Full List of Words

Below is the full list of words as it stands now, from a to . NOTE: Some of the entries include an example sentence that I ran across in my reading. Unfortunately, in most cases, I don’t remember where I got the sentence from, so I am unable to cite the sources. I feel compelled to make it known that I do not claim credit for authoring these sentences.

  1. abattoir – slaughterhouse
  2. aegis – protection; support; sponsorship, auspices
  3. agitprop – agitation and propaganda, especially for the cause of communism
  4. agog – highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation; in a state of eager desire
  5. ambit – circumference; sphere of influence; range
  6. analeptic – restoring; invigorating; giving strength after disease
  7. anodyne – anything that relieves distress or pain
  8. apotheosis – the elevation or exaltation of a person to the rank of a god
  9. argot – a specialized idiomatic vocabulary peculiar to a particular class or group of people, especially that of an underworld group, devised for private communication and identification
  10. au courant – up-to-date; fully aware or familiar; cognizant
  11. automaton – a person who acts in a monotonous, routine manner, without active intelligence
  12. bathos – a ludicrous descent from the exalted or lofty to the commonplace; triteness or triviality in style
  13. bawdry – lewdness, obscenity
  14. bedlamite – an insane person; lunatic
  15. benighted – intellectually or morally ignorant; unenlightened
  16. benison – benediction, spoken blessing
  17. bêtes noire – a person or thing especially disliked or dreaded; bane
  18. bibulous – addicted to or fond of alcoholic beverages
  19. bijou – a jewel; something small, delicate, and exquisitely wrought
  20. Bildungsroman – a novel that details the maturation, and specifically the psychological development and moral education, of the principal character
  21. blivit – something annoying, ridiculous, or useless; something for which one cannot find a word; something difficult to name
  22. bloviate – to speak pompously
  23. bonhomie – frank and simple good-heartedness; a good-natured manner; friendliness; geniality
  24. bowdlerize – to expurgate (a written work) by removing or modifying passages considered vulgar or objectionable
  25. brouhaha – excited public interest, discussion, or the like, as the clamor attending some sensational event; hullabaloo
  26. bulwark – any protection against external danger, injury, or annoyance; any person or thing giving strong support or encouragement in time of need, danger, or doubt
  27. bumptious – offensively self-assertive
  28. bunkum – insincere speech-making by a politician intended merely to please local constituents
  29. cachet – a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp; superior status; prestige
  30. cad – a person without gentlemanly instincts
  31. cadge – to obtain by imposing on another’s generosity or friendship; to borrow without intent to repay; to beg or obtain by begging
  32. cagey – cautious, wary, or shrewd
  33. caitiff – a base, despicable person
  34. callipygian – having well-shaped buttocks
  35. canard – a false or baseless story, often derogatory
  36. captious – apt to notice and make much of trivial faults or defects; faultfinding; difficult to please
  37. carpetbagger – any opportunistic or exploitive outsider (yes, exploitive is a word)
  38. catchpenny – (adj) designed to have instant appeal, especially in order to sell quickly and easily without regard for quality; (n) an item that is cheap and showy
  39. cathect – to invest emotion or feeling in
  40. cattish – spiteful; malicious
  41. cavil – to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about)
  42. chimera – a mythological, fire-breathing monster, commonly represented with a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail; a vain or idle fancy
  43. churl – a rude, boorish, or surly person
  44. cloy – to weary by an excess of food, sweetness, pleasure, etc.; surfeit; satiate
  45. confect – to make up, compound, or prepare from ingredients or materials
  46. conniption –  a fit of hysterical excitement or anger
  47. copacetic – fine; completely satisfactory; OK
  48. coquette – a woman who flirts
  49. crapulous – given to or characterized by gross excess in drinking or eating
  50. crepuscular – of, pertaining to, or resembling twilight; dim; indistinct
  51. cynosure – something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest
  52. decamp – to depart quickly, secretly, or unceremoniously
  53. defenestrate – to throw (a person) out of a window (I always thought “defenestrate” a useless, though amusing, word. When would one ever have occasion to use it? I was surprised to run across it in an actual book recently, in the following sentence: “Kapitza never made any secret of his pleasure at the defenestration of Russia’s land-owning aristocracy during the 1917 revolution.”)
