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UK English spellings / definitions.

cathartic

purgative, cleansing

nebulous

indistinct, vague

hirsute

hairy

surreptitious

secretive, stealthy

pecuniary

financial, monetary

plaintive

mournful, wistful

derisory

inadequate, ridiculous

minutiae

details, niceties

bestial

savage, depraved, animalistic

priggish

self-righteous, smug

misappropriate

embezzle, swindle

obviate

preclude, prevent

amulet

lucky charm

disquisition

essay, discussion

proverbial

renowned, infamous

adduce

cite, quote

flunkey

manservant; minion

quixotic

idealistic, unworkable

lampoon

parody, caricature

fillip

stimulus, boost

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