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Vocabulary II

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misology
noun:

distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.
litigious
adjective:

1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
delitescent /dɛlɪˈtɛsənt/
adjective:

concealed; hidden; latent.
perspicuous /pərˈspɪkyuəs/
adjective:

1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
2. perspicacious.
bosky /bɒski/
adjective:

1. covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody.
2. shady.
idem \AHY-dem, ID-em\,
pronoun:

the same as previously given or mentioned.
banal
adjective:

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite
pettifogging
adjective:

1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
ugsome
adjective:

Scot. and North England. horrid; loathsome.
inglenook
noun:

a corner or nook near a fireplace.
neologize
verb:

1. to make or use new words or create new meanings for existing words.
2. to devise or accept new religious doctrines
dulcify
verb:

1. to make more agreeable; mollify; appease.
2. to sweeten.
blatherskite
noun:

1. a person given to voluble, empty talk.
2. nonsense; blather.
sciamachy
noun:

an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.
fusty
adjective:

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 old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.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.
cockalorum
noun:

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.
contiguous
adjective
1. touching; in contact.
2. in close proximity without actually touching; near.
noetic
adjective
1. of or pertaining to the mind.
2. originating in or apprehended by the reason.
coxcomb
noun
1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
achromic
adjective
1. colorless; without coloring matter
ad infinitum
adverb
1. to infinity; endlessly; without limit
glib
adjective
1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
cuittle
verb
1. to wheedle, cajole, or coax.
analphabetic
\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.
immiscible
\ih-MIS-uh-buhl\
adjective
1. not miscible; incapable of being mixed.
scherzo
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.
obliquity
noun
1. divergence from moral conduct, rectitude, etc.; immorality, dishonesty, or the like.
2. the state of being oblique.
axiomatic
adjective
1. pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious.
2. aphoristic.
effloresce
verb
1. to burst into bloom; blossom.
scintillate
verb
1. to twinkle, as the stars.
2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
coterie
noun
1. a group of people who associate closely.
2. an exclusive group; clique.
zephyr
noun
1. a gentle, mild breeze.
2. (initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind.
frippery
noun
1. finery in dress, especially when showy, gaudy, or the like.
2. empty display; ostentation.
vane
1. a person who is readily changeable or fickle.
verbicide
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.
bel-esprit
noun
1. a person of great wit or intellect.
indelible
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.
boondoggle
verb
1. to do work of little or no practical value merely to keep or look busy.
2. to deceive or attempt to deceive:
hokum
noun
1. out-and-out nonsense; bunkum.
2. elements of low comedy introduced into a play, novel, etc., for the laughs they may bring.
prate
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.
prevaricator
noun
1. a person who speaks falsely; liar.
2. a person who speaks so as to avoid the precise truth; quibbler; equivocator
scofflaw
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.
flak
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.
smirch
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.
clement
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.
rident
adjective
1. laughing; smiling; cheerful.
anon
adverb
1. in a short time; soon.
2. at another time.
previse
verb
1. to foresee.
2. to forewarn.
foofaraw
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.
tautology
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.
mot juste
noun
1. French. the exact, appropriate word.
moniker
noun
1. Slang. a person's name, especially a nickname or alias.
hemidemisemiquaver
noun
1. Music. Chiefly British. a sixty-fourth note.
laciniate
adjective
1. Botany, Zoology. cut into narrow, irregular lobes; slashed; jagged.
gloaming
noun
1. twilight; dusk.
lambent
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.
desiderium
noun
1. an ardent longing, as for something lost.
philology
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.
serein
noun
1. Meteorology. fine rain falling after sunset from a sky in which no clouds are visible.
cacography
noun
1. poor penmanship; bad handwriting.
2. incorrect spelling.
pulchritudinous
adjective
1. physically beautiful; comely.
calvous
adjective
1. lacking all or most of the hair on the head; bald.
pratfall
noun
1. a fall in which one lands on the buttocks, often regarded as comical or humiliating.
2. a humiliating blunder or defeat.
scaramouch
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.
lorn
adjective
1. Archaic. lost, ruined, or undone.
2. forsaken, desolate, bereft, or forlorn.
galoot (guh-LOOT)
noun
1. Slang. an awkward, eccentric, or foolish person.
bibliophobe
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.
star-crossed
adjective
1. thwarted or opposed by the stars; ill-fated
rufescent
adjective
1. somewhat reddish; tinged with red; rufous.
pell-mell
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.
panivorous
adjective
1. subsisting on bread; bread-eating.
horripilation
noun
1. a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
gossamer
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.
hoyden
noun
1. a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy.
adjective
1. boisterous; rude. Also, hoiden.
comeuppance
noun
1. Informal. deserved reward or just deserts, usually unpleasant:
gapeseed
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
horology
noun
1. the art or science of making timepieces or of measuring time.
crapehanger/crepehanger
noun
1. a person who sees the gloomy side of things; pessimist.
baleful
adjective
1. full of menacing or malign influences; pernicious.
2. Obsolete. wretched; miserable.
chthonian
adjective
1. Classical Mythology. of or pertaining to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.
exigouos
adjective
1. scanty; meager; small; slender: : exiguous income
pavonine
adjective
1. of or like a peacock.
2. resembling the feathers of a peacock, as in coloring.
mythomane
noun
1. a person with a strong or irresistible propensity for fantasizing, lying, or exaggerating.
frisson
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.
bovarism
noun
1. an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself; conceit.
vespertide
noun
1. the period of vespers; evening.
frigorific
adjective
1. causing or producing cold.
pabulum
noun
1. material for intellectual nourishment.
2. something that nourishes an animal or vegetable organism; food; nutriment.
to degust
verb
1. to taste or savor carefully or appreciatively.
tiffin
verb
1. to eat lunch.
2. to provide lunch for; serve lunch to.
nosophobia
noun
1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of disease.
solander
noun
1. a case for maps, plates, etc., made to resemble a book and having the front cover and fore edge hinged.
wanion
noun
1. Archaic. curse; vengeance.

"Marry, come up with a wanion!"
clairaudience
noun
1. the power to hear sounds said to exist beyond the reach of ordinary experience or capacity, as the voices of the dead.
vernacularize
verb
1. to translate into the natural speech peculiar to a people.
famulus
noun
1. a servant or attendant, especially of a scholar or a magician.
philosophaster
noun
1. a person who has only a superficial knowledge of philosophy or who feigns a knowledge he or she does not possess.
subfuscous
adjective
1. slightly dark, dusky, or somber