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rue
to regret deeply, to wish something hadn't happened and could be undone; German reuen (to regret)
sobriquet
an assumed name or a nickname; also applies to and is more commonly understood as a nickname that sticks to a celebrity, with or without his contrivance. pr. so-brih-kay
abrasive
irritatingly or annoyingly harsh and grating; lit. any substance that can be used for polishing or grinding;
antithesis
the direct opposite; "heat is not the antithesis of light but rather the source of it."
bibulous
fond of alcohol;
circumspect
watchful, cautious; Latin circum (around) and spectare (to observe carefully) +no verb form
dauntless
fearless
dissimulate
to disguise, hide under a false exterior; Latin dissimulare (to disguise, conceal)
envisage
to visualize something or imagine it; can also imply foresee
feasible
possible; plausible
grandiloquence
high-flown, bombastic speech; Latin grandis (great, large) and loqui (to speak)
impute
to attribute or ascribe a result or quality to anything or anybody; impute often implies unjust accusation
inauspicious
unfavorable; unfortunate
journeyman
a reliable worker, competent but not exceptional; originally applied to a person hired to work for a day, or by the day;
juxtapose
to place two or more things side by side; the implication of this word is to call attention to the combining; ex. fauvists juxtaposed bright colors
matriculate
to enroll
nomenclature
a system of names such as those used in a particular branch of science, philosophy, art, etc.
parsimonius
stingy, niggardly; implies excessive frugality, and is clearly pejorative(derogatory)
symbiosis
the term for the living together of two different organisms which creates a mutually advantageous situation; adj. is symbiotic; Greek sym (together) and bios (life)
voluble
talkative, prone to use a great volume of words; the opposite of taciturn
persona
social façade, the "front" he presents to the world at large, as opposed to his real self
prodigious
"enormous" or "amazing, marvelous"
quizzical
mocking: playfully vexing; perplexed
ruminate
chew over: reflect deeply on a subject
sodden
soaked; soused; thoroughly wet