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Parochial
narrowminded, lack sophistication
provincial
lack sophistication, narrowminded
tempest, tempestuous
aggrivating, aggresive instigator
belligerent
aggressive, warlike, bellicose
oblique
not straightforward
credulity
gullibility
stridency
irritating to hear, dissodence
consonance
in agreement, harmony
antithetical
oppossed, opposite
dogmatic
based on certain beliefs, opinionated
pragmatic
practical, based on facts
obscure
unknown, uncertain
evanescent
vanishing, becoming imperceptable
culpable
blameworthy
censure
official reprimand, disproval
cantankerous
disagreeable, contentious, peevish
beacon
a warning signal, person who warns OR inspires
orthodoxy
established, coming from a certain beleif
conventional
accepted standards, normal
transitory
not lasting, temporary
conciliatory
to appease, to try to regain, to reconcile--conciliate
polarize
to divide
protean
versatile, changing charactyers or shape, diverse
preeminent
superior supreme
adjudicator
one who settles (disagreement)
hasten
hurry
beset
to surround or attack on all sides
imminent
will happen soon, usually bad
potable
to fit, suitable for drinking
impede
to hinder, to retard
prodigy
marvelous, extraordianry talent
Placate
to appease or pacify-get rid of anger
contentious
causing strife, quarrelsome, causing controversy
precursor
a person or thing that predecedes, predecessor
approbation
approval, commendation (official)
condescension-condescend
inferiority
wanderlust
strong desire to travel
penurious
miserly-like a miser, stingy
parsimony
miserly, frugality
pugnacious
belligeren, quarrelsome
rash
foolish, acting to hastily
virtuosity
an appretiation of skills or a virtuoso virtuoso-person who is skilled like in arts, or anything
stygian
dark, gloomy
fortuitous
happening by change, lucky
cogent
convincing by clear prenentation, to the point
pyre
heap of wood or combustable material
augury
the act of an augur)prophet or one who talks a lot), a token or dedication or sacrifice, prophet
onerous
burdensome, obligations that outweigh advantages
reproach
discredit, blame censure-to find fault, reproof
jalopy
old automobile, lemon
audacious
bold (fearless, recklessly)
placate
to appease/pacify
auspicious
opportune, prosperous, propitious
vantage
a position or condition of advantage, an advantage or superiority
odiom
intense hatred, dislike
mull
to study, ruminate
discern
to distinguish
proverbial
using proverbs, characteristic of

proverb-common saying, adage
pretentious
characterized by assumtion of importance, dignity-ostentatious
pithy
succint, forecful and exact in expression (adjective)
brevity
terseness, brief (noun)
terse
short and concise, brusque
precocious
prematurely advanced, developed (a precocious child)
kith
group with common backgrounds, family, neighbors, acquitances (noun)
brood
a group of young

young chickens, for breeding
vociferously
noisily, clamorous
repeal
to withdraw ocfficially, annul, revocate, abrogate
pathological
dealing with diseases, a mental condition
ebulliate
to boil or bubble
debulliate-boil over
proliferate
to grow rapidly
fomidable
adj causing fear, apprehension because of size, power, strength
deplorable
being subject of disapproval, reproach
casing grief or unhappiness
something very bad
antiquity
(noun) ancient
palpable
obvious, plainly seen, touchable
lascivious
lewd, wanton, arousing sexual desire

that lascivious skirt is inappropriate in the office
wanton
several meanings---extravagant, over the top, unjustifiably, too much
indemnify
to guard or secure or compensate for damage or loss
fevered
ghly excited
gavotte
an old french dance
impetuous
rash, not though out
or
forceful (impetuous wind
petrous
hard, like rock
blithe
joyous, carefree
insidious
deceitful, intended to entrap
ascribe
to credit or assign as a cause or source; impute (exact same meaning)
philistine
lacking culture, very common
consecrate
to make sacred
venerate
to treat with reverence, respect
concur
agree
twangy
sharp tone or nasally voice
mirth
jollity, gaiety, amusement
concur
agree
apropos
befitting, appropriate
bard
poet (especially ancient greece)
dowel
lock, fastener, pin, rod, etc
accede
agree
acquiesce
agree
assent
agree
crony, cronies
friend, chum
dichromacy, dichromat
only sees two colors
slipshod
careless, seedy, untidy
superlative
super, extreme, exceeding
progeny
decendant, off-spring, deriving from something else
exorbitant
excessive, exceeding the bounds of custom
proponent
someone who proposes or is on the pro-side
consortium, consortial
a union, partnership or getting together to get capital resources
procurement
getting possession of something
extol
praise
chicanery
trickery through sophistication
crescendo
gradully increasing force or volume
subterfuge
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.
surreptitiously
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine:
aperture
an opening like a gap or crack
indelible
marks that cannot be changed or something that cannot be forgotten, like war
jostle
to bump or shove, to content with
cheeky
insolent impudent saucy bold

the cheeky girl was the leader of teh rebellion
meager
lacking in quality or quantity thin or lean
affray
a public fight

a brawl or quarrel
bloke
man fellow guy
tamp
to press down like tamping tobacco in a cigarette
propensity
natural inclination or tendency

= penchant = proclivity
conflagrate
to cause burning
colloquy
dialogue, conversation
pillage
rob or rape
pastiche
an artisctic syle that mimics previous work or a callaborative taken from other works
surfeit
overindulgence of food/drink noun and verb
helm
a place of control or to steer or direct
indescretion
lack of good judgement (injudicious); imprudence
purported
claimed; alleged
aficionado
fan, enthusiast
apposite
relevant, pertinent, suitable
centrifugal
directed outward from the center
centripedal
directed towrd the center
bellicose
agggresive belligerent pugnacious
adulation
to show excessive admiration or devotion
extol
to priase highly, eulogize laud
celibate
abstain from sex and/or marraige (for religous reasons)
analogous
having analogy; corresponding in some particular
affable
friendly, approachable
beatific
bestwong blass, happiness or the like
vicissitude
change in things like the ups and downs of life, the vicissitude of life
feigned
counterfeit sham
anathema

anathematize
something loathed or disliked; cursed
benison
a blessing a benediction
ardent ardency
intense feeling fervent
gregarious
sociable, living in a flock, pertaining to a crowd
castigate
to criticize severely
blanch
to whiten to cooking or bleaching

to turn white by fear
categorical
absolute without condition
refutation
act of disproving
agility

agile
move quickly, swiftly nimble

intelligent
altruism
the practice of unselfish concern and to care for others
proboscis
related to the nose
schadenfreude

(shad-n-foid-a)
satisfaction over someone else's misfortune
hoosegow
jail (slang)
kvetching
chronic whining complainer
posit
to place, lay down or

to set as in establish (rules)--postulate
captious
always finding fault or negligence
antediluvian
very old-fashioned/outdated
wanton
maliciously or unjustifiably done, or lewd, lawless (woman example)
prattle
to babble or to talk foolishly
amble
slow
churlish
rude, boorish, peasant like manners (derogatory)
chide
scold
antipathy
a natural dislike or aversion
capacious
roomy, holding a lot of space
mercurial
flighty, unpredictable, erratic
capricious
frivilous, erratic, mercurial
steadfast
unwavering, firm in purpose of friendship, fixed, steadily directed
antithesis
opposite; contrast
amalgamate
to mix; merge combine
conglomerate
a clustered mass, a whole of very different mixed parts
aphasia
loss of speech
volubility
glib, lots of words, talkative
socialism
promoting the people ownership if the goods, wealth,vesting
marxism
to live in a classless society-where the rich capitalists
capitalism
where there is provate ownership of wealth
carte blanche
full authority without restriction
baroque
extravagent, ornamental
ameliorate, meliorate
to make better, improve
emphatic
emphatical
strong emphasis --ex "i DID say that" or clearly or boldly outlined

can be used many ways
cadre

cad-ree
a framework, outline or scheme

a skilled group that can structure an organization
canonise
to glorify to make a canon
ecclesiastical

i cle zee as ti cal
church like, related to clergy
canon
a general rule or standard--sanctify
cognoscenti (plural)
te sing.
An expert of art, fashion ,etc--something specific
sybaritic
characterized by loving pleasure or loving luxury
allayed
1. to put (fear, doubt, suspicion, anger, etc.) to rest; calm; quiet.
2. to lessen or relieve; mitigate; alleviate: to allay pain.
paltry
–adjective, -tri·er, -tri·est. 1. ridiculously or insultingly small: a paltry sum.
2. utterly worthless.
3. mean or contemptible: a paltry coward.
refectory
a dining hall in a religious house, a college, or other institution.
chafe
to irritate, annoy, to wear away
geodesic
Also, ge·o·des·i·cal. pertaining to the geometry of curved surfaces, in which geodesic lines take the place of the straight lines of plane geometry.
malady
any disorder or disease of the body, esp. one that is chronic or deepseated.
2. any undesirable or disordered condition: social maladies; a malady of the spirit.
eunuchs
A castrated man employed as a harem attendant or as a functionary in certain Asian courts.
A man or boy whose testes are nonfunctioning or have been removed.
Informal An ineffectual, powerless, or unmasculine man.
screed
a long discourse or essay, esp. a diatribe.
2. an informal letter, account, or other piece of writing.
buttress
any prop or support
deprave
to make morally bad or evil; vitiate; corrupt.
eviscerate
to remove the most essential parts, or to disembowel
penchant
a strong inclination, taste for something noun
zaftig
pleasantly plump figure, full bodied adj
chagrin
to vex by disappointment of humiliation verb
schlub
clumsy--slang
onus
burden of prrof; blame; a difficult or disagreeable burden, task n

onuses pl
ephemeral
very short lived; transitory
incipient
beginning to exist or appear adj

incipiently adv
buttress
to give encouragement, support

a support
callous
hardened, insensitive
expository
the nature of exposition adj
exposition
n.
A setting forth of meaning or intent.

A statement or rhetorical discourse intended to give information about or an explanation of difficult material.
The art or technique of composing such discourses.
The first part of a composition in sonata form that introduces the themes.
The opening section of a fugue.
fugue
A pathological amnesiac condition during which one is apparently conscious of one's actions but has no recollection of them after returning to a normal state. This condition, usually resulting from severe mental stress, may persist for as long as several months.
synthesizing
complex whole; made from different parts
unprecedented
unparalelled, uknown before or unexperienced
tempered
properly mixed, or made less intese/violent
stark
stiff or rigid, dark, utterly/completely
resolute
firm; unwavering, fixed (not necessarily good)
jape
to joke, jest

verb, noun
proffered
to offer for acceptance
jilt
to cast aside
palatial
a big home; magnificent-like a palace
baubles
small showy ornament (of little value)
highfalutin
pompous, pretentious
suss/sussing
to study, infer, figure out verb
egregious
extraordinary in some bad way; glaring, flagrant
preconize
to summon publicly
acerbic
sour in taste (like leomn juice)

sever in expression
gleaned
to collect bit by bit
swoon
to faint or lose consciousness

to enter a state of erotic fantasy, ecstacy
scrum
british-a place of confusion and racket hubbub
humdrum
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soliloquy
11
triteness
11
contempt
"breed contempt"
11
trivial
11
banal
11
trenchant
11
milieu
11
parlance
11
impinges
11
boilerplate
11
anecdotes
11
pejorative
11
probity
11
prerarication
11
phossiphile
tgtt
importune
tttt
effrontery
noun:
Insulting presumptuousness; shameless boldness; insolence
morass
n-any confusing or troublesome situation, esp. one from which it is difficult to free oneself; entanglement.
timorous
adj-full of fear; fearful
gilt-edged
adj-of the highest or best quality, kind
gimbal
n a contrivance, consisting of a ring or base on an axis, that permits an object, as a ship's compass, mounted in or on it to tilt freely in any direction, in effect suspending the object so that it will remain horizontal even when its support is tipped (gimbals, gimbal ring)
"hope springs eternal"
hope is eternal
adsorption
to condense molecules onto a surface, but not to absorb--like some filters have a carbon filter that filters contaminants by collecting them, but not allowing them to pass
innocuous
not harmful, or not offensive, or not interesting
hallmark
a stamp or imprint signifying purity or genu
ingenuous
artless or naive or lacking wordliness or frank/candid
harness
to bring under conditions for effective use; gain control over for a particular end: to harness water power; to harness the energy of the sun.
plenary
absolute, unlimited--usually used like the "judicial board had plenary power"
acrimony
n sharpness harshness or bitterness in nature
dielectric
1. a nonconducting substance; insulator.
2. a substance in which an electric field can be maintained with a minimum loss of power.
–adjective 3. of or pertaining to a dielectric substance.
anneal
1. to heat (glass, earthenware, metals, etc.) to remove or prevent internal stress.
2. to free from internal stress by heating and gradually cooling.
3. to toughen or temper.
4. Biochemistry. to recombine (nucleic acid strands) at low temperature after separating by heat.
5. to fuse colors onto (a vitreous or metallic surface) by heating.
–noun 6. an act, instance, or product of annealing.
envisage
–verb (used with object), -aged, -ag·ing. to contemplate; visualize: He envisages an era of great scientific discoveries.—Related forms
en·vis·age·ment, noun
ellipsometer
an instrument that measures the ellipticity of polarized light, used for determining the thickness of thin films.
termini
termin(ay) plural the end or extremity of anything.
2. either end of a railroad line.
3. British. the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route.
4. the point toward which anything tends; goal or end.
5. a boundary or limit.
6. a boundary post or stone.

terminus one
adventitious
–adjective 1. associated with something by chance rather than as an integral part; extrinsic.
2. Botany, Zoology. appearing in an abnormal or unusual position or place, as a root

ad·ven·ti·tious·ly, adverb
ad·ven·ti·tious·ness, noun
eponymous
adjective giving one's name to a tribe, place, etc.: Romulus, the eponymous founder of Rome.
eponym
noun 1. a person, real or imaginary, from whom something, as a tribe, nation, or place, takes or is said to take its name: Brut, the supposed grandson of Aeneas, is the eponym of the Britons.
2. a word based on or derived from a person's name.
3. any ancient official whose name was used to designate his year of office.
efficacy
noun, plural -cies. capacity for producing a desired result or effect; effectiveness: a remedy of great efficacy.
paramour
noun 1. an illicit lover, esp. of a married person.
2. any lover.
segue
gued, -gue·ing, noun
–verb (used without object) 1. to continue at once with the next musical section or composition (often used as a musical direction).
2. to perform in the manner of the preceding section (used as a musical direction).
3. to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.
–noun 4. an uninterrupted transition made between one musical section or composition and another.
5. any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.
absolve
verb (used with object), -solved, -solv·ing. 1. to free from guilt or blame or their consequences: The court absolved her of guilt in his death.
2. to set free or release, as from some duty, obligation, or responsibility (usually fol. by from): to be absolved from one's oath.
3. to grant pardon for.
4. Ecclesiastical. a. to grant or pronounce remission of sins to.
b. to remit (a sin) by absolution.
c. to declare (censure, as excommunication) removed.
asynchronous
adjective 1. not occurring at the same time.
2. (of a computer or other electrical machine) having each operation started only after the preceding operation is completed.
3. Computers, Telecommunications. of or pertaining to operation without the use of fixed time intervals (opposed to synchronous).
adv -ly
haptic
adj. Of or relating to the sense of touch; tactile.
preamble
–noun 1. an introductory statement; preface; introduction.
2. the introductory part of a statute, deed, or the like, stating the reasons and intent of what follows.
3. a preliminary or introductory fact or circumstance: His childhood in the slums was a preamble to a life of crime.
4. (initial capital letter) the introductory statement of the U.S. Constitution, setting forth the general principles of American government and beginning with the words, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union. …”

adj preambled
parity
noun 1. equality, as in amount, status, or character.
2. equivalence; correspondence; similarity; analogy.
disparity
–noun, plural -ties. lack of similarity or equality; inequality; difference: a disparity in age; disparity in rank.
amble
verb (used without object) 1. to go at a slow, easy pace; stroll; saunter: He ambled around the town.
2. (of a horse) to go at a slow pace with the legs moving in lateral pairs and usually having a four-beat rhythm.
–noun 3. an ambling gait.
4. a slow, easy walk or gentle pace.
5. a stroll.
ad hoc
adverb 1. for the special purpose or end presently under consideration: a committee formed ad hoc to deal with the issue.
–adjective 2. concerned or dealing with a specific subject, purpose, or end: The ad hoc committee disbanded after making its final report.
saunter
verb (used without object) 1. to walk with a leisurely gait; stroll: sauntering through the woods.
–noun 2. a leisurely walk or ramble; stroll.
3. a leisurely gait.


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[Origin: 1660–70; of uncert. orig.]

—Related forms
saun·ter·er, noun


—Synonyms 1–3. amble, ramble, meander
silo
verb, -loed, -lo·ing.
–noun 1. a structure, typically cylindrical, in which fodder or forage is kept.
2. a pit or underground space for storing grain, green feeds, etc.
3. Military. an underground installation constructed of concrete and steel, designed to house a ballistic missile and the equipment for firing it.
–verb (used with object) 4. to put into or preserve in a silo.