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meek
submissive; patient and long-suffering
cherubic
angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order
maleficient
doing evil; N. maleficience
obsessive
related to thinking about something constantly; of an obsession; preoccupying; N. obsession: compulsive preoccupation with a fixed idea; compulsive idea; V. obsess: preoccupy the mind of excessively
ratiocination
reasoning; act of drawing conclusions from premises; V. ratiocinate: reason logically
quietude
tranquillity; calmness
salvage
rescue (goods or property) from loss; N: saving; property saved
reprobate
morally disapproved person; person hardened in sin, devoid of a sense of decency; CF. disapproved by God ?
prefigure
be a sign of; foreshadow
tumid
(of a part of the body) swollen; distended; bombastic; pompous
contagion
infection (by contact); ADJ. contagious; CF. infectious: that can be passed by infection in the air
seamy
sordid; base; filthy; unwholesome; Ex. seamy side of city life
incidence
rate of occurrence; particular occurrence; Ex. high incidence of infant mortality
sportive
playful; frolicsome; merry; CF. sport: play or frolic; CF. sportsmanlike
leaven
add leaven to; cause to rise or grow lighter; enliven; N: agent, such as yeast, that causes dough to rise (by fermentation); element that lightens or enlivens
iridescent
exhibiting rainbowlike colors; Ex. iridescent oil slick; N. iridescence
glow
shine brightly without a flame (as of eyes or metals); show redness and heat (in the face) after hard work or because of strong feelings; N: light produced by a heated body; brilliance of a color
attentive
alert and watchful; listening carefully; paying attention; considerate; thoughtful; politely helpful; Ex. attentive audience; Ex. He was attentive to the old lady; N. attentions: act of courtesy and consideration
typhoon
tropical hurricane or cyclone
saturnine
morose; gloomy; Ex. Do not be misled by his saturnine countenance.
repeal
revoke; annul
plaudit
praise; enthusiastic approval; round(succession or series) of applause; ADJ. plauditory; CF. applaud
except
exclude; N. exception: objection; exclusion; ADJ. exceptional: unusual; of unusually high quality
demolition
destruction; V. demolish
retrospective
looking back on the past; N. retrospection; V. retrospect
brochure
pamphlet
dote
be excessively fond of; show signs of mental decline
cantata
story set to music to be sung by a chorus (shorter than an oratorio)
profligate
wasteful (of money); dissipated; wildly immoral; dissolute; N: profligate person; N. profligacy
imperceptible
unnoticeable; impossible to perceive; undetectable
construe
explain; interpret; Ex. construe her silence as meaning that she agreed; CF. misconstrue
chapel
small church (in a prison, college, or hospital)
macabre
gruesome; grisly; ghastly; CF. of death
verbatim
word for word; in the same words; repeating the actual words exactly
doze
sleep lightly; nap
frivolous
lacking in seriousness; flippant; self-indulgently carefree; unworthy of serious attention; relatively unimportant; trivial
dominate
control; rule; enjoy a commanding position in; overlook from a height; 郴妨促焊促
impediment
hindrance; stumbling-block; speech defect preventing clear articulation; Ex. speech impediment
mediocre
ordinary; commonplace; neither good nor bad
devout
pious; deeply religious; sincere; earnest; Ex. my devout hope
baroque
highly ornate
interstice
narrow space between things
acidulous
slightly sour (in taste or manner); sharp; caustic
mountebank
charlatan; boastful pretender
append
attach
reconcile
make friendly again (after quarrel); make consistent (two ideas in opposition); correct inconsistencies; Ex. reconcile one's political principles with one's religious beliefs
coy
shy (flirtatiously); showing a (pretended) lack of self-confidence; modest; coquettish; CF. job offer
breach
breaking of contract or duty; fissure or gap; opening; V.
deciduous
falling off at a specific season or stage of growth as of leaves; Ex. deciduous tree/teeth
masquerade
wear a mask or disguise; pretend; N: costume party or ball at which masks are worn; pretense; disguise