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Achilles' heel
weak point
stentorian
very loud
mnemonic
assisting memory
fathom
understand, figure out, penetrate the meaning of
serendipity
ability to make lucky discoveries by chance or accident
desultory
random, unmethodical, aimless
pariah
social outcast
tawdry
cheap and showy
pecuniary
relating to money
impecunious
having little or no money, poor
Spartan
severe, rigorous, disciplined
gadfly
person who continually annoys others
homage
action showing respect and honor
spurn
scornfully refuse or reject
pedigree
ancestry or record of ancestry, line of descent
pittance
small amount or portion, especially of money
preposterous
ridiculous, obviously absurd, contrary to reason
macabre
gruesome, horrible, causing fear, suggesting the horror of death
farce
ridiculous, light comedy, absurd thinking, mockery
bombast
speech or writing that sounds grand or important but has little meaning
chimerical
given to wildly impossible plans, unrealistic, fantastic, impractical
asinine
stupid or silly
bellweather
leader
limbo
place or state of neglect, period awaiting change, in-between state
plagiarize
use ideas or writings of another and present them as ones own
titanic
enormous in size and strength
irony
expression that means the opposite of what is stated, event or result the opposite of what is expected
effete
worn-out, unproductive, barren
hyperbole
obviously extravagant statement or assertion
diabolic
outrageously wicked, cruel, devilish
dunce
stupid person
charlatan
deciever who falsely claims to have knowledge or skill, imposter
sycophant
sickeningly humble self-seeking flatterer
anachronism
something out of its proper historical time, error of putting something in the wrong historical time
draconian
severe, harsh, cruel
plummet
fall rapidly straight down
fatal
causing or capable of causing death and destruction
nefarious
extremely wicked
vindiate
clear from blame, charges, critism; justify
vindictive
revengeful
venerate
regard with great respect
sadistic
getting pleasure from hurting others
malapropism
ridiculous or humorous misuse of words
pragmatic
practical
disparage
refer to something as having little importance, speak slightingly of
vegetate
lead a dull, inactive, useless life
adamant
unyielding, inflexible, definite
conjugal
of marriage, pertaining to the relationship between husband and wife
abominable
utterly disgusting or hateful
ominous
threatening; suggestive of future evil
despotic
tyrannical, oppressive
gullible
easily deceived, tricked, cheated
guile
deceit, treachery
exonerate
free from blame
cliche
expression or idea that is stale from overuse
trite
uninteresting because of overuse, lacking originality and freshness
melancholy
sad, gloomy, depressed
choloric
easily angered, grouchy, quick-tempered
phlegmatic
sluggish, not easily excited
sanguine
cheerful, confident, hopeful