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Chary
Very cautious; wary: was chary of the risks involved.
Not giving or expending freely; sparing: was chary of compliments.
Undermine
To weaken by wearing away a base or foundation: Water has undermined the stone foundations.
To weaken, injure, or impair, often by degrees or imperceptibly; sap: Late hours can undermine one's health.
To dig a mine or tunnel beneath.
Bolster
To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion.
To buoy up or hearten: Visitors bolstered the patient's morale.
Buoy
To maintain at a high level; support: “the persistent … takeover speculation, which has buoyed up the shares of banks” (Financial Times).
To hearten or inspire; uplift: “buoyed up by the team spirit and the pride of the older generation back at home”
Redoutable
Le Redoutable ("the frightening one").
Harbinger
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
tr.v., -gered, -ger·ing, -gers;To signal the approach of; presage
Braggart
n.
One given to loud, empty boasting; a bragger.
adj.
Boastful.
Spur
A short spike or spiked wheel that attaches to the heel of a rider's boot and is used to urge a horse forward.
Something that serves as a goad or incentive.
Mealymouthed
adj. - Hesitant to state facts or opinions simply and directly as from e.g. timidity or hypocrisy
Prevaricate
To stray from or evade the truth; equivocate. See synonyms at lie2
Testy
Irritated, impatient, or exasperated; peevish: a testy cab driver; a testy refusal to help
Begrudge
To envy the possession or enjoyment of: She begrudged him his youth. See synonyms at envy.
To give or expend with reluctance: begrudged every penny spent.
Drench
To wet through and through; soak.
To administer a large oral dose of liquid medicine to (an animal).
To provide with something in great abundance; surfeit: just drenched in money
Prick
The act of piercing or pricking.
The sensation of being pierced or pricked.
A persistent or sharply painful feeling of sorrow or remorse.
A small, sharp, local pain, such as that made by a needle or bee sting.
A small mark or puncture made by a pointed object.
Troupe
A company or group, especially of touring actors, singers, or dancers.
intr.v., trouped, troup·ing, troupes.
Isthmus
A narrow strip of land connecting two larger masses of land.
A narrow strip of tissue joining two larger organs or parts of an organ.
A narrow passage connecting two larger cavities.
skinflint
One who is very reluctant to spend money; a miser
Stingy
Giving or spending reluctantly.
Scanty or meager: a stingy meal; stingy with details about the past
Blackguard
A thoroughly unprincipled person; a scoundrel.
A foul-mouthed person.
To abuse verbally; revile.
Rung
A rod or bar forming a step of a ladder.
A crosspiece between the legs of a chair.
The spoke in a wheel.
Lionize
To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Deify
To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Speckle
A speck or small spot, as a natural dot of color on skin, plumage, or foliage.
Timorouse
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.
Temerity
Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness
Plead
To appeal earnestly; beg: plead for more time.
To offer reasons for or against something; argue earnestly: plead against a bill.
To provide an argument or appeal: Your youth pleads for you in this instance
Epigram
A short, witty poem expressing a single thought or observation.
A concise, clever, often paradoxical statement. See synonyms at saying.
Epigrammatic discourse or expression
Pithy
Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief: a pithy comment.
Consisting of or resembling pith.
Saga
A modern prose narrative that resembles a saga.
A long detailed report: recounted the saga of their family problems
Bolt1
A bar made of wood or metal that slides into a socket and is used to fasten doors and gates.
A metal bar or rod in the mechanism of a lock that is thrown or withdrawn by turning the key
Bolt2
To secure or lock with or as if with a bolt.
To arrange or roll (lengths of cloth, for example) on or in a bolt.
To eat (food) hurriedly and with little chewing; gulp.
To desert or withdraw support from (a political party).
Bolt3
To move or spring suddenly.
To start suddenly and run away: The horse bolted at the sound of the shot. The frightened child bolted from the room.
Proof
Determination of the quality of something by testing; trial: put one's beliefs to the proof.
Law. The result or effect of evidence; the establishment or denial of a fact by evidence.
The alcoholic strength of a liquor, expressed by a number that is twice the percentage by volume of alcohol present.
Citadel
A fortress in a commanding position in or near a city.
A stronghold or fortified place; a bulwark.
Rank2
Growing profusely or with excessive vigor: rank vegetation in the jungle.
Yielding a profuse, often excessive crop; highly fertile: rank earth.
Strong and offensive in odor or flavor.
Conspicuously offensive: rank treachery.
Rank1
A relative position in a society.
An official position or grade: the rank of sergeant.
A relative position or degree of value in a graded group
Rampast
A fortification consisting of an embankment, often with a parapet built on top.
A means of protection or defense; a bulwark.
Tryst
An agreement, as between lovers, to meet at a certain time and place.
A meeting or meeting place that has been agreed on
Reverie
A state of abstracted musing; daydreaming
Headstrong
Determined to have one's own way; stubbornly and often recklessly willful. See synonyms at obstinate, unruly.
Resulting from willfulness and obstinacy.
Elusive
Tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory: “an invisible cabal of conspirators, each more elusive than the archterrorist
Gullible
Easily deceived or duped
Peccadillo
A small sin or fault.
Trifling
Of slight worth or importance. See synonyms at trivial.
Frivolous or idle.
Squabble
To engage in a disagreeable argument, usually over a trivial matter; wrangle
Petty
Of small importance; trivial: a petty grievance.
Marked by narrowness of mind, ideas, or views.
Marked by meanness or lack of generosity, especially in trifling matters
Sturdy
Having or showing rugged physical strength.
Substantially made or built; stout: sturdy canvas.
Marked by resoluteness or determination; firm: sturdy resistance. Vigorous or robust.
Sound
Solid investment
Zealot
One who is zealous, especially excessively so.
A fanatically committed person.
Adage
A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use.
Percept
The object of perception.
A mental impression of something perceived by the senses, viewed as the basic component in the formation of concepts; a sense datum.
Aspersions
An unfavorable or damaging remark; slander: Don't cast aspersions on my honesty.
The act of defaming or slandering.
Slander
Law. Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
A false and malicious statement or report about someone.
Wrathfull
Full of wrath; fiercely angry.
Proceeding from or expressing wrath: wrathful
Covetouse
Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. See synonyms at jealous.
Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess: covetous of learning.
Grovel
To behave in a servile or demeaning manner; cringe.
To lie or creep in a prostrate position, as in subservience or humility.
To give oneself over to base pleasures: “Have we not groveled here long enough, eating and drinking like mere brutes?”
Snivel
To sniffle.
To complain or whine tearfully.
To run at the nose.
Yawn
To open the mouth wide with a deep inhalation, usually involuntarily from drowsiness, fatigue, or boredom.
To open wide; gape: The chasm yawned at our feet.
Preen
To smooth or clean (feathers) with the beak or bill.
To trim or clean (fur) with the tongue, as cats do.
To dress or groom (oneself) with elaborate care; primp.
To take pride or satisfaction in (oneself); gloat
Fastidious
Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.
Difficult to please; exacting.
Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, especially in matters of taste or propriety. See synonyms at meticulous.
Microbiology. Having complicated nutritional requirements