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abhorrent
offensive to the mind; disgusting, loathsome, repugnant, repulsive, detestable
abiogenesis
spontaneous generation
abstentious
temperate, abstinent
abysmal
profound; immensely great, limitless
acrid
pungent; sharp in smell or taste
aegis
shield, protection; sponsorship
agoraphobia
fear of open spaces
altruism
unselfish concern for others
anoxia
state of being without oxygen
anthropomorphic
given human characteristics
antipasto
appetizer; hor d'oeurves
aphephelion
orbit's farthest point from the sun
apropos
appropriate, relevant
arbitrary
proceeding with whim; based on or subject to individual discretion or preference, or sometimes impulse or caprice
ascetic
self-denying; practicing great self-denial; one who practices such self-denial
atrophy
lack of growth, as from disease
attaché
member of diplomatic staff
attenuate
make thin, weaken
extort
wrest money or promise from someone
auriferous
yielding or bearing gold
axiomatic
self-evident (evident without proof or argument)
bas-relief
sculpture whose figure projects slightly from background
facetious
given to jesting; playfully jocular; Amusing; intended to be humorous; not serious; bantering; cleverly amusing in tone; said in jest without serious intent
bathos
sudden decline in style; anticlimax
bibliophile
lover of books
fallacious
containing or based on a fallacy; deceitful; intended to deceive; based on an incorrect or misleading notion or information; based on errorous ideas
biogenesis
life developing from preexisting life
farcical
exciting laughter
biometry
statistical analysis of biologic data
bombastic
using pompous language
bourgeois
middle class, lacking culture
faux pas
misstep, blunder; violation of accepted, although unwritten, social rules; false step [French]; figuratively, a social blunder
cajole
wheedle, coax
fiduciary
held in trust, confidential
carte blanche
freedom to do as on sees fit
chagrin
embarrassment, mortification
cogitate
think, deliberate
filial
befitting a son or daughter; designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation; relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
complacent
very pleased with oneself; smug
compunction
regret, misgiving
factitious
apt to break out in to a passion; cross; artificial, sham
conjectural
hypothetical, assumed, supposed
consummate
perfect, superb; to complete; fulfill
fusty
state-smelling; musty
convivial
fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; merry, festive, or sociable; occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
gauche
lacking social grace or polish; tactless
credentials
documents inspiring trust; references
declivity
downward slope
demitasse
small cup of strong black coffee
filial
befitting a son or daughter; designating the generation or the sequence of generations following the parental generation; relating to or characteristic of or befitting an offspring
despotic
tyrannical; autocratic
genre
kind, sort, category, style
détente
the easing or relaxing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
ductile
able to be drawn out; docile
Herculean
displaying superhuman strength or power; extremely difficult; requiring the strength of a Hercules
dysphagia
difficulty in swallowing
dysphasia
speech impediment due to brain disease
heteroclite
Something or someone deviating from the ordinary rule; an anomaly
eclectic
chosen from various sources; selective
emaciated
unnaturally thin; physically wasted
entourage
cortege; group following and attending to some important person
hypothermia
subnormal body temperature
ephemeral
fleeting; short-lived
hyperthyroid
underactivity of thyroid gland
exogamy
marriage outside the social group
extol
to laud, praise, glorify, or honor
ignominy
shame
impudent
brazen, insolent
indubitable
certain; incontrovertible
insatatiable
incaple of being satisfied
juxtapose
put side by side or close
lackey
servile follower; toady
loquacious
talkative; garrulous; chatty
maudlin
weakly sentimental and tearful
mercurial
quick, changeable; crafty; eloquent
myrmidon
obedient; unquestioning
necrology
obituary; list of recently deceased persons
obsequious
excessively willing to serve
odoriferous
having an odor
peon
unskillful worker; landless laborer
periphrastic
roundabout, circumloculatory
philatelist
stamp collector
picador
the horseman who pricks the bull with a lance early in the bullfight to goad the bull and to make it keep its head low
Pollyanna
irrepressible optimist
polymorphic
having various forms
precipice
cliff
precipitous
steep as a precipice; hasty
précis
brief summary; synopsis
preeminent
standing out above all others
reticent
inclined to be silent; reserved
salubrious
salutary; curative; healthful
satire
sarcasm, witty language used to convey insults or scorn; literary technique of writing or art which principally ridicules its subject; "Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own"
--Jonathan Swift
septuagenarian
70-79 years old
tenacity
firmness in holding fast; persistance
tete-a-tete
without the intrusion of a third person; in intimate privacy; literally "head-to-head" [French]
tractable
easily lead; docile
untenable
incapable of being held or defended
valet
manservant
venerable
worhty of repsect
yclept
named, called