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irreparable
(adj.) incapable of being repaired or rectified.
SYN: irremediable
laconic
adj. concise, using few words.
SYN: terse, succint, pithy, compact
languish
v. to become weak, feeble or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect
SYN: flag, wilt, fade, pine
mendacious
adj. given to lying or deception; untrue
SYN: untruthful, false
nadir
(n) the lowest point
SYN: rock bottom
omnipresent
adj. present in all places at all times.
SYN: ubiquitous, ever-present
perfunctory
adj. done in a superficial or halfhearted manner, without interest or enthusiasm
SYN: slapdash, cursory, shallow
plaintive
adj. expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy
SYN: sad, doleful, lugubrious
requite
v. to make suitable repayent, as for a kindness, service or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate
SYN: reimburse, recompense, avengre
tantamount
adj. equivalent, having the same meaning, value ro effect
SYN: indistinguishable from
abtruse
adj. extremely difficult to understand
SYN: esoteric, arcane, recondite, occult
affront
n. an open or intentional insult; a slight;
v. to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
SYN: offense; offend
canard
N. a false rumor, fabricated story
SYN:hoax
captious
adj. excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse or show up
SYN: faultfinding, nit-picking, carping
cognizant
adj. aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction
SYN: conscious, acquainted
contrite
adj. regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt; thoroughly penitent
SYN: remoreseful, rueful
cynosure
n. the center of attraction, attention or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
SYN: focus
decorous
adj. well behaved, dignified, socially proper
SYN: seemly, becoming, tasteful
deign
v. to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend
SYN: deem, stoop
desiccated
adj, part. thoroughly dried out; divested of spirit or vitality; arid and uninteresting
SYN: dehydrated, shriveled, parched
efficacy
n. the power to produce a desired result
SYN: effectiveness, potency, reliability
engender
v. to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
SYN: beget, generate, cause, form
ethereal
adj. light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly (rather than earthbound)
SYN: heavenly, celestial, gossamer
facade
n. the front or face of a building; a surface appearance (as opposed to what may lie behind)
SYN: exterior, surface, mask, pretense
ghoulish
adj. revolting in a n unnatural or morbid way; suggestive of someone who robs graves or otherwise preys on the dead
SYN: fiendish, barbarous, monstrous
incongruous
adj. not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
SYN: discordant, jarring
machination
n. a crafty, scheming or underhanded action designed to accomplish some (usually evil) end
SYN: plot, scheme, maneuver
mesmerize
v. to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
SYN: none
opprobrium
n. disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
SYN: infamy, dishonor, odium, shame
putative
adj. generally regarded as such; reputed; hypothesized, inferred
SYN: supposed, presumed
beatific
adj. blissful, rendering or making blessed
SYN: rapturous, ecstatic, transcendent
behemoth
n. a creature of enormaous size, power or appearance
SYN: mammoth, whale, elephant, colossus
blandishment
n. (often plural) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk or apple-polishing
SYN: allurement, enticement, cajolery
cacophonous
adj. harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant
chicanery
n. trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double dealing.
consign
v. to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a psecial use
SYN: transfer, remit, convey
coup
n. a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or staragem; a sudden takever of power or leadership
euphemism
n. a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute
febrile
adj. feverish; pertaining to or maked by fever; frenetic
gainsay
v. to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
imminent
adj. about to happen, threatening
SYUN: impending, looming
innate
adj. natural, inborn, inherent; built-in
SYN: intrinsic
loath
adj. unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
SYN: averse, indisposed
manifest
adj. clear, evident to the eyes or mind
v. to show plainly, exhibit, evince;
n. a list of cargo and/or passengers
SYN: adj. apparent
v. reveal, disclose
minutiae
pl.n. small or trivial details, trifling matters
SYN: trivia, trifles
moratorium
n. a suspension of activity; an official waiting period; an authorized period of delay
SYN: postponement, stoppage
nostrum
n. an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
SYN: panacea, elixir
pariah
n. one who is rejected by a social group or organization
SYN: outcast, untouchable, persona non grata
visionary
adj. not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream;
n. one given to far-fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight
SYN: utopian, idealistic, impractical
wizened
adj. part. dry, shrunken and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)
SYN: witered, shriveled
amentity
n. that which is pleasant or agreeable
pl. attractive features, customs, etc.
aperture
n. an opening, gap, hole; orifice
dissidence
n. a difference of opinion; discontent
SYN: disagreement, dissent, disaffection
epicurean
adj. devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food, comfort and ease; with discriminating tastes;
n. a person with discriminating tastes.
SYN: hedonistic, sybaritic, discriminating
improvident
adj. not thrifty; failing to plan ahead
SYN: prodicgal, spendthrift, extravagant
iniquity
n. wickedness, sin;l a grossly immoral act
SYN: evil, crime
inviolable
adj. sacred; of such a character that it must not be broken, injured or profaned
SYN: sacronsanct, unassailable
mutable
adj. open to or capable of change, fickle
SYN: changeable, variable
nascent
adj. just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence
SYN: budding, incipient, embryonic
obeisance
n. a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; deference, homage
SYN: respect, honor
panegyric
n. formal or elaborate praise; a tribute
SYN: tribute, encomium, testimonial
pillory
n. a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to pulic contempt or ridicule
v. to expose to public contempt or ridicule
pittance
n. a woefully meager allowance, wage or potion
SYN: modicum, trifle
pressage
v. to foreshadow or point to a future event; to predict
n. a warning or indication of the future
SYN: v. augur, portend, foretell
progeny
n. descendants, offspring, children, followers, disciples
SYN: issue, posterity
promulgate
v. to proclaim or issue officially; to make known far and wide
SYN: announce
rectitude
n. uprightness, righteousness; correctness
SYN: probity, integrity
restive
adj. restless, hard to manage, balky
SYN: uneasy, fidgety, recalcitrant
seraphic
adj. angelic, heavenly, celestial
SYN: cherubic
subsist
v. to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to persist or continue
SYN: last, survive, sustain