Words

refectory (n.) — a room used for communal meals, especially in an educational or religious institution

curio (n.) — a rare, unusual, or intriguing object

farrago (n.) — a confused mixture

sidereal (adj.) — of or with respect to the distant stars (i.e., the constellations or fixed stars, not the sun or planets)

moribund (adj.) — (of a person) at the point of death

athanor (n.) — a type of furnace used by alchemists, able to maintain a steady heat for long periods

indecorum (n.) — failure to conform to good taste, propriety, or etiquette

cenotaph (n.) — a tomblike monument to someone buried elsewhere, especially one commemorating people who died in a war

irruption (n.) — a forced or sudden entrance

tetchily (adj.) — bad-tempered and irritable

dialectical (adj.) — relating to the logical discussion of ideas and opinions

tableau (n.) — a group of models or motionless figures representing a scene from a story or from history

circumspect (adj.) — wary or unwilling to take risks

opprobrium (n.) — harsh criticism or censure

riposte (n.) — a quick clever reply to an insult or criticism

sciolist (n.) — a person who pretends to be knowledgeable and well informed

dolour (n.) — a state of great sorrow or distress

fardel (n.) — a bundle

prosody (n.) — the patterns or rhythm and sound used in poetry

purblind (adj.) — slow or unable to understand; dimwitted

magdalen (n.) — a reformed prostitute

rhodomontade (n.) — a bragging speech

wassail (n.) — spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve

verisimilitude (n.) — the appearance of being true or real

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muzzy (adj.) — unable to think clearly; confused

lanthorn (n.) — lantern

lozenge (n.) — a rhombus or diamond shape

undercroft (n.) — the crypt of a church

leonine (adj.) — of or resembling a lion or lions

navvy (n.) — a laborer employed in the excavation and construction of a road, railroad, or canal

grimalkin (n.) — a spiteful old woman

usurer (n.) — a person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest

souse (v.) — soak in or drench with liquid

burthen (n.) — archaic form of burden

flambeaux (n.) — a flaming torch, especially one made of several thick wicks dipped in wax

pallid (adj.) — (of a person’s face) pale, typically because of poor health

mawkish (adj.) — sentimental in a feeble or sickly way

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milieu (n.) — a person’s social environment

dandy (n.) — a man unduly devoted to style, neatness, and fashion in dress and appearance

scaramouch (n.) — a boastful but cowardly person

cupidity (n.) — greed for money or possessions

stiletto (n.) — a short dagger with a tapering blade

myrmidon (n.) — a hired ruffian or unscrupulous subordinate

florid (adj.) — having a red or flushed complexion

claque (n.) — a group of sycophantic followers

oracular (adj.) — (of an utterance, advice, etc.) hard to interpret; enigmatic

scapegrace (n.) — a mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child; a rascal

votary (n.) — a person, such as a monk or nun, who has made vows of dedication to religious service

fillip (n.) — something that acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity

coterie (n.) — a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people

epicure (n.) — a person who takes particular pleasure in fine food and drink

charnel (adj.) — associated with death

baleful (adj.) — having a harmful or destructive effect

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scofflaw (n.) — a person who flouts the law, especially by failing to comply with a law that is difficult to enforce effectively

juggernaut (n.) — a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution

dragoon (n.) — a member of any of several cavalry regiments in the British army

physic (n.) — medicine, especially a cathartic

descant (v.) — talk tediously or at length

doughty (adj.) — brave and persistent

foolscap (n.) — a size of paper, now standardized at about 13 x 8

worsted (n.) — a fine smooth yarn spun from long-staple wood

timothy (n.) — a Eurasian grass that is widely grown for grazing and hay

pillion (n.) — a woman’s light saddle

polemicist (n.) — a person who engages in controversial debate

craven (adj.) — contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly

iniquitous (adj.) — grossly unfair and morally wrong

varlet (n.) — a man or boy acting as an attendant or servant

swain (n.) — a country youth

peccadillo (n.) — a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin

peculate (v.) — embezzle or steal (money, especially public funds)

connubial (adj.) — of or relating to marriage or the relationship of a married couple; conjugal

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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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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.

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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