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1/21/19


prophylactic - a medicine or course of action used to prevent disease.

rapacious - aggressively greedy or grasping.

ephemeral - lasting for a very short time.

avant-garde - favoring or introducing experimental or unusual ideas.

perspicacious - having a ready insight into and understanding of things.

asinine - extremely stupid or foolish.

alacrity - brisk and cheerful readiness.

supercilious - behaving or looking as though one thinks one is superior to others.

canard - an unfounded rumor or story.

valorizing - give or ascribe value or validity to (something).

blasé - unimpressed or indifferent to something because one has experienced or seen it so often before.

firmament - the heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.

Esoteric - intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.

aleatory - depending on the throw of a dice or on chance; random.

Auteur - a filmmaker whose personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the author of the movie.

pejorative - expressing contempt or disapproval.

interlocutor - a person who takes part in a dialogue or conversation.

solipsistic - of, relating to, or characterized by solipsism or extreme egocentricity.

auric - relating to the aura supposedly surrounding a living creature.

Incongruous - not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something.

syzygy - a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun.

ennui - a feeling of dissatisfaction arising from a lack of occupation or excitement

mellifluous - sounding pleasant to the ear

Stakhanovite - a worker in the former Soviet Union who was exceptionally hardworking and productive.

raison d’être - the reason for being

indescribable - wonderfully complex and beyond reduction

“vague symbol”

sybaritic - fond of sensuous luxury or pleasure; self-indulgent.

ascetic - characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention

idiosyncratic - relating to idiosyncrasy; peculiar or individual

zeitgeist - the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time

halcyon - denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful

disdain - the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one’s consideration or respect; contempt.

ostensibly - apparently or purportedly, but perhaps not actually

beguile - charm or enchant (someone), sometimes in a deceptive way.

restive - (of a person) unable to keep still or silent and becoming increasingly difficult to control, especially because of impatience, dissatisfaction, or boredom

anathema - something or someone that one vehemently dislikes.

dispositive - relating to or bringing about the settlement of an issue or the disposition of property.

epistemological - relating to the theory of knowledge, especially with regard to its methods, validity, and scope, and the distinction between justified belief and opinion.

arbitrage - the simultaneous buying and selling of securities, currency, or commodities in different markets or in derivative forms in order to take advantage of differing prices for the same asset.

germane - relevant to a subject under consideration.

reify - make (something abstract) more concrete or real.

Internecine - conflict within a group?

indelibly - in a way that cannot be removed or forgotten.

liminal - relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process

gallivanting - going around from one place to another in the pursuit of pleasure or entertainment

risible - such as to provoke laughter.

cri de coeur - a passionate appeal, complaint, or protest

concomitant - naturally accompanying or associated.

quotidian - of or occurring every day; daily.

allay - diminish or put at rest (fear, suspicion, or worry).

gendarmes - a rock pinnacle on a mountain, occupying and blocking an arête.

lagniappe - something given as a bonus or extra gift.

amorous - Inclined to love; having a propensity to love


new words by P and I