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amiable
friendly
bantam
any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds
2 : a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition
blitzkrieg
1 : war conducted with great speed and force; specifically : a violent surprise offensive by massed air forces and mechanized ground forces in close coordination
2 : BLITZ 2a
calisthenics
systematic rhythmic bodily exercises performed usually without apparatus
capious
containing or capable of containing a great deal
synonym see SPACIOUS
- ca·pa·cious·ly adverb
- ca·pa·cious·ness noun
catapult
an ancient military device for hurling missiles
2 : a device for launching an airplane at flying speed
compliance
1 a : the act or process of complying to a desire, demand, or proposal or to coercion b : conformity in fulfilling official requirements
2 : a disposition to yield to others
3 : the ability of an object to yield elastically when a force is applied : FLEXIBILITY
consternation
amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion <the two... stared at each other in consternation, and neither knew what to do -- Pearl Buck
chronic
1 a : marked by long duration or frequent recurrence : not acute <chronic indigestion> <chronic experiments> b : suffering from a chronic disease <the special needs of chronic patients>
2 a : always present or encountered; especially : constantly vexing, weakening, or troubling <chronic petty warfare> b : being such habitually <a chronic grumbler>
synonym see INVETERATE
cupola
1 a : a rounded vault resting on a usually circular base and forming a roof or a ceiling b : a small structure built on top of a roof
2 : a vertical cylindrical furnace for melting iron in the foundry that has tuyeres and tapping spouts near the bottom
3 : a raised observation post in the roof of a railroad caboose
deign
to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one's superiority that is involved
transitive senses : to condescend to give or offer
delectable
1 : highly pleasing : DELIGHTFUL
2 : DELICIOUS
delirious
: of, relating to, or characteristic of delirium
2 : affected with or marked by delirium (mental distrubance; marked excitement)
detonation
1 : the action or process of detonating
2 : rapid combustion in an internal combustion engine that results in knocking

detonate: to set off in a burst of activity : SPARK
douse
1 : to plunge into water
2 a : to throw a liquid on : DRENCH b : SLOSH
3 : EXTINGUISH <douse the lights>
intransitive senses : to fall or become plunged into water
- dous·er noun
droll
: having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
- droll·ness noun
- drol·ly /'drO(l)-lE/ adverb
eccentric
1 a : deviating from an established or usual pattern or style b : deviating from conventional or accepted usage or conduct especially in odd or whimsical ways
2 a : deviating from a circular path; especially : ELLIPTICAL 1 <an eccentric orbit> b : located elsewhere than at the geometrical center; also : having the axis or support so located <an eccentric wheel>
synonym see STRANGE
eloquence
: discourse marked by force and persuasiveness; also : the art or power of using such discourse
2 : the quality of forceful or persuasive expressiveness
emissary
1 : one designated as the agent of another : REPRESENTATIVE
2 : a secret agent
emphatic
1 : uttered with or marked by emphasis
2 : tending to express oneself in forceful speech or to take decisive action
3 : attracting special attention
4 : constituting or belonging to a set of tense forms in English consisting of the auxiliary do followed by an infinitive without to that are used to facilitate rhetorical inversion or to emphasize something
- em·phat·i·cal·ly /-'fa-ti-k(&-)lE/ adverb
encroach
1 : to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another
2 : to advance beyond the usual or proper limits <the gradually encroaching sea>
synonym see TRESPASS
erratic
a : having no fixed course : WANDERING <an erratic comet> b archaic : NOMADIC
2 : transported from an original resting place especially by a glacier <an erratic boulder>
3 a : characterized by lack of consistency, regularity, or uniformity b : deviating from what is ordinary or standard : ECCENTRIC <an erratic genius>
synonym see STRANGE
exaltation
1 : an act of exalting : the state of being exalted
2 : an excessively intensified sense of well-being, power, or importance
3 : an increase in degree or intensity <exaltation of virulence of a virus
exhort
to incite by argument or advice : urge strongly
intransitive senses : to give warnings or advice : make urgent appeals
- ex·hort·er noun
expulsion
the act of expelling : the state of being expelled
fanfare
1 : a showy outward display
2 : a short and lively sounding of trumpets
fey
1 a chiefly Scottish : fated to die : DOOMED b : marked by a foreboding of death or calamity
2 a : able to see into the future : VISIONARY b : marked by an otherworldly air or attitude c : CRAZY, TOUCHED
3 a : PRECIOUS 3 b : UNCONVENTIONAL, CAMPY
- fey·ly adverb
- fey·ness noun
forlorn
1 a : BEREFT, FORSAKEN <left quite forlorn of hope> b : sad and lonely because of isolation or desertion : DESOLATE
2 : being in poor condition : MISERABLE, WRETCHED <forlorn tumbledown buildings>
3 : nearly hopeless <a forlorn attempt>
synonym see ALONE
- for·lorn·ly adverb
- for·lorn·ness /-'lorn-n&s/ noun
galvanize
1 a : to subject to the action of an electric current especially for the purpose of stimulating physiologically <galvanize a muscle> b : to stimulate or excite as if by an electric shock <an issue that would galvanize public opinion>
2 : to coat (iron or steel) with zinc; especially : to immerse in molten zinc to produce a coating of zinc-iron alloy
intransitive senses : to react as if stimulated by an electric shock <they galvanized into action
genial
1 obsolete : of or relating to marriage or generation <the genial bed -- John Milton>
2 obsolete : INBORN, NATIVE
3 a : favorable to growth or comfort : MILD <genial sunshine> b : marked by or diffusing sympathy or friendliness <your genial host>
4 : displaying or marked by genius
synonym see GRACIOUS