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A Wordsmith 
wordsmith (wrdsmth) noun
1.       Afluent and prolific writer, especially one who writes professionally.
2.       An expert on words.
Example sentence:  Snoop Dogg, The 35-year-old wordsmith was cuffed near Los Angeles yesterday (Nov. 28) on weapons and drug charges after a performance at "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

agog
agog (?gog')
adj. Full of keen anticipation or excitement; eager.
agog agog' adv.
Example sentence:  You are agog about reading my new WOD

apropos 
apropos
(pre-po) adjective
adverb
1.        At an appropriate time; opportunely.
2.        By the way; incidentally: Apropos, where were you yesterday?
preposition
With regard to; concerning: Apropos our date for lunch, I can't go.
Example sentence:  Apropos, where were you yesterday?

adroit 
adroit
(e-droit) adjective
1.       Dexterous; deft.
2.       Skillful and adept under pressing conditions.
adroitly adverb
adroitness noun
Example sentence:  He was very adroit except when faced with Lexicology where his skill were reduced to blathering.

acerbic   \uh-SER-bik\   adjective
          : acid in temper, mood, or tone
Example sentence:  Jerry's speech was punctuated by his usual acerbic wit, and some people in the audience thought that his comments went too far.

agglomeration \uh-glom-uh-RAY-shuhn\, noun:
1. The act or process of collecting in a mass; a heaping together.
2. A jumbled cluster or mass of usually varied elements.
Example sentence:  "...symbiosis is the origin of complex life and that, if artificial intelligence comes about, it will do so by an agglomeration and binding up of functions, rather than through some Frankensteinian (WOW) hauling down of a single power switch.-- Roz Kaveney, "The Eight Technologies of Otherness",

ambage
Definition:
(noun) A style that involves indirect ways of expressing things.
Synonyms: circumlocution, periphrasis
Example sentence: His head was swimming when the lecture finally ended, and he felt the speaker's ambage had taken him everywhere and left him nowhere.

aghast   \uh-GAST\   adjective
: struck with terror, amazement, or horror : shocked
Example sentence: In an effort to impress his date, Adam ordered the most expensive items on the menu, then was aghast when the bill arrived.

aver
Definition: (verb) To assert formally as a fact.
Synonyms: allege, say
Example sentence: For as my conscience does not accuse me, I aver that I am not a criminal.


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billet-doux \bil-ay-DOO\, noun;
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plural billets-doux \bil-ay-DOO(Z)\:
A love letter or note.
Example sentence:  Perhaps she just looked first into the bouquet, Hoping for a billet-doux hidden among the flowers.

banal 
banal
(be-nl, bnel, be-nl) adjective
Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite. See Synonyms at TRITE.
Example sentence:  The folks at Blender magazine are taking no prisoners as they release their list of what they consider the 40 worst lyricists, or, as the magazine likes to call them, "metaphor-twisting, mysticism-spouting, Hallmark-cardquoting bards of banality."

bouleversement \bool-vair-suh-MAWN\, noun:
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Complete overthrow; a reversal; a turning upside down.
Example sentence:  For the second time in his life Joe had had a complete bouleversement and was hurrying into line with his generation.

baseness
baseness
(bsns) noun
The quality or state of being contemptible, mean-spirited, or selfish.
1. despicable, contemptible.  2. poor, inferior, cheap, tawdry. 3. fake, spurious. 4. servile, ignoble, abject, slavish, menial. 5. vile
Example sentence:  They were not his misdeeds, but rather his baseness
she so eloquently brought to his attention.

beholden \bih-HOHL-duhn\, adjective:
Obliged; bound in gratitude; indebted.
I used to think Beholden was a hillbilly word; But Look
Example sentence:  I am beholden to you. What does he say of Brutus? He says, for Brutus' sake, lie finds himself beholden to us all.
William Shakespeare


