My Vocabulary or Yours (Part 4)

I am currently reading The Magicians trilogy and came upon a few words I don't know.  They were interesting, so I thought I'd share.

Enjoy the return of My Vocabulary or Yours.
Persiflage-  Light and slightly contemptuous mockery or banter.

Scintilla-  A tiny trace or spark of a specified quality or feeling.

Fusillade-  A series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession.

Excrescence-   A distinct outgrowth on a human or animal body or on a plant, especially one that is the result of disease or abnormality.

Potentate-  A monarch or ruler, especially an autocratic one.

Sinecure-  A position requiring little or no work but giving the holder status or financial benefit.

Semiotician-  The study of signs and symbols as elements of communicative behavior.

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