emolument: the wages or perquisites arising from office, employment, or labor.
palindrome: a word, verse, phrase, or sentence that reads the same backward or forward.
deprecate: to disapprove of; also, to belittle.
bivouac: a usually temporary encampment; also, to encamp.
umbrage: offense; resentment.
incipient: beginning to exist or appear.
dapple: a small contrasting blotch; also, to mark with spots.
pugnacious: combative; quarrelsome.
capitulate: to surrender under agreed conditions.
susurrus: a whispering or rustling sound.
thaumaturgy: the performing of miracles or magic.
capacious: able to contain much.
glower: to stare angrily or with a scowl.
canorous: melodious; musical.
repast: a meal.
spoonerism: the transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.
tenebrous: dark; gloomy.
nescience: lack of knowledge or awareness.
gewgaw: a trinket; a bauble.
effulgence: the state of being bright and radiant.
assuage: to soften; to ease, or lessen.
exiguity: smallness; thinness; the quality of being meager.
seriatim: in a series; one after another.
tmesis: in grammar and rhetoric, the separation of the parts of a compound word.
chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld.
objurgate: to scold or rebuke sharply.
lissom: supple; nimble.
badinage: light, playful talk.
propitious: presenting favorable circumstances.
inclement: harsh; severe -- especially said of the weather.
kobold: a kind of domestic spirit in German mythology.
knell: the stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral.
cogent: appealing to the mind or to reason; convincing.
regale: to entertain with something that delights.
mordant: biting; caustic; sarcastic.
agog: in eager desire.
captious: disposed to find fault or raise objections.
arbitrage: the nearly simultaneous purchase and sale of an asset in order to profit from
redoubt: a stronghold.
chichi: affectedly trendy.
taw: a large marble.
vexillology: the study of flags.
quorum: such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to
abscond: to depart secretly.
virtu: love of or taste for fine objects of art; also, productions of art.
junta: a governmental council or committee, esp. one that rules after a revolution.
gamut: a complete extent or range.
lexicon: a dictionary; also, the vocabulary of a person, group, etc.
aestival: of or belonging to the summer.
slugabed: one who stays in bed until a late hour.
desultory: jumping from subject to subject; erratic; inconsistent.
irascible: easily provoked to anger.
acumen: quickness or keenness of perception or discernment.
scion: a descendant; an heir.
bandog: a large and fierce dog.
multifarious: having great diversity or variety.
sublunary: situated beneath the moon; terrestrial.
Brobdingnagian: gigantic; enormous.
extant: still existing.
Whig: a friend and supporter of the American Revolution.
trepidation: a state of dread or alarm; apprehension.
torrid: drying or scorching with heat; burning; parching.
gnomic: uttering, containing, or characterized by maxims.
comity: a state of mutual harmony, friendship, and respect.
tyro: a novice.
avarice: an excessive desire of gain; greediness.
eke: to gain or supplement with great effort or difficulty.
tittle-tattle: idle, trifling talk.
bellwether: a leader or leading indicator.
torpid: dull; sluggish; apathetic.
grok: to understand.
ameliorate: to make or grow better.
bestow: to give or confer.
comestible: suitable to be eaten.
requisite: required; indispensable.
sobriquet: a nickname.
Zeitgeist: the spirit of the time.
numismatics: the collection and study of coins.
palpable: plain; distinct; obvious.
listless: having no desire or inclination.
antediluvian: extremely old.
melee: a confused conflict.
genial: sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
raucous: unpleasantly loud and harsh.
diffident: bashful or unassertive.
superfluous: more than is wanted or is sufficient.
gregarious: seeking and enjoying the company of others.
erudite: characterized by extensive reading or knowledge.
insouciant: Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
verbiage: an overabundance of words.
ascribe: to attribute.
jovial: merry; joyous; jolly.
adamant: not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
desideratum: something desired.
ersatz: being a substitute or imitation.
solace: comfort in grief.
triskaidekaphobia: fear of the number 13.
stoic: indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; also, one who is stoic.
encumbrance: a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
puerile: juvenile; childish.
innocuous: harmless; also, unlikely to offend or provoke.
colloquial: characteristic of informal spoken language.
eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
dour: stern or unyielding or gloomy.
incongruous: lacking in harmony.
apposite: of striking appropriateness and relevance.
tumult: the commotion or agitation of a crowd.
parvenu: an upstart; one newly risen in class or economic status.
riparian: of or pertaining to the bank of a river.
dilatory: given to, or marked by, procrastination or delay.
edify: to instruct and improve.
impecunious: habitually without money; poor.
polyglot: speaking or containing many languages.
sedulous: diligent in application or pursuit.
juju: an object superstitiously believed to embody magical powers.
chagrin: acute vexation or embarrassment.
metier: an occupation, especially in which one excels.
facile: easily done or performed.
perforce: by necessity.
quotidian: occurring daily; also, ordinary.
specious: apparently right but not so in reality.
munificent: very generous.
indolent: lazy; inactive.
tortuous: marked by repeated turns and bends.
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