Definition: (noun) A state of alarm or dread.
Usage: With trepidation, the children approached the haunted house.
Definition: (verb) To censure strongly.
Synonyms: abrade, condemn, denounce.
Usage: The newspaper printed an editorial that excoriated the administration for its inaction.
Definition: (verb) To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
Synonyms: cower, cringe, fawn.
Usage: The prisoners groveled before the emperor, hoping that he would commute their sentences.
Definition: (adjective) Characterized by excessive self-esteem or exaggerated dignity.
Synonyms: overblown, grandiloquent, portentous.
Usage: He read the proclamation aloud in a pompous voice, although nobody was paying attention.
Definition: (noun) A jumble; a hodgepodge.
Synonyms: patchwork, melange, ragbag.
Usage: Inside the chest, he found a gaudy gallimaufry of old dresses, feathers, and sequins.
Definition: (noun) An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
Synonyms: assignation, rendezvous.
Usage: They tried to keep their weekly meetings a secret, but soon neighbors began to whisper about their trysts.
Definition: (adjective) Tediously prolonged; tending to speak or write at excessive length.
Synonyms: voluble, wordy.
Usage: She was engaged in editing a prolix manuscript, trying to cut the length by at least a third.
Definition: (noun) The habitation of a hermit or group of hermits.
Synonyms: abbey, monastery, retreat.
Usage: He spent two years in his hermitage near the lake, pondering the mysteries of the universe.
Definition: (noun) The use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language.
Synonyms: ambage, periphrasis, evasion.
Usage: He is long-winded and prone to circumlocution in his public speeches.
Definition: (noun) A rounded projection, especially an anatomical part.
Usage: She fastened her earrings, three brilliant pendants that glistened most beautifully, through the pierced lobes of her ears.