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rancor n
Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will.
proscribe
To denounce or condemn. To prohibit; forbid.
rapacious adj.
Taking by force; plundering. Greedy; ravenous. Subsisting on live prey.
provenance
n : where something originated or was nurtured in its early existence;
prosody
The study of the metrical structure of verse. A particular system of versification.
punctilious
1. Strictly attentive to minute details of form in action or conduct. See Synonyms at meticulous.
2. Precise; scrupulous.
querulous
habitually complaining; "a whining child
exiguous
Extremely scanty; meager.
disport
To amuse oneself in a light, frolicsome manner.
fulminate
To issue a thunderous verbal attack or denunciation: fulminated against political chicanery.
To explode or detonate.
prefigure
To suggest, indicate, or represent by an antecedent form or model; presage or foreshadow:
ostensible
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive: His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.
excoriate
To tear or wear off the skin of; abrade. See Synonyms at chafe.
To censure strongly; denounce:
revile
To assail with abusive language; vituperate.
iniquitous
Characterized by iniquity(gross immorality or injustice); wicked.
scurrilous
Given to the use of vulgar, coarse, or abusive language; foul-mouthed.
Expressed in vulgar, coarse, and abusive language.
lugubrious
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
abrogate
To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.
hedge
1. A row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary.
2. A line of people or objects forming a barrier: a hedge of spectators along the sidewalk.
3.
1. A means of protection or defense, especially against financial loss: a hedge against inflation.
2. A securities transaction that reduces the risk on an existing investment position.
4. An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement.
5. A word or phrase, such as possibly or I think, that mitigates or weakens the certainty of a statement.
cavil
To find fault unnecessarily; raise trivial objections.
insouciant
Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
nascent
Coming into existence; emerging: “the moral shock of our nascent imperialism” (Richard Hofstadter).