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abjure
v to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant, to avoid
adumbrate
v to forewhadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
anathema
n a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
anodyne
a/n soothing, something that assuages or allays pains or comforts
apogee
n farthest or highest point, culmination, zenith
apostate
n one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
apotheosis
n deification, glorification to godliness, an exalted example, a model of excellence or perfection
asperity
n severity, rigor, roughness, harshness, acrimony, irritability
asseverate
v to aver, allege, assert
assiduous
a diligent, hard-working, sedulous
augury
n omen, portent
bellicose
a belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
calumniate
v to slander, make a false accusation, calumny means slander, aspersion
captious
a disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
cavil
v to find fault without good reason
celerity
n speed, alacrity, think accelerate
chimera
n an illusion, originally an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
contumacious
a insubordinate, rebellious, contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
debacle
n rout, fiasco, complete failure, My first attempt at a souffle was a total debacle
denouement
n an outcome or solution, the unraveling of a plot
descry
v to discriminate or discern
desuetude
n disus, after years of desuetude, my French skills were finally put to use
desultory
a random, aimless, marked by a lack of plan or purpose: her desultory performance impressed no one
diaphanous
a transparent, gauzy
diffident
a reserved, shy, unassuming, lacking in self-confidence; surprisingly, the CEO of the corporation had been a diffident youth
dirge
n soung of grief or lamentation: we listened to the slow, funeral dirge
encomium
n glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
eschew
v to shun or avoid: she chose to eschew the movie theater, preferring to watch DVDs at home
excoriate
v to censure scathingly, to upbraid
execrate
v denounce, feel loathing for, curse, declare to be evil
exegesis
n critical examination, explication
expiate
v to atone or make amends for: Pia Zadora has expiated her movie career by works of charity
extirpate
v to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
fatuous
a silly, innanely foolish: I would ignore such a fatuous comment
fractious
a quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irratibile
gainsay
v to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
heterodox
a unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
imbroglio
n difficult or embarrassing situation
indefatigable
a not easily exaustible, tireless, dogged
ineluctable
a certain, inevitable
inimitable
a one of a kind, peerless
insouciant
a unconcerned, carefree, heedless
inveterate
a deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
jejune
a vapid, uninteresting, nugatory, childish, immature, puerile
lubricious
a lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
mendicant
n a beggar, supplicant
meretricious
a cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy, attracting by false show
minatory
a menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur, a threatening creature indeed)
nadir
n low point, perigee
nonplussed
a baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to think or do
obstreperous
a noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
ossified
a tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age, literally, turned into bone
palliate
v to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense
panegyric
n formal praise, eulogy, encomium, panegyrical means expressing elaborate praise
parsimonious
a cheap, miserly: a parsimonious person parses out his money with great difficulty
pellucid
a transparent, easy to understand, limpid
peroration
n the concluding part of a speech, flowery, rhetorical speech
plangent
a pounding, thundering, resounding
prolix
a long-winded, verbose, proxility means verbosity: Michael Gorbachev is famous for his proxility
propitiate
v to appease, to conciliate, propitious means auspicious, favorable
puerile
a childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
puissance
n power, strength, puissant means powerful, strong, the senator deliveres a puissant speech to the convention
pusillanimous
a cowardly, craven
remonstrate
v to protest, object
sagacious
a having sound judgement, perceptive, wise, like a sage
salacious
a lustful, lascivious, bawdy
salutary
a remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
sanguine
a cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine
a gloomy, dark, sullen morose
sententious
a aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic, tending to moralize excessively
stentorian
a extremely loud and powerful
stygian
a dark, gloomy
sycophant
n toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer, parasite
tendentious
a biased, showing marked tendencies
timorous
a timid, fearful, diffident
tyro
n novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
vitiate
v to corrupt, debase, spoil, make inefective
voluble
a fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language