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dermatoglyphics
The ridge patterns of skin on the inner surface of the hands and feet, and the scientific study of these patterns
sesquipedalian
1. Polysyllabic. 2. Relating to or using long words. 3. Long-winded.
wassail
1. to drink to the health or success of; toast. 2. to revel with drinking.
genuflect
To kneel on one knee and then rise as an act of respect, to express a servile attitude
suberous
Like cork in appearance or texture.
humbuggery
pretense, sham (h...)
cordate
heart-shaped
hotsy-totsy
about as right as can be; perfect (older slang)
cataclysm
deluge; upheaval; earthquake; violent and sudden event or change
maffick
To celebrate in a boisterous manner
Tyro
beginner; novice
behoof
benefit or advantage
clarion
clear and shrill (as a noun it means a trumpet-like instrument or the sound produced by it)
asomatous
having no material body; incorporeal.
mansuetude
mildness; gentleness
succulent
1. Juicy. 2. Having thick fleshy leaves or stems for storing water, as a cactus. 3. Interesting or enjoyable.
quondam
That once was; former
Faustian
sacrificing spiritual values for power, knowledge, or material gain
senectitude
the last stage of life; old age
de rigueur
strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion
plonk
inferior or cheap wine (UK)
parable
A short story that illustrates a moral lesson
ambisinistrous
Clumsy with both hands.
lien
A claim on another’s property until a debt owed by that person is paid back.
taupe
A brownish gray, similar to the color of moleskin.
prowess
skill or expertise in a particular activity or field
fetid
Having a strong unpleasant odor
ignominious
Deserving or causing disgrace or shame.
magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult or injury, kind, noble
plod
to move laboriously, trudge; to proceed in a tediously slow manner
vagary
1. an unpredictable or erratic action/occurrence, 2. a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
foible
a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect
dilapidated
reduced to or fallen into partial ruin or decay, as from age, wear, or neglect.
sangfroid
coolness of mind; calmness; composure
avulse
to pull off or tear away forcibly
gormless
lacking in vitality or intelligence; stupid, dull, or clumsy.
mirth
gaiety or jollity, especially when accompanied by laughter
panegyric
lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing
draconian
rigorous; unusually severe or cruel
dactyl
poetic meter, stressed syllable followed by two unstressed syllabl
cretinous
foolish, unintelligent; slow in mental/emotional/physical development
inveterate
settled or confirmed in a habit/practice/feeling, deep-rooted
incumbent
holding an indicated position/office; obligatory
acuity
sharpness (of mind or senses of sight or hearing)
hypocoristic
relating to a nickname, usually indicating intimacy (or 2. relating to baby talk)
metonym
word or phrase used in place of another with which it's closely associated.
onomasiology
the branch of semantics concerned with the meanings of and meaning relations between individual words
stalwart
Loyal and resolute; strong and imposing
jurisprudence
1. the science or philosophy of law. 2. a body or system of laws.
igneous
1. of, relating to, or characteristic of fire. 2. produced under conditions involving intense heat, as rocks of volcanic origin
emolument
profit, salary, or fees from office or employment; compensation for services
pundit
A ( ) is a person who knows a lot about a subject and is often asked to give information or opinions about it to the public.
dipsomaniac
A person with an extreme and uncontrollable desire for alcohol.
uncouth
trange/clumsy in shape or appearance; lacking in polish and grace; awkward and uncultivated
quadruped
an animal with four limbs specialised for walking
voluptuary
person whose life is devoted to the pursuit and enjoyment of luxury and sensual pleasure
abase
to reduce or lower, as in rank, office, reputation, or estimation; humble; degrade
Trenchant
acute, sharp, or incisive; forceful; effective
futz
to waste time to effort on frivolities; fiddle, tamper with something
acrimonious
caustic, stinging or bitter in nature
calliopean
piercingly loud (resembling a calliope in sound)
parergon
Something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment; work undertaken in addition to one’s principal work
inoculate
1. to vaccinate, safeguard, 2. to introduce microorganisms/a disease to a living organism, 3. to introduce an idea/attitude into somebody's mind, to indoctrinate
inimical
adverse, unfavourable, hostile
echelon
level of command, authority or rank, a subdivision of a headquarters, an arrangement of troops drawn up in parallel lines in step formation
eponym
A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named; something named after a person
bork
To systematically attack a nominee or candidate for public office
boutade
A sudden outburstor outbreak (french)
transpontine
1. situated on the farther side of a bridge 2. (British) situated on the south side of the Thames
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