1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative. 2. of or pertaining to litigation. 3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
concealed; hidden; latent.
1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid. 2. perspicacious.
1. covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody. 2. shady.
idem \AHY-dem, ID-em\,
the same as previously given or mentioned.
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite
1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details. 2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
Scot. and North England. horrid; loathsome.
a corner or nook near a fireplace.
1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words. 2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines
1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease. 2. to sweeten.
1. a person given to voluble, empty talk. 2. nonsense; blather.
an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.
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 old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house. 2.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.
a self-important little man.
claptrap \ KLAP-trap \ , noun;
1. pretentious but insincere or empty language: His speeches seem erudite but analysis reveals them to be mere claptrap. 2. any artifice or expedient for winning applause or impressing the public.
adjective 1. touching; in contact. 2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
adjective 1. of or pertaining to the mind. 2. originating in or apprehended by the reason.
noun 1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
adjective 1. colorless; without coloring matter
adverb 1. to infinity; endlessly; without limit
adjective 1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers. 2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
verb 1. to wheedle, cajole, or coax.
\an-al-fuh-BET-ik, an-al-\ adjective 1. not alphabetic: an analphabetic arrangement of letters. 2. unable to read or write; illiterate: analphabetic peoples.
\ih-MIS-uh-buhl\ adjective 1. not miscible; incapable of being mixed.
noun 1. Music. a movement or passage of light or playful character, especially as the second or third movement of a sonata or a symphony.
noun 1. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like. 2. the state of being oblique.
adjective 1. pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious. 2. aphoristic.
verb 1. to burst into bloom; blossom.
verb 1. to twinkle, as the stars. 2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
noun 1. a group of people who associate closely. 2. an exclusive group; clique.
noun 1. a gentle, mild breeze. 2. (initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind.
noun 1. finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like. 2. empty display; ostentation.
1. a person who is readily changeable or fickle.
noun 1. the willful distortion or depreciation of the original meaning of a word. 2. a person who willfully distorts the meaning of a word.
noun 1. a person of great wit or intellect.
adjective 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.
verb 1. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy. 2. to deceive or attempt to deceive:
noun 1. out-and-out nonsense; bunkum. 2. elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.
verb 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.
noun 1. a person who speaks falsely; liar. 2. a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator
noun 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.
noun 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.
verb 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.
adjective 1. mild or merciful in disposition or character; lenient; compassionate: A clement judge reduced his sentence. 2. (of the weather) mild or temperate; pleasant.
adjective 1. laughing; smiling; cheerful.
adverb 1. in a short time; soon. 2. at another time.
verb 1. to foresee. 2. to forewarn.
noun 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.
noun 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.
noun 1. French. the exact, appropriate word.
noun 1. Slang. a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
noun 1. Music. Chiefly British. a sixty-fourth note.
adjective 1. dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful: lambent wit. 2. running or moving lightly over a surface: lambent tongues of flame.
noun 1. an ardent longing, as for something lost.
noun 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.
noun 1. Meteorology. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.
noun 1. poor penmanship; bad handwriting. 2. incorrect spelling.
adjective 1. physically beautiful; comely.
adjective 1. lacking all or most of the hair on the head; bald.
noun 1. a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating. 2. a humiliating blunder or defeat.
noun 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.
adjective 1. Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone. 2. forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
noun 1. Slang. an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.
noun 1. a person who hates, fears, or distrusts books.
hypogeum (hahy-puh-JEE-uhm, hip-uh-)
noun 1. an underground burial chamber. 2. Ancient Architecture. the underground part of a building, as a vault.
adjective 1. thwarted or opposed by the stars; ill-fated
adjective 1. somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.
adverb 1. in a confused or jumbled mass, crowd, manner, etc.:
The crowd rushed pell-mell into the store when the doors opened.
2. in disorderly, headlong haste; in a recklessly hurried manner.
adjective 1. subsisting on bread; bread-eating.
noun 1. a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
noun 1. a fine, filmy cobweb seen on grass or bushes or floating in the air in calm weather, especially in autumn. 2. a thread or a web of this substance.
noun 1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy. adjective 1. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden.
noun 1. Informal. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant:
noun 1. British Dialect. a person who gapes or stares in wonder, especially a rustic or unworldly person who is easily awed. 2. British Dialect. a daydream or reverie
noun 1. the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time.
noun 1. a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist.
adjective 1. full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious. 2. Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
adjective 1. Classical Mythology. of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
adjective 1. scanty; meager; small; slender: : exiguous income
adjective 1. of or like a peacock. 2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.
noun 1. a person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating.
noun 1. a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill: The movie offers the viewer the occasional frisson of seeing a character in mortal danger.
noun 1. an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.
noun 1. the period of vespers; evening.
adjective 1. causing or producing cold.
noun 1. material for intellectual nourishment. 2. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
verb 1. to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
verb 1. to eat lunch. 2. to provide lunch for; serve lunch to.
noun 1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of disease.
noun 1. a case for maps, plates, etc., made to resemble a book and having the front cover and fore edge hinged.
noun 1. Archaic. curse; vengeance.
"Marry, come up with a wanion!"
noun 1. the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead.
verb 1. to translate into the natural speech peculiar to a people.
noun 1. a servant or attendant, especially of a scholar or a magician.
noun 1. a person who has only a superficial knowledge of philosophy or who feigns a knowledge he or she does not possess.