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gauche
adj. lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless
paucity
adj. smallness of quantity; scarcity
virulent
adj. hostile; harmful; extreme; venemous
feral
existing in a natural state
unctuous
characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, esp. in an affected manner
adage
n. wise saying, proverb
dispel
v. scatter; drive away; cause to vanish
bungle
v. mismanage; blunder
anthropoid
adj. manlike
effeminate
adj. unmanly; womanly
bard
n. poet
bane
n. cause of ruin; curse
didatic
adj. teaching; instructional
ascetic
adj. practicing self-denial; austere
anneal
v. reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling
avuncular
adj. like an uncle
curmudgeon
n. churlish; miserly individual
deify
v. turn into a god; idolize
lionize
v. to treat as a celebrity
ancillary
adj. serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary
abnegation
n. renunciation; self-sacrifice
belabor
v. explain or go over excessively or to a ridiculous degree; assail verbally
averse
adj. reluctant; disinclined
doctrinaire
adj. unable to compromise about points of doctrine; dogmatic; unyielding
chary
adj. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
disconsolate
adj. sad
avow
v. declare openly
collusion
n. conspiring in a fraudulent scheme
delude
v. deceive
disport
v. amuse
asperity
n. sharpness (of temper)
We had to learn to walk on egg shells around my father because of his asperity; we knew that if he thought that we were out of line that he would lose his temper.
brackish
adj. somewhat saline; slightly salty
dinghy
n. small boat
bantering
adj. good-naturedly ridiculing
brandish
v. wave around; flourish
cavalcade
n. procession; parade
acclivity
n. sharp upslope of a hill
betoken
v. signify; indicate
bastion
n. stronghold; something seen as a source of protection
acuity
n. sharpness
carapace
n. shell covering the back (of a turtle, crab, etc.)
cordon
n. extended line of men or fortifications to prevent access or egress; barrier
disaffected
adj. disloyal
dyspeptic
adj. suffering from indigestion
capitulate
v. surrender
When the general saw what a precarious position his troops were in, he realized that he had no other option than to capitulate to the enemy.
alcove
n. nook; recess
adventitious
adj. accidental; causal
eclipse
v. darken; extinguish; surpass
concession
n. an act of yielding
dormer
n. window projecting from roof
begrudge
v. resent
centrigade
adj. denoting a widely used temperature scale
careen
v. lurch; sway
The for sale sign careened in the wind.
culvert
n. artificial channel for water
aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
bandy
v. discuss lightly or glibly; exchange (words) heatedly
constituent
n. supporter
bemused
adj. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
bedraggle
v. wet thoroughly
conduit
n. aqueduct; passageway
accost
v. approach and speak first to a person
anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as curse
actuate
v. motivate
acrimonious
adj.bitter in words or manner
concede
adj. hollow
acquiesce
v. assent; agree passively
bravado
n. swagger; assumed air of defiance
chaffing
adj. bantering; joking
atone
v. make amends for; pay for
appellation
n. name; title
carillon
n. set of bells capable of being played
amnesty
n. pardon
defray
v. provide for the payment of
codicil
n. supplement to the body of a will
browbeat
v. bully; intimidate
The jocks browbeated the nerds for their lunch money.
apiary
n. place where bees are kept
divest
v. strip; deprive
canvass
v. determine or seek opinions, votes, etc.
canard
n. unfounded rumor; exaggerated report
brazen
adj. insolent; bold; defiant
edify
v. instruct; correct morally
ebb
v. recede; lessen
ashen
adj. ash colored; deadly pale
besmirch
v. soil, defile
cynosure
n. object of general attention
dour
adj. sullen; stubborn
descry
v. catch sight of
dappled
adj. spotted
condign
adj. adequate; deservedly severe
crotchety
adj. eccentric; whimsical
animadversion
n. critical remark
After I had worked so hard on the paper, I was crushed to read all of the animadversions that were scribbled in red across my paper.
