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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.

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


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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