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abeyance
temporary suspension of an activity or function. a suspension paending further information
absolve
to pronounce free from quilt or blame, to pardon, acquit
affectation
a pretense, a pose, artificial behavior meant to impress others
altercation
noisy quarrel, an angry dispute
cameo
a gem or stone carved in two layers to depict a raised figure against a flat backround
compunction
a twinge of conscience, remorse, scruple
crass
unrefined, stupid
didactic
instructive, too much inclined to teach others (gennearly used in an unfavorable sense)
elusive
evasive, difficult to grasp (said especially of mental impression)
ensconce
to shelter or conceal to place snugly and securely
execration
a cursing, loathing, abhorrence; a person or thing cursed
exigency
a state of urgency, a situation requiring immediate attention
fatuous
foolsih in a sel-satisfied way, inane
filch
to pilfer or steal usually spoken of a trivial theft
formidable
inspiring dread, fear or awe; diffcult to handle or overwhelm
chagrin
embarrassment, mortification, discomfiture
eclectic
gathered from many sources
enamored
fond loving
juxtapose
set together, put in proimity
pathos
pitifulness, sympathy-evoking nature
philistine
so uncultured, unrefined, ignorant
propinquity
nearness, closeness, proimity
succinct
concise, compressed, laconic
sycohphant
flatterer, haner-on, toady, parasite
verbosity
wordiness, redundancy, superfluity of words