number or amount
sodden
thoroughly soaked; saturated
pugnacious
combative or belligerent
sanctum
a sacred holy place
languid
lacking energy or vitality; weak
lacerate
to rip or cut; to cause deep emotional pain
eulogy
a laudatory speech or writing praising a dead person
distend
to swell out or expand, as if from internal pressure
stolidness
the quality of revealing little emotion or being impassive
fractious
having a peevish nature; cranky
ostentatious
show, pretentious
scimitar
a curved Asian sword
indiscrimiate
random, haphazard
transmutation
the process of changing form one form, nature, or substance into another
wanton
marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; mercilessness
fetid
having an offensive odor
allusion
the act of making a passing reference or indirect mention
paradox
a seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true
diction
1. choice and use of words in speech or writing 2. degree of clarity and distinctness of pronunciation in speech or singing; enunciation
parallelism
the use of identical or equivalent syntactic constructions in corresponding clauses or phrases
imagery
the use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas
irony
the use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning
point of view
the attitude or outlook of a narrator or character in a piece of literature, a movie, or another art form.
symbol
one that represents something else by association, resemblance, or convention, especially in a material object used to represent something invisible
syntax
the patterns of formation of sentences or phrases in a language
tone
manner of expression in speech or writing
metaphor
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing issued to designate another, thus making an implicit comarision
aesthetic
a conception of what is artistically valid or beautiful (adj.) of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste
verbiage
an excess of words for the purpose; wordiness
profusion
the state of being profuse (plentiful; copious; abundance)
harlequin
a clown, a buffoon
welter
a confused mass; a jumble
hone
1. to sharpen on a fine whet stone 2. to perfect or make more intense or effective
filigree
delicate and intricate ornamental work made of gold, silver, or other fine twisted wire
gild
1. to cover or as with a thin layer of gold 2. to give an often deceptively attractive or improved appearance to
perfunctory
done routinely and with little interest or care
deluge
something that overwhelms, as if by a flood (tr. v.) to overwhelm with a large number or amount