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1. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.

2. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or
forward.
3. deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle.
4. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
5. umbrage: offense; resentment.
6. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
7. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
8. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
9. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
10. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
11. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
12. capacious: able to contain much.
13. glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl.
14. canorous: melodious; musical.
15. repast: a meal.
16. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
17. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
18. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
19. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
20. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
21. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
22. exiguity: smallness; thinness; the quality of being meager.
23. seriatim: in a series; one after another.
24. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
25. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
26. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
27. plethora: excess.
28. lissom: supple; nimble.
29. badinage: light, playful talk.
30. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
31. inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather.
32. kobold: a kind of domestic spirit in German mythology.
33. knell: the stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral.
34. cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.
35. regale: to entertain with something that delights.
36. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
37. agog: in eager desire.
38. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
39. arbitrage: the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from
price discrepancies.
40. redoubt: a stronghold.
41. chichi: affectedly trendy.
42. taw: a large marble.
43. vexillology: the study of flags.
44. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally
competent to transact business.
45. abscond: to depart secretly.
46. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
47. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
48. gamut: a complete extent or range.
49. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
50. aestival: of or belonging to the summer.
51. slugabed: one who stays in bed until a late hour.
52. desultory: jumping from subject to subject; erratic; inconsistent.
53. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
54. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
55. scion: a descendant; an heir.
56. bandog: a large and fierce dog.
57. multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
58. sublunary: situated beneath the moon; terrestrial.
59. ebullient: high-spirited.
60. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
61. extant: still existing.
62. verdant: green.
63. Whig: a friend and supporter of the American Revolution.
64. trepidation: a state of dread or alarm; apprehension.
65. torrid: drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching.
66. gnomic: uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims.
67. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
68. tyro: a novice.
69. avarice: an excessive desire of gain; greediness.
70. eke: to gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty.
71. tittle-tattle: idle, trifling talk.
72. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
73. torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic.
74. grok: to understand.
75. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
76. bestow: to give or confer.
77. comestible: suitable to be eaten.
78. requisite: required; indispensable.
79. prolix: wordy.
80. sobriquet: a nickname.
81. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
82. numismatics: the collection and study of coins.
83. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
84. listless: having no desire or inclination.
85. antediluvian: extremely old.
86. melee: a confused conflict.
87. genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
88. raucous: unpleasantly loud and harsh.
89. aberrant: abnormal.
90. diffident: bashful or unassertive.
91. superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient.
92. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
93. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.
94. insouciant: marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
95. salubrious: healthful.
96. verbiage: an overabundance of words.
97. ascribe: to attribute.
98. jovial: merry; joyous; jolly.
99. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
100. desideratum: something desired.
101. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
102. solace: comfort in grief.
103. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
104. stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic.
105. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
106. puerile: juvenile; childish.
107. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
108. colloquial: characteristic of informal spoken language.
109. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
110. dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy.
111. incongruous: lacking in harmony.
112. winsome: light-hearted.
113. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
114. tumult: the commotion or agitation of a crowd.
115. parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status.
116. riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river.
117. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
118. edify: to instruct and improve.
119. impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
120. polyglot: speaking or containing many languages.
121. sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit.
122. juju: an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
123. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
124. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
125. facile: easily done or performed.
126. perforce: by necessity.
127. evanescent: fleeting.
128. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
129. specious: apparently right but not so in reality.
130. munificent: very generous.
131. indolent: lazy; inactive.
132. intransigent: uncompromising.
133. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
134. paucity: fewness; insufficiency.
135. autodidact: one who is self-taught.
136. fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory.
137. complement: something that fills up or completes.
138. taciturn: not inclined to talk.
139. en masse: all together; as a whole.
140. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
141. maudlin: excessively sentimental.
142. enervate: to weaken.
143. recondite: difficult to understand.
144. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
145. copious: large in quantity; also, affording an abundant supply.
146. exalt: to praise, glorify, or honor.
147. erroneous: containing or characterized by error.
148. prescience: knowledge of events before they take place.
149. ineluctable: impossible to avoid or evade.
150. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding.
151. banal: commonplace; trivial.
152. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
153. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome.
154. exacerbate: to aggravate; to make worse.
155. misnomer: a misnaming.
156. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
157. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
158. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
159. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
160. ostracize: to banish or expel.
161. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority.
162. beholden: obliged; indebted.
163. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
164. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
165. precocious: characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development.
166. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
167. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
168. vituperate: to overwhelm with wordy abuse.
169. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
170. contumely: rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt.
171. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar.
172. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty.
173. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
174. proclivity: a natural inclination.
175. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.
176. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables.
177. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
178. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed
by few.
179. wayworn: wearied by traveling.
180. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
181. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
182. doppelganger: a ghostly double.
183. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
184. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
185. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
186. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval.
187. desuetude: disuse.
188. pusillanimous: cowardly.
189. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
190. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
191. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
192. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater.
193. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
194. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
195. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
196. berate: to scold severely or angrily.
197. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous,
unnecessary.
198. encomium: expression of praise.
199. sardonic: scornful, mocking.
200. raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.
201. polymath: a person of great or varied learning.
202. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
203. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
204. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly.
205. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
206. implacable: incapable of being pacified.
207. edacious: given to eating.
208. surfeit: an excessive amount; also, to supply to excess.
209. perspicacity: clearness of understanding.
210. aberrant: abnormal.
211. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest.
212. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
213. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
214. panoply: a splendid or impressive array.
215. miscreant: a scoundrel, a villain; also, a heretic.
216. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
217. respite: an interval of rest or relief.
218. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
219. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
220. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
221. sang-froid: coolness in trying circumstances.
222. clinquant: glittering; tinsel-like; also, tinsel.
223. assiduous: constant in application or attention.
224. intractable: not easily governed, managed, or directed.
225. detritus: debris.
226. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
227. apogee: the highest point.
228. cant: empty, solemn speech.
229. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
230. levity: frivolity.
231. choler: anger.
232. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect.
233. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
234. land of Nod: sleep.
235. ineffable: incapable of being expressed.
236. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
237. beneficence: the practice of doing good.
238. plenary: full; complete.
239. lassitude: lack of vitality or energy.
240. chary: wary; cautious.
241. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
242. cynosure: a center of attention.
243. fin de siecle: characteristic of the close of the century; sophisticated; world-weary.
244. segue: to proceed without interruption.
245. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
246. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
247. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
248. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
249. nadir: the lowest point.
250. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
251. fulsome: offensive from excess of praise.
252. constitutional: a walk taken for one's health.
253. quondam: former; sometime.
254. sinecure: an office or position that involves little work or responsibility.
255. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
256. canard: an unfounded or false report.
257. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
258. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
259. ratiocination: the process of reasoning.
260. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
261. frisson: a brief moment of intense excitement.
262. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
263. inveigh: to rail (against some person or thing).
264. propound: to put forward for consideration.
265. acrid: sharp and harsh; bitter.
266. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
267. fop: a man who is vain about his dress and appearance.
268. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
269. brio: vigor; vivacity.
270. supercilious: disdainfully arrogant.
271. gesticulate: to make gestures or motions.
272. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
273. inveterate: deep-rooted; of long standing.
274. Hobson's choice: a choice without an alternative.
275. rebarbative: repellent; irritating.
276. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
277. comport: to behave (oneself) in a particular manner.
278. sunder: to break apart.
279. espy: to see at a glance.
280. compunction: anxiety or unease from guilt; also, a scruple.
281. venial: capable of being forgiven; excusable.
282. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
283. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.
284. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
285. celerity: quickness; swiftness.
286. vehement: marked by intensity of emotions or convictions.
287. putative: commonly thought or deemed; supposed.
288. wheedle: to entice by flattery.
289. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
290. lugubrious: mournful; gloomy; dismal.
291. abjure: to renounce, reject, or shun.
292. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.
293. redress: to set right.
294. ubiquitous: being everywhere.
295. propinquity: nearness.
296. venal: capable of being bought; also, corruptible.
297. obviate: to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.
298. mellifluous: flowing sweetly or smoothly.
299. prestidigitation: performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks
with the hands; sleight of hand.
300. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
301. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
302. diaphanous: allowing light to pass through.
303. supernumerary: exceeding a necessary or usual number.
304. indomitable: incapable of being subdued or overcome.
305. argot: a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.
306. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
307. lascivious: lewd; lustful.
308. parsimony: excessive sparingness in the expenditure of money.
309. atrabilious: irritable; ill-natured.
310. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
311. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness.
312. travail: painful, arduous work; also, agony, anguish.
313. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.
314. elucidate: to make clear or manifest.
315. recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
316. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
317. gravitas: high seriousness.
318. Ides: the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of
the other months.
319. mendacious: untruthful; also, untrue.
320. verdure: greenness.
321. emblazon: to display pompously; to decorate.
322. collude: to act in concert; to conspire.
323. risible: exciting or provoking laughter.
324. surcease: cessation; stop; end.
325. adumbrate: to outline; also, to foreshadow; also, to shade.
326. Elysium: paradise.
327. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and
prejudices of the populace.
328. augury: an omen; prediction.
329. fulminate: to issue or utter verbal attacks or censures.
330. sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
331. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
332. factious: addicted to form parties and raise dissensions.
333. quiescent: at rest; still; inactive.
334. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
335. coxcomb: a vain, showy fellow.
336. chicanery: the use of trickery to deceive.
337. habitue: one who habitually frequents a place.
338. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
339. buss: a kiss; to kiss.
340. factitious: artificial; not authentic or genuine.
341. profligate: shamelessly immoral; also, recklessly wasteful.
342. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
343. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
344. contumacious: obstinate; stubbornly disobedient.
345. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
346. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
347. perfunctory: done routinely.
348. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
349. superannuated: old; discharged or disqualified on account of old age.
350. egregious: outrageously bad.
351. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
352. condign: deserved; adequate.
353. lambent: playing on the surface; flickering.
354. confabulation: familiar talk.
355. expiate: to make amends for; to atone for.
356. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
357. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
358. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
359. persiflage: frivolous or bantering talk.
360. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
361. calumny: malicious misrepresentation; slander.
362. ablution: the washing of the body or some part of it.
363. undulate: to move in waves.
364. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
365. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.
366. kismet: destiny; fate.
367. turpitude: baseness; depravity.
368. ephemeral: lasting a very short time.
369. inveigle: to persuade or obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
370. portentous: foreboding; ominous.
371. facetious: playfully jocular; humorous.
372. deign: to condescend.
373. restive: resisting control; stubborn.
374. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
375. pari passu: at an equal pace or rate.
376. mawkish: sickly or excessively sentimental.
377. panache: dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
378. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
379. kvetch: to complain habitually.
380. pejorative: disparaging; belittling.
381. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
382. alacrity: a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness.
383. bravura: a showy display.
384. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
385. sonorous: yielding sound; impressive in sound.
386. anathema: a curse; a person or thing cursed, or intensely disliked.
387. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
388. deleterious: harmful.
389. platitude: a banal, trite, or stale thought or remark.
390. quash: to annul; also, to crush; to subdue.
391. meretricious: tawdry.
392. bumptious: crudely, presumptuously, or noisily self-assertive.
393. laudable: praiseworthy; commendable.
394. inamorata: a woman whom one is in love with.
395. penchant: a strong liking.
396. disconcert: to disturb the composure of.
397. physiognomy: the face or appearance.
398. masticate: to chew.
399. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
400. harangue: a speech addressed to a public assembly; also, a noisy or pompous
speech.
401. supernal: being on high; celestial.
402. rubicund: inclining to redness; ruddy.
403. moribund: dying.
404. apothegm: a short, witty, and instructive saying.
405. wastrel: a person who wastes; a loafer.
406. malodorous: having a bad odor.
407. plangent: beating with a loud or deep sound; also, expressing sadness.
408. immure: to imprison.
409. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
410. scapegrace: one who is wild and reckless.
411. ruminate: to chew the cud; also, to ponder; to reflect.
412. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
413. admonition: gentle or friendly reproof; friendly warning.
414. abrogate: to annul; to do away with.
415. importunate: troublesomely urgent.
416. kitsch: art in pretentious bad taste.
417. monomania: obsession with a single subject.
418. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.
419. febrile: feverish.
420. rapacious: grasping; greedy.
421. extirpate: to eradicate; to destroy.
422. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
423. anodyne: serving to relieve pain.
424. bootless: unavailing; useless.
425. flummox: to confuse; to perplex.
426. concomitant: accompanying; attending.
427. busker: a street musician or performer.
428. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
429. denizen: an inhabitant.
430. peregrination: a traveling from place to place.
431. tocsin: a warning.
432. palliate: to make an offense seem less serious; also, to relieve or lessen without
curing.
433. improvident: lacking foresight; negligent; thoughtless.
434. inimical: unfriendly; unfavorable.
435. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
436. coeval: existing during the same period of time; also, a contemporary.
437. obtrude: to thrust out; also, to impose on others.
438. cozen: to deceive or obtain by deceit.
439. perfervid: ardent; impassioned.
440. recrudescent: breaking out again.
441. deride: to laugh at with contempt.
442. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
443. factotum: a person employed to do all kinds of work.
444. jejune: lacking in nutritional value; also, immature; also, dull.
445. evince: to show in a clear manner.
446. cacophony: harsh or discordant sound.
447. perfidy: faithlessness; treachery.
448. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
449. tergiversation: evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc.
450. opprobrium: reproach mingled with contempt.
451. hoary: white or gray with age; hence, extremely old.
452. tractable: docile; manageable, governable.
453. recumbent: reclining; lying down.
454. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
455. libation: the act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice; also, a beverage.
456. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.
457. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
458. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
459. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
460. ululate: to howl; to wail.
461. toothsome: delicious; attractive; luscious.
462. asperity: roughness of surface, sound, or manner.
463. impervious: impenetrable; also, not capable of being affected.
464. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
465. puissant: powerful.
466. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
467. lucubration: laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night.
468. quaff: to drink heartily.
469. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
470. crapulous: sick from, or marked by, excessive drinking.
471. equanimity: calmness; composure.
472. megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
473. verbose: wordy.
474. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
475. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
476. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
477. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
478. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
479. palaver: idle talk; also, to talk idly.
480. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
481. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
482. consanguineous: related by blood; descended from the same ancestor.
483. verisimilitude: the quality of seeming to be true.
484. tendentious: marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
485. avoirdupois: weight; heaviness.
486. dudgeon: a state or fit of intense indignation.
487. rusticate: to go or send to the country.
488. ascetic: one who practices extreme self-denial; also, austere, severe.
489. excoriate: to express strong disapproval of; also, to flay.
490. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
491. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
492. nugatory: insignificant; also, ineffectual.
493. moiety: a half; a small part.
494. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
495. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
496. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
497. expunge: to strike out or erase; to obliterate.
498. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
499. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
500. milieu: environment; setting.
501. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
502. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.
503. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
504. obeisance: an expression of deference.
505. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
506. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
507. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
508. malinger: to feign illness or inability.
509. credulous: inclined to believe too readily.
510. tryst: an appointment (as between lovers) to meet.
511. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
512. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
513. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
514. congeries: a collection; an aggregation.
515. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
516. officious: meddlesome.
517. flippant: showing inappropriate levity; pert.
518. castigate: to punish or criticize severely.
519. aver: to assert as true.
520. callow: immature.
521. lucre: money; profit.
522. epigone: an inferior imitator.
523. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
524. concupiscence: lust.
525. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
526. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
527. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
528. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
529. ergo: therefore; consequently.
530. animus: a feeling of ill will; also, animating spirit; disposition.
531. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
532. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an
order.
533. lexicography: the writing or compiling of dictionaries.
534. circumambient: surrounding; encompassing.
535. purdah: social seclusion.
536. proscribe: to forbid; to prohibit.
537. coquetry: flirtation.
538. cadre: a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which
an organization is formed.
539. titivate: to make decorative additions to; to spruce.
540. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
541. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
542. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly
persistent.
543. Promethean: of or pertaining to Prometheus; also, boldly original.
544. extraneous: coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant.
545. amity: friendship; friendly relations.
546. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
547. mountebank: a quack; also, a charlatan.
548. apparition: a ghost; also, an unexpected appearance.
549. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
550. exigency: state of requiring immediate action; also, that which is required in a
particular situation.
551. succinct: brief; concise.
552. ineffectual: without effect; weak; useless.
553. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
554. pugilist: a boxer.
555. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently
insoluble difficulty.
556. circumspect: cautious; prudent.
557. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
558. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
559. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.
560. missive: a written message; a letter.
561. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
562. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
563. ukase: an edict.
564. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
565. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
566. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or
expressions.
567. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
568. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving
unconventionality.
569. parlous: fraught with danger; hazardous.
570. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
571. cornucopia: the horn of plenty; also, an abundance.
572. panacea: a cure-all.
573. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
574. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
575. vim: energy; vigor.
576. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
577. wizened: shriveled; withered.
578. modicum: a small or token amount.
579. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
580. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
581. patina: a superficial layer.
582. provenance: origin; source.
583. caveat: a warning or caution.
584. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity.
585. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
586. fetid: stinking.
587. itinerant: traveling from place to place.
588. conurbation: an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
589. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
590. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
591. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
592. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
593. ambit: circuit or compass; also, sphere of action or influence.
594. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
595. pandemic: affecting a whole people or a number of countries.
596. apocryphal: of doubtful authority or authenticity.
597. cormorant: a gluttonous or greedy person.
598. microcosm: a smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
599. harbinger: a precursor; one that presages what is to come.
600. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
601. capricious: whimsical; changeable.
602. sporadic: occurring singly, or occasionally, or in scattered instances.
603. wassail: an expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in
drinking to some one.
604. quidnunc: a gossip; a busybody.
605. impassible: incapable of suffering; also, unfeeling or not showing feeling.
606. gloaming: twilight; dusk.
607. manse: a large and imposing residence.
608. Grub Street: the world or category of impoverished literary hacks.
609. Hogmanay: the name, in Scotland, for the last day of the year.
610. acclimate: to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or
situation.
611. stentorian: extremely loud.
612. expeditious: characterized by speed and efficiency.
613. proselytize: to convert (someone) to another religion, belief, etc.
614. equable: equal and uniform; also, not easily disturbed.
615. sacrosanct: sacred; inviolable.
616. indefatigable: untiring.
617. gravid: pregnant.
618. hyperbole: extravagant exaggeration.
619. funereal: pertaining to or suiting a funeral; gloomy; mournful.
620. flibbertigibbet: a silly, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
621. vet: to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
622. acme: the highest point of something.
623. efface: to cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.
624. stanch: to stop the flowing of; to check.
625. aggress: to make an attack.
626. excursus: a digression.
627. cataract: a large waterfall; also, a downpour, a flood.
628. mazy: resembling a maze; intricate or confusing.
629. entreat: to ask for or request earnestly.
630. hypnagogic: inducing sleep; of or pertaining to drowsiness.
631. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
632. leitmotif: a dominant and recurring theme.
633. bon ton: the height of the fashion; fashionable society.
634. fungible: interchangeable.
635. transmogrify: to transform.
636. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
637. salutary: beneficial; also, healthful.
638. interstice: a space between things or parts.
639. neophyte: a novice.
640. dyspeptic: pertaining to or having indigestion; also, irritable or ill-humored.
641. melange: a mixture.
642. limn: to draw or paint; also, to describe.
643. vapid: flat; dull; spiritless.
644. pernicious: deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.
645. valetudinarian: a weak or sickly person.
646. cerebration: the act or product of thinking.
647. hortatory: serving to encourage or incite.
648. mimetic: imitative.
649. bellicose: inclined to or favoring war or strife.
