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adversary
opponent: somebody who opposes somebody else in a conflict, contest, or debate
alma mater
place where somebody was educated
amateur
somebody doing something for pleasure / unskilled person
ambidextrous
using either hands / skillful in many ways
ambivalent
unsure
amble
walk slow and calmly
amiable
friendly and pleasant
amoral
not concerned with or amenable to moral judgments
amorous
expressing or feeling love
anachronism
something out of time
anarchy
lack of government
anathema
somebody or something that is greatly disliked or detested and is therefore shunned
antagonize
to cause an animal or person to be hostile
antebellum
before any war
antecedent
something that existed or happened before something else
anthropology
the study of human kind
antidote
substance that counteracts poison.
antipathy
strongly negative feelings
antonym
words with opposite feelings
anxious
Feeling nervous
asymmetrical
not symmetrical
audible
Capable of being hear
auditorium
hall or lecture room
bibliography
a list of books and articles consulted, appearing at the end of a book or other text
bibliophile
somebody who loves or collects books
bicycle
two-wheeled vehicle
biology
science of life
borne
past participle of bear
calamari
squid
captivity
state or period of being captive / one, such as a prisoner of war, who is forcibly confined, subjugated, or enslaved.
chronicle
an account of events presented in chronological order
chronological
in order of time
circumnavigate
go around something
circumstance
condition affecting a situation
cognition
ability to acquire knowledge
commensurate
equal in size
complexity
complicated nature
concert
public music performance
conjure
perform magic tricks / cast something
contraband
illegal imports and outports
counteract
to prevent something having an effect, or lessen its effect
credentials
a certificate, letter, or experience that qualifies somebody to do something
credible
believable
cull
to gather, collect / to pick out from others; select
cunning
crafty and deceitful
decompose
to break down into pieces
denounce
to express harsh criticism or condemnation of something or somebody, usually in public
depose
remove from office
disappoint
to be not as good, attractive, or satisfactory as was hoped or expected
discourse
a serious and lengthy speech or piece of writing about a topic / talk
disenfranchise
to deprive a person or organization of a privilege, immunity, or legal right, especially the right to vote
disparagement
negative critism
dormant
temporarily inactive
dormitory
room with many beds.
empathy
understanding of another’s feelings
encapsulate
to enclose something
envious
wanting what something else has / evil
ere
before
erratic
not predictable, regular, or consistent
erroneous
incorrect
espionage
the use of spying to gather information
evict
eject someone from a property
evolve
develop gradually
execution
killing
extraneous
not relevant or appliable
extrapolate
to use known facts as the starting point from which to draw inferences or draw conclusions about something unknown
fracture
break of bone
fugitive
someone who runs away
generate
create
gregarious
friendly and social
harlot
prostitute
hither
here
homicide
the part of a police department, including its personnel, that investigates unlawful killings
idolatry
extreme admiration
illicit
illegal
immortal
able to live forever
immutable
unchanging or unchangeable
incision
cut or act of cutting
incognito
in disguise
incredulity
disbelief
inept
unable to handle a job
infringe
to fail to obey a law or regulation or observe the terms of an agreement
inquisitive
too curious
inspect
look at something carefully
intact
not damaged
intercede
to speak in support of somebody involved in a dispute
intramural
within school or institute
introspective
examining feelings
introverted
shy
inundate
to overwhelm somebody with a huge quantity of things that must be dealt with
irresistible
not able to be resisted or successfully opposed
malnourished
having a diet that leads to physical harm through inadequacy, inappropriateness, or excess
manufacture
to produce something industrially
manuscript
handwritten books
maritime
of the sea
maternal
of or like a mother
maternity
motherhood
meddle
to interfere in somebody else’s concerns: to interfere or become involved in somebody else’s concerns or with something that is somebody else’s property
misanthropic
someone who hates people
misfortune
bad luck
misnomer
a wrong or unsuitable name or term for something or somebody
monologue
speech by one person
monotonous
uninteresting or boring as a result of being repetitive and unvaried
mortician
funeral director
multitude
a great number
mutant
something changed
nascent
just beginning to develop
negate
prove something is wrong
omnipotent
all powerful
omnipresent
present everywhere
pathetic
pitiful
peninsula
a narrow piece of land that juts out from the mainland into a sea or lake
pensive
deeply thoughtful
penultimate
second to last
pernicious
causing serious harm
pervade/-sive
to spread through or be present throughout something
polygamy
having multiple spouses
polytheism
worshiping of or believing in more than one deity, especially several deities
portable
easily moved around
portend
to be an indication that something, especially something unpleasant, is going to happen
postpone
to put off for later
postscript
a short message added onto the end of a letter, after the signature
preview
to see something in advance
previous
coming before something
principal
first or among the first in importance or rank
probability
the state of being probable or the extent to which something is probable
probation
period during which somebody’s suitability for a job or other role is being tested / suspended , so under watch
procedure
an established or correct method of doing something / direction
proceed
to go on and do something
projectile
missile / something thrown
prostate
male gland
prostrate
lie face down
pseudonym
fake name
psychic
seeing the future
psychology
the study of the mind
quivering
tremble
receptacle
a container that holds, contains, or receives a liquid or solid
recognize
identify something or someone seen before
redundant
not needed or no longer in use / repeated so much
refugee
somebody who is seeking or taking refuge, especially from war or persecution, by going to a foreign country
reject
not accept something
renege
break a promise / to fail
repent
to be sorry
repetitive
repeat in action
retroactive
relating or applying to things that have happened in the past as well as the present
ridicule
to make fun of or mock
ridiculous
unreasonable; very silly
scribble
write messy / write quickly
semblance
a small amount of something
sequel
continuation of a story
sequence
series of things
stationary
not moving
subterranean
underground
suffrage
right to vote
superimpose
lay something on top of something else
sympathy
the ability to enter into, understand, or share somebody else’s feelings
tangible
touch
tempus fugit
time flies
thither
there
transition
change
unanimous
agreed on by everyone
undertake
to make a commitment to do something
university
undergraduate and postgraduate educational institution
valor
courage
wayward
willful
wench
servant girl
woe
grief
woo
seek women's love