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embroider (v.) — to elaborate on; embellish

evanescent (adj.) — soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing

tart (n.) — a woman who dresses or behaves in a way that is considered tasteless and sexually provocative

quotidian (adj.) — of or occurring every day; daily

Bacchic (adj.) — drunken and debauched

abeyance (n.) — a state of temporary disuse or suspension

sepulchral (adj.) — gloomy; dismal

mendacity (n.) — untruthfulness

disquiet (n.) — a feeling of anxiety or worry

cabalistic (adj.) — relating to or associated with mystical interpretation or esoteric doctrine

Illuminati (n.) — people claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something

rumbustious (adj.) — boisterous or unruly

set-to (n.) — a fight or argument

necrology (n.) — obituary; a list of the recently dead

pecuniary (adj.) — relating to or consisting of money

artifice (n.) — clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive others

dandle (v.) — move (a baby or young child) up and down in a playful or affectionate way

circumscribe (v.) — restrict (something) within limits

memento mori (n.)– an object serving as a warning or reminder of death, such as s skull

volition (n.) — the faculty or power of using one’s will

ken (n.) — one’s range of knowledge or sight

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immutable (adj.) — unchanging over time or unable to be changed

latent (adj.) — (of a quality or state) existing but not yet developed or manifest; hidden or concealed

mésalliance (n.) — a marriage with a person thought to be unsuitable or of a lower social position

wonted (adj.) — habitual; usual

ukase (n.) — an arbitrary command

sanguine (adj.) — optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation

supple (adj.) — bending and moving easily and gracefully; flexible

transport (v.) — overwhelm (someone) with a strong emotion, especially joy

puckish (adj.) — playful, especially in a mischievous way

anticlerical (adj.) — opposed to the power of the clergy, especially in politics

solipsism (n.) — the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist

eponymous (adj.) — (of a person) giving their name to something

strident (adj.) — loud and harsh

waylay (v.) — stop or interrupt (someone) and detain them in conversation or trouble them in some other way

dudgeon (n.) — a feeling of offense or deep resentment

potboiler (n.) — a book, painting, or recording produced merely to make the writer or artist a living by catering to popular taste

moto perpetuo (n.) — perpetual motion

sozzled (adj.) — very drunk

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tippler (n.) — a habitual drinker of alcohol

adumbrate (v.) — indicate faintly

pedagogy (n.) — the method and practice of teaching, especially as an academic subject or theoretical concept

welter (n.) — a large number of items in no order; a confused mass

molder (v.) — slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect

skinflint (n.) — a person who spends as little money as possible; a miser

tractable (adj.) — (of a person) easy to control or influence

arcana (n.) — secrets or mysteries

flummery (n.) — empty compliments; nonsense

insuperable (adj.) — (of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome

garret (n.) — a top-floor or attic room, especially a small dismal one (traditionally inhabited by an artist)

spendthrift (n.) — a person who spends money in an extravagant, irresponsible way

echt (adj.) — authentic and typical

virtuoso (n.) — a person highly skilled in music or another artistic purpose

workaday (adj.) — not special, unusual, or interesting in any way; ordinary

vanguard (n.) — a group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas

obdurate (adj.) — stubbornly refusing to change one’s opinion or course of action

tableau vivant (n.) — a silent and motionless group of people arranged to represent a scene or incident

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noddy (n.) — a silly or foolish person

tope (v.) — drink alcohol to excess, especially on a regular basis

duumvirate (n.) — a coalition of two people having joint authority or influence

paraheliotropic (adj.) — (of leaves) turning away from light; sun avoiding

ebullition (n.) — the action of bubbling or boiling

agglutinate (v.) — firmly stick or be stuck together to form a mass

inchoate (adj.) — just begun and not so fully formed or developed; rudimentary

senescence (n.) — the condition or process of deterioration with age

eructation (n.) — a belch

ruck (n.) — the mass of ordinary people or things

idiosyncratic (adj.) — peculiar or individual

hew (v.) — conform or adhere to

hokum (n.) — nonsense

estimable (adj.) — worthy of great respect

comme il faut (adj.) — correct behavior or etiquette

trousseau (n.) — the clothes, household linen, and other belongings collected by a bride for her marriage

bête noire (n.) — a person or thing that one particularly dislikes

simulacrum (n.) — an image or representation of someone or something

prevaricate (v.) — to deviate from the truth; equivocate

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cockalorum (n.) — a self-important little man

thole (v.) — endure (something) without complaint or resistance; tolerate

hale (adj.) — (of a person, especially an elderly one) strong and healthy

wend (v.) — go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect path

mickle (n.) — a large amount

bewray (v.) — to accuse; malign; speak evil of

apologue (n.) — a moral fable, especially one with animals as characters

eldritch (adj.) — weird and sinister or ghostly

vim (n.) — energy; enthusiasm

sump (n.) — a pit or hollow in which liquid collects, especially one in the floor of a mine or basement

colleen (n.) — an Irish term for a girl or young woman

levity (n.) — humor or frivolity, especially the treatment of a serious matter with humor or in a manner lacking due respect

stripling (n.) — a young man

pneuma (n.) — (in Stoic thought) the vital spirit, soul, or creative force of a person

divaricate (v.) — stretch or spread apart

sublunary (adj.) — belonging to this world as contrasted with a better or more spiritual one

philippic (n.) — a bitter attack or denunciation, especially a verbal one

umbrage (n.) — offense of annoyance

asthete (n) — a person who has or affects to have a special appreciation of art and beauty

poser (n.) — a person who acts in an affected manner in order to impress others

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manifold (adj.) — many and various

