sycophant (n.): a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite.
insidious (adj.): intended to entrap or beguile.
bon vivant (n.): a person who lives luxuriously and enjoys good food and drink.
amiable (adj.): having or showing pleasant, good-natured qualities.
invective (n.): vehement or violent denunciation, censure, or reproach.
succinct (adj.): expressed in few words; concise; terse.
puerperal (adj.): of or pertaining to a woman in childbirth.
porphyria (n.): a defect of blood pigment metabolism in which porphyrins are produced in excess, are present in the blood, and are found in the urine.
fichu (n.): a woman's kerchief or shawl, generally triangular in shape, worn draped over the shoulders or around the neck with the ends drawn together on the breast.