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:


A true contrarian, he embraced what others abjured, took comfort in what they found rebarbative, and showed the greatest avidity for what they deemed the most debilitating.

(by Rudi)



Only the uninitiated have the avidity of innocence to be rebarbative to those to whom they preach about the need to abjure from the pleasures of the flesh, convinced -- by others, such as our local parish priest, who has taken a vow of celibacy -- that such activities will debilitate healthy bodies and minds.

(by wordgirl)


The avidity with which the loss of her income debilitated the dear lady's pocketbook forced her to abjure the gustatory pleasures she had formerly enjoyed and to endure the rebarbative insults that her newly adopted fare threw at her delicate digestive system.

(by Vanessa)



"Abjure your usual rebarbative behavior and bizarre avidity for boring jokes, and you will do just fine", my fiancée cautioned as we neared the Christmas party with her extended family whom I was meeting for the first time, but I found this advice to be insulting and debilitating to my self-image and I left her stranded at the doorstep and never saw her again.


(by Sami)


Had I not been discovered still abed, prostrated by a quite debilitating lassitude after a night's vigorous intimacy, I might have evinced a rather more credible avidity in endorsing my wife's loudly rebarbative injunction to abjure fornication.

(by Bud Myte)
The Quandary for Wednesday, December 26, 2012 consisted of: Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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