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alloy
v to commingle, to debase by mixing with something inferior, unalloyed means pure
appropriate
v take for one's own use, confiscate
arrest, arresting
v/a to suspend, to engage, holding one's attention, as in arrested adolescence, an arresting portrait
august
a majestic, venerable
bent
n leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendency: he had a naturally artistic bent
broach
v bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
v to tolerate, endure, countenance
cardinal
a major, as in cardinal sin
chauvinist
n a blindly devoted patriot
color
v to change as if by dyeing, to distort, gloss or affect (usually the first), yellow journalism colored the truth
consequential
a pompous, self-important (primary definitions are: logically following, important)
damp
v to dininish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
die
n a tool used for shaping, as in a tool and die shop
essay
v to test or try, attempt, experiment: the newly born fawn essayed a few wobbly steps
exact
v to demand, call for, require, take: Even a victorious war exacts a heavy price
fell
v to cause to fall by striking: the lumberjack arrived and felled many trees
fell
a inhumanly cruel: fell beasts surrounded the explorers
flag
v to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline: think of a flag on a windless day, as in her flagging spirits
flip
a sarcastic, impertinent, as in flippant: a flip remark
ford
v to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
grouse
v to complain or grumble
guy
n/v a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy, think guide
intimate
v to imply, suggest or insinuate: Are you intimating that I cannot be trusted
list
v to tilt or lean to one side: the ship's broken mast listed helplessly in the wind
lumber
v to move heavily and clumsily: lumbering giants on land, walruses are actually graceful swimmers
meet
a fitting, proper: it is altogether meet that Jackie Robinson is in the baseball hall of fame
milk
v to exploit, to squeeze every last ounce of: I milked the position for all it was worth
mince
v pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully: Don't mince words. Also, to take tiny steps, tiptoe
nice
a exacting, fastidious, extremely precise: he made a nice distinction between the two cases
obtain
a to be established, accepted or customary: those standards no longer obtain.
occult
a hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
pedestrian
a commonplace, trite, unremarkable, quotidian
pied
a multicolored, usually in blotches: the pied piper of Hamlin was so called because of his multicolored coat
pine
v to lose vigor (as through grief), to yearn
plastic
a modlable, pliable, not rigid
pluck
n courage, spunk, fortitude: Churchill's speeches inspired the pluck of his countrymen during the war
prize
v to pry, to press or force with a lever, something taken by force, spoils: the information was prized from him
rail
v to complain about bitterly: early American progressives railed against the railroad barons
rent
v.n torn, past of rend: he rent his garments; an opening or tear caused by such: a large rent in the fabric
quail
v to lose courage, turn frightened
qualify
v to limit: let me qualify that statement
sap
v to enervate or weaken the vitalityof: that race sapped my strength
sap
n a fool or nitwit: don't be a sap
scurvy
a contemptible, despicable: he was a scurvy old reprobate
singular
a exceptional, unusual, odd: he was singularly well-suited for the job
steep
v to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep: she was steeped in esoteric knowledge
strut
n the supporting structural cross-part of a wing
table
v to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration: They tabled the motion and will consider it again later
tender
v to proffer or offer: He tendered his resignation
waffle
v to equivocate: to change one's position: His detractors say that the President waffles too much: he can never make up his mind
wag
n wit, joker: Groucho Marx was a well-known wag