Vocabulary: Words in Olympia Reader

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The following are 264 words from a collection of erotic short fictions published as 〈the Olympia Reader〉 Buy at amazon edited by Maurice Girodias, founder of the Olympia Press.

Olympia Press … published a mix of erotic fiction and avant-garde literary fiction, and is best known for the first print of Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita.

It specialized in books which could not be published (without legal action) in the English-speaking world, and correctly assumed that the French, who were unable to read the books, and were more sexually tolerant, would leave them alone. They were books to buy if your travels took you through Paris.

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  1. nether
  2. hassock
  3. surmise
  4. thong
  5. flank
  6. wont
  7. sob
  8. befoul
  9. sully
  10. tawdry
  11. respite
  12. muster
  13. flog
  14. infraction
  15. finery
  16. don
  17. ample
  18. insolence
  19. valet
  20. intractable
  21. plume
  22. impalpable
  23. tufts
  24. rustic
  25. mortify
  26. bonnet
  27. demure
  28. beldam
  29. gild
  30. drudge
  31. encomium
  32. approbation
  33. procure
  34. impute
  35. aught
  36. intermingle
  37. licentious
  38. hillock
  39. garnish
  40. twine
  41. moss
  42. twitch
  43. insinuate
  44. lascivious
  45. satiety
  46. allay
  47. impishly
  48. hackneyed
  49. homage
  50. subterranean
  51. promenade
  52. charwoman
  53. stipend
  54. cajole
  55. proclaim
  56. soliloquies
  57. fortuitous
  58. puny
  59. replete
  60. certitude
  61. emancipate
  62. sedulous
  63. variegate
  64. incipient
  65. repellent
  66. wayward
  67. sinister
  68. gesticulate
  69. discomfiture
  70. dolt
  71. boon
  72. locution
  73. whisk
  74. harness
  75. annals
  76. rove
  77. willow
  78. acquit
  79. impudent
  80. rascal
  81. arbor
  82. prudent
  83. libertine
  84. saddle
  85. conversant
  86. hanker
  87. flit
  88. palpitate
  89. avail
  90. rectify
  91. chemise
  92. swoon
  93. vivaciously
  94. vertigo
  95. teat
  96. cavern
  97. disgorge
  98. elude
  99. reckon
  100. clamber
  101. wretch
  102. reprimand
  103. evasion
  104. brooch
  105. auspicious
  106. turquois
  107. commend
  108. ravishing
  109. dupe
  110. indelicate
  111. lacuna
  112. precipice
  113. ingratitude
  114. rattle
  115. revolt
  116. monumental
  117. esoteric
  118. sentinel
  119. rampart
  120. bluntly
  121. calamity
  122. idyll
  123. tenuous
  124. grim
  125. serenity
  126. incantation
  127. hurdle
  128. compassion
  129. avarice
  130. turpitude
  131. confound
  132. erudition
  133. extrication
  134. lame
  135. subterfuge
  136. asperity
  137. malefactor
  138. forthwith
  139. emanate
  140. repose
  141. pinion
  142. protocol
  143. naught
  144. providence
  145. confederate
  146. sally
  147. immolate
  148. perchance
  149. besmirch
  150. dolorous
  151. dune
  152. platitude
  153. usurpation
  154. magistrate
  155. foreswear
  156. adulator
  157. stroll
  158. slink
  159. abjection
  160. gibbet
  161. scorn
  162. avow
  163. confer
  164. lugubrious
  165. beseech
  166. quoth
  167. shudder
  168. sway
  169. reprieve
  170. repugnance
  171. supplicate
  172. concussion
  173. impure
  174. supervene
  175. willy-nilly
  176. inundate
  177. prodigious
  178. totter
  179. abominable
  180. dupes
  181. snare
  182. rejoin
  183. yoke
  184. baneful
  185. scoundrel
  186. sacrament
  187. extravagance
  188. reprehensible
  189. mettle
  190. impair
  191. attaint
  192. hymeneal
  193. disquiet
  194. howbeit
  195. aperture
  196. piquant
  197. locale
  198. abode
  199. instigate
  200. expound
  201. precept
  202. notwithstanding
  203. casuistry
  204. maim
  205. convalescence
  206. umbrage
  207. tutelage
  208. implacable
  209. entreat
  210. leniency
  211. clemency
  212. wrath
  213. invective
  214. trice
  215. rend
  216. breach
  217. impudence
  218. titillations
  219. vestal
  220. conjugation
  221. brigand
  222. stifle
  223. impiety
  224. indiscretion
  225. abomination
  226. ply
  227. flay
  228. flagellate
  229. recompense
  230. meager
  231. devoid
  232. complaisance
  233. impeccable
  234. aspire
  235. unassailable
  236. glut
  237. godsend
  238. plexus
  239. apropos
  240. lecher
  241. portico
  242. entourage
  243. upstart
  244. loll
  245. recline
  246. imperious
  247. girdle
  248. fornication
  249. deter
  250. sparse
  251. conceal
  252. counterpane
  253. litter
  254. abasement
  255. acme
  256. splutter
  257. slither
  258. writhe
  259. esplanade
  260. scout
  261. vanquish
  262. plight
  263. stigma
  264. cortege