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subject to whim, impulsive, unpredictable
using few words, terse or concise
aggressively and arrogantly certain about unproven principles
smallness of number, fewness, scarcity, death
incidental, peripheral, divergent, only slightly or loosely related
based on observation or experience
showing respect for another's authority
drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite
having or showing profound knowledge
to engage in excessive enthusiasm
a subtle difference in meaning or opinion
exceedingly harsh; very severe
draco malfoy lol
one who flatters in the hope of gaining favors
to bring together, unite
indirect and wordy in language
something or someone who baffles understanding and cannot be explained
intended to instruct (overly moralistic)
extremely lively, enthusiastic
unoriginal, trite
poor, lacking in money
displaying a lack of moral or legal restraints
licensed to kill
severely destructive
disagreeable to deal with; contentious; peevish
canker sore
being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; peevish
chad servedio, hermione
being both pertinent and fitting
obtained, done, or made by clandestine (secret) or stealthy means
fictitious, false, or wrong
a lack, scarcity
originating in a particular region
weakly sentimental
vaguely defined, cloudy
excessively compliant or submissive (use of flattery)
my addiction is your submission ;)
showing little interest or enthusiasm
giving a hyporcritical appearance of piety
equivalent in value or significance
resentment; offense
lacking liveliness; dull
to turn aside, especially from the main subject in writing or speaking; stray
felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another
matter-of-fact; straightforward; lacking an imagination and spirit; dull
to buoy up or hearten; strengthen
having or marked by an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; greedy
to defraud, cheat, or swindle
a strong feeling of dislike, aversion, or repugnance
relating to or being auxiliary or secondary
of the third rank, order, stage, or formation
characterized by, revealing, or approaching departure from established beliefs or standards

divergent or different from conventional beliefs and standards.
one who demands absolute adherence to forms and rules
to make keener; stimulate
easy to notice; obvious standing out
to lessen the price or value of
conspicuously bad or offensive
being quite, still, or at rest; inactive
a small or trivial detail
seeking and enjoying the company of other; sociable; outoing
polite, refined, and often elegant in manner
to overcome an obstacle; conquer
rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material
to take something back or disavow it
to reduce the value or impair the quality of; to make ineffective, invalidate
easily angered; bad-tempered
grandiloquent; pompous speech or writing
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; uncertain or unable to decide about which course to follow
highly critical
to seize and hold (such as the powers of another) by force and without legal authority
to take away from by or as if by guile; to cheat
being lucky in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
conduct or language in citing rebellion against the authority of a state
not pertaining to or connected with religion (godless society)
to sway from one side to the other; oscillate; to swing indecisively from one course of action to another
someone in love with themselves
the quality of being able or capable of change or mutation
hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; stubbornly impenitent
highly favorable
shiny; glowing
holy; something that should not be criticized
ready to fight; cruel
to move in waves
not free flowing; syrupy
limp; not firm or strong
a morally unprincipled person
amusing; humorous; not meant to be taken seriously or literally
deviation or departure from the normal or common order, from, or rule
to cause to happen especially suddenly or prematurely
a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.
to sort through and select the desirable part of something or to get rid of the unwanted or undesirable part.
