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executive
person having administrative authority; one branch of government executing laws; ADJ: relating to executing
dilettante
aimless follower of an art or a field of knowledge (not taking it seriously); amateur; dabbler; CF. delight
gangrene
decay of body tissue caused by insufficient blood supply (usually following injury); ADJ. gangrenous
limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang); Ex. Purgatory and Limbo
genus
division of animals or plants, below a family and above a species
cajole
persuade by praise or false promise; coax; wheedle
bromide
platitude; chemical compound used to calm excitement
brandish
wave around (a weapon); flourish
tyro
beginner; novice
inequity
unfairness; ADJ. inequitable
industrious
diligent; hard-working; N. industry
rife
(of something bad) widespread; abundant; current
premonition
forewarning; presentiment <- (an awareness of some event, especially an unpleasant even) ; foreboding

She had a presentiment that something terrible would happen.
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expedient
suitable (for a particular purpose although not necessarily morally correct); practical; politic(prudent); N: something expedient
meter
arrangement of words in the form of poetry (by accentual rhythm)
insinuate
hint; imply; suggest indirectly; creep in; introduce or insert (oneself) by artful means; Ex. insinuate himself into the boss's favor; CF. ingratiate
wizened
shriveled; withered; Ex. wizened apple/old lady
defeatist
resigned to defeat or failure; accepting defeat or failure as a natural outcome; N. CF. defeatism
carcinogenic
causing cancer; N. carcinogen
substantive
substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable; Ex. substantive issues
connotation
suggested or implied meaning of an expression; V. connote
clapper
striker (tongue) of a bell
abstinence
restraint from pleasant things, esp. eating or drinking; CF. abstention: act of abstaining from vote
drastic
strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures
tender
offer formally; extend; Ex. tender one's resignation/the exact fare; N: formal offer; money; Ex. legal tender; ADJ: young and vulnerable; sensitive to the touch; sore; soft; delicate; Ex. child of tender years; Ex. tender wound
defrock
strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrock
transcribe
copy; write a copy of; N. transcription
metallurgical
pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. metallurgy: science that deals with extracting metals from ores
glow
shine brightly without a flame (as of eyes or metals); show redness and heat (in the face) after hard work or because of strong feelings; N: light produced by a heated body; brilliance of a color
insensible
unconscious; unresponsive; insensitive; unaware; imperceptible; Ex. insensible of his danger/to pain; Ex. insensible change; CF. not the opposite of sensible
favoritism
display of partiality toward a favored person
disavowal
denial; disclaiming; repudiating; disowning; V. disavow; CF. disclaim
deducible
derived by reasoning; V. deduce: infer; derive by reasoning
speechless
unable for the moment to speak (because of strong feeling); Ex. speechless with anger
eschew
avoid habitually; Ex. eschew alcoholic drinks
juxtapose
place side by side; CF. next
overture
musical introduction to a long musical piece; first offer or proposal (to begin talks in the hope of reaching an agreement); Ex. overtures for peace
bolt
door bar; fastening pin or screw; length of fabric; large roll of cloth; V: dash or dart off; fasten (a | door); gobble down
adapt
make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel.
grudging
unwilling; reluctant; stingy(giving reluctantly)
disparity
difference; condition of inequality; OP. parity
stodgy
dull; stuffy; boringly conservative; Ex. stodgy book
embroil
throw into confusion; involve in strife, dispute, or quarrel; entangle; CF. imbroglio
pith
core or marrow; spongelike substance in the center of stems; essence; substance
blighted
suffering from a disease; destroyed
disabuse
correct a false impression; undeceive; free from a wrong belief
microcosm
small representative world; world in miniature; Ex. microcosm of English society
febrile
feverish, relating to, involving, or typical of fever
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awful
terrible; very bad
quash
crush; suppress; squash; subdue; annul; Ex. quash a rebellion/the decision of the low court
equitable
fair; impartial; OP. inequitable
adept
expert at; very skilled
accessible
easy to approach; obtainable
effulgent
shining brightly; brilliant
reverent
respectful; worshipful; V. revere: regard with reverence; N. reverence: profound respect
cosmic
pertaining to the universe; vast
significant
expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant
marital
pertaining to marriage
reverie
daydream; abstracted musing
fraudulent
cheating; deceitful; Ex. fraudulent means; N. fraud: deception; swindle
homage
honor; tribute; great respect; Ex. pay/do homage to
residue
remainder; balance
meddlesome
interfering; V. meddle: interfere
squander
waste; spend foolishly
expiate
make amends for (a sin)
plume
feather, esp. large or showy one; something that rises into the air (like the shape of a feather); Ex. plume of smoke: 滚几 备抚
abrogate
abolish
seminary
school for training future ministers; secondary school, especially for young women
mutter
utter (complaining words) indistinctly in low tones
stumble
trip and almost fall; proceed unsteadily; act falteringly; N.