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RAFFISH
LOW, VULGAR, BASE, TAWDRY
REBARBATIVE
IRRITATING, REPELLANT
REBUFF
BLUNT REJECTION
an abrupt setback to progress or action.
REPINE
AT: BE DISCONTENTED WITH
FOR: TO LONG FOR
RELEGATE
TO FORCIBLY ASSIGN, ESP. TO A LOWER PLACE OR POSITION
RENEGADE
TRAITOR, PERSON ABANDONING A CAUSE
RENITENT
RESISTING PRESSURE, OBSTINATE
REPUDIATE
DISOWN, REFUSE TO ACCEPT OR PAY “the psychic repudiated her claimswhen it became obvious her client had not won the lottery” To reject the validity or authority of: “Chaucer... not only cameto doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, butrepudiated it” (Joyce Carol Oates). To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiatedthe accusation. To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt. To disown (a child, for example). To refuse to have any dealings with.
RETIRING
SHY, MODEST, RESERVED
SACERDOTAL
PRIESTLY
SANCTIMONY
SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, HYPOCRITICAL, WITH FALSE PIETY
SCURVY
MEAN, CONTEMPTIBLE
SEPULCHRAL
TYPICAL OF A PLACE OF BURIAL
SERMON
REPROVING A PERSON FOR HIS FAULTS
SLATE
PROPOSE; CRITICIZE
SOLECISM
GRAMMATICAL MISTAKE
SOLIPCISM
BELIEF THAT THE SELF IS THE ONLY TRUE REALITY
STATELY
GRAND, imposing, UNAPPROACHABLE
STRICTURE
SOMETHING THAT RESTRAINS, NEGATIVE CRITICISM
STULTIFY
TO IMPAIR OR REDUCE TO USELESSNESS
To cause to appear stupid, inconsistent, or ridiculous.
Law. To allege or prove insane and so not legally responsible.
SUBLIMATE
TO REPRESS IMPULSES
To divert the energy associated with (an unacceptable impulse or drive) into a personally and socially acceptable activity.
SUBSUME
INCLUDE UNDER A RULE
SUBVERSIVE
TENDING TO OVERTHROW OR RUIN
SUBVERT
TO UNDERMINE OR CORRUPT
SUPEREROGATORY
NONESSENTIAL
SURFEIT
SATIATE, FEED TO FULNESS OR TO EXCESS
SWARTHY
HAVING A DARK COMPLEXION
SYBARITE
PERSON DEVOTED TO PLEASURE OR LUXURY
TABLEAU
VIVID DESCRIPTION, STRIKING INCIDENT OR SCENE
TESTINESS
WITNESS/EVIDENCE
THROTTLE
STRANGLE
TOUT
TO SOLICIT CUSTOMERS, VOTES, OR PATRONAGE, ESPECIALLY IN A BRAZEN WAY
TRAMMEL
TO IMPEDE OR HAMPER
TROUNCE
TO BEAT SEVERELY. TO DEFEAT
UNCONSCIONABLE
UNSCRUPULOUS, SHOCKINGLY UNFAIR OR UNJUST
UNCTUOUS
OILY; BLAND; INSINCERELY SUAVE
UNEXCEPTIONABLE
ENTIRELY ACCEPTABLE; NOT OFFERING ANY BASIS FOR CRITICISM
UNINITIATED
NOT FAMILIAR WITH AN AREA OF STUDY
UNSTINTING
GENEROUS
UNTOWARD
UNFORTUNATE, INCONVENIENT, UNRULY, UNSEEMLY, TROUBLESOME
UNTRAMMELED
UNHAMPERED
UPSHOT
OUTCOME; FINAL RESULT
VENALITY
USE OF POSITION FOR PERSONAL GAIN
VICISSITUDE
MALLEABLE/CHANGEABLE
CHANGE (FROM GOOD TO BAD); CHANGE OF FORTUNE, UPS AND DOWNS
VIGILANTE
ONE WHO WITHOUT AUTHORITY ASSUMES LAW ENFORCEMENT POWERS
VIRAGO
A LOUD, DOMINEERING WOMAN; A SCOLD OR NAG
VOUCHSAFE
GRANT CONDESCENDINGLY; GUARANTEE
WANGLE
To use indirect, tricky, or fraudulent methods.
