outrance \oo-TRAHNS\, noun:

The utmost extremity.

“Its prevailing features are equability, ease, perfect accuracy and purity of style, a manner never at outrance with the subject matter, pathos, and verisimilitude.”
— Edgar Allen Poe, The Linwoods

I pretend not to be a champion of that same naked virtue called truth, to the very outrance. I can consent that her charms be hidden with a veil, were it but for decency’s sake.

persnickety \per-SNIK-i-tee\, adjective:

1. Overparticular; fussy.
2. Snobbish or having the aloof attitude of a snob.
3. Requiring painstaking care.

perspicacious \pur-spi-KEY-shuhs\, adjective:

1. Having keen mental perception and understanding; discerning.

profligacy \PROF-li-guh-see\, noun:

1. Reckless extravagance.
2. Shameless dissoluteness.
3. Great abundance.

gasconade \gas-kuh-NEYD\, noun:

1. Extravagant boasting; boastful talk.

verb:
1. To boast extravagantly; bluster.

solecism \SOL-uh-siz-uhm\, noun:

1. A breach of good manners or etiquette.
2. A nonstandard or ungrammatical usage
3. Any error, impropriety, or inconsistency.

novation \noh-VEY-shuhn\, noun:

1. The introduction of something new; innovation.

anamnesis \an-am-NEE-sis\, noun:

1. The recollection or remembrance of the past.
2. Platonism. Recollection of the Ideas, which the soul had known in a previous existence, especially by means of reasoning.
3. The medical history of a patient.

reprove
[ri-proov]
verb (used with object)
1. to criticize or correct, especially gently: to reprove a pupil for making a mistake.
2. to disapprove of strongly; censure

expostulate \ik-SPOS-chuh-leyt\, verb:

To reason earnestly with someone against something that person intends to do or has done.

autodidact
[aw-toh-dahy-dakt, -dahy-dakt]
noun
a person who has learned a subject without the benefit of a teacher or formal education; a self-taught person.

ossified
[os-uh-fahyd]
adjective
1. hardened like or into bone.
2. Slang . drunk.

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