Red Lines: Golden Op

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gallivant

To gad about, spend time frivolously or in pleasure-seeking

gamut

diatonic scale of musical notes

gratuitous

given or granted without return or recompense, unearned; also unwarrented, uncalled-for

harbinger

a messenger bringing advance notice, primarily of something pleasant

hardscrabble

Eking out, "scrabbling" for a living

hector

to intimidate or dominate in a blustering way, to bully

heinous

abominably villainous

homily

a sermon designed to edify a congregation on some practical matter, tedious moralizing lecture

impecunious

painfully low in funds, without pecuniary asset

inchoate

starting up, not fully formed, incipient

indigenous

native to the region, aboriginal

invidious

unfairly discriminating, maliciously envious, usually without comparison

irascible

bad-tempered, prone to outbursts of anger

jingoism

vociferous chauvinistic support of a warlike foreign policy, practiced by politicians today who would be called hawks

juggernaut

a chilling ancient image, a massive relentless force that crushes everything in its path

junta

the Spanish and Portuguese word for a group, usually of military officers, ruling a country after a coup

kudos

acclaim or prestige, from Greek word for glory or fame

kvetch

to complain whiningly, querulously and in a persistent manner

lachrymose

tearful, prone to weeping

laconic

terse, concise in speech

largesse

liberality, bounty, generosity in giving

lethargy

total weariness, sluggish indifference, often brought on by illness

libertine

one who lives a life of reckless abandon and debacuhery

litigious

inclined to take legal action, disputatious, contentious

lugubrious

mournful, especially to a ludicrous degree, exaggeratedly doleful

malinger

to feign sickness or make a false excuse to avoid work, to fake suffering

malleable

capable of being shaped or extended by beating or rolling, reducible to a laminated form by beating, capable of being shaped by outside influences

mitigate

to moderate in force or intensity, to mediate, to soften

moot

debatable... or not. in law, it means the matter has already been settled and its superfluous, carrying no weight

motley

having components of a great variety, heterogeneous, also variegated

myriad

a vast, indefinite number, a great multitude

nadir

the lowest point to which anything can sink, as opposed to zenith

nemesis

someone or something a person cannot conquer or achieve; a hated enemy

nonpareil

having no equal, a paragon

opulent

having or characterized by great wealth, rich, affluent, abundant, plentiful, luxuriant

oscillate

to swing back and forth in a steady rhythm, to waver between two or more courses of action

ostensible

presumed, understood or claimed to be

overweening

presumptuously arrogant

oxymoron

literally smart-stupid, a rhetorical figure combing incongruous or contradictory terms for an efect, pointedly witty for its seeming absurdity, "an idiot savant"

palindrome

a sentence or or phrase that reads the same backwards as forwards

palliative

something which alleviates a painful or unpleasant condition

palpable

capable of being touched, handled or felt, tangible

paltry

petty, insignificiant, even contemptible

panacea

a mystical herb with the power of healing all diseases, a cure for all sickness and trouble

panache

the flair that all the best dashing heroes have

paramour

an illicit lover

pariah

a person who is rejected (from society or home)

parsimony

economy carried to the extreme of being miserly, stinginess

peccadillo

a small sin, naughty behavior usually on the level of a college boys' prank

perfidious

faithless, basely treacherous, false-hearted

pernicious

destructive, ruinous

lubricity

slipperiness, ability to lubricate, fleetingness, lewdness

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