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 old-fashioned or out-of-date, as architecture, furnishings, or the like: They still live in that fusty, gingerbread house.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

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