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idiosyncrasy
the temperament peculiar to a person or group, any personal peculiarity or mannerism
Did you ever hear of such an idiosyncrasy, having soup after the main course!

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importunate
urgent or persistent in asking something, insistent
As the fire drew closer and closer to the entrapped woman, her cries for help became louder and more importunate.
inchoate
not completely developed, rudimentary
The idea for a new league of nations ws at first only an unformed, inchoate plan in the minds of a few men, but it eventually led to the organization of the United Nations.

chaotic
indigent
poor, needy, destitute
Welfare agencies are set up to provide goods and services for indigent people.
ingratiate
to gain favor, to disarm
Salesmen often try to ingratiate themselves with secretaries in the hope of getting an appointment with busy department heads.
intimidate
to frighten, to make timid, overawe
A truly wise man will not try to intimidate others with his superior knowledge but will encourage them to increase their own understanding.
inveterate
deep-rooted, habitual
Being an inveterate smoker, he had a hard time giving up the smoking habit.

veteran
jovial
jolly, full of playful good humor
Santa Clause is alwasy characterized as having a hearty, jovial laugh.
knoll
a mound, a little round hill
To reach the town I had to climb a knoll and two steep hills.

The witness of JFK's death was sitting on a knoll.
lethargy
an abnormal drowsiness or great lack of energy, total indifference
Unusual lethargy or slugishness may be the first sign of illness.
lucent
shining, bright
(adj.) The moon's lucent rays could be seen through the half-closed blinds.
magnanimous
noble in mind, generous in overlooking injury, rising above pettiness or dispute
His magnanimous refusal to avenge himself on his enemy demonstrated his noble character.
mien
air, bearing
Cinderella's clothing was shabby but she had the mien of a gently bred girl.
motley
many-colored diverse, having mixed or clashing parts
The well known expression, "a motley crew," refers to a group whose members are ill-assorted or very different from one another.
nuptial
pertaining to marriage or a wedding
After the nuptial ceremony, the guests kissed the bride.
onerous
laborious, weighty, burdensome
Many students fell that memorizing names and dates and formulas is the most onerous and oppressive kind of studying.
paragon
a model of perfection or excellence
To hear the mother boast about her child, you would suppose the youngster to be a paragon of all virtues.
peremptory
decisive, final, absolute, that which cannot be denied
When the governor gave a peremptory order like that, his aides knew they couldn't change his mind.
pervade
to spread through, permeate
The sweet smell of lilacs pervaded the garden.
poignant
sharp or biting to the senses, piercing, keenly felt
Seeing the boy take his first steps without crutches was a poignant moment in my life.
probity
honesty, uprightness
The story about George Washington and the cherry tree is a testament to his probity, even as a child.
propitious
favorably inclined, gracious, boding well
In ancient Rome, the rulers sought propitious omens from the gods before taking important actions.
qualm
scruple, misgiving, uneasiness, doubt
One of the two boys who cheated on the test had no qualms about it, but the other boy's conscience troubled him badly.
retribution
deserved punishment, reprisal, vengeance
In WWII Germany had to pay retributions to France.
metonymy
a figure of speech in which a person, place, or thing is referred to as something closely related to it
apostrophe
direct address to something or someone not present