drivel
n. nonsense; foolishness
edict
n. decree (esp. one issued by sovereign); official command
cull
v. pick out; reject
dint
n. means; effort
cavalier
adj. causal and offhand; arrogant
comport
v. bear one's self; behave
antediluvian
adj. antiquated; extremely ancient
clangor
n. loud, resounding noise
agog
adj. highly excited; intensely curious
awl
n. pointed tool used for piercing
adjutant
n. staff officer assisting the commander; assistant
cant
insincere expressions of piety; jargon of thieves
beholden
adj. obligated; indebted
deciduous
adj. falling off, as of leaves
chafe
v. warm by rubbing; make sore (by rubbing)
arroyo
n. gully
burlesque
v. give an imitation that ridicules
conscript
n. draftee; person forced into military service
cipher
n. nonentity; worthless person or thing
continence
n. self-restraint; sexual chastity
bereft
adj. deprived of; lacking
despot
n. tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler
comeuppance
n. rebuke; deserts (usually unpleasant)
alimentary
adj. supplying nurishment
discomfit
v. put to rout; defeat; disconcert
captious
adj. fault-finding
canter
n. slow gallop
awft
adv. upward
crone
n. hag
cantankerous
adj. ill-humored; irritable
avocation
n. secondary or minor occupation
effete
adj. worn out; exhausted; barren
controvert
adj. forced; artificial; not spontaneous
derelict
adj. abandoned; negligent
deprecate
v. express disapproval of; protest against; belittle
cavil
v. make frivolous objections
alluvial
adj. pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
consort
v. associate with
apposite
adj. appropriate; fitting
anoint
v. consecrate; sanctify; ordain
blowhard
n. talkative boaster
disquisition
n. a formal systematic inquiry
corollary
n. consequence; accompaniment
aspersion
n. slanderous remark
carrion
n. rotting flesh of a dead body
demagogue
n. person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader
ascendancy
n. controlling influence
concomitant
n. that which accompanies
adjunct
n. something (generally nonessential or inferior) added on or attached
dolt
n. stupid person
cataclysm
n. deluge; upheaval; an extensive flood
askance
adv. with a sideways or indirect look
bivouac
n. temporary encampment
conclave
n. private meeting
apropos
prep. with reference to; regarding
clime
n. region; climate
clarion
adj. shrill, trumpetlike sound
bate
v. let down; restrain
buffet
v. slap; batter; knock about
ballast
n. heavy substance used to add stability or weight
delusive
adj. deceptive; raising vain hopes
deadpan
adj. wooden; impassive
connubial
adj. pertaining to marriage or teh matrimonial state
accoutre
v. equip
coterie
n. group that meets socially; select circle
connivance
n. pretense of ignorance of something wrong; permission to offend
depredation
n. a predatory attack; a raid
compunction
n. remorse
atavism
n. resemblance to remote ancestors rather than to parents
dotage
n. senility
aperture
n. opening; hole
comestible
n. something fit to be eaten
cauterize
v. burn with hot iron or caustic
augury
n. omen; prophecy
bowdlerize
v. remove material that is considered offensive/objectionable from (ex. a book)
coup
n. highly successful action or sudden attack
accretion
n. growth, increase
adjuration
n. solemn urging
consanguinity
n. kinship
defrock
v. to strip a priest or minister of church authority
assay
v. analyze; evaluate
brocade
n. rich, figured fabric
dossier
n. file of documents on a subject
carnage
n. destruction of life
distrait
adj. absentminded
deplore
v. regret
dogged
adj. determined; stubborn
compendium
v. brief, comprehensive summary
cornice
n. projecting molding on building (usually above columns)
daub
v. intimidate; frighten
brusque
adj. blunt; abrupt
complicity
n. participation; involvement
asinine
adj. stupid
aplomb
n. poise; assurance
The company was so impressed with her aplomb that they immediately offered her a job; she had more poise and self-assurance than any of the other applicants.
