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Accede
To agree or assent; to give in to a request or demand
Demagogue
1. A leader who obtains power by means of impassioned appeals to the emotions and prejudices of the populace._
2. A leader of the common people in ancient time
A consummate demagogue, McCarthy played upon cold war emotions and made charges so fantastic that frightened people believed the worst.
Consummate
1. to bring to a state of perfection, to fulfil
2. to complete (an arrangement, agreement, or the like) by a pledge or the signing of a contract: The company consummated its deal to buy a smaller firm.
3. complete or perfect; supremely skilled; superb: a consummate master of the violin.
Alloy
1. a substance composed of two or more metals, or of a metal or metals with a nonmetal, intimately mixed, as by fusion or electrodeposition.
2. to debase, impair, or reduce by admixture; adulterate
Allay
to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
Paramour
an illicit lover, esp. of a married person
Ambit
1. The boundaries or limits of a district or place._
2. An area in which something acts, operates, or has power or control; extent; sphere; scope.
3. Circuit or compass._
Ante
1. an amount of money paid in advance to insure an individual's share in a joint business venture.
2. in poker, the amount put into the pot
3. to produce or pay (one’s bill)
Archipelago
1.a large group or chain of islands: the Malay Archipelago.
2.any large body of water with many islands
Bespeak
1. to ask for in advance: to bespeak the reader's patience.
2.to reserve beforehand; engage in advance; make arrangements for: to bespeak a seat in a theater.
Cadence
1. rhythmic flow of a sequence of sounds or words: the cadence of language.
2.(in free verse) a rhythmic pattern that is nonmetrically structured.
3.the beat, rate, or measure of any rhythmic movement: The chorus line danced in rapid cadence.
4.the flow or rhythm of events, esp. the pattern in which something is experienced: the frenetic cadence of modern life.
Percipient
1. perceiving or capable of perceiving.
2.having perception; discerning; discriminating: a percipient choice of wine
Recrimination
1. to bring a countercharge against an accuser.
–verb (used with object)
2. to accuse in return
Excise
.1. an internal tax or duty on certain commodities, as liquor or tobacco, levied on their manufacture, sale, or consumption within the country.
2. a tax levied for a license to carry on certain employments, pursue certain sports, etc.
3. to cut off or remove to excise a tumor
Foreclose
1. To take away the right of mortagors to redeem their mortgage.
2. To keep from happening or arising, to make impossible
Declaim
1.to speak aloud in an oratorical manner; make a formal speech: Brutus declaimed from the steps of the Roman senate building.
2. to inveigh (usually fol. by against): He declaimed against the high rents in slums.
Infra Dig
beneath one’s dignity
Obiter Dictum
1. an incidental or passing remark, opinion, etc.
2. Law. an incidental or supplementary opinion by a judge in deciding a case, upon a matter not essential to the decision, and therefore not binding as precedent.
Dubiety
1. The condition or quality of being doubtful or skeptical._
2. A matter of doubt.
Epitaph
a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site.
Exult
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory
Extenuate
to lessen or try to lessen the seriousness of the circumstances extenuate the crime
Effusion
the act of effusing or pouring forth
Fait Accompli
an accomplished fact; a thing already done: The enemy's defeat was a fait accompli long before the formal surrender
Ex Post Facto
from something done afterward
Confer
1. to consult together; compare opinions; carry on a discussion or deliberation.
–verb (used with object)
2. to bestow upon as a gift, favor, honor, etc.: to confer a degree on a graduate.
Semper fidelis
always faithful
. In flagrante delicto
caught red-handed, caught in the act of having sex
Sui generis
Being the only example of its kind; constituting a class of its own; unique. “They're a special case, a category of their own, sui generis.”
Cognoscenti
persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field, esp. in the fine arts, literature, and world of fashion.
Intrastate
existing or occurring within the boundaries of a state, esp. of the United States: intrastate commerce.
Interlocutor
Someone who takes part in a conversation, often formally or officially.
Deluge
1. a great flood of water; inundation; flood.
Malodorous
having an unpleasant or offensive odor; smelling bad: a malodorous swamp.
Malefactor
a person who violates the law. A person who inflicts harm or evil upon another
Missive
A written message; a letter. Well, somebody sent the invitation, I said, getting back to the mysterious missive
Necromancy
a method of divination through alleged communication with the dead; black art.
2.magic in general, esp. that practiced by a witch or sorcerer; sorcery; witchcraft; conjuration.
Misnomer
1.a misapplied or inappropriate name or designation.
2. an error in naming a person or thing.
“Copy cat is a misnomer because cats never copy anybody”
Nome de Plume
pen name, a false name taken by an author
Nom de Guerre
an assumed name, as one under which a person fights, paints, writes, etc.; pseudonym.
Ply
1. to work with or at diligently; employ busily; use: to ply the needle.
2. to carry on, practice, or pursue busily or steadily: to ply a trade.
Nescient
lack of knowledge, ignorant
Traduce
to speak maliciously and falsely of; slander; defame: to traduce someone's character
Perquisite
a gratuity or tip. an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income, salary, or wages: Among the president's perquisites were free use of a company car and paid membership in a country club.
Vestment
a garment, esp. an outer garment. Attire or clothing. An official or ceremonial robe
Sacristy
an apartment in or a building connected with a church or a religious house, in which the sacred vessels, vestments, etc., are kept.
