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Composition - Daily Vocab (4-6)

Daily vocab from Fiske's 250 Words Every High School Graduate Should Know (chapters 4-6).
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risible
can describe a person who is feeling inclined to laugh, but is more frequently used to describe remarks or situations that are likely to provoke laughter
Rabelaisian
satirical humor - coarse, indecent
sardonic
humor that is cynical or scornfully mocking
buffoon
person who enjoys clowning or joking around or one whose normal behavior is perceived as ridiculous
cachinnation
loud or convulsive kind of laughter
caricature
satiric humor; good-natured or cruel, that exaggerates or distorts in words or images one feature of the object of the attack
farce
a comic play characterized by improbable but humorous elements; anything so absurd as to be laughable, whether by its humor or the fact that it makes a mockery, a joke, of an undertaking
antics
acts that are perceived as either amusing or not at all amusing, depending on the context or on the personality of the beholder
droll
words or facial expressions, or acts that are amusing in an odd way, perhaps somewhat whimsical
lampoon
ridiculing or mocking someone or something
libretto
the words to be sung in a piece of music
pubescent
having reached puberty or the state of adolescence in which an individual becomes capable of sexual reproduction; covered with short hairs or soft down
anomie
a feeling of alienation and purposelessness caused by a lack of standard, values, and ideals; lawlessness
quantum
the smallest possible change that can be measured
quidnunc
nosy person, a busybody, someone always eager to hear and spread gossip
assiduous
diligence, persistance
ersatz
imitation, substitute, replacement; something made of cheaper materials
incubus
any oppressive burden that torments an individual as a nightmare might torment
imbroglio
a confused or complicated disagreement; an entanglement
polygamy
having more than one spouse
élan
enthusiastic liveliness; a dash of style
cachet
a mark of quality or a distinguishing feature
brio
vivacity or spirit - generally used to describe a way of doing something
éclat
a brilliant performance or the appreciation such a performance might receive
panache
a touch of added style or dash
insouciant
nonchalant, coolly unconcerned, or blithely indifferent
coruscate
to sparkle - literally or figuratively
panoply
striking or splendid display, often in association with events such as a coronation or a state funeral
lagniappe
an unexpected extra gift or benefit
cavalier
negative sense of an offhand or disdainful dismissal of an important topic