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bloviate
to talk loudly and at length without meaning
chiaroscuro
Italian art term for the play of contrasts esp. shadows. Also used generally to describe interplay of dark and light
non sequitur
something which doesn't follow logically, often humorous
fey
giving an impression of vague otherworldliness
troglodyte
a person who lives in a cave; a person with outdated views or beliefs
soliloquy
from theatre; a monologue while alone on stage; talking to oneself
mellifluous
sweet and pleasant to hear
surreptitious
secretive, sneaky, done by improper means
vestigial
small and undeveloped compared to earlier forms; remaining from something much bigger
perfunctory
routine, mundane, done without care or interest
alacrity
quickness; cheerful eagerness
amalgamate
to unify parts into a whole
apposite
well suited, appropriate, relevant
ineffable
incapable of being expressed; indescribable; taboo
infelicitous
inappropriate; ill-chosen; unfortunate
lascivious
expressing sexual lust
louche
of questionable moral taste, dubious, disreputable
maudlin
excessively sentimental or emotional
obsequious
compliant, servile, submissive
quiddity
the true essence of a thing, distinctive feature
reprobate
unprincipled person; villain