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Abscond
to run away secretly and hide
atrophy
to waste away or shrink from lack of use or nourishment
canard
a false rumor
carp
to complain or find fault with in a nagging way
coeval
of the same age or period; comtemporary
contraband
smuggled goods
demur
to hesitate because of one's doubts or objections
disparage
to speak negatively
epithet
a word/phrase used to describe someone or something in a negative way
garrulous
excessively talkative
gelid
extremely cold; frozen
inchoate
not yet completely formed or organized; disordered
intrepid
bold; fearless
megalomania
a mental disorder characterized by delusions of grandeur, wealth or power
palindrome
a word, phrase or sentence which reads the same backward or forward
pusillanimous
timid; cowardly
revivify
to bring back to life
slatternly
untidy; messy
ubiquitous
seeming to be present everywhere; omnipresent
abate
to make less in amount, degree or force
mendacious
not truthful; lying or false
altruistic
motivated by a selfless concern for others; selflessness
neophyte
any beginner; novice
antediluvian
old fashioned; antiquated
non sequitor
a remark that had nothing to do with what has just been said
bellicose
quarrelsome; of a hostile nature
obsequious
overly submissive or dutiful; fawning
captious
quick to find fault; critical
prescient
able to know things or events before they actually happen
charlatan
a fraud or fake
refractory
obstinantly resistant to authority or control; difficult to melt
loquacious
garrulous; talkative
abase
to disgrace, to bring low; to humble
aberration
deviation from what is normal
beguile
to decieve or mislead
benison
blessing
capitulate
to give up; submit
chagrin
surly; sullen; rude
comestible
edible; fit to be eaten
consummate
perfect; complete
craven
cowardly; afraid
dearth
insufficiency; lack of
debacle
sudden disaster or collapse
descernment
ability to judge and understand
distend
swell; bloat
doltish
stupid; slow-witted
efface
erase; make illegible
fallow
uncultivated; unused
fetid
putrid; stinking; having a noxious smell
fortuitous
accidental; by chance
germane
appropriate; relevent; pertinent
glower
to stare angrily; glare
hapless
unlucky; unfortunate
imbroglio
complicated or confusing situation
impolitic
unwise; impudent
invective
angry accusation
mogul
any powerful, dominant person
munificent
generous, bountiful
obduracy
quality of being hard-hearted or stubborn
odious
hateful; obnoxious
petulant
bad-tempered; impatient
preclude
to prevent; stop in advance
promulgate
to make known publicly; proclaim; publish
pundit
person of great learning or authority
meretricious
tawdrily and falsely attractive
ineffable
incapable of being expressed in words
turgid
being in a state of distension; swollen
brothel
a building in which prostitutes are available
antecedents
predecessors; parents; a model or stimulus for later developments
ingratiate
to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort
obtrusive
forward in manner or conduct; undesirably prominent; protruding
harrowing
painful
contralto
singing voice
caravansary
and inn where caravans rest at night
contingency
an event that may be but is not certain to occur; something liable to happen as an adjunct to or result of something else
inexplicable
incapable of being explained, interpreted, or accounted for
inviolate
not violated or profaned; pure
precipitously
very steep, perpendicular, or overhanging in rise or fall
portentous
??of a portent; eliciting amazement or wonder; being a grave or serious matter
libertine
freethinker
prig
theif; a person who offends or irritates by observance of properties in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree
rancor
bitter deep-seated ill will
expostulation
to demand, dispute
truculent
cruel, savage, deadly, destructive, harsh, self-assertive
luminosity
relative brightness of something, and mental brightness
cahoots
partnership; league
pneumatic
of, relating to, or using gas
fortuitously
occurring by chance; fortunate, lucky
amorphous
having no definite form; shapeless
adventitious
??coming from another source, arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location
pasquinade
a lampoon posted in a public place; satirical writing
superflous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary; extra
complacent
self-satisfation especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies
transitory
tending to pass away; temporary
aesthetic
of, relating to , or dealing with aesthetics of the beautiful
commensurate
equal in measure or extent; corresponding in size, extent, amount, degree; proportionate
orgiastic
of relating to or marked by orgies; frenzied
epigram
a concise poem; a terse or witty and often paradoxical saying
riotous
of the nature of a riot; participating in riot; abundant
supercilious
coolly and patronizingly haughty
effeminate
having feminine qualities untypical of a man
languidly
weak; slow; listless
libel
a written accusation
oculist
optometrist, eye doctor
sumptuous
extremely costly, rich, luxurious, magnificant
haughter
arrogance, haughtiness
corps
a group of people
innuendo
hint, insinuation, a veiled refection on character
erroneous
containing or characterized by error
credulity
gullibility
dissension
disagreement; quarreling
jaunty
stylish, lively
discordant
disagreeing, quarrelsome
homogenity
the state of being the same
ascertain
to make certain, exact
obstetrical
relating to child birth
rivulets
a small stream
vinous
related to wine
punctilious
marked by, or concerned about precise accordance with details of codes or conventions
disconcertingq
to throw into confusion, disturb composure
modish
fashionable, stylish
somnambulatory
to walk when asleep
heady
affecting the senses
cornices
the molding between the wall and the ceiling
defunct
no longer living, existing, functioning
obstinate
stubborn, not easily subdued
vestige
trace, mark, visible sign left by something
vitality
distinguishes the living from the non, lively character
impolitic
unwise