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endorse
approve; support; write one's signature on the back of; N. endorsement; CF. dorsal
inflated
exaggerated; pompous; enlarged (with air or gas)
writ
written command issued by a court (telling someone to do or not to do something)
blandishment
flattery
malady
illness
supererogatory
superfluous; more than needed or demanded
indigent
poor; destitute
shear
remove (fleece or hair) by cutting; remove the hair or fleece from; cut with or as if with shears; N: shears; pair of scissors
snivel
complain or whine tearfully; run at the nose; snuffle; Ex. Don't come back sniveling to me.
surge
powerful movement of or like a wave; V.
smear
spread or cover with a sticky substance; N: mark made by smearing
buffet
strike forcefully; slap; batter; knock out; N: table with food set out for people to server themselves; meal at which people help themselves to food that's been set
sheer
pure; thin and transparent; very steep
qualified
limited; restricted; V. qualify: limit the meaning of; modify
assail
assault
impunity
freedom from punishment or harm; CF. punish
Machiavellian
crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
jaunty
cheerful and pleased with life; lighthearted; animated; easy and carefree; dapper in appearance; Ex. jaunty person/hat
fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
embitter
make bitter; fill with painful or bitter feelings; make sad and angry; Ex. He was embittered by many disappointments.
unerringly
infallibly; ADJ. unerring: making no mistakes
enfranchise
admit to the rights of citizenship (especially the right to vote); CF. franchise
amorphous
formless; lacking shape or definition
transpire
(of a fact) become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) through pores
deposition
testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings; Ex. pathos that runs through the novel
peddle
travel about selling (wares); CF. foot
menial
suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)
touchstone
stone used to test the fineness of gold alloys; criterion; standard
titillate
tickle; excite pleasantly; Ex. not to titillate the audience but to enlighten it
rapacious
voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds
mingle
mix together in close association
impervious
impenetrable; incapable of being damaged or distressed; incapable of being affected (in one's opinions); Ex. impervious to water/criticism
ineffectual
not effective; not having a desired effect; weak
offensive
attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense
zest
outer skin of an orange used for giving a special taste to food; spice; interest; flavor; spirited enjoyment; Ex. add a certain zest to the affair; Ex. zest for life
reprove
censure; rebuke; N. reproof
ceremonious
marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy
tautological
needlessly repetitious; Ex. ``It was visible to the eye''; N. tautology: needless repetition of the same sense; statement that is always true
veto
vested power to reject a bill; exercise of this right; V: prevent or forbid by exercising the power of veto
apostate
one who abandons his religious faith or political beliefs; N. apostasy
rationalize
make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
ungainly
(of someone) awkward in movement; clumsy; (of something) unwieldy; Ex. ungainly dancer/instrument
gourmand
epicure; person who takes excessive pleasure in food and drink
languid
lacking energy or vitality; weary; sluggish; listless
loft
room or space under the roof; attic
ovoid
egg-shaped; CF. ovum; CF. ovulate
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N.
wistful
sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing
jabber
chatter rapidly or unintelligibly
portend
foretell; presage; be a sign or warning of; N. portent: sign; omen; forewarning
onerous
burdensome
marked
noticeable; targeted for vengeance or attack; Ex. marked improvement/man
stoke
stir up a fire or furnace; feed plentifully
pensive
dreamily or deeply thoughtful; sadly thoughtful; thoughtful with a hint of sadness; contemplative; CF. think over
unfetter
liberate; free from chains; V. unfetter
pious
devout; religious; N. piety
pontifical
pertaining to a bishop or pope; pompous or pretentious; CF. pontiff: pope; bishop
nib
beak(bill); pen point
stint
supply; allotted amount of work; assigned portion of work; limitation; Ex. two-year stint in the army; Ex. without stint
serenity
calmness; placidity; ADJ. serene
conducive
helpful; contributive; V. conduce; Ex. conduce to/towards
emblazon
ornament richly (a shield or flag); N. emblazonment
indefatigable
tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired
wheedle
deceive, persuade, or obtain by flattery; cajole; coax; Ex. wheedle a promise out of her
collateral
security given for loan; ADJ: secondary; descended from the same person but through different sons or daughters
cavalier
casual and offhand (careless); arrogant; N: knight
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allay
calm; pacify
stupefy
stun; make numb (as with a drug); amaze
woe
great sorrow; deep inconsolable grief; affliction; suffering; Ex. financial woes