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15 terms

Striz Vocab List for 3/11

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asperity
harshness of manner; severity or harshness of tone
byzantine
highly involved or intricate; ornate, confusing
chicanery
trickery; deception
coterie
an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose; exclusive group
crapulence
the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess; also drinking too much
didactic
instructive (especially excessively)
expurgate
to remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify
fallacy
a false notion
gossamer
characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy
hector
to harass, to bully; to torment
low
make a low noise, mooing
maudlin
weakly sentimental; mawkish
milieu
the setting, surroundings, cultural environment
niggardly
stingy; not generous
picayune
petty, worthless