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treatise
A written composition on a particular subject, in which its principles are discussed or explained; a tract
pretense
A claim not supported by fact; a false show
remedial
Affording a remedy; designed to overcome a deficit
sordid
Vile; base; gross; filthy; foul
countervail
Act in opposition, counteract (often against a harmful force); compensate, offset, counterbalance
mores
Customs; habits
burgeon
Grow vigorously, expand greatly
retrench
To cut off; to pare away
bequest
That which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift
enrapture
To transport with pleasure; to delight beyond measure; to enravish.
acme
The top or highest point; the culmination
celebrated
Famous, well-liked, renowned (adj)
acclaim
Praise, admiration, fame
curtail
To abbreviate or shorten
unrequited
Not repaid or returned
influx
A streaming together, or continual incoming; a place where two rivers join
vagrant
Person who wanders from place to place; one lacking a set place to live
secede
To retire; to withdraw; to separate oneself
vacillate
To fluctuate in mind or opinion; to be unsteady or inconstant; to waver
bureaucracy
Administrative framework or organization
faze
To disturb; disconcert
amoral
Not interested in or having no concern for what is right or wrong
epithet
Descriptive name
adulterate
Pollute or contaminate by introducing a foreign substance
exacerbate
To make worse
wane
To be diminished; to decrease.
franchise
A special license or privilege granted to an individual or a group
conducive
Helpful; contributive; tending to promote
paradigm
An example; a model; a pattern
palatial
Like a castle, magnificent, stately
sodden
Soaking wet; heavy with moisture
prognosis
The foretelling of the course and termination of a disease
serene
Calm, peaceful; unruffled
gourmet
A connoisseur in eating and drinking; an epicure
ulterior
Farther away, not central; hidden, going beyond what is said openly
labyrinthine
Convoluted and confusing as in a maze
candor
Openness or frankness
soliloquy
A monologue; a discourse made by one alone to one's self
hibernal
Belonging or relating to winter; wintry
whimsy
A capricious notion, a fanciful or odd conceit
extraneous
Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing
maculated
Having spots or blotches
reticent
Quiet; disposed to be silent; reserved
disingenuous
Deceitful; giving false appearance of openess and candor
arbitrary
Depending on will or discretion; not governed by any fixed rules
shrewd
Clever, keen, astute, wise in a practical way
recital
A narration or description; a repetition of words or music
attenuate
To lessen the amount, force, or value of; to make less complex; to weaken
baffle
To elude; to foil; to perplex
transgress
Exceed the limits of allowed behavior; go beyond
catalyst
A person or thing that brings about an event, without change to itself
poignant
Deeply and sometimes painfully moving
expatriate
One formerly of a country, now living elsewhere
disparage
To insult with the intent of lowering in rank or reputation
unmitigated
Without restraint or qualification
inter
To deposit and cover in the earth; to bury
panegyric
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise of someone
truism
Undoubted, self-evident truth
trite
Cliched, used so often that the meaning has worn off
rebuff
To turn away
autonomy
Control over one's own person; the right of self-government, independence from outside governance
exonerate
Free (someone) from blame, to acquit them, to declare them innocent
myriad
A large and indefinite number
ferment
Heat; tumult; agitation
promontory
A high point of land; a part that projects outward
evasive
Not straightforward; tending to avoid
vantage
Superior or more favorable situation or opportunity; gain