|Aloof: Remote in manner
|He stood apart with aloof dignity.
|Canard: A deliberately misleading fabrication
|Canards can fall apart pretty quickly; one has to be careful with them.
|Carnage: The savage and excessive killing of many people
|Their peaceful protest ended in carnage.
|Corpulent: Excessively fat
|His corpulent figure betrayed his self-indulgent lifestyle.
|The boss deprecated his junior’s behaviour and subjected him to some harsh criticism.
|Dulcet: Pleasing to the ear
|The dulcet tones of the cello were admired by the audience.
|Excoriate: Express strong disapproval of
|The editorial excoriated the administration for its reaction.
|Impromptu: An extemporaneous speech or remark
|They put up an impromptu concert for the visitors.
|Iniquity: Absence of moral or spiritual values
|He rails against the iniquities of capitalism.
|Largess: A gift or money given
|The president has been travelling around the world distributing largesse.
|Libel: Print slanderous statements against
|The news magazine was accused of libelling him.
|Malevolent: Wishing or appearing to wish evil to others; arising from intense ill will or hatred
|Her stare was malevolent, her mouth a thin line while staring at the beggars.
|Mercenary: Marked by materialism
|Despite his mercenary motives he is not a cynic.
|Mollify: Make more temperate, acceptable.
|She managed to mollify the angry customers.
|Pariah: A person who is rejected
|I was treated like a pariah for the rest of the journey.
|Profuse: Produced or growing in extreme abundance
|The plant produces profuse bright blue flowers.
|Raiment: Especially fine or decorative clothing
|The lady was robed in raiment of beauty, made by the artisans of Benares.
|Subservient: Serving or acting as a means or aid
|Her willingness to be subservient to her children isolated her.
|Unctuous: Oily, creamy, greasy
|Goose fat gives the most unctuous flavour.
|Vestige: An indication that something has been present
|She had lost every vestige of her puppy fat.
|Wistful: Showing pensive sadness
|The dog looked into the butcher’s window with a wistful expression in his eyes.