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aright (uh-RYT)
1. (adv) Rightly; correctly; properly; in a right way or manner.
catholicon (kuh-THOL-i-kuhn)
1. (n) A panacea or cure-all.
haggard (HAG-uhrd)
1. (adj) looking gaunt or exhausted, as from fatigue, suffering, hunger, age, etc.
tenderfoot (TEN-duhr-foot)
1. (n) A newcomer or a beginner at something, one not used to hardships.
praetorian/pretorian (pree-TOR-ee-uhn)
1. (adj) Corruptible; fraudulent.
sweven (SWEV-uh)
1. (n) Dream; vision
fescennine (FES-uh-nyn, -nin)
1. (adj) Obscene or scurrilous.
dapple (DAP-uhl)
1. (n) A small contrasting spot or blotch. 2. (n) A mottled appearance, especially of the coat of an animal. 3. (n) To mark with patches of a color or shade; to spot. 4. (n) To become dappled. 5. (n) Marked with contrasting patches or spots; dappled.
sphinx (sfingks)
1. (n) A mysterious, inscrutable person.
meticulous (muh-TIK-yuh-luhs)
1. (adj) Extremely or excessively careful about details.
dark horse (dark hors)
1. (n) Someone little-known who ends up winning a contest unexpectedly.
scrannel (SKRAN-l)
1. (adj) Thin 2. (adj) Unmelodious
juju (JOO-joo)
1. (n) An object superstitiously believe to embody magical powers. 2. (n) The power associated with a juju.
clochard (KLOH-shahr)
1. (n) A beggar; vagrant.
magna carta (MAG-nuh KAHR-tuh)
1. (n) A document or a law recognizing basic rights and privileges.
propound (pruh-POWND)
1. (v) To offer for consideration; to put forward; to propose.
argillaceous (ahr-juh-LAY-shuhs)
1. (adj) Made of resembling, or relating to clay
extol (ik-STOHL)
1. (v) To praise highly; to glorify; to exalt.
hyberbole (hy-PUHR-buh-lee)
1. (n) Extravagant exaggeration.
provenance (PROV-uh-nuhn(t)s)
1. (n) Origin; source.
gustatory (GUS-tuh-tor-ee)
1. (adj) Of or pertaining to the sense of taste.
misoneism (mis-uh-NEE-izm)
1. (n) A hatred or fear of change or innovation
atrabilious (at-ruh-BIL-yuhs)
1. (adj) Gloomy. 2. (adj) Ill-tempered
jackanapes (JAK-uh-nayps)
1. (n) An impertinent conceited person.
boustrophedon (boo-struh-FEED-n, -FEE-don)
1. (n) A method of writing in which lines are written alternately in opposite direction, from left to right, and right to left.
supernumerary (soo-puhr-NOO-muh-rair-ee; -NYOO-)
1. (adj) Exceeding the stated, standard, or prescribed number. 2. (adj) Exceeding what is necessary or desired; superfluous. 3. (n) A supernumerary person or thing. 4. (n) An actor without a speaking part, as a walk-on or an extra in a crowd scene
paean (PEE-uhn)
1. (n) A joyous song of praise, triumph, or thanksgiving. 2. (n) An expression of praise or joy.
sapient (SAY-pee-uhnt)
1. (adj) Wise; sage; discerning.
cosher (KOSH-uhr)
1. (v) To pamper.
royal we (ROI-uhl wee)
1. (n) The first-person plural pronoun used by a king or queen to refer to himself or herself, for example, "We are not amused," a line attributed to Queen Victoria.
contemn (kuhn-TEM)
1. (v) To regard or treat with disdain or contempt; to scorn; to despise
tremulous (TREM-yuh-luhs)
1. (adj) Shaking; shivering; quivering; as, a tremulous motion of the hand or the lips; the tremulous leaf of the popular. 2. (adj) Affected with fear or timidity; trembling.
forlorn (fur-LORN; for-)
1. (adj) Sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost. 2. (adj) Bereft; forsaken.3. (adj) Wretched or pitiful in appearance or condition. 4. (adj) Almost hopeless; desperate.
