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to surround (as with troops) so as to prevent escape; to harass, to beset

beleaguer

1

strikingly unconventional or peculiar as to taste, stlye, or appearance

bizarre

2

a defensive wall or fortification; any safeguard or defense

bulwark

3

a small group of highly placed people united for a secret and often sinister purpose; the plots of such a group

cabal

4

a picture or description in which the characteristic features of the original are exaggerated or distorted so as to produce an absurd effect

caricature

5

a complete and often ridiculous failure

fiasco

6

added to for decoration or interest

garnished

7

the air, bearing, or manner of a person, as showing character or mood

mien

8

a roving hawker of quack medicines who mounted a bench and appealed to his audience by jokes, stories, and tricks; any charlatan or trickster

mountebank

9

basic principles first learned about a subject

rudiments

10

careless or negligent in habits, dres, appearance, or work; untidy

slovenly

11

characterized by erratic behavior or unpredictability; odd, freakish

whimsical

12

a cheerful and hearty willingness

alacrity

13

ardent desire for wealth or material possessions; covetousness

cupidity

14

skill in using the hands or body; mental quickness

dexterity

15

double-dealing; deceitfulness

duplicity

16

a false or misleading idea; a deceptive or unsound argument

fallacy

17

intense happiness; something that produces happiness

felicity

18

excess in eating

gluttony

19

unbecoming or inappropriate frivolity or jocularity; lack of seriousness

levity

20

a nobleness of spirit which disdains petty resentment and revage

magnanimity

21

tested and confirmed virtue or uprightness

probity

22

a natural inclination or tendency

propensity

23

keenness of discernment or judgement

sagacity

24

a pseudonym; pen name

nom de plume