derisive (adj.): characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuous; mocking.
pedantic (adj.): overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
extenuate (v.): to serve to make (a fault, offense, etc.) seem less serious.
poignant (adj.): to the point; cutting or piercing.
vertiginous (adj.): whirling; spinning; rotary.
aberration (n.): the act of deviating from the ordinary, usual, or normal type; deviation from truth or moral rectitude; mental irregularity or disorder, esp. of a minor or temporary nature; lapse from a sound mental state.
gentry (n.): well-born and well-bred people;(in England) the class below the nobility.
equipage (n.): a carriage drawn by horses and attended by servants.
clout (n.): a blow with the hand or a hard object.
ardor (n.): great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion.
sub judice (n.): before a judge or court; awaiting judicial determination.
implicit (adj.): unquestioning or unreserved.
scrupulous (adj.): punctiliously or minutely careful, precise, or exact.
tenacious (adj.): pertinacious, persistent, stubborn, or obstinate.
majordomo (n.): a man in charge of a great household, as that of a sovereign; a chief steward.
lugubrious (adj.): mournful, dismal, or gloomy, esp. in an affected, exaggerated, or unrelieved manner.
rictus (n.): the gaping or opening of the mouth.
parapet (n.): a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.