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connotation 
connotation
(kne-tshen) noun
1.        The act or process of connoting.
2.        a. An idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing: Hollywood holds connotations of romance and glittering success. b. The set of associative implications constituting the general sense of a word in addition to its literal sense.
3.        Logic. The set of attributes constituting the meaning of a term; intension.
Example sentence:  The word "feminist" has different connotations for different people.

corollary 
corollary
(kre-lr-, kr-) noun
plural corollaries
Abbr. corol.
1.
       A proposition that follows with little or no proof required from one already proven.
2.        A deduction or an inference.
Example sentence:  An important corollary to eating more fresh fruits and less fat is weight loss

criterion
Definition: (noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated.
Synonyms: standard, touchstone, measure
Example sentence: Their criterion of a good rider is, a man who can manage an untamed colt, or who, if his horse falls, alights on his own feet.
Definition 2: A standard used to decide the correctness of a judgment or decision.
Example sentence: 2 The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. Lord Brook Fulke Greville (1554-1628).

commensurate 
commensurate
(ke-mnser-t, -sher-) adjective
1.       Of the same size, extent, or duration as another.
2.      Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary commensurate with my performance.
3.      Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.
Example sentence:  Carl Sagan coined the phrase the "extraordinary claims require extraordinary commensurtion."


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disambiguate (dsm-bgy-t)
tr.v. disambiguated, disambiguating, disambiguates
To establish a single grammatical or semantic interpretation for.
Example sentence:  "Can you disambiguate this statement?"

draconian   \dray-KOH-nee-un\   adjective, often capitalized
     1 : of, relating to, or characteristic of Draco or the severe code of laws held to have been framed by him
    *2 : cruel; also : severe
Example sentence:       Sue contends that the city's steep fine for jaywalking is a draconian form of punishment.

distrait \dis-TRAY\, adjective:
Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
Example sentence:  Yet when she stopped for a cup of coffee, finding herself too distrait to begin work, the picture was in the course of being removed from the window.

divergence 
divergence (d-vrjens, d-) noun
Abbr. div.
1. a. The act of diverging. b. The state of being divergent. c. The degree by which things diverge.
2. Physiology. A turning of both eyes outward from a common point or of one eye when the other is fixed.
3. Departure from a norm; deviation.
4. Difference, as of opinion.
5. Biology. The evolutionary tendency or process by which animals or plants that are descended from a common ancestor evolve into different forms when living under different conditions.
6. Mathematics. The property or manner of diverging; failure to approach a limit.
7. A meteorological condition characterized by the uniform expansion in volume of a mass of air over a region, usually accompanied by fair dry weather.
Example sentence:  I'm really a bit lost with this divergence. Especially frusterating as I've always just taken this as intuitively obvious. I'd really like to understand.

divergent (d-vrjent, d-) adjective
1.      Drawing apart from a common point; diverging.
2.      Departing from convention.
3.      Differing from another: a divergent opinion.
4.      Mathematics. Failing to approach a limit; not convergent.
- divergently adverb
Example sentence: From him they obtained the Master-Key which explained and reconciled their divergent views, and thus the Secret Doctrine was firmly established and now known as "The Bible"




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exculpatory   \ek-SKUL-puh-tor-ee\   adjective
          : tending or serving to clear from alleged fault or guilt
Example sentence:  The witness's exculpatory testimony convinced the jury to find the defendant not guilty.

errant \AIR-uhnt\, adjective:
1. Wandering; roving, especially in search of adventure.
2. Deviating from an appointed course; straying.
3. Straying from the proper standards (as of truth or propriety).
4. Moving aimlessly or irregularly; as, an errant breeze.
Example sentence:  The year 1980 finds him in Troy, the city where our errant poet will spend the most stable years of his life.

enmity   \EN-muh-tee\   noun
          : positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
Example sentence:  Having to work on the project together only increased the enmity between Ralph and Debra, who had never gotten along.

extant \EK-stunt; ek-STANT\, adjective:
Still existing; not destroyed, lost, or extinct.
Example sentence:
Why, then, did the joint House-Senate committee insert a maximum? The lack of extant records of the committee's deliberations requires us to speculate

emote (i-mot') intr.v., emoted, emoting, emotes.
To express emotion, especially in an excessive or theatrical manner
Example sentence: The more she emotes, the less he listens, and the less he listens, the more strident and emotive she becomes



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factotum \fak-TOH-tuhm\, noun:
A person employed to do all kinds of work or business.
Example sentence:  Mr. Hersey thus became Mr. Lewis's summertime factotum, copying pages of a play that Lewis was writing about Communism.

facetious \fuh-SEE-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Given to jesting; playfully jocular.
2. Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.
Example sentence:  Joe Cocker was being both serious and facetious when he claimed that "the world's greatest water power is woman's tears."
He was by all odds the liveliest, most genial man in the group--"a most engaging and entertaining companion of a sweet, even and lively temper, full of facetious stories always applied with judgment and introduced apropos."

fortis
fortis (frts) Linguistics. adjective
Articulated with relatively strong pressure or tension of the respiratory muscles, as in English p and t compared with b and d.
Example sentence:  He spoke with ease and judgment, and even threatened to be witty. She then with fortis spewed a bitter and abusive denunciation of every audience savored word he spoke!

felicity 
felicity
(f-ls-t) noun
plural felicities
1.
       a. Great happiness; bliss. b. An instance of great happiness.
2.       A cause or source of happiness.
3.       a. An appropriate and pleasing manner or style: felicity of expression. b. An instance of appropriate and pleasing manner or style.
4.        Archaic. Good fortune.
Example sentence:  This page is no longer being updated. You can now find your Felicity news of the Happy Station where available

flummery \FLUHM-uh-ree\, noun:
Empty compliment; unsubstantial talk or writing; mumbo jumbo; nonsense.
Example sentence: This is not the age of reason, this is the age of flummery, and the day of the devious approach.



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genial
genial
(jnyel) adjective
1.Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner; cordial and kindly.
2.      Conducive to life, growth, or comfort; mild: the genial sunshine . . . saturating his miserable body with its warmth (Jack London).
3.      Obsolete. Relating to or marked by genius.
Example sentence:  Our genial host immediately offered us refreshments and introduced us to everyone.



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hubris 
hubris
(hybrs) noun
Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance:
Example sentence:  There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris




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infrangible   \in-FRAN-juh-bul\   adjective
1 : not capable of being broken or separated into parts
2 : not to be infringed or violated
Example sentence:  Page explainedthat family is sacred to her because she believes that few things in life are more infrangible than the bonds of kinship.

idiosyncrasy 
idiosyncrasy
(d-o-sngkre-s) noun
plural idiosyncrasies
1.
       A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or a group.
2.      A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3.      An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.
idiosyncratic (-sn-krtk) adjective
idiosyncratically adverb
Example sentence:  In one particular it was observed that he did not take after his father: owing either to his peculiar upbringing or to a more fundamental idiosyncrasy he had a marked distaste for the opposite sex. "Queen Victoria"

infelicity
infelicity
(nf-ls-t) noun
plural infelicities
1.
      The quality or condition of being infelicitous.
2.      Something inappropriate or unpleasing.
Example sentence:  The official transcript distributed by the White House cleaned up his grammatical infelicity, printing the statement without the S on "children"; where upon Mr. Bush vetoed the Medical Funding for the needy children; Opposite of the platform he ran on in the 2004 election.

intrepid 
intrepid
(n-trpd) adjective
Resolutely courageous; fearless.
Example sentence:  The truly intrepid think of themselves as normal.

inimical \ih-NIM-ih-kul\, adjective:
1. Having the disposition or temper of an enemy; unfriendly; unfavorable.
2. Opposed in tendency, influence, or effects; antagonistic; adverse
Example sentence: Yeats's conflict with his father was not only about the conventional employment which J. B. Yeats believed was inimical to creative freedom.



