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askance
with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
gentle, kind; forgiving, undferstanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
cavil
to find fault in a petty way, carp; a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
penitent
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
abrogate
to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
ambient
completely surrounding, encompassing
asperity
roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
burnish
to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; gloss, brightness, luster
cabal
a small group working in secret
delectable
delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory; an appealing or appetizing food or dish
deprecate
to express mild disapproval; to belittle
detritus
loose bits and pieces of material resulting from disintegration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
eclectic
drawn from different sources; one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
flaccid
limp, not firm; lacking in vigor or effectiveness
impecunious
having little or no money
inexorable
inflexible, beyound influence, relentless, unyielding
moribund
dying, on the way out
necromancer
one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic, especially communication with the dead; in general, a magician or wizard
onerous
burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
rife
common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding; plentiful, abundant, replete
rudiments
the parts of any subject or discipline that are learned first; the earliest stages of anything
sequester
to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
winnow
to get rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; to remove the chaff from the wheat by blowing air on it; to blow on, fan