condign (kuhn-DINE; KON-dine)
1. (adj) Suitable to the fault or crime; deserved; adequate.
surfeit (SUR-fit)
1. (n) An excessive amount or supply. 2. (n) Overindulgence, as in food or drink. 3. (n) Disgust caused by overindulgence or excess. 4. (n) To feed or supply to excess.
vituperation (vy-too-puh-RAY-shuhn, -tyoo-)
1. (n) The act or an instance of speaking abusively to or about. 2. (n) Sustained and severely abusive language.
orthography (or-THOG-ruh-fee)
1. (n) The commonly accepted way of spelling words. 2. (n) The branch of knowledge concerned with the study of spelling and representing sounds of language by letters and diacritics.
patina (PAT-n-uh; puh-TEEN-uh)
1. (n) The color or incrustation which age gives to works of art; espectially, the green rust which covers ancient bronzes, coins, and metals 2. (n) The sheen on any surface, produced by age and use. 3. (n) An appearance or aura produced by habit, practice, or use. 4. (n) A superficial layer or exterior.
dilatory (DIL-uh-tor-ee)
1. (adj) Tending to put off what out to be done at once; given to procrastination 2. (adj) Marked by procrastination or delay; intended to cause delay;-- said of actions or measures
foment (foh-MENT; FOH-ment)
1. (v) To nurse to life or activity; to incite; to abet; to instigate; --often in a bad sense. 2. (v) To apply warm water or medicated liquid, ointments, etc. to (the surface of the body)
Simon Legree (SY-muhn li-GREE)
1. (n) A harsh taskmaster.
jeremiah (jer-uh-MY-uh)
1. (n) A person who complains continually, has a gloomy attitude, or one who warns about a disastrous future.
lachrymose (LAK-ruh-mohs)
1. (adj) Generating or shedding tears; suffused with tears; tearful. 2.(adj) Causing or tending to cause tears.
roborant (ROB-uhr-uhnt)
1. (adj) Strengthening. 1. (n) A tonic
sentient (SEN-shee-uhnt; -tee-; shuhnt)
1. (adj) Capable of perceiving by the senses; conscious. 2. (adj) Experiencing sensation or feeling.
panoply (PAN-uh-plee)
1. (n) A splendid or impressive array. 2. (n) Ceremonial attire. 3. (n) A full suit of armor; a complete defense or covering.
ribald (RIB-uld or RY-bawld)
1. (adj) Characterized by or given to bulgar humor;coarse
popinjay (POP-in-jay)
1. (n) Someone who indulges in vain and empty chatter.
puerile (PYOO-uhr-uhl; PYOOR-uhl)
1. (adj) Displaying or suggesting a lack or maturity; juvenile; childish.
morganatic (mor-guh-NAT-ik)
1. (adj) Of or relating to a marriage between two people of different social ranks such that the spouse of lower rank and the children do not share the titles or possession of the higher-ranking spouse.
comity KOM-uh-tee
1. (n) A state of mutual harmon, friendship, and respect, especially between or among nations or people; civility. 2. (n) The courteous recognition by one nation of the laws and institutions of another. 3. (n) The group of nations observing international comity.
fugacious (fyoo-GAY-shuhs)
1. (adj) Lasting a very short time.
quisquilian (kwis-KWIL-ee-uhn)
1. (adj) Worthless, trifling.
cavil (KAV-uhl)
1. (intransitive v) TO raise trivial or frivolous objections;to find fault without good reason. 2. (intransitive v) TO raise trivial objections to. 3. (n) A trivial or frivolous objection.
berate (bih-RAYT)
1. (v) To scold severely or angrily.
catachresis (kat-uh-KREE-sis)
1. (n) The misuse of words.
cupidity (kyoo-PID-uh-tee)
1. (n) Eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth; greed; avarice
dexterous or dextrous (DEK-struhs, -stuhr-uhs)
1. (adj) Skillful or adroit, mentally or bodily. 2. (adj) Right-handed
emolument (h-MOL-yuh-muhnt)
1. (n) The wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor; gain; compensation
repletion (rih-PLEE-shun)
1. (n) The condition of being completely filled or supplied. 2. (n) Excessive fullness, as from overeating.
