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advent
The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important
affluent
Generously supplied with money,
analgesic
A medication that reduces or eliminates pain.
anathema
A formal ecclesiastical ban, curse, or excommunication.
animosity
active hatred.
antipathy
A strong feeling of aversion or repugnance
aphonic
Loss of the voice resulting from disease, injury to the vocal cords, or various psychological causes, such as hysteria.
apotheosis
Exaltation to divine rank or stature
austere
Severe or stern in disposition or appearance
autonomy
The condition or quality of being autonomous; independence
avarice
an unreasonably strong desire to obtain and keep money
cognizant
Fully informed; conscious
compunction
A strong uneasiness caused by a sense of guilt
cryptic
Having hidden meaning; mystifying.
derogatory
Disparaging; belittling:
despot
A ruler with absolute power
dexterity
Skill and grace in physical movement, especially in the use of the hands; adroitness.
diaphanous
Of such fine texture as to be transparent or translucent
dissident
Disagreeing, as in opinion or belief.
dormant
Lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive.
egress
The act of coming or going out; emergence.
emeritus
Retired but retaining an honorary title corresponding to that held immediately before retirement
ante meridian
Of, relating to, or taking place in the morning.
en rapport
Being in agreement; harmonious
encounter
A meeting, especially one that is unplanned, unexpected, or brief
entreat
To make an earnest request of.
ephemeral
Lasting for only a short period of time
epithet
A term used to characterize a person or thing
equanimity
The quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure
euphonious
Pleasing or agreeable to the ear.
euphoria
A feeling of great happiness or well-being
euthanasia
The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering
ex officio
By virtue of office or position
expedite
To speed up the progress of; accelerate.
expunge
To erase or strike out
fantastic
Quaint or strange in form, conception, or appearance
gratify
To please or satisfy
gustatory
relating to taste
halcyon
Calm and peaceful; tranquil
haphazard
Dependent upon or characterized by mere chance
hoi polloi
The common people; the masses.
iconoclast
One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions
impervious
Incapable of being penetrated
indigenous
Originating and living or occurring naturally in an area or environment
menial
Of or relating to work or a job regarded as servile
misogyny
Hatred of women
mnemonics
A system to develop or improve the memory
naive
Lacking worldly experience and understanding
literate
Able to read and write
lucrative
Producing wealth; profitable
omnivorous
Eating both animal and vegetable foods
parity
Equality, as in amount, status, or value; The condition of having given birth
pedantic
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules
persona non grata
Fully unacceptable or unwelcome, especially to a foreign government
progeny
One born of, begotten by, or derived from another; an offspring or a descendant
prognosis
A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease
prognosticate
To predict according to present indications or signs; foretell
prototype
An original type, form, or instance serving as a basis or standard for later stages
pusillanimous
lacking courage
relevant
Having a bearing on or connection with the matter at hand
reticent
Inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself
ruthless
Having no compassion or pity; merciless
sagacious
Having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness
seismology
The geophysical science of earthquakes and the mechanical properties of the earth
subterfuge
a deceptive stratagem or device
superfluous
Being beyond what is required or sufficient
surfeit
To feed or supply to excess, satiety, or disgust
surrogate
One that takes the place of another; a substitute
synergy
The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects
synonym
A word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another word or other words in a language
tacit
Not spoken
tenet
An opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization
xenophobia
A person unduly fearful or contemptuous of that which is foreign, especially of strangers or foreign peoples
alleviate
To make (pain, for example) more bearable
neophyte
A recent convert to a belief