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cavil
To find fault unnecessarily; raise trivial objections; quibble.
mawkish
Excessively and objectionably sentimental
unctuous
1. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness. 2. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery

Interesting etymology--t actually means oily, literally, but is also used to mean oily, figuratively
emolument
Payment for an office or employment; compensation.

Example: Gifts given to the sister of the Shah in exchange for political favors.
jaundiced
Exhibiting envy, prejudice, or hostility.

Affected with jaundice, yellowish.
Manichean
characterized by a belief in religious or philosophical dualism
sangfroid
coolness of mind, calm headedness.
amanuensis
younger assistant (?)
blandish
To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole
Mckinley, under blandishments from Roosevelt and Lodge, told his chiev of staff in March, "We need Hawaii..." First Great Triumph, 291.
pugilist
boxer
clement
inclined to be lenient or merciful
obstreperous
noisily and stubbornly defiant
escarpment
A steep slope or long cliff that results from erosion or faulting and separates two relatively level areas of differing elevations. A steep slope in front of a fortification
portcullis
the spiked gate on a castle that can be raised or lowered
stolid
Having or revealing little emotion or sensibility; impassive

example: “the incredibly massive and stolid bureaucracy of the Soviet system” (John Kenneth Galbraith).
scatological
Offensive to accepted standards of decency.

example: used in Fukuyama to describe a remark by James Watson.
callow
Lacking adult maturity or experience

Example: Used to describe the young Henry Cabot Lodge in "First Great Triumph"
sybaritic
Devoted to or marked by pleasure and luxury

Example: Again, used to describe Henry Cabot Lodge during his years as an aesthete
lugubrious
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy
parvenu
A person who has suddenly risen to a higher social and economic class and has not yet gained social acceptance by others in that class
solicitous
Anxious or concerned

Example: a solicitous parent
perfervid
Extremely or extravagantly eager; impassioned or zealous

Teddy Roosevelt's attitude toward war.
bemused
bewildered; confused
bumptious
Crudely or loudly assertive; pushy.

Ex: Used to describe Teddy Roosevelt
threnody
a poem or song of mourning or lamentation
pugnacious
Combative in nature; belligerent
bellicose
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious.
probity
Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
desultory
-Moving or jumping from one thing to another; disconnected: could be used to describe a speech.
-Occurring haphazardly; random
bivouac
military encampment
dyspepsia
Disturbed digestion; indigestion
Used to describe John Hay's negative attitude, but that appears to have been a figurative usage.
imperious
Arrogantly domineering or overbearing.
Used to describe Averell Harriman
obstreperous
noisy, unruly, disorderly
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asdifjpoi
feckless
Lacking purpose or vitality; feeble or ineffective.
Power in India wavers between some very nasty Hindu nationalists, who are as much fascists as the Islamic extremists, and some rather feckless liberal democrats
jejune
1. Not interesting; dull:
2. Lacking maturity; childish:
3. Lacking in nutrition: a jejune diet.

Ex: In this ironic world, we want to seem aware of all the ways we might be thought silly or jejune. -J. Purdy FCT
Wain
an open farm wagon. (a wainwright makes wagons.)
Eristic
Given to or characterized by disputatious, often specious argument
Avuncular
1. Of or having to do with an uncle.
2. Regarded as characteristic of an uncle, especially in benevolence or tolerance.
stylite
One of a number of early Christian ascetics who lived unsheltered on the tops of high pillars
votary
#

1. A person bound by vows to live a life of religious worship or service.
2. A devout adherent of a cult or religion; a committed worshiper: the votaries of Aphrodite.

# A person who is fervently devoted, as to a leader or ideal; a faithful follower.

"Drucker is not votary of laissez-faire."
puckish
Mischievous; impish: a puckish grin; puckish wit.
limn
To describe, To depict by painting or drawing.