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imprecation
(noun) a spoken curse
sackbut
(noun) the medieval trombone
lugubrious
(adj) sad and dismal, mournful
heptarchy
(noun) 1. a country with 7 smaller regions; 2. a government by 7 rulers
factious
(adj) given to faction and dissension
capote
(noun) (historical) a long cloak or coat with a hood, often part of an army uniform
indurate
(verb) to harden
cat's-paw
(noun) a person used by another; usu., to do something unpleasant or dangerous
scabrous
(adj) 1. rough to the touch; 2. having difficulties; 3. salacious
synecdoche
(noun) (rhetoric) putting a part for the whole (50 sail for 50 ships), the species for the genus (cut-throat for assassin), etc.
metonymy
(noun) (rhetoric) use of one word for another that it suggests; e.g., "Williams keeps a good table"; "The suits are down here from corporate."
metalepsis
(noun) substiution by metonymy of one figure of speech for another figure of speech.
outré
(adj) extravagant; bizarre
fug
(noun) a stuffy atmosphere
guerdon
(noun) a reward. (verb) to reward
transumption
(noun) an instance of making a copy
susurrate
(verb) to whisper
epideictic
(adj) (oratory) for purposes of display
strabismus
(noun) (medicine) both eyes unable to direct to the same object; either cross-eyed or walleyed
minatory
(adj) threatening, menacing