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Factotum (n.)

a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house.
any employee or official having many different responsibilities.


Exalt (v.)

to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate: He was exalted to the position of president.
to praise; extol: to exalt someone to the skies.
to stimulate, as the imagination: The lyrics of Shakespeare exalted the audience.
to intensify, as a color: complementary colors exalt each other.
Obsolete . to elate, as with pride or joy.


Exult (v.)

to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory.
Obsolete . to leap, especially for joy.


Effete (v.)

lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society.
exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out: an effete political force.
unable to produce; sterile.


Factitious (adj.)

not spontaneous or natural; artificial; contrived: factitious laughter; factitious enthusiasm.
made; manufactured: a decoration of factitious flowers and leaves.


Factious (adj.)

given to faction; dissentious: A factious group was trying to undermine the government.
pertaining to or proceeding from faction: factious quarrels.


Facetious (adj.)

not meant to be taken seriously or literally: a facetious remark.
amusing; humorous.
lacking serious intent; concerned with something nonessential, amusing, or frivolous: a facetious person.


Ennui (n.)

a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.


Distrait (adj.)

inattentive because of distracting worries, fears, etc.; absent-minded.


Dowdy (adj.)

not stylish; drab; old-fashioned: Why do you always wear those dowdy old dresses?
not neat or tidy; shabby.


Forbearance (n.)

the act of forbearing; a refraining from something.
forbearingconduct or quality; patient endurance; self-control.
an abstaining from the enforcement of a right.
a creditor's giving of indulgence after the day originally fixed for payment.


Ford (a.)

a place where a river or other body of water is shallow enough to be crossed by wading.


Forensic (adj.)

pertaining to, connected with, or used in courts of law or public discussion and debate.
adapted or suited to argumentation; rhetorical.


Geniality (n.)

warmly and pleasantly cheerful; cordial: a genial disposition; a genial host.
favorable for life, growth, or comfort; pleasantly warm; comfortably mild: the genial climate of Hawaii.
characterized by genius.


Gratuitous (adj.)

given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
being without apparent reason, cause, or justification: a gratuitous insult.
Law. given without receiving any return value.


Filch (v.)

to steal (especially something of small value); pilfer: to filch ashtrays from fancy restaurants.


Gall (v.)

impudence; effrontery.
bile, especially that of an animal.
something bitter or severe.
bitterness of spirit; rancor.


Gregarious (adj.)

fond of the company of others; sociable.
living in flocks or herds, as animals.
Botany . growing in open clusters or colonies; not matted together.
pertaining to a flock or crowd.


Flit (v.)

to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
to flutter, as a bird.
to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.
Chiefly Scot. and North England .
to depart or die.
to change one's residence.


Filial (v.)

of, pertaining to, or befitting a son or daughter: filial obedience.
noting or having the relation of a child to a parent.
Genetics. pertaining to the sequence of generations following the parental generation, each generation being designated by an F followed by a subscript number indicating its place in the sequence.


Gentry (n.)

wellborn and well-bred people.
(in England) the class below the nobility.
an upper or ruling class; aristocracy.
those who are not members of the nobility but are entitled to a coat of arms, especially those owning large tracts of land.
(used with a plural verb) people, especially considered as a specific group, class, or kind: The polo crowd doesn't go there, but these hockey gentry do.
the state or condition of being a gentleman.