alcove a small recessed section of a room.
brilliant distinguished by unusual mental keenness or alertness.
crude rough or inexpert in plan or execution.
dramatic irony in literature, a plot device in which the audience's or reader's knowledge of events or individuals surpasses that of the characters. The words and actions of the characters therefore take on a different meaning for the audience or reader than they have for the play's characters.
dumbly temporarily unable to speak (as from shock or astonishment).
earshot the range within which the unaided voice may be heard.
flourishto make bold and sweeping gestures.
generic having no particularly distinctive quality or application.
giddy dizzy; joyfully elated.
hackneyed lacking in freshness or originality.
herpetologya branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.
inquisitive inclined to ask questions.
misnomer a wrong name or designation.
nemesis a formidable and usually victorious rival or opponent.
oblivious lacking active conscious knowledge or awareness.
preemptto seize upon to the exclusion of others.
retrieve to get and bring back.
ridicule mean to make an object of laughter of.
ruffians a brutal person.
segue to make a transition without interruption from one activity, topic, scene, or part to another.
strangulatory of or relating to strangulation.
transpired to take place.
unblemished not blemished.
vainglorious marked by vainglory.
vanity inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance.