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imprecation
a curse, malediction
cupidity
greed, avarice
cosset
to treat as a pet, pamper, codle
foment
to instigate or foster (discord, rebellion, etc.); promote the growth or development of: to foment trouble; to foment discontent.
quash
to put down or suppress completely; quell; subdue: to quash a rebellion.
inchoate
1.not organized; lacking order: an inchoate mass of ideas on the subject.
2. not yet completed or fully developed; rudimentary.
3. just begun; incipient.
torpor
sluggish inactivity
vim
lively or energetic spirit; enthusiasm; vitality.
panegyric
a lofty oration or writing in praise of a person or thing; eulogy.
exigent
Demanding immediate attention or aid. Pressing, crucial. Example: Legislative sessions are long, constituents' demands are exigent, policy problems are increasingly complicated.
inundate
to overwhelm.
example: inundated with letters of protest
inure
To make accustomed or used to something painful, difficult, or inconvenient; to harden; to habituate; as, "inured to drudgery and distress
rejoinder
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one); "it brought a sharp rejoinder from the teacher" a riposte
scintilla
a minute particle; spark; trace: not a scintilla of remorse.
maudlin
tearfully or weakly emotional; foolishly sentimental: a maudlin story of a little orphan and her lost dog
husband
to use frugally; conserve: to husband one's resources.
diaphanous
1.very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
2.delicately hazy.
burnish
To make smooth or glossy by or as if by rubbing; polish.
To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish.
Hoary
ancient or venerable
Tangential
1. merely touching; slightly connected: tangential information.
2.divergent or digressive, as from a subject under consideration: tangential remarks.
Unconscionable
1. not guided by conscience; unscrupulous.
2. not in accordance with what is just or reasonable: unconscionable behavior.
3.excessive; extortionate: an unconscionable profit.
intrepid
resolutely fearless; dauntless: an intrepid explorer.
Stolid
unemotional, impassionate
Wily
crafty, cunning
Lionize
to treat with importance, to give great social importance to
Invective
1. An abusive expression or speech; a vehement verbal attack._
2. Insulting or abusive language
Example: They all seemed to be in their usual mood of precarious good humour which could splinter at any moment into invective and menacing gesture.
Heedless
careless; thoughtless; unmindful: Heedless of the danger, he returned to the burning building to save his dog.
Sentient
1. Capable of perceiving by the senses; conscious._
2. Experiencing sensation or feeling.
I can remember very vividly the first time I became aware of my existence; how for the first time I realised that I was a sentient human being in a perceptible world._-- Lord Berners, First Childhood
Verve
1. enthusiasm or vigor, as in literary or artistic work; spirit: Her latest novel lacks verve.
2.vivaciousness; liveliness; animation: I like a teacher with plenty of verve.
Vindicate
1. show to be right by providing justification or proof; "vindicate a claim" [syn: justify]
2. maintain, uphold, or defend; "vindicate the rights of the citizens"
3. \clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof; "You must vindicate yourself and fight this libel"
Torque
a turning or twisting force
Shard
a broken piece of pottery. a broken piece of artifact
cynicism
a cynical character or belief....
Neologism
1. a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
2. the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
3.a new doctrine, esp. a new interpretation of sacred writings
Urbane
having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an urbane manner.
Extemporaneous
extemporaneous \ek-stem-puh-RAY-nee-us\, adjective:_1. Composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment, or without previous study; unpremeditated; impromptu._2. Prepared beforehand but delivered without notes or text._3. Skilled at or given to extemporaneous speech._4. Provided, made, or put to use as an expedient; makeshift.
Aver
aver \uh-VUR\, transitive verb:_1. To affirm with confidence; to declare in a positive manner, as in confidence of asserting the truth._2. (Law) To assert, claim, or declare as a fact.
Abscission
the act of cutting off and removing
Abscond
to depart clandestinely, to steal off and hide
Adroit
adept, dexterous
Adulation
excessive praise and adoration
Adumbrate
to forshadow vaguely, to intimate, to suggest or outline sketchily
Anodyne
soothing
Apotheosis
the perfect example. Glorification or deification to goldliness
Apposite
Being of striking appropriateness and relevance; very applicable; apt.

