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alloy
to reduce the purity of by mixing with a less valuable metal
appropriate
to take for one's owne use, confiscate
arrest, arresting
to catch suddenly and engagingly *arrest attention*. to engage; holding one's attention: an arresting portrait
august
majestic, venerable, grandeur
venerable
calling forth respect through age, character, and attainments *a venerable jazz musician*
bent
a strong inclination or interest : BIAS b : a special inclination or capacity : TALENT
broach
bring up, announce, begin to talk about
brook
to stand for : TOLERATE, endure.
countenance
to extend approval or toleration to : SANCTION
cardinal
major, as in a cardinal sin
chauvinist
excessive or blind patriotism. undue partiality or attachment to a group or place to which one belongs or has belonged
color
to change as if by distorting. "yellow jounalism colored the truth"
consequential
pompous, self-important
damp
to diminish the activity or intensity of *damping down the causes of inflation*. to check the vibration or oscillation of
die
a tool used for shaping (wood, metal)
essay
1 : to put to a test
2 : to make an often tentative or experimental effort to perform : TRY : ATTEMPT. (new born essayed a few wobbly steps)
exact
to call for forcibly or urgently and obtain *from them has been exacted the ultimate sacrifice*. to demand, to take, to require
fell (v)
to cause to fall by striking
fell (adj)
inhumanly cruel, terrible, sinister
flag
1 : to hang loose without stiffness
2 a : to become unsteady, feeble, or spiritless b : to decline in interest, attraction, or value
flip
sarcastic, impertinent, as in flippant: a flip remark
ford
to wade across the shallow part of a river or stream
grouse
to complain or grumble
guy
think guide. a rope/cord attached to something and it acts as a brace or guide. to steady or reinforce.
intimate
to communicate delicately and indirectly : HINT. to imply, suggest, or insinuate
list
to tilt or lean to one side. (the ship's broken mast listed helplessly in the wind).
meet
fitting, proper. precisely adapted to a particular situation, need, or circumstance : very proper
mince
"dont' mince words". pronounce or speak too carefully.
nice (adj)
"he made a nice distinction between the two cases". exacting, fastidious, extremely precise
obtain (adj)
"those standards no longer obtain". to be established, accepted or customary.
occult (adj)
1 : not revealed : SECRET
2 : not easily apprehended or understood : ABSTRUSE, MYSTERIOUS
3 : hidden from view : CONCEALED
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
pedestrian (adj)
COMMONPLACE, UNIMAGINATIVE, unremarkable
pied (adj)
of two or more colors in blotches
pine (verb)
to lose vigor (as through grief); to yearn
plastic (adj)
2 a : capable of being molded or modeled *plastic clay* b : capable of adapting to varying conditions : PLIABLE
pluck (noun)
courageous readiness to fight or continue against odds : dogged resolution
prize (verb)
"the information was prized from him". to pry, to press or force with a lever, something taken by force.
rail (verb)
to complain about bitterly.
rent (verb/noun)
rend: to split or tear apart in pieces. rent is the past of rend. "He rent his garments". noun: an opening or tear caused by such "a large rent in the fabric"
quail (verb)
to lose courage, become frightened
qualify (verb)
to limit. "let me qualify that statement"
sap (verb)
to weaken the vitality of "that race sapped my strength"
sap (noun)
a foolish and guillable person. a fool or nitwit
scurvy (adj)
arousing disgust or scorn : CONTEMPTIBLE, DESPICABLE *a scurvy trick*
singular (adj)
2 : distinguished by superiority : EXCEPTIONAL *an artist of singular attainments*
3 : being out of the ordinary : UNUSUAL *on the way home we had a singular adventure*
4 : departing from general usage or expectation : PECULIAR, ODD *the air had a singular chill*
stand (noun)
a group of plants growing in a continuous area
steep (verb)
to saturate or completely soak, as in to let a tea bag steep. "she was steeped in esoteric knowledge"
esoteric
requiring or exhibiting knowledge that is restricted to a small group. difficult to understand
table (verb)
"to table a motion". to remove from consideration.
tender (verb)
to present for acceptance: offer. "he tendered his resignation"
proffer
to present for acceptance : TENDER, OFFER
wag (noun)
wit, joker "He was a well-known wag"