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daub
v. to paint coarsely or unskillfully
admonish
v. to warn; to caution in counsel
obeisance
n. a bow or similar gesture expressing deep respect
cache
n. a concealed store of goods or valuables
affliction
n. anything causing great suffering
mendicant
n. a beggar
aphorism
n. a concise statement of a truth or principle
oscillate
v. to swing or move back and forth like a pendulum
delete
v. to take out; to remove
oust
v. to drive out; expel; deprive
impermeable
adj. not permitting passage
paean
n. a fervent expression, or song, of joy or praise
imperturbable
adj. not easily excited, even under pressure
lax
adj. careless or negligent
palpable
adj. obvious; capable of being touched or felt
pariah
n. a social outcast
fluent
adj. able to express oneself easily and clearly
cavort
v. to leap about in a sprightly manner; romp
pedagogue
n. a schoolteacher
melee
n. a noisy, confused fight
ensue
v. to follow as a result
desecrate
v. to damage a holy place; to treat with irreverence
personification
n. a person or thing that represents an idea
bias
n. a prejudiced view (either for or against); a preference
aloof
adj. reserved, distant
gyrate
v. to rotate or revolve quickly; to spiral
fiat
n. an official order
fidelity
n. faithfulness
rambunctious
adj. unruly; uncontrollable
hilarity
n. gaiety; joviality
genocide
n. the deliberate destruction of a group of people
zaftig
adj. having a full, shapely figure
predilection
n. a preference toward someone or something
faux
adj. artificial; false; not genuine
foray
n. a suprise attack
conjecture
n. a judgement or opinion based on little or questionable evidence
allocate
v. to distribute, allot, or designate
gratis
adj. free; without charge
materialistic
adj. wanting material possessions
belabor
v. to work at something beyond practicality; to overstress
progeny
n. offspring; children
quintessential
adj. most typical; ideal
rudimentary
adj. basic; not refined or well developed
monolithic
adj. massive, uniform, and solid
manifesto
n. a public declaration of policies or intentions
tantamount
adj. of essentially equal value or significance
subversive
adj. in opposition to authority or government
conducive
adj. tending to cause or bring about
amenable
adj. agreeable; responsive to suggestion or advice
stricture
n. a restraint or limit
sedentary
adj. characterized by or requiring sitting; motionless
influx
n. an inward flow
rigorous
adj. severe; relentless; harsh
patina
n. a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use
placebo
n. a fake drug used in the testing of medication
junta
n. a military group ruling a country after seizing power
pinnacle
n. a peak or climax
mollify
v. to reduce, soothe, or calm
perjury
n. the act of lying under oath
plaintive
adj. expressing sorrow; mournful
impasse
n. a problem or predicament with no obvious resolution
wunderkind
n. one who excels in a difficult field at an early age
acumen
n. ability to discern or discriminate; shrewdness
nanotechnology
n. the use of single atoms and molecules to construct microscopic devices
notarize
v. to certify legally
piquant
adj. a strong, stimulating taste
malodorous
adj. having an offensive odor
pungent
adj. a sharp taste; acrid
erroneous
adj. incorrect; mistaken
concurrent
adj. happening at the same time
negligible
adj. of little importance; insignificant
renege
v. to break a promise or obligation; revoke
precept
n. a rule of action; a principle to live by
visage
n. a face or facial expression
irrevocable
adj. impossible to retract or revoke; irreversible
confute
v. to argue or point out error
meritorious
adj. deserving of an award or honor
mezzanine
n. the lowest balcony in a theater; a partial story between main stories in a building
tribulation
n. an affliction, trouble, or difficult experience
recumbent
adj. resting or lying down
dynasty
n. a succession of rulers from the same family or group
purport
v. to claim; to have or to give the false impression of being
forte
n. an area of expertise or strength
kleptomania
n. a continual urge to steal regardless of economic motive
renown
n. state of being well known and honored; fame
ineffable
adj. too sacred or great to be described; indescribable
fortitude
n. strength in adversity
botch
v. to ruin through clumsiness; to bungle
perennial
adj. lasting indefinitely
brinkmanship
n. pushing dangerous situations to the edge of disaster rather than conceding