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panache
flamboyant confidence of style or manner
jeremiad
a long, mournful complaint or lamentation
abeyance
Expectancy
acrimony
A quality of bodies which corrodes or destroys others
acuity
Sharpness or acuteness, as of a needle, wit, etc.
appurtenance
an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living
artifice
clever or cunning devices or expedients, especially as used to trick or deceive others
asperity
roughness or harshness of surface, sound, climate, condition, manner, or temper
aspersion
a damaging or derogatory remark or criticism; slander:
aureole
a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
avarice
insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
badinage
light, playful banter; raillery
blandishment
flattery that is designed to persuade a listener
cachet
an official seal of approval; prestige
calumny
a false accusation maliciously intended to destroy someone’s reputation
compunction
pricking of conscience or a feeling of regret, especially one which is slight or fleeting
consternation
a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.
concubinage
cohabitation of a man and woman without legal or formal marriage.
countenance
appearance, especially the look or expression of the face: a sad countenance.
contravention
action counter to something; violation or opposition.
contrition
sincere penitence or remorse.
declamation
the act or art of declaiming.
denizen
an inhabitant; resident.
discomfiture
the state of being disconcerted; confusion; embarrassment.
dishabille
the state of being dressed in a careless, disheveled, or disorderly style or manner
détente
a relaxing of tension, especially between nations, as by negotiations or agreements.
emolument
Payment for an office or employment; compensation for a job, which is usually monetary.
equanimity
the state of being calm, stable and composed, especially under stress
frisson
a sudden sensation of excitement or emotion; thrill:
ignominy
Great dishonor, shame, or humiliation.
infelicity
the quality or state of being unhappy
ingénue
an innocent or unsophisticated young woman, especially in a play or film.
iniquity
gross injustice or wickedness
impetuosity
the quality of acting quickly, without forethought
malfeasance
the performance by a public official of an act that is legally unjustified, harmful, or contrary to law
malediction
a magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil or destruction; a curse.
maxim
an expression of a general truth or principle, especially an aphoristic or sententious one
moiety
each of two parts into which a thing is or can be divided; a half
muster
a formal gathering of troops, especially for inspection, display, or exercise.
opprobrium
disgrace incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful
ordure
Excrement; dung
ostentation
pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance
provenance
the place of origin or earliest known history of something
respite
A putting off of that which was appointed
rubric
a heading on a document; a statement of purpose or function; category
sagacity
The quality of being sagacious
sangfroid
composure or coolness, sometimes excessive, as shown in danger or under trying circumstances.
umbrage
offense or annoyance
vicissitude
Regular change or succession from one thing to another
volition
the faculty or power of using one's will
grandee
A man of elevated rank or station
suppliant
a person who asks or begs for something earnestly or humbly
occident
the countries of the West, especially Europe and the Americas
omnibus
a volume containing several novels or other items previously published separately
perdition
a state of eternal punishment and damnation; hell
pillory
a wooden framework with holes for the head and hands, in which an offender was imprisoned and exposed to public abuse.
plebiscite
the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
rapprochement
(especially in international relations) an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations
sacristy
An apartment in a church where the sacred utensils, vestments, etc., are kept
intransigence
refusal to change one's views or to agree about something
dilettante
a person who takes up an art, activity, or subject merely for amusement; dabbler.
diminuendo
gradually reducing in force or loudness; decrescendo (opposed to crescendo).
portico
a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns or piers, usually attached to a building as a porch.
imbroglio
A complicated situation; an entanglement.
punctilio
a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
amanuensis
A person whose employment is to write what another dictates, or to copy what another has written.
abrogation
The act of abrogating
aberration
The act of wandering
ablution
The act of washing or cleansing
accidence
The accidents, of inflections of words
agriology
Description or comparative study of the customs of savage or uncivilized tribes.
alacrity
A cheerful readiness, willingness, or promptitude
alliteration
The repetition of the same letter at the beginning of two or more words immediately succeeding each other, or at short intervals
ambitendency
ambivalence, especially when acted out; a tendency to contradictory behavior arising from conflicting impulses.
ambit
the scope, extent, or bounds of something
apposition
juxtaposition; a relationship between two or more words or phrases in which the two units are grammatically parallel and have the same referent
caesura
A metrical break in a verse, occurring in the middle of a foot and commonly near the middle of the verse
candor
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness
canticle
one of the nonmetrical hymns or chants, chiefly from the Bible, used in church services.
cessation
the fact or process of being brought to an end
cinerarium
a place for depositing the ashes of the dead after cremation.
circumlocution
a roundabout or indirect way of speaking; the use of more words than necessary to express an idea.
collocation
the act of setting or placing together, especially side by side.
concomitance
the quality or relation of being concurrent.
concupiscence
sexual desire; lust.
conflagration
a destructive fire, usually an extensive one.
contumacy
stubborn perverseness or rebelliousness; willful and obstinate resistance or disobedience to authority.
dereliction
willful neglect of one's duty; the act of abandoning something, or the state of being abandoned
desideratum
something wanted or needed.