melange (may-LAHNZH)
1. (n) A mixture; a medley.
defenestrate (dee-FEN-uh-strayt)
1. (v) To throw out a window.
fustian (FUHS-chuhn)
1. (n) A kind of coarse twilled cotton or cotton and linen stuff, including corduroy, velveteen, ect. 2. (n) An inflated style of writing or speech; pompous or pretentious language. 3. (n) Made of fustian. 4. (n) Pompouse; ridiculously inflated; bombastic
prink (PRINGK)
1. (v) To dress up; to deck for show. 2. (v) To dress or arrange oneself for show; to primp
pantagruelian (pan-tuh-groo-EL-ee-uhn)
1. (adj) Enormous. 2. (adj) Displaying extravagant and coarse humor.
cadge (KAJ)
1. (transitive v) To be or obtain by begging; to sponge. 2. (transitive v) To beg; to sponge.
acumen (uh-KYOO-muhn; AK-yuh-muhn)
1. (n) Quickness of perception or discernment; shrewdness shown by keen insight.
listless (LIST-lis)
1. (adj) Having no desire or inclination; indifferent; heedless; spiritless
anodyne (AN-uh-dyn)
1. (adj) Serving to relieve pain; soothing. 2. (adj) Not likely to offend; bland; innocuous. 3. (n) A medicine that relieves pain. 4. (adj) Anything that calms, comforts, or soothes disturbed feelings.
choler (KOLL-u; KOLE-ur)
1. (n) Irritation of the passions; anger; wrath.
knell (NEL)
1. (n) The stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything. 2. (v) To sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen.
brummagem (BRUHM-uh-juhm)
1. (adj) Cheap and showy, tawdry; also, spurious, counterfeit.
vituperate (vy-TOO-puh-rate, -TYOO-, vi-)
1. (v) To find fault with; to scold; to overwhelm with wordy abuse; to abuse to censure severely or abusively; to rate.
bagatelle (bah-uh-TEL)
1.(n) A trifle; a thing of little or no importance. 2.(n) A short, light musical or literary piece. 3.(n) A game played with a cue and balls on an oblong table having cups or arches at one end.
austral (O-struhl)
1. (adj) Southern.
quondam (KWAHN-duhm; KWAHN-dam)
1. (adj) Having been formerly; former; sometime.
palaver (puh-LAV-uhr; puh-LAH-vur)
1. (n) Idle talk. 2. (n) Talk intended to beguile or deceive. 3. (n) A parley usually between persons of different backgrounds or cultures or levels of sophistication; a talk; hence, a public conference and deliberation. 4. (v) To talk idly. 5. (v) To flatter; to cajole.
raconteur (rack-on-TUR)
1. (n) One who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.
minatory (MIN-uh-tor-ee)
1. (adj) Threatening; menacing.
patrician (puh-TRISH-un)
1. (n) A member of one of the original citizen families of ancient Rome. 2. (n) A person of high birth; a nobleman. 3. (n) A person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste. 4. (adj) Of or pertaining to the patrician families of ancient Rome. 5. (adj) Of, or pertaining to, or appropriate to, a person of high birth; noble; not plebeian. 6. (n) Befitting or characteristic of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
lingua franca (LING-gwuh FRANGK-uh)
1. (n) A language that is widely used by speakers of different languages to communicate with one another.
forgo (for-GO)
1. (transitive v) To abstain from; to do without
balbriggan (bal-BRIG-uhn)
1. (n) A knitted, unbleached cotton fabric, used in hosiery and underwear.
waterloo (WOT-uhr-loo)
1. (n) A crushing or final defeat.
malediction (mal-uh-DIK-shun)
1. (n) A curse or execration.
smithereens (smith-ih-REENZ)
1. (n) Tiny fragments.
philter (FIL-tur)
1. (n) A potion or charm supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love. 2. (n) A potion or charm believed to have magic power. 3. (v) To enchant or bewitch with or as if with a magic potion or charm.
