1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words.
2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines
1. old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.
2. having a stale smell; moldy; musty: fusty rooms that were in need of a good airing.
3. stubbornly conservative or old-fashioned; fogyish.
\ KLAP-trap \ , noun;
pretentious but insincere or empty language: His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap.
any artifice or expedient for winning applause or impressing the public.
1. touching; in contact.
2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
1. not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters.
2. unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples.
1. Music. a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.
1. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like.
2. the state of being oblique.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious.
1. to twinkle, as the stars.
2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
1. finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
2. empty display; ostentation.
1. the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word.
2. a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word.
1. that cannot be eliminated, forgotten, changed, or the like: the indelible memories of war; the indelible influence of a great teacher.
2. making marks that cannot be erased, removed, or the like: indelible ink.
1. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
2. to deceive or attempt to deceive:
1. out-and-out nonsense; bunkum.
2. elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.
1. to talk excessively and pointlessly; babble: They prated on until I was ready to scream.
2. to utter in empty or foolish talk: to prate absurdities with the greatest seriousness.
1. a person who speaks falsely; liar.
2. a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator
1. a person who flouts the law, especially one who fails to pay fines owed.
2. a person who flouts rules, conventions, or accepted practices.
1. criticism; hostile reaction; abuse: Such an unpopular decision is bound to draw a lot of flak from the press.
2. antiaircraft fire, especially as experienced by the crews of combat airplanes at which the fire is directed.
1. to discolor or soil; spot or smudge with or as with soot, dust, dirt, etc.
2. to sully or tarnish (a person, reputation, character, etc.); disgrace; discredit.
1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate: A clement judge reduced his sentence.
2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant.
1. a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
2. an excessive amount of decoration or ornamentation, as on a piece of clothing, a building, etc.
1. needless repetition of an idea, especially in words other than those of the immediate context, without imparting additional force or clearness, as in "widow woman."
2. an instance of such repetition.
1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit.
2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.
1. Obsolete. the love of learning and literature.
2. the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.
1. Meteorology. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.
1. a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
2. a humiliating blunder or defeat.
1. (lowercase) a rascal or scamp.
2. a stock character in commedia dell'arte and farce who is a cowardly braggart, easily beaten and frightened.