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luciferous
bringing light or insight; illuminating
canard
a false or baseless, usually derogatory story, report, or rumor (2. duck used for food)
stravage
to wander aimlessly, stroll, roam (chiefly Scotland)
foray
1. An initial attempt into a new activity or area. 2. A sudden raid, especially for taking plunder.
portmanteau
1. A word made by putting together parts of other words 2. A bag to carry clothing in while traveling
scapegrace
an incorrigible rascal, scoundrel, habitually unscrupulous person
lollygag
To fool around, waste time, or spend time lazily. (l...)
rambunctious
Uncontrollably boisterous, exuberant
vestigial
Forming a very small remnant of something that was once greater or more noticeable; undeveloped
monastic
Relating to or characteristic of a monastery or resembling the secluded, austere life of monks
onus
1. a difficult or disagreeable obligation or task, 2. burden of proof, 3. responsibility for an error/fault
neophyte
1. beginner, novice, 2. recent convert to a belief, religion etc.
locus
1. a place/locality, 2. a center or focus of great activity or intense concentration
manumit
to release from slavery
maverick
1. Person who shows independence of thought and action, esp. by refusing to adhere to the policies of a group; an unbranded animal
pummel
to strike, usually with the fist
supercilious
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
credence
Mental acceptance of something as true or real; belief.
juggernaut
a massive inexorable force that seems to crush everything in its way
lief
soon, gladly (adverb)
gadfly
1. any of various large flies that annoy livestock
interregnum
the time between two reigns, governments, etc.
coeval
of the same period (noun: person of nearly the same age as another)
irreverent
having or showing a lack of respect for someone or something that is usually treated with respect
cupidity
Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.
infinitesimal
infinitely or immeasurably small
chattel
an item of movable personal property, such as furniture, domestic animals, etc (law)
insidious
stealthily treacherous or deceitful; working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; intended to entrap
gadzookery
the use or overuse of period-specific or archaic expressions, as in a historical novel
irenic
tending to conciliate or promote peace or conciliation
vade mecum
1. referential book, e.g. handbook or manual, 2. a useful object constantly carried on one's person
pernicious
Adj. Tending to cause death or serious injury, deadly; causing great harm, destructive.
uliginous
Swampy; slimy; slippery.
coterminous
having the same borders or covering the same area
mumpsimus
A person who obstinately adheres to old ways in spite of clear evidence that they are wrong; an ignorant and bigoted opponent of reform
myrmidon
A loyal follower, especially one who executes orders unquestioningly.
rampike
standing dead tree, esp. the bleached skeleton or splintered trunk of a tree killed by fire, lightning, or wind.
sumpsimus
adherence to a strictly correct term/practice as a rejection of an erroneous but more common form; a person who is obstinate or zealous about such strict correctness
hypozeuxis
the use of a series of parallel clauses, each of which has a subject and predicate, as in “I came, I saw, I conquered.”
compathy
feelings, as happiness or grief, shared with another or others.
sententious
abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims; given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
pith
the important or essential part; substance, weight; The soft, spongy tissue in the center of the stems of most flowering plants; the tissue lining citrus fruits
pithy
brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; terse; forcible:
cogent
Appealing to the intellect or powers of reasoning; convincing; powerfully persuasive
leporine
Of or relating to a hare or rabbit.
smattering
a slight, superficial, or introductory knowledge of something
gonzo
1. wild, crazy 2. bizarre, unconventional 3. using an exaggerated, highly subjective style (in journalism)
convalescence
gradual return to health after illness, injury, or an operation, esp through rest; the period during which such recovery occurs
diametrical
exactly opposite, contrary; related to a diameter
epeolatry
the worship of words
demonym
Term that denotes an inhabitant or native of a place, e.g. "Swede" or "New Yorker"
kerfuffle
fuss, commotion (chiefly British, informal)
alembic
1. Something that purifies, refines or transforms, 2. An apparatus formerly used in distilling.
green-collar
noting or pertaining to workers, jobs, or businesses that are involved in protecting the environment or solving environmental problems.
accismus
The feigned refusal of something one keenly desires (rhetoric)
Dysphemism
a deliberate use of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging word in place of an otherwise inoffensive term (e.g. "pig" for policeman)
litotes
understatement, esp. that in which an affirmative is expressed by the negative of its contrary, as in “not bad at all.”
sybaritic
Devoted to or relating to luxury and pleasure.
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