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daub
smear (as with paint); cover with something sticky; Ex. daub one's clothes with mud/paint; N: small bit of sticky substance; Ex. a daub of paint
monetary
pertaining to money
transient
staying for a short time; momentary; temporary; N: one that is transient
bestow
confer - to give something, to award
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prelude
introduction; introductory performance or event; forerunner
burgeon
grow rapidly; grow forth; send out buds; Ex. burgeoning computer industry; CF. bludgeon
untenable
(of a position, esp. in an argument) indefensible; not able to be maintained
prank
mischievous trick
pariah
social outcast; Ex. Mariah the pariah
mediate
settle a dispute through the services of an outsider; act as an intermediary; produce by mediating; Ex. mediate a cease-fire
debut
d\'ebut; first public appearance; formal presentation of a young woman to society
thrifty
careful about money; economical; N. thrift
fickle
changeable (in affections or friendship); faithless
brazen
insolent (rude); without shame; bold; Ex. brazen lie; V: face with bold self-assurance or with unshamed confidence
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nonentity
person of no importance; nonexistence
dehydrate
remove water from; dry out
insatiable
not easily satisfied; unquenchable; Ex. insatiable appetite
severity
harshness; intensity; sternness; austerity; ADJ. severe: harsh; strict; extremely violent or intense
disheveled
untidy (of hair or clothing); V. dishevel
flotsam
drifting wreckage
rational
(of a person) having reason; (of ideas) based on reason; logical
wispy
thin; slight; barely discernible
esoteric
hard to understand; known only to the chosen few, esp. initiates; N. esoterica
gentle
kindly; soft; mild; of good family
whiff
puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. whiff of perfume/scandal
expertise
specialized knowledge (in a particular field); expert skill
smug
self-satisfied; complacent
predicament
difficult situation; tricky or dangerous situation; dilemma
catapult
slingshot; hurling machine; V: fire from catapult
tribune
official of ancient Rome elected by the plebians (common man) to protect their rights; protector of the people
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derision
ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory
rebuke
scold harshly; criticize severely
imbue
saturate(soak thoroughly); fill; Ex. imbue someone with feelings
grueling
exhausting; Ex. grueling marathon race
glitter
shine brightly with flashing points of light; Ex. glittering diamond ring; N: sparkling light; attractiveness; glamor; Ex. glitter of the sun on the waves
monochrome
painting in only one color; ADJ.
gnarl
protruding (sticking out) knot on a tree; V.
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recast
reconstruct (a sentence, story, statue, etc.); fashion again
catcall
shout of disapproval or displeasure (made at the theater or a sports match); boo; V.
obsidian
black volcanic rock
papyrus
ancient paper made from stem of papyrus plant
poise
good judgment with composure; balance; V: place in a carefully balanced position
libertine
debauched (Loose sexual moral) person; dissolute or licentious person; rou\\'e; CF. free
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psychosis
mental disorder; ADJ. N. psychotic
condescend
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
distinction
honor; excellence; difference; contrast; discrimination; Ex. graduated with distinction; Ex. a writer of real distinction
incline
slope; slant; Ex. steep incline
hale
healthy
extort
wring (squeeeze) from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
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facet
small plane surface (of a gem(precious stone)); a side
parquet
floor made of wood strips inlaid in a mosaic like matter; CF. strip: long narrow piece
acidulous
slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
lampoon
ridicule; N: written attack ridiculing or satirizing a person, group, or institution
spatial
relating to space
plumage
feathers of a bird;
equivocate
use equivocal (doubt) language to deceive people; lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth; N. equivocation
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refurbish
renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
rally
come or bring together; call up or summon (forces, vital powers, etc.); revive or recuperate (after illness or difficulty); N: act of rallying; mass gathering
mandatory
obligatory; compulsory; of a mandate
forensic
suitable to debate or courts of law; of or used in legal proceedings and the tracking of criminals; Ex. forensic science/medicine
axiom
self-evident truth requiring no proof
tantrum
fit of bad temper; fit of petulance; caprice; Ex. The child went into tantrums.
deviate
turn away from (a principle, norm); move away from an accepted standard; swerve; depart; diverge; N. deviation; Ex. deviation of the path of light by a prism
composure
mental calmness
phalanx
formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)
irascible
irritable; easily angered
maneuver(manoeuver)
strategic military or naval movement (done for training purposes); carefully planned process; stratagem; V: carry out a military maneuver; use maneuvers in gaining an end
quisling
traitor who aids invaders; CF. Vidkun Quisling
domineer
rule over tyrannically
verbiage
pompous array of words; too many unnecessary words; wordiness