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compendium
a brief account of a subject
com 'with' + pend ' cause to hang down, weigh'
countenance
appearance, esp. the look or expression of the face
or
to approve, support, or encourage.
bilious
extremely unpleasant or distasteful
latin bilis 'bile'
proselyte
a person who has changed from one opinion or belief to another;

a convert.
callow
immature or inexperienced
from latin calvus 'bald'
incipient
beginning to exist or appear
Latin in 'into' + cip 'take'
fatuous
silly and pointless
Latin fatuus 'foolish'
insipid
lacking flavor, vigor, or interest
in 'not' + sip/sap 'to taste'
reprobate
morally unprincipled person
re 'reversal' + probare 'approve'
sordid
morally ignoble or base; vile
sordere 'to be dirty'
factitious
made; manufactured
fac 'to make'
aspersion
a damaging, criticism; slander
excoriate
censor or critisize severly
latin ex 'out of' and corium 'skin, hide'

from latin excoriat 'skinned'
objurgate
rebuke harshly, scold
ob 'towards' and jur 'to swear'
arcane
understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; esoteric
arcere 'to shut up'
recondite
little known; obscure
rebarbative
annoying, irritationing
from barbe 'beard'
chagrin
embarassment at having failed; humiliated
compunction
regret for doing wrong or causing pain; remorse.
com 'with' + punc 'point, prick'
expiate
atone for guilt or sin
ex 'out' + paire from 'pious'
rue
to biterly regret
dutch rouw 'mourning'
spurious
false or fake
latin spuri 'false'
progenitor
a biologically related ancestor
pro 'forward' + 'gen' birth, creation
facetious
humorous, lacking serious intent, inappropriate
facetus 'witty'
flippant
disrespectful, shallow, or lacking in seriousness; levity
aperture
an opening, as a hole, slit, crack, gap, etc.
apert 'to open'
interstice
a small or narrow space
inter 'between' + sti 'to stand'
respite
to relieve or delay temporarily, esp. from anything distressing or trying
parsimonious
greedy, stingy
penurious
extremely poor; indigent
pen 'poor'
fell
of evil or ferocity, deadly
truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal
truc 'fierce'
vitriolic
Bitterly scathing; caustic
baneful
destructive; pernicious, deadly
old english bana 'thing causing death, poison'
minatory
menacing; threatening
raucous
harsh; strident; grating
descry
to discover or reveal
portentous
a sign or warning that something important will happen
propitiate
to make favorably inclined; appease; conciliate.
providential
fortunate or lucky
cavil
to raise irritating and trivial objections;
Latin cavilla 'mockery'
belabor
to assail persistently, as with scorn or ridicule
carom
any strike and rebound,
fey
doomed
plaintive
expressing sorrow; mournful
latin planctus 'beating of the breast'
inexorable
unyielding; unalterable
renitent
resisting pressure; resistant.
untoward
unfavorable or unfortunate
compendious
concise
compendium 'abreviation, saving, profit'
expatiate
to speak or write at length or in detail
Latin ex 'out' + spatium 'space'
stultify
to appear foolish or ridiculous.
sententious
excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
abrogate
to abolish by official means; repeal
ab 'away' and rog 'ask'
recidivism
tendency to repeat previous behavior
re 'back' and cid 'to fall'
renege
to go back on one's word
rescind
to abrogate; annul; revoke; repeal.
abut
to touch, be in contact
adroit
skillful, accomplished, competent
aplomb
poise, confidence
assiduous
diligent, persistent, hardworking
balk
to refuse, shirk; prevent
chattel
piece of personal property
chimerical
fanciful, imaginary; impossible
Greek khimaira 'she-goat or chimera'
choleric
easily angered, short-tempered
compunctious
feeling guilty
com 'intensive force' and punct 'to prick'
conciliatory
overcomming distrust or hostility
discomfit
to confuse and embarass
dis 'reversal' + comfit 'put together' (from com 'with' and fit 'to make'
effulgent
brilliantly shining
ef 'out' and fulgere 'to shine'
ennui
boredom, lack of interest and energy
evince
to show clearly, display
extrapolate
to estimate
ex 'out' + a shortened interpolate (insert words to change)
filch
to steal
fulminate
to explode with anger
from latin fulmin 'lightning'
gratuitous
free, voluntary
or
unnecessary and unjustified
incendiary
combustible, flammable
incendere 'to set fire to'
ingress
entrance
insidious
sly, treacherous, devious
in 'into' and sed 'to sit'
insuperable
imposible to overcome
im 'not' + superare 'to overcome'
interdict
to forbid, prohibit
inter 'between' + dict 'use words'
intimation
clue, suggestion
inveterate
confirmed, long-standing, deep rooted
Latin veter 'old'
obstreperous
troublesome, unruly
ob 'towards' and strepere 'to make a noise'
parochial
of limited scope or outlook, provincial
Greek para 'beside' and oikos 'dwelling'
peculation
theft of money or goods
penchant
inclination
plangent
loud, reverberating, often meloncholy
precept
principle, law
predilection
preference, liking
pre 'before, in advance' and lect 'select'
promulgate
to make known publicly
propinquity
nearness
latin prope 'near'
provident
prudent, frugal
provincial
rustic, unsophisticated, limited in scope
prurient
lustful
scintillate
to sparkle, flash
Latin scintilla 'spark'
scurrilous
vulgar, low, indecent
scurra 'buffoon'
senescent
aging, growing old
shirk
to avoid a task due to laziness or fear
sinuous
winding, intricate
sinus 'a bend'
squalid
filthy; morally repulsive
staid
self restrained, strait laced
subterfuge
trick or tactic used to avoid something
sub 'below' and fug 'to flee'
surreptitious
characterized by secrecy
from sub 'secretly'
temerity
recklessness
temere 'rashly'
trammel
to impede or hamper
turpitude
inherent vileness, foulness, depravity
turpis 'disgraceful, base'
vacuous
empty, void; lacking intelligence, purposeless
virile
manly
Latin vir 'man'
vitiate
reduce in value or effectiveness
formidable
inspiring fear or respect by being impressivly large, powerfull
formidare 'to fear'
precipitous
very high or steep
cipit 'head'
premonitory
have a premonition
pre 'before' and monit 'to warn, remind'
mantic
prophecy
greek mantis 'prophet'
dudgeon
to take offence or resentment
punctilious
excessively attentive to details ; stressing fine points
putative
supposed ; reputed
puissant
wielding great power ; potent
puntitive
inflicting punishment
protract
cause to last longer
whet
to sharpen a blade
gregs
sediment; worthless residue
acumen
mental keenness
argot
slang
paroxysm
fit or attack of pain, laughter or rage
sequester
retire from public life; segregate; seclude
opus
a work
effete
worn out; exhausted; barren
spoonerism
accidental transposition of sounds in successive words
named after a philosopher who made this mistake many times
rout
stampede; drive out
wheedle
cajole; coax; deceive by flattery