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sublunary
(adj) under the moon; ie, worldly, terrestrial
filibuster
(noun) 1. the process of obstructing legislation by speeches; 2. a freebooter, adventurer, or buccaneer
philippic
(noun) (sometimes cap.) a fiery speech attacking a particular political actor
tare
(noun) the weight of a container before goods are added; the weight of a vehicle when empty of cargo and passengers
nidus
(noun) 1. the nest where spiders or insects deposit their eggs; 2. (pathology) the focus of an infection
squib
(noun) 1. a short, witty attack; a lampoon; 2. a firework that makes a hissing sound and a small explosion
damp squib
(noun) something intended to impress but which fizzled out
kudos
(noun) acclaim, glory; public admiration
acerbic
(adj) sharp or biting, as in character or expression
spurious
(adj) not genuine; counterfeit
malfeasance
(noun) (law) the doing of a wrongful or illegal act, esp. by a public official
misfeasance
(noun) (law) the improper performance of an act that is lawful in itself
nonfeasance
(noun) (law) a failure to act when under an obligation to do so