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jactitation   \jak-tuh-TAY-shun\   noun
          : a tossing to and fro or jerking and twitching of the body
Example sentence:  It is clear that my tics are far more complex in form than mere Parkinsonian jerks, jactitations, or precipitations




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kvetch \KVECH\, adjective:
1. To complain habitually.
noun:
1. A complaint.
2. A habitual complainer.
Example sentence:  People kvetched when someone else wouldn't relinquish his position.




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lodestone   \LOAD-stoan\   noun
1 : magnetite possessing polarity
2 : something that strongly attracts
Example sentence:       The old battlefield is a lodestone for history buffs, and many people travel long distances to visit it.




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mendacious \men-DAY-shuhs\, adjective:
1. Given to deception or falsehood; lying; untruthful; as, a mendacious person.
2. False; untrue; as, a mendacious statement.
Example sentence:  Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, two very different men, each from a different party, were seen as mendacious and deceitful, driven to self-destructive actions by forces they could not control.




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nescience \NESH-uhn(t)s; NESH-ee-uhn(t)s\, noun:
Lack of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
Example sentence:  The ancients understood that too much knowledge could actually impede human functioning -- this at a time when the encroachments on global nescience were comparatively few.

nonchalant 
nonchalant
(nnshe-lnt) adjective
Seeming to be coolly unconcerned or indifferent.
Example sentence:  I am still amazed at the nonchalant attitude of the custodial mother up to the point of her vanity.

nonplus \non-PLUHS\, transitive verb:
To cause to be at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; to confound; to perplex; to bewilder.
"Man, they lost me on this one"
Example sentence:  But I could see in his little blinking eyes that my success had nonplussed him

neophyte 
Definition: (noun) A beginner or novice.
Synonyms: fledgling, newbie, newcomer, freshman, entrant, starter
Example sentence: You have no right to preach to me, you neophyte, that have not passed the porch of life, and are absolutely unacquainted with its mysteries.

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palindrome \PAL-in-drohm\, noun:
A word, phrase, sentence, or verse that reads the same backward or forward.
A few examples:
1. Madam, I'm Adam. (Adam's first words to Eve?)
2. A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama! (The history of the Panama Canal in brief.)

paroxysm \PAIR-uhk-siz-uhm\, noun:
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1. (Medicine) A sudden attack, intensification, or recurrence of a disease.
2. Any sudden and violent emotion or action; an outburst; a fit.
Example sentence:  I love words that can have positive or negative connotations              
But when he's on target -- and more often than not he is -- he can send you into paroxysms of laughter.

precipitation
precipitation
(pr-sp-tshn)
n.
1. A headlong fall or rush.
2. Abrupt or impulsive haste.
3. A hastening or acceleration, especially one that is sudden or unexpected: He is responsible for the precipitation of his own demise.
Example sentence:  My love for this beautiful soul came with such a precipitation that foolishly ending any chance of further involvement.

pronunciamento \pro-nun-see-uh-MEN-toe\, noun:
1. A proclamation or manifesto; a formal announcement or declaration.
2. A pronouncement.
Example sentence:  This was, then, not merely the official closing statement of a lost war, but the opening pronunciamento of a deviously contrived insurgent campaign to maintain imperial control as well as social and political stability in a shattered nation.

prosaic 
prosaic
(pro-zk) adjective
1.
       a. Consisting or characteristic of prose. b. Matter-of-fact; straightforward.
2.
       Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.
Example sentence: 
I was christened in a comparatively prosaic mood.

peregrinate 
peregrinate (pr-gre-nt) verb
peregrinated, peregrinating, peregrinates verb, intransitive
To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot.
verb, transitive
To travel through or over; traverse.
Example sentence:  HOLOFERNES: "He is too picked, too spruce, too affected, too odd, as it were, too peregrinate, as I may call it." SIR NATHANIEL: "A most singular and choice epithet."

perforce 
perforce
(per-frs, -fors) adverb
By necessity; by force of circumstance.
Example sentence:  The weariest nights, the longest days, sooner or later must perforce come to an end.

