Internecine

Internecine
Adjective
Mutually destructive.
“The earliest battles were internecine and costly, piles of dead crowding battle-lines that barely moved.”

Dissolute

Dissolute
Adjective
Preoccupied with pleasure and vice.
“The dissolute professor lost his tenure when he showed up shitfaced for an AM lecture on Wittgenstein.”

Anachronism

Anachronism
Noun
A person, thing, or event that’s in the wrong time period or chronological order.
“The play ostensibly took place in 1923, though the men were wearing anachronistic top hats.”

Also used as a synonym for vestige, as in, “Ben’s mid-life crisis fomented his belief in monogamy as an anachronism.”

Fastidious

Fastidious
adjective
Almost anal about details, meticulous, keeping everything neat and by the book.
“The fastidious little twerp had me count out each coin as he logged them in his notebook, five long minutes for a plastic cup of power-mix lemonade.”

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I’ve touched roses and smelled the sweet blossoms of spring. Naked in the summer moonshine. I’ve stood on the low-tide breakers at dawn, sun rise over the Caroline coast. Beauty, as you’d have it, golden leaves that drift to the lawn –I am no stranger: a come-home whiff of birch burning on a fire stove. The slow fall of snowflakes that christen the lawn. We’re children, in the comfort of the warmth indoors. Shake-out a cold sweater. Leave the dust for the motes. Wake for the burning sun.

Desultory

Desultory
adjective
Not getting anywhere because you’re moving in arbitrary, haphazard directions.
“The idea had been Denver, but Neil was a desultory driver and we spent days in St. Louis before calling on Lisa in Memphis.”

Abrogate

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