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Aquisitive
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
Arrogate
to claim or take without right
Banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
Belabor
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
Carping
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way
Coherent
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
Congeal
to change from liquid to solid, thicken, to make inflexible or rigid
emulate
to imimtate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
Encomiun
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
Eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from
Germane
relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
Insatiable
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
Intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
Invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
Largesse
generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
Reconnaissance
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
Substantiate
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
Taciturn
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
Temporize
to stall or act evasivel in order to gain time, avoide a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
Tenable
capable of being held or defended
Accost
to approach and speak to first; to confont in a challenging or agrgressive way
Animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
Avid
desirous of somethign to the point of greed,; intensely eager
Brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
Celerity
swiftness, rapidity or motion or action
Devious
straying or wandering from a starighyt or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
Gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves rise or sacrifice or a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
Halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher : (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
Histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
Incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist;one who causes strife
Maelstron
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
Myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
Overt
open, not hiden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
Pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or dispargement, deorgatory, deprecatory, belittling
Propriety
the state of beign proper, appropriateness
Sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
Summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
Sullpliant
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly
Talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believe to confer magical powers
Undulate
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion
Articulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints;(adj.)expressed clearly and forcefully
Cavort
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
Credence
belief, mental acceptance
Decry
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
Dissemble
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
distraught
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
Eulogy
a formal statement of commendation; high praise
Evince
to display clearly, to make evident
Exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
Feckless
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
Murky
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity, and precision
Nefarious
wicked, depraved, devoid or moral standards
Piquant
stimiulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative
Primordial
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the ancient times or earliest stage; basic
Propinquity
nearness in a place or time; kinship
Unwonted
not usual or expected; not in character
Utopian
founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
Verbiage
language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
Verdant
green in ting or color; immature in experience or judgment
Viscous
having a gelatinous or gluey quiality, lacking in easy movemetn or fluidity
Atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v.) to waste away
Bastion
a fortified place, stronghold
Concord
a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
Consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v.) to bring to a state of completion
Disarray
disorder, confusion
Exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demaand
Flotsam
floating debris; homeless
Frentic
frenzied, hightly agitated
Glean
to gather bit by bith; to gather small quantities of grain left n a field by the reapers
Grouse
a type of game bird; a compaint
Incarcerate
to imprison
Incumbentry
obligatory, required;(n.)one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
Jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly
Ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, obsurd
Mordant
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
Nettle
a prickly or stinging plant; (v.)to arouse displeasure, impatience
Pecuniary
consisting of or measure in money
Pusillanimous
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spritited
Recumbent
in a reclining position
Stratagem
a scheme to outwit or decieve an opponent or to gain an end
Acuity
sharpness
Delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in a ccurate and vivide detail
Depraved
marked by evil and corruption, devoid or moral principles
Enervate
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of;enfeeble, hamstring
Esoteric
intended for or udnerstood by only a select few, private
Fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetaion; intellectually productive
Fiat
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or conscieousness
Figment
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
Garner
to acqauire as the result or effort; to gather and store away
Hallow
to set apart as holy or sacred; to honor greatly
Idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
Ignominy
shame and disgrace
Mundane
earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
Nuance
a subtle or slight variation ( as in color)
Overweening
conceithed, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
Penchant
a strong attraction or inclination
Reputed
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation
Sophistry
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound, a fallacy
Sumptuous
costly, rich, magnificent
Ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere
Abject
degraded, base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved
Agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic
Complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
Derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned
Diatribe
bitter and prolinged verbal attack
Effigy
a crude image of a despised person
Equity
the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment
Inane
silly, empty of meaning or value
Indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
Indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
Intermittent
stopping and beginning agian, sporadic
Moot
open to discussion and debate, unrevolved; (v) to bring up for discussion
Motif
a principal idea, feature, theme, or element: a repeated or dominant figure in a design
Neophyte
a new convert, beginner, novice
Perpicacity
keenness in observing and understanding
Plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
Surveillance
a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
Sylvan
pertaining to or characteristic of forests; wooded, woody
Testy
easily irritated
Travesty
a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
Allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
Bestial
beastlike; beastly, brutal
Convivial
festive, sociable, having fun together
Coterie
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
Counterpart
a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another
Demur
(v.) to object or take exception to; (n.) an objection
Effrontary
shameless boldness, impudence
Embellish
to decorate, adorn, touch up; improve by adding details
Ephemeral
lasting only a short time, short-lived
Felicitous
appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
Furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
Garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
Illusory
misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality
Indigent
needy, impoverished
Inordinate
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
Jettison
to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome
Misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people
Pertinacious
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
Picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
Raiment
clothing, garments