blase
adj. bored with pleasure or dissipation
bacchanalian
adj. drunken
asunder
adv. into parts; apart
arable
adj. fit for growing crops
abeyance
n. suspended action
aquiline
adj. curved, hooked
beset
v. harass or trouble; hem in
befuddle
v. confuse thoroughly
behemoth
n. huge creature; something of monstrous size or power
citadel
n. fortress
citadel
n. fortress
aerie
n. nest of a large bird of prey (eagle, hawk)
dissolution
n. disintegration; looseness of morals
doldrums
n. blues; listlessness; slack period
disenfranchise
v. deprive of a civil right
amiss
adj. wrong; faulty
dais
n. raised platform for guests of honor
colloquy
n. informal discussion
balk
v. stop short, as if faced with an obstacle, and refuse to continue
denizen
n. inhabitant or resident; regular visitor
apothegm
n. pithy, compact saying
addle
v. muddle; drive crazy
cozen
v. cheat; hoodwink; swindle
apothecary
druggist
chaff
n. worthless products of an endeavor
apprise
v. inform
aegis
n. shield, defense
arrears
n. benign in debt; an unfulfilled obligation
detraction
n. slandering; aspersion
cerebration
n. thought
cupidity
n. greed
diadem
n. crown
doddering
adj. infirm from old age; shaky
brooch
n. ornamental clasp
bilk
v. swindle; cheat
ablution
n. washing
animus
n. hostile feeling or intent
ape
v. imitate or mimic
detonation
n. explosion
chortle
v. chuckle with delight
chimerical
adj. fantastically improbable; highly unrealistic; imaginative
enigma
n. a person or thing that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand
erudite
adj. having or showing great knowledge or learning
irascible
adj. (of a person) easily made angry
inimical
adj. tending to obstruct or harm
garrulous
adj. excessively talkative, esp. on trivial matters
furtive
adj. attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically because of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble
foment
v. to instigate or stir up (an undesirable or violent sentiment or course of action)
cupidity
n. greed for money or possessions
reticence
n. not revealing one's thoughts or feelings readily
adulation
n. excessive or obsequious praise
portentous
adj. done in a pompously or oversly solemn manner so as to impress
parry
1. v. ward off (a weapon or attack), esp. with a countermove
2. v. answer (a question or accusation) evasively
fervid
adj. intensely enthusiastic or passionate
lucid
adj. expressed clearly; easy to understand
opaque
adj. not able to be seen through; not transparent
placate
v. to make someone less angry or hostile
prodigal
1. spending money or resources freely and recklessly
2. having or giving something on a lavish scale
relegate
v. to consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position
ensconse
v. to establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe, or secret place
enmity
n. the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something
egregious
adj. outstandingly bad; shocking
effervesce
1. v.(of a liquid) to give off bubbles
2. v. (of a person) to be vivacious and enthusiastic
The parents effervesced with pride over their new baby.
blandishment
n. a flattering or pleasing statement or actoin used to persuade soemone gently to do something
aggrandize
v. to increase the power, status, or wealth of:
dither
v. to be indecisive
abstain
v. to restrain oneself from doing or enjoying something
recalcitrant
adj. having an obstinately uncooperative attitude toward authority or discipline
deplore
v. to feel or express strong disapproval of (something)
cower
v. to crouch down in fear
cogitate
v. to think deeply about something; to meditate or reflect
coeval
adj. having the same age or date of origin
stolid
adj. (of a person) calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation
turgid
adj. swollen, distended, or congested
tawdry
adj. showy but cheap and of poor quality
beatitude
n. supreme blessedness; exalted happiness
trenchant
adj. vigorous or incisive in expression or style
phlegmatic
adj. (of a person) having an unemotional and stolidly calm disposition
The children have to learn to be phlegmatic when they hear alarms; if we have a fire in the building, we won't have time to comfort the children before we are able to get them outside.
caustic
adj. able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action
spurious
adj. not being what it purports to be; false or fake
burgeon
v. to begin to grow or increase rapidly; flourish
cadge
v. to ask for or obtain (something to which one is not strictly entitled)
castigate
v. to reprimand (someone) severely
emollient
adj. having the quality of softening or soothing the skin
That facial scrub is considered an emollient because it softens the skin.
encomium
n. a speech or piece of writing that praises soemone or something highly
ephemeral
adj. lasting for a very short time
surly
adj. bad-tempered and unfriendly
spurn
v. to reject with disdain or contempt
chicanery
n. the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
bombast
n. high-sounding language with little meaning, used to impress people
Pretentious Paul always sought to impress. Even when spoke, he bombasted people with big words.
amalgamate
v. to combine or unite to form one organization or structure
effrontery
n. insolent or impertinent behavior
firebrand
n. a person who is passionate about a particular cause, typically inciting change and taking radical action
sate
v. to satisfy (a desire or appetite) to the full
saturnine
adj. (of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy
acerbity
n. a sharp and forthright comment or style of speaking
sedulity
n. dedication and diligence
accolade
n. an award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit
abysmal
adj. extremely bad; appalling
abstemious
adj. not self-indulgent, esp. when eating or drinking
abscond
v. to leave hurriedly and secretly (typically to avoid detection of or arrest)
ineffable
adj. too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words
sentient
adj. able to perceive or feel things
banal
adj. so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring
cacophony
n. a harsh, discordant mixture of sounds
The thunderstorm was so cacophonous that the animals all hid under the bed.