despondency
a state of low spirits caused by loss of hope or courage
detritus
waste or debris of any kind
diffidence
the quality or state of being timid or shy.
fiat
An authoritative command or order
frivolity
lack of seriousness; lightheartedness
concinnity
the harmonious arrangement of the different parts of something
exigency
an urgent need or demand
factotum
A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.
fulcrum
the support on which a lever turns in moving a body.
imprecation
the act cursing or invoking evil against someone
inconcinnity
lack of harmony or suitability
induction
concluding a general principle from particular instances
injunction
a judicial order to do or refrain from something.
intercalation
an insertion, interposition
libation
a drink poured out as an offering to a deity.
licentiate
the holder of a certificate of competence to practice a certain profession.
ligature
a thing used for tying or binding something tightly.
malefactor
a person who violates the law; criminal.
promontory
a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water; a headland
obsequence
willingness or eagerness to comply, please, serve
obloquy
strong public criticism or verbal abuse
obreption
fraud in trying to obtain something from an official.
patrician
a person of noble or high rank; aristocrat.
paucity
the presence of something only in small or insufficient quantities or amounts; scarcity
perspicacity
keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.
perspicuity
clearness or lucidity, as of a statement.
preponderance
the quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance
precocity
the state of being or tendency to be unusually advanced or mature in development
prehension
the act of seizing or grasping.
primogeniture
the state of being the firstborn child.
primogenitor
an ancestor, especially the earliest ancestor of a people; a progenitor.
profligacy
reckless extravagance or wastefulness in the use of resources; licentious or dissolute behavior
proclivity
natural or habitual inclination or tendency
profert
an exhibition of a record or paper in open court.
propitiation
the act of serving
pulchritude
physical beauty; comeliness.
remediation
the correction of something bad or defective.
resplendency
the state of being attractive and impressive through being richly colorful or sumptuous
rebus
a puzzle in which words are represented by combinations of pictures and individual letters
regale
A prerogative of royalty.
regalia
the emblems or insignia of royalty, especially the crown, scepter, and other ornaments used at a coronation.
risibility
such as to provoke laughter
saturnalia
the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, which was a period of general merrymaking and was the predecessor of Christmas.
sedition
incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government.
somniloquy
The act or habit of talking in one's sleep.
subreption
a concealment of the pertinent facts in a petition that in certain cases nullifies the grant.
susurration
a soft murmur; whisper.
temerity
reckless boldness; rashness.
tertium quid
a third thing that is indefinite and undefined but is related to two definite or known things.
tintinnabulation
the ringing or sound of bells.
torpor
sluggish inactivity or inertia.
tractate
a treatise.
triumvirate
a group of three powerful or notable people or things existing in relation to each other
triumvir
each of three public officers (in ancient Rome) jointly responsible for overseeing administrative departments.
valence
the number of grammatical elements with which a particular word, especially a verb, combines in a sentence.
vaticination
Prediction; prophecy
verisimilitude
the appearance of being true or real
vivacity
the quality or state of being vivacious.
fulmination
The act of making a verbal attack or denunciation; explode
genuflection
The act of bending the knee in servitude or worship; groveling
granary
A storehouse or repository for grain
insipience
lack of wisdom
itinerancy
the act of traveling from place to place.
lacuna
an unfilled space or interval; a missing portion in a book or manuscript
locus
a center of activity or a crime scene
modicum
a moderate or small amount
pablum
Anything overly bland or simplistic, especially speech or writing
perfidy
deceitfulness; untrustworthiness.
parricide
the killing of a parent or other near relative.
pugilist
a boxer, especially a professional one.
salacious
treating sexual matters in an indecent way with undue interest
sinecure
a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
solipsism
the view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
spirant
a consonant uttered with a continuous expulsion of breath.
substrate
a substance or layer that underlies something, or on which some process occurs
tyro
a beginner in learning anything; novice.
vacuity
lack of thought or intelligence; empty-headedness
venality
state of being susceptible to or motivated by bribery
palaver
prolonged and idle discussion
fait accompli
]something that has already occurred; a "done deal"
surcease
the fact or process of being brought to an end; to come to an end
glut
an excessively abundant supply of something; to supply or fill to excess
ambuscade
1. an ambush 2. attack from an ambush.
congeries
A collection or aggregation of disparate items.
casuist
a person who uses clever but unsound (moral) reasoning; a sophist.
loquacity
a state or instance of talking a great deal; talkativeness
fascicle
a separately published installment of a printed work
fecundity
the ability to produce an abundance of offspring, growth or new ideas
allocution
a formal speech giving advice or a warning.
dirge
a mournful, funeral song
mens rea
criminal intent
recidivism
repeated relapse (into crime)
mendacity
untruthfulness
ebullience
being cheerful and full of energy
perambulation
the process of walking around a place in a leisurely way
lassitude
lack of energy
imprimatur
official license to print a religious book; guarantee of a good standard
finitude
having limits or bounds
ludology
the study of games, especially video games
narratology
the study of the literary narrative
recrudescence
a recurrence