acme (n.) — the point at which someone or something is best, perfect, or most successful

naif (adj.) — naive or ingenuous

hemiplegia (n.) — paralysis of one side of the body

perfervid (adj.) — intense or impassioned

colloquy (n.) — a formal conversation

polyglot (adj.) — knowing or using several languages

canaille (n.) — the common people; the masses

languor (n.) — the state or feeling, often pleasant, or tiredness or inertia

fecundity (n.) — the ability to produce many new ideas

motley (adj.) — incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate

kalends (n.) — the first day of the month

cant (n.) — hypocritical and sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature

panegyric (n.) — a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something

recondite (adj.) — (of a subject or knowledge) little known; abstruse

specter (n.) — a ghost

mote (n.) — a tiny piece of a substance

scuppernong (n.) — a variety of the muscadine grape native to the basin of the Scuppernong River in North Carolina

chatelaine (n.) — a woman in charge of a large house

purlieu (n.) — the area near or surrounding a place

frippery (n.) — a tawdry or frivolous thing

subterfuge (n.) — deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal


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