tyro
n. a beginner or novice
deprave
v. to make (someone) immoral or wicked
evince
v. to reveal the presence of (a quality or feeling)
ferocity
n. the state or quality of being savagely fierce, cruel, or violent
opprobium
1. harsh criticism or censure
2. the public disgrace arising from one's shameful conduct
obsequious
adj. obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
diurnal
adj. of or during the day
freebooter
n. a pirate or lawless adventurer
frieze
n. a broad horizontal band of sculpted or painted decoration, esp. on a wall near the ceiling
specious
adj. superficially plausible, but actually wrong
frond
n. the leaf or leaflike part of a palm, fern, or similar plant
fuddle
v. to confuse or stupefy (someone), esp. w/alcohol
fulminate
v. to express w/vehement protest
gaffe
n. an unintentional act or remark causing embarassment to its originator; a blunder
gainsay
v. to deny or contradict (a fact or statement)
abut
v. to be next to or have a common border
gait
n. a person's manner of walking
gambol
v. to run or jump about playfully
gamut
n. the complete range or scope of something
glean
v. to extract (information) from various sources
gourmand
n. a person who enjoys eating and often eats too much
grandiloquent
adj. pompous or extravegent in language, style, or manner, esp. in a way that is intended to impress
guffaw
n. a loud and unrestrained burst of laughter
halcyon
adj. denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful
harbinger
n. a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another
hegemony
n. leadership or dominance, esp. by one country or social group over others
salubrious
adj. healthful; conducive to well-being
hermetic
adj.(of a seal or closure) complete and airtight
hubris
adj. excessive pride or self-confidence
umbrage
n. offense or annoyance
voluble
adj. speaking or spoken incessantly and fluently
plucky
adj. having or showing determined courage in teh face of difficulties
derelict
adj. in a very poor condition as a result of disuse and neglect
prevaricate
v. to speak or act in an evasive way
propitiate
v. to win or regain the favor of (a god, spirit, or person) by doing something that pleases them
abash
v. to cause to feel embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed
aberrant
adj. departing from an accepted standard
anodyne
adj. not likely to provoke dissent or offense; unconentious or inoffensive, often deliberately so
abrogate
v. to repeal or do away with (a law, right, or formal agreement)
hirsute
adj. hairy
obdurate
adj. hardened in feeling; resistant to persuasion
The obdurate teenager refused to do what his parents asked him; he was resistant to their persuasions.
misanthrope
n. a person who dislikes others
malinger
v. to evade responsibility by pretending to be ill
iconoclast
n. a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions
mendicant
adj. given to begging
largess
adj. generosity in bestowing money or gifts upon others
proclivity
n. a tendency to do or choose something regularly; a predisposition
insular
adj. ignorant or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience
vacuous
adj. having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
torpor
n. a state of physical or mental inactivity; lethargy
euphony
n. the quality of being pleasing to the ear, esp. through a harmonious combination of words
condign
adj. (of a punishment or retribution) appropriate to the crime or wrongdoing; fitting and deserved
acumen
the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain
perfidy
n. deceitfulness; untrustworthiness
ethereal
adj. extremely delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world
sanguine
adj. cheerfully optimistic
dearth
adj. a scarcity or lack of something
predilection
n. a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something
polemic
n. a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something
prolix
adj. (of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy
rapt
adj. completely fascinated by what one is seeing or hearing
florid
1. adj. having a red or flushed complexion
2. adj. elaborately or excessively intricate or complicated
palliate
v. to make (a disease or its symptoms) less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause
penury
n. extreme poverty; destitution
perspicacious
adj. (of an account or representation) clearly expressed and easily understood; lucid
rapprochement
n. an establishment or resumption of harmonious relations
vacillate
v. to alternate or waver b/n different opinions or actions; be indecisive
vim
n. energy; enthusiasm
bawdy
adj. dealing with sexual matters in a comical way
attenuate
v. to reduce the force, effect, or value of:
petulant
adj. (of a eprson or their manner) childishly sulky or bad-tempered
abjure
v. to solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)
craven
adj. comtemptibly lacking in courage; cowardly
depradation
n. an act of attack or plundering
improvidence
adj. not having or showing foresight
aegis
n. the protection, backing, or support of a particular person or organization
Karen Holbrook withdrew her candicacy for the President of FGCU because she did not feel that she had the aegis of some of the key people behind the university.
