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gadfly annoying critic
recalcitrant resisting authority or control
malarkey nonsense
jaunt short pleasure trip
gallivant roam for pleasure
piffle nonsensical or trivial talk
panache distinctive and stylish elegance
festoon decorate with garlands
smashing impressive, wonderful (informal british)
appetency intense desire
fussbudget one who fusses over trifles
munificent very generous
nadir lowest point
gauche awkward or tactless
rizzle likely meant to be "sizzle" or "riddle"; if neither, it's unknown
stygian very dark
palliate lessen the severity without curing
agog eager anticipation
inimical hostile
venal open to bribery; corrupt
peccadillo small, relatively unimportant offense
toothsome tasty, delicious
raconteur a person skilled in telling anecdotes
quiddity the essential nature of something
scurryfunge a hasty tidying of the house
vex make (someone) feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried
bugbear a cause of obsessive fear or anxiety
irascible easily angered
wanton deliberate and unprovoked ; sexually unrestrained or having no just foundation or provocation
scrub incompetent person
squelch forcefully silence or suppress
panoply complete or impressive collection
mugwump independent in politics, or a fence-sitter
persiflage light, mocking talk or writing
scrofulous morally degraded; also refers to a disease marked by swellings of the lymphatic glands
slake quench or satisfy (one’s thirst)
martinet strict disciplinarian
smarmy ingratiating and wheedling in a way that is perceived as insincere or excessive
folderol trivial nonsense
mountebank charlatan or trickster
garrulous talkative
avuncular uncle-like kindness
eldritch weird, eerie
ersatz substitute, usually inferior
insipid lacking flavor or interest
dastardly cowardly and treacherous
miasma noxious atmosphere or influence
imbroglio complex dispute or argument
brontide a sound like distant thunder, thought to be caused by seismic activity
degust to taste carefully
bowdlerize to censor a text by removing or altering parts considered vulgar
elan vivacious energy
iconoclast one who attacks cherished beliefs
conniption informal term for a fit of rage or hysterics
callow inexperienced and immature
tyro a beginner or novice
churlish rude in a mean-spirited and surly way
mawkish sentimentally emotional
buoyant able to float; cheerful and optimistic
arcadian idyllically pastoral
flummox confuse
zaftig having a full, rounded figure; plump (often used of a woman)
putative generally considered or reputed to be
jejune naive, simplistic, and superficial
paroxysm sudden outburst of emotion or activity
numinous spiritual or supernatural
truckle to submit or yield obsequiously to a superior force or to the authority or will of another
plangent loud, reverberating, and often melancholy
suborn bribe or otherwise induce someone to commit an unlawful act
antediluvian pre-flood ancientness
turgid swollen and distended or congested; (of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic
athanasia immortality
mottle mark with spots or blotches
foist impose deceitfully
smeuse a gap in the base of a hedge made by the regular passage of a small animal
twee excessively quaint, pretty, or sentimental
gibbous more than half but not fully illuminated (used in describing moon phases)
swivet a state of nervous excitement or agitation
unctuous excessively flattering or ingratiating; oily
chelonian pertaining to turtles
lummox clumsy, stupid person
refulgent shining brightly
hirsute hairy
impecunious having little or no money
clamor loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently
weltschmerz a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness
marplot meddler who spoils plans
vulpine of or like a fox; cunning or crafty
pestiferous harboring infection and disease
sardonic grimly mocking or cynical
mephitic foul-smelling
surfeit an excessive amount of something
blight a plant disease causing damage; something that impairs growth or ruins prospects
quisling a traitor who collaborates with an enemy force occupying their country
declivity downward slope
furtive stealthy
slank likely an error or unknown; no clear definition
saucy impertinent; cheeky
ribald referring to sexual matters in an amusingly coarse or irreverent way
parlous dangerous, risky
thrall the state of being in someone's power or having great power over someone
woolgathering indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absentmindedness
stultify cause to lose enthusiasm and initiative, especially as a result of a tedious or restrictive routine
spurious not being what it purports to be; false or fake
ennui boredom
otiose useless; serving no practical purpose
quaff to drink heartily and deeply
knave dishonest man
nascent just beginning to develop
tripe the edible lining of the stomach of a ruminant used as food; something regarded as worthless or offensive
meretricious attractively flashy but having no real value
obsequious excessively submissive
farrago confused mixture
saturnine slow and gloomy
sodriquet likely meant to be "sobriquet," which means a person's nickname
sartorial relating to tailoring, clothes, or style of dress
fetching attractive
insouciance casual lack of concern
