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panacea
a supposed remedy for diseases, a cure-all
pretentious
ostentatious, claiming an undeserved distinction
orient
lustrous, sparkling, to adapt or correct well according to circumstances
plebeian
commom people of ancient Rome, vulgar person, common, vulgar, crude
tepid
lukewarm, halfhearted, lacking enthusiasm
platitude
dull or commonplace remark, trite saying
presumptuousac
acting without permission or right
redress
correction, reparation, relief, remedy, to set something right
preipitate
to cause something to happen, reckless, rash, to bring about suddenly
populace
the masses, population
politic
wise in looking out for ones own interests, prudent, shrewd
predecessor
a person who preceeds another in office or position
premeditated
planned or plotted, considered beforehand, deliberate
rapacious
greedy, plundering
verbose
wordy
prodigy
person with extraordinary talents, a marvel
procrastinate
to put off until later, to delay without a good reason
proboscis
long snout, nose, tubular organ
proletarian
belonging to the working calss
vernacular
native or everyday language of a country
propagate
to reproduce, spread, produce offspring
prologue
intro lines of play or book, preface, preceding event
protract
prolong, draw out, lengthen in time
prototype
original model, standard example
protagonist
main character in a play or story, leading part
quixotic
impractically idealistic, noble, romantic, or chivalric ideas
provocative
tending to cause anger or resentment, exciting, stimulative
provocation
something that stirs up anger or excitement
proxy
substitute, permission to stand in for another
query
a question, to inquire
quadruped
an animal with 4 feet
purport
claim to be or do something, purpose or main idea of something
rationalize
explain in a manner that is false but seems reasonable, explain away
recrimination
the act of making an accustation in return, a counteraccusation
reciprocate
to give, due, take in return, move with a backward-forward motion
recalcitrant
stubbornly disobedient, defiant, difficult to deal with
repugnant
distasteful, repulsive, causing aversion
oracular
wise and prophetic, brief and mysterious, oracle
reiterate
to restate, repeat
relent
give in or yield to something, to become less harsh
repartee
quick witty reply, cleverness and wit in making replies
remission
release, lessening of intensity, a diminishing
nurture
to bring up, care for, feed and nourish
sartorial
relating to tailors or mens clothing and dress
novice
an inexperienced person, a beginner
omnivorous
eating every kind of food, eagerly taking everything in
resilient
easily springing back to original form, flexible, recovering quickly
occult
the supernatural, matters beyond ordinary knowledge
sanction
authorized permission or approval, confirm, approve
rudiment
fundamental principle, rule, or step, early stage of something
sallow
grayish yellow color, sickly pale
scapegoat
person who takes the blame for the mistakes of others
scrutinize
to examine closely or critically
oscillate
move back and forth, vary between thoughts or ideas
palliate
to alleviate, to lesten intensity of something
shibboleth
language, habit, or custom, password, distinctive slogan
proficient
advanced, skilled, expert, qualified
secular
wordly or temporal rather than religious or sacred
stigma
mark or shame, stain, portain of a flower where pollen is deposited
shrew
a mouselike animal, bad tempered, nagging woman
stereotype
general, oversimplified view or opinion that members of a group apply to another thing, idea, or group
solstice
when the sun is farthest north or south from the equator, first day of summer or winter
sluice
an artificial water channel, a floodgate, to wash off with a rush of water
somnolent
sleepy, drowsy, tending to bring on sleepiness
tenacity
perseverance, persistency, cohesiveness
vegetate
to grow or sprout as a plant does, to lead a monotonous, inactive life
stoic
person who appears unaffected by pain or pleasure
stipend
fixed or regular pay, salary or allowance
ostentatious
too showy, overly aloborate way to get attention
subside
sink or fall to a lower level, to become less active, wane
tawdry
showy, cheap, gaudy
subservient
submissive, obedient, servile
unremitting
never stopping or slackening, unceasing, constant
supplication
asking humbly and earnestly, prayer, petition, or entreaty
subterfuge
trick, excuse, or deception used to escape something unpleasant
supercilious
showing scorn and haughtiness, disdainful, aloof, or conceited
surmise
guess or suppose
syndicate
group or association formed to carry out some enterprise or business
synchronize
to cause to occur at the same time, agree, coordinate
symposium
meeting for discussing a particular subject, collection of writings on a subject
thwart
to oppose, keep from doing something, to obstruct or hinder
terse
brief and to the point, concise
philistine
lacing culture, insentitive to the arts or ideas
phalanx
a formation of massed soldiers, closely united group
vivacious
animated, lively, spirited
vilify
to abuse verbally, speak badly of, slander
wily
crafty, full of trickery
wistful
full of longing, yearning, wishful
waive
to relinquish a claim, right, or privilege, to defer or delay
vogue
style, fashion, popularity
wrest
to pull away by force or power, to extract by persistent effort
pernicious
harmful, highly injurious, evil
peremptory
arrogant, absolute
ulterior
beyond what is seen or expressed, intentionally concealed in order to deceive
permeate
to pass through openings or pores, penetrate
vanquish
to conquer, defeat, overcome
transient
lasting or used for a short time only, not permanent, fleeting
sortie
sudden attack
satiate
to satisfy and appetite or desire fully
rigorous
strict, exact, difficult and demanding, severe, strenuous