Flashcards in Vocab Deck (1514):
attack or ridicule publicly
he found himself pilloried by members of his own party
a large amount of money that is won or received unexpectedly
members are to get an average £520 cash windfall for voting ‘yes’ to the merger
the market condition that exists when there are few sellers, as a result of which they can greatly influence price and other market factors.
It worked in broadcast TV, when we had three big networks and they operated an oligopoly.
existing only as the product of unchecked imagination
for the time being, interplanetary travel remains a chimerical feature of life in the 21st century
complete freedom to act as one wishes
the architect given carte blanche to design the store
to divide (a territorial unit) into election districts to give one political party an electoral majority in a large number of districts while concentrating the voting strength of the opposition in as few districts as possible
gerrymandering urban districts to give rural voters a majority
to obstruct with delaying tactics
they engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week
a system in which people with a lot of knowledge about science or technology control a society
Technocracy became a popular movement in the United States during the Great Depression when it was believed that technical professionals, like engineers and scientists, would have a better understanding than politicians regarding the economy's inherent complexity.
the belief that all events are predetermined and therefore inevitable
fatalism can breed indifference to the human costs of war
Determinism should not be confused with fatalism
pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune
Jeremy had a feeling of schadenfreude when his ex-wife's second marriage failed
with an attitude or look of suspicion or disapproval
the reformers looked askance at the mystical tradition
having a strong and widespread impact
9/11 had a tectonic impact on airline securities
An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period
The movie is a skilful, witty pastiche of "Jaws".
the exhibit was a hodgepodge of mediocre art, bad art, and really bad art
a particular way of speaking or using words, especially a way common to those with a particular job or interest
In gun industry parlance, however, the MCX is a “modern sporting rifle.”
government by the wealthy
corporate greed and America's growing plutocracy
containing or characterized by verbal abuse
the type of provocative magazine article that is guaranteed to engender vituperative threats of subscription cancellations
to go back on a promise or commitment
They had promised to pay her tuition but later reneged
Having a pleasantly sharp taste or appetizing flavour
The duck was very pleasant and the sauce piquant, as orange sauces should be.
an ignorant or stupid person
assume that your examiner is an ignoramus and explain everything to him
destroy or severely damage by tearing or crushing
the car was mangled almost beyond recognition
Join the fray
to join the fight or argument
After listening to the argument, Mary decided to jump into the fray. Tom joined the fray and immediately got knocked down.
the offence of marrying someone while already married to another person
Her bigamy may have been innocent, or at least, an unavoidable accident
the process of making a revision or correction to a text
here are some suggested emendations
one's customary behaviour
Constance, as was her wont, had paid her little attention
an unrealistic hope or wish that cannot be achieved. something illusory, without substance or reality.
A peaceful solution proved to be a mirage.
How could a fellow, a manly, decent fellow like you, think up such a caddish trick?
suppress (a feeling).
he managed to quell his initial misgivings
a person who knows and is able to use several languages
Slovenians, being surrounded by many countries, are mostly polyglots
extended to great, unnecessary, or tedious length; long and wordy.
The speech was unnecessarily prolix.
capable of grasping
many monkeys have long, prehensile tails which they use in swinging through the trees
a formal written defence of one's opinions or conduct
the finest apologia or explanation of what drives a man to devote his life to pure mathematics
greater than that required or needed; superfluous.
now that the dress code has been e-mailed to everyone and posted on our intranet site, a paper memo about it seems supererogatory
spend (one's time or money) foolishly, wrongly, or wastefully
perhaps I am atoning for my misspent youth
a hobby or minor occupation.
My favorite avocation is reading.
a complicated or confused situation
she would become lost in a morass of lies and explanations
excessively proud of oneself or one's achievements; overly vain
this vainglorious boast of personal infallibility
showing a lack of proper concern; offhand
Anne was irritated by his cavalier attitude
relating to the pleasant aspects of the countryside and country life.
the church is lovely for its bucolic setting
a fleet of warships
an armada of forty-five warships
digressing from subject to subject
the speaker's discursive style made it difficult to understand his point
a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from a slight, especially to one's pride
he left in a fit of pique
a machine designed to detect and record changes in physiological characteristics, such as a person's pulse and breathing rates, used especially as a lie detector
if he passed the polygraph, of course, it would authenticate his story
having retired but allowed to retain their title as an honour
emeritus professor of microbiology
not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable
That evolution is a fact is as irrefragable as the assertion that Earth is round.
an evening party or gathering, typically in a private house, for conversation or music
After the interview she took me to a coffee-and-cake soiree at a wealthy student's house
exceeding the usual, stated, or prescribed number
a third, supernumerary witness to the signing of the will
deceptive or false talk or behaviour
I can see in their teachings nothing but humbug, untainted by any trace of truth
a harebrained idea to go for a hike in an area where grizzly bear attacks had recently been reported
a person who has a mental disability or learning difficulties but is extremely gifted in a particular way, such as the performing of feats of memory or calculation.
You are a freaking savant when it comes to that
a person's nickname
tagged her with the sobriquet “peanut” because of her diminutive size
to feel irritation, discontent, or impatience
he was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation
a desperate or reckless person, especially a criminal.
the notorious desperados of the Wild West
To wallow is to roll about in something, as a pig wallows in mud or a billionaire wallows in money.
Wallowing in a morass of self pity
(especially of the cause of something) closest in relationship; immediate
the fact that a storm may show up the poor condition of a flat roof does not signify that storm was the proximate cause of damage to it
property inherited from one's father or male ancestor.
her patrimony was the family's newspaper business
The deliberate and systematic destruction of the culture of an ethnic group.
arrogantly superior and disdainful
They have to rebut his lies, and they have to do it without sounding bitter or afraid or superior or haughty
a person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.
a person or agency whose judgment or opinion is considered authoritative arbiters of taste
Facebook should not be "arbiter of truth" in fake news fight
rest on one's laurels
to stop trying because one is satisfied with one's past achievements
Despite our success, this is no time to rest on our laurels. We rested on our laurels too long.
Whether a person wants or likes something or not.
a defendant who has intercourse nolens volens will be liable for rape
express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behaviour or actions
she had rebuked him for drinking too much
to represent (an abstraction) by a concrete instance
his imposing mansion is intended to instantiate for visitors his staggering success as an entrepreneur
polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing
highly burnished armour
a wish or inclination not strong enough to lead to action
the notion intrigued me, but remained a velleity
the worship of a physical object as a god
The first of the biblical Ten Commandments prohibits idolatry: “You shall have no other gods before me
worthless, empty ideas.
We reward them with the same mindlessness they serve to us, a daily exchange of pablum.
the action of watching or catching sight of something or someone
She did not intend an espial upon Anthony;
lacking in quantity or quality
they were forced to supplement their meagre earnings
An agreement, bargain, or deal in which a person sacrifices or abandons his or her moral, ethical, or spiritual values in favor of wealth, power, or other benefits.
I fear we might have devised something of a Faustian bargain for ourselves with our overdependence on technology, having traded in every speck of our private lives for flashy gadgets and convenience.
the ability to produce an abundance of offspring or new growth; fertility
age-related decline in female fecundity
relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple.
(of a person's face) pale, typically because of poor health
his face, with its wrinkled, pallid complexion
(especially with reference to food) soften or become softened by soaking in a liquid
macerate the mustard seeds in vinegar
involve someone or something in a difficult situation
since his fall from grace he had been mired in lawsuits
smelling extremely unpleasant
the fetid water of the marsh
a situation of intense competitive activity. A battle or fight
he charged into the thick of the fray and went down fighting
to tell invented stories
The concept of "sustainable city" is a metaphysical ideal, a utopian fabulation.
great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle
the medals are awarded for acts of valour
lower in rank; subordinate
a person who is self-indulgent in their fondness for sensuous luxury
We see him dwelling in a sybarite's dream world of constant sex but, clearly, not having a great time.
Kind and friendly towards a younger or less experienced person.
he was avuncular, reassuring, and trustworthy
fast and energetic in a rather wild and uncontrolled way
having power or influence that transcends national boundaries or governments
Islam is supranational in its operation
summarize and state again the main points of.
an ancestor or parent
his children were the progenitors of many of Scotland's noble families
relating to burial or tombs
worldwide or general in extent, influence, or application
You might refer to a wide assortment of ethnic foods served together as being ecumenical
remove or dismiss (someone) from a position of power or authority
throw (someone) out of a window
the overwhelming view is that he should be defenestrated before the next election
relating to the period when humans used tools and weapons made of stone:
The Palaeolithic Period is sometimes called the Old Stone Age
It would be infelicitous to complain about the broken air conditioning in your Mercedes while volunteering at a homeless shelter. In other words, it would be dreadfully inappropriate.
a person's or animal's intestines or internal organs, especially when removed or exposed
a priest would find omens in the steaming entrails of a sacrificed animal
consisting of or containing starch
expressing sorrow or regret, especially in a wry or humorous way
involving calamity; catastrophic or disastrous
persuade (someone) that an idea or belief is mistaken
Let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married
(of work) not requiring much skill and lacking prestige.
menial factory jobs
movement or the ability to move from one place to another
the muscles that are concerned with locomotion
a situation that seems irresolvable
the president can use his power to break the logjam over this issue
very weak or slight
a tenuous argument
approach and address (someone) boldly or aggressively
reporters accosted him in the street
(of a place) isolated and hidden away.
a wild sequestered spot
a wrong or inaccurate name or designation.
"International Airport” is something of a misnomer, since almost all the arriving and departing flights are local.
obtrusively bright and showy; lurid.
garish shirts in all sorts of colours
actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g. signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website or application.
(of a person) fussy about their needs or requirements
a finicky eater
Mechanically or unvaryingly regular in rhythm
put in a very difficult situation
the board is supporting the beleaguered director
a person who manipulates or exerts excessive control over another
by that very fact or act.
the enemy of one's enemy may be ipso facto a friend
an act or remark that is calculated to gain an advantage, especially at the outset of a situation
his resignation was a tactical gambit
spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of.
development programmes have been vitiated by the rise in population
full of danger or uncertainty; precarious
the parlous state of the economy
a figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa, as in England lost by six wickets (meaning ‘ the English cricket team’).
the state of being very poor; extreme poverty
a penurious old tramp
an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations
The administration of new president Moon Jae-in, a left-leaning politician who favors rapprochement with North Korea, suspended the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense systems (THAAD)
Torpor torpidity Torpid
a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy.
a torpid sloth that refused to budge off its tree branch
his bilious temperament
advocating an aggressive or warlike policy, especially in foreign affairs
administration's hawkish stance"
showing a lack of respect for people or things that are generally taken seriously.
she is irreverent about the whole business of politics
a stock of skills or types of behaviour that a person habitually uses
the way a person stands and walks, particularly as an element of etiquette
His stiff deportment matched his strict demeanor
inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality)
his works are invariably imbued with a sense of calm and serenity
a wasteful or good-for-nothing person.
could not begin the project without the boss's imprimatur
fond of or adapted to luxury or indulgence in sensual pleasures; having luxurious tastes or habits, especially in eating and drinking.
devoted to sensual pleasures, esp food and drink; hedonistic
relating to or denoting a marriage in which neither the spouse of lower rank, nor any children, have any claim to the possessions or title of the spouse of higher rank.
he contracted a morganatic marriage with a German-born actress
of the neck or throat
bewildered or perplexed
he became flummoxed and speechless
extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy
the popular jingoism that swept the lower–middle classes
the network has received plaudits for its sports coverage
obliterate or remove completely (something unwanted or unpleasant)
the kind of man that could expunge an unsatisfactory incident from his memory
entertain or amuse (someone) with talk.
he regaled her with a colourful account of that afternoon's meeting
relating to drama and the theatre.
(of a physical illness or other condition) caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress.
"her doctor was convinced that most of Edith's problems were psychosomatic"
"a tempestuous wind"
a person who is very passionate about a particular cause.
