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imprecation
a curse
Impugn
to call into question, to attack verbally
incarnadine
blood red in color
inculcate
to teach, impress in the mind
inexorable
inflexible, unyielding
Innocuous
harmless
Insipid
lacking interest or flavor
inter
to bury
interregnum
interval between reigns
Intransigent
uncompromising, refusing to be reconciled
Intrepid
fearless, resolutely courageous
Inundate
to overwhelm, to cover with water
Inure
to harden; accustom, to become used to
Investiture
ceremony conferring authority
Invidious
envious, obnoxious, offensive; likely to promote ill will
Jettison
to discard; to get rid of as unnessary or encumbering
Jingoism
belligerent support of one's country
Knell
sound of a funeral bell; omen of death or failure
Lapidary
relating to precious stones or the art of cutting them
Lassitude
a state of dimished energy
Legerdemain
Trickery
Levity
an inappropriate lack of seriousness, overly casual
Licentious
immoral; unrestrained by society
Lionize
to treat as a celebrity
Lissome
easily flexed, limber, agile
Listless
lacking energy and enthusiasm
Livid
discolored from a bruise; pale; reddened with anger
Lugubrious
sorrowful, mournful; dismal
Machination
plot or scheme
maelstrom
whirlpool, turmoil; agitated state of mind
Magnate
powerful or influential person
Mannered
artificial or stilted in character, affected, unnatural
Martinet
strict disciplinarian; one who rigidly follows rules
Maudlin
overly sentimental
Militate
to operate against, work against, influence, affect, change
Mirth
frivolity, gaiety, laughter
Missive
a written not or letter
Mitigate
to soften, to lessen
Monastic
extremely plain or secluded, as in a monastery
Mores
fixed customs or manners; moral attitudes
Myopic
lacking foresight, having a narrow view or long-range perspective
Nadir
lowest point
Nettle
to irritate
Noisome
stinking, putrid
Nominal
existing in name only; negligible
Nuance
a subtle expression of meaning or quality
Numismatics
coin collecting
Opine
to express an opinion
Opprobrium
public disgrace
Orotund
pompous
Ostensible
apparent
Ostentation
excessive showiness
Overwrought
agitated; overdone
Palatial
relating to a palace, magnificent
Palliate
to make less serious; ease
Pallid
lacking color or liveliness
Panache
flamboyance or dash in style and action, verve
Panoply
impressive array
Pare
to trim off excess, reduce
Parley
discussion, usually between enemies
Parry
to ward off or deflect, especially by a quick-witted answer
Pastiche
piece of literature or music imitating other works
Pathogenic
causing disease
Pejorative
having bad connotations, disparaging
Penury
an oppressive lack of resources(as money)severe poverty
Peregrinate
to wander from place to place, to travel, especially on foot
Perfunctory
done in a routine way; indifferent
Peripatetic
wandering from place to place, expecially on foot
Phalanx
a compact or close knit body of people, animals or things
Phlegmatic
calm and unemotional in temperament
Plebeian
crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
Politic
shrewd and practical in managing or dealing with things; diplomatic
Polyglot
a speaker of many languages
Posit
to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation
Potentate
a monarch or ruler with great power
Precis
short summary of facts
Prescient
having foresight
Prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
Proclivity
a natural inclination or predisposition
Profligate
corrupt, degenerate
Propriety
the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs
Puerile
childish, immature, silly
Pugilism
boxing
Pulchritude
beauty
Pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
Querulous
inclined to complain, irritable
Quiescent
Motionless
Quotidian
occuring daily, commonplace
Posit
to assume as real or conceded; propose as an explanation
Potentate
a monarch or ruler with great power
Precis
short summary of facts
Prescient
having foresight
Prevaricate
to lie or deviate from the truth
Proclivity
a natural inclination or predisposition
Profligate
corrupt, degenerate
Propriety
the quality of behaving in a proper manner; obeying rules and customs
Puerile
childish, immature, silly
Pugilism
boxing
Pulchritude
beauty
Pungent
sharp and irritating to the senses
Querulous
inclined to complain, irritable
Quiescent
Motionless
Quotidian
occuring daily, commonplace
Raconteur
witty, skillful storyteller
Redress
relief from wrong or injury
Rejoinder
response
Replete
abundantly supplied, complete
Repudiate
to reject the validity of
Requite
to return or repay
Restive
impatient uneasy, restless
Reticent
silent, reserved
ribald
humorous in a vulgar way
Sardonic
cynical; scornfully mocking
Sedition
behavior that promotes rebellion or civil disorder against the state
Sentient
aware, conscious, able to perceive
Slake
to calm down or satisfy, quench
Sobriquet
nickname
Solecism
grammatical mistake; blunder in speech
Spartan
highly self-disciplined; frugal, austere
Specious
deceptively attractive seemingly plausible but fallacious
Sportive
frolicsome, playful
Stasis
a state of static balance or equilibrium; stagnation
Stratagem
trick designed to deceive an enemy
Sublime
lofty or grand
Supplant
to replace by force to take the place of
Sybarite
a person devoted to pleasure and luxury
Tome
a book; usually large and academic
Trenchant
acute, sharp, incisive, forceful, effective
Unequivocal
absolute, certain
Usury
the practice of lending money at exorbitant rates
Verdant
green with vegetation; inexperienced
Vernal
related to spring; fresh
Vestige
trace, remnant
Vicissitude
a change or variation, ups and downs
Vim
vitality an energy
Voluble
talkative, speaking easily, glib
Wan
sickly pale
Wanton
undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless
Winsome
charming, happily engaging
Wizened
shriveled, withered, wrinkled
Wraith
a ghost or specter; a ghost of a living person seen just before his or her death
Xenophobia
a fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers
Yoke
to join together
Zephyr
a gentle breeze, something airy or unsubstantial