nostrum \NOS-truhm\ (noun) - 1. A medicine of secret composition and unproven or dubious effectiveness; a quack medicine. 2 : A usually questionable remedy or scheme; a cure-all.
"'He's carrying on his father's trade, for...Read More
abstemious \ab-STEE-mee-uhs\ (adjective) - 1 : Sparing in eating and drinking; temperate; abstinent. 2 : Sparingly used or consumed; used with temperance or moderation. 3 : Marked by or spent in abstinence.
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risible \RIZ-uh-buhl\ (adjective) - 1 : Capable of laughing; disposed to laugh. 2 : Exciting or provoking laughter; worthy of laughter; laughable; amusing. 3 : Relating to, connected with, or used in laughter; as, "risible...Read More
discomfit \dis-KUHM-fit; dis-kuhm-FIT\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To make uneasy or perplexed, or to put into a state of embarrassment; to disconcert; to upset. 2 : To thwart; to frustrate the plans of. 3 : (Archaic). To ...Read More
recherche \ruh-sher-SHAY\ (adjective) - 1 : Uncommon; exotic; rare. 2 : Exquisite; choice. 3 : Excessively refined; affected. 4 : Pretentious; overblown.
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malversation \mal-vur-SAY-shun\ (noun) - Misconduct, corruption, or extortion in public office.
"...Lord St. Vincent... hated Pitt and his administration (and) was working to impeach Lord Melville for malversation of the ...Read More