Ioquacious (lo-KWAY-shuhs)
1. (adj) Talkative; wordy.
chimera (ki-MEER-uh, ky-)
1. (n) A fanciful fabrication; illusion. 2. (n)An organism having genetically different tissues.
harpy (HAR-pee)
1. (n) A predatory person. 2. (n) A bad-tempered woman.
loose cannon (loos KAN-uhn)
1. (n) An uncontrollable or unpredictable person, often causing damage to his own faction.
iatrogenic (eye-at-ruh-JEN-ik)
1. (adj) Caused inadvertently by medical treatment, such as an infection or a complication.
blackguard (BLAG-uhrd)
1. (n) A rude or unscrupulous person; a scoundrel. 2. (n) A person who uses foul or abusive language. 3. (adj) Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious 4. (v) To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
pusillanimous (pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs)
1. (adj) Lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly.
Jericho (JER-i-ko)
1. (n) A place out of the way; an unspecified place; a place of concealment.
obeisance (oh-BEE-suhn(t)s; oh-BAY-suhn(t)s)
1. (n) An expression of deference or respect, such as a bow or curtsy. 2. (n) Deference, homage.
Hobson's choice (HOB-suhnz-CHOIS)
1. (n) A choice without an alternative; the thing offered of nothing
vehement (VEE-uh-muhnt)
1. (adj) Characterized by intensity of emotions or convictions, or forcefulness of expression. 2. (adj) Characterized by or acting with great force or energy; strong
fiduciary (fih-DOO-shee-air-ee)
1. (adj) Relating to the holding of something in trust for another. 2. (adj) Someone who stands in a special relation of trust, confidence or responsibility in certain obligations to others; a trustee.
aestival or estival (ES-tuh-vuhl)
1. (adj) Of or belonging to the summer; as, aestival diseases
chichi (SHEE-shee)
1. (adj) Affectedly trendy.
exalt (ig-ZOLT)
1. (v) To praise, to glorify, or honor. 2. (v) To heighten or intensify. 3. (v) To raise in rank, character, or status
tirade (TY-raid; tih-RAID)
1. (n) A long angry speech; a violent denunciation; a prolonged outburst full of censure or abuse.
lackadaisical (lack-uh-DAY-zih-kuhl)
1. (adj) Lacking spirit or liveliness; showing lack of interest; languid; listless
svengali (sven-GAH-lee)
1. (n) A person who manipulates and exercises excessive control over another for sinister purposes
sommelier (sum-uhl-YAY)
1. (n) A wine steward in a restaurant.
paper tiger (PAY-puhr TY-guhr)
1. (n) One who is outwardly strong and powerful but is in fact powerless and ineffectual.
croupier (KROO-pee-uhr, -pee-ay)
1. (n) An attendant at a gaming table at a casino who collects and pays bets, deals the cards, spin the roulette, etc.
Vandyke (van dyk)
1. (n) A short, pointed beard.
glutinous (GLOOT-nuhs)
1. (adj) Of nature of glue; resembling glue; sticky.
indigent (IN-dih-juhnt)
1. (adj) Extremely poor; not having the necessities of life, such as food, clothing and shelter.
mephitic (muh-FIT-ik)
1. (adj) Offensive to the smell; as, a mephitic odors. 2. (adj) Poisonous; noxious.
gargantuan (gar-GAN-choo-uhn)
1. (adj) Gigantic.
cogent (KOH-juhnt)
1. (adj) Having the power to compel conviction; appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing
cicerone (sis-uh-RO-nee)
1. (n) A tour guide.
orthoepy (or-THO-uh-pee, OR-tho-ep-ee
1. (n) Study of the pronunciation of words. 2. (n) Customary pronunciation of language.
mazy (MAY-zee)
1. (adj) Resembling a maze in form or complexity; winding; intricate; confusing; perplexing.
babbitt (BAB-it)
1. (n) A self-satisfied narrow-minded person who conforms to conventional ideals of business and material success.
egress (EE-gress)
1. (n) The act of going out or leaving, or the right or freedom to leave; departure. 2. (n) A means of going out or leaving; an exit; an outlet. 3. (v) To go out; to depart; to leave.
shebeen (shuh-BEEN)
1. (n) An unlicensed drinking establishment.
flibbertigibbet (FLIB-uhr-tee-jib-it)
1. (n) Someone who is regarded as flightly, scatterbrained, and talkative.
amalgam (uh-MAL_guhm)
1. (n) An alloy of mercury with another metal or metals; used especially (with silver) as a dental filling. 2. (n) A mixture or compound of different things.
bruit (BROOT)
1. (v) To report; to noise abroad.
grammatolatry (gram-uh-TOL-uh-tree)
1. (n) The worship of words: regard for the letter while ignoring the spirit of something
brummagem (BRUM-uh-juhm)
1. (adj) Cheap and showy. 2. (n) Something that is counterfeit or of inferior quality.
coprolite (KOP-ruh-lyte)
1. (n) Fossilized excrement.
halcyon (HAL-see-uhn)
1. (n) A kingfisher. 2. (n) A mythical bird, with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation. 3. (n) Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy; as, "deep, halcyon repose." 4. (n) Marked by peace and prosperity; as, "halcyon years."
garboil (GAHR-boil)
1. (n) Confusion, turmoil
renascent (rih-NAH-uhnt)
1. (adj) Springing or rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.
fetter (FET-uhr)
1. (n) A chain or shackle for the feet; a bond; a shackle. 2.(n) Anything that confines or restrains; a restraint. 3. (v) TO put fetters upon; to shackle or confine. 4. (v) To restrain from progress or action; to impose restraints on; to confine.
epiphenomenon (ep-i-fuh-NOM-uh-non, nuhn)
1. (n) A secondary phenomenon, one resulting from another. 2. (n) An additional symptom appearing during the course of an illness, but not necessarily related to it.
troglodyte (TROG-luh-dyt)
1. (n) A member of primitive people that lived in caves, dens, or holes; a cave dweller. 2. (n) One who is regarded as reclusive, reactionary, out of date, or brutish.
tartfuffe (tahr-TOOF)
1. (n) A hypocrite who feigns virtue, especially in religious matters.
grandee (gran-DEE)
1. (n) A man of elevated rank or station. 2. (n) In Spain or Portugal, a nobleman of the first rank.
schadenfreude (SHOD-n-froy-duh)
1. (n) A malicious satisfaction obtained from the misfortunes of others.
hubbub (HUB-ub)
1. (n) Excited fuss or tumult of a crowd.
vandyke (van dyk)
1. (n) A short, pointed beard.
claque (KLACK)
1. (n) A group hired to applaud at a performance. 2. (n) A group of fawning admirers.
parapraxis (par-uh-PRAK-sis)
1. (n) A slip of the tongue (or pen) the reveals the unconscious mind.
lilliputian (lil-i-PYOO-shuhn)
1. (adj) Very small. 2. (n) A very small person.
supernumerary (soo-puhr-NOO-muh-rair-ee; -NYOO-)
1.. (adj) Exceeding the stated, standard or prescribed number. 2. (adj) Exceeding what is necessary or desired; superfluous. 3. (n) A supernumerary person or thing. 4. (nO An actor without a speaking part, as a walk-on or an extra in a crowd scene.
harridan (HAIR-uh-din)
1. (n) A worn-out strumpet; a vixenish woman; a hag.
insensate (in-SEN-sayt; -sit)
1. (adj) Lacking sensation or awareness; inanimate. 2. (adj) Lacking human feeling or sensitivity; brutal; cruel. 3. (adj) Lacking sense; stupid; foolish.
enervate (EN-ur-vayt)
1. (v) To deprive of vigor, force, or strength; to render feeble; to weaken. 2. (v) To reduce the moral or mental vigor of.
contrite (KON-tryt; kuhn-TRYT)
1. (adj) Deeply affected with grief and regret for having done wrong; penitent; as,"a contrite sinner." 2. (adj) Expressing or arising from contrition; as, "contrite words."
linctus (LINGK-tuhs)
1. (n) A syrupy liquid medicine, especially for treating coughs.