besmirch
v. to damage the reputation of (someone or something) in the opinion of others
charlatan
n. a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill
chagrin
n. distress or embarrassment at having failed or been humiliated
cavil
v. to make petty or unnecessary objections
castigation
v. to reprimand (someone) severely
calumny
n. the making of false and defamatory statements in order to damage someone's reputation; slander
callow
adj. (esp. of a young person) inexperienced and immature
cadence
n. a modulation or inflection of the voice
cabal
n. a secret political clique or faction
bulwark
n. a defensive wall
ebullient
adj. cheerful and full of energy
apothegm
n. a concise saying or maxim; aphorism
asunder
adj. apart; divided
argot
n. the jargon or slang of a particular group or class
ardor
n. enthusiasm or passion
austere
adj. severe or strict in manner, attitude, or appearance
auspice
n a divine or prophetic token
abrasion
the process of scraping or wearing away
boon
n. a thing that is helpful or beneficial
bowdlerize
v. to remove material that is considered improper or offensive from (a text or acocunt)
apathy
n. lack of interest, concern, or enthusiasm
perfidy
n. (poetic/lit.) deceitfulness; untrustworthiness
obviate
v. to remove (a need or difficulty)
agglomeration
n. collected or formed into a mass
alacrity
adj. brisk and cheerful readiness
mendacious
adj. not telling the truth; lying
Mendy was always mendacious. In fact, she had a reputation for being a pathological liar.
bandy
1. adj. (of a person's legs) curved so as to be wide apart at the knees
2. v. to pass on or discuss an idea or rumor in a causual way
baleful
adj. threatening harm; menacing
That baleful suspect should not be bailed out of jail because he is threatening great harm upon his release.
atone
v. to make amends or reparation
avarice
n. extreme greed for wealth or material gain
coddle
v. to threat in an indulgent or overprotective way
perfunctory
adj. (of an action or gesture) carried out w/a minimum of effort or reflection
occluded
adj. stopped, closed up, or obstructed (an opening, orifice, or passage)
pundit
n. an expert in a particular subject or field who is frequently called on to give opinions about it to the public
panegyric
n. a public speech or published text in praise of someone or something
paragon
n. a person or thing regarded as a perfect exampleof a particular quality
abject
adj. (of a situation or condition) extremely bad, unpleasant, and degrading
compunction
n. a feeling of guilt or moral scrupple that follows the doing of something bad
ablution
n. the act of washing oneself
peccadillo
n. a small, relatively unimportant offense or sin
nefarious
adj. (typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal
The witch committed her nefarious acts by making deadly concoctions and serving them to unsuspecting victims.
lugubrious
adj. looking or sounding sad and dismal
laconic
adj. (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words
consonance
n. agreement or compatibility b/n opinions or actoins
enervate
v. to cause (someone) to feel drained of energy or vitality; to weaken
impiety
adj. lack of piety or reverence, esp. for a god
adroit
adj. clever or skillful in using the hands or mind
adjuration
n. a solemn or earnest urge or request to do something
When she realized how broke they had become, she gave her proud husband an abjuration to apply for unemployment.
acme
n. the point at which someone or something is best, perfect, or most successful
extant
adj. (esp. of a document) still in existence; surviving
exorbitant
adj. (of a price or amount charged) unreasonably high
$400 is an exorbitant amount of money to charge a person for spaying a cat.
impecunious
adj. having little or no money
apocryphal
adj. (of a story or statement) of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
cynosure
n. a person or thing that is the center of attention or admiration
fortuitous
adj. chance; unexpected; unanticipated
myriad
n. a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things
passel
n. a group or lot of indeterminite number
pernicious
adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; injurious; harmful
penitent
adj. feeling or expressing sorrow for sin or wrongdoing and disposed to atonement and amendment
The penitent woman begged the priest to tell her how to right her wrongs.
