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Aesthetics the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty, as in the fine arts

Altruism unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness

Ancilla an aid to achieving or mastering something difficult


Ambient surrounding; encircling

Anise an annual aromatic Mediterranean herb in the parsley family

Aperitif a drink of alcoholic liquor taken before a meal

Ascetic one who leads a life of austerity, esp. for religious reasons

Assuage ease, lessen intensity of (something that pains or distresses)


Austere severe or stern; somber; strict or severe in discipline; ascetic; without adornment; bare

Autochthonous indigenous, native; formed or originating in the place where found

Banal completely ordinary and commonplace; trite

Belligerent aggressively hostile; waging war; n. one that is engaged in war

Bricolage construction or something constructed by using whatever comes to hand

Camber a slightly arched surface, as of a road; a setting of automobile wheels in which they are closer together at the bottom than at the top

Caustic capable of burning, corroding, or dissolving by chemical action; sarcastic, biting


Circumlocution the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea; evasion in speech

Cogent forcefully convincing

Commensurate of the same size, extent, or duration; corresponding in scale; proportionate

Condign deserved, appropriate

Culpable responsible for wrong or error; deserving censure; blameworthy

Deckhand member of a ship's crew who works on deck

Egregious conspicuously bad or offensive

Eolian borne, deposited, produced, or eroded by the wind


Expiate to extinguish the guilt incurred by; to make amends for

Ferrous of or containing iron esp. with a valence of 2



Fritter to reduce or squander little by little

Glib performed with ease and informality; superficial, insincere; easy and fluent in speech and writing

Haberdasher a dealer in men's attire

Hibernal of or relating to winter

Hubris excessive pride, arrogance



Innocuous having no adverse affect; harmless; lacking impact; insipid

Insipid lacking flavor or zest; tasteless; lacking excitement or interest; dull



Inviolable safe from violation or profanation; impregnable

Isthmus a narrow strip of land connecting two larger masses of land

Jingoism extreme nationalism marked esp. by a belligerent foreign policy

Juggernaut a massive advancing force or object that crushes anything in its path


Longshoreman a dock worker who loads and unloads ships

Love-knot a knot so called, used as a token of love or representing mutual affection.

Love-lass a sweetheart.

Love-suit courtship; solicitation of union in marriage.

Love-token a present in token of love

Love-toy a small present from a lover.


Ostensible represented or appearing as such; apparent

Parsimony unusual or excessive frugality; stinginess

Pedant one who pays undue attention to book learning and formal rules without having an understanding or experience of practical affairs; a doctrinaire; one who exhibits his learning or scholarship ostentatiously

Philanthropy the effort to increase the wellbeing of humankind, as by charitable donations; love of humankind in general; a charitable activity or institution

Portend to give an omen or anticipatory sign of: bode; to indicate, signify

Precocious marked by unusually early development or maturity, esp. in mental aptitude

Predicate to base or establish; to affirm as an attribute or quality

Progenitor a direct ancestor; an originator of a line of descent; an originator; founder

Provincial of or relating to a province; limited in perspective; narrow and self-centered

Prudent wise in practical matters; careful for one's own interests; provident; careful about one's conduct; circumspect

Quorum the minimum number of members of a committee or an organization needed for valid transaction of business



Roan having a chestnut, bay, or sorrel coat thickly sprinkled with white or gray; a roan animal

Roughshod shod with horseshoes having projecting points to prevent slipping; (ride roughshod over- to treat with brutal force)

Roustabout an unskilled laborer esp. on a dock or in an oil field

Ruffian a tough or rowdy fellow

Sacrosanct inviolably sacred

Sardonic scornfully mocking

Savant a learned person

Sheen glistening brightness; shininess

Simian ape like, monkey like

Sorrel a yellowish or reddish brown

Specious seemingly true but actually fallacious; deceptively attractive

Spurious lacking authenticity or validity; false

Supine lying on the back or with the face upward; exhibiting indolent or apathetic inertia or passivity

Swale a low lying or depressed and often wet stretch of land

Taciturn temperamentally disinclined to talk

Tensile of or relating to tension; capable of being stretched or extended

Tenuous thin, slender, not dense, rarefied, unsubstantial, flimsy

Terse smoothly elegant; polished

Uncouth crude; unrefined; rude; awkward or clumsy; ungraceful

Vapid lacking liveliness, zest, or interest; flat


Vernal of or occurring in the spring

Virtuoso person who has great skill at some endeavor

Wanton immoral, unchaste, lewd, maliciously cruel, merciless, sensual, extravagant, excessive

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