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ineffible
incapable of being expressed; G-D
expatiate
speak or write at length
collusion
conspiring together
assay
analyze
forbearance
refrain from enforcing; patience; leniency
interdict
prohibit; forbid
essay
experiment
palliate
to make seem less serious or severe; extenuate;
sinecure
office position with high pay and little work
vitiate
debase; impair; make ineffective
assay
analyze
cynosure
center of attention; guide
propitiate
gain or regain the goodwill of; appease; conciliate; 'propitiate the gods'
venal
purchasable; mercenary
innervate
energize
stygian
dark; gloomy; infernal; hellish
redoubtable
formidable; illustrious
phlegmatic
calm
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary
virago
shrew
platitude
banal or trite statement
temerity
boldness; intrepidness
tautology
needless repetition of an idea or statement; redundancy
exiguous
inadequate
abjure
renounce; one's title, beliefs, extravagance
exsert
thrust out
acarpous
no longer fertile
knell
toll of bell, esp. funeral
turbid
muddy, designed to obfuscate; waters, response
turgid
swollen; tumid; embellished
stolid
dull; stupid
proscribe
prohibit
extemporaneous
impromptu
droll
odd; humorous
inveigle
entice through flattery
dissolute
lacking restraint; indulgence in sex & drink
ductility
malleability
abnegation
self-denial; rejection of belief
abrade
erode; irritate
pathological
relating to disease
dialectical
practice of examining ideas logically
pulchritude
physical beauty
captious
criticising; fault finding
circumspect
cautious
fulminate
denounce
prolix
prolonged; wordy
stint
miserly
fulcrum
support for lever
aggrandize
increase; wealth, power
diffuse
wordy rambling
improvident
profligate
turpitude
execrable; inimical; enormity; perfidy; baleful; baneful
sanctimonious
disingenous; cant; mountebank
pusillanimous
weak; powerless;
stilted
bombastic; consequential; overweening; supercilious; tumid; turgid
guy
support with chains
reprove
expurgate; bowderlize; obviate; proscribe; extirpate; abrogate; abscission;
obloquy
impugn; inveigh; vituperative; aspersion; calumniate; excoriate
plaudit
encomium; approbation; paean; panegyric; plaudit
incontrovertible
indisputable;
importune
beg; importunar
surfeit
satiate; satisfy to excess
effrontery
arrogance
sanguine
optimistic
enervate
weaken
insouciant
light-hearted unconcern; nonchalant
depredate
plunder; ravage
arrant
extreme; without moderation
homily
short sermon; lecture; platitude
maunder
wander; speak disconnectedly
cadge
mooch
nostrum
questionable remedy=panacea; medicine without scientific proof of effectiveness
peremptory
haughty (tone); sense of urgency (call); no contradiction (conclusion)
dross
impurity; base; trivial
ineluctable
inevitable; cannot be changed or avoided; in-e-lock-table
minatory
menacing; threatening
peruse
examine with great care
brook
tolerate
tamp
drive in with blows (wet concrete); lessen; reduce
solecism
blunder in speech or etiquette
plangent
loud, reverberating sound; plaintive; lament
sophistry
subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation
splenetic
shrewish; marked by bad temper and malevolence
rebus
representation of sounds of words in pictures; eye heart ewe.
prize
press, move with a lever; pry
scurvy
despicable
sere
dried and withered;
dry, Lithuanian sausas
pith
core; essential part
byzantine
labyrinthine; intricately involved
rubric
category; rule; custom
relegate
banish; assign to inferior or appropriate position
sententious
pithy; terse; aphoristic in expression; (sentence-ious)
ratiocination
exact thinking; reasoned train of thought
sibylline
prophetic; oracular
aphorism
concise statement of a principle
sybarite
sensualist; lover of luxury-from the notorious luxury of the Sybarites
quisling
traitor; collaborator; Vidkun Quisling died 1945 Norwegian politician who collaborated with the Nazis
sidereal; sylvan; ligneous; osseous; ursine; vulpine;
stars; forest; wood; bone; bear; fox;
transpire
to be revealed; to occur
apothegm
short, pithy saying; aphorism
cozen
deceive; use artful trickery
clavicle
collarbone
inculcate
to teach by frequent admonitions
factotum
handyman; do-everything
emetic
substance to cause vomiting
collation
light meal
adventitious
coming from another source, not inherent or coming from the usual place; -- roots
genuflect
bend in the knee in worship
lucre
profit; money
maculate
stained; impure
obsequy
funeral or burial rite
parley
discussion; discuss
peroration
concluding part of a discourse; highly rhetorical speech
laity
common people (as opposed to clergy)
prosody
study of versification, metrical structure and style, or anything composed in meter
pharisaical
hypocritical self-righteousness
list
tilt; lean
plumb
vertical; true
manumit
free; release from slavery
potentate
ruler; sovereign
imprecation
curse
hortatory
encouraging; exhorting
physiognomy
inner character or quality revealed outwardly; the art of discovering this
prate
chatter; talk long and idly
plenary
complete; fully attended
equanamity
composure; balance; evenness of temper
doctrinaire
one who puts together a theory with little regard to practical difficulties
palpable
easily perceptible; tangible; manifest
feckless
weak; ineffective; irresponsible
expostulate
discuss; reason in order to dissuade
inviolate
pure;
proclivity
inclination
cogitate
ponder; contemplate
disinter
dig up; exhume
ambivalent
indecisive
temporize
yield to current or dominant opinion; draw out discussion
captious
lynn; ill-natured inclination to stress and raise objections
consign
give over care; commit to final destination; agree
louche
irreputable; not decent
didactic
intended or designed to teach; make moral observations