Words To Know

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rancor \RANG-ker\, noun:
bitter resentment or ill will; extreme hatred or spite

pandiculation \pan-dik-yuh-LEY-shuhn\, noun:
an instinctive stretching, as on awakening or while yawning

laissez-faire \les-ey FAIR\, adjective:
1. the principle that business, industry, trade, etc. should operate with a minimum of regulation and interference by government

iconoclast \ahy-KON-uh-klast\, noun:
a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions as foolish or wrong

wanderlust \WON-der-luhst\, noun:
a strong desire to wander or travel

caitiff \KAY-tif\, noun, adjective:
1. cowardly and mean

Lucullan \loo-KUHL-uhn\, adjective:
rich; magnificent and luxurious

balustrade \BAL-uh-strayd; bal-uh-STRAYD\, noun:
a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling

reprobate \REP-ruh-bayt\, noun:
1. a very wicked, unprincipled person; scoundrel

horripilation \haw-rip-uh-LAY-shuhn; ho-\, noun:
the act or process of the hair bristling on the skin, as from cold or fear; goose flesh