And then there were the perpetual allegations against the far-right firebrand Marine Le Pen, Macron’s principal rival in the final round of the election.
Rejoicing at or deriving pleasure from the misfortunes of others.
having or showing excessive or offensive sexual desire
she ignored his lecherous gaze
(in historical contexts) an individual of a people that do not acknowledge the God of the Bible; a person who is neither a Jew, Christian, nor Muslim; a pagan.
a person who is uninterested, uninvolved, or uneducated in intellectual activities or pursuits.
Will the next few hours be both didactic and entertaining, providing us with ample high and lowbrow cocktail party fodder?
to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for
it behooves us to go
having, assuming, or occurring in various forms, characters, or styles
intelligence is a polymorphous concept
a reply, especially a sharp or witty one.
she would have made some cutting rejoinder but none came to mind
unable to be erased or forgotten
the experience made an ineffaceable impression on his mind
a condition characterized by frequent and uncontrollable periods of deep sleep.
a narcoleptic bus driver could be dangerous
impassive or expressionless
she delivered her monologue in a deadpan voice
"always faithful" or "always loyal"
unfashionable and unstylish in appearance (typically used of a woman)
"she could achieve the kind of casual chic which made every other woman around her look dowdy"
(of a woman or her clothes) dowdy and old-fashioned.
"a frumpy housewife"
an image or representation of someone or something
a small-scale simulacrum of a skyscraper
rejecting all religious and moral principles in the belief that life is meaningless.
an embittered, nihilistic teenager
a thing or person regarded as upholding or defending an attitude, principle, etc: the last bastion of opposition.
a person who is slow at learning; a stupid person.
"he was baffled by arithmetic and they called him a dunce at school"
(especially of a baby) cry feebly or querulously; whimper.
dozens of mewling babies"
newly arrived or developed
the sudden success of the film Wonder Woman created a nouveau heroine
delay or obstruct (a request, process, or person) by refusing to answer questions or by being evasive.
"she has also stonewalled queries about her love life"
a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue.
Beyond the pale
outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour.
"the language my father used was beyond the pale"
instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action).
"they accused him of fomenting political unrest"
a person who behaves obsequiously to those in power.
"he is a lickspittle for the Establishment"
talk casually, especially on unimportant matters; chat.
"they nattered away for hours"
a person who stows away on a passenger vehicle.
having or proceeding from an extreme or fanatical support of or belief in something.
"the show's small but rabid fan base"
a sense of one's own worth; self-respect.
"Pablo's amour propre must have been tested by his short stature"
very eager or curious to hear or see something.
"I'm all agog"
causing annoyance or resentment; annoying.
"it would be galling to lose your job because of a dispute with a customer"
a hatred of gods or God.
Misotheism is a rather foolish term for an atheist as you can't hate something or someone that doesn't exist.
a general rule intended to regulate behaviour or thought.
"the legal precept of being innocent until proven guilty"
That cannot be abbreviated.
Provincialism is an unsophisticated, small-town way of life. City dwellers commonly accuse those who live in the country of narrow-minded provincialism.
send (a person or money) abroad.
"we expatriated the prisoners of war immediately after the end of the war"
dry land; the ground as distinct from the sea or air.
"they needed to rest themselves on terra firma"
exemption from a rule or usual requirement.
"although she was too young, she was given special dispensation to play before her birthday"
morally corrupt; wicked.
"he was a depraved lecher"
given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating. suffering from or due to such excess.
I feel absolutely crapulous this morning
lack of moderation or restraint.
I'm given to intemperance when it comes to alcohol
"a charity for the relief of indigent artists"
resembling a college don, particularly because of having a pedantic, scholarly manner
a very difficult or unpleasant situation, especially in which a lot of people get very angry and complain:
His remarks about the lack of good women tennis players stirred up a (real) hornet's nest.
is the act of a slave owner freeing his or her slaves
though he was an ouspoken defender of liberty, this son of Virginia did not amnumit his own slaves until he was on his deathbed.
not allowing fluid to pass through.
the offer of impermeable faith that can't give way is an offer of something not worth having
conforming to or following what is currently popular and fashionable.
"it seems sad that such a scholar should feel compelled to use this modish jargon"
dwell on one's own success or another's misfortune with smugness or malignant pleasure.
"his enemies gloated over his death"
use deception to deprive (someone) of money or possessions.
"a businessman swindled investors out of millions of pounds"
"he was livid that Garry had escaped"
the law of retaliation, whereby a punishment resembles the offence committed in kind and degree.
"the lex talionis of feud violence and blood money"
meager, scanty, or poor:
a threadbare emotional life.
hackneyed; trite; ineffectively stale:
threadbare arguments. a pathetically threadbare justification for wrongdoing
the tendency to derive pleasure, especially sexual gratification, from inflicting pain, suffering, or humiliation on others.
"beneath the apparent loving concern she had glimpsed spite and sadism"
obtain (information) from various sources, often with difficulty.
"the information is gleaned from press cuttings"
threatening harm; menacing.
"Bill shot a baleful glance in her direction"
the quality of being kind or gentle.
"a smile crossed her face, but this unexpected lenity was short-lived"
not spoiled or made impure.
"an unsullied reputation"
different from what one is used to; objectionably new.
"I've no time for such newfangled nonsense"
occurs where people fail to adequately assess their level of competence — or specifically, their incompetence — at a task and thus consider themselves much more competent than everyone else.
Trump's disability is Dunning-Kruger effect.
the state of having limits or bounds.
"one quickly senses the finitude of his patience"
stupid or silly.
"a dim-witted waiter"
A grifter is a con artist: someone who swindles people out of money through fraud.
prevent or obstruct (an anticipated event or action) by taking advance action.
"they will present their resignations to forestall a vote of no confidence"
not interesting; showing very little imagination:
Her books, with few exceptions, are workmanlike but pedestrian.
theft of personal property.
(of a person's character) tempered by maturity or experience.
"a more mellow personality"
a brawl or other fight.
the prospect of the game deteriorating into a stoush always kept me hooked
characterized by poverty.
"they lived in straitened circumstances"
deceive or trick
staff were hoodwinked into thinking the cucumber was a sawn-off shotgun
"an overbearing, ill-tempered brute"
high-sounding but with little meaning; inflated.
having a lot of space inside; roomy.
"she rummaged in her capacious handbag"
giving the impression of vast, dark depths.
"his cavernous eyes"
damage (someone's reputation).
"he had besmirched the good name of his family"
deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.
"power lines from South Africa were sabotaged by rebel forces"
extremely high or steep.
"vertiginous drops to the valleys below"
: to divert the expression of (an instinctual desire or impulse) from its unacceptable form to one that is considered more socially or culturally acceptable
I sublimated my grief at the death of my mother by throwing myself into my work.
miscellaneous articles, especially the equipment needed for a particular activity.
"drills, saws, and other paraphernalia necessary for home improvements"
(of words or a speaker) fluent but insincere and shallow.
"the glib phrases soon roll off the tongue"
Andrew is a glib talker; glib answers.
lacking excitement or variety; boringly monotonous.
"humdrum routine work"
relating to the observable characteristics of an individual resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.
"breeding animals were selected for phenotypic traits such as size"
to become wrecked; fail utterly:
The project foundered because public support was lacking.
lack of thought or intelligence; empty-headedness.
"he denounced what he considered the frivolity or vacuity of much contemporary painting"
characterized by or provoking loud noise or uproar.
"an uproarious party"
the action of heating a substance until it burns away rapidly.
with one side lower or smaller than the other.
"a lopsided grin"
make or become much greater, more intense, or more numerous.
"we will redouble our efforts to reform agricultural policy"
In a state of uncomfortable suspense.
he was on tenterhooks waiting for the director's decision
relating to the study or tracing of lines of family descent.
during or relating to the period after dinner or lunch.
"we were jolted from our postprandial torpor"
fussily and excessively respectable.
"a middle-class family with two prissy children"
(of language or style) tediously pompous or bombastic.
"some turgid verses on the death of Prince Albert"
an additional item of dress or equipment
A gadfly is a person who interferes with the status quo of a society or community by posing novel, potently upsetting questions, usually directed at authorities.
always a gadfly, he attacked intellectual orthodoxies
a summary or overview of a subject.
"new recordings containing five of his works give a rich conspectus of his art"
a person who possesses or has pretensions to superior learning or culture
Highbrow critics sniff that the programme was 'too sophisticated' to appeal to most viewers
a star that is used to guide the course of a ship, especially the pole star.
"she dominated his existence as chief muse and intellectual lodestar"
a secondary effect or by-product,
could consciousness be an epiphenomenon of the brain?
Lacking connection or consistency.
‘the novel's disjunctive detail’
relating to priests or the priesthood; priestly.
a kind of clay used as a building material.
using or containing suggestion rather than explicit mention.
"allusive references to the body"
coming into consideration as a variable approaches a limit, usually infinity:
asymptotic property; asymptotic behavior.
not able to be quenched or satisfied.
"her unslakeable desire"
change in one's way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.
"what he demanded of people was metanoia, repentance, a complete change of heart"
"he attended the exequies for the Pope"
describe or portray (something) precisely.
"the law should delineate and prohibit behaviour which is socially abhorrent"
great embarrassment and shame.
"they mistook my mortification for an admission of guilt"
showing fearlessness and determination.
excessive sexual desire
a person of conspicuous wealth or high status.
an event or period marking a turning point in a situation.
"these works were a watershed in the history of music"
a confused mixture.
"a farrago of fact and myth about Abraham Lincoln"
(of a person's voice) loud and powerful.
"a stentorian roar"
bitterness or resentfulness, especially when long standing.
"he spoke without rancour"
the stage beyond which no more of something can be absorbed or accepted.
"the market quickly reached saturation point"
having or showing a narrow or limited outlook.
"a blinkered attitude"
Nook and cranny
Everywhere, as in I've searched for it in every nook and cranny, and I still can't find it.
foreshadow (a future event).
"tenors solemnly adumbrate the fate of the convicted sinner"
naive, simplistic, and superficial
their entirely predictable and usually jejune opinions
someone who tries to persuade people to buy something, use a service, etc often in a dishonest or exaggerated way
The recent steady rise in property prices has heralded the return of the property spruiker.
intended to make someone feel humiliated; scornful.
"a withering look"
relevant to a subject under consideration.
"that is not germane to our theme"
congratulate or pride oneself.
"he's busy preening himself on acquiring such a pretty girlfriend"
characterized by an exactitude and extreme refinement that suggests gem cutting: a lapidary style; lapidary verse.
(of a person) formidable, especially as an opponent.
"he was a redoubtable debater"
nervous or excitable; easily scared.
"a skittish chestnut mare"
to free from bondage : liberate
we must disenthrall ourselves from time-honored ways of doing things, or we will never progress as a society
something that hides something else, especially something that is dishonest or embarrassing:
The spokesperson said the information campaign was a fig leaf to hide the most regressive tax in history.
treat (someone) in an indulgent or overprotective way.
I found school very difficult, and realized I'd been mollycoddled at home
to treat tenderly; nurse or tend indulgently; pamper:
to coddle children when they're sick.
vigorous or incisive in expression or style.
"the White Paper makes trenchant criticisms of health authorities"
relating to or resembling a phallus or erect penis.
"a phallic symbol"
a medicine prepared by an unqualified person, especially one that is not considered effective.
"a charlatan who sells nostrums"
to be in accord : agree —usually used with with a story that doesn't jibe with the facts
express severe disapproval of (someone or something), especially in a formal statement.
"the company was heavily censured by inspectors from the Department of Trade"
a rapid spontaneous growth (as of political opinion)
a groundswell of support
having a stale, mouldy, or damp smell.
"a dark musty library"
kiss and cuddle amorously.
"she was caught canoodling with her boyfriend"
tending to induce drowsiness or sleep.