Philology
the study of literary texts and of written records, the establishment of their authenticity and their original form, and the determination of their meaning.
Taxonomy
the science or technique of classification
Disavow
to disclaim knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for; disown; repudiate: He disavowed the remark that had been attributed to him.
Blanch
to whiten by removing color-to bleach
Syncopated
to place (the accents) on beats that are normally unaccented
Obsequious
Servilely attentive; compliant to excess; fawning “His wealth nevertheless turns the townspeople into groveling, obsequious sycophants.”
Probabilistic
1. Statistics. of or pertaining to probability: probabilistic forecasting.
2.of or pertaining to probabilism
Aggregation
a group or mass of distinct or varied things, persons, etc.: an aggregation of complainants.
2.collection into an unorganized whole.
Mutable
1. liable or subject to change or alteration.
2. given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant: the mutable ways of fortune.
Mutability
1. liable or subject to change or alteration.
2.given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant: the mutable ways of fortune.
Substratum
1. any stratum or layer underneath another.
2. Something that underlies and serves as a base or foundation
3. the base or material on which a nonmotile organism lives or grows.
Peripheral
1. pertaining to, situated in, or constituting the periphery: peripheral resistance on the outskirts of the battle area.
2. concerned with relatively minor, irrelevant, or superficial aspects of the subject in question
Effulgent
shining forth brilliantly; radiant.
Temerity
Reckless boldness, rashness
“The elaborate caution with which the British commander now proceeded stands out in striking contrast with the temerity of his advance upon Bunker Hill in the preceding year.”
Ukase
1. In imperial Russia, a published proclamation or order having the force of law.
2. Any order or decree issued by an authority; an edict.
I took a playwriting course from the noted Prof. A. M. Drummond, a huge man on crutches who right off the bat delivered a ukase never to begin a play with the telephone ringing.
Quagmire
1. Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet._2. A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.
Argot
1. A specialized and often secret vocabulary and idiom peculiar to a particular group._2. A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps, and vagabonds.
“The side road was a bit narrow but in good repair. But as happened from time to time, the last few miles to our destination, in this case the park, were unpaved--"unsealed" in Aussie argot.”
Prepotency
1. The quality or condition of having superior power, influence, or force; predominance._2. (Biology) The capacity, on the part of one of the parents, as compared with the other, to transmit more than his or her own share of characteristics to their offspring.
Circumspect
Marked by attention to all circumstances and probable consequences; cautious; prudent.
Gregarious
1. Tending to form a group with others of the same kind._2. Seeking and enjoying the company of others
Impugn
To attack by words or arguments; to call in question; to make insinuations against; to oppose or challenge as false; to gainsay.
Trice
A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice."
Bedaub
1. To smudge over; to besmear or soil with anything thick and dirty._2. To overdecorate; to ornament showily or excessively.
Renumerate
to recount
Consternation
to dismay, confuse, or terrify. fill with anxiety, dread, dismay, or confusion; "After the terrorist attack, people look consternated"
Seminal
1. containing seman
2. having possibilities of future development.
3.highly original and influencing the development of future events: a seminal artist; seminal ideas.
Winnow
to free (grain) from the lighter particles of chaff, dirt, etc., esp. by throwing it into the air and allowing the wind or a forced current of air to blow away impurities.
Silage
fodder preserved through fermentation in a silo; ensilage.
Dregs
1. dregs, the sediment of liquids; lees; grounds.
2. Usually, dregs. the least valuable part of anything: the dregs of society.
3.a small remnant; any small quantittransporting lumber, cotton, etc., coastwise; as, a lumber drogher.
Inter
to place (a dead body) in a grave or tomb; bury.
Peerage
1. the body of peers of a country or state.
2. the rank or dignity of a peer
Coterie
1.a group of people who associate closely.
2.an exclusive group; clique.
3.a group of prairie dogs occupying a communal burrow.
Raconter
1. to narrate, retell, relate
Raconteur
One who excels in telling stories and anecdotes. “n excellent raconteur, he had a varied stock of stories and enjoyed the joke just as much when it was on himself as he did when it was on some one else.”
Retinue
the group following and attending to some important person
Drake
a male duck
Steer
a castrated male bovine
Ruminate
1. To chew the cud; to chew again what has been slightly chewed and swallowed."Cattle free to ruminate." --Wordsworth._2. To think again and again; to muse; to meditate; to ponder; to reflect.
“Her lyrics are less narratives than fragments of personal philosophy; she ruminates about the miserable ways people treat each other, and looks for comfort in her own solitude.”
Manse
a big fancy house, a mansion
Votary
. a person bound by religious vows
2. A dedicated believer or advocate.
“When she held out her hand to receive the glass, she had more the air of a full-grown Bacchante, celebrating the rites of Bacchus, than a votary at the shrine of Hygeia”
“Perhaps most amazingly, votaries of "diversity" insist on absolute conformity._-- Tony Snow, "Lifestyle police: Enough already", USA Today, June 10, 1996”
Vicar
a person acting as priest of a parish in place of the rector, or as representative of a religious community to which tithes belong.
Laxity
state or quality of being lax-looseness
Promulgate
to make known by open declaration; publish; proclaim formally or put into operation (a law, decree of a court, etc.).
Puissant
powerful, mighty
Potentate
a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.