pur·vey·or

[per-vey-er]

noun

1.a person who purveys, provides, or supplies: a purveyor of foods; a purveyor of lies.

on·tol·o·gy

[on-tol-uh-jee]

noun

1.the branch of metaphysics that studies the nature of existence or being as such.

per·spi·cac·i·ty

[pur-spi-kas-i-tee]

noun

1. keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.

qui·es·cent

[kwee-es-uhnt, kwahy-]

adjective

being at rest; quiet; still; inactive or motionless: a quiescent mind.

chic

[sheek] adjective, chic·er, chic·est.

1. attractive and fashionable; stylish: a chic hat.

co·da

[koh-duh]

noun

1. Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.

2. Ballet. the concluding section of a ballet, especially the final part of a pas de deux.

3. a concluding section or part, especially one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.

4. anything that serves as a concluding part

ap·o·gee

[ap-uh-jee]

noun

1. Astronomy . the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of a man-made satellite at which it is farthest from the earth. Compare perigee.

2. the highest or most distant point; climax.

as·sev·er·ate

[uh-sev-uh-reyt]

verb (used with object), as·sev·er·at·ed, as·sev·er·at·ing.

to declare earnestly or solemnly; affirm positively; aver.

de·tri·tus

[dih-trahy-tuhs]

noun

1. rock in small particles or other material worn or broken away from a mass, as by the action of water or glacial ice.

2. any disintegrated material; debris.

an·o·dyne

[an-uh-dahyn]

noun

1. a medicine that relieves or allays pain.

2. anything that relieves distress or pain: The music was an anodyne to his grief.

dif·fi·dent

[dif-i-duhnt]

adjective

1. lacking confidence in one’s own ability, worth, or fitness; timid; shy.

2. restrained or reserved in manner, conduct, etc.

be·to·ken

[bih-toh-kuhn]

verb (used with object)

1. to give evidence of; indicate: to betoken one’s fidelity with a vow; a kiss that betokens one’s affection.

2. to be or give a token or sign of; portend: a thunderclap that betokens foul weather; an angry word that betokens hostility.

mar·ti·net

[mahr-tn-et, mahr-tn-et]

noun

1. a strict disciplinarian, especially a military one.

2. someone who stubbornly adheres to methods or rules.

pro·bi·ty

[proh-bi-tee, prob-i-]

noun

integrity and uprightness; honesty.

ad·ven·ti·tious

[ad-vuhn-tish-uhs]

adjective

1. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.

vi·ti·ate

[vish-ee-eyt]

verb (used with object), vi·ti·at·ed, vi·ti·at·ing.

1. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil.

2. to impair or weaken the effectiveness of.

3. to debase; corrupt; pervert.

4. to make legally defective or invalid; invalidate: to vitiate a claim.

in·e·luc·ta·ble

[in-i-luhk-tuh-buhl]

adjective

incapable of being evaded; inescapable: an ineluctable destiny. Synonyms: inevitable, unavoidable, irrevocable, unpreventable, unstoppable, inexorable.

fac·ile

[fas-il or, esp. British, -ahyl]

adjective

1. moving, acting, working, proceeding, etc., with ease, sometimes with superficiality: facile fingers; a facile mind.

2. easily done, performed, used, etc.: a facile victory; a facile method.

3. easy or unconstrained, as manners or persons.

4. affable, agreeable, or complaisant; easily influenced: a facile temperament; facile people.

dis·com·fi·ture

[dis-kuhm-fi-cher]

noun

1. disconcertion; confusion; embarrassment.

2. frustration of hopes or plans.

ve·rid·i·cal

[vuh-rid-i-kuhl]

adjective

1. truthful; veracious.

2. corresponding to facts; not illusory; real; actual; genuine.

pan·o·ram·a

[pan-uh-ram-uh, -rah-muh]

noun

1. an unobstructed and wide view of an extensive area in all directions.

2. an extended pictorial representation or a cyclorama of a landscape or other scene, often exhibited a part at a time and made to pass continuously before the spectators.

3. a building for exhibiting such a pictorial representation.

4. a continuously passing or changing scene or an unfolding of events: the panorama of Chinese history.

5. a comprehensive survey, as of a subject.

vi·cis·si·tude

[vi-sis-i-tood, -tyood]

noun

1. a change or variation occurring in the course of something.

2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things.

3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.

jer·e·mi·ad

[jer-uh-mahy-uhd, -ad]

noun

a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint.

droll

[drohl] adjective, droll·er, droll·est, noun, verb

adjective

1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.

parse

[pahrs, pahrz] verb, parsed, pars·ing.

verb (used with object)

1. to analyze (a sentence) in terms of grammatical constituents, identifying the parts of speech, syntactic relations, etc.
2. to describe (a word in a sentence) grammatically, identifying the part of speech, inflectional form, syntactic function, etc.
3. to analyze (something, as a speech or behavior) to discover its implications or uncover a deeper meaning: Political columnists were in their glory, parsing the president’s speech on the economy in minute detail.
verb (used without object)

5. to be able to be parsed; lend itself to parsing: Sorry, but your concluding paragraph simply doesn’t parse.

fu·sil·lade

[fyoo-suh-leyd, -lahd, -zuh-]

noun, verb, fu·sil·lad·ed, fu·sil·lad·ing.

1. a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms.
2. a general discharge or outpouring of anything: a fusillade of questions.

re·mon·strate

[ri-mon-streyt] Show IPA verb, re·mon·strat·ed, re·mon·strat·ing.

verb (used with object)

1. to say or plead in protest, objection, or disapproval.

ex·cul·pate

[ek-skuhl-peyt, ik-skuhl-peyt]

verb (used with object), ex·cul·pat·ed, ex·cul·pat·ing.

to clear from a charge of guilt or fault; free from blame; vindicate.

op·pro·bri·um

[uh-proh-bree-uh m]

noun

1. the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy.

2. a cause or object of such disgrace or reproach.

com·port

[kuh m-pawrt, -pohrt]

verb (used with object)

1. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He comported himself with dignity.

verb (used without object)

2. to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually followed by with  ): His statement does not comport with the facts.

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