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abyss
an immeasurably deep or seemingly bottomless gulf or pit. anything too deep for measurement
accede
to give one's consent; agree
actuate
to put into action
adamant
stubbornly unyielding; inflexible;
alleviate
to make more bearable; relieve lessen
amoral
neither moral nor immoral. lacking moral awareness
anarchy
the total absence of government and law. political disorder and violence. chaos
anatomically
with reference to the bodily structure of a plant or an animal or its parts
anemia
a condition in which there is a reduction in red blood cells, resulting in paleness, weakness, and fatigue
anesthetic
a substance that causes loss of sensation, with or without loss of consciousness
anthropoid
resembling a human being; any of the most highly developed apes, such as gorillas and chimpanzees
anthropomorphism
the attributing of human characteristics to inanimate objects, gods, animals, etc.
anticipatory
characterized by advance thought or action
apathetic
feeling or showing no emotion, interest, or concern; indifferent
aphorism
a short, concise statement of a general truth or opinion
apolitical
not interested or involved in politics. not having any political importance
apotheosis
raising a person to the rank of a god. a perfect example; glorified ideal
apparent
easily understood; evident; obvious. readily seen; visible
appellation
a descriptive name, title, or designation
auspices
support, guidance, or protection
auspicious
favorable; marked by success
autocrat
a ruler or any person with unlimited power or authority
beset
to attack from all sides; to trouble constantly; harass
boorish
rude or bad-mannered
bowdlerize
to edit or modify by taking out obscene or objectionable passages
brook
to put up with; tolerate
brusque
abrupt or rude in manner or speech; blunt
captious
quick to find fault; critical
captivating
attracting and holding charm, beauty, or excellence
chauvinism
prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own group, sex, or race; fanatical patriotism
chimerical
fantastically improbable; having a tendency for unrealistic fantasies
clandestine
kept or done in secret, often to hide an improper purpose
cognate
related by having the same origin, as certain words; a word related to one in another language
collaboration
working together, especially in an intellectual effort, cooperation with the enemy
collusion
a secret agreement or cooperation between two or more people for an illegal or deceitful purpose; conspiracy
complementary
completing; supplying mutual needs
concession
a giving in; yielding; an acknowledgment or admission
conifer
a cone-bearing tree or shrub, chiefly evergreen
contemplative
characterized by thoughtful observation and meditation
defray
to pay for (the cost or expenses)
delusive
misleading; deceptive; false
denizen
inhabitant; occupant; one who frequents a place
devious
untrustworthy; attempting to deceive; roundabout; wandering
dire
dreadful; horrible; urgent; desperate
distill
to extract the essential elements of; to separate by heating until evaporation and condensation take place
doggerel
poetry with little artistic worth that is often humorous, crude, or trivial
dogma
official doctrine of a church; any principle or doctrine
draconian
very harsh; severe
elixir
a remedy believed to cure all ailments; substance believed to maintain life forever
emancipate
to liberate from control; free
empirical
relying or based on observation and experiment; relying on practical experiencerather than on scientific theory
entourage
a group of associates or attendants
erudite
characterized by knowledge gained by study or research; learned; scholarly
evanescent
vanishing or likely to vanish like a vapor
exemplify
to show by example; to serve as an example of
exotic
foreign; strangely beautiful or fascinating
explicate
to explain clearly and thoroughly
felicitous
suitable; appropriate; showing an agreeably appropriate manner or style
fervent
having or showing intense emotion or enthusiasm
fester
to become infected and form pus. to become increasingly irritating
flawed
defective; not valid
formative
relating to development or growth
fractious
inclined to make trouble; irritable; cranky
fragmentary
consisting of small disconnected parts; incomplete
gravitate
to move by the force of gravity; to be attracted by a strong force
gullible
easily deceived or tricked
heartening
encouraging
hector
to threaten or bully
humanitarian
a person who is devoted to promoting human welfare; having concern for helping humanity
hybrid
the offspring of two plants or animals of different species, breeds, varieties; anything of mixed origin
impetuous