unselfish concern for the welfare of other; selflessness
to feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for
occurring haphazardly; random; moving or jumping from on thing to another; disconnected
having hidden meaning; mystifying
lack of physical or mental energy; listlessness
implied by or inferred from actions or statements; not spoken
a release of emotional tension, as after an overwhelming experience, that restores or refreshes the spirit
showing prudence and wise self-restraint in speech and behavior; circumspect (careful)
of or concerning the appreciation of beauty or good taste
a false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation
listlessness and dissatisfaction resulting from lack of interest; boredom
of little or no importance; trifling
to steal, often in violation of trust
uneasily impatient under restriction, opposition, criticism, or delay
a puzzle or baffling problem
to make amends for, alone for
meticulous, demanding, having high and often unattainable standards
humiliating; disgracing
deception, slight of hand
to soften in temper
noisy, unruly
mutual understanding and harmony
concerned, attentive
loud, boisterous
lethargic, dormant, lacking motion
diverging from a straight line or course, not straightforward
lofty, grand, exalted, highly praised
a small amount of something
rude, arrogant, overbearing
having a lying, false character
heinously villainous
consisting of a very great number
someone who is young or inexperienced
tremendous, disharmonious
trifling, insignificant
believing that the existence of god can be proven or disproven
to coax by using flattery
being out of correct chronological order
to attack as false or questionable, challenge in argument
without definite shape or type
being such that defense or maintenance is impossible
concise expression; terse
having the title and usually honors belonging to an office without the duties, functions, or responsibilities
lasting for a markedly brief time
strikingly conspicuous; prominent
devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or BIAS
to berate
extremely old and antiquated
audacity, recklessness
a bitter, abusive denunciation
characterized by rapid change or temper mentality
worthy of esteem or reward
to irritate, irk
an angry verbal attack
incorrect; misleading
ambiguous, uncertain, undecided
existing during the same time
something of tremendous size or power
abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt
large in quantity; abundant
lacking or marked by a lack of self confidence; shy and timid
inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive; of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
habitually untalkative
biting, bitter in tone or taste
manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude
able to perceive things that normal people cannot
not subject or susceptible to change
intricate, complicated
stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action; difficult to manage, control, subdue; refractory
narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial
being without exception or qualification; absolute
lack of agreement, consistency, or harmony; conflict
not constituting a vital element or part; inessential or unrelated to the topic or matter at hand; irrelevant
to speak at length in a pompous or boastful manner
shifting in character, inconstant
self confident assurance; poise
impenetrable; incapable of being affected
clear; transparent
quarrelsome; combative
lither; serpentine
to shorten by cutting off
smooth or greasy in texture, appearance, or manner
event that happens by chance
too apparent to be doubted; unquestionable
marked by great passion or zeal
characterized by stealth; surreptitious
the condition of being excessively fat; obesity
marked by high spirits or excitement
to regard with respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference
an innate inclination; a tendency
complacently foolish
grossly wicked or reprehensible; abominable
attended by favorable circumstances; propitious
lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
over particular; fussy
incapable of being coped or imitated; surpassing imitation; matchless
to infer an unknown from something that is unknown
the formation or expression of an opinion or theory without sufficient evidence or proof
to aid, help, or encourage
a burden
the marking of boundaries or categories
to bring about, create, or generate
domination over others
something that holds separate parts togther
whiny, continually complaining
eager to follow rules or conventions; attentive to small detail
to make or use gestures, especially in an animated or excited manner with or instead of speech
something or someone who is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person who belongs to an earlier time
intended for or understood by only a particular group
lightness of manner of speech, especially when inappropriate; frivolity
made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources
characterized by jokes and good humor
a period of deterioration or decline, as in morals or art; decay
erratic behavior or degree of unpredictability
deft; skill and adept under pressing conditions
warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious
deft; skill and adept under pressing conditions
given or granted without return or recompense; unearned
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid
to discuss repeatedly or at length; harp on
to clear of guilt or blame
having a harmful effect; injurious
natural to or characteristic of a specific people or place; native; indigenous
boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness; guts or spunk
caustic; sarcastic
of or pertaining to money
a person who pretends to have more knowledge or skill than he posses; a quack
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate
the retainers or attendants accompanying a high-ranking person
lacking courage or resolution, cowardly, faint-hearted, timid
abundant, plentiful, or numerous
a letter intended for wide or general circulation (within the catholic church, a letter from the pope to the bishops)
a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity
to supply with anything to great excess so as to disgust or weary; surfeit
performed with haste and scant attention to detail
characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion; impulsive and passionate
to make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible
a tough or rowdy person
terse and energetic in expression; pithy; abounding in aphorisms
equanimity (n)
he quality of being calm and even tempered; composure
contiguous (adj)
sharing and edge or boundary; touching
portending evil; ominous; harmful or malignant in intent or effect
devious (adj)
indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way; misleading
unassailable adj
impossible to dispute or disprove; undeniable
efface v
to rub or wipe our; erase
to read or examine, typically with great care
stoic adj
seeming indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
innocuous adj
not likely to offend or provoke to strong emotion; insipid
clandestine adj
kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose
prodigious adj
impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
mitigate v
to moderate in force or intensity; alleviate
superfluous adj
being beyond what is is required or sufficient
augment v
to make something greater, as in size, extent, or quantity
officious adj
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advices to others
iconoclast n
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions
sagacious adj
having or exhibiting wisdom and calm judgment
volition n
the act or an instance of making a conscious choice or decision
incongruous adj
lacking in harmony; incompatible; not in agreement, as with principles; inconsistent
verbose adj
using or containing a great or an unusually excessive number of words; wordy
pedestrian adj
lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction; commonplace; prosaic or dull
throes n
any violent convulsive or struggle
myopic adj
lack of discernment or long-range perspective in thinking or planning
plenary adj
full, complete, entire, absolute unqualified
exiguous adj
scanty, meager, small, slender
predilection n
a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference
impotent adj
lacking power or ability; utterly unable to do something
quandary n
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
fledgling n
a young or inexperienced person
assuage v
to make something burdensome or painful less intense or severe; to satisfy or appease; to pacify or calm
insipid adj
lacking in qualities that excite stimulate, or interest; dull
enmity n
deep-seated, often mutual hatred
dichotomy n
division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
cherubic adj
having a sweet nature befitting an angel
epicure n
a person with refined taste, especially in food or wine
salubrious adj
conducive or favorable to health or well-being
verdant adj
green with vegetation; covered with green growth
sanguine adj
confidently optimistic and cheerful
discursive adj
covering a wide field of subjects; rambling
implicit adj
implied or understood though not directly expressed
explicit adj
fully and clearly expressed; leaving nothing implied
subterfuge n
a deceptive stratagem or device
perturb v
to disturb greatly; make uneasy or anxious
transgress v
to go beyond or over a limit or boundary; exceed or overstep
encumber v
to put a heavy load on; burden; to hinder or impede the action or performance of
gauche adj
lacking social polish tactless
ardent adj
displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion; fervent
dilatory adj
tending to postpone or delay
blithe adj
joyous, merry, or gay in disposition; glad; cheerful
diacritical adj
serving to distinguish; distinctive
odoriferous adj
having or giving off an odor
mellifluous adj
sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding
dolorous adj
full of, expressing, or casing pain or sorrow; grievous; mournful
perambulate v
to walk through, about, or over; travel through; traverse
beatify v
to make blissfully happy
emulate v
to try to equal or excel; imitate with effort to equal or surpass
perfidious adj
deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful
veracious adj
habitually speaking the truth; truthful; honest
circumspect adj
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent
pernicious adj
causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful
dispensation n
an exemption or release from an obligation or rule, ranted by an authority
pantheon; n
the place of heroes or idols of any group, individual, movement, party, etc.
boorish; adj
rude and clumsy in behavior
debacle; n
a sudden, disastrous collapse, downfall, or defeat; a rout
enumerate; v
to mention separately as if in counting; name one by one; specify, as in a list
trenchant; adj
incisive or keen, as language or a person; caustic; cutting
abjure; v
to renounce, repudiate, or retract, esp. with formal solemnity; recant
ingenuous; adj
lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; openly straightforward or frank; candid
ingenious; adj
characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction
oracle; n
an authoritative person who divines the future
mores; n
the accepted traditional customs and usages of a particular social group
placate; v
to allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease
credulous; adj
disposed to believe too readily; gullible
assail; v
to attack verbally, as with ridicule or censure
incontrovertible; adj
impossible to dispute; unquestionable
capitulate; v
to give up all resistance; acquiesce
dither; v
to act irresolutely; vacillate
catholic; c
broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad minded, liberal
dubious; adj
doubtful; marked by or occasioning doubt; of uncertain outcomes
pique; v
to arouse an emotion or provoke to action
exodus; n
a going out; a departure or emigration, usually a large number of people
demagogue n
a person, esp. orator or political leader who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people
itinerant n
a person who travels from place to place, esp for duty of business
fiat n
an authoritative decree, sanction, or order
superficial adj
affecting or being on or near the surface; trivial; insignificant
concoct v
devise, make up, contrive
truancy n
the act or condition of being absent without permission
overt adj
open to knew or knowledge, not concealed or secret
denude v
to divest or covering; make bare
litigious adj
tending to engage in lawsuits
antithetical adj
being in diametrical opposition
prescience n
knowledge of things before they exist or happen; foreknowledge; foresight
extemporanious adj
done, spoken, performed, etc., without special advance preparation; impromptu; delivered with the help of few or no notes
onus n
a difficult or disagreeable obligation, task, burden
foible n
a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect
ecclesiastical adj
of or pertaining to the church or the clergy; churchly; clerical; not secular
obligatory adj
required as a matter of obligation; mandatory
ingratiate v
to establish oneself in the favor or good graces of others, esp. by deliberate effort
redact v
to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit
purport v
to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being; profess or claim, often falsely
husband v
to use frugally; conserve
inculcate v
to impress something upon the mind or another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill
schism n
a separation or division into factions
plurality n
more than half of the whole; the majority
repudiate v
to reject as having no authority or binding force; to cast off or disown
pertinacity n
the quality of being pertinacious; persistence; firmness; determination; resolution
browbeat v
to intimidate by overbearing looks or words; bully
rudimentary adj
of or relating to basic facts or principles; elementary
perpetuate v
to cause to continue indefinitely; make perpetual
litmus n
a general and simple test, often used during hearing for potential federal judges, such as "your vote on this issue is a litmus test of your political philosophy
proselytize v
to convert a person from one belief, doctrine, cause, or faith to another
contravene v
to come or be in conflict with; go or act against; deny or oppose
imposition n
something imposed, as a burden or duty; an unusual or extraordinary burdensome requirement or task
moratorium n
an authorized period of delay or waiting
propriety n
conformity to established standards of good or proper behavior or manners
arbitrary adj
subject to individual will or judgement without restriction; contingent solely upon one's discretion
spate n
a sudden almost overwhelming, outpouring
complicit adj
choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act, especially with others; having complicity
impotent adj
without force or effectiveness
edict n
any authoritative proclamation or command
specious adj
apparently good or right though lacking in real merit; superficially pleasing or plausible
voluptuous adj
arising from or contributing to the satisfaction of sensuous or sensual desires
spurious adj
lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false
vacuous adj
lack of content or ideas; stupid
bourgeois n
a member of the middle class; in marxist theory, a member of the property owning class; a capitalist (two definitions based on how used)
proletariat n
the class of wage earners, esp. those who earn their living by manual labor or who are dependent for support on a daily basis or casual employment; the working class; in marxis theory, the class of workers, esp. industrial wage earners, who do not possess capital or property and must sell their labor to survive
cajole v
to urge, coax
diminutive adj
small or miniature
parity n
equality, as in amount, status, or character
verbiage n
overabundance or superfluity of words, as in writing or speech; wordiness; verbosity; manner or style of expressing something in words; wording
pungent adj
sharply affecting the organs of taste or smell, as if by a penetrating power; biting; acrid
squalid adj
foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filth
meander v
to move aimlessly and idly without fixed direction
contrite adj
feeling great sorrow and regret for one's ins or offenses; penitent
assiduous adj
constant in application or attention; diligent
sundry adj
various or diverse; miscellaneous
unbecoming adj
not appropriate, attractive, or flattering
supercilious adj
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
austere adj
severe or stern in disposition or appearance; somber and grave
writhe v
to twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment
aloof adj
distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote
parsimony n
unusual or excessive frugality; extreme economy or stinginess
morose adj
sullenly melancholy; gloomy
reticence n
the state or quality of being reluctant; unwillingness
extol v
to praise highly, exalt
hindrance n
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
ameliorate v
to make or become better, improve
carp v
to find fault in a disagreeable way; complain fretfully
accrue v
to come to one as a gain, addition, or increment
chimerical adj
given to unrealistic fantasies; fanciful; quixotic
denigrate v
to attack the character or reputation of; speak ill of; defame
contumely n
insulting display of contempt in words or actions; contemptuous or humiliating treatment
impertinent adj
intrusive or presumptuous, as persons or their actions; insolently rude; uncivil; not pertinent or relevant; irrelevant
turpitude n
vile, shameful, or base character; depravity; a vile or depraved act
fracas n
a noisy, disorderly disturbance or fight; riotous brawl; uproar
detente n
a relaxing of tension, esp. between nations, as by negotiations or agreements
perfidious adj
deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful
matriarch n
the female head of a family or tribal line
patriarch n
the male head of a family or tribal line
importune v
to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence; to beg for something urgently or persistently
felicity n
the state of being happy, esp. in a high degree, bliss
impenitent adj
not feeling regret about one's sin or sins; obdurate
beleaguer v
to surround or beset, as with troubles
pandemic v
general; universal; (of a disease) prevalent throughout an entire country, continent, or the whole world; epidemic over a large area
phlegmatic adj
not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish
delirious adj
wild with excitement, enthusiasm, etc
cabal n
a small group of secret plotters, as against a government or person in authority
forge v
to form or make, esp. by concentrated effort
preclude v
to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible
farce n
foolish show; mockery; a ridiculous sham
destitute adj
without means of subsistence; lacking food, clothing, and shelter
seminal adj
highly original and influencing the development of future events
fractious adj
refractory or unruly; readily angered; peevish; irritable; quarrelsome
defile v
to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase; to make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate; to sully, as a person's reputation
familial adj
characteristic of a family; appearing in individuals by heredity
sardonic adj
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking; cynical; sneering
inchoate adj
not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary; not organized; lacking order
interpolate v
to introduce something additional or extraneous between other things or parts; interject; interpose; to insert new or spurious matter
petulance n
unreasonably irritable or ill tempered; peevish
saccharine adj
excessively sentimental; exaggeratedly sweet
abject adj
being the most miserable kind; wretched
incontrovertible adj
impossible to dispute; unquestionable
latent adj
present or potential but not evident or active
succor n
assistance in time of distress; relief
gradation n
a series of gradual, successive stages; a systematic progression
remunerate v
to pay a person a suitable equivalent in return for goods provided, services rendered, or losses incurred; recompense
lethargy n
a state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy
lackey n
a servile follower; a toady (a yes man)
circa "around" shows date is approx.
for example
in the same passage/ page, as quoted above
indicates misspelling or error in quoted source
that is more precisely "it is"
op. cit.
