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precis
"A concise summary of a book, article, or other text; an abstract. "
venial
Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable
pellucid
translucent; Transparently clear in style or meaning
preponderant
"dominant; Having superior weight, force, importance, or influence"
analogous
comparable
antipathy
aversion; hostility
ascetic
practicing self-denial; austere
emulate
to strive to equal or excel
facetious
playfully jocular; humorous
phlegmatic
"Having or suggesting a calm, sluggish temperament; unemotional. "
refractory
unruly; Obstinately resistant to authority or control
reprobate
A morally unprincipled person
abraded
to wear down or rub away by friction, erode
coeval
originating or existing during the same period; lasting through the same era
armory
storehouse for arms
molt
to shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer
frieze
A plain or decorated horizontal part of an entablature between the architrave and cornice.; A decorative horizontal band, as along the upper part of a wall in a room.
sonata
A composition for one or more solo instruments, one of which is usually a keyboard instrument, usually consisting of three or four independent movements varying in key, mood, and tempo
strategem
A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective.
lintel
A horizontal structural member, such as a beam or stone, that spans an opening, as between the uprights of a door or window or between two columns or piers.
plait
A braid, especially of hair.
thyme
Any of several aromatic Eurasian herbs or low shrubs of the genus;The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning.
raconteur
One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.
foil
One that by contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another: "I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me" (Charlotte Brontë).
ingenue
A naive, innocent girl or young woman.
pestle
A club-shaped, hand-held tool for grinding or mashing substances in a mortar. ; A large bar moved vertically to stamp or pound, as in a press or mill.
daguerreotype
An early photographic process with the image made on a light-sensitive silver-coated metallic plate. ;A photograph made by this process.
proof
The alcoholic strength of a liquor, expressed by a number that is twice the percentage by volume of alcohol present
convalescence
Gradual return to health and strength after illness.
mansard
The upper story formed by the lower slope of a mansard roof.
recidivism
To return to a previous pattern of behavior, especially to return to criminal habits.
homiletics
the art of preaching
sententious
Terse and energetic in expression; pithy. ; Abounding in aphorisms. ; Given to aphoristic utterances. ; Abounding in pompous moralizing. ; Given to pompous moralizing.

saying , maxim , adage , saw 2 , motto , epigram , proverb , aphorism
galley
A large, usually single-decked medieval ship ; The kitchen of an airliner, ship, or camper.
gangway
An opening in the bulwark of a ship through which passengers may board.
slough
A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire. ; A state of deep despair or moral gradation.
elegiac
Of, relating to, or involving elegy or mourning or expressing sorrow for that which is irrecoverably past
strident
Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant
bluster
A violent, gusty wind. ;Loud, arrogant speech, often full of empty threats.
drawl
To speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels
peroration
To conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation. ; To speak at great length, often in a grandiloquent manner; declaim.
stanza
One of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines usually characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme, and number of lines.
fawn
To seek favor or attention by flattery and obsequious behavior.
smite
To inflict a heavy blow on, with or as if with the hand, a tool, or a weapon.
skinflint
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser.
leaven
An element, influence, or agent that works subtly to lighten, enliven, or modify a whole.
extemporize
To do or perform (something) without prior preparation or practice: extemporized an acceptance speech
leaven
To cause to rise, especially by fermentation. ;To pervade with a lightening, enlivening, or modifying influence.

An element, influence, or agent that works subtly to lighten, enliven, or modify a whole.
fresco
The art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.
plutocracy
Government by the wealthy.
ligneous
Consisting of or having the texture or appearance of wood; woody.
parquet
type of wood flooring
veneer
A thin surface layer, as of finely grained wood, glued to a base of inferior material.
lugubrious
Mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree.
hidebound
Stubbornly prejudiced, narrow-minded, or inflexible.
descry
To catch sight of (something difficult to discern).
clearsighted
Having sharp, clear vision.
quizzical
1. Suggesting puzzlement; questioning

2. eccentric; odd

3. teasing, mocking
temerity
Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness.
rarefied
esoteric; lofty
dissipated
to squander
licentious
lacking moral discipline especially in sexual conduct
shrewd
Characterized by keen awareness, sharp

intelligence, and often a sense of the practical.

Disposed to artful and cunning practices; tricky.
decry
to condemn openly
obluquy
abusive language; ill repute
objurgate
to scold sharply
esurient
hungry; greedy
acolyte; proselyte
beginner
fulsome; unctuous
offensively flattering or insincere
invidious
tending to rouse ill will
decamp
to depart secrely or suddenly
fealty
faithfulness; allegiance
recreant
(adj) unfaithful; craven

(n) coward, disloyal person
renitent
resitant to physical pressure
stultify
to cripple
periphrastic
using circumlocution
novitiate
The period of being a novice.

A place where novices live.
espouse
to give one's loyalty or support
mainstay
a chief support
munificent
generous in giving
compendious
terse