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chagrin
distress of mind caused by humiliation, disappointment, or failure
vacillate
indecision
catharsis
purging, cleansing, spiritual pruification
ennui
listlessness; dissatisfaction; boredom
caveat
warning; caution
caprice
impulsive behavior; sudden or unpredictable change of mind
palliate
cloak; conceal the truth; lame excuses
assuage
sooth; lessen pain; pacify
foible
fault; minor flaw
ecdysiast
shedding outer coat; striptease
fickle
casually changeable; not constant in loyalty or affection
fulminate
explosion; hurl denunciations
dotage
state of foolishness esp in the elderly
expurgate
remove that which is morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous
specious
having the ring of truth but being false; deceptively attractive
ostracize
to exclude from a group by popular consent
turgid
to be swollen; inflated
caluminate
make false charges to ruin someones reputation
chimera
an unrealizable dream
nirvana
blowing out; extinguishing; ideal condition
nebulous
hazy; vague; indistinct
bane
a preson or thing that ruins or spoils; poisonous
imprecation
to curse; to envoke evil upon
frenetic
frenzied; frantic
cenotaph
a tomb or monument erected in honor of a person whose body is buried elsewhere
unctuous
oily; smooth
vicissitude
sudden turn/change in one's life/routine
titillate
to excite pleasureably, agreeably
moribound
the point of death; about to die
badinage
playful teasing
sesquipedalian
a word that is unusually long; someone whose uses such like words
extirpate
exterminate; wipe out
apotheosis
exalted, perfect example, deification, or glorified
apocalypse
a prophetic revelation, disclosure, or discovery
inimical
unfriendly, hostile, harmful in effect
vagary
unpredictable idea
austere
stern; unadorned
parochial
confined or restricted (borders of a parish)
demagogue
a leader who makes false promises to gain power (Hitler)
truckle
to sumbmit; to be subservient
licentious
unrestrained; freedom
charisma
have influence or authority over large numbers of people
torpor
slow; dull; apathetic; lethargic
vestige
trace; remnant
peremptory
absolute; authoritative
audacious
bold; adventurous; reckless
monolithic
massive whole; solid
obelisk
4-sided tapered pillar; a mark of reference
akimbo
hands on hips, elbows bent
cursory
superficially done; done hastily without taking note of details
eponym
the person for whom something is named
penchant
a preference; strong tasting or liking for
penury
dire need; destitution; "penny-less"
obfuscate
to make obscure; confuse; darken
excoriate
to censure harshly; to flay;
impugn
attacked as false; fight against
cozen
to cajole; to deceive; to trick
obtuse
blunt; dull; lacking sharpness
virulent
toxic; hateful
exurb
area beyond the suburbs
flatulent
bragging; pompous (MIKE)
facade
face of a building
euphoria
feeling of great happiness or well being
expatiate
to speak or write at great length
heinous
hatful; shockingly evil
exignecy
emergency
exculpate
to clear of guilt
anachronism
chronologically out of place
poltergeist
a noisy, mischeivious ghost
histrionic
theatrical; artificial
bellwhether
a leader; inidcator of trends
banal
lacking originality; common; stale
exude
to ooze out; display abundantly
catholic
universal
pontiff
spiritual leader
brogue
grip or hold
idiosyncracy
peculiar trait; eccentricity
aegis
protection; sponsorship
coruscate
sparkle
quintessence
purest; most concentrated form
nepotism
favortism to relatives/friends
rue
regret; repent
ephemeral
short-lived
sub rosa
secretly
recondite
abstruse; obscure
pogrom
organized massacre of defensless people
poignant
heartrending; touching; painfully moving
carouse
to make merry; imbibe
pastiche
hodgepodge
acrimony
harshness; roughness
bifurcate
divided into two parts
spurious
not genuine; not authentic; not true
sycophant
"yes-man"; "apple-polisher"; flatterer
clairvoyant
to see something that others cant see
carnal
sensual; fleshy
anthology
collection of musical, literary, or artistic works
asperity
bitter; sour
mordant
bitingly sarcastic
debilitate
to weakn; wear out
decadent
a period of decline or decay
vicarious
experiencing through imagination
trepidation
anxiety; apprehension; fear
melee
a jumble; brawl
implicable
unable to be calmed or mollified
nexus
a link; connection
contumacy
stubborn resistance to authority
digress
to turn aside
aberrant
irregular normal
ecumenical
universal; pertaining to Christian churches worldwide
travail
pain or suffering resulting from mental or physical anguish
pernicious
deathly; tending to cause death or serious injury
nostrum
cure-all
epitaph
inscription found on gravestones
feckless
ineffective; incompotent
splenetic
irritable; spiteful
pusillanimous
cowardly; lacking courage
venial
petty ofense; one that is pardonable
officious
interferring; meddlesome
droll
whimsy, waggish humor; amusing in an odd way
altruism
conern for the welfare of others; selflessness
machination
scheme; conspiracy
attrition
the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment or abuses
vitiate
invalidate; corrupt
inveterate
habitual; inured; firmly established oevr a long period of time
caldron
large kettle
tyro
beginner; novice; intitiate
deprecate
disapprove; belittle
supplicate
to beg; to make humble
maelstrom
a whirlpool
myriad
countless or innumerable
gambit
trick; ploy
attenuate
spin out; diminish