"the motion of the train had a somewhat soporific effect"
at one's pleasure.
whereas drugs such as tobacco and alcohol, which have ruined countless lives, are enjoyed ad libitum in almost every society on earth.
meaningless talk; nonsense.
"don't give me that malarkey"
unimportant or trivial.
"a trifling sum"
to remove the hair from (hides, skin, etc.).
you may or may not be delighted to learn that I've been offered a free "Back, Sack and Crack" depilation session by a fancy salon
snide and sharply critical.
a traditional custom or idea adhered to although shown to be unreasonable.
he still holds to the old mumpsimus that a woman's place is in the kitchen
Ingratiate oneself with someone through obsequious behaviour.
‘a wimpish attempt to curry favour with the new bosses’
causing great sadness or distress.
"a heart-rending story"
an appointment to meet at a certain time and place, especially one made somewhat secretly by lovers.
both lovers had to hurry to keep their noontime tryst in the park
a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.
a child's mind is a tabula rasa
the excessive display of concern or distress.
"this is no time for more hand-wringing about bias in the media"
bringing light or insight : illuminating a luciferous performance of the opera
the area between the anus and the scrotum or vulva.
a person who is new to a subject or activity.
"four-day cooking classes are offered to neophytes and experts"
forward in manner or conduct obtrusive behavior The waiter was attentive without being obtrusive.
An action intended to deceive someone; a trick.
‘Emma tried to think of a ruse to get Paul out of the house’
to fix permanently in or implant firmly on the mind; root in the memory:
Our last conversation is etched in my memory.
incapable of being narrated : indescribable
the filmmaker's decision to depict the essentially inenarrable phenomenon called love by means of a series of lush metaphors
make (someone) worried or uneasy.
"she felt disquieted at the lack of interest the girl had shown"
remedy or set right (an undesirable or unfair situation).
"the question is how to redress the consequences of racist land policies"
noticeably or clearly.
"palpably false claims"
enjoy oneself or celebrate in a noisy or boisterous way.
"workers from the refinery roistered in the bars"
"a splenetic rant"
a person (such as a political aide) responsible for ensuring that others interpret an event from a particular point of view
it is, according to spinmeister Kellyanne Conway, "alternative facts"
drink alcohol and enjoy oneself with others in a noisy, lively way.
"they danced and caroused until the drink ran out"
a mischievous or wayward person, especially a young person or child; a rascal.
reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling); indicate.
"the news stories evinced the usual mixture of sympathy and satisfaction"
a word blending the sounds and combining the meanings of two others, for example motel or brunch.
"podcast is a portmanteau, a made-up word coined from a combination of the words iPod and broadcast"
an unintentional act or remark causing embarrassment to its originator; a blunder.
"in my first few months at work I made some real gaffes"
a profound difference between people, viewpoints, feelings, etc.
"the chasm between rich and poor"
include or absorb (something) in something else.
"most of these phenomena can be subsumed under two broad categories"
evoking a keen sense of sadness or regret.
"a poignant reminder of the passing of time"
an authoritative order : command The meeting was called at the senator's behest.
something which acts as a stimulus or boost to an activity.
"the halving of car tax would provide a fillip to sales"
make (someone) unconscious .
Mark Twain's imperishable remark that the Mormon Bible is chloroform in print
(of a person, especially a man) courteous and refined in manner.
"he is charming and urbane"
To cut somebody some slack
to allow someone to do something that is not usually allowed, or to treat someone less severely than is usual
"Andrew's late again."
"Cut him some slack - his wife just had a baby."
To the hilt
"the estate was mortgaged up to the hilt"
a level or rank in an organization, a profession, or society.
"the upper echelons of the business world"
choosing or characterized by abstinence from alcohol.
"a teetotal lifestyle"
not adorned; plain.
"it was very simple, its walls unadorned"
self-righteously moralistic and superior.
"a priggish little pedant"
a year of disaster or misfortune.
(of a young person) inexperienced and immature.
"earnest and callow undergraduates"
intimidate (someone), typically into doing something, with stern or abusive words.
"a witness is being browbeaten under cross-examination"
the keen promotion of a person, organization, or cause.
"it would be easy to dismiss such hyperbole as blatant boosterism"
a man who is rough or clumsy and unintelligent.
"they are just big, clumsy oafs"
spread or promote (an idea, view, etc.).
"the majority of newspapers purvey a range of right-wing attitudes"
vigour and spirit or enthusiasm.
"Kollo sings with supreme verve and flexibility"
set or turn (something) on its end or upside down.
"she upended a can of soup over the portions"
done too hurriedly and carelessly.
"he gave a slapdash performance"
an uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside.
a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair:
The actor who would play Cyrano must have panache.
Bring to bear
to concentrate on with a specific purpose:
pressure should be brought to bear on the illegal regime and support given to the resistance.
agreement between the approaches to a topic of different academic subjects, especially science and the humanities.
the central or most important part of something.
"this is the kernel of the argument"
an instance or the practice of stirring up the passions or prejudices of the public.
engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance.
"a crew of swashbuckling buccaneers"
(of a man) neat and trim in dress and appearance.
"he looked very dapper in a dark silk suit"
a formal acknowledgment of personal fault or error
in a state of nervous excitement or anxiety.
"she was too overwrought to listen to reason"
the conversion of the substance of the Eucharistic elements into the body and blood of Christ at consecration, only the appearances of bread and wine still remaining.
a series of interconnected things.
"a concatenation of events which had finally led to the murder"
something that covers, surrounds, or obscures : shroud a penumbra of secrecy
a penumbra of somber dignity has descended over his reputation
a disorderly collection; a jumble.
"a congeries of European states"
Classical atomists conceived the universe as nothing more than an eternal congeries of material particles of different shapes and sizes perpetually in motion and continually coalescing to form unstable natural bodies
rush or coerce (someone) into doing something.
"she hesitated, unwilling to be railroaded into a decision"
in a state of pitiful or contemptible intellectual or moral ignorance.
"they saw themselves as bringers of culture to poor benighted peoples"
disreputable or sordid in a rakish or appealing way.
Trump's louche family portrait with golden carpet and ostentatious furniture
punishment inflicted on someone as vengeance for a wrong or criminal act.
"employees asked not to be named, saying they feared retribution"
relating to or expressing what has not happened or is not the case.
psychologists call this awareness of what might have been counterfactual thinking.
not expressed or done in a direct way.
"he issued an oblique attack on the President"
an unpleasant or harmful odour or discharge.
"smoke and effluvia from factory chimneys"
to divide (a country, territory, etc.) into small, quarrelsome, ineffectual states.
evaluation of other cultures according to preconceptions originating in the standards and customs of one's own culture.
don't let our history of racism, ethnocentrism and imperialism cast a blind spot on your moral scruples such that you don’t notice that some cultures do a terrible job of producing human lives worth living.
removal of the eye
"cognate subjects such as physics and chemistry"
A C Grayling believes that heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and cognates of these should be legal and available in exactly the same way as nicotine and alcohol.
involves scratching, etching, burning / branding, or superficially cutting designs, pictures, or words into the skin as a permanent body modification.
technical term for bad breath.
agree to a demand, request, or treaty.
"the authorities did not accede to the strikers' demands"
a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century.
"the industry brims with theories on what makes millennials tick"
"her designer millinery"
agitated, impatient, or restless.
"Dick got antsy the day he put to sea"
bad-tempered or difficult to deal with.
"an ornery old military man"
catch in or as in a trap.
"they were ensnared in city centre traffic"
the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types.
"they believe in miscegenation as the answer to world peace"
a person who engages in crime and violence; a hooligan or gangster.
"they were the ‘professional’ gangsters of New York, hoodlums and racketeers"
"the lid of her left eye began to nictate"
"a bed of indurated clay"
cheap and of poor quality.
"a chintzy amateur lens"
generously given or giving; bountiful.
"the earth yields a bounteous harvest"
a small group of people who are the most famous, important, and admired in their particular area of activity:
Don't you agree that Malcolm X definitely has a place in the pantheon of black civil rights heroes?
give up (power or territory).
"in 1874, the islands were ceded to Britain"
talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.
I fail to see how this bloviating billionaire is championing anyone by himself.
the acquisition of money, gain, or advantage by dishonest, unfair, or illegal means, especially through the abuse of one's position or influence in politics, business, etc.
all efforts of sweeping measures to curb official graft under Trump's presidency may be rendered futile
dedicated to a sacred purpose
Richard Dawkins live a life consecrated to science
a person who believes that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law.
your vacuous antinomian view is precisely what I find most revolting about Christianity
a break or interruption in the continuity of a work, series, action, etc.
there was a brief hiatus in the war with France
incapable of suffering or feeling pain.
"belief in an impassible God"
years of living behind bars had rendered him impassible
strongly influencing later developments.
"his seminal work on chaos theory"
restrict (something) within limits.
"the minister's powers are circumscribed both by tradition and the organization of local government"
a partial or total loss of memory.
"they were suffering from amnesia"
moving in a slow, heavy, awkward way.
"Bob was a big, lumbering, gentle sort"
feel a strong desire for or to do something.
"he hankered after a lost golden age"
strong sexual desire; lust.
"St Anthony's battle with concupiscence"
eccentric or slightly mad.
"a dotty old lady"
wave or swing wildly.
"his arms flailed as he sought to maintain his balance"
cause (someone) to desire no more of something as a result of having consumed or done it to excess.
having surfeited ourselves on raw oysters, we had to decline the rest of restaurant's offerings
a violent windy storm.
"a raging tempest"
steal or violently remove valuable possessions from; plunder.
"the church was despoiled of its marble wall covering"
an extensive or impressive collection.
"a deliciously inventive panoply of insults"
the prevailing fashion or style at a particular time.
"the vogue is to make realistic films"
continuously measure and adjust the balance of (a physiological function or drug dosage).
If we see somebody losing their balance, we would suggest backing off a little bit as a way of titrating the speed of the material that may be coming up.
self-confidence or assurance, especially when in a demanding situation.
"Diana passed the test with aplomb"
worthy of great respect.
we abandoned that long and estimable tradition this year for one reason: Donald J Trump
feel dejected and apathetic.
"no use moping—things could be worse"
There's no point in sitting at home and moping - get out there and find yourself another job!
a conference between opposing sides in a dispute, especially a discussion of terms for an armistice.
"a parley is in progress and the invaders may withdraw"
having or showing no emotion or intensity.
"a flat, unimpassioned voice"
physical or mental weakness.
"old age and infirmity come to men and women alike"
the action or process of inserting the penis into the vagina in sexual intercourse.
release or free from a tether.
"I reached the horses and untethered them"
a microorganism, especially an archaean, that lives in conditions of extreme temperature, acidity, alkalinity, or chemical concentration.
balance of forces or interests.
"this temporary equipoise of power"
capable of being steered, guided, or directed.
"a dirigible spotlight"
excessively or annoyingly talkative.
"we scientists are an incurably gabby lot"
relating to or induced by sexual love or desire.
"his amatory exploits"
an unpleasant or contemptible person
Sine nomine (abbreviated s.n.)
is a Latin expression, meaning "without a name". It is most commonly used in the contexts of publishing and bibliographical listings such as library catalogs, to signify that the publisher (or distributor, etc.) of a listed work is unknown, or not printed or specified on the work
a sexual escapade; an illicit affair.
"the Star has exposed his sexcapades with various starlets"
an indefinitely long period of time; age.
make appropriate return for (a favour, service, or wrongdoing).
"they are quick to requite a kindness"
a male lover or sweetheart.
behaving in such a way as to suggest a playful sexual attraction; flirtatious.
"a coquettish grin"
a condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings.
the sensation of a lump in the throat, as a symptom of anxiety or hysteria.
the property of being a unique and individual thing.
"he has a paramount concern with haecceity, the thisness of things"
(of a reproof or misfortune) have a restraining or moderating effect on.