carking causing distress or worry
saccharine excessively sweet or sentimental
fusty musty, stale
lollygag idle aimlessly
mollycoddle overprotect excessively
pedant someone who overemphasizes rules or minor details
anterior situated in front
guttle eat greedily
wend to go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route
lagniappe small gift given to a customer
procrustean enforcing uniformity or conformity without regard to natural variation
orotund full and rich in sound (in speech)
couth cultured, refined, and well-mannered
brouhaha a noisy and overexcited reaction or response to something
insolent rude and arrogant
truculent eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
camarilla a small group of secret advisers; a clique
fantods nervous jitters
fubsy short and stout
flibbertigibbet frivolous, talkative person
jeremiad a prolonged lament
foment stir up trouble
sylvan relating to the woods or forest
bosky wooded, shady
eventide evening time
quixotic exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
vociferous clamorous; outspoken or noisy, especially in opposition
sinecure a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit
obloquy public criticism or verbal abuse
perfidy deceitfulness, untrustworthiness
lacuna gap or missing part
fractious irritable and quarrelsome
effluvium unpleasant odor
philistine one indifferent to culture and the arts
natter chat idly
gruntled pleased, satisfied
nettle irritate or annoy
cloying disgustingly or distastefully sweet
concinnity harmony or elegance in the arrangement or disposition of parts or elements of something; stylistic unity
bedlam a scene of uproar and confusion
invective harsh, abusive language
jirble to spill liquid by shaky hands
acedia spiritual lethargy
sanguine optimistic or positive, especially in an apparently bad or difficult situation
peremptory leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal
didactic instructive
gehenna place of fiery torment
chicanery the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
yclept named or called (used humorously or archaically)
scuttle to deliberately cause (a scheme) to fail
fugacious fleeting
dither indecisive agitation
sea lawyer argumentative individuals who debate points that might be considered trivial or obvious to others
quidnunc a person eager to learn news and gossip
logorrhea excessive talkativeness
mayhap perhaps
harbinger sign of future events
bibulous given to drinking alcohol
gobbet lump or chunk of raw meat
reticent not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
languid slow and relaxed
odium general or widespread hatred or disgust
factotum doitall servant
obstreperous noisy and difficult to control
rigmarole a lengthy and complicated procedure
eucatastrophe joyous turn in a story
vamoose depart hurriedly
dragoon coerce by force
vicissitudes changes of circumstances or fortune, typically those that are unwelcome or unpleasant
apotheosis deification
lachrymose tearful
oeuvre a body of work by an artist or writer
melange mixture
subtopia the unsightly sprawl of urban areas into the countryside
frangible breakable
bloviate to speak pompously or excessively
fetid badly smelling
august majestic dignity
fulsome excessive to the point of disgust, often insincere
denouement outcome; resolution
jalopy old, unreliable car
fecund fertile
bellicose warlike; aggressive
pithy concise and full of meaning
susurrus whispering or rustling sound
cahoots collaborating together secretly
quotidian daily; everyday or ordinary
corpulent fat
oleaginous excessively flattering; oily
lugubrious mournfully gloomy
specious superficially plausible, but actually wrong
mercurial unpredictable and changeable
treacle a thick, sticky dark syrup made from refined sugar; overly sentimental
winkle extract or obtain something with difficulty
cerulean deep sky blue
felicitous apt and delightful
clement mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate
apoplectic showing intense rage
mordant bitingly sarcastic
temerity excessive confidence or boldness; audacity
gewgaw cheap, showy trinket
portent a sign or warning that something momentous is likely to happen
trice in a very short time
prolix tediously wordy
querulous complaining in a petulant or whining manner
crepuscular pertaining to twilight; active during the twilight
cadge to beg or get by begging
desiderata essential items
scintilla a tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling
helter-skelter disorderly haste
poltroon an utter coward
velleity a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action
frazzle exhaust physically or emotionally
sophistry the use of fallacious arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving
bilious associated with nausea or vomiting; peevish
sagacity acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgment
alacrity brisk willingness
zephyr a soft, gentle breeze
squalid extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect
torpid mentally or physically inactive; lethargic
scurrilous spreading scandalous claims meant to damage reputation
lilliputian extremely small
beano a game in which beans are used as markers; a social gathering with games
warble to sing softly and with a succession of constantly changing notes