prevaricate
v. to speak falsely or misleadingly
obtuse
adj. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect
unsavory
adj. not savory; tasteless or insipid
proselyte
n. a person who has changed from one opinion, belief, sect, or the like to another
portentous
adj. ominous; warning; threatening; menacing
subjugate
v. to gain mastery over; gain control of; conquer
imperious
1. adj. domineering in a haughty manner; dictatorial
2. adj. urgent; imperative
probity
n. integrity and uprightness; honesty
munificent
adj. extremely liberal in giving; very generous
perquisite
n. an incidental payment, benefit, privilege, or advantage over and above regular income
froward
adj. willfully contrary; not easily managed
cataclysm
n. any violent upheaval, esp. one of social or political nature
tautologous
adj. needlessly repititious
adventitious
adj. associated w/something by chance rather than as an integral part
vitiate
v. to impair the quality of; make faulty; spoil
fatuous
adj. foolish or inane, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly
vicissitude
n. a change or variation occurring in the course of something
augmentation
n. the amount by which something increases
perturbation
n. mental disquiet, disturbance, or agitation
inveigle
v. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements
taciturn
adj. inclined to silence; reserved in speech
helical
adj. pertaining to having the form of a helix; spiral
idiosyncratic
adj. peculiar to the individual
sagacious
adj. having or showing acute mental discernment and keen practical sense; shrewd
shrewd
adj. astute or sharp in practical manners
procumbent
adj. lying on the face; prone
nadir
n. the lowest point; point of greatest adversity or despair
zephyr
n. a gentle, mild breeze
kith
n. an unprincipled, untrustworthy, or dishonest person
bilious
adj. peevish; irritable; cranky
palpable
adj. readily or plainly seen, heard, perceived, etc.; obvious
canaille
n. riffraff; rabble
filigree
n. ornamental work of fine (typically gold or silver) wire formed into delicate tracery
flippant
adj. not showing a serious or respectful attitude
flout
v. to openly disregard (a rule, law, or convention)
foist
v. to impose an unwelcome or unnecessary person or thing on
fracas
n. a noisy disturbance or quarrel
pithy
adj. (of language or style) concise and forcefully expressive
indelible
adj. (of ink or a pen) making marks that cannot be removed
dowdy
adj. (of a person, typically a woman, or her clothes) unfashionable and without style in appearance
nadir
adj. lowest point
misogynism
n. the hatred of women by men
fealty
n. (hist.) a feudal tenant's or vassel's sworn loyalty to a lord
peculation
n. embezzled or stolen (money, esp. public funds)
brusque
adj. abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
bumptious
adj. self-assertivce or proud to an irritating degree
consonance
n. agreement or compatibility b/n opinions or actions
coalesce
v. to come together and form one mass or whole
venial
adj. denoting a sin that is not regarded as depriving the soul of divine grace
tarrying
v. staying longer than intended
viands
n. (poetic) an item of food
vestige
n. a trace of something that is disapperaing or no longer exists
moribund
adj. (of a person) at the point of death
recumbent
adj. (esp. of a person or human figure) lying down
mercurial
adj. (of a person) subject to sudden or unpredictable changes of mood or mind
desultory
adj. lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
bellicose
adj. demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight
rapacoius
adj. aggressively greedy or grasping
mordant
adj. (esp. of humor) having or showing a sharp or critical quality; biting
travesty
n. a false, absurd, or distorted representation of something
implore
v. to beg earnestly or desperately to do something
peregrinate
v. (archaic or humorous) to travel or wander around from place to place
Polly peregrinated from place to place and from job to job.
repartee
n. conversation or speech characterized by quick, witty comments or replies
palindrome
n. a word, phrase, or sequence that reads the same backward as forward
turpitude
n. depravity; wickedness
espouse
v. 1. adopt or support (a cause, belief, or way of life) 2. (archaeic) marry
tractable
adj. (of a person) easy to control or influence; (of a situation/problem) easy to deal with
truculent
adj. eager or quick to argue or fight
vaunt
v. to boast about or praise (something)
amercement
n. (hist. English law) a fine
forfeiture
n. something that has been lost or given up as a necessary consequence of something else
awry
adj. (of a person) easy to control or influence; (of a situation/problem) easy to deal with
semaphore
n. a particular system of sending messages
fallacious
adj. faulty reasoning
capricious
adj. given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior
incendiary
adj. (of a device or attack) designed to cause fires
copious
adj. abundant in supply or quantity
sumptuous
adj. splending and expensive looking
docile
adj. ready to accept control or instruction; submissive
raucous
adj. making or constituting a disturbingly harsh and loud noise
postulate
v. to suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief
prognosticate
v. to foretell or prophesy (an event in the future)
conciliate
v. 1. to stop someone from being angry or discontented; pacify 2. (archaic) to gain (esteem or goodwill)
pittance
n. a very small or inadequate amount of money paid to someone as an allowance or wage
scurrilous
adj. making or spreading scandalous claims about someone with the intention of damaging their reputation
eclectic
adj. deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources
Her eclectic style of music does not fit neatly into any one genre.
excoriate
v. to censure or criticize severely
The FCC has often excoriated music and films for being too lewd, vulgar, and/or violent.
