prose
noun
1. the ordinary form of spoken or written language, without metrical structure, as distinguished from poetry or verse.
2. matter-of-fact, commonplace, or dull expression, quality, discourse, etc.

prosaic
adjective
1. commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact or unimaginative: a prosaic mind.
2. of or having the character or form of prose  rather than poetry.

m·asma
noun, plural
1. noxious exhalations from putrescent organic matter; poisonous effluvia or germs polluting the atmosphere.
2. a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or atmosphere.

self-abasement
noun
humiliation of oneself, especially as a result of guilt, shame, or the like.

munition
noun
1. Usually, munitions. materials used in war, especially weapons and ammunition.
2. material or equipment for carrying on any undertaking.

pusillanimous
[pyoo-suh-lan-uh-muhs]
adjective
1. lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid.
2. proceeding from or indicating a cowardly spirit.

craven
adjective
1. cowardly; contemptibly timid; pusillanimous.

hovel
[huhv-uhl, hov-]
noun
1. a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
2. any dirty, disorganized dwelling.
3. an open shed, as for sheltering cattle or tools.

harangue
[huh-rang]
noun
1. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe.
2. a long, passionate, and vehement speech, especially one delivered before a public gathering.
3. any long, pompous speech or writing of a tediously hortatory or didactic nature; sermonizing lecture or discourse.

usurp
verb (used with object)
1. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right: The pretender tried to usurp the throne.
2. to use without authority or right; employ wrongfully: The magazine usurped copyrighted material.

evince
verb (used with object), e·vinced, e·vinc·ing.
1. to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.
2. to reveal the possession of (a quality, trait, etc.).

foist
verb (used with object)
1. to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably (usually followed by on  or upon): to foist inferior merchandise on a customer.
2. to bring, put, or introduce surreptitiously or fraudulently (usually followed by in or into ): to foist political views into a news story.

surreptitious
[sur-uhp-tish-uhs]
adjective
1. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine: a surreptitious glance.

anachronism
[uh-nak-ruh-niz-uhm]
noun
1. something or someone that is not in its correct historical or chronological time, especially a thing or person that belongs to an earlier time: The sword is an anachronism in modern warfare.
2. an error in chronology in which a person, object, event, etc., is assigned a date or period other than the correct one: To assign Michelangelo to the 14th century is an anachronism.

aristocrat
noun
anything regarded as the best, most elegant, or most stylish of its kind: the aristocrat of California wines.

expropriate
[eks-proh-pree-eyt]
verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing.
1. to take possession of, especially for public use by the right of eminent domain, thus divesting the title of the private owner: The government expropriated the land for a recreation area.
2. to dispossess (a person) of ownership: The revolutionary government expropriated the landowners from their estates.
3. to take (something) from another’s possession for one’s own use: He expropriated my ideas for his own article.

obsequious
[uhb-see-kwee-uhs]
adjective
1. characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference; fawning: an obsequious bow.
2. servilely compliant or deferential: obsequious servants.
3. obedient; dutiful.

somnambulism
[som-nam-byuh-liz-uhm, suhm-]
noun
sleepwalking.

epistemology
[ih-pis-tuh-mol-uh-jee]
noun
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, and limits of human knowledge.

bromide
[broh-mahyd or, for 1, broh-mid]
noun
3. a platitude or trite saying.
4. a person who is platitudinous and boring.

tenement
noun
1. Also called tenement house. A  run-down and often overcrowded apartment house, especially in a poor section of a large city.

ennui
[ahn-wee, ahn-wee; Fr. ahn-nwee]
noun
a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom: The endless lecture produced an unbearable ennui.

munificent
[myoo-nif-uh-suhnt]
adjective
1. extremely liberal in giving; very generous.
2. characterized by great generosity: a munificent bequest.

effrontery
[ih-fruhn-tuh-ree]
noun, plural -ter·ies.
1. shameless or impudent boldness; barefaced audacity: She had the effrontery to ask for two free samples.

arrear
[uh-reer]
noun
1. Usually, arrears. the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like.
2. Often, arrears. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid.

parapet
[par-uh-pit, -pet]
noun
1. Fortification .
a. a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
b. an elevation raised above the main wall or rampart of a permanent fortification.
2. any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.

alms
noun ( used with a singular or plural verb )
money, food, or other donations given to the poor or needy; anything given as charity: The hands of the beggars were outstretched for alms.

venal
adjective
1. willing to sell one’s influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery; mercenary: a venal judge.
2. able to be purchased, as by a bribe: venal acquittals.