Van Dyke (van dyk)
1. (n) A short, pointed beard.
sideburns (SYDE-burnz)
1. (plural noun) Hair grown on the sides of a man's face, when worn with an unbearded chin. 1
sardonic (sahr-DON-ik)
1. (adj) Marked by scorn, mockery, and cynicism.
gamine (gam-EEN; GAM-een)
1. (n) A girl who wanders about the streets; an urchin. 2. (n) A playfully mischievous girl or young woman.
ruminate (ROO-muh-nayt)
1. (intransitive verb) To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed. 2. (transitive v) To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect. 3. (transitive v) To chew again. 4. (transitive v) To meditate or ponder over; to muse on.
dactylogram (dak-TIL-uh-gram)
1. (n) A fingerprint.
harbinger (HAR-bin-juhr)
1. (n) [Archaic] One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings. 2. (n) A forerunner; a precursor; one that presages or foreshadows what is to come. 3. To signal the approach of; to presage; to be a harbinger of.
lucullan (loo-KUHL-uhn)
1. (adj) Lavish, luxurious
myopic (my-OP-ik)
1. (adj) Nearsighted; unable to see distant objects clearly. 2. (adj) Shortsighted; lacking foresight; narrow-minded.
capacious (kuh-PAY-shuhs)
1. (adj) Able to contain much; roomy; spacious.
tatterdemalion (tat-uhr-dih-MAYL-yuhn; -MAY-lee-uhn)
1. (n) A person dressed in tattered or ragged clothing; a ragamuffin. 2. (adj) Tattered; ragged.
sacred cow (SAY-krid kou)
1. Something that is beyond criticism
sesquipedalian (ses-kwuh-puh-DAYL-yuhn)
1. (adj) Given to or characterized by the use of long words. 2. (adj) Long and ponderous; having many syllables. 3. (n) A long word.
Cockaigne (Kah-Kayn)
1. (n) AN imaginary land of ease and luxury.
dundrearies (dun-DREER-eez)
1. (n) Long flowing sideburns.
verdure (VUR-jur)
1. (n) Green; greenness; freshness of vegetation
parsimonious (par-suh-MOH-nee-uhs)
1. (adj) Sparing in expenditure; frugal to excess.
sempiternal (sem-pih-TUR-nuhl)
1. (adj) Of never ending duration; having beginning but no end; everlasting; endless.
vexillology (vek-sil-AHL-uh-jee)
1. (n) The study of flags.
subfusc (sub-FUHSK)
1. (adj) Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky.
apprise (uh-PRYZ)
1. (v) To give notice to; to inform;
Potemkin village (puh-TEM(P)-kin)
1. (n) An impressive facade or display that hides an undesirable fact or state; a false front
sub rosa (suhb-ROH-zuh)
1. (adv) Secretly; privately; confidentially. 2. (adv) Designed to be secret or confidential; secretive; private.
antediluvian (an-tih-duh-LOO-vee-uhn)
1. (adj) Of or relating to the period before the Biblical flood. 2. (adj) Antiquated; from or belonging to a much earlier time. 3. (adj) One who live before the Biblical flood. 4. (adj) A very old (or old-fashioned) person.
latitudinarian (lat-uh-too-din-AIR-ee-un; -tyoo)
1. (adj) Having or expressing broad and tolerant views, especially in religious matters. 2. (n) A person who is broad-minded and tolerant; one who displays freedom in thinking, especially in religious matters. 3. (n) A member of the Church of England, in the time of Charles II, who adopted more liberal notions in respect to the authority, government, and doctrines of the church the generally prevailed.
laconic (luh-KON-ik)
1. (adj) Using or marked by the use of minimum of words; brief and pithy; brusque.
nugacity (noo-GAS-i-tee, nyoo-)
1. (n) Triviality; futility.
callipygian (kal-uh-PIJ-ee-uhn)
1. (adj) Having well-shaped buttocks
disparate (DIS-puh-rit; dis-PAIR-it)
1. (adj)Fundamentally different or distinct in quality or kind. 2. (adj) Composed of or including markedly dissimilar elements.