objurgate
v. to reproach or renounce vehemently; berate sharply
extol
v. to praise enthusiastically
collusion
n. secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, esp. in order to cheat or deceive others
fustian
n. pompous or pretentious speech or writing
nugatory
adj. of no real value; trifling; worthless
saturnine
adj. (of a person or their manner) slow and gloomy
neophyte
n. a person who is new to a subject, skill, or belief
indignation
n. anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment
miscegenate
v. to interbreed (people) considered to be of different racial types
altruistic
adj. unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others
virile
adj. (of a man) having strength, energy, adn a strong sex drive
choleric
adj. bad-tempered or irritable
bestial
adj. of or like an animal or animals
surreptitious
adj. obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth; secret or unauthorized; clandestine
furtive
adj. attempting to avoid notice or attention, typically b/c of guilt or a belief that discovery would lead to trouble
egregious
adj. outstandingly bad
lurid
adj. very vivid in color, so as to create an unpleasantly harsh or unnatural effect
propitious
adj. giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
auspicious
adj. conducive to success; favorable
evanescent
adj. soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing
aggregative
adj. of or pertaining to a whole, total
malapropos
adj. inappropriate; out of place
funereal
adj. mournful; gloomy; dismal
boorish
adj. unmannered; crude; insensitive
virulence
n. extreme hostility
duct
n. a channel or tube for conveying something
penurious
adj. extremely stingy; parsimonious; miserly
supineness
n. a failure to act or protest as a result of moral weakness or indolence
chevron
n. a badge or insignia consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of a uniform to indicate rank, merit, length of service
coronet
n. a small, or relatively simple crown, esp. as worn by lesser royalty and peers
liturgics
n. the science or art of conducting public worship
lascivious
adj. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
spoonerism
n. the transposition of initial words or other sounds of words, usually by accident
carousal
n. a noisy or drunken feast or social gathering
proclivity
n. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition
dilatory
adj. tending ot delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy
parallax
n. the apparent displacement of an observed object due to a change in the position of the observer
propinquity
n. nearness in place; proximity
interstice
n. an intervening space
corpulent
adj. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat
Look at that corpulent cow! You sure can tell that she's been well fed.
portly
adj. rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent
vociferate
v. to speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; brawl
caloric
adj. of or pertaining to heat
chevron
n. a badge or insignia consisting of stripes meeting at an angle, worn on the sleeve of a uniform to indicate rank, merit, length of service
coronet
n. a small, or relatively simple crown, esp. as worn by lesser royalty and peers
liturgics
n. the science or art of conducting public worship
lascivious
adj. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
spoonerism
n. the transposition of initial words or other sounds of words, usually by accident
carousal
n. a noisy or drunken feast or social gathering
proclivity
n. natural or habitual inclination or tendency; propensity; predisposition
dilatory
adj. tending to delay or procrastinate; slow; tardy
parallax
n. the apparent displacement of an observed object due to a change in the position of the observer
propinquity
n. nearness in place; proximity
interstice
n. an intervening space
corpulent
adj. large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat
portly
adj. rather heavy or fat; stout; corpulent
vociferate
v. to speak or cry out loudly or noisily; shout; brawl
caloric
adj. of or pertaining to heat
modicum
n. a moderate or small amount
ravenous
adj. extremely hungry; famished; voracious
invidious
adj. calculated to create ill will or resentment or give offense; hateful
hedonistic
adj. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification
stoic
n. a person who maintains or affects the mental attitude avocated by the Stoics(free from passion)
latency
n. the state of being not yet evident or active
tutelage
n. instruction; teaching; guidance
immiscibility
n. something that is incapable of being mixed
vincture
n. a binding
imbue
v. to transpire or permeate with a feeling or quality
paltry
adj. riciculously or insultingly small
singular
adj. exceptionally good or great; remarkable
elegy
n. a sorrowful poem or speech, esp. as a lament for the dead
vituperative
adj. characterized by harshly abusive censure
lambaste
v. to reprimand or berate harshly; censure; excoriate
diatribe
n. a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism
harangue
n. a scolding or a long or intense verbal attack; diatribe
excoriate
v. to denounce or berate severely; flay verbally
canard
n. a false or baseless, usually derogatory, story
ersatz
adj. serving as a substitute; synthetic; artificial
equivocate
v. to use ambiguous or unclear expressions, usually to avoid commitment or in order to mislead; prevarication or hedge
spurious
adj. not genuine, authentic, or true; not from the claimed, pretended, or proper source
pedant
n. 1. precisionist; perfectionist; formalist 2. intellectual; academic
deride
v. to laugh at in scorn or contempt
ostentation
n. pretentious or conspicuous show, as of wealth or importance; display intended to impress others
elusive
adj. cleverly or skillfully evasive
provident
adj. having or showing foresight; providing carefully for the future
The provident parents put money aside from each of their paychecks so that they could one day send their children to college.