acting impulsively with little thought; rash; impulsive and passsionate
implement
to put into effect; carry out
implicate
to involve or connect in an incriminating way
imponderable
that cannot be weighed, measured, or evaluated with certainty
incapacitate
to take away the strength or ability of; disable
incendiary
causing or capable of causing fire; one who willfully starts fires
inception
the beginning of something
incipient
just beginning to exist or appear
infraction
a violation of law or rule
inter
to put (a corpse) in a tomb or gave; bury
intercession
a plea that is made on behalf of another
introspective
inclined to examine one's own thoughts and feelings
invest
to put money to use to obtain profit; to give a quality to; to devote time or effort for future benefit
irascible
easily angered; irritable
Machiavellian
characterized by trickery and self-interest as a means of achieving one's goals or keeping power
maleficient
harmful; evil; hurtful
martinet
a strict disciplinarian
mendacity
the quality of being untruthful; untruthfulness; given to deception or falsehood
mercurial
having rapid and unpredictable changes in mood
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts people
mobilize
to assmeble and organize for action, use, or war
monotheism
the doctrine or belief that there is only one God
muse
a source of inspiration; the spirit that inspires a poet or artist
nefarious
extremely wicked; villainous; evil
oxymoron
a figure of speech that combines contradictory words
pantheon
a public building in which the famous people of a country are commemorated; a temple dedicated to all gods
paradigm
a list of all forms of a word, to serve as an example for other words; an example that serves as a model
parameter
limit or boundary; guideline
paramount
ranking above all others in importance, concern, influence; supreme
parlance
a way or manner of speaking
pastoral
an artistic work that portrays rural life; charmingly simple and serene
perpetual
lasting for an indefinitely long time; continuing without interruption
perspicuity
the quality of being easy to understand; clearness
philanthropy
active effort to improve the human condition; love of humanity
plait
to braid
plausible
seemingly true, honest, or trustworthy; credible; believable
pliant
easily bent; pliable; adaptable; easily influenced
pragmatic
concerned with facts or actual events; practical
precedent
an action, statement, or occurence that may serve as an example for similar future instances
profusion
an abundance; a plentiful outpouring or quantity; extravagance
protaganist
the main character in a novel, drama, or other work of literature
qualm
feeling of doubt or uneasiness, especially about the rightness of an action
recede
to move back or away; to retreat or withdraw
recuperate
to get well again; recover
refractory
difficult to control; stubbornly disobedient
rendering
a representation or interpretation, as in art or music
replica
a copy or reproduction of a work of art; any close copy or reproduction
repudiate
to reject the validity of; to reject as untrue or unjust; to refuse to have any dealings with
sardonic
scornfully or bitterly mocking, sarcastic
saturnine
having a gloomy, sullen, or sluggish temperament
scintillate
to sparkle or shine; to be animated, brilliant, and witty
silhouette
the outline of a figure filled in with solid color, usually black; a profile
skepticism
a questioning or doubting attitude
smug
showing or feeling offensive self-satisfaction
solidify
to make solid, compact, or hard; to make or become strong or united
somber
dark and gloomy; dismal; sad
specious
seeming true or correct but actually false; deceptively attractive
speculate
to meditate on a subject; to wonder
spurious
not genuine; false;
stentorian
extremely loud
stylized
to design according to a particular syle rather than according to nature
sumptuous
excessively costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent
supine
inactive; passive
surreptitious
done, made, or gotten in a secret/stealthy way; acting in a stealthy way
susceptible
easily affected or influenced; impressionable; sensitive
sybarite
a person who is fond of pleasure and luxury
tawdry
cheap and tastelessly showy
theocracy
a government ruled or subject to religious authority; a country ruled in this way
theological
relating to the study of the nature of God and religious truth
tribulation
Great misery or suffering; distress
vanguard
the part of the army that goes ahead of the main force; the leading position in a trend or movement; forefront
vernacular
the common, everyday language spoken by a people; the standard native language of a country or place
zealous
filled with intense desire or enthusiasm