650. veritable: real; true; genuine.
651. apprise: to give notice to; to inform.
652. explicate: to explain.
653. maelstrom: a large, powerful whirlpool; also, a violent, disordered, or turbulent
state of affairs.
654. billet-doux: a love letter.
655. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend.
656. adage: an old saying.
657. histrionic: theatrical.
658. contrite: feeling or expressing grief and regret for sins or offenses.
659. lacuna: a blank space; a missing part.
660. qua: in the capacity or character of; as.
661. iota: a very small quantity or degree.
662. malversation: misconduct in public office.
663. confrere: a colleague, comrade, or intimate associate.
664. supine: lying on the back; also, indolent; listless.
665. conflagration: a large and destructive fire.
666. plenipotentiary: invested with full power.
667. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path;
roving.
668. preternatural: beyond of different from what is natural; inexplicable;
extraordinary; abnormal.
669. idee fixe: a fixed idea; an obsession.
670. succor: aid; help; also, to help or relieve.
671. piebald: mottled; also, mixed.
672. mollify: to reduce in intensity; to soothe; to soften.
673. staid: steady or sedate in character.
674. prima facie: at first view.
675. exemplar: an ideal model or type.
676. recidivism: a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior;
esp., into prior criminal habits.
677. nosegay: a bouquet.
678. wan: pale; also, lacking vitality or intensity.
679. digerati: persons knowledgeable about computers.
680. avuncular: resembling an uncle, as in kindness or indulgence.
681. nebbish: a weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.
682. cadge: to beg; to sponge.
683. minatory: threatening; menacing.
684. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
685. sagacious: having or showing keen discernment.
686. feckless: ineffective; weak; worthless.
687. invective: insulting or abusive language.
688. sartorial: of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or clothing.
689. puckish: whimsical; mischievous; impish.
690. abulia: loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
691. small beer: weak beer; also, matters of little importance.
692. vagary: an extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
693. nimbus: a dark gray rain cloud; also, a halo, an aura.
694. overweening: overbearing; also, excessive.
695. insuperable: incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome.
696. effete: infertile; also, worn out; also, decadent, effeminate.
697. spry: nimble.
698. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant
achievement.
699. ignoble: not noble.
700. appellation: a name, title, or designation.
701. galvanic: pertaining to a direct current of electricity; also, having the effect of an
electric shock.
702. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
703. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
704. flaneur: one who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
705. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
706. myriad: consisting of a very great but indefinite number; also, a very great many.
707. nepotism: favoritism shown to members of one's family.
708. potboiler: a usually inferior literary or artistic work, produced quickly for the
purpose of making money.
709. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
710. raiment: clothing in general; garments.
711. politic: political; also, shrewdly tactful.
712. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict
within a group.
713. bevy: a group; an assembly.
714. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
715. pulchritude: beauty.
716. mendicant: a beggar.
717. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
718. abstruse: difficult to comprehend.
719. swan song: a final or farewell appearance, action, or pronouncement.
720. teetotaler: one pledged to abstinence from alcoholic drinks.
721. undulant: resembling waves in form, motion, or occurrence.
722. rapprochement: the establishment or state of cordial relations.
723. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
724. hobbledehoy: an awkward, gawky young fellow.
725. bricolage: construction or something constructed by using whatever materials
happen to be available.
726. clamber: to climb with difficulty, or on all fours.
727. nettlesome: causing irritation, vexation, or distress.
728. patrician: a nobleman; also, a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
729. heterogeneous: consisting of dissimilar elements.
730. sotto voce: spoken low or in an undertone.
731. bailiwick: a person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
732. nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
733. inkhorn: affectedly or ostentatiously learned.
734. jocular: given to or characterized by joking.
735. incommunicado: without means or right to communicate.
736. apotheosis: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
737. bucolic: rustic; pastoral.
738. limpid: clear; also, serene.
739. solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
740. comely: pleasing to the sight.
741. inexorable: unyielding; relentless.
742. nonpareil: having no equal.
743. ossify: to harden or to become bone.
744. commodious: comfortably spacious; roomy.
745. pastiche: a hodgepodge; a potpourri.
746. martinet: a strict disciplinarian.
747. connubial: of or pertaining to marriage.
748. acrimony: bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness.
749. lambaste: to scold sharply; also, to beat.
750. bibelot: a trinket.
751. egress: the act of going out or leaving; exit.
752. propitiate: to appease; to conciliate.
753. stripling: an adolescent youth.
754. peripatetic: walking about or traveling from place to place.
755. abattoir: a slaughterhouse.
756. rivulet: a small stream or brook.
757. obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant; also, boisterous.
758. donnybrook: a brawl or dispute.
759. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
760. pervicacious: stubborn; obstinate.
761. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.
762. dotage: feebleness of mind due to old age.
763. parse: to analyze.
764. commensurate: equal in measure or extent; also, proportionate.
765. paterfamilias: the male head of a household; the father of a family.
766. rotund: round; rounded in figure.
767. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
768. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
769. aegis: a shield; protection.
770. denouement: the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic
work.
771. yen: a strong desire or inclination.
772. irenic: promoting peace.
773. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
774. sui generis: unique.
775. collegial: characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues.
776. slaver: to slobber; to drool.
777. discomfit: to disconcert; also, to thwart.
778. sere: dry; withered.
779. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
780. effusive: excessively demonstrative.
781. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
782. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
783. mephitic: offensive to the smell; also, noxious.
784. oblation: an offering.
785. interlard: to insert between; to mix.
786. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
787. blackguard: a scoundrel.
788. peremptory: precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
789. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
790. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.
791. satiety: fullness to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
792. presentiment: a premonition.
793. timorous: full of apprehensiveness; fearful.
794. penury: extreme poverty; also, insufficiency.
795. cudgel: a short heavy stick.
796. tirade: a long angry speech.
797. aright: rightly; correctly.
798. filial: of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter.
799. brackish: somewhat salty; also, distasteful.
800. louche: of questionable taste or morality.
801. solecism: a nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
802. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
803. longueur: a tedious passage in a work of literature or performance art.
804. juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing in nearness.
805. vatic: of or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy.
806. crux: the essential point or feature.
807. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
808. arriviste: an upstart.
809. carom: to strike and rebound; also, a glancing off.
810. slake: to satisfy or quench; also, to cause to lessen.
811. eremite: a hermit.
812. cohort: a group; also, a companion or associate.
813. avatar: an incarnation.
814. ne plus ultra: the acme; also, the most profound degree.
815. exhort: to urge strongly.
816. senescent: growing old.
817. Cockaigne: an imaginary land of ease and luxury.
818. skulduggery: devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or activity.
819. fey: possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality.
820. remonstrate: to present and urge reasons in opposition.
821. hinterland: backcountry.
822. aficionado: an enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
823. machination: a crafty scheme intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
824. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
825. fallible: liable to make a mistake.
826. oblivious: forgetful; also, unmindful.
827. militate: to have force or influence.
828. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.
829. caterwaul: to make a harsh cry or screech.
830. agon: struggle; conflict.
831. deracinate: to uproot.
832. intrepid: fearless; bold.
833. cavort: to bound or prance about.
834. suasion: the act of persuading.
835. arrant: outright; thoroughgoing.
836. latitudinarian: having or expressing broad and tolerant views.
837. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.
838. rejoinder: an answer to a reply.
839. concinnity: elegance -- used chiefly of literary style.
840. fecund: fruitful; prolific; also, marked by intellectual productivity.
841. tattoo: a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping.
842. imprecation: a curse.
843. supplant: to take the place of.
844. vertiginous: causing dizziness; also, giddy; dizzy.
845. pied-a-terre: a temporary or second place of lodging.
846. Argus-eyed: extremely observant; watchful.
847. corpulent: very fat; obese.
848. bacchanalia: a revel.
849. profuse: plentiful; copious.
850. doyen: the senior member of a body or group.
851. billet: to quarter, or place in lodgings.
852. coterminous: of equal extent or duration.
853. plaintive: expressive of sorrow or melancholy.
854. tremulous: shaking, quivering; also, affected with fear.
855. doughty: valiant; brave.
856. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.
857. arbiter: one having the power of judging and determining.
858. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
859. milksop: an unmanly man.
860. cajole: to coax.
861. hardscrabble: barren, marginal; also, marked by poverty.
862. potentate: one who possesses great power or sway.
863. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
864. redact: to edit.
865. privation: the state of being deprived of something.
866. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
867. starveling: one who is starving or being starved; also, poor in quality.
868. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
869. wiseacre: a smart aleck.
870. quagmire: a predicament.
871. dictum: an authoritative statement.
872. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
873. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
874. vade mecum: a book or other thing that one regularly carries about.
875. amicable: characterized by friendliness and good will.
876. effrontery: shameless boldness; insolence.
877. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.
878. forcible: effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful.
879. neoteric: recent in origin; new.
880. indigence: extreme poverty.
881. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
882. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.

883. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.


884. dishabille: the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
885. clerisy: the intelligentsia.
886. debouch: to emerge; to issue.
887. epicene: having the characteristics of both the male and the female.
888. braggadocio: empty boasting.
889. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
890. gustatory: pertaining to the sense of taste.
891. ken: perception, view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
892. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
893. chimera: a mental fabrication.
894. mulct: to defraud.
895. hector: to bully or harass.
896. disquisition: a formal discourse on a subject.
897. tatterdemalion: a person dressed in tattered clothing.
898. panjandrum: an important or self-important official.
899. dulcet: melodious.
900. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental
discoveries.
901. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
902. copse: a thicket of small trees.
903. ludic: playful.
904. popinjay: a vain and talkative person.
905. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
906. idyll: a poem or prose work depicting rural or pastoral life; also, a carefree
episode or experience.
907. unguent: an ointment.
908. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
909. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
910. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
911. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
912. diablerie: sorcery; also, mischievous conduct.
913. eldritch: unearthly; weird; eerie.
914. disport: to frolic; to amuse (oneself).
915. repine: to feel or express discontent.
916. troglodyte: someone who dwells in a cave.
917. abeyance: suspension; temporary cessation.
918. gamine: an urchin; also, a mischievous girl or young woman.
919. sedition: incitement of rebellion against lawful authority.
920. lubricious: lewd; also, slippery or smooth.
921. hebetude: mental dullness or sluggishness.
922. acuity: acuteness of perception or vision.
923. sanctum: a place where one is free from intrusion.
924. empyrean: the highest heaven; the heavens; the sky.
925. demur: to object; also, to delay.
926. rodomontade: pretentious, bragging speech.
927. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
928. impregnable: able to resist attack.
929. urbane: polished and smooth in manner.
930. bibulous: of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcohol.
931. acerbic: sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
932. redound: to have a consequence or effect.
933. languid: lacking vigor or force.
934. predilection: an established preference.
935. repletion: the condition of being completely or excessively full.
936. transmute: to change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another.
937. forgo: to do without.
938. abed: in bed.
939. malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word.
940. soi-disant: self-styled; so-called.
941. paean: a song or other expression of praise or joy.
942. flummery: mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
943. dolorous: marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
944. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed
persons.
945. surly: ill-humored; sullen and gruff.
946. fatidic: of, relating to, or characterized by prophecy.
947. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
948. turbid: muddy; not clear; also, confused; disordered.
949. renege: to go back on a promise or commitment.
950. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or
systematically.
951. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
952. foofaraw: excessive or flashy ornamentation; also, a fuss over a trivial matter.
953. autochthonous: indigenous; native.
954. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
955. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
956. remunerate: to pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense.
957. discrete: constituting a separate thing; also, consisting of distinct or unconnected
parts.
958. nascent: beginning to exist.
959. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or
unwanted part.
960. refractory: stubbornly disobedient.
961. heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions.
962. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
963. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
964. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government.
965. bilious: of or pertaining to bile; also, ill-tempered.
966. foundling: a deserted or abandoned child.
967. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
968. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.
969. cosmopolite: a cosmopolitan person.
970. galumph: to move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
971. salad days: a time of youthful inexperience, innocence, or indiscretion.
972. affray: a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.
973. faineant: doing nothing; idle; also, a do-nothing.
974. prink: to primp.
975. asseverate: to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
976. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
977. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.
978. agitprop: propaganda.
979. fiat: an arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
980. nimiety: excess.
981. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
982. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
983. abominate: to detest intensely.
984. discursive: digressive; rambling; also, marked by analytical reasoning.
985. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
986. myrmidon: a loyal follower.
987. perforce: by necessity.
988. pusillanimous: cowardly.
989. claque: a group of fawning admirers.
990. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
991. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
992. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
993. susurration: a whispering; a soft murmur.
994. puerile: juvenile; childish.
995. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
996. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar.
997. redoubt: a stronghold.
998. extant: still existing.
999. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
1000. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
1001. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
1002. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
1003. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
1004. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
1005. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
1006. volte-face: an about-face.
1007. exiguous: extremely scanty.
1008. pecuniary: relating to money.
1009. traduce: to vilify.
1010. postprandial: happening or done after a meal.
1011. sinecure: an office or position that involves little work or responsibility.
1012. apogee: the highest point.
1013. incontrovertible: indisputable; unquestionable.
1014. furbelow: something showy or superfluous.
1015. maudlin: excessively sentimental.
1016. exigent: requiring immediate aid or action; also, demanding.
1017. contravene: to act or be counter to.
1018. temerarious: reckless; rash.
1019. philter: a love potion.
1020. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
1021. pronunciamento: a proclamation; a pronouncement.
1022. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
1023. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.
1024. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
1025. roister: to revel; to carouse.
1026. seriatim: in a series; one after another.
1027. detritus: debris.
1028. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
1029. loquacious: very talkative.
1030. tyro: a novice.
1031. salubrious: healthful.
1032. evanescent: fleeting.
1033. ineluctable: impossible to avoid or evade.
1034. prolix: wordy.
1035. cavalcade: a procession.
1036. celerity: quickness; swiftness.
1037. obloquy: ill repute.
1038. extol: to praise.
1039. frisson: a brief moment of intense excitement.
1040. malediction: a curse.
1041. lenity: the state or quality of being lenient.
1042. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
1043. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
1044. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
1045. desideratum: something desired.
1046. indomitable: incapable of being subdued or overcome.
1047. raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.
1048. sunder: to break apart.
1049. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
1050. extricate: to free or release from a difficulty or entanglement.
1051. aspersion: a damaging or derogatory remark.
1052. levity: frivolity.
1053. mellifluous: flowing sweetly or smoothly.
1054. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness.
1055. arrogate: to claim or seize without right or justification.
1056. forlorn: sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
1057. comport: to behave (oneself) in a particular manner.
1058. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
1059. ratiocination: the process of reasoning.
1060. varicolored: having a variety of colors.
1061. doula: a woman who assists in childbirth.
1062. nonagenarian: someone whose age is in the nineties.
1063. friable: easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder.
1064. gravitas: high seriousness.
1065. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
1066. abscond: to depart secretly.
1067. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
1068. taciturn: not inclined to talk.
1069. proclivity: a natural inclination.
1070. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and
prejudices of the populace.
1071. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
1072. recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
1073. quondam: former; sometime.
1074. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
1075. desuetude: disuse.
1076. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
1077. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
1078. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
1079. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
1080. perfunctory: done routinely.
1081. beholden: obliged; indebted.
1082. polyglot: speaking or containing many languages.
1083. abjure: to renounce, reject, or shun.
1084. collude: to act in concert; to conspire.
1085. dissolute: loose in morals and conduct.
1086. mendacious: untruthful; also, untrue.
1087. clemency: disposition to show mercy; also, an act of mercy.
1088. ebullient: high-spirited.
1089. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
1090. indolent: lazy; inactive.
1091. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
1092. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
1093. depredation: an act of plundering or ravaging.
1094. lissom: supple; nimble.
1095. enervate: to weaken.
1096. condign: deserved; adequate.
1097. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
1098. plenary: full; complete.
1099. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
1100. sang-froid: coolness in trying circumstances.
1101. brio: vigor; vivacity.
1102. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
1103. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
1104. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
1105. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
1106. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
1107. lassitude: lack of vitality or energy.
1108. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
1109. esurient: hungry; greedy.
1110. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.
1111. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
1112. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
1113. precipice: a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place.
1114. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
1115. fulminate: to issue or utter verbal attacks or censures.
1116. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
1117. lambent: playing on the surface; flickering.
1118. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
1119. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
1120. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
1121. rapine: the act of plundering.
1122. autodidact: one who is self-taught.
1123. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
1124. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
1125. chary: wary; cautious.
1126. kvetch: to complain habitually.
1127. platitude: a banal, trite, or stale thought or remark.
1128. ablution: the washing of the body or some part of it.
1129. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
1130. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
1131. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
1132. kismet: destiny; fate.
1133. exacerbate: to aggravate; to make worse.
1134. penchant: a strong liking.
1135. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest.
1136. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
1137. acrid: sharp and harsh; bitter.
1138. rubicund: inclining to redness; ruddy.
1139. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
1140. laudable: praiseworthy; commendable.
1141. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty.
1142. perspicacity: clearness of understanding.
1143. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
1144. turpitude: baseness; depravity.
1145. diffident: bashful or unassertive.
1146. persiflage: frivolous or bantering talk.
1147. moribund: dying.
1148. sobriquet: a nickname.
1149. polymath: a person of great or varied learning.
1150. appurtenance: an adjunct or accessory.
1151. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
1152. nadir: the lowest point.
1153. wastrel: a person who wastes; a loafer.
1154. facetious: playfully jocular; humorous.
1155. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
1156. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
1157. intransigent: uncompromising.
1158. cynosure: a center of attention.
1159. refulgent: brilliant; resplendent.
1160. concomitant: accompanying; attending.
1161. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.
1162. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables.
1163. deleterious: harmful.
1164. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
1165. extirpate: to eradicate; to destroy.
1166. lineament: a distinguishing or characteristic feature.
1167. monomania: obsession with a single subject.
1168. pari passu: at an equal pace or rate.
1169. prelapsarian: pertaining to the time or state before the Fall.
1170. coeval: existing during the same period of time; also, a contemporary.
1171. immure: to imprison.
1172. bumptious: crudely, presumptuously, or noisily self-assertive.
1173. apostasy: desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
1174. importunate: troublesomely urgent.
1175. busker: a street musician or performer.
1176. disconcert: to disturb the composure of.
1177. malfeasance: wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior.
1178. intractable: not easily governed, managed, or directed.
1179. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
1180. factotum: a person employed to do all kinds of work.
1181. peregrination: a traveling from place to place.
1182. diaphanous: allowing light to pass through.
1183. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally
competent to transact business.
1184. relegate: to assign or remove, usually to an inferior position.
1185. fanfaronade: empty boasting; bluster.
1186. roseate: cheerful; bright; also, rose-colored.
1187. camarilla: a group of secret and often scheming advisers.
1188. torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic.
1189. concomitant: accompanying; attending.
1190. stasis: a state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
1191. prepotency: predominance.
1192. bagatelle: a trifle; also, a short, light literary or musical piece.
1193. insensate: lacking sensation or awareness.
1194. confute: to refute conclusively.
1195. revenant: one who returns after death or a long absence.
1196. corroborate: to strengthen or make more certain with other evidence.
1197. exegete: one who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.
1198. dubiety: the condition or quality of being doubtful; also, a matter of doubt.
1199. carapace: a shell; a protective covering.
1200. tocsin: a warning.
1201. puissant: powerful.
1202. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
1203. procrastination: To put off doing something.
1204. opportune: suitable for a given purpose or occasion.
1205. renascent: rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.
1206. fettle: a state or condition of fitness, order, or mind.
