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blasé
having a lack of excitement or interest in something especially because it is very familiar
ameliorate
to make or become better, more bearable, or more satisfactory; improve.
bucolic
Relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life:
libelous
containing an untrue statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone
marsupial
Beuteltier
gander
1. male goose 2. simpleton 3. look/glance
internecine
mutually destructive, relating to/involving conflict within a group
paucity
smallness of quantity; scarcity; scantiness
iterative
involving repetition
inter alia
Latin: among other things
nebbish
a pitifully ineffectual, luckless, and timid person
zealot
person who has strong/excessive feelings about something and wants other people to have those feelings: a zealous person
quixotic
hopeful or romantic in a way that is not practical
acumen
mental keenness; sharpness of judgment; quickness of intellectual insight
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable, quarrelsome, difficult
rupestrine
living or growing on or among rocks
quibble
To argue or find fault over trivial matters or minor concerns; cavil.
vindicate
Clear of blame or suspicion, prove to be right, reasonable, or justified
belligerent
inclined or eager to fight, hostile, aggressive
buoyant
being able to float, cheerful, resilient
burgeon
to grow or develop quickly, flourish
holdover
a person or thing remaining from a former period
beleaguer
besiege, cause sbd constant/repeated trouble, harass
dictum
1. a statement or well-known remark that expresses an important idea or rule, formal/authorative statement
brood
children of certain animals (esp birds, hatched at one time), the children in one family.
mien
Bearing or manner, especially as it reveals an inner state of mind, appearance
coddle
to treat with extreme/excessive care or kindness, pamper
summons
An authoritative or urgent call to someone to be present or to do something
timbre
The character or quality of a musical sound or voice as distinct from its pitch and intensity
succour
Assistance and support in times of hardship and distress
quagmire
An awkward, complex, or hazardous situation; a soft boggy area of land
drudgery
unpleasant, dull, or hard work
skint
having little or no money available (UK)
decrepit
Weakened or worn out because of age, illness, or excessive use
peg out
die (UK informal)
cosset
Care for and protect in an overindulgent way (not coddle)
epithet
a word or phrase characteristically used to characterize a person or thing
virile
(of man) having strength, energy, a strong sex drive:
loutish
uncouth and aggressive; thuggish
lambaste
beat or whip severely, criticise harshly
quip
clever, witty or sarcastic remark or comment
opus
musical composition, artistic work, especially one on a large scale
hibernian
Irish, related to Ireland
boon
blessing; benefit; something very helpful
ether
1. the upper regions of space 2. A volatile, highly flammable liquid, formerly anesthetic
douse
1. drench, pour water over 2. extinguish
gargantuan
of immense size, extent, or quantity (g...)
amaranthine
undying; of an imaginary flower that never fades
dissent
to differ in sentiment or opinion, especially from the majority; withhold assent; disagree
desiccate
to dry thoroughly; dry up
obsequious
too eager to help or obey someone important
emaciated
abnormally thin, wasted away
jaunty
Having or expressing a lively, cheerful, and self-confident manner
wily
full of clever tricks, very clever, cunning
cajolery
persuasion by flattery, gentle pleading, or insincere language
prolix
extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy (p...)
homily
sermon or talk on a religious or moral topic
despondent
feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom.
august
inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic
countenance
appearance, especially the look or expression of the face
delinquent
1. failing to do what law or duty requires. 2. overdue in payment
hoi polloi
the common people; the masses
pecuniary
of or relating to money (p...)
somatic
Relating to the body, especially as distinct from the mind
ossify
1. to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions 2. cause to harden
fuliginous
sooty, smoky, the colour of soot
apricity
Warmth of the sun; basking in the sun
summa cum laude
with highest praise/distinction, for academic degrees
taciturn
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation
inchoate
not completely formed or developed yet, disorganised, rudimentary
provenance
1. place of origin or earliest known history of something 2. record of ownership
fungible
replaceable by another identical item; mutually interchangeable.
ecumenical
1. Of worldwide scope or applicability; universal 2. promoting unity among churches
anathema
1. someone or something that is very strongly disliked 2. vehement denunciation/curse
amble
to walk slowly in a free and relaxed way
aeon
1. an immeasurably or indefinitely long period of time 2. one billion years
vertiginous
1. causing vertigo 2. turning, whirling 3. changing, unstable
numinous
having a mysterious, holy, or spiritual quality (n...)
unctuous
Displaying insincere earnestness or piousness; oily
duplicity
deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people
peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative; dictorial.
vexatious
Causing or tending to cause annoyance, frustration, or worry
titter (v)
Give a short, half-suppressed laugh; giggle:
debauchery
excessive indulgence in sensual pleasures; intemperance.
debauch
to corrupt, sully, seduce from virtue
binocular (adj.)
adapted for or using two eyes
effrontery
shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity
gale
1. a very strong wind 2. a noisy outburst
primeval
related to the earliest time in history; strongly instinctive and unreasoning (of behaviour or emotion)
asinine
foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid:
nubile
1. sexually developed and attractive 2. marriageable (age-wise)
bedlam
a scene of uproar and confusion (b...)
irascible
Having or showing a tendency to be easily angered (i...)
lachrymose
Tearful, given to weeping or cause weeping
bon mot
a witty remark or comment; clever saying; witticism. (french)
apostasy
renunciation of one’s previous loyalty; a total desertion of one’s religion, principles, cause, etc.
velleity
A wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action.
nixie
a letter or parcel that is undeliverable by the post office because of a faulty or illegible address
dingy
shabby, dismal; of a dark, dull or dirty colour or aspect, lacking brightness/freshness
understory
the shrubs and plants growing beneath the main canopy of a forest
lodestone
1. something that attracts strongly. 2. a variety of magnetite that possesses magnetic polarity and attracts iron
eristic (n)
1. a person who engages in disputation; controversialist. 2. the art of disputation.
plutocracy
the rule or power of wealth or of the wealthy
clerisy
Educated people considered as a group; the literati.
longanimity
patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance.
revenant (n)
A person who returns after a long absence or supposedly after death
pachyderm
1. thick-skinned creature (e.g. elephant) 2. insensitive person 3. someone not affected by ridicule/criticism
mendacious
telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful.
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