  54. demagogue – a person who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people
  55. depilate – to remove the hair from
  56. depilatory – capable of removing hair
  57. depredation – the act of preying upon or plundering; robbery; ravage
  58. detritivore – an organism that uses organic waste as a food source, as certain insects
  59. discombobulate – to confuse or disconcert; upset; frustrate
  60. dissimulate – to disguise or conceal under a false appearance; dissemble
  61. divertimento – an instrumental composition in several movements, light and diverting in character (a project undertaken for fun, perhaps as a break from more serious work)
  62. doggerel – comic or burlesque; rude, crude, poor
  63. dogsbody – menial worker, drudge
  64. dosh – British slang for money
  65. dotage – a decline of mental faculties, especially as associated with old age; senility; excessive fondness; foolish affection
  66. draconian – rigorous; unusually severe or cruel
  67. duenna – an older woman serving as escort or chaperon of a young lady
  68. dystopia – a society characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding (as opposed to utopia)
  69. echolalia – the uncontrollable and immediate repetition of words spoken by another person
  70. efface – to wipe out, do away with; to rub out, erase, or obliterate; to make (oneself) inconspicuous
  71. efflorescence – the state or period of flowering; an example or result of growth and development
  72. emetic – causing vomiting, as a medicinal substance
  73. encomium – a formal expression of high praise; eulogy
  74. epicene – belonging to, or partaking of the characteristics of, both sexes; effeminate, unmasculine
  75. ersatz – serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial
  76. erstwhile – former; of times past
  77. eviscerate – to remove the entrails from; disembowel
  78. execrate – to detest utterly, abhor; to curse or damn
  79. extirpate – to remove or destroy totally; do away with; exterminate
  80. factotum – a person, as a handyman or servant, employed to do all kinds of work around the house
  81. farrago – a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley
  82. Fauntleroy – an excessively polite and well-dressed boy
  83. feckless – ineffective; incompetent; futile; having no sense of responsibility; indifferent; lazy
  84. festoon – a chain of flowers, ribbon, or foliage, suspended in a curve between two points; to adorn with festoons
  85. fifth column – a group of people who act traitorously and subversively out of a secret sympathy with an enemy of their country
  86. finagle – to trick, swindle, or cheat (a person)
  87. flinty – unyielding; unmerciful; obdurate
  88. folderol – a showy but worthless trifle; foolish nonsense (also falderal and falderol)
  89. frisson – a sudden, passing sensation of excitement; a shudder of emotion; thrill
  90. frowzy – dirty and untidy; slovenly
  91. fug – the heavy air in a closed room, regarded as either oppressive and murky or warm and cozy (adj: fuggy)
  92. fulsome – offensive to good taste, especially as being excessive; disgusting; sickening; repulsive; excessively or insincerely lavish
  93. gambol – to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic
  94. gasser – something that is extraordinarily pleasing or successful, especially a very funny joke
  95. gedanken – a “thought experiment” (the sort that Einstein used to derive some of his famous results)
  96. gestalt – a configuration, pattern, or organized field having specific properties that cannot be derived from the summation of its component parts; something that is greater than the sum of its parts
  97. gimcrack – a showy, useless trifle; gewgaw
  98. glossolalia – incomprehensible speech in an imaginary language, sometimes occurring in a trance state, an episode of religious ecstasy, or schizophrenia
  99. gravitas – seriousness or sobriety, as of conduct or speech
  100. greenhorn – an untrained or inexperienced person; a naïve or gullible person; someone who is easily tricked or swindled; a newly arrived immigrant; a newcomer
  101. grifter – a person who operates a side show at a circus, fair, etc., especially a gambling attraction; a swindler, dishonest gambler, or the like
  102. gussy – to enhance the attractiveness of in a gimmicky, showy manner (usually followed by up)
  103. hagiography – any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject; the writing of the lives of the saints
  104. harridan – a scolding, vicious woman; hag
  105. hauteur – haughty manner or spirit; arrogance
  106. hellion – a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person
  107. heuristic – serving to indicate or point out; stimulating interest as a means of furthering investigation; by trial-and-error
  108. hie – to hasten; speed; go in haste
  109. hoary – gray or white with age; ancient or venerable; tedious from familiarity; stale
  110. hokum – trite or mawkish sentiment, crude humor; nonsense, humbug, claptrap
  111. homunculus – an artificially made dwarf, supposedly produced in a flask by an alchemist; a diminutive human being
  112. hoyden – a boisterous, bold, and carefree girl; a tomboy
  113. hugger-mugger – disorder or confusion; muddle
  114. hullabaloo – a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar
  115. humbug – something intended to delude or deceive (It’s not just a curse used by Scrooge!)
  116. iconoclast – a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition
  117. imprimatur – sanction or approval; support (official license to print or publish a book)
  118. inamorata – a woman who loves or is loved; female sweetheart or lover
  119. incommode – to inconvenience or discomfort; to impede, hinder (To incommode someone does not mean to put them in a commode, although doing so certainly would incommode them.)
  120. inimical – adverse in tendency or effect; unfavorable; harmful
  121. insouciance – lack of care or concern; indifference
  122. intelligentsia – intellectuals considered as a group or class, especially as a cultural, social, or political elite
  123. internecine – pertaining to conflict within a group; mutually destructive
  124. inure – to accustom to hardship, difficulty, pain, etc.; toughen or harden; habituate
  125. invidious – calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful
  126. jackanapes – an impertinent, presumptuous person, especially a young man; whippersnapper
  127. jejune – without interest or significance; dull; insipid
  128. jeremiad – a prolonged lamentation or mournful complaint
  129. jingo – a person who boasts of his patriotism and favors an aggressive, threatening, warlike foreign policy
  130. ken – range of vision, or range of knowledge (as in, “The subject of quantum chromodynamics is beyond my ken.”)
  131. kerfuffle – commotion, disorder, agitation
  132. kvetch – to complain, especially chronically
  133. lachrymose – given to tears or weeping; tending to cause tears, mournful
  134. lacuna – a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript, series, or logical argument
  135. lagniappe – a gratuity or tip; unexpected or indirect benefit
  136. lambent – dealing lightly and gracefully with a subject; brilliantly playful
  137. lapidary – characterized by an exactitude and extreme refinement that suggests gem cutting; of or related to stone-cutting
  138. lark – (v) to have fun; frolic; romp; to behave mischievously; to play pranks; (n) a merry, carefree adventure; innocent mischief
  139. licit – legal; lawful; legitimate; permissible
  140. limn – to represent in drawing or painting; to portray in words, describe
  141. linchpin – something that holds the various elements of a complicated structure together
  142. lionize – to treat as a celebrity
  143. lissom – lithesome; agile, nimble, active
  144. logomachy – an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words
  145. logorrhea – pathologically incoherent, repetitious speech; incessant or compulsive talkativeness (That’s right! It’s the Greek word for “word” plus the second half of “diarrhea” — sort of a verbal diarrhea. We all know someone who has a chronic case.)
  146. lothario – a man who obsessively seduces and deceives women
  147. lucubration – laborious work, study, thought, etc., especially at night; any literary effort, especially of a pretentious or solemn nature
  148. madcap – wildly or heedlessly impulsive; reckless; rash
  149. meconium – the first fecal excretion of a newborn child
  150. mendacious – telling lies, especially habitually; false or untrue
  151. mensch – a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person
  152. meretricious – alluring by a show of flashy or vulgar attractions; tawdry
  153. métier – a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte
  154. miscegenation – marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups, especially, in the U.S., between a black person and a white person
  155. misprision – a neglect or violation of official duty by one in office
  156. modish – in the current fashion; stylish; contemporary
  157. modulate – to adjust in a controlled way; to regulate by a certain measure
  158. morass – any confusing or troublesome situation, especially one from which it is difficult to free oneself; entanglement
  159. mordant – sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting
  160. moue – a disdainful or pouting look (pronounced like the sound a cow makes)
  161. mutatis mutandis – the necessary changes having been made (Latin)
  162. ne’er-do-well – an idle, worthless person; a person who is ineffectual, unsuccessful, or completely lacking in merit (often used in the context of describing the “black sheep” in one’s family)
  163. nexus – a means of connection; tie; link
  164. numinous – having a strong religious or spiritual quality; indicating or suggesting the presence of a divinity
  165. obeisance – deference or homage; a bow, curtsy, or other similar, respectful gesture
  166. onomastics – the study of the origin, history, and use of proper names
  167. opine – to hold or express an opinion
  168. ordure – dung; manure; excrement
  169. orotund – characterized by strength, fullness, richness, and clearness (often used describing one’s voice)
  170. orthography – the art of writing words with the proper letters; correct spelling