1207. proponent: an advocate.
1208. cursory: hastily or superficially performed.
1209. numinous: spiritual.
1210. evince: to show in a clear manner.
1211. recondite: difficult to understand.
1212. pelf: money; riches.
1213. flagitious: grossly wicked; scandalous.
1214. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
1215. deliquesce: to melt away or become liquid.
1216. prescient: knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen.
1217. indigent: extremely poor.
1218. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
1219. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
1220. anodyne: serving to relieve pain.
1221. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
1222. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
1223. quaff: to drink heartily.
1224. ostensible: appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
1225. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.
1226. recrimination: a counter accusation.
1227. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
1228. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
1229. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
1230. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
1231. bravado: a real or pretended show of courage or boldness.
1232. littoral: on a coastal or shore region.
1233. redivivus: living again; revived; restored.
1234. paladin: a champion of a cause.
1235. bootless: unavailing; useless.
1236. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
1237. munificent: very generous.
1238. hobnob: to associate familiarly.
1239. fiduciary: relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
1240. indelible: incapable of being removed or erased.
1241. fortuitous: happening by chance.
1242. diktat: an authoritative decree or order.
1243. boulevardier: a man-about-town.
1244. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
1245. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
1246. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
1247. concatenation: a chain; a succession.
1248. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
1249. moiety: a half; a small part.
1250. venial: capable of being forgiven; excusable.
1251. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
1252. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
1253. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
1254. mercurial: changeable; temperamental; volatile.
1255. ineffable: incapable of being expressed.
1256. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
1257. omnipresent: present in all places at the same time.
1258. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
1259. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
1260. exalt: to praise, glorify, or honor.
1261. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
1262. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
1263. deride: to laugh at with contempt.
1264. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
1265. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
1266. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
1267. riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river.
1268. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
1269. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
1270. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
1271. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
1272. tendentious: marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
1273. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
1274. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
1275. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
1276. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
1277. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
1278. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
1279. cadre: a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which
an organization is formed.
1280. gubernatorial: of or pertaining to a governor.
1281. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
1282. parley: a conference or discussion; also, to confer.
1283. clarion: a kind of trumpet; also, loud and clear.
1284. circumambient: surrounding; encompassing.
1285. trammel: something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom; also, to hamper.
1286. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
1287. beneficence: the practice of doing good.
1288. aver: to assert as true.
1289. nugatory: insignificant; also, ineffectual.
1290. multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
1291. impassive: devoid of emotion; also, showing no emotion.
1292. fealty: fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
1293. segue: to proceed without interruption.
1294. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
1295. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
1296. pukka: genuine, authentic, or good; proper.
1297. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
1298. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
1299. missive: a written message; a letter.
1300. hale: free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.
1301. edacious: given to eating.
1302. algorithm: a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem.
1303. bouleversement: complete overthrow; a reversal.
1304. practicable: feasible; also, usable.
1305. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
1306. repast: a meal.
1307. panacea: a cure-all.
1308. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed
by few.
1309. meticulous: extremely careful about details.
1310. wayworn: wearied by traveling.
1311. parlous: fraught with danger; hazardous.
1312. vim: energy; vigor.
1313. booboisie: a class of people regarded as stupid or foolish.
1314. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
1315. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or
forward.
1316. flippant: showing inappropriate levity; pert.
1317. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
1318. cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.
1319. ukase: an edict.
1320. fetid: stinking.
1321. badinage: light, playful talk.
1322. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
1323. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
1324. callow: immature.
1325. succinct: brief; concise.
1326. lugubrious: mournful; gloomy; dismal.
1327. officious: meddlesome.
1328. castigate: to punish or criticize severely.
1329. propinquity: nearness.
1330. descant: a discourse; also, to discourse.
1331. robustious: boisterous; vigorous.
1332. subfusc: dark or dull in color.
1333. jollification: merrymaking; revelry.
1334. doff: to take off; to remove; also, to rid oneself of.
1335. conurbation: an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
1336. pugilist: a boxer.
1337. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
1338. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
1339. complement: something that fills up or completes.

1340. slugabed: one who stays in bed until a late hour.


1341. manse: a large and imposing residence.
1342. rebarbative: repellent; irritating.
1343. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
1344. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
1345. subaltern: subordinate.
1346. quidnunc: a gossip; a busybody.
1347. provenance: origin; source.
1348. obviate: to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.
1349. lucre: money; profit.
1350. dudgeon: a state or fit of intense indignation.
1351. gloaming: twilight; dusk.
1352. sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit.
1353. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
1354. restive: resisting control; stubborn.
1355. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
1356. fop: a man who is vain about his dress and appearance.
1357. apparition: a ghost; also, an unexpected appearance.
1358. inveterate: deep-rooted; of long standing.
1359. glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl.
1360. itinerant: traveling from place to place.
1361. risible: exciting or provoking laughter.
1362. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
1363. scuttlebutt: gossip; rumor.
1364. consanguineous: related by blood; descended from the same ancestor.
1365. milieu: environment; setting.
1366. capacious: able to contain much.
1367. pule: to whimper; to whine.
1368. sublunary: situated beneath the moon; terrestrial.
1369. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
1370. impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
1371. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.
1372. propound: to put forward for consideration.
1373. neophyte: a novice.
1374. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
1375. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
1376. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
1377. winsome: light-hearted.
1378. melee: a confused conflict.
1379. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding.
1380. placate: to appease; to pacify.
1381. spurious: not genuine; false; illegitimate.
1382. waylay: to ambush or accost.
1383. ingenue: a naive girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.
1384. osculation: the act of kissing; a kiss.
1385. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
1386. enmity: hatred; ill will.
1387. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
1388. compunction: anxiety or unease from guilt; also, a scruple.
1389. upbraid: to scold or criticize harshly.
1390. gaucherie: a socially awkward or tactless act; also, lack of tact.
1391. aggress: to make an attack.
1392. mores: customs; habits; ways.
1393. sough: to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound.
1394. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
1395. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
1396. complaisant: exhibiting a desire to please.
1397. spoony: foolishly or sentimentally in love.
1398. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.
1399. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
1400. countermand: to revoke (a former command) or recall by a contrary order.
1401. stormy petrel: a type of seabird; also, one fond of bringing strife.
1402. votary: one devoted to some pursuit, worship, study, or way of life.
1403. melange: a mixture.
1404. salutary: beneficial; also, healthful.
1405. scrabble: to scrape or scratch with the hands or feet.
1406. piebald: mottled; also, mixed.
1407. berate: to scold severely or angrily.
1408. limn: to draw or paint; also, to describe.
1409. mollify: to reduce in intensity; to soothe; to soften.
1410. immolate: to kill or destroy, often by fire.
1411. tetchy: peevish; testy; irritable.
1412. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
1413. benignant: kind; gracious; favorable.
1414. preponderate: to exceed in weight, influence, importance, amount, etc.
1415. verdant: green.
1416. trencherman: a hearty eater.
1417. diadem: a crown.
1418. virago: an ill-tempered, overbearing woman; also, a woman of great strength and
courage.
1419. supposititious: fraudulently substituted; also, hypothetical.
1420. inanition: exhaustion from lack of nourishment; also, emptiness.
1421. conspectus: a sketch, survey, or outline of a subject.
1422. salmagundi: a mixture or assortment; also, a kind of mixed dish or salad.
1423. caesura: a break or pause in a line of verse; also, any break or pause.
1424. expeditious: characterized by speed and efficiency.
1425. deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle.
1426. misnomer: a misnaming.
1427. verbiage: an overabundance of words.
1428. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
1429. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
1430. chicanery: the use of trickery to deceive.
1431. minatory: threatening; menacing.
1432. stentorian: extremely loud.
1433. circumspect: cautious; prudent.
1434. plebeian: common; vulgar.
1435. explicate: to explain.
1436. censorious: harshly critical.
1437. equable: equal and uniform; also, not easily disturbed.
1438. assiduous: constant in application or attention.
1439. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome.
1440. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect.
1441. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
1442. confrere: a colleague, comrade, or intimate associate.
1443. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
1444. umbrage: offense; resentment.
1445. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
1446. canorous: melodious; musical.
1447. trepidation: a state of dread or alarm; apprehension.
1448. sacrosanct: sacred; inviolable.
1449. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
1450. maelstrom: a large, powerful whirlpool; also, a violent, disordered, or turbulent
state of affairs.
1451. epigone: an inferior imitator.
1452. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity.
1453. quiescent: at rest; still; inactive.
1454. maladroit: awkward; unskillful; inept.
1455. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
1456. outré: unconventional; eccentric; bizarre.
1457. sartorial: of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or clothing.
1458. lacuna: a blank space; a missing part.
1459. funereal: pertaining to or suiting a funeral; gloomy; mournful.
1460. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
1461. putative: commonly thought or deemed; supposed.
1462. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
1463. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
1464. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority.
1465. comestible: suitable to be eaten.
1466. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
1467. sardonic: scornful, mocking.
1468. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
1469. contemporaneous: originating, existing, or occurring at the same time.
1470. panoply: a splendid or impressive array.
1471. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous,
unnecessary.
1472. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
1473. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
1474. inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather.
1475. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly.
1476. genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
1477. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
1478. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
1479. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
1480. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
1481. inveigle: to persuade or obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
1482. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
1483. segue: to proceed without interruption.
1484. lascivious: lewd; lustful.
1485. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
1486. lugubrious: mournful; gloomy; dismal.
1487. interstice: a space between things or parts.
1488. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
1489. idee fixe: a fixed idea; an obsession.
1490. prestidigitation: performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks
with the hands; sleight of hand.

1491. ephemeron: something short-lived.


1492. desultory: jumping from subject to subject; erratic; inconsistent.
1493. specious: apparently right but not so in reality.
1494. interpolate: to insert between; also, to alter or corrupt by insertion.
1495. stertorous: characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound.
1496. alpenglow: a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of
mountains.
1497. fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory.
1498. miscreant: a scoundrel, a villain; also, a heretic.
1499. trice: an instant; a moment.
1500. surfeit: an excessive amount; also, to supply to excess.
1501. provender: food or provisions.
1502. bibelot: a trinket.
1503. gnomic: uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims.
1504. invective: insulting or abusive language.
1505. paterfamilias: the male head of a household; the father of a family.
1506. land of Nod: sleep.
1507. inhere: to be inherent.
1508. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
1509. valetudinarian: a weak or sickly person.
1510. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
1511. facile: easily done or performed.
1512. jovial: merry; joyous; jolly.
1513. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
1514. parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status.
1515. choleric: easily angered; also, indicating or expressing anger.
1516. insouciant: marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
1517. concupiscence: lust.
1518. nettlesome: causing irritation, vexation, or distress.
1519. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
1520. antediluvian: extremely old.
1521. ostracize: to banish or expel.
1522. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
1523. paucity: fewness; insufficiency.
1524. encomium: expression of praise.
1525. requisite: required; indispensable.
1526. toper: a drunkard; a sot.
1527. plaint: an expression of sorrow; also, a complaint.
1528. travail: painful, arduous work; also, agony, anguish.
1529. alacrity: a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness.
1530. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
1531. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
1532. respite: an interval of rest or relief.
1533. wheedle: to entice by flattery.
1534. febrile: feverish.
1535. habitue: one who habitually frequents a place.
1536. Pyrrhic victory: a victory achieved at great cost.
1537. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval.
1538. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
1539. copious: large in quantity; also, affording an abundant supply.
1540. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
1541. ascetic: one who practices extreme self-denial; also, austere, severe.
1542. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater.
1543. syncretic: uniting and blending together different belief systems.
1544. donnybrook: a brawl or dispute.
1545. surcease: cessation; stop; end.
1546. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
1547. scion: a descendant; an heir.
1548. proselytize: to convert (someone) to another religion, belief, etc.
1549. abattoir: a slaughterhouse.
1550. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
1551. factitious: artificial; not authentic or genuine.

1552. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.


1553. plethora: excess.
1554. jocular: given to or characterized by joking.
1555. physiognomy: the face or appearance.
1556. constitutional: a walk taken for one's health.
1557. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
1558. incommunicado: without means or right to communicate.
1559. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
1560. phantasmagoria: a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined.
1561. cum: with; along with; combined with.
1562. excoriate: to express strong disapproval of; also, to flay.
1563. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
1564. apothegm: a short, witty, and instructive saying.
1565. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
1566. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
1567. vehement: marked by intensity of emotions or convictions.
1568. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
1569. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
1570. cozen: to deceive or obtain by deceit.
1571. bucolic: rustic; pastoral.
1572. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
1573. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
1574. redact: to edit.
1575. hyperbole: extravagant exaggeration.
1576. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
1577. requisite: required; indispensable.
1578. dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy.
1579. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
1580. doppelganger: a ghostly double.
1581. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
1582. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.
1583. supercilious: disdainfully arrogant.
1584. en masse: all together; as a whole.
1585. cadge: to beg; to sponge.
1586. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
1587. agog: in eager desire.
1588. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
1589. mimetic: imitative.
1590. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
1591. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
1592. caveat: a warning or caution.
1593. succor: aid; help; also, to help or relieve.
1594. inveigh: to rail (against some person or thing).
1595. stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic.
1596. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
1597. hortatory: serving to encourage or incite.
1598. dotage: feebleness of mind due to old age.
1599. canard: an unfounded or false report.
1600. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
1601. transmogrify: to transform.
1602. evince: to show in a clear manner.
1603. gesticulate: to make gestures or motions.
1604. martinet: a strict disciplinarian.
1605. supernumerary: exceeding a necessary or usual number.
1606. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently
insoluble difficulty.
1607. hobbledehoy: an awkward, gawky young fellow.
1608. toothsome: delicious; attractive; luscious.
1609. ascribe: to attribute.
1610. titivate: to make decorative additions to; to spruce.
1611. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
1612. atrabilious: irritable; ill-natured.
1613. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
1614. venal: capable of being bought; also, corruptible.
1615. pejorative: disparaging; belittling.
1616. nuptial: of or pertaining to marriage.
1617. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
1618. denizen: an inhabitant.
1619. staid: steady or sedate in character.
1620. nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
1621. adumbrate: to outline; also, to foreshadow; also, to shade.
1622. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
1623. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
1624. ambit: circuit or compass; also, sphere of action or influence.
1625. profligate: shamelessly immoral; also, recklessly wasteful.
1626. cerebration: the act or product of thinking.
1627. rotund: round; rounded in figure.
1628. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.
1629. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
1630. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
1631. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
1632. nebbish: a weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.
1633. filial: of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter.
1634. panacea: a cure-all.
1635. leitmotif: a dominant and recurring theme.
1636. arbiter: one having the power of judging and determining.
1637. recidivism: a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior;
esp., into prior criminal habits.
1638. impassible: incapable of suffering; also, unfeeling or not showing feeling.
1639. contumacious: obstinate; stubbornly disobedient.
1640. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
1641. cataract: a large waterfall; also, a downpour, a flood.
1642. sotto voce: spoken low or in an undertone.
1643. wraith: a ghost; also, something insubstantial or shadowy.
1644. vapid: flat; dull; spiritless.
1645. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict
within a group.
1646. potentate: one who possesses great power or sway.
1647. crux: the essential point or feature.
1648. avuncular: resembling an uncle, as in kindness or indulgence.
1649. deracinate: to uproot.
1650. amity: friendship; friendly relations.
1651. microcosm: a smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
1652. juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing in nearness.
1653. exemplar: an ideal model or type.
1654. solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
1655. dyspeptic: pertaining to or having indigestion; also, irritable or ill-humored.
1656. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
1657. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
1658. extraneous: coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant.
1659. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
1660. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
1661. portent: a sign or omen.
1662. bellicose: inclined to or favoring war or strife.
1663. interlard: to insert between; to mix.
1664. Argus-eyed: extremely observant; watchful.
1665. repine: to feel or express discontent.
1666. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
1667. limpid: clear; also, serene.
1668. aficionado: an enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
1669. rapacious: grasping; greedy.
1670. satiety: fullness to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
1671. obtrude: to thrust out; also, to impose on others.
1672. patina: a superficial layer.
1673. animus: a feeling of ill will; also, animating spirit; disposition.
1674. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
1675. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
1676. rusticate: to go or send to the country.
1677. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
1678. stanch: to stop the flowing of; to check.
1679. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
1680. Elysium: paradise.
1681. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
1682. plangent: beating with a loud or deep sound; also, expressing sadness.
1683. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
1684. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
1685. meretricious: tawdry.
1686. solace: comfort in grief.
1687. admonition: gentle or friendly reproof; friendly warning.
1688. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an
order.
1689. velleity: a slight wish or inclination.
1690. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
1691. mazy: resembling a maze; intricate or confusing.
1692. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
1693. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
1694. eremite: a hermit.
1695. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly
persistent.
1696. Hobson's choice: a choice without an alternative.
1697. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant
achievement.
1698. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
1699. superannuated: old; discharged or disqualified on account of old age.
1700. expunge: to strike out or erase; to obliterate.
1701. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
1702. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend.
1703. stripling: an adolescent youth.
1704. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point.
1705. neoteric: recent in origin; new.
1706. surly: ill-humored; sullen and gruff.
1707. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
1708. sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
1709. abrogate: to annul; to do away with.
1710. penury: extreme poverty; also, insufficiency.
1711. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
1712. clamber: to climb with difficulty, or on all fours.
1713. asperity: roughness of surface, sound, or manner.
1714. effete: infertile; also, worn out; also, decadent, effeminate.
1715. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
1716. gustatory: pertaining to the sense of taste.
1717. tergiversation: evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc.
1718. obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant; also, boisterous.
1719. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental
discoveries.
1720. yen: a strong desire or inclination.
1721. timorous: full of apprehensiveness; fearful.
1722. irenic: promoting peace.
1723. bilious: of or pertaining to bile; also, ill-tempered.
1724. galvanic: pertaining to a direct current of electricity; also, having the effect of an
electric shock.
1725. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed
persons.
1726. slaver: to slobber; to drool.
1727. unguent: an ointment.
1728. abeyance: suspension; temporary cessation.
1729. concinnity: elegance -- used chiefly of literary style.
1730. peripatetic: walking about or traveling from place to place.
1731. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
1732. hebetude: mental dullness or sluggishness.
1733. soi-disant: self-styled; so-called.
1734. opprobrium: reproach mingled with contempt.
1735. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.
1736. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
1737. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
1738. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
1739. pulchritude: beauty.
1740. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
1741. hector: to bully or harass.
1742. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
1743. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
1744. forcible: effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful.
1745. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
1746. insuperable: incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome.
1747. latitudinarian: having or expressing broad and tolerant views.
1748. hinterland: backcountry.
1749. buss: a kiss; to kiss.
1750. discrete: constituting a separate thing; also, consisting of distinct or unconnected
parts.
1751. plaintive: expressive of sorrow or melancholy.
1752. tractable: docile; manageable, governable.
1753. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
1754. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
1755. avatar: an incarnation.
1756. expiate: to make amends for; to atone for.
1757. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
1758. lambaste: to scold sharply; also, to beat.
1759. recrudescent: breaking out again.
1760. flibbertigibbet: a silly, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
1761. malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word.
1762. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving
unconventionality.
1763. vet: to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
1764. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
1765. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
1766. qua: in the capacity or character of; as.
1767. invective: insulting or abusive language.
1768. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
1769. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
1770. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
1771. vagary: an extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
1772. idyll: a poem or prose work depicting rural or pastoral life; also, a carefree episode
or experience.
1773. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
1774. patrician: a nobleman; also, a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
1775. apocryphal: of doubtful authority or authenticity.
