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Abjure
v – to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
Adumbrate
v – to foreshadow 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
adj/n – soothing, something that assuages or allays pain 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
adj – diligent, hard-working, sedulous
Augury
n – omen, portent
Bellicose
adj – belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
Calumniate
v – to slander, make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
Captious
adj – 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
Chimer
a – an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she-monster
Contumacious
adj – insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
Debacle
n – rout, fiasco, complete failure; My first attempt at a soufflé was a total debacle
Denouncement
n – an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
Descry
v – to discriminate or discern
Desuetude
n – disuse: After years of desuetude, my French shills were finally put to use.
Desultory
adj – random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose: Her desultory performance impressed no one.
Diaphanous
adj – transparent, gauzy
Diffident
adj – reserved, shy, unassuming; lacking in self-confidence: Surprisingly, the CEO of the corporation had been a diffident youth.
Dirge
n – a song of grief or lamentation: We listened to the slow, funereal 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 goods works and charity.
Extirpate
v – to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
Fatuous
adj – silly, inanely foolish: I would ignore such a fatuous comment.
Fractious
adj – quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
Gainsay
v – to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
Heterodox
adj – unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
Imbroglio
n – difficult or embarrassing situation
Indefatigable
adj – not easily exhaustible; tireless, dogged
Ineluctable
adj – certain, inevitable
Inimitable
adj – one of a kind, peerless
Insouciant
adj – unconcerned, carefree, heedless
Inveterate
adj – deep rotted, ingrained, habitual
Jejune
adj – vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile
Lubricious
adj – lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
Mendicant
n – a beggar, supplicant
Meretricious
adj – cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
Minatory
adj – menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur, a threatening creature indeed)
Nadir
n – low point, perigee
Nonplussed
adj – baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
Obstreperous
adj – noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
Ossified
adj – 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
adj – cheap, miserly: A parsimonious person parses out his money with great difficulty.
Pellucid
adj – transparent, easy to understand, limpid
Peroration
n – the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
Plangent
adj – pounding, thundering, resounding
Prolix
adj – long-winded, verbose; prolixity means verbosity: Mikhail Gorbachev is famous for his prolixity.
Propitiate
v – to appease; to conciliate; propitious means auspicious, favorable
Puerile
adj – childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
Puissance
n – power, strength; puissant means powerful, strong: The senator delivered a puissant speech to the convention.
Pusillanimous
adj – cowardly, craven
Remonstrate
v – to protest, object
Sagacious
adj – having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
Salacious
adj – lustful, lascivious, bawdy
Salutary
adj – remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
Sanguine
adj – cheerful, confident, optimistic
Saturnine
adj – gloomy dark, sullen, morose
Sententious
adj – aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
Stentorian
adj – extremely loud and powerful
Stygian
adj – gloomy, dark
Sycophant
n – toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer; parasite
Tendentious
adj – biased; showing marked tendencies
Timorous
adj – timid, fearful, diffident
Tyro
n – novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
Vitiate
v – to corrupt, debase, spoil, make ineffective
Voluble
adj – fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language