Words

debauchee (n.) — a person given to excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures

sagacity (n.) — acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment

esplanade (n.) — a long, open, level area, typically beside the sea, along which people may walk for pleasure

internecine (adj.) — destructive to both sides in a conflict

torpor (n.) — a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy

reticence (n.) — discretion, avoidance of saying too much

obtrude (v.) — become noticeable in an unwelcome or intrusive way

vivify (v.) — enliven or animate

rhapsodize (v.) — speak or write about someone or something with great enthusiasm and delight

discomfiture (n.) — a feeling of unease or embarrassment; awkwardness

moor (n.) — a tract of open uncultivated upland; a heath

opalescent (adj.) — showing varying colors as an opal does

idyll (n.) — an extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque episode or scene, typically an idealized or unsustainable one

palmy (adj.) — (especially of a previous period of time) flourishing or successful

chattel (n.) — a personal possession

perambulator (n.) — a surveyor's wheel

fatuous (adj.) — silly and pointless

Describing President Trump’s relationship with the #fakenews media using new keywords

I did one of these maybe a couple of weeks ago, where I put into use a handful of words I had highlighted in books I was reading. Once again, I have come across a cornucopia of little-used words that seemed to fit perfectly in a description of the relationship between the pissant #fakenews media and the puissant Donald J. Trump.

The inimical #fakenews media are continually touting their phantasm of Russia collusion while purposefully obviating all the good news happening in the American economy, illegal immigration, and so forth. Meanwhile, the desultory Democrat Party is held up as the last, best hope of stopping the Trump agenda, when the Trump agenda is the very thing most Americans want.

Indeed, the #fakenews reporting is dross in its entirety. There is not a single thing these beta males and their virago counterparts report that is venerable. Indeed, while President Trump pursues the business of making America great again with assiduity, these vapid progressives do nothing but repine about the obliteration of the Obama agenda AND their own relevancy.

Eftsoons, the #fakenews media and Democrats have attempted to subjoin the son of the president in the fake Russian scandal. But it failed like all their other attempts to pin a fake scandal on the president. The Trump presidency is hitting on all cylinders and firing on all synapses. Given the evidence of all this winning that's right in front of us, who's to gainsay? While the #fakenews media and Democrats welter in the daily turbulence they have created by and for themselves, the rest of us are filled with optimism about life in Trump's America.

Words

surrey (n.) — a light four-wheeled carriage with two seats facing forward

tenable (adj.) — able to be maintained or defended against attack or objection

diffident (adj.) — modest or shy because of a lack of self-confidence

perfidy (n.) — deceitfulness; untrustworthiness

disconcert (v.) — disturb the composure of; unsettle

supplicate (v.) — ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly

expositor (n.) — a person or thing that explains complicated ideas or theories

impute (v.) — represent (something, especially something undesirable) as being done, caused, or possessed by someone; attribute

waif (n.) — a person, especially a child, who has no home or friends

junta (n.) — a military or political group that rules a country after taking power by force

contratemps (n.) — a minor dispute or disagreement

mossback (n.) — an old-fashioned or extremely conservative person

plebiscite (n.) — the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution

circumlocution (n.) — the use of many words where fewer would do, especially in a deliberate attempt to be vague or evasive

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quondam (adj.) — that once was; former

peradventure (adv.) — perhaps

rantipole (adj.) — characterized by a wild unruly manner or attitude; rakish

expatiate (v.) — speak or write at length or in detail

loo (n.) — a bathroom or toilet

solecism (n.) — a grammatical mistake in speech or writing

cochineal (n.) — a scarlet dye used chiefly for coloring food

polder (n.) — a piece of low-lying land reclaimed from the sea or a river and protected by dikes, especially in the Netherlands

perorate (v.) — speak at length

Bolshy (n.) — a Bolshevik or socialist

majordomo (n.) — the chief steward of a large household

coy (adj.) — reluctant to give details, especially about something regarded as sensitive

supercilious (adj.) — behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others

maudlin (adj.) — self-pitying or tearfully sentimental, often through drunkenness

enmity (n.) — the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something

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cocksureness (adj.) — presumptuously or arrogantly confident