antipodal
adjective
1. Geography . on the opposite side of the globe; pertaining to the antipodes.
2.  diametrically opposite: twin brothers with antipodal personalities.

unctuous
adjective
1. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
2. of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.
3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.

sonorous
adjective
1. giving out or capable of giving out a sound, especially a deep, resonant sound, as a thing or place: a sonorous cavern.
2. loud, deep, or resonant, as a sound.
3. rich and full in sound, as language or verse.
4. high-flown; grandiloquent: a sonorous speech.

refuse 2
[ref-yoos]
noun
1. something that is discarded as worthless or useless; rubbish; trash; garbage.
adjective
2. rejected as worthless; discarded: refuse matter.

derelict
[der-uh-likt]
adjective
1. left or deserted, as by the owner or guardian; abandoned: a derelict ship.
2. neglectful of duty; delinquent; negligent.
noun
3. a person abandoned by society, especially a person without a permanent home and means of support; vagrant; bum.

semaphore
[sem-uh-fawr, -fohr]
noun
1. an apparatus for conveying information by means of visual signals, as a light whose position may be changed.
2. any of various devices for signaling by changing the position of a light, flag, etc.
3. a system of signaling, especially a system by which a special flag is held in each hand and various positions of the arms indicate specific letters, numbers, etc.

indolent
adjective
1. having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion; slothful: an indolent person.
2. Pathology . causing little or no pain; inactive or relatively benign: an indolent ulcer that is not painful and is slow to heal.

pliant
adjective
1. bending readily; flexible; supple; adaptable: She manipulated the pliant clay.
2. easily influenced; yielding to others; compliant: He has a pliant nature.

brocade
noun
1. fabric woven with an elaborate design, especially one having a raised overall pattern.
verb (used with object)
2. to weave with a raised design or figure.

perfunctory
[per-fuhngk-tuh-ree]
adjective
1. performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial: perfunctory courtesy.
2. lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic: In his lectures he reveals himself to be merely a perfunctory speaker.

desultory
[des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.

plangent
adjective
resounding loudly, especially with a plaintive sound, as a bell.

concomitant
1. existing or occurring with something else, often in a lesser way; accompanying; concurrent: an event and its concomitant circumstances.

undulant
undulating;  wavelike in motion or pattern: an undulant edge.

implacable
not to be appeased, mollified, or pacified; inexorable: an implacable enemy.

inculcate \in-KUHL-kayt; IN-kuhl-kayt\, transitive verb:

To teach and impress by frequent repetition or instruction.

equanimity
noun
mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

grist – Idiom

grist for / to one’s mill: something employed to one’s profit or advantage, especially something seemingly unpromising: Every delay was so much more grist for her mill.

umami
noun
a strong meaty taste imparted by glutamate and certain other amino acids: often considered to be one of the basic taste sensations along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.

attenuate
verb (used with object)
1. to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value: to attenuate desire.
2. to make thin; make slender or fine.

churlish

1. Boorish or rude.
2. Of a churl; peasantlike.
3. Stingy; mean.
4. Difficult to work or deal with, as soil.

à la mode

1. In or according to the fashion.

felonious \fuh-LOH-nee-uhs\

1. Wicked; base; villainous.

obscurantism \uhb-SKYOORr-uhn-tiz-uhm\, noun:

1. Opposition to the increase and spread of knowledge.
2. Deliberate obscurity or evasion of clarity.

bobbery \BOB-uh-ree\, noun:

A disturbance or a brawl.

adytum \ad-i-tuhm\, noun:

1. A sacred place that the public is forbidden to enter; an inner shrine.
2. The most sacred or reserved part of any place of worship.

bough \bou\, noun:

A branch of a tree, especially one of the larger or main branches.

prehensible \pri-HEN-suh-buhl\, adjective:

Able to be seized or grasped.

junket \JUHNG-kit\, noun:

1. A trip, usually by an official or legislative committee, paid out of public funds and ostensibly to obtain information.
2. A sweet, custardlike food of flavored milk curdled with rennet.
3. A pleasure excursion, as a picnic or outing.

frondescence \fron-DES-uhns\, noun:

1. Leafage; foliage.

plebiscite \PLEB-uh-sahyt\, noun:

1. A direct vote of the qualified voters of a state in regard to some important public question.
2. The vote by which the people of a political unit determine autonomy or affiliation with another country.

knavery \NEY-vuh-ree\, noun:

1. Unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest dealing; trickery.

r·rear
[uh-reer]
noun
1.
Usually, arrears. the state of being behind or late, especially in the fulfillment of a duty, promise, obligation, or the like.
2.
Often, arrears. something overdue in payment; a debt that remains unpaid.

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