zoophagous (adj.) — (of an animal) feeding on other animals

debauch (v.) — destroy or debase the moral purity of; corrupt

prig (n.) — a self-righteously moralistic person who behaves as if superior to others

inquietude (n.) — physical or mental restlessness or disturbance

arrogate (v.) — take or claim (something) without justification

effulgent (adj.) — shining brightly; radiant

perlurious (adj.) — furry or hairy

doyen (n.) — the most respected or prominent person in a particular field

stentorian (adj.) — (of a person’s voice) loud and powerful

malediction (n.) — a curse

callop (n.) — a slice of meat

éclat (n.) — brilliant display or effect

scatty (adj.) — absentminded and disorganized

obstreperous (adj.) — noisy and difficult to control

untrammeled (adj.) — not deprived of freedom of action or expression; not restricted or hampered

genuflect (v.) — lower one’s body briefly by bending one knee to the ground, typically in worship or as a sign of respect

mien (n.) — a person’s look or manner, especially one of a particular kind indicating their character or mood

imbue (v.) — inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality)

factotum (n.) — an employee who does all kinds of work

highfalutin (adj.) — (especially of speech, writing , or ideas) pompous or pretentious

travail (n.) — painful or laborious effort

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triturate (v.) — chew or grind (food) thoroughly

vulpine (adj.) — crafty; cunning

stertorous (adj.) — (of breathing) noisy and labored

avarice (n.) — extreme greed for wealth or material gain

interstice (n.) — an intervening space, especially a very small one

importunate (adj.) — persistent, especially to the point of annoyance or intrusion

sentient (adj.) — able to perceive or feel things

rake (n.) — a fashionable or wealthy man of dissolute or promiscuous habits

querulous (adj.) — complaining in a petulant or whining manner

hobbledehoy (n.) — a clumsy or awkward youth

rill (n.) — a small stream

guttersnipe (n.) — a scruffy and badly behaved child who spends most of their time on the street

excogitate (v.) — think out, plan,or devise

entelechy (n.) — the realization of potential

contrition (n.) — the state of feeling remorseful and penitent

incontinence (n.) — lack of self-restraint

gombeen man (n.) — (Irish) a shady, small-time “wheeler-dealer” businessman or politician who is always looking to make a quick profit, often at someone else’s expense or through the acceptance of bribes

mélange (n.) — a mixture; a medley

duodene (n.) — a schematic group of twelve notes; a group of twelve

buccinator (n.) — a flat, thin muscle in the wall of the cheek

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sharp (n.) — a swindler or cheat

euphonious (adj.) — (of a sound, especially speech) pleasing to the ear

dilettante (n.) — a person with an amateur interest in the arts

scalawag (n.) — a person who behaves badly but in an amusingly mischievous rather than harmful way; a rascal

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

nimbus (n.) — a luminous cloud or a halo surrounding a supernatural being or a saint

harridan (n.) — a strict, bossy, or belligerent old woman

hillock (n.) — a small hill or mound

mammon (n.) — wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion

pet (n.) — a fit of sulking or ill humor

omphalos (n.) — the center or hub of something

terrene (adj.) — of or like earth; earthy

maladroit (adj.) — ineffective or bumbling; clumsy

ineluctable (adj.) — unable to be resisted or avoided; inescapable

postprandial (adj.) — during or relating to the period after dinner or lunch

gelid (adj.) — icy; extremely cold

peckish (adj.) — hungry

epigram (n.) — a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way

grandee (n.) — a person of high rank or eminence

prosaic (adj.) — commonplace; unromantic

expostulate (v.) — express strong disapproval or disagreement

cerebration (n.) — the working of the brain; thinking

mirabile dictu (adv.) — wonderful to relate

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remonstrance (n.) — a forcefully reproachful protest

bespeak (v.) — (of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of

atomistic (adj.) — of or relating to atoms or atomism; composed of many simple elements

diligence (n.) — a public stagecoach

sportif (adj.) — (of a person) active or interested in athletic sports

mnemonic (n.) — a device such as a pattern of letters, ideas, or associations that assists in remembering something

loci (n.) — places or localities, especially centers of activity or the scenes of crimes

autodidact (n.) — a self-taught person

protean (adj.) — tending or able to change frequently or easily

sortie (n.) — a short trip of journey

acuity (n.) — sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing

tactile (adj.) — of or connected with the sense of touch

mandala (n.) — a symbol in a dream, representing the dreamer’s search for completeness and self-unity

unalloyed (adj.) — (chiefly of emotions) complete and unreserved

rectilinear (adj.) — contained by, consisting of, or moving in a straight line or lines

volubility (n.) — the quality of talking fluently, readily, or incessantly; talkativeness

situationism (n.) — the theory that human behavior is determined by surrounding circumstances rather than by personal qualities

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pastiche (n.) — an artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period

puerile (adj.) — childishly silly and trivial

coven (n.) — (often derogatory) a secret or close-knit group of associates

off-piste (adj.) — so as to deviate from what is conventional, usual, or expected

polemic (n.) — a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something

amenable (adj.) — (of a person) open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled

imprecation (n.) — a spoken curse

shiv (n.) — a knife or razor used as a weapon

hashery (n.) — a restaurant or lunch counter, especially a small or cheap place

esculent (adj.) — fit to be eaten; edible

bibulous (adj.) — excessively fond of drinking alcohol

celluloid (n.) — motion pictures as a genre

paean (n.) — a thing that expresses enthusiastic praise

pellucid (adj.) — translucently clear

liminal (adj.) — of or relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process

expiation (n.) — the act of making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing; atonement

iconography (n.) — the visual images, symbols, or modes of representation collectively associated with a person, cult, or movement