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brindled
tawny or grayish with streaks or spots (of animals)
frivolous
lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
dynamic
energetic; vigorously active
platonic
purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire
rectitude
moral correctness; moral uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
indignation
anger at an injustice; Ex. righteous indignation; ADJ. indignant
ambidextrous
capable of using either hand with equal ease
vampire
ghostly being that sucks the blood of the living
callow
youthful; immature; inexperienced
delta
flat plain of mud or sand between branches of a river
nostrum
questionable medicine; quack medicine; CF. our (remedy)
remission
temporary moderation (of disease symptoms); remitting of a debt or punishment; cancelation of a debt; pardon; Ex. The disease went into remission; Ex. Christians pray for the remission of sins.
bulwark
strong wall built for defense; earthwork or other strong defense; person who defends
modicum
limited quantity; small amount; Ex. He does not have a modicum of sense; CF. moderate
quixotic
idealistic but impractical; CF. Don Quixote
vortex
whirlwind; whirlpool; center of turbulence; predicament into which one is inexorably plunged
inarticulate
speechless; producing indistinct speech; not articulate; not expressing oneself clearly
vendetta
blood feud (esp. between two families); CF. Nina Williams
prodigy
highly gifted child; person with exceptional talents; marvel; wonder
disclaim
disown; renounce claim to; deny; CF. disclaimer
malaise
uneasiness; vague feeling of ill health (without any particular pain or appearance of disease)
jocund
merry
insubstantial
lacking substance; insignificant; frail; immaterial
affiliation
joining; associating with
diversion
act of turning aside; pastime; V. divert: turn aside from a course; distract; amuse
claustrophobia
fear of being locked in
sophisticated
worldly wise and urbane; refined; complex; N. sophistication; V. sophisticate
alienate
make unfriendly or hostile; estrange; separate; change the ownership of
prerogative
privilege; unquestionable right; CF. ask before
deplete
reduce; exhaust
partiality
state of being partial; inclination; favorable bias; special fondness; preference
coagulate
congeal; thicken; clot; N. coagulant
capacious
spacious
alimony
payments made regularly to an ex-spouse after divorce
polemical(polemic)
aggressive in verbal attack; disputatious (rather than simply expressing opinions)
ambivalence
the state of having contradictory or conflicting emotional attitudes or opinions
archipelago
group of closely located islands
posture
assume an affected pose; act artificially; N: pose; attitude
bluff
pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured
consummate
complete; V.
engaging
charming; attractive
natation
swimming
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value; Ex. This invasion is tantamount to a declaration of war; CF. amount
assent
agree; accept; N. assessment
incarnation
act of assuming a human body and human nature; one who personifies something; personification; Ex. previous incarnation/reincarnation
grovel
crawl or creep on ground; remain prostrate; behave in a servile manner
harrowing
agonizing; distressing; traumatic; V. harrow: break up and level (soil) with a harrow; inflict great distress on; agonize; N: farming machine to break up the earth
preempt
prevent in advance; head off(forestall); forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself before others; supplant; take the place of; displace; Ex. preempt any attempts; ADJ. preemptive
cubicle
small chamber used for sleeping or work
arrhythmic
lacking rhythm or regularity; N. arrhythmia
metropolis
large city
libretto
text of an opera or oratorio; CF. book
bluster
blow in heavy gusts; threaten emptily; bully; speak in a noisy or bullying manner; CF. breeze, gust, gale
carapace
shell covering the back (of a turtle, tortoise, crab, etc.)
doff
take off; OP. don
posthumous
after death (as of child born after father's death or book published after author's death); coming or occurring after one's death; Ex. posthumous fame/novel
ravage
devastate; plunder; despoil; Ex. crops ravaged by storms
germane
pertinent; bearing upon(having connection with) the case at hand; appropriate
sordid
filthy; foul; base; vile; Ex. sordid bed/story
practicable
feasible
moratorium
legal delay of payment or action; Ex. declare moratorium on the building of new houses
simper
smirk; smile in a silly way; smile affectedly
humane
marked by kindness or consideration; kind and compassionate; humanitarian
interdict
prohibit; forbid; N.
foolhardy
rash; reckless; foolishly daring
decelerate
slow down
peccadillo
slight offense or fault; CF. sin
veneer
thin surface layer (of good quality wood, glued to a base of inferior material); cover; surface show; fa\c{c}ade; V.
evoke
call forth (memory or feeling); Ex. That old film evoked memories of my childhood; N. evocation
invalidate
weaken; destroy; make invalid; nullify