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kalpa

the passing of time on a grand scale

the kalpa of the universe puts our ephemeral lives to shame

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cryptoscopophilia

the urge to look into the windows of others homes

frasier’s cryptoscopophilia is worrisome

3

aleatory

depending on chance

Getting out of this is purely aleatory, said the pow.

4

eclat

a brilliant display

Lang Lang’s eclat

5

dandle

to bounce on ones knee or play in ones lap

the proud father dandled his son upon his knee

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dastardly

a dastard = a caitiff, a despicable coward

the dastardly gaurds at the school shootings

7

expotulatory

characterised by demanding earnestly

she wrote an expostulatory letter for her husband’s release from the iranian prison

8

geste

an adventurous tale

beau geste “ the beautiful adventure” is about the saharan foreign legion

9

flying buttress

an arched support from the top of a wall to a lateral upright pier in the ground
transfers the outer wall collapse force to the ground

10

parapet

a low protective wall on the edge of the keep’s roof or balcony to offer protection behind

11

enigmatic

puzzling

Quantum theory is enigmatic.

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enjambment

a run on phrase or sentence

faulkner was fond of enjambments

13

clinquant

glittering in a tawdry way , like tinsel

the clinquant “fools gold” hypnotized the amateur miner

14

clishmaclaver

casual gossip

clishmaclaver is rampant meghan is paggled

15

cafune

to run your fingers through a loved ones hair

the mother cafuned her son’s hair

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res gestae

the events leading up to or circumstances surrounding an event

the res gestae of my downfall are understandable

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phosphenes

the stars you see when you rub your eyes

after my glaucoma surgery the phosphenes were less in number than before

18

decolletage

the low cut neck of a dress

crab dip fell down her decolletage

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decorum

correct behavior

decorum dictates you curtsy before the queen

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expugnable

capable of being thoroughly defeated

his position on that accord is expugnable

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impugnable

open to attack

his position is impugnable and also I might say expugnable

22

dunned

repeated demands for payments

i was dunned by creditors

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impassible

incapable of feeling emotions or pain

the ideal soldier , to some, is impassible

24

crenellation

the rectangular spaces along a parapet through which weapons were shot or used

25

battlement

a parapet with its tegularly spaced crenellations

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enjoin

to order someone to do something

he was enjoined to be more frugal

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enmity

mutual dislike

there was enmity between ali and frasier

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conglobate

to fashion into a globe or ball

she conglobated her yarn for the kitten to play with

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consuetude

custom or habit

to look older he resorted to the consuetude if wearing a fedora

30

hexaemeron

the treatise describing the six days if creation

is the hexaemeron all fictitious?

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dormiveglia

the state between sleeping and waking

i tried to prolong my dormiveglia for as long as possible

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decrescent

waning as the moon

the decrescent moon hung in the deep blue fall dusk

33

fabular

as of a fable

his fabular recountings of his boyhood escapades

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wether

a castrated billy goat or ram

i wonder whether wethers wither in the heat

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embrasure

an outwardly beveled portal in a parapet

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merlon

the solid part of the parapet between the nothches or crenellations

37

ennui

apathy due to boredom

the rothschild heir was beset by ennui

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specie

coins

i deal in gold specie