quoted work is already cited but not the preceding citation
et seq
refer to a certain passage and the following
to whom the is, named
compared, consult
et al
and others
permeate v
to spread or flow throughout; pervade
inscrutable adj
difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
eviscerate v
to deprive of vital or essential parts
judicious adj
having or exhibiting sound judgement; prudent
baleful adj
portending evil; ominous; harmful or malignant in intent or effect
anathema n
one who is greatly reviled, loathed, or shunned; a vehement denunciation; a curse
fortuitous adj
happening or produced by chance; accidental; lucky; fourtuante
incorrigible adj
not able to be corrected, improved, or reformed
vainglory n
inordinate pride in oneself or one's achievement; excessive pride
rapturous adj
characterized by the showing of great pleasure or enthusiasm
bemuse v
to puzzle, confuse, or bewilder someone
artifice n
clever or cunning devices or expedients, esp. used to trick or deceive others
solicitous adj
showing interest or care for the care of other
contrivance n
a thing that is created skillfully and inventively to serve a particular purpose
capacious adj
having a lot of space inside; roomy
aberrant adj
departing from an accepted standard
serene adj
calm, peaceful, and untroubled; tranquil
verve n
vigor and spirit or enthusiasm
mordant adj
having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting (esp. concerning humor)
sedulous adj
showing dedication and diligence
perspicacious adj
having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning
edification n
instruction or enlightenment, esp. when morally or spiritually uplifting
carping adj
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way
encomium n
a formal expression of praise; a lavish tribute
intransigent adj
refusing to compromise; irreconcilable
invidious adj
offensive; hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
temporize v
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision
animadversion n
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
celerity n
swiftness; rapidity of motion or action
maelstrom n
a whirlpool or great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
suppliant adj
asking humbly and earnestly
cavort v
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
decry v
to condemn, express strong disapproval
feckless adj
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective; weak
piquant adj
stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy; pungent; appealingly provocative
primordial adj
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
propinquity n
nearness of blood (kinship); nearness in place or time (proximity)
unwonted adj
not usual or expected; not in character
exigency n
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
bastion n
a fortified place; stronghold
incumbent adj
obligatory; required
mordant adj
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
enervate v
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble; hamstring
figment n
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
ignominy n
shame and disgrace
penchant n
a strong attraction or inclination
reputed adj
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; alleged
sophistry n
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
complicity n
involvement in qrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
sumptuous adj
costly, rich, magnificent
derelict n
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected
effigy n
a crude image of a despised person
perspicacity n
keenness in observing and understanding
convivial adj
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
coterie n
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
effrontery n
shameless boldness, impudence
indigent adj
needy, impoverished
inordinate adj
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
jettison v
to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome
pertinacious adj
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
picayune adj
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters
badinage n
light and playful conversation; banter
fatuous adj
stupid or foolish in a self satisfied way
macabre adj
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject
portend v
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
circumspect adj
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent
pretext n
a fictitious reason given in order to conceal the real one
chicanery n
trickery or deception by quibbling or sophistry
sophistry n
a subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning
fecund adj
producing or capable of producing offspring, fruit, vegetation, etc. in abundance; prolific; fruitful
diabolical adj
having the qualities of a devil; fiendish; outrageously wicked
felicitous adj
well suited for the occasion, as an action, manner, or expression;; apt; appropriate
perspicacity n
acutely perceptive or discerning; keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment
temerity n
rashness or boldness
umbrage n
offense; annoyance; displeasure
ineluctable adj
incapable of being evaded; inescapable
importunate adj
urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so; troublesome; annoying
turpitude n
vile, shameful, or base character; depravity; a vile or depraved act
stupefied adj
to overwhelm with amazement; astound; astonish
beseech v
to beg eagerly for; solicit
indolent adj
beleaguer v
to trouble persistently; harass
tumult n
great emotional or mental agitation
perturb v
to disturb or disquiet greatly in mind; agitate
extenuate v
to serve to make (fault, offense, etc) seem less serious; to underestimate, underrate, or make light of

opp. of accentuate
jaunt n
a short journey, one taken for pleasure
subsist v
to have existence; to main alive, manage to make a living or maintain life
rectitude n
uprightness, righteousness; correctness
promulgate v
to proclaim or issue officially; to make known far and wide
pittance n
a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion
progeny n
descendants, offspring, children, followers, disciples
pillort n
a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule
iniquity n
wickedness, sin; grossly immoral act
epicurean adj
devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food, comfort, and ease

blandishment n
anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk
consign v
to give to another's care, charge, or control
canard n
a false rumor; fabricated story
cognizant adj
aware, knowledgeable, informed
efficacy n
the power to produce a desired result
decorous adj
well behaved, dignified, socially proper
hapless adj
marked by a persistent absence of good luck
done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasn
importune v
to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
nadir n
the lowest point
espouse v
to take up and support; to become attached to, adopt
defunct adj
no longer in existence or functioning; dead