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articulate
(v) to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints;
(adj) expressed clearly and forcefully; able to employ language clearly and forcefully; jointed
cavort
(v) to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
credence
(n) belief, mental acceptance
decry
(v) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
dissemble
(v) to discuss or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
distraught
(adj) very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
eulogy
(n) a formal statement of commendation; high praise
evince
(v) to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
exhume
(v) to remove from a grave; to bring to light
feckless
(adj) lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
murky
(adj) dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
nefarious
(adj) wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
piquant
(adj) stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provacative
primordial
(adj) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
propinquity
(n) nearness in place or time; kinship
unwonted
(adj) not usual or expected; not in character
utopian
(adj) founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
verbiage
(n) language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
verdant
(adj) green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgement
viscous
(adj) having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
atrophy
(n) the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v) to waste away
bastion
(n) a fortified place, stronghold
concord
(n) a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, convenant
consummate
(adj) complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
disarray
(n) disorder, confusion; (v) to throw into disorder
exigency
(n., often plural) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
flotsam
(n) floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
frenetic
(adj) frenzied, highly agitated
glean
(v) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
grouse
(n) a type of game bird; a complaint; (v) to complain, grumble
incarcerate
(v) to imprison, confine, jail
incumbent
(adj) obligatory, required; (n) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
jocular
(adj) humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
ludicrous
(adj) ridiculous, laughable, absurd
mordant
(adj) biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
nettle
(n) a prickly or stinging plant; (v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
pecuniary
(adj) consisting of or measured in money; of or measured in money; of or related to money
pusillanimous
(adj) contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
(adj) in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
stratagem
(n) a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end