To extricate oneself by subtle or indirect means, as from difficulty; wriggle.
WASPISH
RUDE, BEHAVING BADLY
WAYLAY
AMBUSH; LIE IN WAIT FOR AND ATTACK
WEND
TO GO, PROCEED
WRANGLE
LOUD QUARREL
FACTIOUS
INCLINED TO FORM FACTIONS; CAUSING DISSENSION "Many noblessought good government, rather than being factious, and were onlyforced into war by the king's incompetence"
FACTITIOUS
ARTIFICIAL; SHAM
FAIN
GLADLY, IN A WILLING MANNER “Men and birds are fain of climbing high.”
FECKLESS
futile, irresponsible, inefficient
FEY
OTHERWORLDLY, DOOMED, APPROACHING DEATH, UNDER A SPELL CRAZY,CLAIRVOYANT
FINICAL
TOO FUSSY ABOUT FOOD, CLOTHING, ETC.
FLIP
SARCASTIC, IMPERTINENT “flip remarks”
FOMENT
TO NURSE TO LIFE OR ACTIVITY; TO ENCOURAGE..(INSTIGATE) “Cynical politicians may even foment conflicts among groups to advance theirown power.”
FORENSICS
THE STUDY OR ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE
FORFEND
DEFEND
TO AVERT, PREVENT, WARD OFF
(TO FORBID)
forswear
renounce, disallow, repudiate
FROWARD
INTRACTABLE, NOT WILLING TO YIELD OR COMPLY, STUBBORN “the froward mule wouldn’t budge”
FROWZY
SLOVENLY; UNKEMPT; DIRTY
FUSTIAN
POMPOUS; BOMBASTIC
GALL
BITTERNESS of feeling.
RANCOR
Something bitter to endure: "the gall of defeat."
OUTRAGEOUS INSOLENCE; effrontery.
TO CHAFE
TO VEX OR IRRITATE: "It galled me to have to wait outside."
GALLANT
A FASHIONABLE YOUNG MAN
GAME
COURAGEOUS
GOSSAMER
DELICATE, TENUOUS, INSINCERE
HIDEBOUND
EXCESSIVELY RIGID, DRY, STIFF
IGNOMINIOUS
SHAMEFUL, DISHONORABLE, UNDIGNIFIED, DISGRACEFUL
ILLIMITABLE
LIMITLESS
IMMATERIAL
EXTRANEOUS, INCONSEQUENTIAL, NONESSENTIAL
IMMURE
TO IMPRISION
IMPERVIOUSNESS
ARROGANCE, COMMANDING PRESENCE, OVERBEARINGNESS
IMPERTINENT
NOT TO THE POINT, IRRELEVANT, INAPPLICABLE; TRIFLING; FRIVOLOUS; NOT GOOD MANNERS.. “impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup.” "mentioned several impertinent facts before comingto the point"
IMPETUOUS
HASTILY OR RASHLY ENERGETIC, IMPULSIVE AND VEHEMENT
IMPOSING
DIGNIFIED, GRAND
Impressive, as by virtue of size, bearing, or power: "the monarch's imposing presence."
IMPUGNED
CHALLENGED, TO BE DOUBTED
INDENTURE
BOUND TO ANOTHER BY CONTRACT
INDICT
TO ACCUSE FORMALLY
INGLORIOUS
LACKING FAME OR HONOR, SHAMEFUL
INNERVATE
ENERGIZE (ANT:ENERVATE)
INSENSIBLE
UNAWARE
UNCONCIOUS
INDIFFERENT- NOT EMOTIONALLY RESPONSIVE
IMPERCEPTABLE: "an insensible change in temperature."
