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able to get and retain ideas of information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
acquisitive
I am an acquisitive shopper
to claim or take without right
arrogate
Someone arrogated my rampage flipflops downtown
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
banal
teen angst is banal
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
belabor
sometimes teachers belabor the point
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; (n.) petty, nagging criticism
carping
moms can be carping about little annoying things
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
coherent
when i'm talking in my sleep, i don't speak coherently
to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
congeal
gravy congeals. eew.
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
emulate
freshmen try to emulate upperclassmen!
a formal expression of praise; a lavish tribute
encomium
the Kolve book was sort of an encomium
to avoid, shun, keep away from
eschew
i have started to eschew carrie since she became a druggie
relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
germane
people make a lot of un-germane comments in our english class
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
insatiable
i am an insatiable shopper
refusing to compromise; irreconcilable
intransigent
i was intransigent about going to EHS weekend
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
invidious
the slytherins are invidious towards the gryffindors
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
largesse
my dad demonstrates his largesse when he takes me shopping
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
reconnaissance
dr. spearman and nilsen do reconnaissance rounds over the grounds at mixers
to establish by evidence, prove, to give concrete or substantial form to
substantiate
it is important to substantiate your evidence in papers
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
taciturn
yewoon is taciturn
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
temporize
when putting something off, i often temporize
capable of being held or defended
tenable
castle walls were often tenable
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenging or aggressive way
accost
i was accosted by a half-naked man on the streetcorner
a comment indicating strong criticism or disapproval
animadversion
i hope i don't get many animadversions regarding my APUS essay
desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
avid
i am avid for chocolate
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
brackish
seawater is brackish
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
celerity
hunter runs with celerity
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
devious
when scampering around WFS campus with hunter, i am devious
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
gambit
ron made a gambit in the HP
chess game
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; (adj.) of or relating to the halcyon; calm, peaceful; happy, golden; prosperous, affluent
halcyon
i want to be carried away by a peaceful halcyon
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial; melodramatic
histrionic
newman can be histrionic
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion; (n.) one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist; one who causes strife
incendiary
a kid with a magnifying glass in the sun is incendiary
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
maelstrom
the WFS boys call me a form of a maelstrom
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
myopie
i am ridiculously myopic
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
overt
it was overt that i was a girlfriend of a student at the EHS game
tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
pejorative
mean teachers are often pejorative in regards to your work
the state of being proper, appropriateness; (pl.) standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
propriety
jane austen characters have propriety
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
sacrilege
throwing things at an altar is sacreligious
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
summarily
i wish people would make their announcements more summarily at assembly
asking humbly and earnestly; (n.) one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petition, suitor
suppliant
"will you marry me?" asked the suppliant
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
talisman
a rabbit's foot is a talisman
to move in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
undulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints
articulate
i am often articulate in french class
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
cavort
i love to cavort around the lawn
belief, mental acceptance
credence
the Nicene Creed
to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
decry
if i could, i would publicly decry george bush
to disguise or conceal, deliberately give a false impression
dissemble
i dissembled myself behind a mask
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotion or mental conflict
distraught
i am distraught about taking down our tinfoil
a formal statement of commendation; high praise
eulogy
i would give a eulogy to hunter
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
exhume
people are exhumed in that Ed Wood movie with johnny depp
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
feckless
constance is feckless
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
murky
the water was murky
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
nefarious
voldemort is nefarious
stimulating to the taste or mind; spicy, pungent; appealingly provocative
piquant
thai food is piquant
developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
primordial
dinosaurs emerged from the primordial ooze!
nearness in place or time; kinship
propinquity
i feel a propinquity to hunter's family
not usual or expected; not in character
unwonted
singing karaoke would be unwonted behavior for me
founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
utopian
BNW was a utopia
language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
verbiage
liz thought that kavalier & clay was full of verbiage
green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgment
verdant
grass and babies are verdant
having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
viscous
gel is viscous, eew
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; (v.) to waste away
atrophy
voldemort's skin atrophied really fast when harry touched him
a fortified place, stronghold
bastion
a castle is a bastion
a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant
concord
hunter and i are almost never not in concord
complete or perfect in the highest degree; (v.) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
consummate
sometimes i feel like my life is consummate
disorder, confusion; (v.) to throw into disorder
disarray
hunter's room was in disarray
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
exigency
the paper was due in 15 minutes; i was in a state of exigency
floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
flotsam
sometimes i want to drop out of school and become street flotsam
frenzied, highly agitated
frenetic
LB was frenetic this weekend
to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
glean
i gleaned candy bit by bit before halloween
a type of game bird; a complaint (v.) to complain, grumble
grouse
i saw a grouse flying! / i grouse about APUS
to imprison, confine, jail
incarcerate
my father was incarcerated!!
obligatory, required; (n.) one who holds specific office at the time spoken of
incumbent
it is obligatory that i take 6 exams
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
jocular
hunter's family is jocular
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
ludicrous
it is ludicrous that chemistry was my favorite class
biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
mordant
snape is caustic
a prickly or stinging plant; (v.) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
nettle
pooh was ambushed by a nettle; it nettled him
consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
pecuniary
you are only in this for pecuniary reasons
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
pusillanimous
malfoy is pusillanimous
in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
recumbent
i love to be recumbent on my bed
a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
stratagem
amelie devised stratagems
sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
acuity
i experience acuity in english-related subjects
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
delineate
i delineated a picture of hunter
marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
depraved
cheney is depraved
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
enervate
torture enervates a person
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
esoteric
the grail is esoteric
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fecund
hunter's pepper plant Isabella was fecund
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
fiat
i made a fiat that my parents buy me a fiat
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion
figment
it was just a figment of piglet's depraved imagination
to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
garner
the squirrel garnered nuts for the winter
to set apart as holy or sacred,sanctify, or consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
hallow
i hallow my drawings so that they don't get dirty or ripped
a particularity that serves to distinguish or identify
idiosyncrasy
nikki has many peculiar idiosyncracies
earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
mundane
rousseau said that in nature, one can stop thinking about the mundane
a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
nuance
the flowers were nuanced with white and purple
conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate
overweening
king midas was overweening
a strong attraction or inclination
penchant
i have a penchant towards RHB III
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; alleged
reputed
hunter & i are reputed to be a good couple
reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
sophistry
Iraq was sophistry
costly, rich, magnificent
sumptuous
i want a sumptuous gown for formal
present or existing everywhere
ubiquitous
Moby-Dick is ubiquitous!
shame and disgrace
ignominy
i experienced ignominy when the juice was squirted in my face
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
evince
i evinced myself under the sheet