  171. osculate – to come into close contact or union; to kiss
  172. pablum – trite, naïve, or simplistic ideas or writings; intellectual pap
  173. paean – any song of praise, joy, or triumph, esp. to a Greek deity
  174. palaver – a conference or discussion
  175. panache – a grand or flamboyant manner
  176. panjandrum – a self-important or pretentious official
  177. panoply – a wide-ranging and impressive array or display; a complete suit of armor or protective covering
  178. paramour – an illicit lover, especially of a married person
  179. pastiche – a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources; an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge
  180. patois – a regional form of a language, especially of French, differing from the standard, literary form of the language
  181. patrician – (n) a person of noble or high rank; a person of very good background, education, and refinement; (adj) aristocratic
  182. patzer – a casual, amateurish chess player
  183. peripatetic – walking or traveling about; itinerant
  184. peregrine – foreign; alien; coming from abroad; wandering, traveling, or migrating
  185. peremptory – leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative
  186. perfunctory – performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial
  187. perfidy – deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery
  188. persiflage – light, bantering talk or writing
  189. perspicuous – clearly expressed or presented; lucid
  190. petard – an explosive device formerly used in warfare to blow in a door or gate, form a breach in a wall, etc. (to be “hoisted by one’s own petard” means to be defeated by one’s own devices)
  191. phantasmagoria – a shifting series of phantasms, illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination
  192. philology – the study of literary texts and written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning
  193. phlegmatic – not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish
  194. pillory – a wooden framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used to expose an offender to public derision; to expose to public derision, ridicule, or abuse
  195. platitude – a flat, dull, or trite remark, especially one uttered as if it were fresh or profound
  196. plaudit – an enthusiastic expression of approval; a round of applause
  197. pogrom – an organized massacre, especially of Jews
  198. poseur – a person who attempts to impress others by assuming or affecting a manner, degree of elegance, sentiment, etc., other than his or her true one (People used this word when I was in middle school, but I think we all imagined it was spelled “poser,” and we had no idea that it was a legitimate, high-level vocabulary word from French.)
  199. postulant – a candidate, especially for admission into a religious order; a person who asks or applies for something
  200. potlatch – among American Indians of the northern Pacific coast, especially the Kwakiutl) a ceremonial festival at which gifts are bestowed on the guests and property is destroyed by its owner in a show of wealth that the guests later attempt to surpass
  201. prattle – to talk in a foolish or simple-minded way; chatter; babble
  202. praxis – practice, as distinguished from theory; application or use, as of knowledge or skills
  203. predilection – a tendency to think favorably of something in particular; partiality; preference
  204. probity – integrity and uprightness; honesty
  205. proclivity – natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition
  206. procrustean – tending to produce conformity by violent or arbitrary means
  207. prognathous – (especially of a person) having a projecting lower jaw or chin
  208. promontory – a high point of land or rock projecting into the sea or other water beyond the line of coast; a headland
  209. prophylactic – preventive; defending, protecting from disease
  210. provenance – place or source of origin
  211. prurient – having, inclined to have, or characterized by lascivious thoughts
  212. puckish – mischievous; impish
  213. pullulating – thriving, multiplying, and sprouting rapidly; (pullulate = to send forth sprouts; to breed rapidly; to exist in abundance)
  214. punctilio – a fine point, particular, or detail, as of conduct, ceremony, or procedure
  215. punctilious – strict or exact in the observance of the formalities or amenities of conduct or actions
  216. purloin – to steal; to take dishonestly
  217. purvey – to provide, furnish, or supply (especially food or provisions) usually as a business or service
  218. pusillanimous – lacking courage or resolution; cowardly; faint-hearted; timid
  219. putsch – a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow a government, especially one that depends upon suddenness and speed
  220. quacksalver – a quack, charlatan
  221. quisling – a person who betrays his or her own country by aiding an invading enemy, often serving later in a puppet government