pasquinade   \pass-kwuh-NAYD\   noun
     1 : a lampoon posted in a public place
    *2 : satirical writing : satire
Example sentence:
      The article, a pasquinade mocking the proposed education reform, generated a lot of mail from readers.

prelapsarian \pree-lap-SAIR-ee-uhn\, adjective:
Pertaining to or characteristic of the time or state before the Fall
Example sentence:  The mid-twenties were, in general, a prelapsarian period, before the stock market crash of 1929 and the depression of the 1930s.

presage 
presage
(prsj) noun
1.    An indication or a warning of a future occurrence; an omen.
2.    A feeling or an intuition of what is going to occur; a presentiment.
3.    Prophetic significance or meaning.
4.    Archaic. A prediction.
Example sentence:  Lightly come or lightly go: Though thy heart presage thee woe.

prescind 
prescind
(pr-snd) verb
prescinded, prescinding, prescinds verb, transitive
To separate or divide in thought; consider individually.
Example sentence: In the darkness and confusion, the bands of these commanders became prescind from each other.

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quail   \KWAIL\   verb
     1 : to give way : falter
    *2 : to recoil in dread or terror : cower
Example sentence:  Even though she quailed at the thought of rejection, Gwen asked Marcel out to dinner.
Did you know? Flinch," "recoil," and "wince" are all synonyms of "quail,"

quotidian \kwoh-TID-ee-uhn\, adjective:
1. Occurring or returning daily; as, a quotidian fever.
2. Of an everyday character; ordinary; commonplace.
Example sentence:  Erasmus thought More's career as a lawyer was a waste of a fine mind, but it was precisely the human insights More derived from his life in the quotidian world that gave him a moral depth Erasmus lacked.

quorum \KWOR-uhm\, noun:
1. Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is legally competent to transact business.
2. A select group.
Example sentence:  The extraordinary powers of the Senate were vested in twenty-six men, fourteen of whom would constitute a quorum, of which eight would make up a majority.
Example sentence 2:  The IRS requires 501, non-profit organizations to have a quorum present at their required, yearly meetings. If it is not, then not only can they not vote, but they must also have another meeting.



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recondite \REK-uhn-dyt\, adjective:
1. Difficult to understand; abstruse.
2. Concerned with obscure subject matter.
Example sentence:  And his fondness for stopping his readers short in their tracks with evidence of his recondite vocabulary is wonderfully irritating.




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synchronism  synchronism noun
1 : the quality or state of being synchronous
2 : chronological arrangement of historical events and personages so as to indicate coincidence or coexistence; also : a table showing such concurrences
Example sentence:  Einsteins "On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies" (OEMB); is irrelevant because; all the cars alike, all the kids bounce their balls in perfect synchronism, because a giant heartbeat controls their every move.

supervene \soo-pur-VEEN\, intransitive verb:
1. To take place or occur as something additional, extraneous, or unexpected (sometimes followed by 'on' or 'upon').
2. To follow immediately after; to ensue.
Example sentence:  After all, doctors outside the hospital can pick up the pieces and re admission is always possible, provided death doesn't supervene.



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turpitude \TUR-puh-tood; -tyood\, noun:
1. Inherent baseness or vileness of principle, words, or actions; depravity.
2. A base act
Example sentence:  They were not his misdeeds, but rather his turpitudes she so eloquently brought to his attention.




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umbrage \UHM-brij\, noun:
1. Shade; shadow; hence, something that affords a shade, as a screen of trees or foliage.
2. a. A vague or indistinct indication or suggestion; a hint.
3. b. Reason for doubt; suspicion.
4. Suspicion of injury or wrong; offense; resentment.
Example sentence:  Burr finally took umbrage, and challenged him to a duel




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wanton 
wanton
(wnten) adjective
1.        Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
2.        a. Gratuitously cruel; merciless. b. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
3.        Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
4.        Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
5.        Frolicsome; playful.
6.        Undisciplined; spoiled.
7.       Obsolete. Rebellious; refractory.
Example sentence:  As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.




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