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temporary inactivity; a lapse in succession during which there is no person in whom a title is vested
abeyance
Let's hold that problem in abeyance for a while.
agreeing without protest; submitting tacitly
acquiescent
The acquiescent girl became a strong, assertive woman.
deeply/ violently bitter; sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor// acrimonious; rancorous
acrid
Thick, acrid smoke rose from the factory.
bitter in temper, manner, and speech// caustic; biting; rancorous
acrimonious
He went through an acrimonious divorce.
keenness; quickness of intellectual insight; depth of discernment or discrimination (especially in practical matters)
acumen
Her political acumen won her the election.
a gentle reproof; friendly warning
admintion
An admonition to be careful
to offend (as with a gesture); to insult by behavior or language
affront
I did not mean to affront you when I told you I didn't need your help.
accounting to a whole; clustered into a dense mass or head
aggregate
An aggregate total
to reduce the intensity of; palliate; mollify
allay
A gentle breeze would allay the heat.
characterized by a state of self-denial, particularly in the area of food/ drink/// continent; self-abnegating
abstemious
Being abstemious eaters, they avoid buffets.
cold and steady in mood; slow to act or change// plutonian; disconsolate; tenebrific; tenebrous
Saturnine
He is Saturnine in temperament.
A tenebrous night with no moon.
(shut off from light)
tenebrific shadows of the cave
inherent baseness; depravity// dissoluteness (laking restraint); rakishness; degeneration
turpitude
Have you ever been involved in an act of moral turpitude?
lacking in energy/ vigor; sluggish; quiescent (marked by inactivity/ repose)
torpid
A torpid sloth refused to move off its tree branch.
swollen; distended; tumid//
excessively embellished in style or langauge (bombastic/ pompous)
turgid
exhibiting turgor
Turgid leeches having had their fill of blood.
marked by swelling; protuberant; bulging; turgid
tumid
He'd just been a fight, and was nursing his tumid lip.
thick/ opaque with roiled sediment//
foul, muddy; characterized by/ producing obscurity
turbid
an emotionally turbid response
turbid depths of degradation/ misery
a turbid stream
parched with heat, esp. of the sun// ardent; passionate; scorching
torrid
torrid summers in arizona

torrid love affair
worthy of esteem
estimable
We owe thanks to our estimable colleague.
devotion to the truth; integrity; probity (adherence to the higheest ideals)
veracity
We questioned the veracity of his statements.
wasteful/ lavish///
spendthrift; thriftless; profligate; luxuriant
prodigal
prodigal son
immense; strange, unusual, enormous
prodigious
prodigious building
to ease without curing the underlying disease; moderate the intensity of ; cover by excuses or apologies
palliate
Don't try to palliate your constant lying by saying that everyone lies.
living or located in the woods or forest
sylvan
Pennsylvania (Penn's woods)
to clear from alleged fault or guilt
exculpate
I will present evidence that will exculpate my client.
dry; humorous with a touch of irony
droll
droll one liners
extremely careful; exacting; meticulous, painstaking,
fastidious
Many car owners are fastidious about keeping their cars spotless.
sleep inducing
soporofic
Ben Stein's lecture in Ferris Bueller's Day Off was soporific
hesitant due to lack of self-confidence; unassertive
diffident; self-effacing
Self-effacing is not what most people think of when they think Lady Gaga. Apparently even she feels insecure and diffident. Don't succumb! You can do it!
practical; sensible
pragmatic
taking liberties; brashly overstepping one's place; impertinently bold
presumptuous
Kanye West actions of interrupting Taylor Swift were rather presumptuous.
a concise summary of essential points, statements, or facts
precis
Sparknotes provides students with an excellent precis.
a harsh satire, usually direct against an individual
lampoon
Andy Samberg often lampoons Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
long narrative poem written in a grand style to celebrate the feats of a legendary hero
epic
long narrative story
saga
something that foreshadows a future event; omen; prognostication
presage
The robin is always a welcome presage of spring.
to bring together; to fuse
conflate
Be careful not to conflate gossip with real news.
expressive of suffering or woe; melancholy
plaintive
The puppy's plaintive cry of a wounded animal in the woods.
extremely poisonous or venomous (esp. language)
virulent
She gave a virulent speech denouncing the president.
to conceive or develop in the mind
gestate
framework or model of thought
paradigm
The geocentric paradigm
excessive desire for wealth; greed; covetousness; avarice
cupidity
Consumed by cupidity, Harry Lime stole penicillin.
a surplus or excess of something
glut; surfeit
There is a surfeit of e-waste.
very poor, lacking basic resources
indigent; destitute
very rich, having abundant resources
affluent, opulent
excessively cheap with money; stingy
parsimonious
a formal concurrence, agreement, or harmony of minds
accord
The Camp David Accords provided a framework for establishing peaceful relations between Egypt and Israel.
cleverness or skill
artifice
He spoke without artifice or pretense.
persistent, unceasing (busy)
assiduous
The garden required assiduous tending.
to avouch, justify, or prove (allege/ assert in pleading)
aver
He averred that he was innocent.
using inflated language; pompous
bombastic
a bombastic speech intended to impress the voters in her congressional district
to intimidate in an overbearring manner
browbeat
They would often browbeat the younger child until he cried.
to avoid by preventing
obviate
The diet obviated the cardiac surgery.
offensively self-assertive; pushy;
obtrusive
bumptious
A bumptious young man whose family wealth gave him a sense of entitlement.
to make false and malicious statements about
calumniate
chicanery
use of trickery to deceive
quarrelsome
contentious
penitent
contrite
stubbornly disobedient; rebellious
contumacious
The judge threatened to charge the contumacious witness with contempt of court.
willingness to behave or trust too readily
credulity
The quack was taking advantage of the people hoping for miracle cures.
the practice of favoring one's friends, especially in political appointments
cronyism
to laugh at contemptuously; to subject to usually bitter or contemptuous ridicule
deride (derision- ridicule)
marked by lack of a definite plan, regularity, or purpose
desultory
A desultory discussion about the news of the day.
a bitter and abusive speech or piece of writing
diatribe
The article is a diatribe against mainstream media.
lack of calm, peace, or ease
disquiet
to hide under a false appearance
dissemble
Children learn to dissemble at a surprisingly early age.
to strip, to deprive; to take away from a person
divest
We may have to divest assets to raise capital.
one that is easily deceived or cheated; fool
dupe
The stooge was a dupe.
having or showing liveliness and enthusiasm
ebullient
The ebullient performers
the power to produce an effect
efficacy
questioned the efficacy of the alarms in acually preventing auto theft
shameless boldness; temerity; insolence
effrontery
The little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips.
exit
egress
The egress was a dark, narrow stairway.
a poem lamenting the dead
elegy
imitate
emulate
to weaken
enervate
having or showing a slow and stolid temperament
phlegmatic
A strangely phlegmatic response to what should have been happy news.
feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction; boredom
ennui
Ennui during the summer...
marked by lack of variation or change
equable
an equable distance apart
evenness of mind or temper
equanimity
It's best to settle in an area with an equable climate.
ambiguous
equivocal
The experiment produced equivocal results.
very learned
erudite
wine shop
bodega
pleasure felt at the misfortune of others
schadenfreude
(shod-en-froid-uh)
full of complaints, complaining; carping; captious
querulous
(quer-ya-lus)
to be copious in description or discussion
expatiate
(ex-PAY-she-ate)
to expatiate on a subject
the means by which atonemnt or reparation is made
expiation
to expiate one's crimes
to infer an unknown from something know
extrapolation
idiotic; inanely stupid
fatuous
ignoring the skull and crossbones, the fatuous skiers continued on their course
to nurse to life; to encourage
foment
(FO-ment)
foment a rebellion
to prevent by prior measures
forestall
negotiations failed to forestall a rebellion
to cause to explode; to issue with violent denunciations
fulminate
politicians fulminated about the national debt