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inimical
injurious, harmful, hostile
pule
whine, whimper
tureen
broad, deep, usually covered dish
damask
1. rich, patterned fabric
2. Damascus steel
negus
beverage of wine, hot water, lemon juice, sugar, and nutmeg
deleterious
having a harmful effect
sumptuous
of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish
billingsgate
foul language
salad days
time of youthful inexperience, innocense, or indiscretion
gravid
heavy with young or eggs; pregnant
sobriquet
nickname; epithet
littoral
of a coastal or shore region
venal
capable of being bought or corrupted
plaudit
applause; enthusiastic approval
apotheosis
1. elevation to divine rank
2. paragon
missive
letter
anathema
ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication;
vehement denunciation
onerous
burdensome
moreen
sturdy ribbed fabric of wool and/or cotton
hostler
one who is employed to tend horses
immanent
1. existing or remaining within; inherent
2. strictly of the mind
purloin
steal, often in a violation of trust
pall
1. cover for a coffin
2. become boring or insipid
crape
black band worn as a sign of mourning
tiffin
midday meal
canton
quarter soldiers
puisne
lower in rank
genuflect
bend the knee, as in worship
histrionic
theatrical
quisling
someone who collaborates with those occupying his country; traitor
mountebank
quack; charlatan; pretender
imbroglio
complicated and embarassing state of things
scuttlebutt
1. drinking fountain on a ship
2. gossip
bon ton
fashionable or elegant manner
nescience
ignorance
octoroon
person whose ancestry is one eighth black
viviparous
giving birth to living offspring that develop in the mother's body
aseptic
free of pathogenic microorganisms
inculcate
to impress by frequent instruction or repetition
simian
resembling an ape or monkey
pullulate
1. put forth sprouts or buds
2. breed rapidly or abundantly
plangent
1. loud and resounding
2. expressing sadness
galvanic
relating to direct-current electricity, especially when produced chemically
plexus
network
solecism
1. nonstandard usage or violation
2. impropriety, mistake, or incongruity
limn
depict or describe
germane
relevant, appropriate
eschew
shun; avoid
ochre
mineral oxides of iron containing red, orange, or yellow and used as pigments
squaw
Native America woman, especially a wife
tonsure
shaving the head or part of the head
rictus
expanse of an open mouth
concatenation
series of events
inveigh
(with "against"): protest strongly or vituperate
avuncular
resembling an uncle, especially in kindness
peremptory
precluding all debate or action
anodyne
something that relieves stress or pain
rill
small rivulet or brook
sacristan
official charged with the sacred vessels and vestments of the church; sexon
prognathous
having protruding jaws
culvert
drain or channel passing under a sidewalk, road; sewer
tussock
tuft of grass
adumbrate
1. vaguely portray, foreshadow
2. obscure
robustious
boisterous, vigorous, rough, crude
habitue
one who habitually frequents a place
sui generis
unique
confute
refute conclusively
insouciant
marked by lighthearted unconcern; carefree; nonchalant
surcease
cessation
verisimilitude
seeming to be true
pervicacious
stubborn
small beer
unimportant; trival
vade mecum
1. reference book
2. something one regularly carries around
suasion
act of persuasion