1776. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
1777. deign: to condescend.
1778. sanctum: a place where one is free from intrusion.
1779. malinger: to feign illness or inability.
1780. redound: to have a consequence or effect.
1781. perfidy: faithlessness; treachery.
1782. doughty: valiant; brave.
1783. anathema: a curse; a person or thing cursed, or intensely disliked.
1784. salad days: a time of youthful inexperience, innocence, or indiscretion.
1785. connubial: of or pertaining to marriage.
1786. repletion: the condition of being completely or excessively full.
1787. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
1788. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
1789. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
1790. mephitic: offensive to the smell; also, noxious.
1791. inimical: unfriendly; unfavorable.
1792. ken: perception, view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
1793. proscribe: to forbid; to prohibit.
1794. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
1795. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
1796. puckish: whimsical; mischievous; impish.
1797. coterminous: of equal extent or duration.
1798. mountebank: a quack; also, a charlatan.
1799. tirade: a long angry speech.
1800. palaver: idle talk; also, to talk idly.
1801. vertiginous: causing dizziness; also, giddy; dizzy.
1802. remonstrate: to present and urge reasons in opposition.
1803. bailiwick: a person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
1804. impregnable: able to resist attack.
1805. renege: to go back on a promise or commitment.
1806. apprise: to give notice to; to inform.
1807. improvident: lacking foresight; negligent; thoughtless.
1808. carom: to strike and rebound; also, a glancing off.
1809. myrmidon: a loyal follower.
1810. privation: the state of being deprived of something.
1811. ossify: to harden or to become bone.
1812. troglodyte: someone who dwells in a cave.
1813. wan: pale; also, lacking vitality or intensity.
1814. peremptory: precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
1815. harbinger: a precursor; one that presages what is to come.
1816. small beer: weak beer; also, matters of little importance.
1817. commodious: comfortably spacious; roomy.
1818. scapegrace: one who is wild and reckless.
1819. nascent: beginning to exist.
1820. gravid: pregnant.
1821. lucubration: laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night.
1822. supine: lying on the back; also, indolent; listless.
1823. heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions.
1824. predilection: an established preference.
1825. verisimilitude: the quality of seeming to be true.
1826. commensurate: equal in measure or extent; also, proportionate.
1827. urbane: polished and smooth in manner.
1828. abstruse: difficult to comprehend.
1829. militate: to have force or influence.
1830. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
1831. preternatural: beyond of different from what is natural; inexplicable;
extraordinary; abnormal.
1832. hardscrabble: barren, marginal; also, marked by poverty.
1833. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
1834. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
1835. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
1836. conflagration: a large and destructive fire.
1837. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
1838. suasion: the act of persuading.
1839. roue: a man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure.
1840. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
1841. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or
expressions.
1842. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
1843. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
1844. doyen: the senior member of a body or group.
1845. abecedarian: pertaining to the alphabet; also, rudimentary; also, a beginner.
1846. crabwise: sideways; also, in a cautiously indirect manner.
1847. glabrous: without hairs or projections; smooth.
1848. tarradiddle: a fib; also, pretentious nonsense.
1849. irrupt: to burst in forcibly or suddenly.
1850. agrestic: pertaining to fields or the country.
1851. cap-a-pie: from head to foot.
1852. fetor: a strong, offensive smell.
1853. olla podrida: a kind of seasoned stew; also, a mixture, a hodgepodge.
1854. pernicious: deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.
1855. aegis: a shield; protection.
1856. politic: political; also, shrewdly tactful.
1857. starveling: one who is starving or being starved; also, poor in quality.
1858. autochthonous: indigenous; native.
1859. palliate: to make an offense seem less serious; also, to relieve or lessen without
curing.
1860. vade mecum: a book or other thing that one regularly carries about.
1861. comely: pleasing to the sight.
1862. dictum: an authoritative statement.
1863. mendicant: a beggar.
1864. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
1865. braggadocio: empty boasting.
1866. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.
1867. recumbent: reclining; lying down.
1868. sonorous: yielding sound; impressive in sound.
1869. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
1870. equanimity: calmness; composure.
1871. primogeniture: the state of being the firstborn; also, an exclusive right of
inheritance that belongs to the eldest son.
1872. ancillary: subordinate, subsidiary; auxiliary.
1873. Potemkin village: a false front or facade.
1874. favonian: pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle.
1875. trenchant: forceful and vigorous; also, caustic; also, clear-cut.
1876. yeasty: frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.
1877. deipnosophist: one skilled in table talk.
1878. jeremiad: a doleful story; also, a dolorous or angry tirade..
1879. delectation: great pleasure; delight.
1880. pin money: money for incidental expenses; also, a trivial sum.
1881. ab ovo: from the beginning.
1882. woolgathering: indulgence in idle daydreaming.
1883. peccant: sinning.
1884. nolens volens: whether unwilling or willing.
1885. quisling: a collaborator; a traitor.
1886. misprize: to despise; also, to undervalue.
1887. tete-a-tete: a private conversation.
1888. agon: struggle; conflict.
1889. collegial: characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues.
1890. ludic: playful.
1891. refractory: stubbornly disobedient.
1892. congeries: a collection; an aggregation.
1893. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path;
roving.
1894. teetotaler: one pledged to abstinence from alcoholic drinks.
1895. flummery: mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
1896. overweening: overbearing; also, excessive.
1897. acrimony: bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness.
1898. remunerate: to pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense.
1899. supernal: being on high; celestial.
1900. libation: the act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice; also, a beverage.
1901. acuity: acuteness of perception or vision.
1902. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.
1903. pandemic: affecting a whole people or a number of countries.
1904. entreat: to ask for or request earnestly.
1905. ineffectual: without effect; weak; useless.
1906. hypnagogic: inducing sleep; of or pertaining to drowsiness.
1907. draconian: excessively harsh; severe.
1908. eructation: the act of belching; a belch.
1909. treacly: overly sweet or sentimental.
1910. sciolism: superficial knowledge.
1911. beau ideal: a perfect or an idealized type or model.
1912. incarnadine: pink or red; also, to redden.
1913. roborant: restoring strength or vigor; also, a restorative.
1914. aerie: a nest or dwelling built in a lofty place.
1915. ensorcell: to enchant; to bewitch.
1916. lapidary: of or pertaining to stone cutting; also, terse or refined in expression.
1917. megrim: a migraine; also, a fancy or whim; in the plural, low spirits.
1918. apotheosis: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
1919. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
1920. providential: resulting from divine providence; also, peculiarly fortunate or
appropriate.
1921. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
1922. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
1923. sui generis: unique.
1924. nonpareil: having no equal.
1925. efface: to cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.
1926. gamine: an urchin; also, a mischievous girl or young woman.
1927. senescent: growing old.
1928. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
1929. flaneur: one who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
1930. presentiment: a premonition.
1931. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
1932. abominate: to detest intensely.
1933. pervicacious: stubborn; obstinate.
1934. foofaraw: excessive or flashy ornamentation; also, a fuss over a trivial matter.
1935. Cockaigne: an imaginary land of ease and luxury.
1936. imprimatur: approval or sanction.
1937. punctilio: a fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
1938. verbose: wordy.
1939. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or
unwanted part.
1940. amicable: characterized by friendliness and good will.
1941. fungible: interchangeable.
1942. nimbus: a dark gray rain cloud; also, a halo, an aura.
1943. eddy: a current running contrary to a main current or in a circular direction.
1944. Methuselah: an extremely old man.
1945. bon vivant: a person with refined and sociable tastes.
1946. copse: a thicket of small trees.
1947. contrite: feeling or expressing grief and regret for sins or offenses.
1948. sere: dry; withered.
1949. dolorous: marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
1950. plenipotentiary: invested with full power.
1951. myriad: consisting of a very great but indefinite number; also, a very great many.
1952. bricolage: construction or something constructed by using whatever materials
happen to be available.
1953. malodorous: having a bad odor.
1954. pied-a-terre: a temporary or second place of lodging.
1955. epicene: having the characteristics of both the male and the female.
1956. skulduggery: devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or activity.
1957. adage: an old saying.
1958. wizened: shriveled; withered.
1959. indefatigable: untiring.
1960. disport: to frolic; to amuse (oneself).
1961. appellation: a name, title, or designation.
1962. longueur: a tedious passage in a work of literature or performance art.
1963. rivulet: a small stream or brook.
1964. chimera: a mental fabrication.
1965. avoirdupois: weight; heaviness.
1966. machination: a crafty scheme intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
1967. calumny: malicious misrepresentation; slander.
1968. fatidic: of, relating to, or characterized by prophecy.
1969. tatterdemalion: a person dressed in tattered clothing.
1970. confabulation: familiar talk.
1971. inkhorn: affectedly or ostentatiously learned.
1972. quash: to annul; also, to crush; to subdue.
1973. wiseacre: a smart aleck.
1974. cacophony: harsh or discordant sound.
1975. excursus: a digression.
1976. credulous: inclined to believe too readily.
1977. harangue: a speech addressed to a public assembly; also, a noisy or pompous
speech.
1978. ignoble: not noble.
1979. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or
systematically.
1980. acclimate: to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or
situation.
1981. cudgel: a short heavy stick.
1982. abulia: loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
1983. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
1984. rapprochement: the establishment or state of cordial relations.
1985. tremulous: shaking, quivering; also, affected with fear.
1986. histrionic: theatrical.
1987. cohort: a group; also, a companion or associate.
1988. egress: the act of going out or leaving; exit.
1989. indigence: extreme poverty.
1990. effusive: excessively demonstrative.
1991. obeisance: an expression of deference.
1992. affray: a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.
1993. prima facie: at first view.
1994. undulant: resembling waves in form, motion, or occurrence.
1995. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
1996. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
1997. corpulent: very fat; obese.
1998. popinjay: a vain and talkative person.
1999. vatic: of or characteristic of a prophet or prophecy.
2000. fecund: fruitful; prolific; also, marked by intellectual productivity.
2001. caterwaul: to make a harsh cry or screech.
2002. acerbic: sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
2003. heterogeneous: consisting of dissimilar elements.
2004. rodomontade: pretentious, bragging speech.
2005. hoary: white or gray with age; hence, extremely old.
2006. foundling: a deserted or abandoned child.
2007. cavort: to bound or prance about.
2008. inexorable: unyielding; relentless.
2009. diablerie: sorcery; also, mischievous conduct.
2010. debouch: to emerge; to issue.
2011. jejune: lacking in nutritional value; also, immature; also, dull.
2012. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.
2013. imprecation: a curse.
2014. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
2015. effrontery: shameless boldness; insolence.
2016. arriviste: an upstart.
2017. fallible: liable to make a mistake.
2018. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
2019. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.
2020. turbid: muddy; not clear; also, confused; disordered.
2021. propitiate: to appease; to conciliate.
2022. discomfit: to disconcert; also, to thwart.
2023. intrepid: fearless; bold.
2024. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
2025. louche: of questionable taste or morality.
2026. supplant: to take the place of.
2027. clerisy: the intelligentsia.
2028. denouement: the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or
dramatic work.
2029. prink: to primp.
2030. sagacious: having or showing keen discernment.
2031. disquisition: a formal discourse on a subject.
2032. panjandrum: an important or self-important official.
2033. tattoo: a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping.
2034. cormorant: a gluttonous or greedy person.
2035. pastiche: a hodgepodge; a potpourri.
2036. egregious: outrageously bad.
2037. cajole: to coax.
2038. Promethean: of or pertaining to Prometheus; also, boldly original.
2039. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.
2040. ne plus ultra: the acme; also, the most profound degree.
2041. empyrean: the highest heaven; the heavens; the sky.
2042. malversation: misconduct in public office.
2043. cadre: a core or nucleus of trained or otherwise qualified personnel around which
an organization is formed.
2044. exhort: to urge strongly.
2045. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
2046. demur: to object; also, to delay.
2047. perfervid: ardent; impassioned.
2048. solecism: a nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
2049. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
2050. forgo: to do without.
2051. raiment: clothing in general; garments.
2052. aborning: (while) being produced or born.
2053. dulcet: melodious.
2054. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
2055. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
2056. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.
2057. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
2058. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
2059. languid: lacking vigor or force.
2060. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
2061. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
2062. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
2063. cornucopia: the horn of plenty; also, an abundance.
2064. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
2065. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
2066. brackish: somewhat salty; also, distasteful.
2067. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
2068. sedition: incitement of rebellion against lawful authority.
2069. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
2070. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.
2071. transmute: to change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another.
2072. galumph: to move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
2073. rejoinder: an answer to a reply.
2074. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
2075. vituperation: abusive language.
2076. lubricious: lewd; also, slippery or smooth.
2077. oblation: an offering.
2078. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government.
2079. impervious: impenetrable; also, not capable of being affected.
2080. cosmopolite: a cosmopolitan person.
2081. quagmire: a predicament.
2082. eldritch: unearthly; weird; eerie.
2083. indurate: to make hard; to harden.
2084. slake: to satisfy or quench; also, to cause to lessen.
2085. profuse: plentiful; copious.
2086. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
2087. apogee: the highest point.
2088. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2089. bibulous: of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcohol.
2090. perfunctory: done routinely.
2091. omnipresent: present in all places at the same time.
2092. forlorn: sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
2093. evince: to show in a clear manner.
2094. seriatim: in a series; one after another.
2095. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
2096. turpitude: baseness; depravity.
2097. moiety: a half; a small part.
2098. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
2099. stasis: a state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
2100. extirpate: to eradicate; to destroy.
2101. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
2102. circumambient: surrounding; encompassing.
2103. ukase: an edict.
2104. discursive: digressive; rambling; also, marked by analytical reasoning.
2105. pukka: genuine, authentic, or good; proper.
2106. kvetch: to complain habitually.
2107. brio: vigor; vivacity.
2108. importunate: troublesomely urgent.
2109. dishabille: the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
2110. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
2111. asseverate: to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
2112. celerity: quickness; swiftness.
2113. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
2114. agitprop: propaganda.
2115. inamorata: a woman whom one is in love with.
2116. diffident: bashful or unassertive.
2117. polymath: a person of great or varied learning.
2118. fiduciary: relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
2119. perspicacity: clearness of understanding.
2120. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
2121. cavalcade: a procession.
2122. faineant: doing nothing; idle; also, a do-nothing.
2123. perforce: by necessity.
2124. mellifluous: flowing sweetly or smoothly.
2125. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
2126. blackguard: a scoundrel.
2127. mulct: to defraud.
2128. paean: a song or other expression of praise or joy.
2129. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
2130. salubrious: healthful.
2131. fiat: an arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
2132. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
2133. billet: to quarter, or place in lodgings.
2134. incongruous: lacking in harmony.
2135. nepotism: favoritism shown to members of one's family.
2136. fey: possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality.
2137. ambuscade: an ambush; also, to ambush.
2138. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
2139. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
2140. coquetry: flirtation.
2141. potboiler: a usually inferior literary or artistic work, produced quickly for the
purpose of making money.
2142. parse: to analyze.
2143. nimiety: excess.
2144. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
2145. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
2146. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.
2147. pecuniary: relating to money.
2148. postprandial: happening or done after a meal.
2149. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
2150. furbelow: something showy or superfluous.
2151. stygian: dark and gloomy; also, infernal.
2152. lumpen: those individuals cut off from their normal socioeconomic class.
2153. copacetic: very satisfactory.
2154. pestiferous: bearing or bringing disease, moral harm, or annoyance.
2155. luculent: clear; easily understood.
2156. sapid: having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor.
2157. contemn: to scorn; to despise.
2158. aliment: nutriment or sustenance.
2159. temporize: to be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time; also, to go with the
times.
2160. magniloquent: lofty or grandiose in speech or expression.

2161. jape: a trick or practical joke.


2162. biddable: easily led or commanded; obedient.
2163. cloy: to weary or become distasteful through excess.
2164. amanuensis: one employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
2165. shibboleth: a word, pronunciation, saying, belief, practice, etc., that distinguishes
one group from another.
2166. complement: something that fills up or completes.
2167. maudlin: excessively sentimental.
2168. Panglossian: excessively or naively optimistic.
2169. supervene: to take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or
unexpected.
2170. hagiography: biography of saints; also, idealizing or idolizing biography.
2171. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.
2172. redoubt: a stronghold.
2173. detritus: debris.
2174. obloquy: ill repute.
2175. extant: still existing.
2176. arbitrage: the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit
from price discrepancies.
2177. panegyric: an expression of formal or elaborate praise.
2178. masticate: to chew.
2179. fettle: a state or condition of fitness, order, or mind.
2180. cavalcade: a procession.
2181. enervate: to weaken.
2182. atavism: reversion to a remote ancestral type or to an earlier form.
2183. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
2184. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
2185. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
2186. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
2187. detritus: debris.
2188. pusillanimous: cowardly.
2189. extol: to praise.
2190. intransigent: uncompromising.
2191. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or
forward.
2192. supplicate: to make a humble and earnest petition.
2193. labile: open to change; apt or likely to change.
2194. traduce: to vilify.
2195. claque: a group of fawning admirers.
2196. frisson: a brief moment of intense excitement.
2197. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
2198. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
2199. aver: to assert as true.
2200. wayworn: wearied by traveling.
2201. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
2202. concomitant: accompanying; attending.
2203. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
2204. indolent: lazy; inactive.
2205. lenity: the state or quality of being lenient.
2206. camarilla: a group of secret and often scheming advisers.
2207. ablution: the washing of the body or some part of it.
2208. untoward: not favorable or fortunate; also, improper.
2209. menagerie: a collection of wild or unusual animals; also, a diverse group.
2210. presage: an omen; also, to predict.
2211. abnegate: refuse or deny oneself; also, to give up (rights, claims, etc.).
2212. faction: a usually contentious group or party; also, internal dissension.
2213. pallor: unusual or extreme paleness.
2214. suffuse: spread through or over; to flush.
2215. artifice: an artful trick, stratagem or device; also, cleverness, skill.
2216. saturnine: sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
2217. lionize: to treat or regard as an object great interest or importance.
2218. finical: finicky.
2219. pliant: easily bent or flexed; also, easily influenced; compliant.
2220. dissemble: to hide under a false appearance; also, to assume a false appearance.
2221. recreant: cowardly; also, unfaithful or disloyal.
2222. fetter: a restraint; also, to impose restraints on.
2223. tumid: swollen; bulging; also, bombastic.
2224. agglomeration: a cluster or mass.
2225. odium: intense hatred or dislike.
2226. unfledged: not fully developed; immature.
2227. countenance: appearance or expression of the face; also, to tolerate or encourage.
2228. betimes: early; also, on occasion.
2229. glutinous: gluey; sticky.
2230. durance: imprisonment.
2231. ingenuous: demonstrating childlike simplicity; also, open; frank.
2232. manumit: to free from slavery or servitude.
2233. hermitage: a secluded residence; a retreat.
2234. blandishment: flattering speech or action.
2235. peradventure: chance, uncertainty, or doubt.
2236. antiquarian: one who collects, studies, or deals in antiquities.
2237. naif: a naive or inexperienced person.
2238. altercation: a heated, noisy, or angry dispute.
2239. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally
competent to transact business.
2240. gravitas: high seriousness.
2241. exigent: requiring immediate aid or action; also, demanding.
2242. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
2243. ineluctable: impossible to avoid or evade.
2244. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
2245. commination: a denunciation.
2246. philomath: a lover of learning; a scholar.
2247. amative: pertaining to or disposed to love.
2248. callow: immature.
2249. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
2250. lineament: a distinguishing or characteristic feature.
2251. abscond: to depart secretly.
2252. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
2253. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
2254. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
2255. varicolored: having a variety of colors.
