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ruffian
violent scoundrel; bully
incontrovertible
indisputable; impossible to dispute; not open to question; unquestionable
typhoon
tropical hurricane or cyclone
clamber
climb by crawling with difficulties; scramble
futile
useless; hopeless; ineffectual
accommodate
oblige or help someone; adjust or bring into harmony; adapt; make enough space for; ADJ. accommodative; CF. accomodating: helpful and obliging
concession
an act of yielding; conceding; something conceded; point, right, etc. given unwillingly; privilege of maintaining a business in a certain place; Ex. oil concessions in the North sea; CF. concessionaire
import
significance; importance; meaning
subdue
less intense; quieter; Ex. subdued lighting; Ex. subdue: conquer; make less intense; quiet; Ex. subdue one's anger
suavity
urbanity; polish; ADJ. suave: smooth and courteous
matrix
point of origin; array of numbers or algebraic symbols; mold or die; Ex. the matrix of Western civilization
duress
forcible restraint, especially unlawfully; coercion by threat; illegal coercion; Ex. a promise made under duress
touchy
oversensitive; easily offended; irasible; delicate; needing delicate handling; Ex. touchy situation
quarry
dig into (to get stone); N: mine;
perpetual
everlasting
clime
climate
absolute
complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism
aureole
sun's corona; halo; bright circle of light
ominous
threatening; of an evil omen
procurement
obtaining; V. procure: obtain by effort; obtain (a prostitute) for another
velocity
speed
querulous
given to complaining; complaining; fretful; whining
mettle
courage (to continue bravely in spite of difficulties); spirit; ADJ. mettlesome
ironic
expressing irony; occurring in an unexpected and contrary manner
dally
trifle with; toy with; treat without the necessary seriousness; procrastinate; waste time
pall
become boring; grow tiresome
machinations
evil schemes or plots; schemes or plots to achieve an evil end; V. machinate
kismet
fate; destiny; Ex. Kismet is the Arabic word for fate.
scuffle
struggle confusedly; move off in a confused hurry; N. CF. scuffling twins ?
cipher
nonentity; worthless person or thing; zero; secret code; V.
baffle
frustrate; perplex
immolate
offer or kill as a sacrifice (by fire)
fecundity
fertility; fruitfulness; ADJ. fecund: very productive of crops or young
verisimilitude
appearance of truth; quality of appearing to be true or real; likelihood; Ex. verisimilitude of her performance as Lady Macbeth
waylay
ambush; lie in wait for and attack
perturb
disturb greatly
oratorio
dramatic poem set to music; long musical work with singing but without acting; CF. cantata
maverick
rebel; nonconformist (in a group)
tundra
rolling treeless plain in Siberia and arctic North America
insurmountable
overwhelming; unbeatable; insuperable
killjoy
grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others
pyromaniac
person with an insane desire to set things on fire
novice
beginner
sophistry
seemingly plausible but fallacious reasoning; sophism
erode
eat away; wear away gradually by abrasion; Ex. The sea erodes the rocks.
responsiveness
state of reacting readily to appeals, orders, etc.; ADJ. responsive: readily reacting; Ex. responsive to treatment
constituent
supporter; voter; member of a constituency; component
colloquy
informal discussion; conversation
clavicle
collarbone
vantage
position giving an advantage (such as a strategic point); CF. vantagepoint
adherent
supporter; follower
vignette
small drawing placed at the beginning or end of a chapter; picture; short literary sketch; short written description of a character or scene
humus
substance or rich soil formed by decaying vegetable matter; CF. soil
retort
quick sharp reply; V.
whelp
young animal (esp. of the dog or cat family); young wolf, dog, tiger, etc.
vulpine
like a fox; crafty
adamant
hard; inflexible
madrigal
pastoral song; song for several singers without instruments
pastiche
imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing; work of art openly imitating the works of other artists
desperado
reckless, desperate outlaw
scenario
plot outline; screenplay(script for a movie); opera libretto; outline of possible future events
empathy
ability to identify with another's feelings, ideas, etc.; identification with and understanding of another's feelings; V. empathize; CF. sympathy
nautical
pertaining to ships or navigation
kernel
central or vital part; core; whole seed (as of corn)
inimitable
matchless; not able to be imitated
jargon
language used by special group; technical terminology; gibberish; nonsensical or incoherent talk
surpass
exceed
retentive
holding; able to retain things (esp. facts in the mind); having a good memory
idiosyncrasy
individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity; attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic
legacy
gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor