A load of old Trollope from the masterful mid-Victorian novelist!
Incorrigible – adj. Incapable of being corrected or reformed: “an incorrigible criminal”.
Disquisition – noun. A formal discourse on a subject, often in writing.
Hoyden – noun. A high-spirited, boisterous, or saucy girl: “she was a veritable hoyden”.
Harangue – noun/verb. a long, passionate, and vehement speech, esp. one delivered before a public gathering.
Objurgate – tr/verv. To scold or rebuke sharply; berate.
Excoriate – tr/verb. To censure strongly; denounce: “an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction”.
Sagacious – adj. Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness.
Matutinal – adj. of or occuring in the morning.
Dudgeon – noun. A sullen, angry, or indignant humor: “Slamming the door in Meg’s face, Aunt March drove off in high dudgeon” (Louisa May Alcott).
Animadvert – int.verb. To remark or comment critically, usually with strong disapproval or censure: “a man . . . who animadverts on miserly patients, egocentric doctors, psychoanalysis and Lucky Luciano with evenhanded fervor” (Irwin Faust).
Equipoise – noun. Even balance of weight or other forces; equilibrium
Superlative – adj. Of the highest order, quality, or degree; surpassing or superior to all others.
Cupidity – noun. Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.
Rapacious – adj. Taking by force; plundering.
Laconic – adj. Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise.
Plaintive – adj. Expressing sorrow; mournful or melancholy.
Myrmidon – noun. A faithful follower who carries out orders without question.
Surreptitiously – adj. Obtained, done, or made by clandestine or stealthy means.
Approbation – noun. An expression of warm approval; praise. Official approval.
Sophistry – noun.pl. A plausible but misleading or fallacious argument.
Spoliation – noun. The act of despoiling or plundering.