Words

palliative (n.) — (of an action) intended to alleviate a problem without addressing the underlying cause

hubris (n.) — excessive pride or self-confidence

regatta (n.) — a sporting event consisting of a series of boat or yacht races

supervene (v.) — occur later than a specified or implied event or action, typically in such a way as to change the situation

reticent (adj.) — not revealing one’s thoughts or feelings readily

predilection (n.) — a preference or special liking for something

salient (n.) — a piece of land or section of fortification that juts out to form an angle

garrulity (n.) — excessive talkativeness, especially on trivial matters

asseveration (v.) — to declare earnestly, seriously, or positively

demur (v.) — raise doubts or objections to show reluctance

whist (n.) — a card game, usually for two pairs of players, in which points are scored according to the number of tricks won

approbation (n.) — approval or praise

semaphore (n.) — a system of sending messages by holding the arms or two flags or poles in certain positions according to an alphabetic code

calve (v.) — (of an iceberg or glacier) split and shed

anglophile (n.) — a person who is fond of or greatly admires England or Britain

prescient (adj.) — having or showing knowledge of events before they take place

histrionic (adj.) — overly theatrical or melodramatic in character or style

dyspeptic (adj.) — of or having indigestion or consequent irritability or depression

neurasthenic (n.) — an ill-defined medical condition characterized by lassitude, fatigue, headaches, and irritibility, associated chiefly with emotional disturbance

helmsman (n.) — a person who steers a ship or boat

collier (n.) — a ship carrying coal

donjon (n.) — the great tower or innermost keep of a castle

predation (n.) — the action of attacking or plundering

corollary (n.) — a proposition that follows from (and is often appended to) one already proved

conning tower (n.) — a raised platform on a ship or submarine, often armored, from which an officer can conn the vessel, i.e., give directions to the helmsman

davit (n.) — a small crane on board a ship, especially one of a pair for suspending or lowering a lifeboat

aplomb (n.) — self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation

cognoscenti (n.) — people who are considered to be especially well informed about a particular subject

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