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aberrant
abnormal
abeyance
tempararily stop an activity
acumen
knowledge
amanuenses
dictation, one who is emplyed in such an activity
ambulatory
having the ability to walk
ameliorate
make better, improve
amiable
friendly
anon
in the near future
antebellum
before the civil war
ascertain
find out something, determine
austere
thrifty
badger
harass, bother, annoy
banal
unoriginal, trite, without much thought
blasphemous
profane comment, usually antireligious
blatant
obvious, noisy, severe, noticable
capitulate
to agree, compromise, give into a point of view
capricious
fanciful, erratic, unpredictable
castigate
to correct, chastise, remove from a situation
cavlier
indeifferent, apathetic
chicanery
trickery
chicory
spice in salad
shimerical
something really bad, unreal, monsterous, imaginary
chivalric
well mannered
commodious
spacious, roomy
compunction
an uneasiness, concern, remorse, regret
congenial
friendly
conjecture
guesswork, to theorize
consummate
complete, perfect whole
contemptuous
scornful, argumentative, to be in conflict
contiguous
sharing a border, touching edges
convivial
festive, jovial, enjoyable
corpulent
morbidly obese
countenance
facial expression
covetous
to desire that possessed by another
cower
to cringe in fear
culpable
blameworthy, being part of a misdeed
curative
remedy
deference
out of respect, courtesy
deft
adroit, skillful
demur
to disagree, raise objection
denizen
resident of a particular local
depravity
moral corruption
deride
ridicule
derision
mock, ridicule
despondent
hoplessness, gloomy, downhearted
deter
to prevent, stop, slow down
dilatory
delay, postpone, procrastinate
diminuative
small in stature
din
deafening noise, extreme cacophony
discordant
a disagreeable sound, not fitting in, inharmonious
effulgent
bright, shining
egregious
to an extreme, prominent in a bad sense, flagrant
eloquence
use of language in an elegant manner, fluency
enervate
weaken
ennui
state of boredom
enrapture
state of delight, heavenly
equinox
an intersection, crossing
equipage
a carriage, a carriage sometimes used to carry weaponry
ethnocentric
centered on own ethnic background, biased
expedite
to make easier
extol
to give laudable comments
facetious
humorus, jocular, a joke
fastidious
very precise, well organized, concerned with detail
faux pas
a social blunder or error
festoon
flowery arrangement
foible
a minor flaw, imperfection
gables
part of the house that comes to a peak with a round window
gamut
a range of material, running from point A to Z
grandiloquent
speaking in a bombastic and showy style
gravity
serious
heinous
horrible, extremely wicked
heresy
opinion extremely opposite to popular beliefs
imbibe
to drink, to take in, absorb
immutable
unchanging, inflexible
imperious
domineering, dictatorial
impetuous
impulsive, passionate, spontaneous, unpredictable
impish
mishcheivious
impudence
extremly bold, cocky, shameless
incessant
constant, neverending
incredulity
skeptical, unwilling to accept as truth
incredulous
state of disbelief, denial
indiscriminately
at random, without thought or planning
ineffable
cannot be expressed in words, a state of speechlessness
inevitable
unavoidable
inexplicable
cannot be explained
infamous
notorious
infusion
insertion of energy, action or thought
ingratiate
to try to gain favor, try to get on ones good side
inimical
to be hostile, angry, harmful
iniquitous
wicked or bad
insipid
stupid, banal
interpose
to come between, to insert between two parts
intimation
a hint or strong suggestion
vial
a small container often used in a lab
peruse
to examine with care, to read carefully
wanton
severe, without consideration
vengeance
the act of gaining revenge
variable
changeable, mercurial, unpredictable
pilgrimmage
a journey often with a spiritual purpose
portentous
momentous, big, huge, highly significant
prevail
to win over, to gain the upper hand, overcome
procure
to gather, to acquire, to obtain
profaner
a blasphemer, one who crudely speaks against religion and law
valor
bravery, courage
unsavory
unpleasant, gross, crude, in poor taste
tributary
a branch particularly off a river
transgression
commit a violation against another to conduct wanton actions
tiding
essential news, wished for another, piece of information
tedious
boring, work with seemingly little purpose
shroud
a burial cloth
sepulcher
a tomb, a burial place
restorative
to bring back to live, put in original condition
repose
to be at rest particulary in a death state
reconcile
to become friendly, to agree, to come to common grounds
receptacle
a container, a collection point
rapier
a small sword, a sharp edge
provision
to make an allowance for, also - goods and purposeful items
prostrate
to be flattened
volition
by free will, choice
supercilous
arrogantly contemptous
repulse
fighting back, to thwart an opponent
remonstrance
protest, asserting against something
quadroon
a person of 1/4 black heritage
prudery
excessively sexually modest
prolific
highly productive
plaintive
mournful
persistence
dedicated, staying consistenly on task
perambulation
strolling
patois
regional speech and language
knickerbockers
original Dutch settlers of New York City, gold pants
nebulous
hazy, unclear
obsitnate
stubborn, inflexible, obdurate
orgastic
romantic idealism, dreamy, sexual heightening
pasquinade
a satire, a lampoon
provincial
local, narrow perspective, limited view
reciprocal
to exchane as in favors, to return in kind
somnambulism
sleepwalking
jaunty
extreme self-confidence, cocky
strident
loud, harsh, discordent
supercilious
haughty arrogance, showing disdain
vacuous
empty headed
wan
unnaturally pale, sickly, suggesting depression
laudable
praise worthy
vacillate
indecisive
redundant
over and over and over...
tentative
temporary, uncertain
provocative
thought provoking, attracting attention
philanthropy
generostiy
novel
unique, original
junta
small, radical group
nolo contendere
no contest
mea culpa
sorry
laissez-faire
doctrine of non-interference
tautological
unnecessary repetition
odious
arousing hatred, repungnance
obdurate
immutable, inflexible, resistant to change
providence
referring to the presence of God
perspicuity
understanding as a result of excellent and precise presentation
misdemeanor
a crime of lesser proportions
maxim
a general truth, a wise saying, a proverbial statement
supposition
hypothetical, conjecturing, conclusion, something supposed
stratagem
a scheme or secretive plan
sine qua non
something indispnsable, a key ingredient
monocle
eyeglass
nihilism
belief in nothingness, cynical view of the world
pewter
gray colored metal
pharmacopoeia
stockpile of drugs
satyr
half man half goat
solicitous
express concern for somebody
tenable
defendable
table d'horte
one item on the menu
euphony
agreeableness of sound; pleasing effect to the ear
ingenue
naive (usually young girl)