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52 terms

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