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to augment
to increase, to make bigger
to glean
to pick out little by little
panache
great style, flair and flamboyance
to vex
to irk, to exasperate, to trouble and annoy, to peeve
to irk
to bother and annoy, to vex, to peeve, to exasperate
irksome
troublesome, irritating
to peeve
to annoy or bother, to vex, to irk, to exasperate
peeved
hacked off, irritated
peevish
whining and complained with irritation and annoyance
a peeve
something that bothers and vexes
to exasperate
to irritate and annoy and frustrate, to vex, to irk, to peeve
compunction
a sense of guilt or remorse
the orient/oriental
Asian culture and nations, Asian
occident/occidental
the west, western civilizations
to mitigate
to soften or reduce the harsh effects of something
to exonerate
to free or clear from blame or guilt
culpable
guilty
tangible or palpable
so intense as to seem physically touchable, perceptibly through touch
impalpable or intangible
not able to be physically touched
poignant
deeply emotionally moving, bittersweet
nuance
a shade or slight, subtle variation of meaning, color, feeling
clarion
clear in sound or meaning as a trumpet call
stentorian
at times rather pompously yet grandly and powerfully loud
vitriolic
viciously caustic, scathing
vitriol
caustic substance that will eat away at something
to burgeon or to proliferate
to expand and spread rapidly
to decimate
to destroy a large percentage of something
embargo
a blockade, a prohibition, an obstacle formally preventing something from happening
hegemony
political and ideological power of a stronger nation over another
to nullify
to cancel or void
protectorate
a weaker nation dominated and "protected" by a stronger nation
quid pro quo
equal exchange - you do something for me, i do something for you
blithe
happy, mirthful, merry, almost giddily glad
paradigm
model or structure of truth accepted without question, model
orthodox
utterly conventional, nonradical
hauberk
armor, esp tunic of chain metal
corselet
armor covering trunk of body
mead
alcoholic drink made from honey
sanguinary
bloody, bloodthirsty, covered profusely with blood, causing great bloodshed
sanguine
cheerful, optimistic, hopeful
an enigma
deep mystery or puzzle
enigmatic
mysterious, inscrutable
inscrutable
cannot be figured out, mysterious
conundrum
puzzle, puzzling prolem
to eviscerate
to disembowerl, rip the guts from
visceral
instinctive, having a gut reaction
cerebral
intellectual, appealing to reason
ethereal
light, airy, delicate, heavenly, angelic
heinous
really, totally horribly bad, odious, highly criminal in nature
meretricious
cheaply showy, flashy and trashy
daunted
intimidated
daunting
intimidating
to daunt
to intimidate
undaunted
NOT intimidated
to behoove
to do something fitting that is in one's best interests
angst
ongoing anxiety and worry
to lament something
to express sadness, to complain sadly
the lament
an expression of sorrow
woe
despair
woes
vexations, problems, trouvles
woeful
sad, full of sorrow
doleful or dolorous
sad, sorrowful
melancholy
sadness, depressed, sorrowful
dirge
solemn, dignified, slow funeral march
antecedent
that which comes before
armistice
a formal cease fire, a truce
belligerent or pugnacious or truculent
hostile, aggressively willing to fight
bellicose
waging or preparing to wage war, agressively militant and hostile
clandestine or covert
hidden, secret, undercover
overt
in the open, ostensible, apparent
panacea
a cure all, a fix for everything, the "silver bullet"
anathema
a curse, seomthing accursed and loathsome and hated
plethora
a great number, a vast amount
myriad
countless, beyond enumeration, a huge number
to annihilate
to destroy utterly
to obliterate
to utterly wipe out, to annihilate
to appease
to pacify, to placate, to calm down and satisfy
to cede
to yield, to give way to, to acknowledge
to disdain
to scorn, to treat with contempt
disdain
scorn, contempt
a trifle
thing of little significance or importance
trifling
of insignificance, not mattering much at all
to trifle with
to treat cavalierly, to use without respecting
to deign to do
to be willing to do although you have to power yourself to someone else's level, to condescent
to condescend
to deign, to lower oneself to a lower level
germane
relevant, pertinent, related to
manifestation
a showing forth, a revealing
to manifest
to show forth, to reveal
impetus
a driving force, an inspiration
impetuous
heedless, rash, impulsive
genre
a type or classification esp of literature, film, art
parody
an imitation whose goal is to mock and make fun of the thing imitated, a form of satire
elegy
serious poem about death, someone's death
elegiac
somber in tone, evoking serious doleful responses
foil
as in a contrasting character in literature
rhetoric
the use of words to create a specific effect
rhetorical
crafted with words to create a specific effect
paradox
a seeming contradiction that expresses a higher truth
hyperbole
an exaggeration to create a specific effect
allusion
a reference (often indirect) to literature, art, film, history etc.
to allude
to refer to something
epiphany
a sudden intense moment or flash of profound understanding
hubris
excessive pride or arrogance that will offend the gods or other powers
languid
lacking energy or motivation, slow moving
languor
a lack of energy or spirit, resulting slowness in action or movement
pecuniary
having to do with money, fiscal, financial
impecunious
lacking money
charnel or charnel house
having to do with dead bodies; a building where bodies were put
visage
face or the expression on the face
countenance
face or facial expression, visage
to countenance
to condone, to give permission (often tacitly or silently)
hierarchy
ranking system
lascivious or libidinous
having loose indulgent sexual feelings
licentious
lascivious or without restraint
apathy
total indifference, a complete lack of interest or caring
ostentatious
displaying in a showy manner, flaunting
pretentious
ostentatious, assuming the air of dignity or rank
to sully
to mar, to make dirty, to tarnish
to taint
to sully, to mar, to tarnish
sordid
vile, dirty, ignoble, mean
sublime
noble, lofty, majestic
to contend
to argue, to struggle, to compete
contentious
argumentative
contention
argument, point of thesis being made
to feign
to pretend, to fake
fain
(I fain would do something) wishfully but what is wished can never occur
in a trice
in a moment, in an instant
pale/paling
fence, boundary
beyond the pale
beyond what is normal, reasonable, or expected
to equivocate
to hedge, to sit on the fence, to NOT take a clear stand
piety
deep religious devotion
pious
profoundly devout
to vanquish
to conquer completely
fallible
capable of making mistakes
infallible
cannot ever make mistakes
posterity
generations to come or to follow, descendent of the futre
verity
truth
veracity
truthfulness
verisimilitude
appearance of truth or reality
obsequious/servile/fawning
sucking up, brown nosing, slavishly submissive
cherub
angel (once scary, now cutesy)
cherubic
cute like a little tot angel
seraph
big impressed (6 winged) angel
seraphic
angelic
supercilious
haughty, disdainful of others, exceedingly proud and arrogant
millinery
ladies' fine hats
ambivalent
having mixed feelings
ambiguous
unclear, hard to ascertain one way or another
to cogitate on/to ruminate about
to ponder deeply, to think over long and carefully
niggardly/miserly/parsimonious
cheap, stingy, opposite of generous
posthumous
after death (a posthumous award is given after the recipient is dead)
ubiquitous
found everywhere, commonly found
portentous
full for portents, full of omens, a sign of things to come
portents
signs of things to come
ominous
threatening, portentous
omens
signs of what will come