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larder
pantry; place where food is kept
dys-
abnormal; impaired
impersonal
not being a person; not showing personal feelings; Ex. impersonal force/manner/organization
dogged
determined; stubborn; stubbornly persevering; tenacious; Ex. Inspector Javert's dogged pursuit of Jean Valjean
preponderance
superiority of power, quantity, etc.; V. preponderate: be greater in power, weight, or importance; ADJ. preponderant
rent
tear made by rending; rip; split
rejuvenate
make young again
reprehensible
deserving blame; blameworthy; V. reprehend: blame
animus
hostile feeling or intent; animosity; hostility; disposition
calamity
disaster; misery
assurance
firm statement that something is certainly true; promise or pledge; certainty; confidence in one's own ability; self-confidence; Ex. In spite of all his assurances, he did not come back; Ex. assurance of his loyalty; Ex. The teacher lacked assuranc
tempestuous
stormy; violent; impassioned; N. tempest: violent storm
faculty
mental or bodily powers; teaching staff
migrant
changing its habitat; wandering; Ex. migrant birds/workers; N: one that migrates
purchase
secure grasp or hold; firm grasp or footing
gullible
easily deceived
blasphemy
irreverence; sacrilege; cursing; bad language about God or holy things; V. blasphem; ADJ. blasphemous; CF. sacrilege
swear
vow; promise; use profane oaths; use offensive words
chafe
warm by rubbing; make sore by rubbing; N.
homogeneous
of the same kind; uniform in composition throughout
congruent
in agreement; harmonious; corresponding; coinciding exactly; CF. congruous
jovial
good-natured; merry; cheerful
Machiavellian
crafty; double-dealing; of the political doctrine of Machiavelli, which holds that craft and deceit are justified in pursuing political power
paranoia
psychosis marked by delusions of grandeur or persecution; N: ADJ: paranoid, paranoiac
incriminate
accuse of or implicate in a crime; serve as evidence against; cause to seem or make guilty of a crime; Ex. incriminating evidence
ascertain
find out for certain; make certain
abominable
detestable; extremely unpleasant
palatable
agreeable; pleasing to the taste
subsequent
following in time or order; later
dormant
sleeping; temporarily inactive; lethargic; latent
amenities
convenient features that helps to make life pleasant; social courtesies
herald
messenger; sign of something to come; V: announce; proclaim; Ex. unheralded researcher
prosaic
lacking in imagination; dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact(concerned with facts, not imagination or feelings); factual; CF. prose
encompass
surround; include; Ex. His activities encompass publishing and computers.
annals
records arranged in yearly parts; history
recreant
disloyal; cowardly; N: disloyal and cowardly person
headfirst
moving with the head leading; headlong
subsidy
direct financial aid by government, etc.; V. subsidize: assist with a subsidy
implore
v. ask or beg earnestly; beseech
ford
place where a river can be crossed on foot; V.
trivia
trifles; unimportant matters
underlying
lying below; fundamental
grill
question severely; cook on a grill; broil; N: cooking surface of parallel metal bars
sporadic
occurring irregularly; intermittent
vernacular
living language (as compared to the official language); language spoken in a country or region; natural style; Ex. lapse into the vernacular
arbitrary
unreasonable or capricious; random; tyrannical; Ex. arbitrary ruler
yokel
rustic; country bumpkin;
condescend
(derog.) bestow courtesies with a superior air; descend to the level of one considered inferior
drab
dull; lacking color; cheerless ; Ex. drab coat/life
flux
flowing; series of changes; fluctuation; Ex. in a state of flux