2256. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
2257. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
2258. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
2259. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
2260. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
2261. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
2262. temerarious: reckless; rash.
2263. introspection: the act or process of self-examination; reflection.
2264. malfeasance: wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior.
2265. fealty: fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
2266. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
2267. apparition: a ghost; also, an unexpected appearance.
2268. propinquity: nearness.
2269. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
2270. flummox: to confuse; to perplex.
2271. iota: a very small quantity or degree.
2272. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest.
2273. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
2274. regale: to entertain with something that delights.
2275. eke: to gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty.
2276. badinage: light, playful talk.
2277. indelible: incapable of being removed or erased.
2278. volte-face: an about-face.
2279. kismet: destiny; fate.
2280. refulgent: brilliant; resplendent.
2281. caesura: a break or pause in a line of verse; also, any break or pause.
2282. wastrel: a person who wastes; a loafer.
2283. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed
by few.
2284. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
2285. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
2286. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
2287. beholden: obliged; indebted.
2288. waylay: to ambush or accost.
2289. castigate: to punish or criticize severely.
2290. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
2291. captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
2292. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
2293. nugatory: insignificant; also, ineffectual.
2294. ubiquitous: being everywhere.
2295. tryst: an appointment (as between lovers) to meet.
2296. pari passu: at an equal pace or rate.
2297. enmity: hatred; ill will.
2298. numinous: spiritual.
2299. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
2300. parley: a conference or discussion; also, to confer.
2301. ephemeral: lasting a very short time.
2302. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.
2303. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.
2304. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
2305. tyro: a novice.
2306. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
2307. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
2308. bagatelle: a trifle; also, a short, light literary or musical piece.
2309. descant: a discourse; also, to discourse.
2310. canorous: melodious; musical.
2311. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
2312. evanescent: fleeting.
2313. venial: capable of being forgiven; excusable.
2314. capacious: able to contain much.
2315. trammel: something that impedes activity, progress, or freedom; also, to hamper.
2316. busker: a street musician or performer.
2317. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
2318. deride: to laugh at with contempt.
2319. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
2320. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
2321. demagogue: a leader who obtains power by means of appeals to the emotions and
prejudices of the populace.
2322. quaff: to drink heartily.
2323. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
2324. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
2325. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
2326. officious: meddlesome.
2327. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
2328. quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally
competent to transact business.
2329. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
2330. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.
2331. bacchanalia: a revel.
2332. immure: to imprison.
2333. deliquesce: to melt away or become liquid.
2334. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
2335. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
2336. modicum: a small or token amount.
2337. fetid: stinking.
2338. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
2339. banal: commonplace; trivial.
2340. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
2341. adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
2342. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
2343. segue: to proceed without interruption.
2344. puerile: juvenile; childish.
2345. nadir: the lowest point.
2346. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
2347. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
2348. beneficence: the practice of doing good.
2349. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
2350. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
2351. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
2352. cant: empty, solemn speech.
2353. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
2354. palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
2355. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
2356. conurbation: an aggregation or continuous network of urban communities.
2357. sinecure: an office or position that involves little work or responsibility.
2358. abjure: to renounce, reject, or shun.
2359. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
2360. aberrant: abnormal.
2361. votary: one devoted to some pursuit, worship, study, or way of life.
2362. pelf: money; riches.
2363. tocsin: a warning.
2364. lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
2365. umbrage: offense; resentment.
2366. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
2367. loquacious: very talkative.
2368. bruit: To report; to noise abroad.
2369. virago: an ill-tempered, overbearing woman; also, a woman of great strength and
courage.
2370. mawkish: sickly or excessively sentimental.
2371. malediction: a curse.
2372. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
2373. neophyte: a novice.
2374. immolate: to kill or destroy, often by fire.
2375. alpenglow: a reddish glow seen near sunset or sunrise on the summits of
mountains.
2376. subfusc: dark or dull in color.
2377. mores: customs; habits; ways.
2378. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
2379. winsome: light-hearted.
2380. verdure: greenness.
2381. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
2382. nosegay: a bouquet.
2383. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
2384. laudable: praiseworthy; commendable.
2385. puissant: powerful.
2386. diadem: a crown.
2387. ebullient: high-spirited.
2388. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
2389. kobold: a kind of domestic spirit in German mythology.
2390. prestidigitation: performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks
with the hands; sleight of hand.
2391. rubicund: inclining to redness; ruddy.
2392. lambent: playing on the surface; flickering.
2393. anodyne: serving to relieve pain.
2394. ingenue: a naive girl or young woman, or an actress representing such a person.
2395. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.
2396. maelstrom: a large, powerful whirlpool; also, a violent, disordered, or turbulent
state of affairs.
2397. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
2398. repast: a meal.
2399. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
2400. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
2401. quidnunc: a gossip; a busybody.
2402. lassitude: lack of vitality or energy.
2403. billet-doux: a love letter.
2404. wheedle: to entice by flattery.
2405. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.
2406. redivivus: living again; revived; restored.
2407. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
2408. gaucherie: a socially awkward or tactless act; also, lack of tact.
2409. panache: dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
2410. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness.
2411. assiduous: constant in application or attention.
2412. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
2413. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
2414. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect.
2415. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
2416. tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
2417. carapace: a shell; a protective covering.
2418. paladin: a champion of a cause.
2419. hale: free from disease and weakening conditions; healthy.
2420. sacrosanct: sacred; inviolable.
2421. melange: a mixture.
2422. vainglory: excessive pride or vain display.
2423. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
2424. digerati: persons knowledgeable about computers.
2425. confrere: a colleague, comrade, or intimate associate.
2426. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
2427. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
2428. firmament: the sky; the heavens.
2429. jollification: merrymaking; revelry.
2430. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
2431. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
2432. cynosure: a center of attention.
2433. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
2434. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
2435. Hogmanay: the name, in Scotland, for the last day of the year.
2436. vim: energy; vigor.
2437. plenary: full; complete.
2438. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
2439. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
2440. exegete: one who explains or interprets difficult parts of written works.
2441. recondite: difficult to understand.
2442. diktat: an authoritative decree or order.
2443. esurient: hungry; greedy.
2444. ineffable: incapable of being expressed.
2445. dubiety: the condition or quality of being doubtful; also, a matter of doubt.
2446. pugilist: a boxer.
2447. renascent: rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.
2448. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables.
2449. encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
2450. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
2451. capricious: whimsical; changeable.
2452. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
2453. quondam: former; sometime.
2454. ergo: therefore; consequently.
2455. susurration: a whispering; a soft murmur.
2456. irrefragable: impossible to refute.
2457. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
2458. incommunicado: without means or right to communicate.
2459. predilection: an established preference.
2460. flippant: showing inappropriate levity; pert.
2461. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
2462. wunderkind: one who achieves success or acclaim during youth.
2463. lucre: money; profit.
2464. epigone: an inferior imitator.
2465. sang-froid: coolness in trying circumstances.
2466. consanguineous: related by blood; descended from the same ancestor.
2467. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
2468. parlous: fraught with danger; hazardous.
2469. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
2470. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
2471. visage: the face; also, appearance; aspect.
2472. excoriate: to express strong disapproval of; also, to flay.
2473. tendentious: marked by a strong tendency in favor of a particular point of view.
2474. milieu: environment; setting.
2475. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently
insoluble difficulty.
2476. autodidact: one who is self-taught.
2477. stertorous: characterized by a heavy snoring or gasping sound.
2478. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
2479. concupiscence: lust.
2480. spoony: foolishly or sentimentally in love.
2481. desideratum: something desired.
2482. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
2483. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
2484. canard: an unfounded or false report.
2485. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
2486. titivate: to make decorative additions to; to spruce.
2487. jovial: merry; joyous; jolly.
2488. salutary: beneficial; also, healthful.
2489. alacrity: a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness.
2490. munificent: very generous.
2491. cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.
2492. apothegm: a short, witty, and instructive saying.
2493. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
2494. scion: a descendant; an heir.
2495. doula: a woman who assists in childbirth.
2496. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
2497. dilettante: an amateur; also, an admirer or lover of the fine arts.
2498. simulacrum: a representation; an insubstantial or vague semblance.
2499. toothsome: delicious; attractive; luscious.
2500. countermand: to revoke (a former command) or recall by a contrary order.
2501. expropriate: to deprive of possession; also, to transfer (property) to oneself.
2502. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
2503. contradistinction: distinction by contrast.
2504. ululate: to howl; to wail.
2505. crapulous: sick from, or marked by, excessive drinking.
2506. parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status.
2507. manse: a large and imposing residence.
2508. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
2509. Ides: the fifteenth day of March, May, July, and October, and the thirteenth day of
the other months.
2510. megalomania: a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur.
2511. verdant: green.
2512. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
2513. dudgeon: a state or fit of intense indignation.
2514. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
2515. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
2516. succor: aid; help; also, to help or relieve.
2517. paterfamilias: the male head of a household; the father of a family.
2518. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
2519. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
2520. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
2521. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
2522. superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient.
2523. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
2524. benignant: kind; gracious; favorable.
2525. edacious: given to eating.
2526. chicanery: the use of trickery to deceive.
2527. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
2528. martinet: a strict disciplinarian.
2529. brummagem: cheap and showy; also, spurious.
2530. cum: with; along with; combined with.
2531. hobbledehoy: an awkward, gawky young fellow.
2532. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
2533. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
2534. rusticate: to go or send to the country.
2535. stripling: an adolescent youth.
2536. panoply: a splendid or impressive array.
2537. coeval: existing during the same period of time; also, a contemporary.
2538. salmagundi: a mixture or assortment; also, a kind of mixed dish or salad.
2539. desuetude: disuse.
2540. land of Nod: sleep.
2541. hortatory: serving to encourage or incite.
2542. choler: anger.
2543. expeditious: characterized by speed and efficiency.
2544. implacable: incapable of being pacified.
2545. patina: a superficial layer.
2546. caveat: a warning or caution.
2547. itinerant: traveling from place to place.
2548. agog: in eager desire.
2549. rebarbative: repellent; irritating.
2550. sporadic: occurring singly, or occasionally, or in scattered instances.
2551. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
2552. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
2553. provenance: origin; source.
2554. microcosm: a smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.
2555. gloaming: twilight; dusk.
2556. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant
achievement.
2557. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
2558. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
2559. wag: a humorous person; a wit.
2560. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
2561. rapine: the act of plundering.
2562. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
2563. aspersion: a damaging or derogatory remark.
2564. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
2565. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
2566. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
2567. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
2568. appurtenance: an adjunct or accessory.
2569. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
2570. multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
2571. fulsome: offensive from excess of praise.
2572. arrant: outright; thoroughgoing.
2573. palimpsest: an object or place whose older layers or aspects are apparent.
2574. spurious: not genuine; false; illegitimate.
2575. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
2576. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
2577. incontrovertible: indisputable; unquestionable.
2578. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
2579. torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic.
2580. junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
2581. variegated: having marks or patches of different colors; also, varied.
2582. malcontent: one who is discontented or dissatisfied.
2583. cerebration: the act or product of thinking.
2584. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.
2585. equable: equal and uniform; also, not easily disturbed.
2586. pleonasm: the use of more words than are necessary to express an idea.
2587. stormy petrel: a type of seabird; also, one fond of bringing strife.
2588. neoteric: recent in origin; new.
2589. glabrous: without hairs or projections; smooth.
2590. extricate: to free or release from a difficulty or entanglement.
2591. contumely: rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt.
2592. bravura: a showy display.
2593. paucity: fewness; insufficiency.
2594. arbiter: one having the power of judging and determining.
2595. discrete: constituting a separate thing; also, consisting of distinct or unconnected
parts.
2596. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
2597. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
2598. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
2599. practicable: feasible; also, usable.
2600. choleric: easily angered; also, indicating or expressing anger.
2601. juxtaposition: the act or an instance of placing in nearness.
2602. salad days: a time of youthful inexperience, innocence, or indiscretion.
2603. gravid: pregnant.
2604. transmogrify: to transform.
2605. ephemeron: something short-lived.
2606. clemency: disposition to show mercy; also, an act of mercy.
2607. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
2608. sobriquet: a nickname.
2609. littoral: on a coastal or shore region.
2610. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
2611. sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit.
2612. autocrat: a ruler with unlimited authority.
2613. copious: large in quantity; also, affording an abundant supply.
2614. venal: capable of being bought; also, corruptible.
2615. timorous: full of apprehensiveness; fearful.
2616. aficionado: an enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
2617. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
2618. depredation: an act of plundering or ravaging.
2619. complaisant: exhibiting a desire to please.
2620. emblazon: to display pompously; to decorate.
2621. apotheosis: a model of excellence or perfection of a kind.
2622. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
2623. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
2624. histrionic: theatrical.
2625. quisling: a collaborator; a traitor.
2626. cap-a-pie: from head to foot.
2627. mountebank: a quack; also, a charlatan.
2628. connubial: of or pertaining to marriage.
2629. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
2630. arrant: outright; thoroughgoing.
2631. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.
2632. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
2633. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
2634. scuttlebutt: gossip; rumor.
2635. bon ton: the height of the fashion; fashionable society.
2636. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
2637. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
2638. cursory: hastily or superficially performed.
2639. mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
2640. limn: to draw or paint; also, to describe.
2641. plebeian: common; vulgar.
2642. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
2643. apologia: a formal defense or justification.
2644. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
2645. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
2646. heterogeneous: consisting of dissimilar elements.
2647. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.
2648. prima facie: at first view.
2649. supercilious: disdainfully arrogant.
2650. concatenation: a chain; a succession.
2651. inveigh: to rail (against some person or thing).
2652. sough: to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound.
2653. avuncular: resembling an uncle, as in kindness or indulgence.
2654. peremptory: precluding or putting an end to all debate or action.
2655. ascribe: to attribute.
2656. compunction: anxiety or unease from guilt; also, a scruple.
2657. animus: a feeling of ill will; also, animating spirit; disposition.
2658. piebald: mottled; also, mixed.
2659. eremite: a hermit.
2660. corroborate: to strengthen or make more certain with other evidence.
2661. fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory.
2662. arrogate: to claim or seize without right or justification.
2663. chary: wary; cautious.
2664. fortuitous: happening by chance.
2665. adumbrate: to outline; also, to foreshadow; also, to shade.
2666. supposititious: fraudulently substituted; also, hypothetical.
2667. renege: to go back on a promise or commitment.
2668. vagary: an extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
2669. tete-a-tete: a private conversation.
2670. expiate: to make amends for; to atone for.
2671. denizen: an inhabitant.
2672. robustious: boisterous; vigorous.
2673. provender: food or provisions.
2674. habitue: one who habitually frequents a place.
2675. aegis: a shield; protection.
2676. sui generis: unique.
2677. requisite: required; indispensable.
2678. explicate: to explain.
2679. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.
2680. confute: to refute conclusively.
2681. insouciant: marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
2682. surcease: cessation; stop; end.
2683. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
2684. verisimilitude: the quality of seeming to be true.
2685. pervicacious: stubborn; obstinate.
2686. small beer: weak beer; also, matters of little importance.
2687. vade mecum: a book or other thing that one regularly carries about.
2688. suasion: the act of persuading.
2689. pejorative: disparaging; belittling.
2690. tetchy: peevish; testy; irritable.
2691. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.
2692. fanfaronade: empty boasting; bluster.
2693. riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river.
2694. inhere: to be inherent.
2695. staid: steady or sedate in character.
2696. commodious: comfortably spacious; roomy.
2697. improvident: lacking foresight; negligent; thoughtless.
2698. cataract: a large waterfall; also, a downpour, a flood.
2699. solace: comfort in grief.
2700. opprobrium: reproach mingled with contempt.
2701. stanch: to stop the flowing of; to check.
2702. vertiginous: causing dizziness; also, giddy; dizzy.
2703. militate: to have force or influence.
2704. ostensible: appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
2705. fulsome: offensive from excess of praise.
2706. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty.
2707. monomania: obsession with a single subject.
2708. prescient: knowing or anticipating the outcome of events before they happen.
2709. swan song: a final or farewell appearance, action, or pronouncement.
2710. recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
2711. indomitable: incapable of being subdued or overcome.
2712. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
2713. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
2714. privation: the state of being deprived of something.
2715. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
2716. deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle.
2717. braggadocio: empty boasting.
2718. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
2719. hypnagogic: inducing sleep; of or pertaining to drowsiness.
2720. concinnity: elegance -- used chiefly of literary style.
2721. extraneous: coming from the outside; also, not essential; also, irrelevant.
2722. lascivious: lewd; lustful.
2723. facile: easily done or performed.
2724. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
2725. exemplar: an ideal model or type.
2726. obstreperous: noisily and stubbornly defiant; also, boisterous.
2727. qua: in the capacity or character of; as.
2728. ken: perception, view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
2729. ancillary: subordinate, subsidiary; auxiliary.
2730. perfidy: faithlessness; treachery.
2731. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
2732. solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
2733. crabwise: sideways; also, in a cautiously indirect manner.
2734. rapport: relation characterized by sympathetic understanding.
2735. inveterate: deep-rooted; of long standing.
2736. virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
2737. contemporaneous: originating, existing, or occurring at the same time.
2738. febrile: feverish.
2739. wan: pale; also, lacking vitality or intensity.
2740. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
2741. ostracize: to banish or expel.
2742. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
2743. apocryphal: of doubtful authority or authenticity.
2744. harangue: a speech addressed to a public assembly; also, a noisy or pompous
speech.
2745. copse: a thicket of small trees.
2746. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
2747. agrestic: pertaining to fields or the country.
2748. congeries: a collection; an aggregation.
2749. peripatetic: walking about or traveling from place to place.
2750. turgid: swollen, bloated; also, bombastic, pompous.
2751. idyll: a poem or prose work depicting rural or pastoral life; also, a carefree episode
or experience.
2752. ab ovo: from the beginning.
2753. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
2754. inexorable: unyielding; relentless.
2755. putative: commonly thought or deemed; supposed.
2756. dotage: feebleness of mind due to old age.
2757. bootless: unavailing; useless.
2758. proclivity: a natural inclination.
2759. exacerbate: to aggravate; to make worse.
2760. subaltern: subordinate.
2761. mollify: to reduce in intensity; to soothe; to soften.
2762. trencherman: a hearty eater.
2763. avoirdupois: weight; heaviness.
2764. inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather.
2765. travail: painful, arduous work; also, agony, anguish.
2766. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
2767. redact: to edit.
2768. vapid: flat; dull; spiritless.
2769. galvanic: pertaining to a direct current of electricity; also, having the effect of an
electric shock.
2770. debouch: to emerge; to issue.
2771. machination: a crafty scheme intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
2772. unguent: an ointment.
2773. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
2774. dictum: an authoritative statement.
2775. risible: exciting or provoking laughter.
2776. sartorial: of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or clothing.
2777. interstice: a space between things or parts.
2778. Argus-eyed: extremely observant; watchful.
2779. syncretic: uniting and blending together different belief systems.
2780. ossify: to harden or to become bone.
2781. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
2782. inkhorn: affectedly or ostentatiously learned.
2783. olla podrida: a kind of seasoned stew; also, a mixture, a hodgepodge.
2784. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or
expressions.
2785. pule: to whimper; to whine.
2786. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
2787. opportune: suitable for a given purpose or occasion.
2788. impassive: devoid of emotion; also, showing no emotion.
2789. derogate: to deviate from expectation; also, to detract; also, to disparage.
2790. malaise: a condition of uneasiness or ill-being.
2791. flibbertigibbet: a silly, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
2792. urbane: polished and smooth in manner.
