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Veneer
A thin layer of fine material put on the surface of something in order to make it more attractive or cover defects; a deceptively attractive outward appearance.
Venerable
Worthy of reverence or respect because of character, position, age, or religious or historial associations
Veracity
Habitual adherence to the truth; accuracy
Versatile
Capable of doing many things or serving many functions
Veto
The right or power of the chief executive to reject measures approved by the legislative body
Vie
To struggle for superiority with; to contend with
Vindictive
Inclined to seek revenge; intended to inflict pain or harm
Vitiate
To impair the quality, force or value of; to debase
Volatile
Changeable and potentially explosive
Wane
To decrease gradually in size, extent, power, or intensity
Wrath
Intense anger
Yoke
To join or bond together
Zany
Ludicrously comic, bizarre, or absurd
Zeal
Enthusiastic devotion to something; fervor
Zenith
The highest point or state of something
Tacit
Unspoken; implied or inferred
Taciturn
Habitually untalkative
Tangible
Capable of being touched; real or concrete
Tenable
Capable of being defended or maintained
Tentative
In the nature of an experiment or trial; uncertain
Thwart
To block or frustrate
Trnaquil
Peaceful and quiet; free of mental agitation
Traumatic
So shocking as to produce a lasting psychological effect
Trenchant
Perceptive and forceful; cutting
Turbulent
Violently agitated or disturbed; restless or unruly
Unbiquitous
Being or seeming to be everywhere
Urbane
Refined, elegant, and sophisticated in manner or style
Usurp
To seize a power, office, function, or the like without any legal right to do so
Vagary
A bizarre or eccentric idea, action, or condition
Venal
Open to, or marked by, bribery or corruption
Scapegoat
Someone or something that is innoncently made to bear the blame or punishment for the sins or misdeeds of others
Schism
A split or division within the ranks of an organization
Scrutinize
To examine closely or critically
Secular
Not religious; pertaining to worldy matters; pertaining to the state
Senile
Showing the signs of old age, especially advanced mental or physical deterioration
Solace
Comfort or consolation in sorrow, distress, or misfortune
Sordid
Filthy and mean
Stamina
Endurance; the moral or physical strength required to withstand hardships or overcome obstacles
Stereotype
A conventional, usually oversimplified, conception or representation of something
Stigmatize
To brand or characterize as blemished or disgraceful
Stipulate
To specify or demand as a condition for agreement; to guarantee or affirm
Strategy
An overall plan of action designed to achieve a specific goal
Strident
Loud and harsh in sound
Surveillance
Close observation of a person or group considered suspicious; a continuous watch for the purpose of direction or control
Syndrome
A group of traits, symptoms, or signs that collectively characterize a disease or social condition
Reticent
Disinclined to speak out; reserved or restrained
Retribution
Just payment for something else, especially a punishment
Retroactive
Applying or referring to a period prior to enactment
Reverberate
To echo over and over again; to resound
Revere
To hold in great awe, esteem, or respect
Ritual
A prescribed form or ordre for some kind of ceremony; something that is regularly and faithfully practiced
Rudiment
A basic principle, element, or skill
Ruminate
To ponder at length; to turn over in one's mind
Ruse
An action or device designed to confuse or mislead
Sabotage
To hamper, injure, or destroy maliciously or stealthily
Sacrilegious
Wickedly disrepectful of sacred or revered things
Salient
An outward projectin in a military position; anything that protrudes beyond its surroundings
Sanctimonious
Making a great but insincere show of being holy or righteous, usually for the purpose of impressing others
Sanguine
Cheerfully confident or optimistic
Satellite
A natural or artificial body revolving around a celestial body of larger size.

A country that is under the domination or influence of a larger or more powerful country.
Raze
To level to the ground; to blot out or demolish
Recalcitrant
Stubbornly resistant to reason or authority.
Recant
To withdraw formally or publicly
Reciprocate
To give in return for, or in response to, something already given
Recrimination
The act of answering one accusation with another; a bitter reply
Redundant
Unneccessarily repetitive or superfluous; more than what is normally considered adequate or necessary
Relent
To become less harsh or severe; to let up or slacken
Reminiscence
The act of recalling the past; a memory
Remorse
Anguish, self-reproach or bitter regret for wrongdoing
Renegade
A person who deserts one cause or group for another
Repercussion
An indirect effect or result produced by an event or action
Replenish
To refill or provide a new supply of
Reprisal
Retaliation in kind for injuries recieved
Rescind
To cancel or withdraw
Resilient
Able to recover quickly from sickness, change, or misfortune
Prerogative
A special right or privilege that belongs to a person or group by virtue of rank, position, or the like
Probity
Unquestionable honesty or uprightness
Procrastinate
To delay action
Prodigious
Extraordinary in size or extent; marvelous
Proliferate
To increase rapidly in size or abundance
Promulgate
To announce officially, as a law or decree
Propensity
A natural tendency or inclination
Propitiate
To appease or pacify
Protracted
Extended or prolonged excessively
Prowess
Superior courage, ability, or skill
Pseudonym
A fictitious name assumed by an author
Purge
To cleanse or purify, especially to rid a group of undesirable elements
Pusillanimous
Contemptibly cowardly or mean spirited
Quell
To bring to an end, usually by force; to quiet or pacify
Quixotic
High-minded but impractical
Peremptory
Having the nature of a command in that it does not allow discussion, contradiction, or refusal
Perjure
To lie deliberately while under oath to tell the truth
Permeate
To spread through; to penetrate
Pernicious
Highly injurious or harmful
Persevere
To continue steadfastly despite obstacles or discouragment
Phobia
An intense irrational fear of something; any strong aversion
Plagiarism
The use of another person's writings or ideas as one's own wihtout acknowledging their source
Plaintive
Sorrowful or melancholy; mournful
Plethora
Superabundance or excess
Poignant
Keenly touching or moving
Precarious
Dangerously insecure, unstable, or uncertain
Precocious
Developing unusually early
Predatory
Preying on, plundering, or piratical
Prelude
An introductory piece of music; anything that precedes or introduces something else
Premise
A statement upon which an arguemnt is based or from which a conclusion is drawn