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aphorism
(noun) a short, instructive sentence stating a general truth; a maxim; a perverse or paradoxical proverb
epigram
(noun) 1. a short, concise, satirical poem; 2. a witty thought, ingeniously expressed
epithet
(noun) a descriptive word or phrase occuring in place of a name for a person or thing (as, Stonewall Jackson, rosy-fingered dawn)
melismatic music
(noun) (medieval music) chants characterized by long melodic passages on a single syllable
syllabic music
(noun) (medieval music) chants in which most or all of the syllables have a single note
fatuous
(adj) foolish
prodigal
(adj) 1. given to reckless extravagance; 2. yielding abundantly; luxuriant
affable
(adj) courteous and amiable
evince
(verb) to exhibit or make evident
egregious
(adj) conspicuous for bad quality; flagrant
augury
(noun) 1. divination; 2. an omen
stormy petrel
(noun) a harbinger of trouble
viand
(noun) an article of food
eviscerate
(verb) to disembowel; hence, to deprive of force
benighted
(adj) 1. overtaken by night; 2. involved in moral darkness
misanthropy
(noun) hatred of mankind
philanthropy
(noun) love of mankind
generic
(adj) general; typical
chauvinism
(noun) exaggerated patriotism
munificent
(adj) very liberal in giving; lavish