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Vocab dump FOUR


Eventually I will have other posts that don’t appear to be dalliances with Google define.
I should move up to a fling with the OED.

confluential: confluence – a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers); “Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers” (Princeton Word Net)

apr’es-garde: “after guard”— DFW-derived, referring to J.O. Incandenza’s filmic category. (Google shenanigans)

atavism: (how many times have I defined this?) a reappearance of an earlier characteristic (PWN)

abstruse: difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge (PWN)

chyme: a semiliquid mass of partially digested food that passes from the stomach through the pyloric sphincter into the duodenum (PWN)

William Blake: visionary British poet and painter (1757-1827) (PWN) (apparently Patti Smith likes him too.)

sucrotically: something to do with sugar?


  1. toque:

2. aigrette: I believe it is the feathery part that is in fact the aigrette.

3. sallet:

4. calpac:

5. harquebus

Apparently is also spelled arquebus: an obsolete firearm with a long barrel (PWN)
Couldn’t find an image of a hat by this name.

6. calotte:

7. shako (I have a note that says “bearskin” next to it):

amanuentic: amanuensis- One employed to take dictation, or copy manuscripts; A clerk, secretary or stenographer, or scribe (wiki)

agnation: patrilineage: line of descent traced through the paternal side of the family (PWN)

jingoist: One who is overly patriotic or nationalistic (wiki)

muftipants: motorcyclewear?


  • insubstantial: lacking in nutritive value; “the jejune diets of the very poor”
  • adolescent: displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; “adolescent insecurity”; “jejune responses to our problems”; “their behavior was juvenile”; “puerile jokes”
  • insipid: lacking interest or significance or impact; “an insipid personality”; “jejune novel” (PWN)

fulgurant: dazzling: amazingly impressive; suggestive of the flashing of lightning; (PWN)

glabrous: having no hair or similar growth; smooth; “glabrous stems”; “glabrous leaves”; “a glabrous scalp” (PWN)

hagiography: a biography that idealizes or idolizes the person (especially a person who is a saint) (PWN)

turpitude: Inherent baseness or depravity; corruptness and evilness; An act evident of such a depravity (wiki)


  • curved in two directions (like the letter S)
  • of or relating to the sigmoid flexure in the large intestine (PWN)

panatela: a long slender cigar (PWN)

Merry Widow : A strapless corset with long garters and half cups for the breasts (wiki)

dirndls: a type of traditional dress worn in southern Germany, Liechtenstein and Austria, based on the historical costume of Alpine peasants. Dresses that are loosely based on the dirndl are known as Landhausmode. (wiki)

infarction: localized necrosis resulting from obstruction of the blood supply

aspersion: a) an unfavorable or damaging remark; slander b) the act of defaming or slandering 2. a sprinkling, as with water or dust, in a literal sense 3. [rare] a sprinkling with holy water, as at a baptism (thank you

saprogenic: causing or resulting from putrefaction

faute-de-mieux: For want of something better; for lack of an alternative. OR A loose, practical or formal method of proof. (wiki)

Tyrolean-hats: county of Tyrol in the Austrian Alps (wiki)

bien sur: French for “well” (google)

brinkmanship: Pursuit of an advantage by appearing to be willing to risk a dangerous policy rather than concede a point (wiki)


  • an intricate and confusing interpersonal or political situation
  • a very embarrassing misunderstanding (PWN)


  • tightly woven fabric with raised cords
  • cause to feel resentment or indignation; “Her tactless remark offended me”
  • a sudden outburst of anger; “his temper sparked like damp firewood” (PWN)

catastatic: catastasis – In classical drama, the third and penultimate section, in which action is heightened for the catastrophe (wiki)

M.O. :

Modus operandi (often used in the abbreviated forms M.O. or simply Method) is a Latin phrase, approximately translated as “method of operating“.[1] The plural is modi operandi (“methods of operating“). The term is used in English to describe someone’s habits or manner of working, the method of operating or functioning. It is often used in a criminal sense, to profile the methods employed by individuals during the execution of a crime, and may also be used in offender profiling,[2] where it can also be used to find clues to the perpetrator’s psychology.[3] It largely consists of the methods used to execute the crime, prevent detection, and facilitate escape.[1] (wiki, of course)

meme: French–

  1. same
  2. actual
  3. selfsame

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