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encumbrance
a burden, impediment, or hindrance.
gamine
an urchin; also, a mischievous girl or young woman.
interpolate
to insert between; also, to alter or corrupt by insertion.
capacious
able to contain much.
dishabille
the state of being carelessly or partially dressed.
mollify
to reduce in intensity; to soothe; to soften.
Promethean
of or pertaining to Prometheus; also, boldly original.
clarion
a kind of trumpet; also, loud and clear.
rotund
round; rounded in figure.
florid
flushed with red; also, excessively ornate.
concinnity
elegance -- used chiefly of literary style.
sere
dry; withered.
forlorn
sad and lonely because deserted, abandoned, or lost.
mulct
to defraud.
gauche
lacking social polish; tactless.
foment
to nurse to life or activity; to incite.
frisson
a brief moment of intense excitement.
adamant
not susceptible to persuasion; unyielding.
aegis
a shield; protection.
desideratum
something desired.
pied-a-terre
a temporary or second place of lodging.
benison
blessing; an utterance of good wishes.
rusticate
to go or send to the country.
termagant
a scolding, nagging, bad-tempered woman.
Elysium
paradise.