"the director was somewhat chastened by his recent flops"
State of being chronic.
What I would like to see more research on is the chronicity of these illnesses
a distinctive feature; a peculiarity.
"his quirks and quiddities"
walk in an ostentatious yet casual manner, typically with exaggerated movements of the hips and shoulders.
"Louise was sashaying along in a long black satin dress"
persuade (someone) to do something by means of deception or flattery.
"he inveigled her back to his room"
"London was the centre of this jet-hopping beau monde"
the art or practice of pursuing a dangerous policy to the limits of safety before stopping, especially in politics.
"in any game of brinkmanship, it is possible that one side will collapse suddenly"
great in number.
"her fans are legion"
a policy of seeking to retaliate, especially to recover lost territory.
"a recipe for deep future resentment, revanchism and renewed conflict"
They are vying to win the championship for the third year in a row.
characterized by pleasantly warm weather.
"the balmy days of late summer"
ask someone earnestly or anxiously to do something.
"his friends entreated him not to go"
relating to newborn children (or other mammals).
"special attention is given to mortality in the neonatal period"
having a sideways manner of moving, as a crab.
a shy or excluded person at a dance or party, especially a girl without a partner.
"I felt like a miserable wallflower at a boisterous party"
to stare stupidly; gape:
The onlookers gawked at arriving celebrities.
calm and sensible.
"she was glad to have the advice of someone so level-headed"
dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men (i.e. the male sex).
urge or request (someone) solemnly or earnestly to do something.
"I adjure you to tell me the truth"
feeling strained as a result of having demands persistently made on one; harassed.
"harried reporters are frequently forced to invent what they cannot find out"
the most respected or prominent woman in a particular field.
"she became a doyenne of the London Irish music scene"
a new recruit, especially in the army or police.
"a rookie cop"
a raised enclosed platform in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon.
"many ministers delivered political guidance from their pulpits"
a stone fixed on top of something, typically a wall.
"our time might be merely the capstone to the age of humankind"
a situation which creates a sudden increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits.
"a natural gas bonanza for Britain"
Have work cut out for me
to have something very difficult to do:
She'll really have her work cut out to finish all those reports by the end of the week.
belonging to or characteristic of the aristocracy.
"a proud, patrician face"
throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.
"six aircraft jettisoned their loads in the sea"
Disparaging and Offensive. a small or dwarfish person.
to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble.
my only gripe is the size of the font
having or showing calmness in a crisis.
"I prided myself on being unflappable even in the most chaotic circumstances"
away from the usual or expected course; amiss.
"many youthful romances go awry"
boastful or inflated talk or behaviour.
"the corrupting effect the vogue for macho rodomontade may have even upon a civilized man"
talk tediously or at length.
"I have descanted on this subject before"
a follower or subordinate of a powerful person, typically one who is unscrupulous or carries out orders unquestioningly.
"one of Hitler's myrmidons"
a temporary prohibition of an activity.
"a moratorium on the use of drift nets"
a word or phrase, especially with regard to style or idiom.
a member of a Mafia family who serves as an adviser to the leader and resolves disputes within the family.
publicity and promotion; press-agentry.
In short, keep it a newsletter and not thinly disguised flackery.
In Flagrante Delicto
in the very act of wrongdoing, especially in an act of sexual misconduct.
"he had been caught in flagrante with the wife of the Association's Treasurer"
a fatal flaw
If Islam comes up anyway, do draw false equivalencies and hobble yourselves, citing Western imperialism as a moral hamartia disqualifying you from taking critical stances about the faith of a beleaguered minority.
begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish.
"manufacturers are keen to cash in on the burgeoning demand"
a person without a settled home or regular work who wanders from place to place and lives by begging.
vagrants sleeping in cardboard boxes on the sidewalk
causing annoyance or difficulty.
"nettlesome regional disputes"
not claiming attention for oneself; retiring and modest.
"his demeanour was self-effacing, gracious, and polite"
(especially of a person's body) thin, supple, and graceful.
"she lay gazing up at his tall, lithe figure"
Oars moved back and forth in smooth cadence
"the scuttlebutt had it that he was a government spy"
conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies.
"he had a quick mind and a splendid gift of repartee"
referring to sexual matters in an amusingly rude or irreverent way.
"a ribald comment"
the pit of the stomach; specifically : the part of the abdomen including the stomach that is particularly vulnerable to the effects of a blow to the body wall in front of it
an elaborate or glib speech or story, typically one used by a salesperson.
"he delivers a breathless and effortless spiel in promotion of his new novel"
Nickel and dime
Put a financial strain on (someone) by charging small amounts for many minor services.
‘we don't nickel-and-dime our customers like some vendors that charge extra for every little utility’
set a bridle on his power
a title of various Muslim (mainly Arab) rulers.
"HRH the Emir of Kuwait"
a salary, fee, or profit from employment or office.
"the directors' emoluments"
a class of women considered to be of doubtful social standing and morality.
a group of people on the fringes of respectable society.
"the demi-monde of arms deals"
a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality.
"it would have taken a paragon of virtue not to feel viciously jealous"
(of a liquid or gas) filter gradually through a porous surface or substance.
"the water percolating through the soil may leach out minerals"
used to refer to the circulation of rumours and unofficial information.
"I'd heard on the grapevine that the business was nearly settled"
a man unduly concerned with looking stylish and fashionable.
"his floppy handkerchiefs and antique cufflinks gave him the look of a dandy"
a person who induces others to follow or imitate him or her, especially by means of false or extravagant promises.
Clinton campaign's deliberate elevation of Donald Trump with its pied piper strategy backfired big time.
At wits end
at the limits of one's mental resources.
I'm at my wit's end with this problem. I cannot figure it out. Tom could do no more. He was at his wit's end.
hold out or put forward (something) to someone for acceptance.
"she proffered a glass of wine"
no longer fashionable; out of date.
"minis are passé—the best skirts are knee-length"
establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe place.
"Agnes ensconced herself in their bedroom"
Old age; elderliness.
(of a person) lean and haggard, especially because of suffering, hunger, or age.
"a tall, gaunt woman in black"
a state in which food and other essentials for well-being are lacking.
"years of rationing and privation"
the action of going out of or leaving a place.
"direct means of access and egress for passengers"
act obsequiously in order to obtain forgiveness or favour.
"they criticized leaders who grovelled to foreign patrons"
act in an excessively subservient manner.
"she didn't have to kowtow to a boss"
boisterous celebration or merrymaking; unrestrained fun:
The city is full of conventioneers indulging in their usual high jinks
(of a person) having a round, plump appearance.
"a roly-poly young boy"
(of a person) beginning and showing signs of promise in a particular sphere.
"budding young actors"
a word or phrase open to two interpretations, one of which is usually risqué or indecent.
"he was unable to get through two consecutive sentences without a smutty double entendre"
"Pilate's attitude to the veridical"
a subordinate used by another to do unpleasant routine work.
"party stooges put there to do a job on behalf of central office"
(of a person) be the father of.
"his father had just that measure of talent which so often sires a genius"
liable to change; easily altered.
"persons whose blood pressure is more labile will carry an enhanced risk of heart attack"
coerce (someone) into doing something.
"she had been dragooned into helping with the housework"
a lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person.
(of a girl or woman) sexually attractive.
"he employed a procession of nubile young secretaries"
the small, precise, or trivial details of something.
"the minutiae of everyday life"
be enrolled at a college or university.
"they had recently matriculated as undergraduates at Jesus College"
holding or constituting a purely formal position or title without any real authority.
"the queen is titular head of the Church of England"
to diminish gradually and stop; dwindle to nothing
an ungrateful person.
I told john not to be an ingrate
the state or quality of being mediocre.
required by etiquette or current fashion.
"it was de rigueur for bands to grow their hair long"
general or widespread hatred or disgust incurred by someone as a result of their actions.
"he incurred widespread odium for military failures and government corruption"
a benefit which one enjoys or is entitled to on account of one's job or position.
"the wife of a president has all the perquisites of stardom"
a person who performs relatively menial tasks for someone else, especially obsequiously.
(of a route or journey) longer than the most direct way.
"the canal followed a circuitous route"
dark, dim, or misty.
"the caliginous sky"
dark; shadowy or obscure.
"the tenebrous spiral staircase of the self"
sad and disappointed.
"he came back empty-handed and crestfallen"
playful or humorous.
"a jocose allusion"
say or pronounce clearly.
"she enunciated each word slowly"
a time of significant change in a situation; a turning point.
the economy has crossed an inflection point and is poised for bigger things
having the innocence or plump prettiness of a young child.
"a round, cherubic face"
a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something; a raid.
"the garrison made a foray against Richard's camp"
naturally accompanying or associated.
"she loved travel, with all its concomitant worries"
a structure consisting of a roof supported by columns at regular intervals, typically attached as a porch to a building.
of imposing height.
"the elegant square was shaded by lofty palms"
inspiring affection. Lovable
"an endearing little grin"
"I waited with beating heart, not knowing what would betide"
food or provisions.
"turkey and other savoury victuals were served"
(of a person's face) having a healthy red colour.
"a cheerful pipe-smoking man of ruddy complexion"
(especially of someone's face) having a ruddy complexion.
"he was more than a little rubicund"
having the qualities attributed to a viper : malignant, venomous the backstabbing of a viperous family.
clear and accessible, lucid
Standing out as a book writer today requires more than a bright idea and limpid prose. The limpid waters of the Caribbean
bad-tempered and sulky.
"a sullen pout"
a wreath of flowers and leaves, worn on the head or hung as a decoration.
be very economical or mean about spending or providing something.
"he doesn't stint on wining and dining"
a woman's or girl's formal greeting made by bending the knees with one foot in front of the other.
"she bobbed a curtsy to him"
readily expressing anger or irritation.
"he had a waspish tongue"
having a sensation of whirling and a tendency to fall or stagger; dizzy.
"Luke felt almost giddy with relief"
distracted or absent-minded.
"he seemed oddly distrait"
(of a man or boy) uncouth and aggressive; thuggish.
"youths responsible for awful, loutish behaviour"
send (someone) back to their own country.
"the last German POWs were repatriated in November 1948"
a worker of wonders and performer of miracles; a magician.
having the mournful, sombre character appropriate to a funeral.
"Erika was moving at a funereal pace"
nota bene comes from the Latin roots notāre ("to note") and bene ("well")
(of a person's mouth) wide open in surprise or wonder.
"Downes listened, mouth agape with incredulity"
the Ten Commandments.
how hard would it be to improve the decalogue?
wishing to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly.
"a conscientious man, he took his duties very seriously"
a system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations
Many in both Riyadh and Jerusalem seemed inclined to view Trump as stronger that Obama, and to welcome a realpolitik devoid of pesky humanitarian concerns.
be full of or swarming with.
"every garden is teeming with wildlife"
break up into small units.
"by disrupting our ties with our neighbours, crime atomizes society"
ungenerous with money, time, etc.; mean.
"he accused the Government of being unbelievably niggardly"
a person who insists on a certain quality or type of behaviour.
"he's a stickler for accuracy"
extreme greed for wealth or material possessions; avarice
‘Because we stand to lose more than we could gain from unbridled pleonexia we have entered into a compact neither to do nor to allow injustice.’
His humour is lofty, his discourse peremptory, his tongue filed, his eye ambitious, his gait majestical, and his general behaviour vain, ridiculous, and thrasonical.
a person's facial features or expression, especially when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin.
"friends began to notice a change in his physiognomy"
To act or proceed cautiously or timidly to avoid committing oneself, like a cat circling carefuly around something it finds distasteful
"an ancient Celtic god thought to bring a plenitude of wealth or food"
an action or process of swelling or becoming tumorous. swelling.
I suffered a fall in London walking down the stairs which had caused a tumefaction of the ankle.
restlessness or uneasiness; disquietude
a signal to arise.