king's ransom (kingz RAN-suhm)
1. (n) A very large sum of money.
ween (ween)
1. (verb) To think, suppose, believe.
dornick (DOR-nik)
1. (n) A piece of rock small enough to throw. 2. (n) Stout linen.
costive (KOS-tiv)
1. (adj) Slow to act or speak. 2. (adj) Stingy 3. (adj) Constipated
moiety (MOY-uh-tee)
1. (n) One of two equal parts; a half. 2. (n) An indefinite part; a small portion or share. 3. (n) ONe of two basic tribal subdivisions.
interpolate (in-TUR-puh-layt)
1. (v) To alter or corrupt (as a book or text) by the insertion of new or foreign matter. 2. (v) To insert (material into a text or conversation. 3. (v) To insert between other elements or parts. 4. (v) [Mathematics] to estimate a value of (a function) between two known values. 5. (v) To make insertions.
blue (BLOO-beerd)
1. (n) A man who marries and kills one wife after another.
spoony (SPOO-nee)
1. (adj) Foolish; silly; excessively sentimental. 2. (adj) Foolishly or sentimentally in love.
gundygut (GUHN-di-guht)
1. (n) A voracious eater; a greedy person.
countermand (KOWN-tuhr-mand; kown-tuhr-MAND)
1. (transitive v) To revoke (a former command); to cancel or rescind by giving an order contrary to one previously given. 2.(transitive v) To recall or order back by a contrary order. 3. (transitive v) A contrary order. 4. (transitive v) Revocation of a former order or command.
queen regnant (kween REG-nuhnt)
1. (n) A queen reigning in her own right, as opposed to one having a royal title by marriage. Also known as queen regent.
tittle-tattle (TIT-uhl TAT-uhl)
1. (n) Idle, trifling talk; empty prattle. 2. (n) An idle, trifling talker, a gossip. 3. (v) to talk idly; to prate.
potentate (POH-tuhn-tayt)
1. (n) One who possesses great power or sway; a ruler, a sovereign, or monarch.
diadem (DY-uh-dem)
1. (n) A crown. 2. (n) An ornamental headband worn (as by Eastern monarchs) as a badge of royalty. 3. (n) Regal power; sovereignty; empire; --considered as symbolized by the crown. 4. (v) To adorn with a diadem; to crown.
asperity (as-PAIR-uh-tee)
1. (n) Roughness of surface; unevenness. 2. (adj) Roughness or harshness of sound; a quality that grates upon the ear. 3. (adj) Roughness of manner; severity; harshness.
peregrination (pehr-uh-gruh-NAY-shun)
1. (n) A traveling from place to place; a wandering.
apograph (AP-uh-graf)
1. (n) A copy or transcript.
ambisinsiter (am-bi-SIN-uh-stuhr)
1. (adj) Clumsy with both hands.
boulevardier (boo-luh-var-DYAY; bul-uh)
1. (n) A frequenter of city boulevards, especially in Paris. 2. (n) A sophisticated, worldly, and socially active man; a man who frequents fashionable places; a man-about-town.
malinger (muh-LING-guhr)
1. (v) To feign or exaggerate illness or inability in order to avoid duty or work.
point-device (point di-VYS)
1. (adv) Completely; perfectly 2. (adj) Perfect; precise; meticulous
tutelage (TOO-tuhl-ij; TYOO)
1. (n) The act of guarding or protecting; guardianship; protection. 2. (n) The state of being under a guardian or tutor. 3. (n) Instruction, especially individual instruction accompanied by close attention and guidance.
louche (loosh)
1. (adj) Of questionable character, dubious; disreputable.
umbrage (UHM-brij)
1. (n) Shade; shadow; hence; something that affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage. 2.a (n) A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hing. 3.b (n) Reason for doubt; suspicion. 4. (n) Suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.
obtrude (uhb-TROOD; ob-)
1. (transitive v) To thrust out; to push out. 2. (transitive v) To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, ect.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation. 3. (transitive v) To thrust upon a group or upon attention; to intrude.

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