A Dictionary for Young Lovers Quarrelling by David Sylvester



Mr. Sylvester studied literature and creative writing at The University at Albany, the College of Saint Rose, the New York State Writers Institute and creative writing workshops too numerous to list. In 2020 he independently published a collection of short stories, I Would Tell You if I Could and other stories.


He offers free workshops in reading the short story through the Upper Hudson Library System in Troy, New York and the Chapin Memorial Library in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.


Originally from The Bronx, Mr. Sylvester lived in Upstate New York’s Capital Region for many years. He now lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

https://www.davidsylvester.net/


solipsism [noun]

:theory that the self can know nothing but its own modifications and that the self is the only existent thing

solipsistic [adjective]


obverse [adjective]

:facing the observer or opponent

:opposite


acerbic [adjective]

:acid in temper, mood or tone


contravene [verb transitive]

:to go or act contrary to

:to oppose in argument; contradict

synonym see deny

contravener [noun]


prevaricate [verb intransitive]

:to deviate from the truth; equivocate

synonym see lie

prevaricator [noun]


incredulous [adjective]

:unwilling to admit or accept what is offered as true; not credulous; skeptical

:expressing incredulity


histrionics [noun] [plural but singular or plural in construction]


:deliberate display of emotion for effect


obdurate [adjective]

:hardened in feelings

:resistant to persuasion or softening influences

synonym see inflexible


pejorative [noun]

:word or expression having negative connotations; esp. tending to disparage or belittle

caterwaul [verb intransitive]

:to make a harsh cry

:to quarrel noisily


odious [adjective]

:exciting or deserving hatred or repugnance


imprecate [verb]

[transitive] :to invoke evil on, curse

[intransitive] :to utter curses


dolor [noun] 

:mental suffering or anguish; sorrow


lachrymose [adjective]

:given to tears or weeping; tearful

:tending to cause tears; mournful


picayune [adjective]

:of little value; paltry; also petty, small-minded

 

fatuity [noun]

:something foolish or stupid

:stupidity, foolishness


epiphany [noun]

:a sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something


compunction [noun]

:anxiety arising from awareness of guilt

:regret or uneasiness of mind consequent on wrong-doing


expiate [verb transitive]

:to put an end to (obsolete)

:to extinguish the guilt incurred by

:to make amends for 


osculate [verb transitive]

:kiss (archaic)


ardor [noun]

:an often restless or transitory warmth of feeling 

:extreme vigor or energy : intensity

:sexual excitement

synonym see passion


turgid [adjective] 

:being in a state of distension; swollen; tumid <turgid limbs>; especially exhibiting turgor

turgidity [noun]


humect [verb intransitive]

 :to become humid or moist


seminal [adjective] 

:of, relating to, or consisting of seed or semen

:containing or contributing the seed of later development

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