VERY SMALL OR GRADUAL
INSCRUTABLE
INCAPABLE OF BEING UNDERSTOOD, MYSTERIOUS
INSOLUBLE
INSOLVABLE, DIFFUCULT TO SOLVE OR EXPLAIN "insoluble riddles"
INSOUCIANT
UNCONCERNED, CAREFREE, NONCHALANT
INTERDICT
PROHIBIT, FORBID, BAN
INTERLOCUTER
SOMEONE TAKING PART IN A DIALOGUE
INELUCTABLE
CERTAIN, INEVITABLE
INEXORABLE
RELENTLESS, UNYIELDING, IMPLACABLE
INIMITABLE
DEFYING IMITATION, UNMATCHABLE
INORDINATE
UNRESTRAINED; EXCESSIVE
INSCRUTABLE
INCAPABLE OF BEING DISCOVERED OR UNDERSTOOD
INVEIGH
TO COMPLAIN OR CRITICIZE STRONGLY.. “Reuther never hesitated toinveigh against "poverty, hunger, and disease."
INVOLUTE
COMPLEX
INVESTITURE
CEREMONY CONFERRING AUTHORITY (ANT: DIVESTITURE)
JIBE
To deride with taunting remarks.
LAGNIAPPE
TRIFLING PRESENT GIVEN TO A CUSTOMER, AN UNEXPECTED BENEFIT (ALSOCALLED A "BOOT")
LARDER
PLACE WHERE FOOD IS STORED
LASCIVIOUS
LEWD, LUSTFUL
LIEN
RIGHT TO POSESS AND SELL THE PROPERTY OF A DEBTOR
LIBEL
STATEMENT THAT DAMAGES REPUTAIONA false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, thatdamages a person's reputation. written statement of a plaintiff's complaintsA SATIRE
LIBRETTO
TEXT OF AN OPERA
LIMPID
CLEAR AND SIMPLE, SERENE, TRANSPARENT, UNTROUBLED
LINIMENT
MEDICINAL LIQUID USED TO EASE PAIN
LUBRICIOUS
LEWD, WANTON, GREASY, SLIPPERY
LUCUBRATE
WRITE IN A SCHOLARLY FASHION
MACROBIOTICS
ART OF PROLONGING LIFE BY DIET OF ORGANIC, NON-MEAT SUBSTANCES
MAINSTAY
CHEIF SUPPORT
MAUNDER
TO TALK OR MOVE AIMLESSLY, MUTTER
MILITATE
TO HAVE WEIGHT OR INFLUENCE ON, TO WORK AGAINST, TO ARGUE (AGAINST) “the presidents advisorswarned him that the volatility of the situation militated againstany rash action”
NETTLE
TO IRRITATE, STING, VEX
NICE
1) SCRUPULOUS/HARD TO PLEASE OVERDELICATE OR FASTIDUOUS, FUSSY 2)PRECISE, SENSITIVE TO SUBTLENESS a nice distinction; a nice senseof style.3) WANTON
NOISOME
STINKING, PUTRID
NONDESCRIPT
DULL, LACKING INTERESTING OR DISTINCTIVE QUALITIES
NONPLUSSED
AT A TOTAL LOSS OF WHAT TO SAY OR DO
OBLOQUY
ABUSIVELY DETRACTIVE LANGUAGE, SHARP CRITICISM, ILL REPUTE
OBSEQUY
FUNERAL CEREMONY
OBTUSE
BLUNT/STUPID, INSENSITIVE
ONTOLOGY
THEORY ABOUT THE NATURE OF EXISTANCE
OPPROBRIOUS
DISGRACEFUL, CONTEMPTUOUS
OROTUND
POMPOUS
OVERWEENING
PRESUMPTUOUSLY ARROGANT, OVERBEARING, IMMODERATE (overweening ambition), BEING A JERK
PALATIAL
MAGNIFICENT
PALAVER
IDLE TALK
PECULATION
THEFT OF MONEY OR GOODS
PERIPHRASTIC
CONTAINING TOO MANY WORDS
PERTINACIOUS
PERSISTANT, STUBBORN
PERVADE
TO PERMEATE THROUGHOUT
PEDIMENT
TRIANGULAR GABLE ON A ROOF OR FACADE
PERCIPIENT
DISCERNING, ABLE TO PERCIEVE
PERIHELION
The point NEAREST the sun in the orbit of a planet or other celestial body.
(ANT:APHELION)
PETTISH
FRETFUL
MOODY
ILL-TEMPERED
CAPRICIOUS
PHILOLOGY
THE STUDY OF WORDS