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dais
raised platform for speakers or other important people
paradigm
model; example that serves as a model; pattern; list of all the inflectional forms of a word
abrogate
abolish
cloying
distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
impede
hide; retard or obstruct the progress of; block
synoptic
providing a general overview; summary; N. synopsis
reprieve
postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of
earthly
of this earth; terrestrial; worldly; not divine; possible; Ex. no earthly reason
alluvial
pertaining to soil deposits left by running water
prurient
having or causing lustful desires and thoughts; arousing immoderate sexual desire
waver
move or swing back and forth; be uncertain or unsteady in decision or movement; Ex. wavering between accepting and refusing
catechism
book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
palimpsest
parchment or piece of writing material used for second time after original writing has been erased
conversant
familiar with; having knowledge of
elaboration
addition of details; intricacy
masochist
person who enjoys his own pain; CF. masochism
empirical
based on experience
sojourn
temporary stay; V: stay for a time
ineffable
unutterable; not to be uttered; taboo; that cannot be expressed in speech; indescribable; unspeakable; inexpressible; Ex. ineffable name/joy
lubricate
apply a lubricant to; N. lubricant: substance that reduces friction
immaculate
spotless; flawless; absolutely clean
parley
conference (between opponents); CF. speak
captious
faultfinding; too critical
glut
overstock; fill beyond capacity (with food); fill to excess; N: oversupply
lechery
gross lewdness; lustfulness; ADJ. lecherous; N. lecher: lecherous man
surge
powerful movement of or like a wave; V.
impair
injure; hurt; damage
puzzle
baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.
valor
bravery; ADJ. valiant: possessing valor; brave
polygamist
one who has more than one spouse at a time; CF. bigamy; CF. polyandry
fallow
(of land) plowed but not sowed (to improve the quality); uncultivated
bluff
pretense (of strength); deception; high cliff; ADJ: rough but good-natured
enthrall
capture; enslave; captivate; hold the complete attention of (as if magic); hold spellbound
crevice
crack; fissure
frieze
ornamental horizontal band on a wall
infamous
notoriously bad; notorious; well known for being bad; Ex. infamous behavior; N: infamy: infamous act; evil fame or reputation
defrock
strip a priest or minister of church authority; unfrock
anneal
reduce brittleness and improve toughness by heating and cooling (metal or glass)
solemnity
seriousness; gravity
erratic
odd; irregular in movement or behavior; unpredictable
stalemate
deadlock; situation in which further action is blocked
expenditure
payment or expense; expending; something expended; output; Ex. receipt for the expenditure; Ex. expenditure of all the energy
dyslexia
word blindness; learning disorder marked by impairment of the ability to read
self-indulgence
excessive indulgence of one's own desire
lament
grieve; express sorrow; N. lamentation
ingratiate
become popular with; bring (oneself) in favor of another; Ex. ingratiate himself with the boss
polarity
state of having two opposite qualities
impart
grant a share of; make known; Ex. news to impart
extrovert
person interested mostly in external objects and actions
hierarchy
arrangement by rank or standing; authoritarian body divided into ranks; body of persons having authority