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Word: malapropism

Definition: comic misuse of a word; CF. Mrs. Malaprop


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::: surreptitious - done secretly; secret; furtive; sneaky; hidden
::: vicarious - experienced as if one were taking part in the experience of another; done by a deputy for other people; acting as a substitute; Ex. vicarious thrill at the movies; Ex. the vicarious sufferings of Christ
::: killjoy - grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
::: retain - keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N. retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisor
::: magistrate - official with power to administer the law
::: fluency - smoothness of speech; ADJ. fluent
::: drama - prose or verse composition to be performed by actors; play; exciting and unusual situation
::: levee - earthen or stone embankment to prevent flooding; CF. raise
::: volley - simultaneous discharge of a number of shots; V.
::: loiter - hang about/around; stand idly about; linger