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gallimaufry

a stew, a mixture, a hodgepodge

arcane

known to a select few

vitriolic

scathing or bitterly cruel

amalgamate

to mix or combine into a unified whole

germane

relevant

carapace

shell

emend

to correct, to improve (pertaining to documents)

amnesty

general pardon for guilty

ancillary

of secondary importance; helping

retinue

group of attendants (ironic)

entourage

those who "tour" with you

hedonist

one who is devoted to pleasing oneself

revelry

loud good time

revel

to enjoy or relish

ebullient

bubbling with happiness

magnanimous

great soul, extremely generous and forgiving, courageously noble in mind and heart

fete

celebratory party

squalid

dirty or wretched; dirty in the sense of being morally repulsive; noun form: squalor

fetid

rotten; putrid

sordid

physically dirty and morally/ethically foul

torpid

sluggish

sapid

having perceptible taste, mildly pleasant

rancid

repugnant or nasty

repugnant

extremely distasteful, repulsive

vapid

dull, lifeless

gravid

pregnant, carrying eggs or a fetus

pernicious

deadly, dangerous or destructive

posterity

generations that will come after

garish

loud (in color or design), flashy, glaring

prodigious

huge, enormous

nupitals

wedding (s is noun; w/o is adj)

hodgepodge

gallimaufry

feral

like animal in the wild

hirsute

hairy

lurid

causing shock or horror, gruesome

contumely

rudeness, arrogance

esoteric

only known to a select few

prehensile

something that is well adapted to holding on, or grasping

temporize

to gain time to evade something

dissemble

to deliberately mislead

subterfuge

to escape secretly, secret plan or strategy

tergiversate

to turn one's back; speaking evasively to disguse one's meanings

subreption

not a direct lie, but clearly and deliberately misleading speech

penurious

poor

mendicant

beggar

pecuniary

fiscal; having to do with wealth

remunerate

repayment for goods or services provided

husbandry

thrifty management of resources

harrowing

frightening, distressing

schadenfreude

pleasure derived from misfortune of others

ostracize

exclude someone from a group or soceity

pariah

social outcast

misanthrope

one who hates mankind

troglodyte

cave dweller, real loner, a person of crude, brutal character

voluptuary

one who seeks pleasure

stoic

indifferent to pleasure or pain

curmudgeon

one who is perpetually in a bad mood; grump, grouch

pollyannaish

foolishly or blindly optimistic

olio

a collection of different things

tawdry

cheap or gaudy; figuratively shameful

specter

ghost, disturbing image of a future disturbance

caveat

warning, a caution

vitiate

to corrupt morals; to lessen quality, to make less effective

askance

(adverb used with look) mistrustful, disapproving

cloying

overly sweet

encomium

a warm expression of high praise

fey

"different", "a little off"

coy

a flirt

cud

digested nugget

yen

desire

ilk

kind, sort (disparaging)

eke

managing but with difficulty, adding to or increasing

ken

understanding, mental comprehension

wan

pale, easily frightenened

horology

art and science of making clocks

sidereal

determined by or from the stars

crepuscular

dim, like twilight

sempiternal

has beginning but now end

gad

move about aimlessly

veer

sharp swerving

interloper

people or animals who aren't welcome

sojourn

temporary stay

peregrinate

travel around, especially on foot

cicerone

guide

vagrant

one who wanders from place to place, homeless

potpourri

a mixture of unrelated objects

elliptical

speech or writing with words intentionally left out

sedulous

hard working, from Latin "without trickery"

effulgent

radiance, splendid luminescence

glissando

musical "slide"

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