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accost (v.)
to approach and speak to in aggressive, hostile or sexually suggestive manner
animadversion (n.)
1. strong criticism 2. a critical or censorious remark
avid (adj.)
1. having an ardent desire or unbounded craving; greedy. 2. marked by keen interest and enthusiasm.
brackish (adj.)
1. having a somewhat salty taste, especially from containing a mix or water and seawater. 2. distasteful; unpalateable.
celerity (n.)
swiftness of action or motion; speed.
devious (adj.)
1. not straight forward; shifty. 2. departing form the correct or accepted way; erring. 3. deviating form the straight/direct course. 4. away from a main road; distant
gambit (n)
a maneuver, stratagem, or ploy, especially one used at an initial stage 2. a remark intended to open conversation 3. opening in chess in which a minor piece or pieces are offered in exchange for a good position.
halcyon (adj.)
1. calm and peaceful; tranquil. 2. prosperous, golden.
histrionic (adj.)
of or relating to actors or acting. 2. excessively emotional or dramatic; affected.
incendiary (adj.)
1. causing or capable of causing fire 2. of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded. 3. of or involving arson
maelstrom (n.)
1. a violent or turbulent situation 2. a whirlpool of extraordinary size or violence.
myopic (adj.)
1. unable to see short distances clearly. 2. lacking foresight or scope.
overt (adj.)
1. open and observeable; not hidden, concealed, or secret.
pejorative (adj.)
1. tending to make or become worse. 2. desparaging, belittling
propriety (n.)
1. the quality of being proper, appropriateness. 2. conformity to prevailing customs and usages.
sacrilege (n)
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily (adv)
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
suppliant (adj)
(adv) asking humbly and earnestly (n)one who makes a request humbly and earnestly
talisman (n)
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers; an amulet
undulate (v)
to moke in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
eulogy (n)
formal statement of praise (usually said at a funeral over a dead body)
evince (v)
to make clear
exhume (v)
1. to remove from a grave 2. also figurative; to bring to light
feckless (adj)
careless, irresponsible, unreliable, immature.
articulate (v/adj)
1. (v) to enunciate; to fit together as a whole. 2. (adj) able to express oneself clearly through words
cavort (v)
to bounce or prance about in a sprightly manner; caper
credence (n)
1. Acceptance as true or valid; belief.
2. trustworthiness
decry (v)
to condemn openly
dissemble (v)
1. To disguise or conceal behind a false appearance 2. To make a false show of; feign
distraught (adj)
1. Deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict.
2. Mad; insane.
acquisitive
adj. 1. characterized by a strong desire to gain and possess. 2. tending to acquire and retain ideas or information
arrogate
v. to take or claim for oneslf without right; appropriate. 2. to ascribe on behalf of another in an unwanted manner.
banal
adj. drearily commonplace and often predicatble; trite
belabor
v. to attack with blows; hit, beat or whip. 2. to assail verbally. 3. to discuss repeatedly or at length; harp on
carping
(v;n;adj) finding fault in a disagreeable way.
coherent
(adj) 1. sticking together; cohering. 2. marked by an orderly, logical and aesthetically consistent relation of parts.
congeal
v. 1. to solidify by or as if by freezing. 2. to jell
emulate
v. match or surpass; to IMITATE
encomium
n. a speech or piece of writing that praises someone or something highly
eschew
v. deliberately avoiding; abstain from
germane
(adj) relevant to a subject under consideration
insatiable
(adj)impossible to satisfy
intransigent
(adj) unwilling or refusing to change one's views or to agree aboutsomething.
(n.) an intransigent person
invidious
(adj) 1. likely to arouse resentment
2. offensive;hateful
largess
(n) a generous gift
2. act of giving the gift
reconnaissance
(n) spying mission for military purposes
substantiate
(v) establish by giving evidence or porrof
taciturn
adj. excessively quiet
temporize
v. to compromise. 2. to stall in order to buy yourself time.
tebale
(adj) defendable
murky
(adj) 1. dark, dim, or gloomy
2. Lacking clarity or distinctness; cloudy or obscure
nefarious
(adj.) Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.
piquant
(adj.) 1. Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy. 2. Appealingly provocative: a piquant wit. 3. Charming, interesting, or attractive: a piquant face.
primordial
(adj.) 1. Being or happening first in sequence of time; original. 2. Primary or fundamental: play a primordial role.
(n.) A basic principle.
propinquity
(n.) 1. Proximity; nearness. 2. Kinship. 3. Similarity in nature.
unwonted
(adj.) 1. Not habitual or ordinary; unusual. 2. Not accustomed; unused.
utopian
(adj.) 1. often relating to, describing or having the characteristics of a Utopia: a Utopian island; Utopian novels. 2. Excellent or ideal but impracticable. 3. Proposing impracticably ideal schemes.

(n.) A zealous but impractical reformer of human society.
verbiage
(n.) 1. An excess of words for the purpose; wordiness.
2. The manner in which something is expressed in words: software verbiage.
verdant
(adj) 1. Green with vegetation; covered with green growth. 2. Green. 3. Lacking experience or sophistication; naive.
viscous
(adj) 1. Having relatively high resistance to flow. 2. Viscid; sticky.
[like viscosity]
atrophy
(n) 1. A wasting or decrease in size of a body organ, tissue, or part owing to disease, injury, or lack of use: muscular atrophy of a person affected with paralysis. 2. A wasting away, deterioration, or diminution: intellectual atrophy.
(v) To undergo atrophy.
bastion
1. A projecting part of a fortification. 2. A well-fortified position. 3. One that is considered similar to a defensive stronghold
concord
(n) 1. Harmony or agreement of interests or feelings; accord. 2. A treaty establishing peaceful relations. 3. Agreement between words in person, number, gender, or case. 4. A harmonious combination of simultaneously sounded tones.
consummate
(v) 1. To bring to completion or fruition; conclude. 2. To complete (a marriage) with the first act of sexual intercourse after the ceremony. 3. To realize or achieve; fulfill

