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negotiate
to succeed in going over, coping with, or accomplishing
indelible
incapable of being removed or erased
subtle
not immediately obvious; hard to understand
endeavor
a serious attempt of effort
abduct
to take away, kidnap
sacrosanct
very sacred, holy or inviolable
gamut
an entire range or series
obtrude
to push forward; to impose on others
despise
to look down on with contempt and scorn
rancid
spoiled or rotten
beacon
a signaling light; a source of guidance or inspiration
encumber
to burden or weigh down
tremulous
shaking; fearful
adduce
to show as an example or means of proving something
renovate
to make new
barrage
a heavy, prolonged attack
ephemeral
lasting for a short time; fleeting
discreet
careful about what one says or does; prudent
evoke
to call forth or call to mind
educe
to draw out; elicit
gauche
socially awkward
incessant
never pausing; continuous; without a stop
extol
to praise highly and lavishly
conjure
to summon or influenc, by or as if by magic
jocose
given to joking, merry
exacerbate
to make more violent, bitter, or severe
eschew
to avoid; to shun
girth
the distance around something; circumference
dispose
to give a tendency or inclination to
derive
to obtain from a specified source
rote
mechanical memorization often w/o full understanding
induct
to place formally in office; to admite as a member
conducive
tending to bring about
drastic
extreme; severe
irascible
easily angered; quick-tempered
commodity
an item of trade of commerce
electorate
the total group of qualified voters
fetid
having a bad odor
dapper
neat and trim in appearance
cosmopolitan
having worldwide scope; so sophisticated as to be at home in all parts of the world
toil
to work strenuously

hard work
byproduct
a side-effect; something produced in the making of something else
commodious
spacious; roomy
gauge
an instrument for measuring or testing

to measure
edible
able to be eaten
divulge
to reveal or make known
cryptic
secretive or partially concealed
embed
to fix in a surrounding mass
intelligence
information; news
astringent
severe; strong; harsh
stem
to stop; to restrain
judicious
wise and careful
scruple
a moral principle that restrains actions
palette
a board which an artist can hold while painting and on which colors can be mixed; the range of colors used in a particular painting or by a partiular artist
lackadaisical
showing lack of interest or spirit
disclose
to reveal
timid
easily frightened; lacking self-confidence
blatant
offensively obvious; unpleasantly noisy
susceptible
esaily influenced; vulnerable
cajole
to attempt to persaude with flattery of insincer talk
seduce
to lure or attract; to lead astray
zeal
intense passion or enthusiasm
concise
brief and to the pint
august
inspiring awe or admiration, esp. because of high rank or character
approbation
official approval
submissive
willing to obey without resistance; docile
definitive
complete
savanna
a flat, treeless plain in a tropical or subtropical region
palatable
pleasant or acceptable to the taste
generic
without a trademark; general
subside
to settle down
culinary
relating to the kitchen or cookery
innate
possessed at birth; inborn
draconian
extremely harsh and sever
desiccate
to dry completely
uncanny
strangely unsettling, as if of supernatural origin
confiscate
to seize (private property) by or as if by someone in authority
consonant
being in agreement
olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
inextricable
incapable of being solved or untangled
ductile
easily shaped; capable of being persuaded easily
sycophant
one who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth of influence
erratic
inconsistent, unpredictable
nurture
to nourish, educate, or encourage
self-abnegation
the putting aside of personal interest for the sake of others
rank
conspicuously offensive, esp. in smell or taste; complete
menial
lowly or servant-like
winsome
charming, exp. in a childlike or innocent way
heyday
a time of success of popularity
montage
a composite elements, exp pictures, placed closely next to one another
peer
a person or thing of the same rank
venial
easily excused or forgiven
innocuous
harmless
atavistic
reverting to past traits, esp. to traits absent for a long time
ecstasy
state of overwhelming joy; rapture
infinitesimal
exceedingly small; minute
extract
to remove, esp. with effort
bland
having a moderate, undisturbed quality
versatile
competent in many things
relentless
harsh, pitiless; persistent
mercurial
easily changeable; erratic
disarray
confusion, disorder
podium
a raised platform on which a speaker or conductor stands
craven
cowardly; contemptibly timid
volatile
tending to vary widely; unstable; quickly evaporating
largess
genorosity in giving gifts
hermetic
completely sealed, esp. from entry or escape of air
purvery
to supply
condiment
a seasoning or relish for food
herald
to bear news; to announce
profound
very deep; penetrating beyond the superficial
corollary
a natural consequence or effect; a deduction or an inference
overwrought
extremely nervous or excited
import
significance
arbitrary
determined by chance or individual preference, not by reason, necessity or principle
engaging
attractive; charming
trivial
of little worth or importance
scintillate
to give off sparks; to be animated or brilliant
placid
calm, undisturbed
prudent
marked by careful plannin; discreet
conceit
a fanciful idea or image; esp. an exaggerated poetic comparison; an extravagant construction
firebrand
one who stirs up trouble or revolt
portend
to serve as a warning of
variegated
distinctly marked with different colors, diverse
euphoria
a feeling or great happiness
decor
a decorative style or scheme, as of a room
cleave
to split with a sharp instrument; to cling
obtuse