2793. wassail: an expression of good wishes on a festive occasion, especially in drinking
to some one.
2794. irenic: promoting peace.
2795. bricolage: construction or something constructed by using whatever materials
happen to be available.
2796. efface: to cause to disappear by rubbing out, striking out, etc.
2797. equanimity: calmness; composure.
2798. acuity: acuteness of perception or vision.
2799. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
2800. fait accompli: an accomplished and presumably irreversible deed or fact.
2801. nascent: beginning to exist.
2802. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
2803. favonian: pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle.
2804. punctilio: a fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
2805. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an
order.
2806. hinterland: backcountry.
2807. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
2808. sunder: to break apart.
2809. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
2810. coxcomb: a vain, showy fellow.
2811. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
2812. incarnadine: pink or red; also, to redden.
2813. tractable: docile; manageable, governable.
2814. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
2815. eddy: a current running contrary to a main current or in a circular direction.
2816. imprecation: a curse.
2817. foofaraw: excessive or flashy ornamentation; also, a fuss over a trivial matter.
2818. cudgel: a short heavy stick.
2819. yeasty: frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.
2820. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
2821. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
2822. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
2823. supine: lying on the back; also, indolent; listless.
2824. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
2825. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend.
2826. overweening: overbearing; also, excessive.
2827. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
2828. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
2829. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
2830. cohort: a group; also, a companion or associate.
2831. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.
2832. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
2833. moribund: dying.
2834. roseate: cheerful; bright; also, rose-colored.
2835. conspectus: a sketch, survey, or outline of a subject.
2836. missive: a written message; a letter.
2837. genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
2838. idee fixe: a fixed idea; an obsession.
2839. Pyrrhic victory: a victory achieved at great cost.
2840. bucolic: rustic; pastoral.
2841. crux: the essential point or feature.
2842. satiety: fullness to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
2843. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
2844. slaver: to slobber; to drool.
2845. beau ideal: a perfect or an idealized type or model.
2846. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving
unconventionality.
2847. impregnable: able to resist attack.
2848. doyen: the senior member of a body or group.
2849. sonorous: yielding sound; impressive in sound.
2850. turbid: muddy; not clear; also, confused; disordered.
2851. apogee: the highest point.
2852. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
2853. malodorous: having a bad odor.
2854. lapidary: of or pertaining to stone cutting; also, terse or refined in expression.
2855. hardscrabble: barren, marginal; also, marked by poverty.
2856. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
2857. sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
2858. ambit: circuit or compass; also, sphere of action or influence.
2859. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
2860. profligate: shamelessly immoral; also, recklessly wasteful.
2861. conflagration: a large and destructive fire.
2862. entreat: to ask for or request earnestly.
2863. sagacious: having or showing keen discernment.
2864. galumph: to move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
2865. indefatigable: untiring.
2866. collegial: characterized by or having authority vested equally among colleagues.
2867. malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word.
2868. coterminous: of equal extent or duration.
2869. effete: infertile; also, worn out; also, decadent, effeminate.
2870. nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
2871. trepidation: a state of dread or alarm; apprehension.
2872. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
2873. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
2874. taciturn: not inclined to talk.
2875. appurtenance: an adjunct or accessory.
2876. specious: apparently right but not so in reality.
2877. limpid: clear; also, serene.
2878. adage: an old saying.
2879. empyrean: the highest heaven; the heavens; the sky.
2880. clerisy: the intelligentsia.
2881. perforce: by necessity.
2882. animadversion: harsh criticism or disapproval.
2883. dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy.
2884. expunge: to strike out or erase; to obliterate.
2885. autochthonous: indigenous; native.
2886. roborant: restoring strength or vigor; also, a restorative.
2887. presentiment: a premonition.
2888. excursus: a digression.
2889. undulant: resembling waves in form, motion, or occurrence.
2890. sedition: incitement of rebellion against lawful authority.
2891. jocular: given to or characterized by joking.
2892. arriviste: an upstart.
2893. errant: wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path;
roving.
2894. tenet: any opinion, principle, or doctrine held to be true.
2895. deign: to condescend.
2896. clarion: a kind of trumpet; also, loud and clear.
2897. toper: a drunkard; a sot.
2898. obviate: to anticipate and dispose of or make unnecessary.
2899. abecedarian: pertaining to the alphabet; also, rudimentary; also, a beginner.
2900. rivulet: a small stream or brook.
2901. putsch: an attempt to overthrow a government.
2902. brio: vigor; vivacity.
2903. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
2904. accede: to agree or assent; also, to become a party.
2905. refractory: stubbornly disobedient.
2906. cavort: to bound or prance about.
2907. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
2908. bedaub: to besmear; also, to overdecorate.
2909. trice: an instant; a moment.
2910. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
2911. apostasy: desertion or departure from one's faith, principles, or party.
2912. prolix: wordy.
2913. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
2914. circumspect: cautious; prudent.
2915. prepotency: predominance.
2916. argot: a specialized vocabulary peculiar to a particular group.
2917. quagmire: a predicament.
2918. ukase: an edict.
2919. indigence: extreme poverty.
2920. supplant: to take the place of.
2921. credulous: inclined to believe too readily.
2922. termagant: a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
2923. pantheon: the collective gods of a people; also, a group of highly esteemed
persons.
2924. redound: to have a consequence or effect.
2925. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
2926. sapid: having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor.
2927. pastiche: a hodgepodge; a potpourri.
2928. intransigent: uncompromising.
2929. celerity: quickness; swiftness.
2930. denouement: the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or
dramatic work.
2931. acrimony: bitter, harsh, or biting sharpness.
2932. nonpareil: having no equal.
2933. doughty: valiant; brave.
2934. internecine: destructive; especially, mutually destructive; also, relating to conflict
within a group.
2935. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
2936. penchant: a strong liking.
2937. flagitious: grossly wicked; scandalous.
2938. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
2939. veritable: real; true; genuine.
2940. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
2941. insuperable: incapable of being passed over, surmounted, or overcome.
2942. delectation: great pleasure; delight.
2943. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.
2944. polymath: a person of great or varied learning.
2945. fiat: an arbitrary or authoritative command or order.
2946. bon vivant: a person with refined and sociable tastes.
2947. appellation: a name, title, or designation.
2948. enunciate: to utter articulately; also, to state or set forth precisely or
systematically.
2949. fecund: fruitful; prolific; also, marked by intellectual productivity.
2950. chortle: to utter, or express with, a snorting, exultant laugh or chuckle.
2951. disconsolate: hopelessly sad; also, saddening; cheerless.
2952. omnipresent: present in all places at the same time.
2953. biddable: easily led or commanded; obedient.
2954. discomfit: to disconcert; also, to thwart.
2955. perfunctory: done routinely.
2956. incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
2957. lumpen: those individuals cut off from their normal socioeconomic class.
2958. epicene: having the characteristics of both the male and the female.
2959. palliate: to make an offense seem less serious; also, to relieve or lessen without
curing.
2960. sanctum: a place where one is free from intrusion.
2961. leitmotif: a dominant and recurring theme.
2962. quiescent: at rest; still; inactive.
2963. fulminate: to issue or utter verbal attacks or censures.
2964. contravene: to act or be counter to.
2965. proselytize: to convert (someone) to another religion, belief, etc.
2966. clamber: to climb with difficulty, or on all fours.
2967. invective: insulting or abusive language.
2968. eructation: the act of belching; a belch.
2969. disquisition: a formal discourse on a subject.
2970. rejoinder: an answer to a reply.
2971. agon: struggle; conflict.
2972. languid: lacking vigor or force.
2973. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
2974. dolorous: marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
2975. jejune: lacking in nutritional value; also, immature; also, dull.
2976. abstruse: difficult to comprehend.
2977. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
2978. factious: addicted to form parties and raise dissensions.
2979. collude: to act in concert; to conspire.
2980. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
2981. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
2982. ratiocination: the process of reasoning.
2983. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
2984. carom: to strike and rebound; also, a glancing off.
2985. phantasmagoria: a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined.
2986. heterodox: holding unorthodox opinions.
2987. sere: dry; withered.
2988. acclimate: to accustom or become accustomed to a new climate, environment, or
situation.
2989. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
2990. aborning: (while) being produced or born.
2991. pecuniary: relating to money.
2992. betimes: early; also, on occasion.
2993. desideratum: something desired.
2994. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
2995. verbose: wordy.
2996. providential: resulting from divine providence; also, peculiarly fortunate or
appropriate.
2997. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
2998. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
2999. bibelot: a trinket.
3000. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
3001. nonage: a period of youth or immaturity.
3002. sotto voce: spoken low or in an undertone.
3003. avatar: an incarnation.
3004. trenchant: forceful and vigorous; also, caustic; also, clear-cut.
3005. confabulation: familiar talk.
3006. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
3007. serendipity: the faculty or phenomenon of making fortunate accidental
discoveries.
3008. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
3009. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
3010. ambuscade: an ambush; also, to ambush.
3011. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
3012. stasis: a state of balance, equilibrium, or stagnation.
3013. wayworn: wearied by traveling.
3014. brackish: somewhat salty; also, distasteful.
3015. parse: to analyze.
3016. jeremiad: a doleful story; also, a dolorous or angry tirade..
3017. nuptial: of or pertaining to marriage.
3018. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
3019. levity: frivolity.
3020. abed: in bed.
3021. diaphanous: allowing light to pass through.
3022. aggress: to make an attack.
3023. en masse: all together; as a whole.
3024. nebbish: a weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.
3025. bellicose: inclined to or favoring war or strife.
3026. commensurate: equal in measure or extent; also, proportionate.
3027. plenipotentiary: invested with full power.
3028. tattoo: a rapid, rhythmic drumming or rapping.
3029. agitprop: propaganda.
3030. masticate: to chew.
3031. temporize: to be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time; also, to go with the
times.
3032. faction: a usually contentious group or party; also, internal dissension.
3033. indurate: to make hard; to harden.
3034. manumit: to free from slavery or servitude.
3035. amicable: characterized by friendliness and good will.
3036. effrontery: shameless boldness; insolence.
3037. mulct: to defraud.
3038. gravitas: high seriousness.
3039. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
3040. pukka: genuine, authentic, or good; proper.
3041. cajole: to coax.
3042. supernal: being on high; celestial.
3043. egregious: outrageously bad.
3044. propitiate: to appease; to conciliate.
3045. solecism: a nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
3046. maudlin: excessively sentimental.
3047. commination: a denunciation.
3048. antiquarian: one who collects, studies, or deals in antiquities.
3049. evince: to show in a clear manner.
3050. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.
3051. fungible: interchangeable.
3052. yen: a strong desire or inclination.
3053. cozen: to deceive or obtain by deceit.
3054. plangent: beating with a loud or deep sound; also, expressing sadness.
3055. impassible: incapable of suffering; also, unfeeling or not showing feeling.
3056. roue: a man devoted to a life of sensual pleasure.
3057. ignoble: not noble.
3058. panjandrum: an important or self-important official.
3059. turpitude: baseness; depravity.
3060. ne plus ultra: the acme; also, the most profound degree.
3061. potboiler: a usually inferior literary or artistic work, produced quickly for the
purpose of making money.
3062. varicolored: having a variety of colors.
3063. recreant: cowardly; also, unfaithful or disloyal.
3064. intrepid: fearless; bold.
3065. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
3066. abrogate: to annul; to do away with.
3067. panacea: a cure-all.
3068. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome.
3069. factotum: a person employed to do all kinds of work.
3070. pronunciamento: a proclamation; a pronouncement.
3071. mendacious: untruthful; also, untrue.
3072. doff: to take off; to remove; also, to rid oneself of.
3073. precipice: a very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging place.
3074. bouleversement: complete overthrow; a reversal.
3075. supervene: to take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or
unexpected.
3076. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
3077. redoubtable: formidable; also, illustrious; eminent.
3078. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
3079. exiguous: extremely scanty.
3080. facetious: playfully jocular; humorous.
3081. maladroit: awkward; unskillful; inept.
3082. physiognomy: the face or appearance.
3083. slake: to satisfy or quench; also, to cause to lessen.
3084. palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or
forward.
3085. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
3086. agglomeration: a cluster or mass.
3087. impervious: impenetrable; also, not capable of being affected.
3088. purblind: having greatly reduced vision.
3089. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
3090. extant: still existing.
3091. abscond: to depart secretly.
3092. beholden: obliged; indebted.
3093. jocund: light-hearted; mirthful.
3094. oblation: an offering.
3095. flummery: mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
3096. inimical: unfriendly; unfavorable.
3097. recidivism: a tendency to lapse into a previous condition or pattern of behavior;
esp., into prior criminal habits.
3098. stentorian: extremely loud.
3099. bravado: a real or pretended show of courage or boldness.
3100. impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
3101. valetudinarian: a weak or sickly person.
3102. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point.
3103. soi-disant: self-styled; so-called.
3104. ensorcell: to enchant; to bewitch.
3105. forcible: effected by force used against resistance; also, powerful.
3106. myrmidon: a loyal follower.
3107. politic: political; also, shrewdly tactful.
3108. sciolism: superficial knowledge.
3109. woolgathering: indulgence in idle daydreaming.
3110. bete noire: something or someone particularly detested or avoided.
3111. fealty: fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
3112. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
3113. polyglot: speaking or containing many languages.
3114. deleterious: harmful.
3115. mercurial: changeable; temperamental; volatile.
3116. gesticulate: to make gestures or motions.
3117. perfervid: ardent; impassioned.
3118. flaneur: one who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer.
3119. hector: to bully or harass.
3120. aggrandize: to make or make appear great or greater.
3121. restive: resisting control; stubborn.
3122. comport: to behave (oneself) in a particular manner.
3123. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.
3124. extirpate: to eradicate; to destroy.
3125. wiseacre: a smart aleck.
3126. deipnosophist: one skilled in table talk.
3127. postprandial: happening or done after a meal.
3128. somniferous: causing or inducing sleep.
3129. recumbent: reclining; lying down.
3130. foundling: a deserted or abandoned child.
3131. kvetch: to complain habitually.
3132. incongruous: lacking in harmony.
3133. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
3134. malapropos: unseasonable or unseasonably; inappropriate or inappropriately.
3135. cavalcade: a procession.
3136. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.
3137. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
3138. profuse: plentiful; copious.
3139. tarradiddle: a fib; also, pretentious nonsense.
3140. deracinate: to uproot.
3141. surly: ill-humored; sullen and gruff.
3142. mendicant: a beggar.
3143. rapprochement: the establishment or state of cordial relations.
3144. perspicacity: clearness of understanding.
3145. artifice: an artful trick, stratagem or device; also, cleverness, skill.
3146. dishabille: the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
3147. cacophony: harsh or discordant sound.
3148. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
3149. draconian: excessively harsh; severe.
3150. complement: something that fills up or completes.
3151. unfledged: not fully developed; immature.
3152. pari passu: at an equal pace or rate.
3153. discursive: digressive; rambling; also, marked by analytical reasoning.
3154. tocsin: a warning.
3155. finical: finicky.
3156. calumny: malicious misrepresentation; slander.
3157. persiflage: frivolous or bantering talk.
3158. amity: friendship; friendly relations.
3159. benefaction: the act of conferring a benefit; also, a benefit conferred.
3160. hermitage: a secluded residence; a retreat.
3161. gnomic: uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims.
3162. multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
3163. bibulous: of, pertaining to, marked by, or given to the consumption of alcohol.
3164. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
3165. ebullient: high-spirited.
3166. Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
3167. faineant: doing nothing; idle; also, a do-nothing.
3168. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
3169. obdurate: hardened in feelings or in wrongdoing; unyielding.
3170. lacuna: a blank space; a missing part.
3171. friable: easily crumbled, pulverized, or reduced to powder.
3172. scrabble: to scrape or scratch with the hands or feet.
3173. mimetic: imitative.
3174. pertinacious: holding obstinately to a belief, purpose or design; also, stubbornly
persistent.
3175. remonstrate: to present and urge reasons in opposition.
3176. imprimatur: approval or sanction.
3177. raillery: good-humored banter or teasing repartee.
3178. supplicate: to make a humble and earnest petition.
3179. primogeniture: the state of being the firstborn; also, an exclusive right of
inheritance that belongs to the eldest son.
3180. inculcate: to teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.
3181. nonagenarian: someone whose age is in the nineties.
3182. upbraid: to scold or criticize harshly.
3183. stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic.
3184. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
3185. adventitious: added extrinsically; not essentially inherent.
3186. callow: immature.
3187. permeate: to spread or diffuse through.
3188. effusive: excessively demonstrative.
3189. nolens volens: whether unwilling or willing.
3190. disheveled: in loose disorder; disarranged.
3191. caterwaul: to make a harsh cry or screech.
3192. indelible: incapable of being removed or erased.
3193. neophyte: a novice.
3194. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
3195. canorous: melodious; musical.
3196. irascible: easily provoked to anger.
3197. mien: demeanor; also, aspect; appearance.
3198. subterfuge: a deceptive device or stratagem.
3199. perquisite: a benefit in addition to a salary.
3200. magniloquent: lofty or grandiose in speech or expression.
3201. ineffectual: without effect; weak; useless.
3202. lubricious: lewd; also, slippery or smooth.
3203. extempore: without premeditation or preparation.
3204. aberrant: abnormal.
3205. menagerie: a collection of wild or unusual animals; also, a diverse group.
3206. raiment: clothing in general; garments.
3207. ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
3208. copacetic: very satisfactory.
3209. perdurable: very durable; long lasting.
3210. amative: pertaining to or disposed to love.
3211. ennui: a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction arising from lack of interest.
3212. virago: an ill-tempered, overbearing woman; also, a woman of great strength and
courage.
3213. pestiferous: bearing or bringing disease, moral harm, or annoyance.
3214. sine qua non: an indispensable thing.
3215. abominate: to detest intensely.
3216. factitious: artificial; not authentic or genuine.
3217. relegate: to assign or remove, usually to an inferior position.
3218. dissolute: loose in morals and conduct.
3219. nettlesome: causing irritation, vexation, or distress.
3220. irrupt: to burst in forcibly or suddenly.
3221. lissom: supple; nimble.
3222. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
3223. temerarious: reckless; rash.
3224. fallible: liable to make a mistake.
3225. supererogatory: going beyond what is required or expected; also, superfluous,
unnecessary.
3226. amanuensis: one employed to take dictation or to copy manuscripts.
3227. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
3228. recherche: exotic; rare; also, affected, pretentious.
3229. probity: complete and confirmed integrity.
3230. busker: a street musician or performer.
3231. rara avis: a rare or unique person or thing.
3232. cabal: a group that seeks power usually through intrigue.
3233. kismet: destiny; fate.
3234. gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
3235. inchoate: partly but not fully in existence or operation.
3236. assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
3237. diffident: bashful or unassertive.
3238. rodomontade: pretentious, bragging speech.
3239. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
3240. sojourn: to dwell for a time; also, a temporary stay.
3241. chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
3242. indolent: lazy; inactive.
3243. nefarious: wicked in the extreme.
3244. transmute: to change from one nature, form, substance, or state into another.
3245. acerbic: sharp, biting, or acid in temper, expression, or tone.
3246. myriad: consisting of a very great but indefinite number; also, a very great many.
3247. remunerate: to pay an equivalent to for any service, loss, or expense.
3248. anathema: a curse; a person or thing cursed, or intensely disliked.
3249. plethora: excess.
3250. repine: to feel or express discontent.
3251. misnomer: a misnaming.
3252. acrid: sharp and harsh; bitter.
3253. hullabaloo: a confused noise; uproar.
3254. excrescence: something growing out from something else; also, a disfiguring or
unwanted part.
3255. obsequious: servilely attentive; fawning.
