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Here are some neat words to broaden your vocab and brighten your writing. Got a groovy word? E-mail me!

Acrimonious: caustic, biting, or rancorous especially in feeling, language, or manner

Adroit: having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations

Akimbo: In or into a position in which the hands are on the hips and the elbows are bowed outward

Avarice: Immoderate desire for wealth

Aplomb: complete and confident composure or self-assurance

Baleful: 1. deadly or sinister. 2. threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

Bohemian: A person with artistic or literary interests who disregards conventional standards of behavior.

Bombastic: Grandiloquent, pompous speech or writing.

Cabal: To unite in a small party to promote private views and interests by intrigue; to intrigue; to plot.

Cacophony: 1. Jarring, discordant sound; dissonance. 2. The use of harsh or discordant sounds in literary composition, as for poetic effect.

Cajolery: flattery intended to persuade 

Callipygian: having shapely buttocks

Camarilla: a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue

Celerity: Swiftness of action or motion; speed.

Chimera: 1. (Capitalized) A fire-breathing she-monster represented as having a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail.
2. Any imaginary monster made up of grotesquely incongruous parts.
3. An illusion or mental fabrication; a grotesque product of the imagination.
4. An individual, organ, or part consisting of tissues of diverse genetic constitution, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering.

Chirm: To twitter, warble, or hum as birds or insects.

Chthonic: dwelling in or under the earth; also, pertaining to the underworld

Contumacious: stubbornly disobedient, rebellious

Crufty: . Poorly built, possibly over-complex. 2. (Sometimes spelled "cruftie") A small crufty object; often one that doesn't fit well into the scheme of things.

Cupidity: Excessive desire, especially for wealth

Cynical: 1. Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others.  2. Selfishly or callously calculating. 3. Negative or pessimistic, as from world-weariness. 4. Expressing jaded or scornful skepticism or negativity..

Delenda: things to be blotted out or erased.

Dornick: a stone of suitable size for throwing

Duende: the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm

Effervesce: 1. to bubble, hiss, and foam as gas escapes 2. to show liveliness or exhilaration

Eldritch: (adj)  Strange; unearthly; weird; eerie.

Elusive: 1. Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory 2.Difficult to define or describe.

Escapist: a person who escapes into a world of fantasy. (escapism)

Ethereal: 1.Characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; intangible. 2.Highly refined; delicate. 3.Of the celestial spheres; heavenly. 4.Not of this world; spiritual.

Dulcorate: to sweeten, to make less acrimonious

Facetious: 1. Given to jesting; playfully jocular. 2. Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious.

Feckless: 1. not fit to assume responsibility 2. generally incompetent and ineffectual

Fey: 1. Possessing or displaying a strange and otherworldly aspect or quality; magical or fairylike; elfin.
2. Having power to see into the future; visionary; clairvoyant. 3. Appearing slightly crazy, as if under a spell; touched.

Finagle: achieve something by means of trickery or devious methods

Fizgig: 1. a fishgig 2. a giddy, flirting girl 3.a kind of firework, made of damp powder, which gives a hissing or fizzing noise when ignited.

Flagitious: shamefully wicked; villainous; atrocious; scandalous; heinous; iniquitous; execrable

Fleer: To smirk or laugh in contempt or derision.

Foxy: 1.Of or resembling a fox. 2.Slyly clever; crafty. 3.Having a reddish-brown color. 2.Discolored, as by age or decay; foxed. 3.Slang.  Sensually attractive; sexy. 4.Having a distinctive sharp flavor or aroma

Frittle: a temporary mark on the skin caused by the impression of a textured surface.

Fubar: Utterly botched or confused (Fucked up beyond all recognition).

Furtive: 1. Characterized by stealth; surreptitious. 2.Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty.0.

Futile: serving no useful purpose, frivolous, fruitless

Futilitarian: one who believes that human striving is futile.

Illusive:  Deceiving by false show; deceitful; deceptive; false; illusory; unreal.

