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belletristic
essays, particularly of literary and artistic criticism, written and read primarily for their aesthetic effect
profligate
recklessly extravagant or wasteful in the use of resources; licentious; dissolute
baroque
highly ornate and extravagant in style
atavistic
relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral
Luger
a type of German automatic pistol.
synoptic
of or forming a general summary or synopsis; taking or involving a comprehensive mental view
bellicose
demonstrating aggressiveness or willingness to fight
gestalt
an organized whole that is perceived as more than the sum of its parts
dactyl
metrical foot consisting of one stressed followed by two unstressed syllables; from Greek word literally meaning finger
cant
hypocritical or sanctimonious talk, typically of a moral, religious, or political nature
denoting a phrase or catchword temporarily current or in fashion (modifier)
language particular to a specified group or profession and regarded with disparagement
verb
to talk hypocritically and sanctimoniously about
cause something to be be in a slanting or oblique position
to cause something to be in such a position
noun
a slope or tilt
a wedge shaped block of wood, especially one remaining after the better-quality pieces have been cut off
Talmudic
relating to the body of Jewish civil and ceremonial law and legend called the Talmud
ablation
surgical removal of body tissue; the removal of snow and ice by melting or evaporation, typically from a glacier or iceberg; the erosion of rock, typically by wind action
the loss of surface material from a spacecraft or meteorite through evaporation or melting caused by friction with the atmosphere
mucronate
ending abruptly in a short sharp point
paisano
a peasant of Spanish or Italian ethnic origin
probity
having strong moral principals; honesty and decency
saurian
of or like a lizard; any large reptile, especially a dinosaur or other extinct form
prehensile
capable of grasping
gendarme
an armed police officer in France and other French-speaking countries; a rock pinnacle on a mountain, occupying and blocking an arête
microcephalic
having an abnormally small head, a congenital condition associated with incomplete brain development
razzle
(in phrase, on the _____; Brit. informal) out celebrating or enjoying oneself
bicuspid
having two cusps or points; noun, a tooth with two cusps, especially a human premolar tooth
epistemic
of or relating to knowledge or to its degree of validation
coruscate
flash or sparkle
eidetic
relating to or denoting mental images having unusual vividness and detail, as if actually vivid; noun, a person able to form or recall such images
nystagmus
rapid involuntary movements of the eyes
klieg
a powerful electric lamp used in filming
reticulate
divide or mark something in such a way as to resemble a net or network
nacre
mother of pearl
legate
a member of the clergy, especially a cardinal, representing the pope
archaic, an ambassador or messenger
a general or governor of an ancient Roman province, or their deputy
codicil
an addition or supplement that explains, modifies, or revokes a will or part of one
frisson
a sudden strong feeling of excitement or fear, a thrill
blepharoplasty
surgical repair or reconstruction of the eyelid
attenuate
reduce the force, effect, or value of, reduce in thickness, make thin, reduce the virulence of; adj., reduced in force, effect, or physical thickness
puerile
childishly silly and trivial
corticate
having a cortex, bark, or rind
vade mecum
a handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation
Toltec
a member of an American Indian people that flourished in Mexico before the Aztecs; the language of the Toltecs
solander
a protective box made in the form of a book, for holding such items as botanical specimens, maps, and color plates