Toward morning I fell into a drowse, and was awakened out of it by the reveille.
of, relating to, or expressed in relation to stars or constellations
The scientist’s calculations were based on sidereal time, which was related to the earth’s rotation around fixed planets.
inclined to do slightly naughty things for fun; mischievous.
"he had an impish look about him"
Situated away from the centre of the body or from the point of attachment.
‘the distal end of the tibia’
The opposite of proximal
pathetically trivial; trifling.
"piddling little questions"
the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience.
"an act of political expediency"
find fault with (someone); scold.
"he was upbraided for his slovenly appearance"
a person's manner of walking.
"the easy gait of an athlete"
cheat or fool.
"he bamboozled Canada's largest banks in a massive counterfeit scam"
friendship; peaceful harmony.
having no material body; incorporeal.
throughout history, manseutude of Christianity is hard to come by
A German word meaning push, used to mean an attempt to overthrow a government by force.
laugh loudly and heartily.
"both men guffawed at the remark"
to purify by a propitiatory offering or other ceremonial method.
that once was; former.
"quondam dissidents joined the establishment"
Reification is making something real, bringing something into being, or making something concrete.
to reify a concept
a male demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. A nightmare
I resolved to gather all my faculties together, and for ever rid me of this intolerable incubus.
an evil deed; crime; wrongdoing.
the town treasurer has been linked to the kickback scheme and other financial malefactions
polish (a motor vehicle).
"you'll never know how beautiful you can make your car look until you Simonize it"
anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign:
Frost is a harbinger of winter.
a state, society, or group governed by old people.
government based on rule by old people.
to reduce to a lower standing in one's own eyes or in others' eyes we were demeaned by our shabby appearance at the funeral
offset the effect of (something) by countering it with something of equal force.
"the dominance of the party was mediated by a number of countervailing factors"
If one bad leak will cause a shipwreck, how is the craft to mount the waves with every plank riven asunder?
an extended urban area, typically consisting of several towns merging with the suburbs of a central city.
"the major conurbations of London and Birmingham"
put poison on or into; make poisonous.
"tribal rivalries envenom the bitter civil war"
having a well-proportioned feminine figure;
A pneumatic woman
intrusively enthusiastic in offering help or advice; interfering.
"an officious bystander"
free from contamination caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms; surgically sterile or sterilized
gradually pour (wine, port, or another liquid) from one container into another, typically in order to separate out sediment.
"he decanted the rich red liquid into some glasses"
The act or an instance of exploring or investigating:
They had already made various reconnaisance trips to scout Mr Johnson's home as they planned the raid
the major endocrine gland, a pea-sized body attached to the base of the brain that is important in controlling growth and development and the functioning of the other endocrine glands
existing or operating within; inherent.
"the protection of liberties is immanent in constitutional arrangements"
full of bends and curves.
"he put an arm around her flexuous waist"
the eating of faeces or dung.
flies, being coprophagic insects, are considered dirty
(of an animal) bringing forth live young which have developed inside the body of the parent.
humans are viviparous animals
(of a person or being) not having a physical body.
"methods for communicating with the dead or with discarnate spirits"
making or characterized by a hissing sound.
"his sibilant whisper"
waste matter discharged from the body, especially faeces and urine.
"his egesta were often tinged with blood"
instruct or urge (someone) to do something.
"the code enjoined members to trade fairly"
vegetables relating to or denoting plants of the cabbage family
cauliflower, cabbage, garden cress, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts and similar green leaf vegetables
"I heard what sounded like a half-stoppered eructation"
the scope of the influence or concerns of something.
"such a case might be within the purview of the legislation"
Only testable ideas are within the purview of science
swell or cause to swell by pressure from inside.
"the abdomen distended rapidly"
a ceremony in which someone is given an official rank, authority, power, etc.:
The investiture of the new president will take place this evening.
the ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations.
"this is a gracious occasion, so try to behave with a bit of savoir faire"
serious eating disorder that occurs chiefly in females, is characterized by compulsive overeating usually followed by self-induced vomiting or laxative or diuretic abuse, and is often accompanied by guilt and depression
an even-toed ungulate mammal that chews the cud regurgitated from its rumen. The ruminants comprise the cattle, sheep, antelopes, deer, giraffes, and their relatives.
successive waves of involuntary contraction passing along the walls of a hollow muscular structure (such as the esophagus or intestine) and forcing the contents onward
The intestine performs peristaltic function
balance of forces or interests. Equilibrium
"this temporary equipoise of power"
a small rounded mass of a substance, especially of chewed food at the moment of swallowing.
"mucin holds the particles of food together in a ball or bolus"
remove the moisture from (something), typically in order to preserve it. Dried up
(of something bad) cause great and continual trouble to.
"projects like this are bedevilled by a shortage of cash"
(of a person) torment or harass.
"he bedevilled them with petty practical jokes"
morbidly interested in death or disaster.
"she told the story with ghoulish relish"
liable to decay; subject to putrefaction.
"putrescible domestic waste"
a formal procession of people walking, on horseback, or riding in vehicles.
"the royal cavalcade proceeded through the city"
a habitual pleasure-seeker.
"Walter was a restless charmer and a gadabout"
an establishment for the medical treatment of people who are convalescing or have a chronic illness.
the process of decay or rotting in a body or other organic matter.
"the breeze shifted and we caught the stench of putrefaction"
free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty.
"he was trying to extricate himself from official duties"
struggle mentally; show or feel great confusion.
"she floundered, not knowing quite what to say"
impose an official ban on (trade or a country or commodity).
"all of these countries have been embargoed by the US"
make (someone) feel bitter or resentful.
"he died an embittered man"
give (someone) the courage or confidence to do something.
"emboldened by the claret, he pressed his knee against hers
the use of more words than are necessary to convey meaning (e.g. see with one's eyes ), either as a fault of style or for emphasis.
To the contrary, Robbins resorted to such pleonastic phraseology as a means of emphasizing the inscrutability of these data
(of a substance) causing vomiting.
emetic social media reaction following Trump's victory.
the policy of protecting the interests of native-born or established inhabitants against those of immigrants.
1. the occasion of a person's birth.
"the place of my nativity"
2. the birth of Jesus Christ.
a country, state, or society which is economically independent.
A contemporary example of extreme autarky is North Korea’s system of juche
a state of rest, sleep, or tranquillity.
"in repose her face looked relaxed"
enclose or confine (someone) against their will.
"her brother was immured in a lunatic asylum"
o change from a liquid or soft state to a thick or solid state:
The blood had congealed in thick black clots.
a sudden violent rainstorm.
boastful or arrogant behaviour.
provide money to pay (a cost or expense).
"the proceeds from the raffle help to defray the expenses of the evening"
act in an obsequious way.
"she imagined him toadying to his rich clients"
contemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly.
"a craven abdication of his moral duty"
noisy and difficult to control.
"the boy is cocky and obstreperous"
search (a place) so as to obtain food.
"units that were foraging a particular area"
a very small or inadequate amount of money.
"he paid his workers a pittance"
"a ham-fisted attempt"
the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December, a period of general merrymaking and the predecessor of Christmas.
an unrestrained often licentious celebration : orgy
expressing contempt or ridicule.
"he gave a harsh, derisive laugh"
having the same border or covering the same area.
The parishes in these counties were ordered to be coterminous with the bounds of the counties.
the ratio of the number of births to the size of the population; birth rate.
"in spite of falling natality, the population as a whole went up"
a sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous.
‘Both the United States and Japan are deeply worried about the future trajectory of a nuclear-equipped North Korean state, and in the long run by a unified Korea strategically tied more to its historical suzerain - China - than to the West.’
beneath one; demeaning
"she regarded playing for the Pony Club as deeply infra dig"
pass time by playing tricks or practical jokes; indulge in horseplay.
"he was skylarking with a friend when he fell into a pile of boxes"
no longer capable of effective action.
"the authority of an effete aristocracy began to dwindle"
"a speech delivered in sepulchral tones"
in extreme circumstances; especially : at the point of death
inconvenient, as not affording sufficient space or room; uncomfortable:
incommodious hotel accommodations.
"the sui generis nature of animals"
a time in the past that was so long ago that people have no knowledge or memory of it.
"markets had been held there from time immemorial"
a point of high land that juts out into the sea or a large lake; a headland.
"a rocky promontory"
neat or smart in appearance
reject with disdain or contempt.
"he spoke gruffly, as if afraid that his invitation would be spurned"
to show that one is offended by someone or something.
She bridled at the suggestion that she should go. Tony bridled at Max. Max was going to have to be dealt with.
make petty or unnecessary objections.
"they cavilled at the cost"
Appointment, engagement, Tryst
behaviour in keeping with good taste and propriety.
"he had acted with the utmost decorum"
If you achieve a result by dint of something, you achieve it by means of that thing.
He succeeds by dint of sheer hard work.
He has acquired, by dint of threatening to resign, a directorate-general with about 150 officials.
a person or thing that watches or stands as if watching.
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time.
"the story captured the zeitgeist of the late 1960s"
restrictions or impediments to freedom of action.
"we will forge our own future, free from the trammels of materialism"
to insult especially to the face by behavior or language He was affronted by her rudeness.
concerned with tasting or the sense of taste.
satisfied to the full; sated.
"satiate with power, of fame and wealth possess'd"
the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity
eating beyond the point of satiety
a foundation or basis of something.
"there is a broad substratum of truth in her story"
give a lot of public attention and approval to (someone); treat as a celebrity.
"modern sportsmen are lionized and feted"
a state or period of stagnation or depression.
"the mortgage market has been in the doldrums for three years"
a plot or scheme.
he was cheated by the political machinations of the legislature
a fact established beyond peradventure
give assistance or aid to.
"prisoners of war were liberated and succoured"
a socially unconventional person, especially one who is involved in the arts.
a state of temporary disuse or suspension.
"matters were held in abeyance pending further enquiries"
proud haughtiness of manner.
"she swept into the room with formidable hauteur"
one who helps : assistant
a coalition of two people having joint authority or influence.
"real power will devolve into the hands of a duumvirate"
secretive or dishonest behaviour.
"he rules with a combination of threats and underhandedness"
discover (something) by guesswork or intuition.
"mum had divined my state of mind"
a : to gloss over or cover up (such as vices or crimes) refused to whitewash the scandal
b : to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data
provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate an action or reaction.
"he was trying to goad her into a fight"
the range or distance over which one can hear or be heard.
"she waited until he was out of earshot before continuing"
an agreement made by opposing sides in a war to stop fighting for a certain time; a truce.
"the Italian government signed an armistice with the Allies"
The doctrine stating that Jesus will reign on earth for 1,000 years.
Pertaining to the religious doctrine of a thousand-year period of peace and prosperity; millenarian.
the rudiment or commencement of a part
the primordium of feminism
"a coruscating kaleidoscope of colours"
a politician who has frequent changes of opinion.
Mitt Romney has become a weathervane since running for president.
A supplicant is a person who prays to God or respectfully asks an important person to help them or to give them something that they want very much.
He flung himself down in the flat submissive posture of a mere supplicant.
go around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment.
"she quit her job to go gallivanting around the globe"
to curse; imprecate evil upon; damn; denounce:
He execrated all who opposed him.
a secret political clique or faction.
"a cabal of dissidents"
to leave out of consideration : omit
Worst of all, they elide the obvious point that all revolts fluctuate between periods of progress and regression.
some unnecessary verbiage will need to be elided, but otherwise the article is publishable
liable to change.
"the mutable nature of fashion"
travelling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods.
"the peripatetic nature of military life"
a lie, typically an unimportant one.
"why did you tell him such a dreadful fib?"
make weak or feeble.
"trade unions are in an enfeebled state"
inclined to cause or undergo division into separate parts or groups.
"the fissiparous tendencies innate in tribalism"
conjuring tricks performed as entertainment.
