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consign
send to a person or place for sale; deliver officially; entrust; put into the care of another; set apart (for a special purpose); N. consignment; CF. consignor, consignee
remnant
remainder
errant
wandering (esp. in search of adventure); straying from proper moral standards; Ex. knight-errant
revile
attack with abusive language; vilify(slander)
irretrievable
impossible to recover or regain; CF. retrieve
largess
generous gift (given to people who do not have enough)
append
attach
welter
wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.
coddle
treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs
vacillate
waver (in opinion); fluctuate; sway to and fro; N. vacillation
torque
twisting force; force producing rotation
epitaph
inscription in memory of a dead person (as on a tombstone) ROOT - epi (UPON)
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witticism
witty saying; wisecrack(clever joking remark)
adjoin
be next to
genesis
beginning; origin
flick
light stroke as with a whip; V: move with a light quick blow; strike with a light quick blow (as from a whip); Ex. flick the switch
pervasive
spread throughout; V. pervade: (of smells, ideas, feelings) spread throughout; charge; permeate
stock
standard; kept regularly in stock or supply; typical; routine; common; Ex. stock sizes of paper; Ex. stock excuse/character; N: goods for sale in a shop; OP. unique
quay
dock; wharf; pier; landing place (for boats)
sullen
silently showing ill humor or resentment; dark; gloomy
execrable
very bad; detestable
calamity
disaster; misery
snicker
half-stifled(suppressed) laugh; V.
terminal
part that forms the end; railroad or bus station; ADJ. forming an end; ending in death; fatal; Ex. terminal cancer
distinctive
clearly different from others of the same kind
parry
ward off a blow; deflect; Ex. He parried the unwelcome question very skillfully; N.
callus
area of thick hard skin
onomatopoeia
words formed in imitation of natural sounds
address
direct a speech to; speak to; deal with or discuss; direct one's efforts or attention to; make with a destination; N: formal speech
jaundiced
yellowed; prejudiced (envious, hostile, or resentful) from long and disappointing experience of human affairs; Ex. with a jaundiced eye SYN JADED
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rectify
set right; correct; CF. rect-: right
apolitical
having an aversion or lack of concern for political affairs
scavenge
hunt through discarded materials for usable items or food; search, especially for food; N. scavenger: one who scavenges; animal that feeds on refuse and carrion
dribble
flow or fall in drops; let saliva flow out slowly from the mouth; move a ball; N.
aberration
deviation from the normal; mental disorder - ROOT AB- Away from
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illusory
illusive; deceptive; not real
glossary
brief explanation of words used in the text
inquisitive
eager for knowledge; unduly curious
noncommittal
neutral; refusing commitment to a particular opinion; unpledged; undecided
supercilious
haughty; arrogant; condescending; patronizing; CF. eyebrow, cilium
inculcate
teach (ideas or principles); instill
depreciate
lessen in value; belittle; represent as of little value
incongruity
lack of harmony; absurdity; ADJ. incongruous: lacking in harmony; inappropriate
diffuse
wordy; verbose; rambling; spread out (like a gas); V: spread out in all directions; disperse; N. diffusion; CF. suffuse
convulsion
violent uncontrollable shaking movement (caused by illness); V. convulse; ADJ. convulsive
prune
cut away; trim
spurn
reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She spurned all offers of help.
illusive
deceiving; based on illusion; causing illusion; deceptive
devout
pious; deeply religious; sincere; earnest; Ex. my devout hope
verdant
green; covered with green plants or grass; lush in vegetation; Ex. verdant meadows
ubiquitous
being everywhere; omnipresent; N. ubiquity
beleaguer
besiege or attack (with an army); harass; beset
actuary
someone who advises insurance companies
inadvertently
unintentionally; by oversight; carelessly
ostentatious
showy; trying to attract attention; pretentious; N. ostentation: showy display
pulmonary
pertaining to the lungs
cameo
shell or jewel carved in relief; star's special appearance in a minor role in a film
ebullient
showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm; boiling; N. ebullience; N. ebullition: state of boiling
adversary
opponent; enemy
bantering
joking talk; good-naturedly ridiculing; N.V. banter
craft
skill (esp. with one's hands); skill in deceiving people; guile; ADJ. crafty: cleverly deceitful; cunning
missive
letter; written statement; CF. sent
felicitous
(of a word or remark) apt; suitably expressed; well chosen
nascent
incipient (beginning to appear or develop); coming into being or existence; Ex. nascent ability in music
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comely
attractive; agreeable; having a pleasing appearance
abortive
unsuccessful; fruitless
frustrate
thwart; defeat; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
sanctimonious
displaying ostentatious or hypocritical devoutness; N. sanctimony: hypocritical piety
inane
silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanity
shed
small roofed structure for storage and shelter; V: pour forth; lose by natural process; repel without allowing penetration; radiate; cast; Ex. shed tears/light/water/skin/leaves