  222. quixotic – extravagantly chivalrous or romantic; visionary, impractical, or impracticable (from the name Don Quixote)
  223. quotidian – daily; usual or customary; ordinary; commonplace
  224. raconteur – a person who is skilled at telling stories and anecdotes
  225. raffish – having a carelessly unconventional style or manner
  226. rapacious – given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed
  227. rapporteur – a person responsible for compiling reports and presenting them
  228. ratiocination – the process of logical reasoning
  229. realpolitik – political realism or practical politics, especially policy based on power rather than on ideals
  230. reconnoiter – to inspect, observe, or survey (the enemy, the enemy’s strength or position, a region, etc.) in order to gain information for military purposes
  231. redux – brought back; resurgent
  232. refulgent – shining brightly; radiant
  233. regnant – reigning, prevalent
  234. reify – to convert into or regard as a concrete thing: to reify a concept
  235. revenant – a person who returns as a spirit after death; ghost
  236. riposte – a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke
  237. risible – causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous
  238. rodomontade – vainglorious boasting or bragging; pretentious, blustering talk
  239. rumbustious – rambunctious
  240. sally – a sortie of troops from a besieged place upon an enemy; a sudden rushing forth or activity; an outburst or flight of passion, fancy, etc.; a clever, witty, or fanciful remark
  241. saltation – a dancing, hopping, or leaping movement
  242. sanctimony – pretended, affected, or hypocritical religious devotion, righteousness, etc.
  243. sangfroid – coolness of mind; calmness; composure
  244. sartorial – of or relating to clothing or style or manner of dress
  245. sati (or suttee) – a Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the funeral pyre of her husband: now abolished by law
  246. saurian – resembling a lizard
  247. scabrous – rough with small points or knobs; full of difficulties; indecent, shocking, improper, scandalous
  248. scarper – to flee or depart suddenly, especially without having paid one’s bills
  249. scatology – the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity (Really? There’s a word for this? Don’t confuse this with eschatology, which is a subject that one might study in a seminary.)
  250. schadenfreude – delight in another’s misfortune
  251. schlemiel – an awkward and unlucky person for whom things never turn out right
  252. sclerotic – hardened (The young physicists mocked the sclerotic imaginations of their elders.)
  253. screed – a long discourse or essay, especially a diatribe
  254. scrimshaw – a carved or engraved article, especially of whale ivory, whalebone, walrus tusks, or the like, made by whalers as a leisure occupation
  255. scrofulous – morally tainted
  256. scurrilous – grossly or obscenely abusive; coarsely jocular or derisive
  257. sedulous – diligent in application or attention; assiduous
  258. senescent – growing old; aging
  259. shandygaff – an alcoholic drink made of beer and ginger beer or lemonade
  260. shill – a person who publicizes or praises something or someone for reasons of self-interest, personal profit, or friendship or loyalty
  261. shtick – routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself
  262. simper – to smile in a silly, self-conscious way
  263. simulacrum – a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance; an effigy, image, or semblance
  264. sine qua non – an indispensable condition, element, or factor; something essential (latin: “without which not”)
  265. sinecure – a position requiring little work yet yielding profitable returns
  266. skint – having no money; penniless
  267. skullduggery – dishonorable proceedings; mean dishonesty or trickery
  268. slattern – a slovenly, untidy woman or girl
  269. snollygoster – a clever, unscrupulous person
  270. snooker – to deceive, cheat, or dupe; to place (someone) in a difficult situation; to defeat or thwart
  271. sodality – fellowship; comradeship
  272. solicitous – anxious or concerned (. . . about something); eager (. . . to do something); careful or particular
  273. somnolent – sleepy, drowsy; tending to cause sleep
  274. sottish – stupefied with drink; drunken; given to drinking
  275. spandrel – a pleasurable characteristic that is a byproduct of the evolution of some other characteristic, rather than a direct product of adaptive selection (such as music)
  276. spate – a sudden, almost overwhelming, outpouring
  277. splenetic – irritable; peevish; spiteful
  278. squib – a short and witty or sarcastic saying; a small firework that hisses and terminates in a slight explosion; a coward (I had thought that this was just a word J. K. Rowling made up for Harry Potter.)
