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fiske part 2

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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"