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maudlin
Effusively sad or full of self-pity; extremely sentimental [e.g. when drunk]
calamity
1. disaster/misfortune, esp one causing extreme havoc, distress, or misery 2. a state or feeling of deep distress or misery
exegesis
critical explanation or interpretation of a text, particularly religious texts
perspicacious
having keen mental perception and understanding; shrewd; astute; discerning
halcyon
1. Calm and peaceful; tranquil 2. Prosperous, golden
assiduity
Persistent application or diligence; unflagging effort.
nexus
1. a means of connection; tie; link. 2. a connected series or group. 3. the core or center, as of a matter or situation.
sartorial
relating to the making of clothes, usually men's clothes, or to a way of dressing
coltish
1. inexperienced; unruly 2. playful and lively
colt
1. A young male horse. 2. A youthful or inexperienced person
circumspect
Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent; discreet; watchful
armistice
A temporary cessation of fighting by mutual consent; a truce.
panacea
a remedy for all ills; cure-all; an answer to all problems
lanuginous
Covered with soft, short hair; downy.
exurb
a small, usually prosperous, community situated beyond the suburbs of a city.
apocryphal
1. Of questionable authorship or authenticity. 2. Erroneous; fictitious
prelapsarian
1. characteristic of/pertaining to any innocent or carefree period 2. (Theology) occurring before the Fall of Man (from Eden)
sibylline
1. mysterious; cryptic. 2. prophetic; oracular.
trothplight
1. engagement to be married; betrothal.
Expostulate
To attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
sui generis
Latin: of its own kind, unique in its characteristics
sinewy
Strong; tough; stringy; forceful.
estival
pertaining or appropriate to summer.
rubberneck
To look or stare with undue curiosity.
parallax
The apparent shift of an object against a background due to a change in observer position
interdigitate
to interlock, as or like the fingers of both hands.
ophidian
synonym for a snake (from Greek)
mithridatize
To develop immunity to a poison by gradually increasing the dose
penelopize
verb intr.: To delay or gain time to put off an undesired event
instantiate
1. to provide an instance of or concrete evidence in support of (a theory, concept, claim, or the like).
harrumph
1. to clear the throat audibly in a self-important manner 2. to express oneself gruffly.
Exculpate
to clear from blame; to prove innocent
lateritious
Resembling, made of, or the color of, bricks
ovine
Of, relating to, or resembling sheep.
empyrean
1. Relating to the highest heaven, believed to contain pure light or fire. 2. Relating to the sky; celestial. 3. Sublime; elevated.
niveous
Snowy or resembling snow
hubris
Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
autarky
the condition of self-sufficiency, especially economic, as applied to a nation.
variegated
1. varied in appearance or color; marked with patches or spots of different colors. 2. varied; diversified; diverse
agog
Very excited, eager or curious to hear or see something.
etiology
cause, origins or manner of causation of a disease or a condition
perennial
Lasting or existing for a long or apparently infinite time; enduring or continually recurring; present at all seasons of the year; regularly repeated or renewed
trifecta
1. A system of betting in which the bettor must pick the first three winners in the correct sequence 2. A set or combination of three things (esp. three successful outcomes)
grimoire
A book of magical knowledge, especially one containing spells; a manual of black magic
sojourn
A temporary stay; a brief period of residence
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