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Alloy
v
To commingle; to debase by mixing with something inferior; "unalloyed means pure"
Appropriate
v
To take for one's own use, confiscate
August
adj
majestic, venerable
broach
v
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
v
to tolerate, endure, countenance
chauvinist
n
a blindly devoted patriot
consequential
adj
pompous, self-important (primary definitions are: logically following; important)
essay
v
to test or try; experiment
"the newly born fawn essayed a few wobbly steps"
exact
v
to demand, call for, require, take
"even a victorious war exacts a heavy price."
flag
v
to sag or droop, to become spiritless, to decline: thihnk of a flag on a windless, in her flagging spirits
guy
n/v
a rope, cord, or cable attached to something as a brace or guide; to steady or reinforce using a guy; Think GUIDE
Intimate
v
to imply, suggest, or insinuate: "Are you intimidating that I cannot be trusted?"
Lumber
v
To move heavily and clumsily
"lumbering giants on land, walruses are actually graceful swimmers"
meet
adj
Fitting, proper
"It is altogether meet that Jackie Robinson is in the baseball hall of fame."
mince
v
pronounce or speak affectedly, euphemize, speak too carefully
"Don't mince words"
nice
adj
exacting, fastidious, extremely precise: "He made a nice distinction between the two cases."
obtain
adj
to be established, accepted, or customary: "Those standards no longer obtain"
occult
adj
hidden, concealed, beyond comprehension
pine
v
to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn
plastic
adj
moldable, pliable, not rigid
prize
v
to pry, to press or force with a lever; something taken by force, spoils: "The information was prized from him."
rail
v
To complain about bitterly: "early american progressives railed against the railroad barons."
rent
v/n
torn, past of rend: "He rent his garments;" An opening or tear caused by such: "A large rent in the fabric."
quail
v
to lose courage, turn frightened
qualify
v
to limit: "let me qualify that statement."
sap
v
to enervate or weaken the vitality of
"That race sapped my strength"
scurvy
adj
contemptible, despicable: "he was a scurvy old reprobate"
singular
adj
exceptional, unusual, odd: "He was singularly well-suited for the job"
stand
n
a group of trees
table
v
to remove (as a parliamentary motion) from consideration: "they tabled the motion and will consider it again later."
tender
v
to proffer or ofter "He tendered his resignation."
wag
n
wit, joker
"Groucho Marx was a well known wag"
abjure
v
to renounce or reject solemny; to recant; to avoid
adumbrate
v
to foreshadow vaguely or intimidate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
anodyne
adj/n
soothing, something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
apostate
n
one who abandons long-held religious or political convictions
apotheosis
n
deification, glorification to godliness, an exalted example, a model of excellence or perfection
asperity
n
severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
calumniate
v
to slander, make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
captious
adj
disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
cavil
v
to find fault without good reason
celerity
n
speed, alacrity, think "accelerate"
chimera
n
an illusion; originally an imaginary fire-breathing, she-monster
contumacious
adj
insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
denouement
n
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
descry
v
to discriminate or discern
desuetude
n
disuse: "after years of desuetude, my French skills were finally put to use"
desultory
adj
random, aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose: "Her desultory performance impressed no one."
diaphanous
adj
tranparent, gauzy
dirge
n
song of grief or lamentation
encomium
n
glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
eschew
v
to shun or avoid: "She chose to eschew the movie theatre, preferring to watch DVDs at home."
excoriate
v
to censure scathingly, to upbraid
execrate
v
denounce, feel loating for, curse, declare to be evil
exegesis
n
critical examination, explication
expiate
v
to atone or make amends for: "Pia Zadora has expiated her movie career by good works and charity."
fatuous
adj
silly, inanely foolish: "I would ignore such a fatuous comment"
fractious
adj
quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
gainsay
v
to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
heterodox
adj
unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
imbroglio
n
difficult or embarrassing situation
indefatigable
adj
not easily exhaustible, tireless, dogged
ineluctable
adj
certain, inevitable
inimitable
adj
one of a kind, peerless
insouciant
adj
unconcerned, carefree, heedless
inveterate
adj
deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
jejune
adj
vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile
lubricious
adj
lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
mendicant
n
a begger, supplicant
meretricious
adj
cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
minatory
adj
menacing, threatening, (reminds ou of the minotaur)
nadir
n
low point, perigee
nonplussed
adj
baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
obstreperous
adj
noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
palliate
v
to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less sever or intense
panegyric
n
formal praise, eulogy, encomium; "panegyrical" means expressing elaborate praise.
pellucid
adj
transparent, easy to understand, limpid
peroration
n
the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
plangent
adj
pounding, thundering, resounding
prolix
adj
long-winded, verbose: "prolixity" means verbosity: "Michael Gorbachev is famous for his prolixity"
propitiate
v
to appease; to conciliate; "propitious" means auspicious, favorable
puerile
adj
childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
puissance
n
power, strength; "puissant" means powerful, strong: "The senator delivered a puissant speech to the convention
remonstrate
v
to protest, object
salacious
adj
lustful, lascivious, bawdy
salutary
adj
remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
sanguine
adj
cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine
adj
gloomy, dark, sullen, morose
sententious
adj
aphoristic or moralistic, epigrammatic; tending to moralize excessively
stentorian
adj
extremely loud and powerful
stygian
adj
gloomy, dark
sycophant
n
toady, servile, self-seeking flatterer, parasite
tendentious
adj
biased; showing marked tendencies
tyro
n
novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
vitiate
v
to corrupt, debase, spoil, make ineffective
voluble
adj
fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language