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proliferate
to grow by rapid production of new parts, cells, buds, or offspring
The PROLIFERATION of drug-resistant strains of bacteria and viruses has blighted researchers’ hopes that permanent victories against many diseases have been achieved.
wane
to decrease gradually in intensity; decline
My taste for Greek food waned after I got food poisoning in the local Greek restaurant.
foment
to incite, rouse
They suspected the new employee of fomenting trouble.
triskaidekaphobia
fear of the number 13
AHH! it's the number 13!
perpetuate
to make everlasting or cause to last indefinitely
perpetuate the species
elude
to escape the perception, understanding, or grasp of
victory continued to elude us
raconteur
a person who excels in telling anecdotes
the guy in pink panther was a raconteur.
delude
to mislead the mind or judgment of
synonym = deceive, trick
fellatio
oral stimulation of the penis
the lady in the movie crash was caught performing fellatio on her husband while he was still driving.
lewd
evil, wicked
synonym = obscene
discretion
individual choice or judgment
viewer's discretion...
negligent
inattention to one's duty or business
negligent about writing a note of thanks
corroborate
to support with evidence or authority : make more certain
synonym = confirm
dossier
a file containing detailed records on a particular person or subject
hand me his job-record dossier...
equestrian
representing a person on horseback
an equestrian statue
contrite
feeling or showing sorrow and remorse for a sin or shortcoming
contrite apology
minutiae
a minute or minor detail -- usually used in plural
who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge
enmity
positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will
synonym = hostility
curmudgeon
a greedy, irascible, crotchety old person
don't be a curmudgeon! why won't you just lighten up and just share with people for once?!
dearth
a shortage or scarcity of something; lack
a dearth of evidence
nomadic
to move from place to place
nomads ... cows... move around.
stealthy
slow, deliberate, and secret in action or character
synonym is furtive and secret
clamorous
marked by confused din or outcry
noisily insistent
vociferous
marked by or given to vehement insistant outcry
synonym is clamorous
obstreperous
mean so loud or insistent as to compel attention; unruly and aggressive noisiness and resistance to restraint
the obstreperous demonstrators were removed from the hall
boisterous
noisiness and turbulence due to high spirits
a boisterous crowd of party goers
strident
harsh and discordant noise
heard the strident cry of the crow
indiscreet
not discreet, lacking discretion, wisdom, or good judgement
an indiscreet comment
rustic
of, relating to, or suitable for the country
:rural
debacle
a big disaster
hurricanes are debacles that i never wish to witness.
deft
very skillful
his deft hands made him the infamous pickpocket around town.
dehydrate
to remove water
i'm dehydrating! i'm ... a camel?
deleterious
harmful
that virus is very deleterious! stay away from it!
demagogue
a leader of the people, but more a rabble-rouser
one that stirs up (as to hatred or violence) the masses of the people
demography
the statistical study of the characteristics of populations
the demography of china is so diverse because there are just so many people.
desalinate
to remove salt from something
in order to drink the sea water you must first desalinate it by cooking it.
desiccate
to dry out
hahaha. dessicated brocolli!
diplomatic
tactful; good at negotiating
he's a very diplomatic person. he always manages to get things done his way.
discomfit
to frustrate, to confuse
the words that he said to me were so discomfiting because i didn't know whether he was trying to tell me something indirectly.. or what.
dither
to vacillate between choices; to tremble with excitement
to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
diurnal
occurring every day; occuring during the daytime
his text messages felt like something so diurnal to me, that when i didnt receive it one day... i felt incomplete?!
divisive
creating conflict and disagreement
this crush of mine can only be called divisive, for it's become an issue between me and my good friends... we've been arguing a lot.
draconian
harsh, severe, cruel
dragon's are HARSH.. roAR.
ebullient
bubbling with excitement, exhuberant
i was ebullient with smiles and laughter after he wrote me the special note.
eclectic
drawn from many sources
the evidence for the case was eclectic; there were many sources.
effigy
a likeness of a person, usually one used to express hatred for that person
to me, that stuffed toy was an effigy of him. i usually vented my anger on the toy.
egregious
extremely bad, flagrant
so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality <flagrant violations of human rights>
elliptical
oval; missing a word or words; obscure
elliptical circles
endemic
native, restricted to a particular region or area, indigenous
the disease was endemic to the west coast, which was really frightening because i live in the west coast.
ephemeral
lasting a very short time
he is a very fickle guy; his feelings are ephemeral.