furtive
adj. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret
The cheater furtively copied the teacher's answer key before he took the exam.
derisive
adj. contemptuous; mocking
dulcet
adj. pleasant sounding, soothing to the ear; agreeable
donnybrook
n. an inordinately wild fight or contentious dispute; brawl; free-for-all
timorous
adj. full of fear; fearful
pernicious
adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful
brazen
adj. shameless or impudent; bold
sybarite
n. a person devoted to luxury and pleasure
natty
adj. neatly or trimly smart in dress or appearance; spruce
sapience
adj. having or showing great wisdom or sound judgment
fatuity
n. complacent stupidity; foolishness
astringent
adj. having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe
extemporaneous
adj. improvised; done without preparation
Since she truly did not expect to win the award, she did not bother to prepare an acceptance speech. Thus, when she won, she had to deliver an extemporaneous speech.
engender
v. to cause, produce, give rise to
cozen
v. to deceive, beguile, hoodwink
expatiate
v. to discuss or write about at length; to range freely
nonplussed
adj. baffled, in a quandary, at a loss for what to say, do, or think
limn
v. to draw, outline in detail
avarice
n. greed, esp. for wealth
limpid
adj. transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled
exigent
adj. urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
vituperate
v. to use condemnatory language; abuse or censure severely
verisimilitude
n. the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true
She provided her story with verisimilitude when she passed the lie detector.
inimical
adj. damaging, harmful, injurious, hostile, unfriendly
ebullience
adj. the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
assiduous
adj. diligent, hard-working
incipient
adj. beginning to come into being or to become apparent
peremptory
adj. admitting of no contradiction, putting an end to further debate, haughty, imperious
sundry
adj. various, miscellaneous, separate
feckless
adj. ineffectual; irresponsible
I always have to remind my feckless roommate, Fred, to go to class, do his homework, and to pay his bills on time.
pariah
n. an outcast, a rejected and despised person
panegyric
n. formal expression of praise
panegyric
n. a formal expression of praise
ineluctable
adj. certain; inevitable
insouciant
adj. unconcerned, carefree, nonchalant
The insouciant student was so unconcerned about her studies that she would get soused on the night before her finals.
refulgent
adj. radiant, shiny, brilliant
That sure is one refulgent ruby; it's absolutely radiant!
nostrum
n. cure-all, placebo, questionable remedy
denigrate
v. to blacken, belittle, sully, defame, disparage
venal
adj. capable of being bought or bribed, mercenary
prattle
v. to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
quail
v. to shrink back in fear; lose courage
gossamer
adj. delicate, insubstantial or tenuous; insincere
philistine
n. a crass individual guided by material rather than intellectual or artistic values
germane
adj. relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
effusive
adj. gushing; excessively demonstrative
distrait
v. distracted; absent-minded, esp. due to anxiety
mince
v. to pronounce or speak affectedly or too carefully, euphemize, take tiny steps, tiptoe
rancorous
adj. characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
extirpate
v. to destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
rue
v. to regret, feel remorse
palliate
v. to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate
hirsute
adj. hairy, shaggy
mellifluous
adj. sweetly flowing, usually used to describe words or sounds
pundit
n. an authority on a subject, one who gives opinions
pillory
v. to punish, hold up to public scorn
enormity
n. excessive wickedness; evilness
depradations
n. attacks, ravages
byzantine
adj. labrynthine, complex
dynamo
n. generator; forceful, engertic person
pernicious
adj. extremely harmful, potentially causing death
salacious
adj. appealing to or causing sexual desire, bawdy
grouse
v. to complain or grumble
rancorous
adj. characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment
extirpate
v. to destroy, exterminate, cut out, pull out by the roots
rue
v. to regret, feel remorse
palliate
v. to make something appear less serious, gloss over, mitigate
hirsute
adj. hairy, shaggy
mellifluous
adj. sweetly flowing, usually used to describe words or sounds
pundit
n. an authority on a subject, one who gives opinions
pillory
v. to punish, hold up to public scorn
enormity
n. excessive wickedness; evilness
depradations
n. attacks, ravages
byzantine
adj. labrynthine, complex
dynamo
n. generator; forceful, energetic person
Dina is a dynamo who knows how to get what she wants.
pernicious
adj. extremely harmful, potentially causing death
salacious
adj. appealing ot or causing sexual desire, bawdy
grouse
v. to complain or grumble
eschew
v. to shun or avoid