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Allege
(e lej')
(v) to assert without proof or confirmation

S: claim, contend
A: prove, deny
arrant
(ar ent)
(adj) thoroughgoing, out and out, shameless, blatant

S: egregious, unmitigated
badinage
(bad e nazh')
(n) light and playful conversation

S: banter, persiflage, repartee
A: sermon
conciliate
(cen sil' e at)
(v) to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent

S: placate, mollify, propitate
A: antagonize, alienate, estrange
countermand
(Kaun' ter mand)
(v) to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first

S: recall, revoke
A: reaffirm, reassert
echelon
(esh' e lan)
(n) one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement

S: level, rank
exacerbate
(eg zas' er bat)
(v) to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful

S: aggravate, intensify, worsen
A: alleviate, mitigate, ameliorate
fatuous
(fach' u es)
(adj) stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way

S: silly, vapid, inane, doltish, vacuous
A: sensible, intelligent, perceptive, bright
irrefutable
(ir i fyu' te bel)
(adj) impossible to disprove; beyond argument

S: indisputable, incontrovertible, undeniable
A: disputable, indefensible, untenable
juggernaut
(jeg' er not)
(n) a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
lackadaisical
(lak e da' ze kel)
(adj) lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted

S: listless, indolent, indifferent, lax
A: energetic, vigorous, wholehearted
litany
(lit' e ne)
(n) a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; a long list
macabre
(me kab' re)
grisly, gruesome, horrible, distressing, having death as a subject
paucity
(po' se te)
An inadequate quantity , dearth, scarcity

S: lack
A: abundance, glut, plenitude, deluge
portend
(Por tend')
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of

S; bode, foretell, foreshadow, suggest
raze
to tear down, destory completely; to cut or scrape off or out

S: pull down, demolish, shave off
A: build, construct, raise, erect
recant
(ri kant')
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract

S: repuddiate, disavow
A: reaffirm, reassert
saturate
(sach' e rat)
to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully

S: permeate, drench, flood, imbue
A: drain
saturnine
(sat' er nin)
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood

S: sullen, morose
A: lighthearted, cheerful, vivacious
Slough
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if in mud

S: shed, slog
A: take on, acquire, assume