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truncheon
a short stick carried by police; a billy club
aureole
a circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo
dissemble
to disguise or conceal behind a false appearance; to make a false show of
mutable
capable of or subject to change or alteration; prone to frequent change; inconstant
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable; having numerous elements.
labyrinthine
from labyrinth: a maze; structure of interconnecting passages
palimpsest
a manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased; an object, place or area that reflects history.
pannikin
a small saucepan or metal cup
vapid
lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull; lacking taste , zest or flavor; flat.
incredulous
skeptical or disbelieving; expressive of disbelief
furtive
characterized by stealth; surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives; sly
sinecure
a position or an office that requires little or no work but provides a salary
palpable
capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible; obvious
anodyne
a medicine that relieves pain; a source of
convoluted
intricate; complicated; having numerous overlapping coils or folds
officious
marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted help to others; meddlesome
lassitude
a state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness; lethargy
fatuous
smugly and unconsciously foolish
to etiolate
to become blanched or whitened as when grown without sunlight
obeisant
respectful, dutiful, meek; courteously submissive
rendezvous
a meeting at a prearranged time and place
prosaic
matter-of-face; straightforward; factual
muslin
any of various sturdy cotton fabrics of plain weave, used especially for sheets
febrile
characterized by fever; feverish
ramification
a development stemming from a complicated problem; a subdivision of a plan
simian
relating to or characteristic of an ape or monkey
demur
opposition or objection
persiflage
light, good-natured talk; frivolous manner of discussing a subject
feral
existing in a wild or untamed state; savage
fecund
capable of reproduction; fruitful; rich; fertile; prolific
spurious
false or fake; fraudulent; counterfeit; bogus
inimical
unfriendly or hostile
avaricious
covetous or greedy; acquisitive or avid
nucleus
a central or essential part around which other parts are gathered or grouped; a core
to ossify
to change into bone; to harden
livid
discolored, as from a bruise; pale or pallid
illicit
not sanctioned by law; unlawful
insidious
cunning; alluring; sly
surly
ill-humored; sullen
prevaricate
to stray from or evade truth; to lie
to quail
to cower or shrink back in fear
to degrade
to demote; to debase; to disgrace
forlorn
sad or lonely; wretchedly pitiful or miserable
torpid
deprived of power or motivation; inactive; dormant
premonitory
a warning in advance
cauterize
to burn or sear
abstruse
not easily understood; complex
equivocation
vagueness or uncertainty
heretic
a person with controversial opinions; one who expresses disapproval; a dissenter
contortions
deformities
abasement
degradation; humiliation
vindicate
to defend; to justify