It was, all in all, a wondrous feat of prestidigitation, worthy of a Las Vegas magician.
an extremely confused, complicated, or embarrassing situation.
And then there's a general imbroglio, everyone standing up and the kid hollering and the dog barking
A nontumorous enlargement of an organ or a tissue as a result of an increase in the size rather than the number of constituent cells: muscle hypertrophy.
intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change.
"he convulsed in his death throes"
coniferous term of a contract
a purple coloration of dependent parts, except in areas of contact pressure, appearing within 30 minutes to 2 hours after death, as a result of gravitational movement of blood within the vessels.
. Extremely angry; furious.
in a quiet voice.
"‘It won't be cheap,’ he added sotto voce"
of or connected with the eyes or vision.
(of a fluid, especially blood) change to a solid or semi-solid state.
"blood had coagulated round the edges of the gash"
noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
“beneath the rumbustious surface of his paintings is sympathy for the vulnerability of ordinary human beings”
criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner.
"he was now reviled by the party that he had helped to lead"
supersede and replace.
"domestic production has been supplanted by imports and jobs have been lost"
physical weakness, especially as a result of illness.
"most of the cases presented with general debility, muscle weakness, and weight loss"
make a military observation of (a region).
"they reconnoitred the beach some weeks before the landing"
of or characterized by debate or argument.
Christopher Hitchens was an eristic contrarian
the action (generally illegal) of advertising goods which are an apparent bargain, with the intention of substituting inferior or more expensive goods.
relating to or affecting cattle.
relating to or adapted for walking.
(of a patient) able to walk about; ambulant.
showing moderation or self-restraint.
"Charles was temperate in his consumption of both food and drink"
something or someone you want to be free from because that thing or person is causing you problems:
Fame has become an albatross that prevents her from leading a normal and happy life.
make a forcefully reproachful protest.
"he turned angrily to remonstrate with Tommy"
Previable period, previable fetus
occurring before a fetus has developed enough to survive outside the uterus
eat good food, especially to excess.
for more years than I care to remember, I would gourmandise my way around the world, caring little for fat or calories, soldium or sugar content
a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much.
the kind of gourmand who swallows food without even pausing to taste it
the state of being close to someone or something; proximity.
Don't let geographical propinquity determine your choice
a recurrent theme throughout a musical or literary composition, associated with a particular person, idea, or situation.
(of a fortified position) unable to be captured or broken into.
"a massive and impregnable fortress"
reveal or disclose (information).
"you'd never vouchsafed that interesting titbit before"
a flattering or pleasing statement or action used as a means of gently persuading someone to do something.
At first he used his arts of blandishment and honeyed words in order to lure Savonarola to Rome
The quality of being easily shaped or moulded.
‘fine clay, at the right degree of plasticity, is more useful’
something that is needed or wanted.
"integrity was a desideratum"
"it's absolute piffle to say that violence is ok"
a preceding event, condition, or cause events that were antecedents of the war
privilege entails responsibility.
"the notion of noblesse oblige was part of the ethic of the country gentleman"
disreputable or undesirable people.
"I saw the sort of riff-raff that had been invited"
"they paid obeisance to the Prince"
pervasive decay or corruption : rot moral gangrene
This church body has been afflicted with a spiritual gangrene that is poisoning our relationship with the Lord,
Cretin - a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.
in a state or period of inactivity or dormancy.
"strikes were headed by groups of workers who had previously been quiescent"
a person employed to induce others to break the law so that they can be convicted.
a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession.
"marchers had to dodge a fusillade of missiles"
(of a seal or closure) complete and airtight.
"a hermetic seal that ensures perfect waterproofing"
made of or having the quality of adamant
the adamantine opposition of his parents to his marriage to a girl from a poor family
the outcome of a situation, when something is decided or made clear; outcome
"I waited by the eighteenth green to see the denouement"
to use (one's money, talent, or other assets) to achieve a desired objective, as spectacular wealth or success:
He parlayed a modest inheritance into a fortune.
uncontrollable or excessive sexual desire in a man.
insincere talk; nonsense.
"all that stuff about blood being thicker than water was a lot of eyewash"
conspire to do something immoral, illegal, or harmful.
"she connived with a senior official to rig the results of last year's election"
foolish or silly behaviour.
"the tomfoolery of MPs at question time"
a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.
"we have misgivings about the way the campaign is being run"
"a summit of francophone countries"
A government that still operates under the rules of a former, dead leader.
North Korea is the world's only necrocracy.
the action of digging up something buried, especially a corpse.
"the exhumation of bodies was ordered following protests by the villagers"
a period during which the normal functions of government or control are suspended
relating to an oracle; prophetic
"the oracular shrine"
patient endurance of hardship, injuries, or offense; forbearance.
figure of speech; cliche
a minute or elementary particle of matter, as an electron, proton, or atom.
a toilet, especially a communal one in a camp or barracks.
making a loud and confused noise.
"a jostling, clamorous mob"
"I'd been out all day and was ravenous"
If someone ululates, they make quickly repeated loud sounds, often to express sorrow or happiness.
Nom de plume
an assumed name used by a writer instead of their real name; a pen-name.
"she is better known under her nom de plume of Daniel Stern"
given as a mark of respect but having few or no duties.
"he was elevated to the honorific status of ‘Dom’"
while not present at the event being referred to.
"two foreign suspects will be tried in absentia"
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner.
"I asked her to be my wife, and was rebuffed in no uncertain terms"
having full control of one's mind.
"are you sure he was totally compos mentis?"
the action of giving birth to young; childbirth.
"the weeks following parturition"
An apparent error or disaster with happy consequences.
It was initially viewed as a disaster but in the end it ended up being a felix culpa
an empty threat
Nothing but a brutum fulmen
who stands, or stood, to gain (from a crime, and so might have been responsible for it)?
applying the cui bono principle is a good start to solving a murder case
A stupid person; dope, knucklehead
still in existence; surviving.
"an extant letter"
of or denoting a person, animal, or plant having both male and female sex organs or other sexual characteristics.
"hermaphrodite creatures in classical sculpture"
not able to be seen through; not transparent.
"bottles filled with a pale opaque liquid"
in a state of severe disrepair.
"a ramshackle cottage"
infection of the intestines resulting in severe diarrhoea with the presence of blood and mucus in the faeces.
a thing that plays a central or essential role in an activity, event, or situation.
"research is the fulcrum of the academic community"
Sub specie aeternitatis
viewed in relation to the eternal; in a universal perspective.
"sub specie aeternitatis the authors have got it about right"
relating to or due from a son or daughter.
"a display of filial affection"
complaining in a rather petulant or whining manner.
"she became querulous and demanding"
an antechamber, hall, or lobby next to the outer door of a building.
"the expression of beatitude the religious sometimes adopt"
having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters, especially the sexual activity of others.
"she'd been the subject of much prurient curiosity"
relating to or resembling bears.
a pupil who stays away from school without leave or explanation.
Deus ex machina
an unexpected power or event saving a seemingly hopeless situation, especially as a contrived plot device in a play or novel.
any artificial or improbable device resolving the difficulties of a plot.
excessively fond of drinking alcohol
a wealthy, powerful person in business or industry.
"a newspaper tycoon"
The quality or fact of being of black African origin.
Black Lives Matter seeks to blame their economic declension on negritude but this isn't enough to explain
a private conversation between two people.
"it so happened that their tête-à-tête was in earshot"
a person with an irresistible craving for alcoholic drink.
the jargon or slang of a particular group or class.
a person's external genitals, especially a woman's.
the remote areas of a country away from the coast or the banks of major rivers.
"the hinterland of southern Italy"
"he felt that his work was an admixture of aggression and creativity"
tending to restore a person's health or strength; restorative.
Chicken broth is said to have analeptic properties
deterioration; decline. a condition of decline or moral deterioration.
‘the declension of the new generation’
having many offspring.
"a philoprogenitive ill-paid artisan"
erratic and unpredictable in behaviour or direction.
"the vagarious behaviour of some particles"
showing or seeing the whole at one view.
"a panoptic aerial view"
marked by variety.
"his variegated and amusing observations"
hungry or greedy.
a devoted admirer; devotee
I am a votary of Christopher Hitchens
a supernatural viscous substance that supposedly exudes from the body of a medium during a spiritualistic trance and forms the material for the manifestation of spirits.
a person who is honoured with an award for outstanding creative or intellectual achievement.
"a Nobel laureate"
spoil, harm, or destroy.
"the scandal blighted the careers of several leading politicians"
make (someone) drunk; intoxicate.
"I got mildly inebriated"
Pearls before swines
to offer something valuable or good to someone who does not know its value:
I'm afraid you're casting pearls before swine with your good advice - he won't listen.
an upper-class young woman making her first appearance in fashionable society.
run away secretly in order to get married.
"later he eloped with one of the housemaids"
showing luminous colours that seem to change when seen from different angles.
"the drake's head has an iridescent purple sheen"
Growing old; aging.
The process of being senescent is better known as what?
an accessory or other item associated with a particular activity or style of living.
"the appurtenances of consumer culture"
of, affecting, or resembling a pig or pigs.
"his flushed, porcine features"
(of a fault or offence) slight and pardonable.
‘For a start, it's hard to imagine a more venial form of corruption than merely speeding along someone's visa application.’
waste time; be slow.
"she mustn't dawdle—she had to make the call now"
without sense or reason; foolish; stupid
What is this insensate babble?
enjoy (something) as a luxury; take self-indulgent delight in.
"she was luxuriating in a long bath"
an unfilled space; a gap.
"the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies"
a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly.
writing or study.
"after sixteen years' lucubration he produced this account"
a person's female lover.
"his new inamorata is a twenty-two-year-old mannequin named Jennifer"
analyse and develop (an idea or principle) in detail.
"an attempt to explicate the relationship between crime and economic forces"
a state that is controlled and protected by another.
"Panama was juridically a protectorate of the United States"
the characters of a play, novel, or narrative.
"he has little gift for bringing his dramatis personae to life"
(of a natural event) large-scale and violent.
"a cataclysmic earthquake"
devoid of guile; innocent and without deception.
"his face, once so open and guileless"
a pithy saying or remark expressing an idea in a clever and amusing way.
"a Wildean epigram"
insolent or insulting language or treatment.
"the Church should not be exposed to gossip and contumely"
becoming active or popular again.
call or bring (someone) before a court to answer a criminal charge. Prosecute
"her sister was arraigned on charges of attempted murder"
gratify or indulge (an immoral or distasteful desire or taste or a person with such a desire or taste).
"newspapers are pandering to people's baser instincts"
denoting or relating to the kind of language used by ordinary people; colloquial.
"a demotic idiom"
meaningless talk or activity, typically designed to trick someone or conceal the truth of a situation.
"some people still view psychology as a lot of hocus-pocus"
having great power or influence.
"he would become a puissant man"
Of, relating to, or occurring in the earliest stage of development: was active in the germinal stages of the space program.
(of a person or their manner) gloomy.
"a saturnine temperament"
assert or confess openly.
"he avowed that he had voted Labour in every election"
one to whom a legacy is bequeathed
the couple had no children, so they declared their nephew their only legatee
a restriction on a person or activity.
"the strictures imposed by the British Board of Film Censors"
abandon or leave.
"he would never forsake Tara"
the state of being liquefied.
the condition or quality of roundness or plumpness, as of an object or person.
The theory of the rotundity of the earth was not born with Columbus.
sharpness or keenness of thought, vision, or hearing.
harshness of tone or manner.
"he pointed this out with some asperity"
relating to fireworks.
"a pyrotechnic display"
offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; bland.
"tuneful but vapid musical comedies"
having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity.
"the strange, numinous beauty of this ancient landmark"
to produce or discharge pus, as a wound; maturate.
a loser in a race or other contest, especially by a large margin.
"the line between champions and also-rans"
excessively lengthy or technical speech or writing.
"the basic idea here, despite all the verbiage, is simple"
showing that you are happy and confident:
a jaunty grin/step.
avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).
