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Approbation
(n.) the expression of approval or favorable opinion
assuage
(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm,; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
coalition
(n.) a combination, union, or merger for some specific reason
decadence
(n.) decline, decay, or deterioration; excessive self-indulgence
elicit
VERB- to draw forth, bring out from some source (or person)
expostulate
VERB- to attempt to dissuage someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
hackneyed
ADJ- used so often as to lack freshness or originality
hiatus
NOUN- a gap, opening, break (like summer break XD)
innuendo
NOUN- a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often derogatory)
intercede
VERB- to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third part or go-between in a disagreement
jaded
ADJ- weried, worn out, dulled
lurid
ADJ- causing shock, horror or revulsion
meritorious
ADJ- worth, desering recognition and praise
petulant
ADJ- peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
prerogative
NOUN- a special right or priviege; a speical quality showing excellence
provincial
ADJ- pretaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind of outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that orginated in the countryside
simulate
VERB- to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of
transcend
VERB- to rise above or beyond, exceed
umbrage
NOUN- shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion
unctuous
ADJ- excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable
ameliorate
VERB- to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
aplomb
NOUN- poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
bombastic
ADJ- pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
ADJ- without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
drivel
NOUN- saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense
epitome
NOUN- a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
exhort
VERB- to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio
ADJ.,ADV- by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
VERB- to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds
ingratiate
VERB- to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others
interloper
NOUN- one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right ot be, an intruder
intrinsic
ADJ- belonging to someone or soemthing by its very nature, essential, inherent; orgininating in a bodily organ or part
inveigh
VERB- to make a violent attack in words, express strong diapproval
lassitude
NOUN- weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
millennium
NOUN- a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy
occult
ADJ- mysterious, magical, supernatural; secert, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; VERB- to hide, conceal; eclipse NOUN- matters involving the supernatural
permeate
VERB- to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate
VERB- to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height; to give distinct form to; ADJ- characterized by excessive haste; NOUN- moisture; the product of an action or process
stringent
ADJ- srict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
surmise
VERB- to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; NOUN- likely idea that lacks definite proof
abominate
VERB- to have an intense dislike or hatred for
acculturation
NOUN- the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
adventitious
ADJ- resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential
ascribe
VERB- to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
circuitous
ADJ- roundabout, not direct
commiserate
VERB- to sympathize with, have pity for or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
enjoin
VERB- to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
expedite
VERB- to make easy, cause to progress faster
epiate
VERB- to make amends, make up forl to avert
ferment
NOUN- a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; VERB- to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemcial action
inadvertent
ADJ- resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
nominal
ADJ- existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
noncommittal
ADJ- not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
peculate
VERB- to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use
proclivity
NOUN- a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
sangfroid
NOUN- composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
seditious
ADJ- resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established goverment
tenuous
ADJ- thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
vitriolic
ADJ- bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like stong acid)
wheedle
VERB- to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
affable
ADJ- courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
aggrandize
VERB- to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
amorphous
ADJ- shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type of character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
aura
NOUN- that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
contraband
NOUN- illegal traffic, smuggled goods; ADJ- illegal, prohibited
erudite
ADJ- scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
gossamer
ADJ- thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; NOUN- a very thin, light cloth
infer
VERB- to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
inscrutable
ADJ- incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
insular
ADJ- relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
irrevocable
ADJ- incapable of being changed or called back
propensity
NOUN- a natural inclination or predilection toward
querulous
ADJ- peevish, complaining, fretful
remonstrate
VERB- to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
repudiate
VERB- to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
resilient
ADJ- able to return to an orginal shape or form; able to recover quickly
reverberate
VERB- to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
scurrilous
ADJ- coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (espically in language) foul-mouthed
sedulous
ADJ- presistent, showing industry and determination
sleazy
ADJ- thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean or disreputable
amnesty
NOUN- a general pardon for an offense against a goverment; in gernal, any act of forgiveness or absolution
autonomy
NOUN- self-government, political control
axiomatic
ADJ- self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
blazon
VERB- to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
caveat
NOUN- a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
equitable
ADJ- fair, just, embodying principles of justice
extricate
VERB- to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
filch
VERB- to steal, espically in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
flout
VERB- to mock, treat with contempt
fractious
ADJ- tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable