riposte \ri-POHST\, noun:

1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.

banal \buh-NAL, -NAHL, BEYN-l\, adjective:

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.

perspicuous \per-SPIK-yoo-uhs\, adjective:

1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
2. perspicacious.

This perspicuous presentation makes possible that understanding which consists just.
— Iris Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 1992

litigious \li-TIJ-uhs\, adjective:

1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.

misology \mi-SOL-uh-jee, mahy-\, noun:

distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.

The ultimate consequence of misology is a kind of self-destruction in which what is destroyed is that aspect of the self represented by active reason.
— David A. White, Myth and Metaphysics in Plato’s Phaedo, 1989

echt \ekht\, adjective:

real; authentic; genuine.

This is true or echt because I used a calculator.
— Patricia Wood, Lottery, 2008

mot \moh\, noun:

1. a pithy or witty remark; bon mot.
2. Archaic. a note on a horn, bugle, etc.

Mot comes from the French word of the same spelling, which in turn is rooted in the Latin word muttum which meant “utterance.” It is related to the word motto.

wamble \WOM-buhl, -uhl, WAM-\, verb:

1. to move unsteadily.
2. to feel nausea.
3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.

comport \kuhm-PAWRT, -POHRT\, verb:

1. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He comported himself with dignity.
2. to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually followed by with): His statement does not comport with the facts.

terminus \TUR-muh-nuhs\, noun:

1. the end or extremity of anything.

Terminus comes from the Latin word of the same spelling which meant “boundary, limit, end.”

delitescent \del-i-TES-uhnt\, adjective:

concealed; hidden; latent.

“I am a delitescent writer.” “What does that mean?” It means I didn’t start the book.
— Rex Stout, Double for Death, 1939

inchoation \in-koh-EY-shuhn\, noun:

a beginning; origin.

Three things cannot but exist towards all animated beings from the nature of divine justice; co-sufferance in the circle of inchoation, because without that none could attain the perfect knowledge of any thing…
— John Williams, The Ecclesiastical Antiquities of the Cymry, 1844

advent \AD-vent\, noun:

1. a coming into place, view, or being; arrival: the advent of the holiday season.
2. (usually initial capital letter) the coming of Christ into the world.

Advent came to English in the 1100s from the Latin adventus meaning “arrival” or “approach.”

crepuscule \kri-PUHS-kyool, KREP-uh-skyool\, noun:

twilight; dusk.

But when he awoke at length there was a great Phoenix brooding with spread wings above his prostrate form, its white plumage like a ghostly crepuscule and its red eyes glowing close against his own pallid and fervent face.
— Arthur Edward Waite, The Quest of the Golden Stairs, 1893

promulgate \PROM-uhl-geyt, proh-MUHL-geyt\, verb:

1. to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
2. to set forth or teach publicly (a creed, doctrine, etc.).

I think it means that we promulgate simple and comprehensible laws so that people know where they stand.
— Tom Clancy, Executive Orders, 1996

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