"I do not shirk any responsibility in this matter"
a long or elaborate essay or discussion on a particular subject.
"nothing can kill a radio show quicker than a disquisition on intertextual analysis"
relating to marriage or the relationship between a married couple; conjugal.
"their connubial bed"
a state of extreme poverty; destitution.
"he did valuable work towards the relief of indigence"
showing a lack of courage or determination; timid.
tending to deviate from a course or activity; digressive
an excursive story line that some readers of Melville's novel find very rewarding
of or relating to nourishment or nutrition
As an embryo develops, algae suffuses its body, but most becomes concentrated along its gut and alimentary canal.
walk in a slow, relaxed manner.
"Adam sauntered into the room"
the accumulation of gas in the alimentary canal. Fart
"foods that may cause flatulence"
an interest in or preoccupation with excrement and excretion.
a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something.
"a panegyric on the pleasures of malt whisky"
Something that possesses qualities of evanescence, has a quality of disappearing or vanishing. The evanescence of a shooting star makes it hard to catch — it's there one moment and gone the next. Evanescence is a word typically used to describe an event that fades from sight or memory, or sometimes the fleeting quality of worldly success.
an honest or trusty person
tearful or given to weeping.
"she was pink-eyed and lachrymose"
, the selection of desired heritable characteristics in order to improve future generations,
an impudent, cunning, or boldly flirtatious girl or young woman.
"you saucy little minx!"
filled with or showing great emotion.
"she made an impassioned plea for help"
(of a person) greatly saddened at being deprived by death of a loved one.
bereaved families of the victims
relating to worldly as opposed to spiritual affairs; secular.
"the Church did not imitate the secular rulers who thought only of temporal gain"
fidelity; faithfulness. Loyalty
It is our Islamic obligation to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State and give it our Islamic fealty,
write or study, especially by night.
I was willing to work all day and lucubrate till dawn to get it
a lengthy and complicated procedure.
"he went through the rigmarole of securing the front door"
used to emphasize that something has happened on many other occasions.
"she checked her watch for the umpteenth time"
informal expression for a roughly organized assembly of individuals of various backgrounds, appearance, and character. Typical examples of motley crews are pirates, college fraternities, Western posses, rag-tag mercenary bands, freedom fighters, and IT support teams.
evasion of straightforward action or clear-cut statement : equivocation.
the more she tergiversated, the greater grew the ardency of the reporters for an interview. Like most politicians, he has the gift for tergiversation
the appointment of friends and associates to positions of authority, without proper regard to their qualifications.
"it looked like an end to the cronyism with which many of the government's appointments had been tainted"
the vindication of divine providence in view of the existence of evil.
This is the religious exercise known as theodicy : explaining why God allows bad things to happen to good people.
she's very persnickety about her food
of, like, or befitting a miser; penurious; stingy; niggardly.
I decided not to be miserly for once and bought first-class tickets to be sure of a seat.
able easily to walk on rough ground, without falling:
she climbed gingerly on a surefooted donkey
a general feeling of discomfort, illness, or unease whose exact cause is difficult to identify.
"a general air of malaise"
"their hirsute chests"
A fly in the ointment
a minor irritation that spoils the success or enjoyment of something.
in a careful or cautious manner.
"Jackson sat down very gingerly"
A writ of habeas corpus is used to bring a prisoner or other detainee (e.g. institutionalized mental patient) before the court to determine if the person's imprisonment or detention is lawful.
revoke or cancel (an order).
"an order to arrest the strike leaders had been countermanded"
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.
Koreans must abandon outdated shibboleths
an intuitive feeling about the future, especially one of foreboding.
"a presentiment of disaster"
If you describe soldiers as cannon fodder, you mean that they are not considered important by their officers and are sent into war without their leaders worrying if they die.
Don't allow them to use you as cannon fodder.
Featherbedding is the practice of hiring more workers than are needed to perform a given job, or to adopt work procedures which appear pointless, complex and time-consuming merely to employ additional workers.
Featherbedding by the state breeds complacency and soon performances begin to flag
unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention.
"they are working to change hidebound corporate cultures"
relating to cultivated land or the cultivation of land.
"Brazil is rapidly diversifying its agrarian economy"
"an impossibly bumptious and opinionated ass"
rough with small points or knobs, like a file; scaly or scabby
Others sang to themselves or with long fingernails picked pieces of flesh from scabrous hands.
relating to or characteristic of hell or the underworld.
"the infernal regions"
Mr Roh has been reduced to a bedlamite
failing to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence.
"the government was supine in the face of racial injustice"
An uppity person behaves in an unpleasant way because they think that they are more important than they really are:
"an uppity MP and his lady wife"
a complete failure, especially a ludicrous or humiliating one.
"his plans turned into a fiasco"
"he successfully vanquished his rival"
Harken back to
to remind one of something.
Seeing a horse and buggy in the park harks back to the time when horses drew milk wagons.
a person who asks a god or someone who is in a position of power for something in a humble way
the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly.
"he fell to his knees in supplication"
waste away, especially as a result of the degeneration of cells, or become vestigial during evolution.
"the calf muscles will atrophy"
to give up on request or under pressure
refused to disgorge his ill-gotten gains
(especially of legislation) taking effect from a date in the past.
"a big retroactive tax increase"
causing or capable of causing disease
a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus
happening or moving extremely slowly:
The work proceeded at a glacial pace.
1. the making of profit out of sacred things.
2. the sin of buying or selling ecclesiastical preferments, benefices, etc.
designed to oppose or prevent in a defensive way:
a rearguard strategy.
Laws made for the purpose of restraining luxury or extravagance, particularly against inordinate expenditures in the matter of apparel, food, furniture, etc.
a remarkable or auspicious year.
lying down; reclining; leaning.
having indigestion or a consequent air of irritable bad temper
the theory or practice in art of applying small strokes or dots of color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together
a mass or collection of things; an assemblage.
"the arts centre is an agglomeration of theatres, galleries, shops, restaurants and bars"
a coming together of people or things
Happy confluence of weather and scenery
intended to cause delay.
"they resorted to dilatory tactics, forcing a postponement of peace talks"
an act of rinsing or showering with water.
"a sluice with cold water"
the heavens or sky.
"thunder shakes the firmament"
The quality or condition of being oblique, especially in deviating from a vertical or horizontal line, plane, position, or direction.
obliquity of earth
relating to or resembling sheep.
"the ovine immune system"
the fact of being the child of a particular parent or parents.
"relationships based on ties of filiation as opposed to marriage"
stiffening of the joints and muscles of a body a few hours after death, usually lasting from one to four days.
bad-tempered or irritable.
"he was a choleric, self-important little man"
(of a sound) loud and resonant, with a mournful tone. Melancholy
"the plangent sound of a harpsichord"
not likely to cause offence or disagreement and somewhat dull.
she tried to keep the conversation as anodyne as possible
the focus of public attention.
"the shock win has thrust him into the limelight"
a person who is unduly anxious about their health.
full of twists and turns.
"the route is remote and tortuous"
a deep-seated feeling of aversion.
"his fundamental antipathy to capitalism"
showing excessive sexual drive; lustful.
unpleasantly bitter or pungent.
put forward (an idea or theory) for consideration by others.
"he began to propound the idea of a ‘social monarchy’ as an alternative to Franco"
a handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.
"his book is an excellent vade mecum for writers"
talk to (someone) in a bullying way.
"she doesn't hector us about giving up things"
showing or suffering from nervousness or a lack of confidence.
"a timorous voice"
bending at least one knee to the ground, was from early times a gesture of deep respect for a superior.
(of a medieval knight) engage in a sporting contest in which two opponents on horseback fight with lances.
"to joust, a man must have an opponent to ride against"
rough and bad-mannered; coarse.
grossly unfair and morally wrong. Wickedness
"an iniquitous tax"
(of a person) at the point of death. In a dying state
"on examination she was moribund and dehydrated"
in the moribund patient deepening stupor and coma are the usual preludes to death
the state of being well known for some bad quality or deed.
"a day that will live in infamy"
Whether you're talking about God or not, if something is providential, it feels a little miraculous.
the battle was won with the aid of a providential wind
pleasure and delight.
"they had all manner of rock 'n' roll goodies for our delectation"
Here is some chocolate for your delectation.
having attained a simple structure and reduced size and function during the evolution of the species.
the vestigial wings of kiwis are entirely hidden
(of a person) generous or doing good. Charitable, generous
"a beneficent landowner"
in love with, taken with, charmed by, fascinated by, entranced by, fond of, enchanted by,
When I was young I was totally enamoured of him.
a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
He was extremely critical of renegade priests
seeking or intended to subvert an established system or institution.
a slow or stupid person.
"he was caricatured as a dupe and a dullard"
roomy, spacious and comfortable.
"they moved to a more commodious dwelling"
insolent or impertinent behaviour.
"one juror had the effrontery to challenge the coroner's decision"
criticize (someone or something) harshly.
"they lambasted the report as a gross distortion of the truth"
Failing to possess or display prudence; unwise.
Of course it might be impolitic to antagonize these groups
In thrall to
the state of being in someone's power, or of having great power over someone.
"she was in thrall to her abusive husband"
very loyal and committed in attitude.
"a staunch supporter of the anti-nuclear lobby"
a very temperamental person with an inflated view of their own talent or importance.
We are looking for team players, not prima donnas
the unalloyed happiness that marriage has brought them
a young unmarried woman.
a government or state in which those in power exploit national resources and steal; rule by a thief or thieves.
excessively theatrical or dramatic in character or style.
"a histrionic outburst"
remove material that is considered improper or offensive from (a text or account), especially with the result that the text becomes weaker or less effective.
"a bowdlerized version of the story"
a person who organize, organiser, manager
He is the impresario of our group
a profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom.
speak badly of or tell lies about (someone) so as to damage their reputation.
"it was regarded as respectable political tactics to traduce him"
a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
"she has turned into a virtual recluse"
like an idyll; extremely happy, peaceful, or picturesque.
"an attractive hotel in an idyllic setting"
great enthusiasm or passion.
"the rebuff did little to dampen his ardour"
condition in which a penis remains erect for hours in the absence of stimulation or after stimulation has ended.
A priapic male
a monarch or ruler, especially an autocratic one.
a state of strong desire for sleep, or sleeping for unusually long periods
he was sitting in a meeting visibly losing his fight against afternoon somnolence
patient self-control; restraint and tolerance.
"his unfailing courtesy and forbearance under great provocation"
vigour and spirit or enthusiasm.
"Kollo sings with supreme verve and flexibility"
fighting with the fists.
"the result was an outbreak of fisticuffs"
a feeling of offence or deep resentment.
"the manager walked out in high dudgeon"
a person who prepared and sold medicines and drugs.
wave or flourish (something, especially a weapon) as a threat or in anger or excitement.
"a man leaped out brandishing a knife"
theft or misappropriation of funds placed in one's trust or belonging to one's employer.
"charges of fraud and embezzlement"
Ectomorphic, mesomorph, endomorph
Ecto - having a thin body build,
Meso- a person whose build is compact and muscular.
Endo - a person with a soft round build of body and a high proportion of fat tissue.
one's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.
"Davis beat his old adversary in the quarter-finals"
extreme or absolute skepticism.
starting from the beginning; anew.
"in a pure meritocracy, everyone must begin de novo"
exclusion from a society or group.
"the family suffered social ostracism"
the act of making miserable; especially : impoverishment
"rapid modernization had an impact on the level of urban immiseration"
a legal agreement, contract, or document, in particular
(especially of an old person) lively; full of energy.
"she was quite sprightly for her age"
Kick the bucket
"when the old girl finally kicked the bucket there was no mention of yours truly in the will"
"the plans provoked the ire of conservationists"
serving as an introduction; introductory.
"in his prefatory remarks the author claims that …"
extremely stupid or foolish.