As we survey Jewish history as a whole from the vantage point of the late twentieth century, Judah Halevi's phrase "prisoner of hope" seems entirely apposite. The prisoner of hope is sustained and encouraged by his hope, even as he is confined by it.
Apprise
to give notice, inform

When Tyler, tuning in to channel seven, became apprised of this news, he raised his eyebrows and smiled.
Approbation
an expression of approval or praise

The speech struck a responsive chord among many and won him much approbation.
Arabesque
complex, ornate design
Artless
completely without guile, natural, without artificiality
Astringent
harsh, severe. Having a tightening effect on living tissue
Attenuate
to rarefy, weaken, or make thinner. Lessen.
Augury
omen, portent, the reading of omens
August
majestic, venerable
an august personage.
an august performance of a religious drama.
Auspice
protection or support, patronage. Sign or portent
Axiom
a universally recognized principle. A generally accepted or common saying
Axiomatic
taken as a given, possessing self-evident truth
Miasma
a dangerous, foreboding, or deathlike influence or
atmosphere.
Beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to
Bedizen
to adorn, esp. in a cheap, showy manner. Festoon, caparison
Festoon
1. a string or chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc., suspended in a curve between two points.
2. a decorative representation of this, as in architectural work or on pottery
Brandish
to shake or wave menacingly
Caparison
rich and sumptuous clothing or equipment
Dizen
to deck with clothes or finery; bedizen.
Accouter
to equip or outfit, esp. with military clothes, equipment, etc.
Belie
to give a false impression of, to misrepresent
Bellicose
belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
Bent
leaning, inclination, proclivity, tendancy
Blandish
to coax with flattery, toady, or fawn
Blithe
carefree, merry
Toady
an obsequious flatterer; sycophant.
Sycophant
A person who seeks favor by flattering people of wealth or influence; a parasite; a toady
Broach
to bring up, announce, begin to talk about
Brook
to tolerate, endure, countenance
Bucolic
rustic and pastoral. Characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
Burgeon
to grow rapidly or flourish
Byzantine
labyrinth, complex
Cadge
to sponge, beg, or mooch
Inveigle
to cajole, lull, ensnare by artful talk
inveigled a free pass to museum. To inveigle into doing something
Calumniate
to slander
Canon
an established set of principles or rules or law.
Cardinal
of basic importance. Primary
Chary
wary, cautious, sparing
Chimera
an illusion
Coda
something that concludes or completes. The concluding section of a musical or literary piece
Color
to influence, distort, or change as if by dying
Commensurate
1. Equal in measure, extent, or duration._2. Corresponding in size or degree or extent; proportionate._3. Having a common measure; commensurable; reducible to a common measure; as, commensurate quantities.
It is almost a rule: the successful American--Vanderbilt, Frick, Rockefeller, Hearst, Gates--builds himself a house commensurate with his fortune.
Complaisance
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others. Willing to please
Consequential
pompous, self-important
Contemn
to scorn or despise
Corrigable
capable of being set right, correctable, reparable
Countenance
to approve of or tolerate. to brook. As a noun, means the mien, face, composure
Mien
air, bearing, or demeanor, as showing character, feeling, etc.: a man of noble mien.
Cozen
to cheat, deceive, or trick.
You would naturally not think so flat a rogue could cozen you. But have a care! These half idiots have a sort of cunning, as the skunk has its stench.
Cynicism
a belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
Decorum
politeness or appropriateness of conduct or behavior
Denigrate
blacken, belittle, sully, defame
denouement
1.the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
2.the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
Depredate
to plunder or lay waste to; prey upon; pillage; ravage.
Desuetude
disuse
Detraction
the act of disparaging or belittling the reputation or worth of a person, work, etc.
The candidate responded sharply to the long list of detractions concocted by his opponent.
Die
a tool used for shaping
Dilatory
causing delay/procrastination
Disabuse
to free (a person) from deception or error.
Discomfit
1. to defeat or put down. 2. to thwart by emarassment
Discordant
conflicting. Harsh in sound.
Disinterested
unbiased
Dissolution
the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements.
Distrait
Divided or withdrawn in attention, especially because of anxiety.
Yet when she stopped for a cup of coffee, finding herself too distrait to begin work, the picture was in the course of being removed from the window.
Doggerel
a. comic or burlesque, and usually loose or irregular in measure.
b.rude; crude; poor.
Dross
waste, surface scum
Dulcet
melodious, harmonious