3256. xenophobia: fear or hatred of what is strange or foreign.
3257. jollification: merrymaking; revelry.
3258. deus ex machina: an agent who appears unexpectedly to solve an apparently
insoluble difficulty.
3259. bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
3260. ostentation: excessive or pretentious display.
3261. camarilla: a group of secret and often scheming advisers.
3262. importunate: troublesomely urgent.
3263. woebegone: woeful; also, run-down.
3264. voluble: characterized by a ready flow of speech.
3265. afflatus: a divine inspiration.
3266. pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
3267. caesura: a break or pause in a line of verse; also, any break or pause.
3268. salubrious: healthful.
3269. abulia: loss or impairment of the ability to act or to make decisions.
3270. pin money: money for incidental expenses; also, a trivial sum.
3271. miasma: a thick vaporous atmosphere, often noxious.
3272. objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
3273. roister: to revel; to carouse.
3274. inveigle: to persuade or obtain by ingenuity or flattery.
3275. portent: a sign or omen.
3276. lambaste: to scold sharply; also, to beat.
3277. chimera: a mental fabrication.
3278. lionize: to treat or regard as an object great interest or importance.
3279. ubiquitous: being everywhere.
3280. winsome: light-hearted.
3281. epigone: an inferior imitator.
3282. confluence: a flowing or coming together.
3283. posit: to postulate; also, to suggest.
3284. maelstrom: a large, powerful whirlpool; also, a violent, disordered, or turbulent
state of affairs.
3285. gimcrack: a showy but useless or worthless object.
3286. lenity: the state or quality of being lenient.
3287. cloy: to weary or become distasteful through excess.
3288. halcyon: peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
3289. sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially.
3290. disparate: fundamentally different; also, composed of dissimilar elements.
3291. fustian: pompous or pretentious language.
3292. amalgam: an alloy of mercury with other metals; also, a mixture.
3293. contrite: feeling or expressing grief and regret for sins or offenses.
3294. moiety: a half; a small part.
3295. sentient: capable of perceiving by the senses.
3296. parsimonious: frugal to excess.
3297. acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
3298. cavil: to raise trivial objections; also, a trivial objection.
3299. umbrage: offense; resentment.
3300. fetter: a restraint; also, to impose restraints on.
3301. paean: a song or other expression of praise or joy.
3302. subfusc: dark or dull in color.
3303. latitudinarian: having or expressing broad and tolerant views.
3304. tirade: a long angry speech.
3305. obtrude: to thrust out; also, to impose on others.
3306. Potemkin village: a false front or facade.
3307. boulevardier: a man-about-town.
3308. cadge: to beg; to sponge.
3309. aright: rightly; correctly.
3310. ruminate: to chew the cud; also, to ponder; to reflect.
3311. listless: having no desire or inclination.
3312. vehement: marked by intensity of emotions or convictions.
3313. ribald: characterized by, or given to, vulgar humor.
3314. forgo: to do without.
3315. schadenfreude: a malicious satisfaction in the misfortunes of others.
3316. grandee: a man of elevated rank or station; a nobleman.
3317. patina: a superficial layer.
3318. harridan: a scolding, vicious woman.
3319. countermand: to revoke (a former command) or recall by a contrary order.
3320. bagatelle: a trifle; also, a short, light literary or musical piece.
3321. lachrymose: given to causing tears.
3322. tremulous: shaking, quivering; also, affected with fear.
3323. repletion: the condition of being completely or excessively full.
3324. potentate: one who possesses great power or sway.
3325. minatory: threatening; menacing.
3326. raconteur: one who excels in telling stories and anecdotes.
3327. surfeit: an excessive amount; also, to supply to excess.
3328. patrician: a nobleman; also, a person of refined upbringing, manners, and taste.
3329. hyperbole: extravagant exaggeration.
3330. apprise: to give notice to; to inform.
3331. prink: to primp.
3332. claque: a group of fawning admirers.
3333. dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
3334. verdure: greenness.
3335. cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.
3336. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
3337. renascent: rising again into being; showing renewed vigor.
3338. choler: anger.
3339. malediction: a curse.
3340. capacious: able to contain much.
3341. glutinous: gluey; sticky.
3342. forlorn: sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
3343. Cockaigne: an imaginary land of ease and luxury.
3344. harbinger: a precursor; one that presages what is to come.
3345. mazy: resembling a maze; intricate or confusing.
3346. interpolate: to insert between; also, to alter or corrupt by insertion.
3347. indigent: extremely poor.
3348. condign: deserved; adequate.
3349. laconic: using or marked by the use of a minimum of words.
3350. tutelage: guardianship; protection; also, instruction.
3351. dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
3352. meticulous: extremely careful about details.
3353. palaver: idle talk; also, to talk idly.
3354. gustatory: pertaining to the sense of taste.
3355. troglodyte: someone who dwells in a cave.
3356. emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
3357. contemn: to scorn; to despise.
3358. propound: to put forward for consideration.
3359. puerile: juvenile; childish.
3360. antediluvian: extremely old.
3361. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
3362. fiduciary: relating to the holding of something in trust for another.
3363. mephitic: offensive to the smell; also, noxious.
3364. anodyne: serving to relieve pain.
3365. tatterdemalion: a person dressed in tattered clothing.
3366. malinger: to feign illness or inability.
3367. insensate: lacking sensation or awareness.
3368. supernumerary: exceeding a necessary or usual number.
3369. gamine: an urchin; also, a mischievous girl or young woman.
3370. vituperation: abusive language.
3371. melange: a mixture.
3372. sempiternal: everlasting; eternal.
3373. diadem: a crown.
3374. extol: to praise.
3375. quondam: former; sometime.
3376. pusillanimous: cowardly.
3377. sesquipedalian: (of words) long; having many syllables.
3378. egress: the act of going out or leaving; exit.
3379. panoply: a splendid or impressive array.
3380. sapient: wise; sage; discerning.
3381. brummagem: cheap and showy; also, spurious.
3382. obeisance: an expression of deference.
3383. vituperate: to overwhelm with wordy abuse.
3384. spoony: foolishly or sentimentally in love.
3385. asperity: roughness of surface, sound, or manner.
3386. vexillology: the study of flags.
3387. tittle-tattle: idle, trifling talk.
3388. exalt: to praise, glorify, or honor.
3389. provenance: origin; source.
3390. enervate: to weaken.
3391. chichi: affectedly trendy.
3392. lackadaisical: lacking spirit or liveliness.
3393. blackguard: a scoundrel.
3394. supernumerary: exceeding a necessary or usual number.
3395. philter: a love potion.
3396. knell: the stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral.
3397. aestival: of or belonging to the summer.
3398. bruit: To report; to noise abroad.
3399. juju: an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
3400. Hobson's choice: a choice without an alternative.
3401. foment: to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
3402. comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
3403. berate: to scold severely or angrily.
3404. peregrination: a traveling from place to place.
3405. naif: a naive or inexperienced person.
3406. chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
3407. redress: to set right.
3408. fop: a man who is vain about his dress and appearance.
3409. gubernatorial: of or pertaining to a governor.
3410. admonition: gentle or friendly reproof; friendly warning.
3411. comestible: suitable to be eaten.
3412. glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl.
3413. immolate: to kill or destroy, often by fire.
3414. bevy: a group; an assembly.
3415. laudable: praiseworthy; commendable.
3416. plaintive: expressive of sorrow or melancholy.
3417. cosmopolite: a cosmopolitan person.
3418. regale: to entertain with something that delights.
3419. torrid: drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching.
3420. evanescent: fleeting.
3421. hoary: white or gray with age; hence, extremely old.
3422. auspicious: favorable; also, prosperous; fortunate.
3423. kitsch: art in pretentious bad taste.
3424. suffuse: spread through or over; to flush.
3425. disconcert: to disturb the composure of.
3426. vociferous: clamorous; noisy.
3427. tintinnabulation: a tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.
3428. misprize: to despise; also, to undervalue.
3429. proponent: an advocate.
3430. beneficence: the practice of doing good.
3431. undulate: to move in waves.
3432. scion: a descendant; an heir.
3433. numismatics: the collection and study of coins.
3434. edify: to instruct and improve.
3435. melee: a confused conflict.
3436. capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
3437. panache: dash or flamboyance in manner or style.
3438. verbiage: an overabundance of words.
3439. fettle: a state or condition of fitness, order, or mind.
3440. slugabed: one who stays in bed until a late hour.
3441. donnybrook: a brawl or dispute.
3442. littoral: on a coastal or shore region.
3443. volte-face: an about-face.
3444. rubicund: inclining to redness; ruddy.
3445. officious: meddlesome.
3446. implacable: incapable of being pacified.
3447. circumlocution: the use of many words to express an idea that might be expressed
by few.
3448. aficionado: an enthusiastic admirer; a fan.
3449. legerdemain: sleight of hand.
3450. plaudit: enthusiastic approval.
3451. euphonious: pleasing or sweet in sound.
3452. sobriquet: a nickname.
3453. otiose: ineffective; also, being at leisure; also, of no use.
3454. waylay: to ambush or accost.
3455. misprize: to despise; also, to undervalue.
3456. expeditious: characterized by speed and efficiency.
3457. alfresco: outdoors; outdoor.
3458. bailiwick: a person's specific area of knowledge, authority, interest, skill, or work.
3459. malfeasance: wrongdoing, misconduct, or misbehavior.
3460. synecdoche: figure of speech
3461. synecdoche: figure of speech
3462. plenary: full; complete.
3463. limn: to draw or paint; also, to describe.
3464. quandary: a state of difficulty or perplexity.
3465. genuflect: to bend the knee, as in worship; also, to grovel.
3466. corroborate: to strengthen or make more certain with other evidence.
3467. execrable: detestable; extremely bad.
3468. bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
3469. hubris: overbearing pride or presumption.
3470. gloaming: twilight; dusk.
3471. abate: become less in amount
3472. addle: mix up or confuse
3473. aquiline: curved like eagle's beak
3474. epicure: devotee to food, drink
3475. footless: lacking substance
3476. mot juste: appropriate expression
3477. olfactory: pertaining to smell
3478. resplendent: having brilliant color, beauty
3479. horripilation: goose bumps
3480. intimation: indirect suggestion
3481. sidereal: pertaining to stars, constellations
3482. soiree: nighttime party
3483. obsequies: funeral rites
3484. ensconced: fixed firmly
3485. frowzy: habitually unkempt
3486. adduce: produce evidence for
3487. adulterate: to make impure
3488. affectation: exaggerated display; pretense
3489. eminence grise: powerful person
3490. amatory: expressing love
3491. Lucullan: profusely extravagant
3492. nabob: wealthy person
3493. escutcheon: a shield or decorative covering
3494. guerdon: reward or payment
3495. reprobate: someone without scruples
3496. emollient: cream or something which softens
3497. cadence: recurrent rhythm
3498. eminent: above others in quality, position
3499. balustrade: staircase railing
3500. incursion: entering another's domain
3501. valediction: a farewell speech
3502. bulwark: a protective structure
3503. caitiff: a cowardly and mean person
3504. curio: something unusual that is collected
3505. dissever: to separate into parts
3506. sentinel: a person who watches out
3507. sequacious: having a sequence; following
3508. sepulcher: a grave chamber
3509. elocution: an expert manner of speaking
3510. homologous: corresponding in characteristics
3511. ablaut: vowel change
3512. beatific: giving joy
3513. cached: hidden, stored
3514. dastard: malicious coward
3515. ecclesiastical: churchly
3516. fabricate: make up
3517. gaffe: tactless act
3518. hackneyed: repeated too often
3519. iambic: having two syllables
3520. jaded: exhausted
3521. kibbutz: collective farm
3522. laggard: wasting time
3523. macrobiotic: promoting longevity
3524. narcissism: self-love
3525. oblique: diagonally arranged
3526. paltry: contemptibly small
3527. qualify: prove capable or fit
3528. ramble: move aimlessly
3529. sacrilege: blasphemous behavior
3530. tacit: necessarily indicated
3531. ultimate: furthest or highest
3532. wanderlust: impulse to travel
3533. xanthous: yellowish
3534. yegg: burglar or safecracker
3535. zealous: very enthusiastic
3536. abstinent: self-restraining
3537. beleaguer: force to quit; upset
3538. candor: honesty
3539. daunt: cause to lose courage
3540. eclectic: varying in style
3541. fastidious: hard to please
3542. gargantuan: huge
3543. hapless: deserving pity
3544. iconoclast: critic of ideas
3545. jettison: throw away or over
3546. kinetic: moving
3547. laissez-faire: non-interference
3548. magnanimous: generous and noble
3549. narcolepsy: sleep disorder
3550. obscure: less visible or clear
3551. pandiculation: yawning and stretching
3552. qualitative: based on qualities
3553. rancor: deep anger and ill will
3554. sallow: unhealthy looking
3555. talisman: lucky charm
3556. unconscionable: lacking conscience
3557. vacuous: inanely foolish
3558. wanton: behaving lewdly
3559. yielding: giving in
3560. acclaim: approval
3561. bemoan: regret and complain
3562. canine: doglike
3563. victuals: supply of food
3564. chaff: seed coverings; detritus
3565. defalcate: take fraudulently
3566. virtuoso: exceptional performer
3567. unwitting: lacking knowledge
3568. erstwhile: former; formerly
3569. denigrate: belittle, attack maliciously
3570. highhanded: with haughty disregard
3571. toady: someone who is servile
3572. osteopath: therapist who manipulates body structure
3573. tome: large scholarly book
3574. froward: willfully contrary
3575. expurgate: to remove offensive parts
3576. myopia: nearsightedness
3577. pinchbeck: something that is counterfeit
3578. interminable: seeming to have no end
3579. burnish: to polish and make shiny
3580. consternation: a sudden dread
3581. tautological: needlessly repetitious
3582. ellipsis: omission of word(s)
3583. hermetic: airtight; protected
3584. nocuous: harmful
3585. beseech: ask for earnestly
3586. peculate: appropriate fraudulently
3587. openhanded: giving freely
3588. declaim: speak against
3589. hidebound: stubbornly conservative
3590. pedant: person holding books in esteem
3591. lampoon: composition that imitates or misrepresents someone's style
3592. sanguine: optimistic, cheerful
3593. acute: serious; pervasive
3594. temerity: unreasonable or foolhardy contempt of danger.
3595. parry: deflect a blow
3596. martial: pertaining to war
3597. bilk: defraud, cheat, or swindle.
3598. equine: of horses and hoofed animals.
3599. incisive: penetrating, sharp, cutting.
3600. pedestrian: walker; also, unimaginative.
3601. ululate: to howl; to wail.
3602. tetchy: peevish; testy; irritable.
3603. inanition: exhaustion from lack of nourishment; also, emptiness.
3604. esoteric: intended or understood by chosen few.
3605. scintilla: a tiny amount; a spark.
3606. cormorant: a gluttonous or greedy person.
3607. libation: the act of pouring a liquid as a sacrifice; also, a beverage.
3608. elucidate: to make clear or manifest.
3609. florid: flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
3610. diatribe: a bitter verbal attack.
3611. veracity: truth, truthfulness.
3612. pithy: concise and forceful in description.
3613. spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
3614. thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
3615. tumult: the commotion or agitation of a crowd.
3616. propinquity: nearness.
3617. feckless: ineffective; weak; worthless.
3618. velleity: a slight wish or inclination.
3619. osculation: the act of kissing; a kiss.
3620. ludic: playful.
3621. contretemps: something inopportune or embarrassing.
3622. jape: a trick or practical joke.
3623. gambol: to dance and skip about in play.
3624. longueur: a tedious passage in a work of literature or performance art.
3625. flummox: to confuse; to perplex.
3626. grandiloquent: expressed in a lofty style; pompous; bombastic.
3627. aegis: a shield; protection.
3628. nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
3629. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
3630. impugn: to call in question; to make insinuations against.
3631. frisson: a brief moment of intense excitement.
3632. portend: to foreshadow; to bode.
3633. pulchritude: beauty.
3634. susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
3635. labile: open to change; apt or likely to change.
3636. outré: unconventional; eccentric; bizarre.
3637. etiolate: to blanch or bleach; to make sickly.
3638. ephemeral: lasting a very short time.
3639. quiddity: the essence or nature of a thing.
3640. crepuscular: pertaining to twilight.
3641. stormy petrel: a type of seabird; also, one fond of bringing strife.
3642. peccadillo: a slight offense; a petty fault.
3643. invidious: tending to provoke envy or ill will.
3644. paladin: a champion of a cause.
3645. gainsay: to contradict; to deny.
3646. imbroglio: a complicated and embarrassing state of things.
3647. somnolent: drowsy; also, tending to cause sleepiness.
3648. ken: perception, view; especially, reach of sight or knowledge.
3649. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
3650. bumptious: crudely, presumptuously, or noisily self-assertive.
3651. mellifluous: flowing sweetly or smoothly.
3652. risible: exciting or provoking laughter.
3653. senescent: growing old.
3654. albatross: large web-footed bird chiefly of the Southern Hemisphere; a worrisome
burden.
3655. tyro: a novice.
3656. quaff: to drink heartily.
3657. lugubrious: mournful; gloomy; dismal.
3658. coruscate: to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
3659. aliment: nutriment or sustenance.
3660. nostrum: a questionable remedy.
3661. munificent: very generous.
3662. bombinate: to buzz, hum, or drone.
3663. odium: intense hatred or dislike.
3664. abnegate: refuse or deny oneself; also, to give up (rights, claims, etc.).
3665. unctuous: marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.
3666. querulous: habitually complaining; also, expressing complaint.
3667. stolid: unexcitable; unemotional.
3668. exigency: state of requiring immediate action; also, that which is required in a
particular situation.
3669. pernicious: deadly; destructive; exceedingly harmful.
3670. fey: possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality.
3671. satiety: fullness to or beyond the point of satisfaction.
3672. immure: to imprison.
3673. buss: a kiss; to kiss.
3674. equanimity: calmness; composure.
3675. depredation: an act of plundering or ravaging.
3676. fillip: a snap; also, a stimulus.
3677. pejorative: disparaging; belittling.
3678. sagacious: having or showing keen discernment.
3679. avoirdupois: weight; heaviness.
3680. sybarite: a person devoted to luxury and pleasure.
3681. taciturn: not inclined to talk.
3682. venerate: to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
3683. cosset: to treat with excessive indulgence; to pamper.
3684. hortatory: serving to encourage or incite.
3685. espy: to see at a glance.
3686. pother: a commotion; a disturbance; also, a cloud of smoke or dust that chokes or
smothers.
3687. abstemious: temperate; abstinent; refraining from indulgence.
3688. mores: customs; habits; ways.
3689. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
3690. tergiversation: evasion; also, desertion of a cause, party, etc.
3691. paragon: a model of excellence or perfection.
3692. disport: to frolic; to amuse (oneself).
3693. redivivus: living again; revived; restored.
3694. megrim: a migraine; also, a fancy or whim; in the plural, low spirits.
3695. prestidigitation: performance of or skill in performing magic or conjuring tricks
with the hands; sleight of hand.
3696. aver: to assert as true.
3697. effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
3698. salutary: beneficial; also, healthful.
3699. gravid: pregnant.
3700. prescience: knowledge of events before they take place.
3701. nimiety: excess.
3702. ebullient: high-spirited.
3703. tutelary: guardian; protecting.
3704. copse: a thicket of small trees.
3705. pule: to whimper; to whine.
3706. daedal: skillful; artistic; ingenious.
3707. sough: to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound.
3708. encomium: expression of praise.
3709. quidnunc: a gossip; a busybody.
3710. orotund: full in sound; also, bombastic.
3711. clandestine: kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper
purpose.
3712. badinage: light, playful talk.
3713. penury: extreme poverty; also, insufficiency.
3714. vagary: an extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.
3715. doughty: valiant; brave.
3716. rampart: fortification.
3717. affray: a tumultuous assault or quarrel; a brawl.
3718. verdant: green.
3719. shibboleth: a word, pronunciation, saying, belief, practice, etc., that distinguishes
one group from another.
3720. apogee: the highest point.
3721. fervid: marked by great passion or zeal.
3722. bravura: a showy display.
3723. gauche: lacking social polish; tactless.
3724. ineffable: incapable of being expressed.
3725. sartorial: of or relating to a tailor, tailoring, or clothing.
3726. louche: of questionable taste or morality.
3727. bestow: to give or confer.
3728. dulcet: melodious.
3729. leitmotif: a dominant and recurring theme.
3730. adumbrate: to outline; also, to foreshadow; also, to shade.
3731. imbue: to dye; to instill profoundly.
3732. pastiche: a hodgepodge; a potpourri.
3733. sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit.
3734. glabrous: without hairs or projections; smooth.
3735. protean: readily assuming different shapes or forms.
3736. skulk: to hide in a sneaking manner.
3737. peripatetic: walking about or traveling from place to place.
3738. ineluctable: impossible to avoid or evade.
3739. caveat: a warning or caution.
3740. sapid: having flavor, especially a strong pleasant flavor.
3741. apocryphal: of doubtful authority or authenticity.
3742. aplomb: confidence; coolness.
3743. sui generis: unique.
3744. arcane: understood or known by only a few.
3745. lineament: a distinguishing or characteristic feature.
3746. desultory: jumping from subject to subject; erratic; inconsistent.
3747. equipoise: equilibrium; also, counterbalance.
3748. brio: vigor; vivacity.
3749. hebetude: mental dullness or sluggishness.
3750. insouciant: marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
3751. travail: painful, arduous work; also, agony, anguish.
3752. métier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
3753. peradventure: chance, uncertainty, or doubt.
3754. cynosure: a center of attention.
3755. luminary: any body that gives light; also, a person of eminence or brilliant
achievement.
3756. furtive: obtained or characterized by stealth; sly; secret; stealthy.
3757. celerity: quickness; swiftness.
3758. dalliance: a trifling away of time; dawdling; also, flirtation.
3759. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
3760. undulation: a wavy form or outline; also, a wavelike motion.
3761. propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
3762. furbelow: something showy or superfluous.
3763. perorate: to conclude or sum up a long discourse; also, to speak at length.
3764. stultify: to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous; also, to allege to be of
unsound mind.
3765. vet: to subject to thorough appraisal; to evaluate.
3766. reticent: inclined to keep silent.
3767. flout: to treat with contempt and disregard.
3768. truckle: to act in a subservient manner.
3769. rictus: a gaping grin or grimace.
3770. saturnine: sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
3771. delectation: great pleasure; delight.
3772. chary: wary; cautious.
3773. interlocutor: a person who takes part in a conversation or dialogue.
3774. diktat: an authoritative decree or order.
3775. fecund: fruitful; prolific; also, marked by intellectual productivity.
3776. abecedarian: pertaining to the alphabet; also, rudimentary; also, a beginner.
3777. carom: to strike and rebound; also, a glancing off.
3778. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
3779. voluptuary: a person devoted to luxury and the gratification of sensual appetites.
3780. acquiesce: to accept or consent passively or without objection.
3781. sacrosanct: sacred; inviolable.
3782. refulgent: brilliant; resplendent.
3783. malapropism: the usually unintentionally humorous misuse of a word.
3784. noisome: offensive or disgusting; also, harmful; unwholesome.
3785. puissant: powerful.
3786. inure: to make used to; also, to take or have effect.
3787. bucolic: rustic; pastoral.
3788. crapulous: sick from, or marked by, excessive drinking.
3789. lucubration: laborious work, study, thought, etc., esp. at night.
3790. logorrhea: excessive talkativeness.
3791. efficacious: producing, or capable of producing, a desired effect.
3792. alacrity: a cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptness.
3793. farrago: an assortment; a medley.
3794. tchotchke: a trinket; a knickknack.
3795. equivocate: to be deliberately ambiguous or unclear.
3796. cognoscente: a person with special knowledge.
3797. eldritch: unearthly; weird; eerie.
3798. assiduous: constant in application or attention.
3799. cavort: to bound or prance about.
3800. traduce: to vilify.
3801. predilection: an established preference.
3802. sinuous: having many curves, bends, or turns; winding; also, indirect; devious.
3803. ameliorate: to make or grow better.
3804. gaucherie: a socially awkward or tactless act; also, lack of tact.
3805. adjuvant: serving to help or assist; auxiliary; also, a person or thing that aids or
helps.
3806. incarnadine: pink or red; also, to redden.
3807. raffish: gaudily vulgar or cheap; also, characterized by a carefree or fun-loving
unconventionality.
3808. bifurcate: to divide into two branches.
3809. esurient: hungry; greedy.
3810. burgeon: to grow or develop rapidly; also, to put forth new buds or greenery;
sprout.
3811. foofaraw: excessive or flashy ornamentation; also, a fuss over a trivial matter.
3812. titivate: to make decorative additions to; to spruce.
3813. convivial: relating to feasting, drinking, and good company; festive.
3814. reverie: a state of abstracted musing; daydreaming.
3815. descry: to catch sight of; to detect.
3816. exculpate: to clear from alleged fault or guilt.
3817. triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
3818. pukka: genuine, authentic, or good; proper.
3819. fetor: a strong, offensive smell.
3820. redolent: having or exuding fragrance; also, evocative, reminiscent.
3821. innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
3822. turbid: muddy; not clear; also, confused; disordered.
3823. fugacious: lasting but a short time.
3824. milieu: environment; setting.
3825. scuttlebutt: gossip; rumor.
3826. aesthete: one who cultivates great sensitivity to beauty.
3827. galumph: to move in a clumsy manner or with a heavy tread.
3828. confabulation: familiar talk.
3829. sycophant: one who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
3830. loquacious: very talkative.
3831. punctilious: precise; exact in the smallest particulars.
3832. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
3833. stentorian: extremely loud.
3834. tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
3835. eke: to gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty.
3836. irenic: promoting peace.
3837. truculent: fierce; savage; ferocious.
3838. sommelier: a waiter, as in a club or restaurant, who is in charge of wines.
3839. skulduggery: devious, dishonest, or unscrupulous behavior or activity.
3840. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
3841. felicitous: apt or appropriate; also, delightful.
3842. abeyance: suspension; temporary cessation.
3843. billet: to quarter, or place in lodgings.
3844. fungible: interchangeable.
3845. soporific: causing sleep; also, something that causes sleep.
3846. forfend: to avert; also, to protect or preserve.
3847. asseverate: to affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
3848. carapace: a shell; a protective covering.
3849. quiescent: at rest; still; inactive.
3850. agog: in eager desire.
3851. hoi polloi: the common people; the masses.
3852. perseverate: to repeat something insistently or redundantly.
3853. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
3854. obfuscate: to make obscure or unclear; also, to darken.
3855. billingsgate: foul, abusive language.
3856. germane: appropriate or fitting; relevant.
3857. affable: easy to speak to; also, gracious.
3858. benison: blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
3859. martinet: a strict disciplinarian.
3860. Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
3861. provender: food or provisions.
3862. gourmand: one who enjoys good food in great quantities.
3863. rusticate: to go or send to the country.
3864. malleable: capable of being shaped; also, adaptable.
3865. couture: the high-fashion clothing created by designers.
3866. intrepid: fearless; bold.
3867. myrmidon: a loyal follower.
3868. roborant: restoring strength or vigor; also, a restorative.
3869. gallimaufry: a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
3870. nonplus: to render utterly perplexed; puzzle completely.
3871. bonhomie: a pleasant and easy manner.
3872. fatuous: inanely foolish; stupid; also, illusory.
3873. solicitous: manifesting, expressing, or full of care or concern.
3874. ratiocination: the process of reasoning.
3875. cogitate: to think; to ponder.
3876. recalcitrant: stubbornly resistant to and defiant of authority or restraint.
3877. palliate: to make an offense seem less serious; also, to relieve or lessen without
curing.
3878. largess: generous giving; also, gifts of money or other valuables.
3879. numinous: spiritual.
3880. appellation: a name, title, or designation.
3881. doff: to take off; to remove; also, to rid oneself of.
3882. paroxysm: an outburst; a fit.
3883. diaphanous: allowing light to pass through.
3884. capricious: whimsical; changeable.
3885. iota: a very small quantity or degree.
3886. dolorous: marked by, causing, or expressing grief or sorrow.
3887. collude: to act in concert; to conspire.
3888. clinquant: glittering; tinsel-like; also, tinsel.
3889. lambent: playing on the surface; flickering.
3890. embonpoint: plumpness of person.
3891. hauteur: haughtiness; arrogance.
3892. expatiate: to speak or write at length.
3893. surreptitious: done, made, or gotten by stealth; also, marked by stealth.
3894. cajole: to coax.
3895. presage: an omen; also, to predict.
3896. vicissitude: a change in condition or fortune.
3897. panacea: a cure-all.
3898. constitutional: a walk taken for one's health.
3899. tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
3900. enjoin: to direct or impose with authority; also, to forbid.
3901. atelier: a workshop; a studio.
3902. flibbertigibbet: a silly, flighty, or excessively talkative person.
3903. quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
3904. gesticulate: to make gestures or motions.
3905. nebbish: a weak-willed, timid, or ineffectual person.
3906. onus: burden; also, blame; stigma.
3907. flagitious: grossly wicked; scandalous.
3908. torpor: lethargic indifference; apathy.
3909. lapidary: of or pertaining to stone cutting; also, terse or refined in expression.
3910. draconian: excessively harsh; severe.
3911. pallid: pale; faint or deficient in color; wan.
3912. countervail: to counteract; also, to offset.
3913. apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
3914. accord: agreement; harmony.
3915. perambulate: to stroll; to walk through or over.
3916. lacuna: a blank space; a missing part.
3917. bibelot: a trinket.
3918. prevaricate: to depart from or evade the truth.
3919. veritable: real; true; genuine.
3920. frangible: capable of being broken; easily broken.
3921. plenipotentiary: invested with full power.
3922. evince: to show in a clear manner.
3923. panjandrum: an important or self-important official.
3924. machination: a crafty scheme intended to accomplish some usually evil end.
3925. verboten: forbidden; prohibited.
3926. rapacious: grasping; greedy.
3927. penchant: a strong liking.
3928. mondegreen: a word or phrase resulting from a misinterpretation, as in misheard
lyrics.
3929. gelid: extremely cold; icy.
3930. aubade: a song greeting the dawn.
3931. pecuniary: relating to money.
3932. distrait: divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
3933. eschew: to shun; to avoid.
3934. ignoramus: an ignorant person; a dunce.
3935. approbation: formal or official approval; also, praise.
3936. vitiate: to make faulty or imperfect.
3937. tarradiddle: a fib; also, pretentious nonsense.
3938. coquetry: flirtation.
3939. quietus: final acquittance, as from debt; also, rest; death.
3940. cupidity: eager or excessive desire, especially for wealth.
3941. billet-doux: a love letter.
3942. vivify: to endue with life; to enliven.
3943. inexorable: unyielding; relentless.
3944. hypnagogic: inducing sleep; of or pertaining to drowsiness.
3945. duplicity: deliberate deceptiveness in behavior or speech.
3946. gastronome: a lover of good food and drink.
3947. egregious: outrageously bad.
3948. bombast: pompous or pretentious speech or writing.
3949. fractious: tending to cause trouble; also, irritable.
3950. fructuous: fruitful; productive.
3951. arcanum: a secret; a mystery.
3952. gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
3953. mulct: to defraud.
3954. supplicate: to make a humble and earnest petition.
3955. quixotic: foolishly impractical; also, capricious, impulsive.
3956. pablum: something (as writing or speech) that is trite, insipid, or simplistic.
3957. temporize: to be indecisive or evasive in order to gain time; also, to go with the
times.
3958. eructation: the act of belching; a belch.
3959. didactic: conveying instruction; teaching some moral lesson.
3960. fealty: fidelity; allegiance; faithfulness.
3961. masticate: to chew.
3962. inveterate: deep-rooted; of long standing.
3963. languor: lack of energy or vitality.
3964. sachet: a small bag containing perfuming powder, to impart a pleasant scent.
3965. phantasmagoria: a shifting series or succession of things seen or imagined.
3966. salient: noticeable; also, projecting; also, leaping.
3967. solecism: a nonstandard usage or grammatical construction.
3968. erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.
3969. fulminate: to issue or utter verbal attacks or censures.
3970. gravitas: high seriousness.
3971. hirsute: covered with hair or bristles.
3972. potable: drinkable; also, a beverage, especially an alcoholic one.
3973. cozen: to deceive or obtain by deceit.
3974. matutinal: relating to or occurring in the morning.
3975. garrulous: talkative; also, wordy.
3976. fatidic: of, relating to, or characterized by prophecy.
3977. cacophony: harsh or discordant sound.
3978. exiguous: extremely scanty.
3979. defenestrate: to throw out of a window.
3980. lucre: money; profit.
3981. impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
3982. sylvan: pertaining to woods or forests.
3983. portentous: foreboding; ominous.
3984. neophyte: a novice.
3985. popinjay: a vain and talkative person.
3986. bedizen: to dress or adorn in gaudy manner.
3987. hugger-mugger: secret; also, muddled, disorderly.
3988. slake: to satisfy or quench; also, to cause to lessen.
3989. malversation: misconduct in public office.
3990. manumit: to free from slavery or servitude.
3991. grok: to understand.
3992. land of Nod: sleep.
3993. megrim: a migraine; also, a fancy or whim; in the plural, low spirits.
3994. interlard: to insert between; to mix.
3995. indefatigable: untiring.
3996. Pyrrhic victory: a victory achieved at great cost.
3997. dishabille: the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
3998. neologism: a new word or expression; the use or creation of new words or
expressions.
3999. ne plus ultra: the acme; also, the most profound degree.
4000. bloviate: to speak or write in a pompous manner.
4001. pelf: money; riches.
4002. oneiric: pertaining to or suggestive of dreams.
4003. transmogrify: to transform.
4004. disport: to frolic; to amuse (oneself).
4005. scapegrace: one who is wild and reckless.
4006. agrestic: pertaining to fields or the country.
4007. empyrean: the highest heaven; the heavens; the sky.
4008. wastrel: a person who wastes; a loafer.
4009. moil: to labor; to toil; to drudge.
4010. perforce: by necessity.
4011. sough: to make a soft, low sighing or rustling sound.
4012. quisling: a collaborator; a traitor.
4013. quash: to annul; also, to crush; to subdue.
4014. pellucid: transparent, shining through; also, easily understandable.
4015. valetudinarian: a weak or sickly person.
4016. doula: a woman who assists in childbirth.
4017. omnific: having unlimited powers of creation.
4018. sesquipedalianism: given to using long words.
4019. jnana: absolute insight acquired through study.
4020. iatrogenic: (of a medical disorder) caused by the actions of a physician.
4021. vamoose: to leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.
4022. perpend: to ponder; deliberate.
4023. eristic: pertaining to argument for its own sake.
4024. chevron: a badge or insignia in the form of an inverted V.
4025. muliebrity: womanly nature or qualities.
4026. mugwump: a person who is unable to make up his or her mind on an issue, esp. in
politics.
4027. matriculate: to enroll in a college or university as a candidate for a degree.
4028. malapert: unbecomingly bold or saucy.
4029. afterclap: an unexpected repercussion.
4030. sawyer: a person who saws wood, esp. as an occupation.
4031. kibitz: to chat, to converse.
4032. eidetic: pertaining to visual imagery vividly experienced and readily reproducible.
4033. majuscule: of letters written either as capitals or uncials.
4034. tipple: to drink intoxicating liquor, esp. habitually or to some excess.
4035. habitué: one who frequents a particular place.
4036. plucky: having or showing courage.
4037. baksheesh: a tip, present, or gratuity.
4038. suspire: to utter with long, sighing breaths.
4039. phlegmatic: not easily excited to action or display of emotion.
4040. adumbrate: to foreshadow; prefigure.
4041. shivaree: a mock serenade with kettles and other noisemakers for a newly married
couple.
4042. regnant: prevalent; widespread.
4043. waxing: to increase in extent, quantity, intensity, or power.
4044. ethereal: light, airy, or tenuous.
4045. epoch: the beginning of a distinctive period in history.
4046. scuttle: to run with quick, hasty steps; scurry.
4047. threnody: a poem, speech, or song of lamentation, esp. for the dead.
4048. oleaginous: having the nature or qualities of oil.
4049. goad: to prod; incite.
4050. swain: a male admirer or lover.
4051. Manichean: pertaining to a strongly dualistic worldview.
4052. penumbra: an area in which something exists to an uncertain degree.
4053. bathos: triteness or triviality in style.
4054. fathom: to penetrate to the truth of.
4055. Occidental: Western.
4056. noctivagant: pertaining to wandering at night.
4057. ruth: pity or compassion.
4058. kowtow: to act in a subservient manner.
4059. juggernaut: any large, overpowering, destructive force.
4060. vernacular: the plain variety of language in everyday use.
4061. quintessential: being the most typical.
4062. festoon: to adorn with hanging chains or strands of any material.
4063. indemnity: security against damage or loss.
4064. oscitant: yawning, as with drowsiness.
4065. hegira: a journey to a more desirable or congenial place.
4066. amok: in or into a jumbled or confused state.
4067. couvade: when the husband of a pregnant woman acts as though he were bearing
the child.
4068. heliolatry: worship of the sun.
4069. proliferate: to increase or spread at a rapid rate.
4070. rococo: ornate or florid in speech, writing, or style.
4071. haptic: relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
4072. cakewalk: something easily accomplished.
4073. enthrall: to captivate or charm.
4074. zephyr: a gentle, mild breeze.
4075. yen: a desire or craving.
4076. yaw: to move unsteadily; weave.
4077. macabre: gruesome and horrifying.
4078. hunky dory: about as well as one could wish or expect.
4079. evanescence: a gradual dissappearance.
4080. vespertine: of, pertaining to, or occurring in the evening.
4081. rataplan: to produce the sound as of the beating of a drum.
4082. squelch: to put down, or suppress, as with a crushing retort or argument.
4083. bijou: something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought.
4084. gizmo: a mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown.
4085. sibylline: prophetic; oracular.
4086. tantivy: swift; rapid.
4087. snuff: to extinguish or suppress.
4088. aeromancy: the prediction of future events from observation of weather
conditions.
4089. subtilize: to make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning.
4090. vestigial: relating to a body part that has become small and lost its use.
4091. spoor: a track or trail, esp. that of a wild animal pursued as game.
4092. brannigan: a carouse.
4093. undercast: something viewed from above through another medium, as of clouds
viewed from an airplane.
4094. palladian: pertaining to wisdom, knowledge, or study.
4095. acedia: sloth.
4096. philogyny: love of or liking for women (opposite of misogyny.)
4097. impedimenta: baggage or other things that retard one's progress
4098. occlude: to shut in, out, or off.
4099. morganatic: pertaining to a form of marriage where a person of high rank weds
someone of lower station without claim to the property of the high-ranking partner.
4100. fulgurate: to flash or dart like lightning.
4101. zaftig: full-bodied; well-proportioned.
4102. don: to put on or dress in.
4103. potlatch: a ceremony at which gifts are bestowed on the guests in a show of
wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass.
4104. nitid: bright; lustrous.
4105.