"Lydia ignored his asinine remark"
use of the resources of a company, an organization or an individual to obtain economic gain from others without reciprocating any benefits to society through wealth creation. An example of rent-seeking is when a company lobbies the government for loan subsidies, grants or tariff protection.
shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.
"the president would hire almost any young man who had the gumption to ask for a job".
the money or other means needed for a particular purpose.
"they lacked the wherewithal to pay"
to shrink back physically or emotionally
We recoiled in horror at the sight of his wounded arm.
be extremely and uncritically fond of.
"she doted on her two young children"
the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits or profits of something belonging to another
The Turks have no proprietary rights; they merely enjoy the usufruct of their possessions.
old-fashioned or outdated.
"this antiquated central heating system"
accompany and look after or supervise.
"she chaperoned the children at all times"
a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.
"one of the luminaries of child psychiatry"
showing, feeling, or relating to sexual desire.
"she rejected his amorous advances"
a female prostitute or a promiscuous woman.
(with reference to payment) done from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement.
"an ex gratia payment"
(of an argument or theory) be logically consistent.
"this view does not cohere with their other beliefs"
relating to or denoting plants of a group that comprises the onions and other alliums.
the skill of clear and expressive speech, especially of distinct pronunciation and articulation.
"lessons in singing and elocution"
sharp and paroxysmal pain along the course of a nerve.
a scarcity or lack of something.
"there is a dearth of evidence"
the period when one is young and inexperienced.
"the war seemed to be ending and so were my salad days"
a place where animals are kept and trained especially for exhibition
a menagerie of rare creatures
existing at or occurring in the same period of time.
"Pythagoras was contemporaneous with Buddha"
a cat or other member of the cat family.
composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment : impromptu an extemporaneous comment
the treatment of a serious matter with humour or lack of due respect. Light-heartedness
"as an attempt to introduce a note of levity, the words were a disastrous flop"
(of a statement or manner) plain and straightforward.
"please tell me the unvarnished truth"
a situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil.
"the train station was a maelstrom of crowds"
(of language or style) terse and vigorously expressive.
"his characteristically pithy comments"
extravagantly bright or showy, typically so as to be tasteless.
"silver bows and gaudy ribbons"
Making reference to itself or oneself.
self-referential elements in Donne's poems
a casual romantic or sexual relationship.
"Jack was not averse to an occasional dalliance with a pretty girl"
verse or words that are badly written or expressed.
"the last stanza deteriorates into doggerel"
a usually lengthy recitation or enumeration a familiar litany of complaints
making a loud and confused noise.
"a jostling, clamorous mob"
"an irksome journey"
(of a person's voice) resonant and imposing.; deep, sonorous
When more emotion was needed, the volume was turned up, or the elocution became more orotund.
pass over (someone) in favour of another.
"during the war officers were often overslaughed"
a person who advocates or participates in racial or cultural integration.
"the assimilationist policies of the right"
combine (two or more sets of information, texts, ideas, etc.) into one.
"the urban crisis conflates a number of different economic, political, and social issues"
the university, school, or college that one formerly attended.
"he started teaching at his alma mater"
a person considered to be important because of high rank or office.
"the guests included former shareholders, local dignitaries, and many of the people directly involved with the project"
disagreeing or incongruous.
"the operative principle of democracy is a balance of discordant qualities"
suppose that something is true without having evidence to confirm it.
"he surmised that something must be wrong"
not in a straight or level position.
"her hat was slightly askew"
calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation.
"a stolid bourgeois gent"
people who are especially well informed about a particular subject.
"it's worth taking a tip from the fashion cognoscenti"
a small group of people with shared interests or tastes, especially one that is exclusive of other people.
"a coterie of friends and advisers"
sounding sad and mournful.
"a plaintive cry"
of or like an animal or animals.
"Darwin's revelations about our bestial beginnings"
(used when comparing two or more cases or situations) making necessary alterations while not affecting the main point at issue.
"what is true of undergraduate teaching in England is equally true, mutatis mutandis, of American graduate schools"
De omnibus dubitandum
everything must be doubted
a bad-tempered or surly person.
We were in Edinburgh visiting the in-laws. I was, as usual, being a grumpy old curmudgeon. My people don't travel well.
adorn (a place) with chains, garlands, or other decorations.
"the staffroom was festooned with balloons and streamers"
annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand.
"he wondered if the doctor was being deliberately obtuse"
habitual greed or excess in eating.
"she said plumpness was a sign of gluttony in most cases"
(of a group or organization) difficult to control; unruly.
"King Malcolm struggled to unite his fractious kingdom"
(of a woman or her behaviour) reserved, modest, and shy.
"a demure little wife who sits at home minding the house"
reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade.
"the love episodes debase the dignity of the drama"
an act of washing oneself.
"the women performed their ablutions"
accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant.
"these children have been inured to violence"
"he displayed precisely the comportment expected of the rightful king"
(especially of a person or their appearance) untidy and dirty.
"a fat, slovenly ex-rock star"
a position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.
"political sinecures for the supporters of ministers"
of or relating to Germans, GErmanic
showing or expressing gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner.
"an effusive welcome"
a person who is guided and supported by an older and more experienced or influential person.
"Ruskin submitted his protégé's name for election"
a person who is guided by materialism and is usually disdainful of intellectual or artistic values
to contain a lot of something that is not wanted or necessary
His autobiography is larded with gossip about famous people.
something given as a bonus or gratuity.
The waiter added a cup of lobster bisque as a lagniappe to the meal.
raise objections or show reluctance.
"normally she would have accepted the challenge, but she demurred"
enabling a person to discover or learn something for themselves.
"a ‘hands-on’ or interactive heuristic approach to learning"
A dilettante is an amateur, often one who pretends to be very knowledgeable.
"I finally feel like I can call myself a writer now, rather than writing being just something I do on the side, as a dilettante."
to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another
segued smoothly into the next story
(of a disease or physical abnormality) present from birth.
"a congenital malformation of the heart"
speaking or expressed in a lofty or grandiose style; pompous; bombastic; boastful.
He has rather too magniloquent a style both of acting and singing, but is a very agreeable artist.
"they decried human rights abuses"
In her article, she decries the pollution of the environment by manufacturers.
development of an egg without fertilization
Christian's claim that Mary somehow achieved human parthenogenesis
a person who has done something wrong or unlawful.
"the police are straining every nerve to bring the miscreants to justice"
showy but cheap and of poor quality.
quick and light in movement or action; agile.
"with a deft motion of her nimble fingers"
the deceptive practice of presenting an orchestrated marketing or public relations campaign in the guise of unsolicited comments from members of the public.
such claims of astroturfing, the practice of using money and outside support to create an illusion of grassroots enthusiasm, are not unheard of in the political sphere.
a wealthy and influential businessman or businesswoman.
"a property magnate"
a) one who offers merchandise (such as fresh produce) for sale along the street or from door to door
b) a person who tries to promote some cause, candidate, viewpoint, etc.
a peddler of New Age philosophies
mechanical or habitual repetition of something to be learned.
"a poem learnt by rote in childhood"
scrofulous characters … so quick to smear
(in a man) the quality of having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive; manliness.
"great importance is placed on a man's virility"
(in a man) the quality of having strength, energy, and a strong sex drive; manliness.
"great importance is placed on a man's virility"
the practice of performing operations on live animals for the purpose of experimentation or scientific research (used only by opponents of such work).
"the abolition of vivisection"
having or revealing a tendency to be easily shocked by matters relating to sex or nudity; excessively concerned with sexual propriety.
"the prudish moral climate of the late 19th century"
a slender thread-like appendage of a climbing plant, often growing in a spiral form, which stretches out and twines round any suitable support.
a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear; a thrill.
"a frisson of excitement"
The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger
to praise someone too much and give them a lot of attention that is not sincere, in order to get a positive reaction:
I hate waiters who fawn over you.
a solution rich in organic compounds in the primitive oceans of the earth, from which life is thought to have originated.
excuse oneself from a case because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
"it was the right of counsel to ask a judge to recuse himself from continuing to hear a case because of bias"
very flowery in style : ornate florid prose
the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
"the administration will hold a plebiscite for the approval of constitutional reforms"
difficult to control or predict because of wilful or perverse behaviour.
"a wayward adolescent"
great depth of insight or knowledge.
"the simplicity and profundity of the message"
an unfounded rumour or story.
"the old canard that LA is a cultural wasteland"
provoking laughter through being ludicrous.
the suggestion was downright risible
‘they maintain antediluvian sex-role stereotypes’
in the open air.
"an al fresco supper"
a delectable dinner.
the full name of disco
the branch of knowledge that deals with interpretation, especially of the Bible or literary texts.
critical explanation or interpretation of a text, especially of scripture.
"the task of biblical exegesis"
"the erstwhile president of the company"
smelling very unpleasant.
"leaking taps and malodorous drains"
possessing or showing courage or determination.
"she made a valiant effort to hold her anger in check"
Sine qua non
something absolutely indispensable or essential reliability is a sine qua non for success
the replacement of a gap in a person's memory by a falsification that he or she believes to be true.
Critics later dissected her story, deeming her condition a mishmash of confabulations, or false memories.
the process of exact thinking : reasoning
nothing could be more antipathetic to him than a mind so strangely lacking in patience, in reflection, in principle and in the habits of ratiocination
distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people; esoteric.
"rarefied scholarly pursuits"
the use of clever but false arguments, especially with the intention of deceiving.
"trying to argue that I had benefited in any way from the disaster was pure sophistry"
relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance.
"a hard, dour, humourless fanatic"
damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander.
"someone was trying to smear her by faking letters"
make false and defamatory statements about.
"he has been calumniating the Crown and all the conservative decencies"
talk unnecessarily and at length.
"it's too hot for palavering"
the use of deception or subterfuge to achieve one's purpose. Deception
"storylines packed with political chicanery"
a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen.
"they heard the sound as an augury of death"
prove (a person or an assertion or accusation) to be wrong.
"restorers who sought to confute this view were accused of ignorance"
(of breathing) noisy and laboured.
"the breathing was becoming less stertorous"
not feeling shame or regret about one's actions or attitudes.
an impenitent criminal who said he'd do it all over again, given the chance
persuade (someone) gradually or gently to do something.
"the trainees were coaxed into doing boring work"
relating to boxing:
Ali was a pugilistic virtuoso.
disembowel (a person or animal).
"the goat had been skinned and neatly eviscerated"
charm or enchant (someone), often in a deceptive way.
"he beguiled the voters with his good looks"
wary and unwilling to take risks.
"the officials were very circumspect in their statements"
(of foods containing fat or oil) smelling or tasting unpleasant as a result of being old and stale.
a particular mode of expression, especially one characteristic of a particular speaker or subject area.
social superiority as demonstrated by polite and respectable manners, behaviour, or appearances.
"her grandmother's pretensions to gentility"
(of a difficulty or obstacle) impossible to overcome.
"insuperable financial problems"
a person, especially an entertainer, who can make their voice appear to come from somewhere else, typically a dummy of a person or animal.
feeling or expressing great sorrow or distress.
"a dolorous and repetitive tale of atrocity"
the beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.
deny any responsibility or support for.
"the union leaders resisted pressure to disavow picket-line violence"
believe one who has had experience : trust me
"a girl of eighteen is highly impressionable"
of the same kind; alike.
"if all jobs and workers were homogeneous"
drive, force, or urge (someone) to do something.
"financial difficulties impelled him to desperate measures"
thicken or congeal.
The soup inspissated from over heating.
so surprised and confused that one is unsure how to react.
"Henry looked completely nonplussed"
diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry).
"the report attempted to educate the public and allay fears"
(of speech or writing) indirect and circumlocutory.
"the periphrastic nature of legal syntax"
The language employed was so periphrastic and pointless that the Colonel was at a loss to get at the meaning intended to be conveyed