vouchsafe (v.) — give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner

iconoclast (n.) — a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions

bravura (n.) — great technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity

peroration (n.) — the concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience

husbandman (n.) — a person who cultivates the land; a farmer

lexicographer (n.) — a person who compiles dictionaries

euphony (n.) — the quality of being pleasing to the ear, especially through a harmonious combination of words

pathos (n.) — a quality that evokes pity or sadness

roquelaure (n.) — a cloak reaching to the knees, worn by men during the 18th century

exigency (n.) — an urgent need or demand

magniloquence (n.) — use of high-flown language

efflorescence (n.) — optimum stage of development

splenetic (adj.) — bad-tempered

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chivvy (v.) — tell (someone) repeatedly to do something
miasma (n.) — a highly unpleasant or unhealthy smell or vapor

equanimity (n.) — mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation

hypochondria (n.) — abnormal anxiety about one’s health, especially with an unwarranted fear that one has a serious disease

fete (v.) — honor or entertain (someone) lavishly

longueur (n.) — a tedious passage in a book or other work

esoterica (n.) — highly specialized subjects or publications

sciatica (n.) — pain affecting the back, hip, and outer side of the leg, caused by compression of a spinal nerve root in the lower back often owing to degeneration of an invertebral disk

stereopticon (n.) — a slide projector that combines two images to create a three-dimensional effect, or makes one image dissolve into another

demure (adj.) — (of a woman or her behavior) reserved, modest, and shy

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Druid (n.) — a priest, magician, or soothsayer in the ancient Celtic religion

inveterate (adj.) — having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

costive (adj.) — slow or reluctant in speech or action

hecatomb (n.) — an extensive loss of life for some cause

shamble (n.) — a slow, shuffling, awkward gait

lambent (adj.) — (of light or fire) glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance

insufflate (v.) — blow or breathe on (someone) to symbolize spiritual influence

hoyden (n.) — a boisterous girl

handsel (n.) — a gift given for good luck at the beginning of the year or to mark an acquisition or the start of an enterprise; the first installment of a payment

invidious (adj.) — (of an action or situation) likely to arouse or incur resentment or anger in others

quicksilver (n.) — the liquid metal mercury

mumchance (adj.) — silent, tongue-tied

concatenation (n.) — a series of interconnected things or events

mens rea (n.) — the intention or knowledge of wrongdoing that constitutes part of a crime, as opposed to the action or conduct of the accused

rictus (n.) — a fixed grimace or grin

viscid (adj.) — glutinous; sticky

mollycoddle (v.) — treat (someone) very indulgently or protectively

raconteur (n.) — a person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way

tremolo (n.) — a wavering effect in a musical tone

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soutane (n.) — a type of cassock worn by Roman Catholic priests

cavil (v.) — make petty or unnecessary objections

ratiocinate (v.) — form judgments by a process of logic; reason

dunnage (n.) — a person’s belongings, especially those brought on board ship

phthisis (n.) — pulmonary tuberculosis or a similar progressive systemic disease

wag (n.) — a person who makes facetious jokes

tramontana (n.) — a cold north wind blowing in Italy or the adjoining regions of the Adriatic & Mediterranean

larboard (n.) — archaic term for port (i.e., larboard and starboard)

abaft (adv.) — in or behind the stern of a ship

strake (n.) — a continuous line of planking or plates from the stem to the stern of a ship or boat

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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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appurtenance (n.) — an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living

weal (n.) — that which is best for someone or something

laconic (adj.) — using very few words

indubitable (adj.) — impossible to doubt

mirth (n.) — amusement

magnanimity (n.) — generosity

puce (adj.) — of a dark red or purple-brown color

continence (n.) — self-restraint

irascible (adj.) — having or showing a tendency to be easily angered

atelier (n.) — a workshop or studio

ennui (n.) — a feeling of listlessness and dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement

caprice (n.) — a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior

asseveration (n.) — the solemn or emphatic declaration or statement of something

assiduously (adv.) — with great care and perseverance

bonhomie (n.) — cheerful friendliness

sophistry (n.) — the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving