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droll
amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous
blasé
indifferent to or bored with life
lecherous
having or showing excessive or offensive sexual desire
ersatz
Made in imitation; artificial, especially of a poor quality
glib
eloquent without understanding; superficial; persuasive
macaronic
words or inflections from one language introduced into the context of another.
mawkish
characterized by sickly sentimentality
feckless
lacking purpose, spirit, skill, strength or worth
quixotic
exceedingly idealistic; unrealistic and impractical
bawdy
indecent; lewd; obscene
mugwump
a person who remains aloof or independent, especially from party politics.
spate
a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring
morass
a tract of low, soft, wet ground.
schadenfreude
satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else's misfortune.
weltschmerz
a feeling of melancholy and world-weariness.
zeitgeist
the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time.
gestalt
a unified whole
cabal
the contrived schemes of a group of persons secretly united in a plot; a group engaged in such schemes
shibboleth
a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important
juggernaut
a huge, powerful, and overwhelming force or institution
mountebank
a person who deceives others, especially in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan
zuchetto
a Roman Catholic cleric's skullcap
irredenta
a region whose inhabitants have cultural, historical or ethnic ties to another state
lagniappe
something given as a bonus or extra gift.
quisling
a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government
Luddite
anyone who opposes the introduction of technological change
blight
anything that impedes growth or development or spoils any other aspect of life
gadfly
One who irritates others with criticism, schemes, ideas or requests
agitprop
political propaganda delivered through 14 art, music, drama, or literature
curmudgeon
a bad-tempered, difficult, cantankerous person.
skulduggery
underhanded or unscrupulous behavior; trickery
muggle
a person who lacks a particular skill or knowledge of a subject
moggy
a cat, especially one that does not have a pedigree or is otherwise unremarkable
sockdolager
something unusually large, heavy, etc.
shill
a person who poses as a customer in order to decoy others into participating, as at a gambling house, auction, confidence game, etc.
chutzpah
unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall.
mensch
a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person.
portmanteau word
a new word that is blended together from parts of existing words
irredentist
an advocate for the restoration or annexation of territory formerly belonging to a another state
glean
to extract information gradually or from various sources
jibe
change course by swinging a fore-and-aft sail across a following wind
beleaguer
to surround with military forces.
quaff
to drink a beverage, especially an intoxicating one, copiously and with hearty enjoyment.
eschew
to abstain or keep away from
canoodle
to caress, fondle, or pet amorously; To persuade with flattery or promises
stymie
to prevent or hinder the progress of
wheedle
to employ endearments or flattery to persuade someone to do something or give one something
transmogrify
to transform, especially in a surprising or magical manner
shirk
to avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility); one who shirks
jingoism
excessive patriotism or bellicose nationalism, especially with regards to foreign policy
gesamtkunstwerk
a theatrical work that encompasses music and visual arts
skullduggery
unscrupulous behavior; trickery
rigmarole
a lengthy and complicated procedure