of or relating to the period before the biblical flood
antediluvian by today's standards, the buggy whip was once at the forefront of transportation technology.
conceal one's true motives from
Stop trying to
bamboozle me out of my money!
speak verbosely and windily
I was totally put off by the winning coaches' tendency to
bloviate ad nauseam.
a flamboyant deceiver
This guy claims his anti-aging cream really works, but I think he's just a
showing sustained enthusiasm 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
not sensible about practical matters
Many cherished ideals of the 1960s now seem more
quixotic than even remotely practical.
unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating
The mediator was so
unctuous that both sides found him impossible to work with.
imposing a 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
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
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.