of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
Though antediluvian by today's standards, the buggy whip was once at the forefront of transportation technology.
conceal one's true motives from especially by elaborately feigning good intentions so as to gain an end
Stop trying to bamboozle me out of my money!
orate verbosely and windily
I was totally put off by the winning coaches' tendency to bloviate ad nauseam.
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
This guy claims his anti-aging cream really works, but I think he's just a charlatan.
showing sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality
The English privateer Francis Drake was indefatigable in his pursuit of Spanish gold.
the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
We spent our two weeks at the beach in blissful insouciance, sleeping late and basking in the sun.
the tendency to be untruthful
Mendacity is a system that we live in.
liable to sudden unpredictable change
She said she needed a break from trying to anticipate my mercurial moods.
not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
Many cherished ideals of the 1960s now seem more quixotic than even remotely practical.
unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
The mediator was so unctuous that both sides found him impossible to work with.
of or relating to Draco or his harsh code of laws
I hear the government is considering draconian penalties for those who leak classified documents.
Bert felt as though if he waited for Alice any longer he was just going to ossify right there on her doorstep.
a sudden uncontrollable attack
Leonard was surprised, to say the least, when his pledge of love sent Emily into paroxysms of laughter.
excessively unwilling to spend
Gloria had tons of money, but she was so penurious that her mom had to live her last years in a crummy cold-water flat.
delight in another person's misfortune
Those of us who had weathered the barbs of Spiro Agnew were treated to an exquisite taste of schadenfreude at his downfall.
belonging to some prior time
Roger had disturbing reasons to suspect that Rachel, his erstwhile lover, had hacked into his email accounts.
Alice may have a Ph. D. , but her spelling is execrable.
an almost pleasurable sensation of fright
Albert knew he’d be glad to see Victoria, but he wasn’t expecting a powerful frisson of pleasure when he took her hand.
fraught with danger
” Prospects for Yazoo City grew increasingly parlous as the Mississippi’s record flood rolled southward.
next to the last
Everyone’s heard of the Last Supper, but the Penultimate Supper has been largely forgotten.
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
I knew I was about to go into the tank socially when I noticed the supercilious way she was looking at my red shoes.
change completely the nature or appearance of
So Gregor drifted off to sleep, never dreaming he was in a Kafka story and would transmogrify into a hideous insect overnight.
effusively or insincerely emotional
To her surprise, Beth found Robert’s words of love to be so mawkish that they made her feel sticky, as though she were being painted with molasses.
Emma hoped to get Lady Astor into a serious conversation, but as long as the King was around she could elicit only persiflage and gossip.