  279. stultify – to make, or cause to appear, foolish or ridiculous; to render absurdly or wholly futile or ineffectual, especially by degrading or frustrating means
  280. sublate – to deny or contradict; negate
  281. succor – help; relief; aid
  282. succubus – a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep; any demon or evil spirit; a strumpet or prostitute
  283. superannuated – retired because of age or infirmity; too old for use, work, service, or a position; antiquated or obsolete
  284. suppurate – to produce or discharge pus—a suppurating wound or blister
  285. suss – to investigate or figure out (usually “suss out” something)
  286. susurrus – a soft murmuring or rustling sound; whisper.
  287. swashbuckler – a swaggering swordsman, soldier, or adventurer; daredevil
  288. sybarite – a person devoted to luxury and pleasure (from Sybaris, ancient Greek city known for its wealth and luxury)
  289. syncretism – the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion
  290. tabula rasa – a mind not yet affected by experiences, impressions, etc.; anything existing undisturbed in its original pure state
  291. taradiddle – a small lie; fib; pretentious nonsense
  292. tatterdemalion – a person in tattered clothing; a shabby person
  293. tatty – cheap or tawdry; vulgar; shabby, untidy
  294. tawdry – gaudy; showy and cheap
  295. teleology – the study of the evidences of design or purpose in nature
  296. temerity – reckless boldness; rashness
  297. tendentious – having or showing a definite tendency, bias, or purpose (biased)
  298. tenebrous – dark; gloomy; obscure
  299. termagant – a violent, turbulent, or brawling woman
  300. thaumaturge – a worker of wonders or miracles; magician
  301. theosophy – a philosophical or religious system based on mystical insight into the divine nature
  302. titillate – to excite or arouse agreeably; to tickle; excite a tingling sensation
  303. titivate – to make smart or spruce
  304. titter – to laugh in a restrained, self-conscious, or affected way, as from nervousness or in ill-suppressed amusement
  305. traduce – to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame
  306. tranche – any part, division, or installment
  307. truculent – fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
  308. truncheon – the club carried by a police officer
  309. tu quo que – thou too: a retort by one charged with a crime accusing an opponent who has brought the charges of a similar crime
  310. twaddle – trivial, feeble, silly, or tedious talk or writing
  311. twee – affectedly dainty or quaint
  312. underwhelm – to fail to make a good impression or make a significant impact
  313. untrammeled – unhindered, unfettered (trammel: a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint)
  314. usufruct – the right to use and derive profit from a piece of property belonging to another, provided the property itself remains undiminished and uninjured in any way
  315. varlet – a knavish person; rascal
  316. venal – willing to sell one’s influence, especially in return for a bribe; open to bribery
  317. venial – pardonable, excusable
  318. veridical – truthful; veracious
  319. vicissitude – a change or variation occurring in the course of something
  320. virago – a loud-voiced, ill-tempered, scolding woman; shrew
  321. vitiate – to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil
  322. votary – a person who is devoted or addicted to some subject or pursuit
  323. wag – a person given to mischievous humor (adj. waggish)
  324. wangle – to bring about, accomplish, or obtain by scheming or underhand methods
  325. waxworks – an exhibition of or a museum for displaying wax figures, ornaments, etc. (a big, fake show)
  326. welter – to roll, writhe, or tumble about; wallow, as animals (often followed by about)
  327. whinge – to complain; whine
  328. Xanthippe – a scolding or ill-tempered wife; a shrewish woman (the wife of Socrates)
  329. xenophilia – attraction to or admiration of strangers or foreigners or of anything foreign or strange
  330. yegg – a criminal, especially a safecracker or burglar
  331. zeitgeist – the spirit of the time; general trend of thought or feeling characteristic of a particular period of time
  332. zeugma – the use of a word to modify or govern two or more words when it is appropriate to only one of them or is appropriate to each but in a different way, as in “to wage war and peace” or, “On his fishing trip, he caught three trout and a cold.”
  333. 跟屁虫 (genpichong) – “butt-following bug”; an annoying tagalong (e.g., a little brother who follows his older sibling around all the time)

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