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grisly
ghastly; horrifying; Ex. grisly remains of the bodies
wrench
twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.
outwit
outsmart; defeat by behaving more cleverly
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
atone
make amends for; pay for; Ex. atone for
captious
faultfinding; too critical
notable
conspicuous; worthy of note; remarkable; important; distinguished; noted
junta
group of persons joined in political intrigue; cabal; group of military officers ruling a country after seizing power (by force)
offhand
casual; done without prior thought or preparation
incidental
not essential; minor; N: something incidental
discrete
separate; unconnected
nepotism
favoritism (to a relative); CF. nephew
restraint
moderation or self-control; controlling force; restriction
pithy
concise and meaningful; substantial; meaty
disarray
state of disorder; a disorderly or untidy state; Ex. with her clothes in disarray
insipid
lacking in flavor; lacking interest; dull; Ex. insipid food/character
domicile
home; V. ADJ. domiciled: having one's domicile; Ex. He is domiciled in Britain.
judicious
sound on judgment; wise
obdurate
stubborn; refusing to change one's belief
servitude
slavery; compulsory labor imposed as a punishment
abyss
enormous chasm; vast bottomless pit
propitiate
appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. propitiatory
substantiate
support (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify
appease
pacify or soothe; Ex. appease a crying baby; N. appeasement
flaunt
display ostentatiously; Ex. ``Honey, if you've got it, flaunt it !''
gentility
those of gentle birth; high social class; refinement; quality of being genteel
firebrand
piece of burning wood; hothead; troublemaker; person who stirs up trouble
respiration
breathing; exhalation; ADJ. respiratory
strew
spread randomly; sprinkle; scatter; Ex. flower girl strewing rose petals
natty
neatly or smartly dressed; dapper; smart; Ex. natty dresser
festive
joyous; celebratory; relating to a feast or festival
renown
fame; ADJ. renowned
minute
extremely small; CF. minutes: official record of the proceedings at a meeting
effusion
pouring forth; unrestrained outpouring of feeling; V. effuse: pour out; ADJ. effusive: pouring forth; gushing
plagiarize
steal another's ideas or writings and pass them off as one's own; Ex. ideas plagiarized from my article; N. plagiarism; CF. kidnap
prompt
cause; urge; provoke; provide a cue (for an actor); ADJ: done without delay; done at the right time; punctual; on time; N: reminder or cue
compensatory
making up for; repaying
compunction
remorse; strong uneasiness caused by guilt
unfaltering
steadfast; firm; not changing
desolate
make desolate; forsake; abandon and desert
flaccid
flabby; lacking firmness; weak; Ex. flaccid muscles
exasperate
vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)
martyr
one who voluntarily suffers death for his or her religion or cause; great sufferer; Ex. martyr to his rheumatism
dismember
cut into small parts; cut (a body) apart limb from limb
recession
withdrawal; retreat; time of low economic activity
homily
sermon; tedious moralizing lecture; serious warning; ADJ. homiletic
irreparable
not able to be corrected or repaired; impossible to repair
boon
blessing; benefit; something very helpful
merger
combination (of two business corporations); act of merging
laity
laypersons; laymen; persons not connected with the clergy
confound
confuse; puzzle
refectory
dining hall; room where meals are served (in a school)
theoretical
based on theory; not practical or applied; hypothetical
herpetologist
one who studies reptiles; CF. herpetology: branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians
falter
hesitate; weaken in purpose or action; walk or move unsteadily through weakness; N.
circumspect
prudent; cautious; acting after careful thought
ignominy
deep disgrace; shame or dishonor; ADJ. ignominious; Ex. ignominous defeat
olfactory
concerning the sense of smell
dorsal
relating to the back of an animal; Ex. dorsal fin
verisimilar
having the appearance of truth or reality; probable or likely to be true; plausible
repress
hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress; Ex. repressed child; Ex. repress a laugh/rebellion
surrogate
substitute; person or thing used in place of another; Ex. surrogate mother; ADJ.
valedictory
pertaining to farewell; N: farewell address (esp. at graduation exercises)
pertinent
suitable; to the point; relevant
motif
theme; recurrent thematic element in a musical or literary work; single or repeated pattern; figure
unprepossessing
unattractive
calorific
heat-producing; N. calorie
divest
strip (as of clothes); deprive (as of rights); dispossess; N. divestiture(divestment)
expatriate
exile; someone who has withdrawn from his native land; V: exile; banish; leave one's country
premonitory
serving to warn