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bête noire
Something or someone a person views with particular dislike: “The new candidate for governor is the bête noire of all the liberals in the state.” From French, meaning “black beast.”
zeitgeist
Spirit of the times; a general trend
avuncular
good-mannered, like an uncle
apocryphal
mythical, legendary (not real)
autochthonous
of/belonging to the original inhabitants of a place
auroral
something that is like an aura
abstemiousness
having moderation, especially in eat or drink
aphorism
a short, pithy maxim
commodious
roomy and comfortable
dilettante
a person who studies a subject superficially; trifling, amateurish
excescence
an ugly addition, an abnormal outgrowth on a body or plant
epicureanism
the devotion to sensual enjoyment
eponymous
a name that has been used or given to something else
effusive
pouring out, overflowing, excessively demonstrative
fissiparous
factious; tending to break into parts or factions
heuristic
educational in a way that allows learning through trial and error
hegira
the beginning of the muslim era
gnomic
using aphorisms
insensate
without physical feeling; unfeeling, stupid
idyll
a picturesque scene; a description in verse of a picturesque scene
lambent
softly radiant
lassitude
weariness of body or mind from strain, lack of energy, listlessness; indolent indifference
maelstrom
a great whirlpool; a state of confusion
mendacity
deceitfulness
oleaginous
oily, greasy; obsequious, ingratiating
pimpernel
European garden herb that closes at the approach of bad weather
solicitude
the state of being solicitous (showing concern, eager, anxious)
raiment
clothing, apparel
troglodytic
hermetic, old-fashioned, like a troglodyte
termagant
an over-bearing or brawling woman
vitriolic
caustic, hostile
verisimilitude
the appearance of being true or real
vapid
insipid, dull
quid pro quo
An equal exchange or substitution