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Mercurial (adj.)

Definition: (of a person) Subject to sudden or unpredictable changes

“With mercurial smile and incurable style she was only a dream.”

—“Broken” on The Process of Belief

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In a sentence: Mitt Romney’s political beliefs are as mercurial as a baby’s moods.

Synonyms: fickle, capricious, temperamental, impulsive

Antonyms: staunch, dedicated, consistent, unchanging

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Savoir-faire (n.)

Definition: The ability to act or speak appropriately in social situations.

“Hit the road in wander mode, inquire along the way. Savoir-faire in full despair while living day to day, my heart is not a cauldron of proof.”

—“Prove It” on The Process of Belief

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In a sentence: Derek booed that kid when he struck out at T-ball. Not exactly a paragon of savoir-faire, that Derek.

Synonyms: aplomb, tact, diplomacy, poise, grace

Antonyms: awkwardness, gaucheness, clumsiness

Etymology: French–Savoir (to know how) faire (to do)

Entomology: the branch of biology concerned with insects

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Halcyon (adj.)

Definition: Denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

“And the halcyon fields of opportunity turn out to be consensual and arbitrary.”

—“Meeting of the Minds” on The Dissent of Man

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In a sentence: Conservatives tend to glorify the era before the sixties as halcyon days, but there were serious issues of racism, sexism, and domination that made it a beneficial time for only a privileged few.

Synonyms: quiet, calm, tranquil, placid

Antonyms: frenzied, turbulent, violent

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Requite (v.)

Definition: (1) To make repayment or return for; (2) to avenge

“We found purchase then with no requite – nothing nice.”

—“Cyanide” on The Dissent of Man

Note: Though “requite” is typically a verb, it is used in the above lyric as a noun meaning “repayment”.

In a sentence: That wolf may have killed Liam Neeson’s wife, but by the look of those glass shards taped to his hands, he’s going to requite that injury quite brutally.

Synonyms: repay, return, retaliate

Antonyms: refuse, dissatisfy


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Rugosity (n.)

Definition: (1) the quality of having wrinkles or creases; (2) In Botany: the characteristic of a rough, wrinkled surface, as in certain prominently veined leaves.

“I can see the shadows on the wall, drifting as the leaves start to fall. Unfazed by rugosity, the objects yield to gravity and depict the destiny of us all.”

—“In So Many Ways” on No Substance

In a sentence: The rugosity of bacon makes it easy to grip, despite its greasiness.

Synonyms: wrinkledness, coarseness, unevenness, friction

Antonyms: smoothness, gloss

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Epicene (n./adj.)

Definition: (adj) Having characteristics of both sexes or no characteristics of either sex; of indeterminate sex; (n) a being of indeterminate sex

“I know you must have seen him in books and magazines. He’s the quintessential mindless modern epicene.”

—“Automatic Man” on No Control

In a sentence: You’re crazy if you think Bowie is epicene. I mean, have you even seen Labyrinth? The dude’s all man.

Synonyms: (adj) hermaphroditic, androgynous; (n) hermaphrodite

Antonyms: (adj) gendered

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