Imbroglio: 1. confused mass. 2. an intricate or complicated situation (as in a drama or novel).3. an acutely painful or embarrassing misunderstanding. 4. a violently confused or bitterly complicated altercation; embroilment.

Insipid: 1. Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.  2.Lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull.

Invidious: calculated to create ill will, resentment, or envy.

Junta: a clique that seeks power usually through intrigue.

Lackadaisical: Lacking spirit, liveliness, or interest; languid

Laconic: concise, terse

Lambent: 1.Flickering lightly over or on a surface: lambent moonlight. 2.Effortlessly light or brilliant: lambent wit. 3.Having a gentle glow; luminous.

Limpid: 1. Characterized by transparent clearness; pellucid.  2.Easily intelligible; clear 3.Calm and untroubled; serene.

Macaronic:1. involving or characterized by a mixture of languages, especially burlesque verse in which real or coined words from two or more languages are mixed or vernacular words of modern language/s are Latinized and mixed with Latin words and hybrid forms 2. having the nature of a medley; mixed; jumbled.

Mamman: money personified as a false god.

Maven: A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert.

Megalomania: 1.A psychopathological condition characterized by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence. 2.An obsession with grandiose or extravagant things or actions.

Monomania: obsession with one object

Nihilism: 1. Philosophy. An extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence.  A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated. 2.Rejection of all distinctions in moral or religious value and a willingness to repudiate all previous theories of morality or religious belief. 3.The belief that destruction of existing political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement. 4.also Nihilism A diffuse, revolutionary movement of mid 19th-century Russia that scorned authority and tradition and believed in reason, materialism, and radical change in society and government through terrorism and assassination. 5.Psychiatry. A delusion, experienced in some mental disorders, that the world or one's mind, body, or self does not exist.

Nugatory: trifling, worthless, futile.

Numen: a spiritual force or influence often identified with a natural object, phenomenon or locality

Onieric: of or relating to dreams.

Ophidian: of or relating to snakes.

Orotund: 1. marked by fullness, strength and clarity or sound; sonorous. 2. pompous; bombastic.

Palliate: to make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate, to make less intense.

Phrenetic: Wildly excited or active; frantic; frenzied. (frenetic)

Pyknic: characterized by shortness of stature; broadness of girth, and powerful muscularity; endomorphic

Quean: A woman regarded as being disreputable, especially a prostitute.

Rancor: a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

Risorial: pertaining to or causing laughter.

Sardonic: Scornfully or cynically mocking

Spoonerism: The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.

Subfusc: 1) Dark or dull in color; drab, dusky. 2) Dark or dull clothing.

Sylvan: 1) Relating to or characteristic of woods or forest regions. 2) Located in or inhabiting a wood or forest. 3) Abounding in trees; wooded

Telos: the ultimate end

Tentative: 1. Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional: tentative plans.  2.Uncertain; hesitant.

Torpor: 1.A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.  2.Lethargy; apathy.  3.The dormant, inactive state of a hibernating or estivating animal. (adj. Torporific) 

Twee: affectedly or excessively dainty, delicate, cute or quaint.

Ubiquity: the state of being everywhere at once (or seeming to be everywhere at once)

Umbrageous: 1. shady or filled with shadows. 2. inclined to take offense easily

Unctuous: 1.Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness. 2.Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery. 3.Containing or composed of oil or fat. 4.Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.

Vapid: 1.Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull: vapid conversation. 2.Lacking taste, zest, or flavor; flat: vapid beer.

Vespertilian: of or relating to bats.

Virago: 1. A woman regarded as noisy, scolding, or domineering. 2.A large, strong, courageous woman.

Virtuoso: 1. A musician with masterly ability, technique, or personal style. 2. A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.  3. A person with a strong interest in the fine arts, especially in antiquities.

Zaftig: (of a woman) having a full rounded figure; pleasingly plump.

Zeitgeist: The spirit of the time; the general intellectual and moral state or temper characteristic of any period of time.

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