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friction
rubbing
friction causes abrasion (abrade)
sterility
unproductive, unfruitful
opposite: fertile
laceration
a jagged wound or cut, the process or act of tearing tissue
listless
having or showing little or no interest in anything, spiritless, lacking energy or disinclined to exert effort
indifferent, inert
stuffy
close, poorly ventilated, oppressive from the lack of freshness, dull or tedious, self important
opposite: airy, clean
brag
boast (pride)
opposite: be modest, quiet, downplay
opposite of pride: deprecation (to express earnest disapproval of, to urge against, to depricate: belittle), shame
industrious
hard working
opposite: indolent (having or showing a disposition to avoid exertion: vigorous action or effort, execise), lazy
think: industry
elation
happiness
opposite: depression, misery, sadness, unhappiness
ultimatum
a final proposal or statement of conditions, a final statement of terms made by one party to another esp. in diplomatic negotiations
coerce
to compel by force, to dominate or control
coersion
bigot
a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief or opinion
intolerance: unwillingness or refusal to tolerate or respect contrary opinions or beliefs, persons of different races or backgrounds, incapacity or indisposition to bear or endure
repugnance
strong dislike or objection, contradictoriness, or inconsistency
abhorence, aversion, loathing, abomination, execration (a thing held in abomination), detestation (abhorrence, hatreed)
humility
the quality or condition of being humble, modest opinion or estimate of one's own importance or rank
apathetic
disinterested
opposite: caring, concerned, interested, passionate
centriguge
radiating, deviating, diffusive, divergent, radial, spiral, spreading
torque
opposite: centralizing, centripetal, consolidating
lassitude
weariness of body or mind from strain, oppressive climate, lack of energy
listlessness
ardor
great warmth of feeling, passion, intense devotion, eagerness or enthusiasm, burning heat
zealot, fervor, reverent, devout
agony
extreme and generally prolonged pain, intense physical or mental suffering, the struggle preceding natural death, intense mental or emotional excitment
hoard
a supply or accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded for preservation and future use
related to: miser, thrift
thrift
economical management, vigorous growth
servile
being in slavery, oppressed, characteristics of slaves
sycophantic, mendicant, obsequious, slavish, menial, cringing (to shrink, bend, or crouch)
opposite: exalted (to raise in rank, honor, power, character quality)
frenetic
widly excited or active
frantic, frenzied
invaluable
beyond calculable or appraisable value, of inestimable worht, priceless
venerable
sonnet
a poem, lyric, poetry, rhyme
stanza: one of the divisions of a poem, composed of two or more lines characterized by a common pattern of meter, rhyme and number of lines
vigor
active strength or force, healthy physical or mental energy, energetic, activity
flag: to lose vigor, to slow down
drawl
to say or speak in a slow manner
spurt
erupt, brust, emerge, flow, shoot
eruption, explosion, outburst, stream
expel
discharge, throw out, to drive or force out or away, to cut off from membership or relations
foster
care for, promote
scintillate
to emit sparks, to sparkle
pare
to cut off the outer coating or layer, to remove, to reduce
trim
to put in a neat orderly condition,to remove by or as if by cutting, to cut down
saunter
a lesiurely walk or ramble
lumber, stagger
judicious
using or showing judgment to action, having or exercising good or discriminating judgment, wise, sensible, well advised
arbiter
dispersive
distribute, to drive or send in different directions, to spread widely
disperse
opposite: assemble, collect, gather, congregate
strident
making or having a harsh sound, having an irritating quality or character
discordant, cacophony
discharge
free, dismiss, detonate, pour, unload, carry out, payment
bed
an area where plants grow, the bottom of a lake or a river
pandemonium
wild uproar or unrested disorder
scrutinize
to examine in detail, with careful or critical attention
posthumous
arising, occurring or continuing after one's death, published after the death of the author, born after the death of the father
malinger
to pretend illness esp. in order to shrink one's duties, avoid work
noisome
offensive, disgusting as an odor, harmful or injurious to health
noxious
reassurance
to restore to assurance or confidence, to reinsure
instigation
an incentive, a reward offered to increase productivity
ornateness
elaborately, often excessively or showily, embellished (to beautify as if by ornamentation, to enhance) with rhetoric
undue
excessive, inappropriate
filigree
delicate, ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires, anything very delicate or fanciful
diaphanous
remorse
deep and painful regret for wrong doing
contrite, contrition, penitent
lamentation
the act of expressing grief
elegy, eulogy
articulate
using language easily and fluently, having facility with words, expressed, formulated or presented with clarity and effectiveness
eloquent
coquette
a woman who flirts with men to win their admiration and affection
flirtatious: inclined to flirtation
benefactor
a person who confers (present a gift) a benefit, kindly helper, a person who makes a bequest (a disposition in will) or endowment
cordial
couteous, gracious, sincere, heartfelt, friendly, warm
beseeching
to beg eagerly for
supplicant, mendicant
soliciting
to seek to obtain by persuasion, entreaty or formal application, to petition persistently
earnest
serious in intention, purpose or effort
confine
to shut or keep in, prevent from leaving a place, to enclose within bounds
exuberant
almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic
uninhibitedly: not restrained by social converntion
unanimous
in complete agreement
ananymous
without any name acknowledged
orator
a person who delivers an oration, a public speaker esp. one with great eloquence
pertain
to have reference or relation, to relate, to be connected
doctrine
a particular principle, position or policy taught or advocated
dissension
strong disagreement, a contention or quarrel, discord
discordant, distinct, contentious, polemical
soliloquy
an utterance or discourse by a person who is talking to himself or herself, the act of talking while or as if alone
courtesy
excellence of manners or social conduct, polite behavior
decorum
discernment
judgment, penetration, insight
idle
unused, lazy, ineffective
apprehension
suspicion or fear of future trouble or evil, perception on a direct and immediate level, receptivity of information without passing judgment on its validity, often without complete comprehension
venture
endanger, jeopardize
think: adventure
foul
offensive to sense, dirty, unfavorable
sordid, squalor
grime
dirty or filthy matter, to cover with dirt
wreteched
very unfortunate in condition or circumstances, misery and sorrow, poor
splendor
brilliant or goreous appearance, coloring
think: splendid
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied or appeased
pursuit
chase, hunt, search, activity, preoccupation, inclination
ravenous
extremely hungry
fringes
a marginal, peripheral or secondary part
epistemology
a branch of philosophy that investigates the origin, nature, methods, limits of human knowledge
resiliency
the power or ability to return to original form
rituals
a ceremonial act or a serious of such acts
steep
sloping very sharply often to the extent of being almost vertical
precipitous
mill
flour making factory, processing plant (a building or group of buildings used for processing raw materials and manufactoring a product such as paper or fabric), small device for grinding grains
millstone: grain grinding stone, burdensome responsibility
score
printed music (a written or printed copy of a musical composition), music composed for a movie, play or musical
consolidate
unite business activities, strengthen position; to increase the strength, stability or depth of your success or poistion, combine separate items or scattered material into a single whole or mass
ignominious
shameful; involving a total loss of dignity and self respect and make somebody appear shamefully weak and ineffective, despicable; deserving condemnation and contempt
pillar
column used for support or decoration (a vertical part of a building or other structure and can be either a support or decoration), something that is tall and slender (narrow) like a pillar, central figure (a mainstay of an organization or society)
mysticism
a system of religious belief or practice that people follow to achieve personal communication or union with the divine, vague or unsubstantiated thought or speculation about something
guile
cunning and deceitfulness
exemplary
so good or admirable that others would do well to copy it, serving as an example, giving example
bliss
complete happiness, spiritual joy
brittle
hard and likely to break or crack, sharp sounding (describes a voice that has a sharp, unnerving quality), not friendly, tense, irritable and lacking personal warmth
unnerve: cause someone to lose nerve, make somebody nervous
raze
complelely destroy or level a building or settlement, scrape or shave something off something else
scrape: rub surface, take something off, scratch something
sprint
a short race run or cycled at a very high speed, a burst of fast running or cycling during the last part of a longer race, a sudden burst of activity or speed
concede
reluctantly accept something to be true, grant rights to somebody, give something away, to admit or accept defeat in debate, election or fight often without waiting for the final result
abet
help somebody, to assist somebody to do something esp. something illegal
inscribe
to write, print or engrave words or letters on a surface, add a name to a list or book, write dedication on something often when presenting it as a gift
resolute
possessing determination and purposefulness, motivated by or displaying determination and purposefulness
shinto
japanese religion in which devotees worship and make offerings to numerous gods and spirits associated with the natural world
gambit
a maneuver or stratagem used to secure an advantage
a scheme, a ploy (deceptive tactic)