slow in understanding; dull; stupid
zenith
maximum; the highest point
credulous
tending to believe too easily
obliterate
to destroy so as to leave no trace
excoriate
to denounce sharply; to tear or wear the skin off
conviction
a strong belief or opinion
intricate
elaborately detailed
punitive
inflicting or intended to inflict punishment
revere
to honor
skittish
nervous, easily frightened
strut
to walk with a proud, arrogant bearing
forlorn
appearing sad because abandoned; in pitiful condition; almost without hope
plummet
to deline or descned sharply
beneficient
performing deeds of kindness or charity; producing a good result
protean
easily taking on different forms
celerity
speed in motion; swiftness
nomad
one who has no permanent home
hirsute
having excessive body hair
placebo
something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect
concede
to acknowledge as true
beset
to attack from all sides; to trouble persistently
delineate
to draw the outline of; describe in words of gestures
forage
to search for food or provisions
expedition
a journey undertaken for a specific reason, such as for war or exploration; speed in doing something
extemporaneous
done with little or no preparation
altitude
height, esp. above the earth's surface
subdue
to conquer; to make less intense
eulogy
a speech or written tribute in praise of someone who has died
inchoate
at an early stage of development; not well developed
entourage
a group of attendants or followers
pungent
sharp to the smell or taste
gyrate
to revolve on an axis; to spin
therapeutic
having healing powers
undulate
to move in a wave-like motion
palliate
to lessen the pain or severity
tyranny
arbitraty or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority
flux
flow; continuous change or movement
raze
to demolish; to flatten to ground level
regress
to return to a previous state
suture
the surgical method used to close a wound or join tissue
lattice
a structure made of stips of wood or metal that cross over each other to fomr a pattern (usu. diagonal) of spaces between the strips
novice
a person new to a field or activity; a beginner
prototype
the original model; someone or something that serves to illustrate the typicla qualities of a class
hapless
unfortunate, unlucky
maudlin
excessively sentimental
precis
a concise summary or a text
insuperable
impossible to overcome
ribald
coarsely or indecently humorous
raucous
loud and harsh
nautical
of or having to do with sailors, ships, or navigation
idyllic
pleasing and simple
connoisseur
an expert, esp. in the fine arts
scalpel
a small straight knife used in surgery
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; tending to move in a group
plausible
appearing worthy of belief or trust
venomous
malignant; spiteful; secreting poison
ode
a long, lyrical poem, usually serious or meditative in nature
vivacious
full of animation
leery
suspicious, distrustful
veritable
being truly named; real or genuine
digress
to turn aside from the main subject
meander
to follow a winding course; to wander without any fixed destination
benefactor
one who helps and supports others
prostrate
lying face down, esp. as a sign of humility or worship; physically or emotional exhausted
gruesome
causing horror; frightful and shocking
remonstrate
to make objections
dreary
depressing and boring
torso
the trunk of the human body
usury
excessive charging or interest
fathom
to measure the depth of; to understand
fitful
occurring in irregular outbursts; occurring in spurts
impending
about to happen
immune
not subject to an obligation imposed on others; not affected by an influence
fertile
producing abundantly; prolific
euphony
pleasing sound, esp. of words
inalienable
not able to be taken away or transferred to others
linguistic
or of relating to language, esp. study of its nature and structure
frugal
careful in spending money or resources
sophisticated
refined, cultivated; not simple; worldly-wise
placate
to make less angry
jeopardy
risk of loss or injury; peril
vigilant
alert and watchful, esp. for what is dangerous
guerrilla
a member of an outnumbered military force, relying on surprise and harassment to win
clamber
to crawl or climb with difficulty, esp. on all fours
falter
to hesitate or stumble
benediction
blessing
appease
to satisfy or attempt to satisfy demands by granting concessions
ruffle
to take away the smoothness of; to discompose
maul
to injure; mangle
shirk
to put off or avoid performing
preposterous
absurd, ridiculous; senseless; irrational
laden
loaded; burdened; afflicted
absolve
to free from guilt or blame
shrewd
clever in practical matters; cunning
scurry
to move with light running steps
augur
to predict
periphery
a boundary line; perimeter; an outside surface
fervent
passionate; eager, earnest
uncouth
uncultured; crude
putative
put forth or accepted as true on inadequate grounds; supposed
obsequious
showing too great a willingness to serve or obey
writhe
to twist or quirm, as in pain, struggle or embarassment
torrent
a swift-flowing stream; an uncontrolled outpouring
shuffle
to walk while scraping or sliding the feet
annul
to make void or invalid
expertise
specialized skill or knowledge
perennial
lasting through the years
divisive
creating conflict
euthanasia
the practice of ending the life of someone suffering from an incurable condition; mercy killing
concordance
an index or significant words and the pharses
penury
lack of money, property, or necessities
wry
dryly humorous, with a touch or irony
correlate
to correspond; to be mutually related
unassuming
modest; not pretentious
deity
a god
sonorous
having a full, deep sound; impressive in style of speech
gibe
to ridicule
underscore
to emphasize
patronize
to sponsor or support; to be kind of helpful in a snobbish way, as if dealing with a inferior