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pristine
1 : belonging to the earliest period or state : ORIGINAL <the hypothetical pristine lunar atmosphere>
2 a : not spoiled, corrupted, or polluted (as by civilization) : PURE <a pristine forest>
efface
1 : to eliminate or make indistinct by or as if by wearing away a surface <coins with dates effaced by wear>; also : to cause to vanish <daylight effaced the stars>
2 : to make (oneself) modestly or shyly inconspicuous
eviscerate
1 a : to take out the entrails of : DISEMBOWEL b : to deprive of vital content or force
2 : to remove an organ from (a patient) or the contents of (an organ)
intransitive senses : to protrude through a surgical incision or suffer protrusion of a part through an incision
mire
1 : wet spongy earth (as of a bog or marsh)
2 : heavy often deep mud or slush
3 : a troublesome or intractable situation <found themselves in a mire of debt>
apportion
to divide and share out according to a plan; especially : to make a proportionate division or distribution of
ar·son
the willful or malicious burning of property (as a building) especially with criminal or fraudulent intent
bucolic
1 : of or relating to shepherds or herdsmen : PASTORAL
2 : relating to or typical of rural life

What brought him here, though, was not the ~ appeal of rural France.
clientele
a body of clients

<a shop that caters to exclusive ~>
fecund
1 : fruitful in offspring or vegetation : PROLIFIC
2 : intellectually productive or inventive to a marked degree
torrid
1 a : parched with heat especially of the sun : HOT <torrid sands> b : giving off intense heat : SCORCHING
2 : ARDENT, PASSIONATE <torrid love letters>
scintillate
1 : to emit sparks : SPARK
2 : to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks : SPARKLE
transitive senses : to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes <scintillate witticisms>
scintillate
1 : to emit sparks : SPARK
2 : to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks : SPARKLE
transitive senses : to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes <scintillate witticisms>
panhandle
intransitive senses : to stop people on the street and ask for food or money : BEG
transitive senses
1 : to accost on the street and beg from
2 : to get by panhandling
avarice
Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.
ostensible
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive

His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.
ostensible
Represented or appearing as such; ostensive

His ostensible purpose was charity, but his real goal was popularity.
hagiography
1. Biography of saints.
2. A worshipful or idealizing biography.
sinecure
1. A position or office that requires little or no work but provides a salary.
2. Archaic. An ecclesiastical benefice not attached to the spiritual duties of a parish.

Etymology: Medieval Latin sine cura without cure (of souls)
penury
Etymology: Middle English, from Latin penuria, paenuria want; perhaps akin to Latin paene almost
1 : a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as money); especially : severe poverty
2 : extreme and often niggardly frugality
clemency
1 a : disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due b : an act or instance of leniency
2 : pleasant mildness of weather
synonym see MERCY
clemency
1 a : disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due b : an act or instance of leniency
2 : pleasant mildness of weather
synonym see MERCY
percolate
to drain or seep through a porous substance.
flatulent
1 a : marked by or affected with gas generated in the intestine or stomach b : likely to cause gas
2 : pompously or portentously overblown : INFLATED
schism
# division of a group into opposing factions; "another schism like that and they will wind up in bankruptcy"
# the formal separation of a church into two churches or the withdrawal of one group over doctrinal differences
apostate
# deserter: a disloyal person who betrays or deserts his cause or religion or political party or friend etc.
# not faithful to religion or party or cause
prostrate
1. get into a position of submission
# render helpless or defenseless; "They prostrated the enemy"
# prone: lying face downward
facetious
bantering: cleverly amusing in tone
redress
To set right; to remedy; to compensate; to remove the causes of a grievance
knave
rogue; jack
parsimony
extreme or excessive thriftiness
facetious
joking, often inappropriately
viz
abbr. for videlicet:

that is to say; namely
demagogue
an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience
tosh
baloney: pretentious or silly talk or writing
cornucopia
# horn of plenty: a goat's horn filled with grain and flowers and fruit symbolizing prosperity
# profusion: the property of being extremely abundant; "the profusion of detail"; "the idiomatic richness of English"
prospector
a person who searches for valuable minerals
fealty
allegiance: the loyalty that citizens owe to their country (or subjects to their sovereign)
bough
any of the larger branches of a tree
ocelot
nocturnal wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
municipality
people living in a town or city having local self-government
lascivious
driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires
affront
diss: treat, mention, or speak to rudely;
menagerie
# a collection of live animals for study or display
saunter
a careless leisurely gait
contrite
feeling regret for a fault or offence
recalcitrant
fractious: stubbornly resistant to authority or control; "a fractious animal that would not submit to the harness"; "a refractory child"
fray
# wear away by rubbing; "The friction frayed the sleeve"
# affray: a noisy fight
# rub: cause friction; "my sweater scratches"
laconic
crisp: brief and to the point

Laconia included Sparta.
prurient
lubricious: characterized by lust;

"eluding the lubricious embraces of her employer"; "her sensuous grace roused his lustful nature"; "prurient literature"; "prurient thoughts"; "a salacious rooster of a little man"
petulant
cranky; easily irritated or annoyed

Rooney was ~ in pushing Ronaldo away.