|Bagatelle: A light piece of music for piano
|That bagatelle is a delight to hear.
|Callow: Young and inexperienced
|Although he is 25, he still behaves like a callow youth in some ways.
|Dolorous: Showing sorrow
|The dolorous mourners followed the procession.
|Encomium: A formal expression of praise
|The piece is an encomium to God and his creation.
|Hyperbole: Extravagant exaggeration
|The debate was carried on with increasing rhetorical hyperbole.
|Impudent: Marked by casual disrespect
|The student was not allowed in the class for his impudent behaviour.
|Internecine: within a group or organization
|The fight amongst the staff has turned attention to the internecine strife here.
|Livid: Anaemic looking from illness or emotion
|His face was livid with shock on learning of the loss of her savings.
|Martinet: Someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms
|He is a retired lieutenant and a bit of a martinet.
|Munificent: Very generous
|He gave a munificent donation to the old age home.
|Nepotism: Favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power
|They protested at what they described as nepotism and corruption in the government.
|Obloquy: State of disgrace resulting from public abuse
|His political opinions have attracted obloquy.
|Penchant: A strong liking
|He had a penchant for playing jokes on people.
|Potentate: A ruler who is unconstrained by law
|The rich Eastern potentate took good care of his subjects.
|Prerogative: A right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group
|It is the principal’s prerogative to suspend any student.
|Prevarication: A statement that deviates from or perverts the truth
|After months of prevarication, a decision has been made.
|Raconteur: A person skilled in telling anecdotes
|He spoke eight languages and was a noted raconteur.
|Ruminate: Reflect deeply on a subject
|I had time to ruminate as I drove along on what to do next in life.
|Sophistry: A deliberately invalid argument displaying ingenuity in reasoning in the hope of deceiving someone
|She understood that the consolation being offered was mere sophistry.
|Sullen: Showing a brooding ill humour
|She worked with a sullen face throughout the day.
|Termagant: A scolding nagging bad-tempered woman
|The magic of money turned the termagant into a docile and attentive nurse.
|Tyro: Someone new to a field or activity
|He was still a tyro when he set out sailing.