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rampart
defensive mound of earth
monumental
massive; impressively large; built as a monument
humdrum
dull; monotonous
eerie
weird; causing fear because strange
connivance
pretense of ignorance of something wrong; assistance; permission to offend; V. connive: feign ignorance (of a wrong); cooperate secretly in an illegal action; conspire
reprise
musical repetition; repeating of a piece of music; repeat performance; recurrent action; Ex. reprise in the finale; Ex. constant reprises
mosaic
picture made of small colorful inlaid tiles; ADJ.
tractable
docile; easily managed; (of something) easily changed or molded; N. tractability
optician
maker and seller of eyeglasses
innate
inborn
conjure
cause to appear by magic; summon (a devil or a spirit) by magical power; practice magic (esp. by very quick movement of the hands); evoke; conjure up: bring into the mind; Ex. The magician conjured a rabbit out of his hat.
stolid
dull; impassive; showing little emotion when strong feelings are expected
swindler
cheater
tarantula
venomous spider
whit
small amount; smallest speck; Ex. not a whit of
provident
providing for future needs; displaying foresight; thrifty; preparing for emergencies; OP. improvident
acute
(of the senses) sharp; quickly perceptive; keen; penetrating; brief and severe; Ex. acute sense of smell/analysis/pain
poseur
person who pretends to be sophisticated, elegant, etc., to impress others; person who poses; CF. pose
coup
highly successful action or sudden attack; coup(s) d'\'etat; CF. coup de gr\^ace: deathblow or shot which kills
immune
resistant to; free or exempt from; N. immunity
unravel
disentangle; solve
narrative
related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration
megalomania
mania for doing grandiose things; mental disorder characterized by delusions of wealth, power, or importance
pellucid
transparent; limpid(crystal clear); clear in meaning; easy to understand
pterodactyl
extinct flying reptile; CF. wing+finger
inexorable
relentless; unyielding; implacable; not capable of being changed by entreaty or efforts; Ex. inexorable price rises
interpolate
insert between
pugilist
boxer; CF. pugilism: boxing
execute
put into effect; carry out; kill as a lawful punishment; N. execution
penchant
strong inclination; strong liking (esp. for something that is disapproved of by other people); Ex. penchant for fast cars
cantankerous
ill-humored; irritable
pejorative
(of a word or phrase) suggesting that someone is of little value; negative in connotation; having a belittling effect; Ex. Many women now considers ``housewife'' a pejorative expression, because it patronized them.
mentor
counselor; teacher
defoliate
destroy leaves; deprive of leaves (by the use of chemicals); N. defoliant
garish
overbright in color; unpleasantly bright; gaudy
pinnacle
peak; highest point; acme; Ex. pinnacle of fame
catholic
(of likings and interests) universal; general; broad; including many different parts; wide-ranging liberal; Ex. catholic opinions/tastes
mutilate
maim; injure lastingly; deprive of a limb or an essential part
concomitant
that which accompanies; Ex. Deafnes is a frequent concommitant of old age; ADJ: existing or happening together with something else
infernal
pertaining to hell; devilish; N. inferno: place of fiery heat or destruction
rend
split; tear apart; N. rent; CF. heartrending: causing deep sorrow
temporize
gain time as by postponing an action; avoid committing oneself
foppish
vain about dress and appearance; N. fop: man who takes too much interest in his clothes and appearance
gall
annoy; exasperate; chafe; N: skin sore caused by rubbing (as on the skin of a horse); exasperation
pragmatic
practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill
floe
flat mass of floating ice
duplicity
double-dealing; hypocrisy; being dishonest and deceitful; ADJ. duplicitous
swathe
swath; wrap around; bandage; Ex. one's head swathed in bandages
reprobation
severe disapproval; CF. approbation
sybarite
lover of luxury; person devoted to pleasure and luxury; CF. Sybaris: an ancient Greek city in Italy
cohesion
tendency to keep together
avid
greedy; extremely eager for; Ex. avid learner; N. avidity
perjury
false testimony while under oath; V. perjure oneself: testify falsely under oath
ecclesiastic
ecclesiastical; pertaining to the church; N: minister; priest; cleric; clergyman
agrarian
pertaining to land or its cultivation; Ex. agrarian reform
ineluctable
irresistible; not to be escaped; unavoidable
flinch
hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
gull
trick; deceive; hoodwink; N: person who is easily tricked; dupe
restitution
returning something (lost or stolen) to the rightful owner; reparation; indemnification; compensation for loss, damage, or injury
attentive
alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful; Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and consideration
cadence
rhythmic rise and fall (of words or sounds); beat; regular beat of sound; rhythm
acetic
vinegary
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
presage
foretell; be a warning or sign of; N: presentiment; foreboding; omen
emboss
produce a design in raised relief; decorate with a raised design
invidious
designed to create ill will or envy; tending to rouse ill will or envy; Ex. invidious comparison
impromptu
without previous preparation; off the cuff(end of a sleeve); on the spur of the moment
protocol
diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratification; Ex. Protocol demands that the queen meet him at the airport.
mire
entangle; stick in swampy ground; stick or sink in mire; N: bog; deep mud; Ex. sucked deeper into the mire
palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste