Quadrivial Quandary:  Logophiles, Rejoice!  Each day we give you four unusual words.  Can you fit them all in one illustrative sentence?

Attempts to resolve the Quandary:


Here's our shopping ritual: we visit the nearby couture boutique, I reject one slim dress after another, offering lame exuses, not wanting to hurt her amour-propre, she calls me disputatious, we resort to "let's just take this one and leave," more out of hebetude than deliberation, then we get home and she realizes the dress is too small. (by QuaQua)


Using the latest couture, he mixed and matched popular designers to create au courant, sartorially iconoclastic attires that had a disputatious effect at fashion events, thus replenishing his amour-propre with a vindicating superiority over the hebetude of the unimaginative designers who were far more influential than he. (by aslam)


Though inclined to disputatious couture and flamboyant and intrepid exclamations in the press the aging designer suffered a deeply fractured and eroding amour-propre and moments of such morose and hebetative thoughts and conversation that even his friends thought he was right to consider suicide and many offered to assist. (by gumo420)


Though happy to affect hebetude while badgered by disputatious atheists, the sleek clergyman could endure no digs regarding his meticulous attire and upon insult, would defend both couture and his wounded amour propre with a vigor his congregants never dreamed he possessed. (by LSnowe)


No dear, I don't mean to be disputatious, or to damage your amour-propre, but I must warn you that the world of haute couture that you long to inhabit is populated not by the revolutionaries you imagine, but by hebetudinous copycats. (by Rudi)


At the soirée Lucy found herself caught up with disputatious Christian in some discussion about dresses into which, eager to maintain her amour-propre, she pitched herself head-first, but soon she found herself unmasked, a Bolly-induced hebetude stepping coarsely into the place of her normally sophisticated banter as she proclaimed "Couture? Mere vanity, sir! A peacock's tail pinned on a Cornish hen, nothing more, Mr. Dior," then burped modestly into her glass. (by Sensil)


The disputacious bastard was always disrupting my carefully cultivated hebetude, but this particular public assault on my amour-propre (in the form of some cutting remarks on the nature of my friendship with Yves, the couturier) was the last straw, so I roused myself, sharpened my wits, and gave him a thorough tongue-lashing. (by cusheamus)


With practised hebetude Desdemona reclined in an attitude of lassitude upon the pillow, wearying of Othello's correction: his disputatious quibblings about her morals and her sartorial taste - viz today her stockings, which being bas sans couture he pronounced unseemly - thereby in a disingenuously antanaclastic pun at one stroke blackening her reputation and undermining her amour-propre. (by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Tuesday, December 01, 2009 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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