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bastion
stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
growl
low, guttural, menacing sound (as of a dog)
maverick
rebel; nonconformist (in a group)
lethargic
drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity
paraphernalia
equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; CF. married woman's property exclusive of her dowry
mores
conventions; moral standards; moral customs
timidity
lack of self-confidence or courage
understate
state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts; Ex. He understated the seriousness of the crime; N. understatement; OP. overstate
protocol
diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratification; Ex. Protocol demands that the queen meet him at the airport.
braid
plait; interweave strands or lengths of; make by weaving strands together; N: braided segment (as of hair)
acquiesce
assent; agree passively; comply without protest
favoritism
display of partiality toward a favored person
wake
trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war
draught
current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time
betoken
signify; indicate; be a sign of
aviary
enclosure for birds; large cage
waggish
humorous; mischievous; tricky
adapt
make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adaption of a short novel.
bugaboo
bugbear; object of baseless terror
foliage
masses of leaves; CF. defoliate
satellite
small body revolving around a larger one
bungle
mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior
reinstate
restore to a previous condition or position
mnemonic
pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid
conscript
draftee; person forced into military service; V.
contend
struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly
functional
made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
punctilious
minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
imbecility
weakness of mind; state of being an imbecile; N. imbecile: stupid person; fool
rebuke
scold harshly; criticize severely
facile
easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an action; amenity; Ex. with great facility
hardy
(of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather
penury
extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
venal
capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
flit
fly; fly or move lightly or quickly; dart lightly; pass swiftly by; Ex. a bee flitting from flower to flower
magnate
person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate
botch
mismanage; blow
citadel
fortress
libidinous
lustful
mendicant
beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar
oaf
stupid awkward person; CF. elf
voyeur
Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
docile
obedient; easily managed; submissive
vitiate
spoil the effect of; make inoperative; corrupt morally
narrative
related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration
derision
ridicule; ADJ. derisive; CF. derisory
cupidity
greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid
savory
pleasant in taste; tasty; pleasing, attractive, or agreeable; Ex. savory reputation
rank
offensive in odor or flavor
quisling
traitor who aids invaders; CF. Vidkun Quisling
tact
skill or sensitivity in dealing with people without causing offence
fallacious
false; based on a fallacy; misleading; N. fallacy: false idea or notion; false reasoning; Ex. popular fallacy; Ex. fallacy of the argument
trim
make neat or tidy by clipping; reduce by removing what is unnecessary; ornament; decorate (round the edges); Ex. trim the cost; Ex. jacket trimmed with fur; N. ADJ: tidy; in good order
compartment
one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided
squander
waste; spend foolishly
colloquy
informal discussion; conversation
refurbish
renovate; make clean, bright, or fresh (make new) again; make bright by polishing; Ex. refurbish an old theater; CF. furbish: polish
desolate
make desolate; forsake; abandon and desert
fumble
move the fingers and hands awkwardly (in search of something); mishandle or drop a ball that is in play; bungle; botch; spoil by mishandling; N.
misapprehension
error; misunderstanding; V. misapprehend
ameliorate
improve
isthmus
narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
skulduggery(skullduggery)
dishonest behavior or action; Ex. skulduggery in the election
celibate
abstaining from sexual intercourse; unmarried; N. celibacy
odium
detestation; quality of being odious; hatefulness; disrepute (resulting from hateful conduct)
deserts
what someone deserves
nugatory
worthless; futile
rendition
rendering; translation; artistic interpretation of a song, etc
incursion
temporary invasion; CF. excursion: short journey
terrestrial
on or relating to the earth
stigma
token of disgrace; brand; V. stigmatize: mark with a stigma; characterize as disgraceful
gross
total; fragrant; clearly wrong; (of people's behavior) coarse; corpulent; Ex. gross insolence/behavior; V: earn as a total amount; N: 12 dozens
doctrine
teachings in general; particular principle (religious, legal, etc.) taught; dogma; tenet; ADJ. doctrinal
misnomer
wrong or improper name; incorrect designation
proliferate
grow rapidly (in numbers); spread; multiply; N. proliferation
hindsight
understanding the nature of an event after it has actually happened
lucid
easily understood; clear; intelligible; N. lucidity
impenetrable
not able to be pierced or entered; beyond understanding; impossible to understand; Ex. impenetrable mystery
ghastly
horrible; terrifying; resembling ghosts; CF. aghast
tremulous
trembling; wavering
garish
overbright in color; unpleasantly bright; gaudy
euphony
sweet sound; ADJ. euphonious
pithy
concise and meaningful; substantial; meaty
girth
distance around something; circumference
lap
take in food or drink with one's tongue; splash gently; Ex. waves lapping the shore; N: front area from the waist to the knees of a seated person
asteroid
small planet
adulation
flattery; admiration that is more than is necessary or deserved
array
marshal; draw up in order; arrange in order; clothe splendidly; adorn; N: fine clothes; ordered group; Ex. in battle array
redoubtable
formidable; causing fear
approbation
approval
attrition
rubbing away by friction; gradual decrease in numbers or strength; reduction in the work force without firing employees; wearing away of opposition by means of harassment; Ex. a war of attrition
secession
withdrawal; V. secede: withdraw formally from membership
poignancy
quality of being deeply moving; keenness of emotion; ADJ. poignant: touching; deeply moving; (of sorrow, grief, etc.) painful; keenly distressing to the mind; Ex. poignant memory/anxiety; CF. prick
fodder
coarse food for cattle, horses, etc.; feed for livestock; CF. food
regale
entertain
warren
tunnels in which rabbits live; overcrowded living area; crowded conditions in which people live
distant
reserved or aloof; cold in manner; Ex. distant greeting; ADV. distantly