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to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
allay
beastlike; beastly, brutal; subhuman in intelligence and sensibility
bestial
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
convivial
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
coterie
a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement
counterpart
to object or take exception to; an objection
demur
shameless boldness, impudence
effrontery
to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
embellish
lasting only a short time, short-lived
ephemeral
appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
felicitous
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
furtive
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
garish
misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality
illusory
needy, impoverished
indigent
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
inordinate
to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome
jettison
a person who hates or despises people
misanthrope
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
pertinacious
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
picayune
clothing, garments
raiment
to assert without proof or confirmation
allege
thoroughgoing, out-and-out, shameless, blatant
arrant
light and playful conversation
badinage
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
conciliate
to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
countermand
one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
echelon
to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful
exacerbate
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
fatuous
impossible to disprove; beyond argument
irrefutable
a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
juggernaut
lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
lackadaisical
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant, a long list
litany
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject
macabre
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
paucity
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
portend
to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
raze
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
recant
to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully
saturate
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood
saturnine
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire, a state of depression
slough
a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
acclamation
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
bucolic
to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
calumniate
extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow; reserved, diffident
chary
secret agreement or cooperation
collusion
a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; superficial
dilettante
not easily excited; emotionally steady
imperturbable
an enlargement, increase, addition
increment
an authoritative command, formal order, authorization;
mandate
trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
paltry
a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
paroxysm
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
pedantry
the act of travelling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
peregrination
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
redolent
shining, radiant, resplendent
refulgent
a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism
shibboleth
a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
tyro
not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
unremitting
to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
vacillate
harshly abusive, severly scolding
vituperative
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
askance
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
attenuate
gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effecet; not malignant
benign
to find fault in a petty way, carp; a trivial objection or criticism
cavil
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
charlatan
to kill or destroy a large part of
decimate
a weak point, failing, minor flaw
foible
to do without, abstain from, give up
forgo
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
fraught
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
inure
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
luminous
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obsequious
blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 degrees & 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
obtuse
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
oscillate
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing
penitent
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
peremptory
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
rebuff
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
reconnoiter
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
shambles
occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
sporadic