Transitive verb
Ending something by law, decree, etc.
“On Tuesday, the court failed to abrogate barebacking in the pornography industry.”


Demure, adj
Quiet and polite because you are shy. Usually applied to females. Only usually.
“Trump’s demure wool attire with a cinched waist came from the age-old Parisian fashion house Christian Dior and riffed on its signature Bar Jacket.”


“Tyler is an excrescence. I’m not sure why they brought him along.”
“The developers build several excrescent office buildings in Boston’s historic Beacon Hill.”


Verb, intransitive
To fervently reason in opposition to an idea, action, etc.
“He didn’t stop expostulating the whole way there. Like, how many reasons could a ten-year-old have for not going to a birthday party?”


Gourmand (gormand)
Connoisseur who eats and drinks excessively, similar to a glutton but with more self-control. They just really like getting their taste buds rubbed.

“I stopped inviting Pumblechook to dinner because, well, he’s a gormand and watching him chase his tenderloin with heaped spoons of creamed corn is just, disgusting.”


Transitive Verb Win someone’s goodwill or favor. “A great political stump-speech propitiates the voter base —more wall, anyone?” “He tried to propitiate the judge but it backfired.” I found it easy to misuse Propitiate, so it’s worth mentioning the other forms of the word that are more fun: Noun: “The way he hangs around her…


Sagacious, adj, keen judgement, as in, “A sagacious kid who decides not to accept the partially melted candy bar because the guy reeks of booze.”