gimcrack \JIM-krak\ (noun) - 1 : A showy but useless or worthless object; a gewgaw.
(adjective) - 1 : Tastelessly showy; cheap; gaudy.
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cingular (SING-gyuh-luhr) (adjective) - 1 : Of or pertaining to a cingulum, an anatomical band or girdle on an animal or plant. 2 : Encircling, girdling, surrounding.
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spruik /sprook/ (verb intr.) - To make an elaborate speech, especially to attract customers.
"The company's president appeared in the first of 80 television commercials spruiking a money-back guarantee if people ...Read More
runagate \REHN-eh-geyt\ (noun) - The same as that of "renegade:" 1 : an apostate, someone who deserts a religion, cause or obligation; 2 : an outlaw, especially one who runs rampant over a territory.
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lamia \LAY-mee-uh\ (noun) - 1 : In Greek mythology, a monster represented as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman and reputed to prey on human beings and suck the blood of children. 2 : A female vampire.
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legerdemain \lej-ur-duh-MAIN\ (noun) - 1 : Sleight of hand. 2 : A display of skill, trickery, or artful deception.
"Frank and Ernst's legerdemain at the blackjack table and roulette wheel were the stuff of legend, earning...Read More