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valid
logically convincing; sound; legally acceptable; effective; Ex. valid reasoning/passport
redoubtable
formidable; causing fear
analgesic
causing insensitivity to pain; This derives from Greek an-, "without", and -algia, "pain N.
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decorous
proper (in behavior, conduct, or appearance)
retard
delay (in development); ADJ. retarded: (as of a child) slower in development
outgoing
sociable; eager to mix socially with others
intimidate
frighten; N. intimidation
regal
royal; of a monarch; Ex. regal manner
lechery
gross lewdness (vulgarity); lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man
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guile
deceit; duplicity; wiliness; cunning; Ex. persuade her by guile
wizardry
sorcery; magic
contumacious
stubborn and disobedient; resisting authority (esp. disobedient to an order made by a court)
morose
ill-humored; sullen; sullenly melancholy
stigma
token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma; characterize as disgraceful
bleak
cold or cheerless; frigid; unlikely to be favorable; depressing
ameliorate
improve
gawk
stare foolishly; look in open-mouthed awe
oatmeal
crushed oats used for making porridge
repine
fret; complain; be annoyed; Ex. repine over the undone work
conjecture
surmise; guess; V.
lofty
very high
amoral
nonmoral; having no understanding of right and wrong
suspense
state of being undecided; anxiety or apprehension resulting from uncertainty
magnanimity
generosity; ADJ. magnanimous: generous ROOT magn - Large
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devise
think up; invent; plan; bequeath; N: bequest
munificent
very generous in giving; Ex. munificent benefactor; N. munificience
augury
omen; prophecy; sign of coming events; V. augur: predict; foretell; be a sign of (something in future)
ration
fixed portion; V: distribute as rations
choreography
art of representing dances in written symbols; arrangement of dances
arboreal
of or living in trees
bauble
trinket (a small article of little value such as an ornament or piece of jewelry); cheap jewel; trifle
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institutionalize
make into an institution; put or confine in an institution
qualms
uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no qualms about giving this assignment to Helen.
bucolic
rustic; pastoral
halting
hesitant; faltering; not fluent; Ex. halting steps/voice; V. halt: proceed or act with uncertainty; falter; hesitate; waver; stop
scorch
sear; Burn; N.
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pallid
pale; wan; Ex. pallid complexion
stoop
bend forward and down; lower or debase oneself; fall to a lower standard of behavior by doing something; condescend; Ex. stoop to lying
primogeniture
seniority by birth; state of being the first-born child; right of the eldest child (to inherit the entire property of one or both parents)
vernacular
living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
mural
wall painting
nuance
shade of slight difference in meaning or color; subtle distinction
glaring
(of something bad) highly conspicuous; harshly bright; shining intensely and blindingly
tortuous
winding; full of curves; Ex. tortuous mountain road
apropos
with reference to; regarding; Ex. remarks apropos (of) the present situation; ADJ. ADV.
inundate
flood; overflow; submerge; cover completely; Ex. inundated with work
anarchy
absence of governing body; state of disorder
voyeur
Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
troth
pledge of good faith especially in betrothal; betrothal<-(the act of becoming engaged to marry somebody); Ex. by my troth
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devotee
enthusiastic follower; enthusiast; Ex. devotee of Bach
plaster
paste that hardens to a smooth solid and is used for coating walls; V.
habitat
natural home of a plant or animal; CF. habitation
revulsion
sudden strong feeling of disgust; sudden violent change of feeling; negative reaction; Ex. revulsion from the scenes of torture
precarious
unsafe; lacking in stability; uncertain; risky; Ex. precarious living
exonerate
acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt
quagmire
bog; marsh; soft, wet, boggy land; predicament; complex or dangerous situation from which it is difficult to free oneself
impermeable
impervious; not permitting passage through its substance; impossible to permeate <-(to enter something and spread throughou)
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invulnerable
incapable of injury; impossible to damage or injure
anonymity
state of being nameless; anonymousness; ADJ. anonymous
impale
pierce (with a sharp point); Ex. impaled by the spear
reconcile
make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas in opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile one's political principles with one's religious beliefs
embark
commence; go on board a boat; begin a journey
milieu
social environment; means of expression; Ex. feel out of one's milieu; Ex. His proper milieu is watercolor.
shun
keep away from; avoid deliberately; Ex. She has been shunned by her neighbors.
untoward
unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. untoward encounter
rehabilitate
restore to proper condition (health or useful life); restore the former rank of
din
continued loud noise; V: make a din; instill by wearying repetition
credential
evidence concerning one's authority; written proof of a person's position; Ex. The new ambassador presented his credentials to the court.
covenant
binding agreement between two groups or people; compact; V: enter into a covenant; promise
commemorative
remembering; honoring the memory of; Ex. commemorative stamp