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demented
insane
subsume
include (as a member of a group); encompass
shun
keep away from; avoid deliberately; Ex. She has been shunned by her neighbors.
unimpeachable
that cannot be impeached; beyond doubt or question; blameless and exemplary
retard
delay (in development); ADJ. retarded: (as of a child) slower in development
toga
Roman outer robe
decree
authoritative order; edict; judgment of a court of law; V: order or judge by decree
conversant
familiar with; having knowledge of
douse
plunge into water or liquid; dip; immerse; drench; wet throughly; extinguish; throw water over; dowse
brooch
ornamental clasp; pin
indict
charge; N. indictment
gossamer
sheer; very light; like cobwebs; N: soft and sheer fabric; cobweb
pyromaniac
person with an insane desire to set things on fire
husband
use sparingly; conserve; save; Ex. husband one's energy; CF. house holder
ovoid
egg-shaped; CF. ovum; CF. ovulate
desecrate
profane; violate the sanctity of
relinquish
give up something (with reluctance); yield; release; Ex. relinquish power/the claim to the land/his hold on my arm
pervasive
spread throughout; V. pervade: (of smells, ideas, feelings) spread throughout; charge; permeate
ineffable
unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy
abstract
theoretical; not concrete; nonrepresentational
disproportion
lack of proportion (between the parts); ADJ. disproportionate
crevice
crack; fissure
extenuate
weaken; mitigate; lessen the seriousness of (bad behavior)
apathy
lack of caring; indifference; lack of concern or interest in important matters; Ex. He was sunk in apathy after his failure; ADJ. apathetic
secrete
conceal; hide away or cache; produce and release a substance into an organism; CF. secretive
meteoric
like a meteor; swift; momentarily brilliant; Ex. meteoric rise to fame; N. meteor
vertex
summit; highest point; PL. vertices
raspy
making a harsh noise; grating; harsh
authoritative
having the weight of authority; regarded as providing knowledge that can be trusted; reliable; peremptory and dictatorial; Ex. authoritative dictionary/manner; CF. definitive
tatter
torn piece of cloth; ADJ. tattered: (of clothes) old and torn; (of a person) dressed in old torn clothes
discordant
not harmonious; conflicting
recidivism
habitual return to crime (even after being punished); N. recidivist
commonplace
ordinary; N: something ordinary or common; trite remark
pandemic
widespread; affecting the majority of people; N: pandemic disease; CF. all people
prodigious
enormous; marvelous; extraordinary; Ex. prodigious amount/memory
glib
fluent (with insincerity or superficiality); facile; slick
effusion
pouring forth; unrestrained outpouring of feeling; V. effuse: pour out; ADJ. effusive: pouring forth; gushing
imprecation
curse; swearword
replicate
reproduce; duplicate
hibernal
wintry; wintery; of or like winter
unsullied
untarnished; CF. sully
figure
written symbols; number; amount represented in numbers; outline or silhouette of a thing or human body; person (well-known); impression; diagram; pattern; group in a dance; Ex. figure of speech; V. calculate with numbers; adorn with figures; appear; consider; Ex. My name did not figure in the list.
goad
urge on; drive with a goad; cause (someone) to do something by continued annoyance; Ex. They goaded him into doing it by saying he was a coward; N: sharp-pointed stick for driving cattle; stimulus; CF. annoy continually
sow
plant or scatter seed
requite
make return for; repay; reciprocate; revenge; N. requittal
flicker
burn unsteadily or fitfully; move waveringly; N: flickering movement or light; brief sensation; Ex. flicker of excitement
reciprocal
mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement
laud
praise; N. ADJ. laudable: praiseworthy; ADJ. laudatory: expressing praise
expunge
cancel; remove a word or name (from a book or list); erase
notch
V-shaped cut in a surface; V.
translucent
partly transparent
repellent
driving away; disgusting; offensive; repulsive; unattractive; N.
institution
instituting; (building for the) organization; established custom, practice, or relationship in a society; mental hospital; Ex. institution of marriage
obstinate
stubborn; hard to control or treat; Ex. obstinate cough; N. obstinacy
riveting
holding one's attention; absorbing; engrossing
formality
ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality
hinterlands
back country; inner part of a country; OP. foreland
satyr
half-human, half-bestial being in the court of Dionysus (resembling a goat), portrayed as wanton(unrestrained) and cunning; lecher; CF. faun; CF. goat: lecherous man
throttle
strangle; regulate the speed of with a throttle; N: valve that regulates the flow; CF. throat ?
faction
party; clique (within a large group); dissension
pinion
restrain or immobilize by binding the wings or legs; N: bird's wing
filch
steal (things of small value)
sportive
playful; frolicsome; merry; CF. sport: play or frolic; CF. sportsmanlike
spontaneity
lack of premeditation; naturalness; freedom from constraint; ADJ. spontaneous: self-generated; unpremeditated; happening without being planned
concede
admit; acknowledge as being true (often reluctantly); yield; grant; Ex. concede a goal
galleon
large three-masted sailing ship
dissemble
disguise; hide the real nature of; pretend
missive
letter; written statement; CF. sent
temporize
gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
veracity
truthfulness; adherence to the truth
valedictory
pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
tithe
tax of one-tenth (contributed to a church); V: pay a tithe
lexicographer
compiler of a dictionary; CF. lexicography: work of compiling a dictionary
plumage
feathers of a bird;
molecule
the smallest particle (one or more atoms) of a substance that has all the properties of that substance
turmoil
extreme confusion; great commotion and confusion; Ex. throw the country into turmoil
endue
provide with some quality; endow
parsimony
stinginess; excessive frugality; ADJ. parsimonious
gouge
tear out; cut out (as if with a gouge); Ex. gouge his eyes out; N: chisel for cutting out hollow areas in wood
homely
not good-looking; unattractive
trajectory
path taken by a projectile; Ex. trajectory of a bullet
gallows
framework from which a noose is suspended (used for execution by hanging)
censorious
severely critical
aggregate
sum; total; ADJ. V: gather into a mass or whole; accumulate; add up to; Ex. aggregate 100 dollars
gnarled
twisted
beeline
direct quick route
baroque
highly ornate
anecdote
short story of an amusing or interesting event
serendipity
gift for finding valuable things by accident; accidental good fortune or luck; CF. The Three Princes of Serendip
lackluster
lacking luster(shine; gloss); dull
flag
droop; grow feeble; decline in vigor or strength; ADJ. flagging; CF. unflagging
egoism
excessive interest in one's self; belief that one should be interested in one's self rather than in others; selfishness; ADJ. egoistic, egoistical
gazette
official periodical publication; newspaper
scurvy
contemptible; despicable; N: disease caused by deficiency of Vitamin C
stringent
(of rules) binding; rigid; marked by scarcity of money; Ex. stringent economic conditions
unwitting
not knowing; unaware; unintentional; Ex. She was their unwitting accomplice; Ex. unwitting insult; CF. wit: know
patois
local or provincial dialect