(adj) 1. Complete or perfect in every respect: consummate happiness. 2. Supremely accomplished or skilled. 3. Complete; utter.
disarray
(n) 1. A state of disorder; confusion. 2. Disorderly dress.
(v) 1. To throw into confusion; upset. 2. To undress.
exigency
(n) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
flotsam
(n) 1. floating debris 2. homeless people
frenetic
(adj) highly frenzied or agitated
glean
(v) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in fields by the reapers
grouse
(n) 1. a type of game bird. 2. a complaint

(v) 1. to complain, grumble
incarcerate
(v) to imprison; confine; jail
incumbent
(adj) obligatory, required
(n)one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
jocular
(adj) humorous; jesting; jolly; joking
ludicrous
(adj) ridiculous; laughable; absurd
mordant
(adj) biting or caustic in thought, manner or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
nettle
(n) a prickly or stinging plant (v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex.
pecuniary
(adj) consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
pulsillanimous
(adj) contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
(adj) in a reclining position; lying down; in the posture of one sleeping or resting
stratagem
(n) a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent to gain an end
intermittent
(adj) stopping and beginning again; sporadic

SYN: fitful, spasmodic, random
neophyte
(n) a new convert, nocive, beginner

SYN: tenderfoot, tyro, rookie
motif
(n) a princiapl idea, feature, theme or element; a repeated or dominant figure in design
moot
(adj) open to discussion and debate, unresolved
(v) to bring up for discussion
(n) a hypothetical law case argued by students
SYN: debateable, questionable (v) broach
perspicacity
(n) keenness in observing and understanding
SYN: acuity, acumen, discernment
plenary
(adj) complete in all aspects or essentaial: absolute, attended by all qualified members

SYN: unlimited, unrestricted
surveillance
(n) a watch kept over a person, careful, close and disciplined observaiton

SYN: observation, scrutiny, monitoring
sylvan
(adj) pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody

SYN: forested, arcadian
testy
(adj) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation

SYN: irritable, peevish, waspish, petulant
travesty
(n) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex
(v) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
SYN: burlesque, farce, parody, caricature
allay
(v) to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve

SYN: reduce, alleviate, moderate
bestial
(adj) beaslike; beasly; brutal; subhan in telligence and sensibilty

SYN: animal, depraved, loathsome
convivial
(adj.) festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
SYN: fun0loving, jovial, merry
coterie
(n) a circle of acquaintances, a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
SYN: clique, set
counterpart
(n) a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement
demur
(v) to object or take exception to
(n) an objection
SYN: (v) to protest, object to
effrontery
(n) shameless boldness, impundence
SYN: gall, chutzpah, nerve, cheek, impertinence
embellish
(v) to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
ephemeral
(adj) lasting only a short time, short-lived
felicitous
(adj) appropriate, apt, well-chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune; happy.
SYN: fleeting, transient, evanescent, transitory
furtive
(adj) done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
SYN: clandestine, covert, surreptitious
garish
(adj) glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated in a vulgar or offensive way
illusory
(adj)misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality
SYN: specious, spurious, fanciful, imaginary
indigent
(adj) needy, impoverished
SYN: penniless, poverty-stricken, destitute
inordinate
(adj) far too great, exceeding reasonable limits; excessive
SYN: exorbitant, extravagant
jettison
(v) to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome
SYN: cast off, discard, dump, junk, abandon
misanthrope
(n) a person who hates or despises people
SYN: people-hater
pertinacious
(adj) very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
SYN: stubbord, dogged, determined
picayune
(adj) or little value or importance, palty, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
SYN: inconsequential, piddling, trifling
raiment
(n) clothing, garmets
SYN: apparel, attire
acquisitive
adj. able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
SYN: greedy, grasping, avaricious, retentive
arrogate
v. to claim or take without right
SYN: expropriate, usurp, commandeer
banal
adj. hackneyed, trite, commonplace
SYN: stale, insipid
belabor
v. to work on excessively, to thrash soundly
SYN: overwork
carping
adj. tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty or hairpslitting way
n. petty, nagging criticism
SYN: nit-picking, caviling
coherent
adj. holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
SYN: connected, unified, consistent, cohesive
congeal
v. to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make infelxible or rigid
SYN: harden, jell, coagulate, solidify
emulate
v. to imitate with the extent of equaling or surpassing the model
SYN: copy, mimic, rival, match, measure up to
encomium
n. a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
SYN: panegyric, eulogy, commendation
eschew
v. to avoid, shun, keep away from
SYN: abstain from, steer clear of, forgo
germane
adj. relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
SYN: pertinent
insatiable
adj. so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
SYN: unquenchable, ravenous, voracious
instransigent
adj. refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
SYN: uncompromising, unyielding, obdurate
invidious
adj. offensive, hateful, tending to cause bitterness and resentment
SYN: malicious, spiteful, prejudicial, pejorative
largesse
n. generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
SYN: liberality, munificence, bounty
reconnaissance
n. a survey made for military puposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
SYN: scouting expedition
substantiate
v. to establish by evidence prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
SYN: verify, confirm, validate, authenticate
taciturn
adj. habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
SYN: tight lipped, uncommunicative, laconic
temporize
v. to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation or postpone a decision; to compromise
SYN: hedge, dillydally, procrastinate
tenable
adj. capable of being held or defended
SYN: defensible, justifiable, maintainable