The Rivals Glossary

The Rivals Glossary

reprobate

A person of low principles and morals.

diabolical

Possessing qualities ranging from wickedness to malevolence to outright evil.

simpleton

A derogatory term for someone suffering from intellectual development disorders; a mean-spirited characterization of someone deemed stupid by a person delusions of intellectual superiority.

sufficient

An amount at least equal to what is necessary.

confounded

The state of realizing that one's expectations have been completely shattered.

demurred

Having one's doubts expressed or objections voice .

malapropism

The humorous substitution of a similar-sounding word that is completely inappropriate in meaning.

Examples:

"Don't take anything for granite."

"If it's not one thing, it's a mother."

supercilious

A trait characterized by demonstrations of superiority and a condesending attitude when offering to help.

odious

Extraordinarily unpleasant and offensive; remarkably foul.

levity

Lighthearted and festive with a sense of joy found in fun.

recant

The retraction of a former statement of expression of opinion or belief.

disconsolate

Melancholy and with a pervasive sense of gloomy hopelessness.

munificence

A bountiful generosity and charitable benevolence.

phlegmatic

Possessed of a demeanor that capable of remaining call and in control of emotions at all times.

chide

To gently scold or express disapproval.

felicity

A cheerfulness based on an exuberant embrace of joy and contentment with life.

virago

An aggressively shrewish and unhappy woman.

incorrigible

Irredeemable and hopelessly incurable of specific character traits.

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