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appropriate
verb

to take for one's own use, confiscate
My friend Oscar is a natural mimic; he unintentionally appropriates the mannerisms of others until it's impossible to tell which ones are his own.
arabesque
noun

complex, ornate design
abstruse
adjective

difficult to comprehend

Latin abstrusus, from past participle of abstrudere to conceal
Latin abstrusus, from past participle of abstrudere to conceal
artless
adjective

lacking art, knowledge, or skill OR natural, without artificiality
Her artless portrayal of the young ingenue charmed the critics, who all commented on her fresh, unaffected performance.
aspersion
noun

an act of defamation or maligning
She had to resort to aspersions when she realized her argument wouldn't hold up against close scrutiny.
attenuate
verb

to rarefy, weaken or make thinner, lessen
The endless discussion attenuated the point until everyone lost interest in it.
augury
noun

omen, portent, the reading of omens
Augury in ancient Rome and other societies was performed largely by interpreting the flight of birds.
baleful
adjective

sinister, pernicious, ominous
Looks, glances, and glares are more often baleful than anything else, but other things can be baleful too.
baneful
adjective

cuasing harm or ruin, pernicious, destructive
The baneful effect of the curfew on my social life cannot be overestimated.
bedizen
verb

to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; festoon, caparison
The speakeasy was bedizened with every manner of tawdry decoration
blandish
verb

to coak with flattery, toady or fawn
Do not confuse this with brandish, which means to shake or wave menancingly.
blithe
adjective

carefree, merry
I miss the blithe days of summer when I wasn't working.
brook
verb

to tolerate, endure, countenance

Middle English brouken to use, enjoy, from Old English brucan
The conductor refused to brook any more delay and ordered those without tickets off the train immediately.
burnish
verb

to polish, rub to a shine