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abet
to aid
accede
to express approval
adamant
stubbornly unyielding
adumbrate
to give a hint or indication or something to come; to sketch out in a vague way
amity
friendship, good will
aphorism
a short statement of a principle
arcane
mysterious, secret, obscure
autocrat
a dictator
becalm
to stop the progress of, to soothe
bilious
ill-tempered, sickly, ailing
broach
to mention or suggest for the first time
cantankerous
having a difficult, uncooperative, or stubborn disposition
celerity
speed, haste
circumvent
to go around; avoid
complacent
self-satisfied, smug
consanguineous
having the same lineage or ancestry; related by blood
continence
self-control, self-restraint
cull
to weed out
demagogue
a leader, usually appealing to emotion or prejudice
discomfit
to disconcert, to make one lose one's composure
disconcert
to throw into confusion; to disturb the composure of
dogged
stubbornly persevering
emulate
to strive to equal or excel, to imitate
eschew
to shun; to avoid (as something wrong or distasteful)
expound
to explain further in detail
facile
easily accomplished
filibuster
to use obstructionist tactics, especially prolonged speech making, in order to delay something
formidable
fearsome, daunting; tending to inspire awe or wonder
galvanize
to shock; to arouse awareness
hedonist
one who pursues pleasure as a goal
hypocrite
one who criticizes a flaw he in fact possesses
implacable
inflexible; not capable of being changed or pacified
incarnadine
red, especially blood red
inherent
involving the essential character of something; built-in; inborn
inter
to bury
intrepid
bold, fearless
jettison
to discard, to get rid of as unnecessary or encumbering
encumber
weigh down, burden, hindered, impeded
lax
negligent
limber
flexible, capable of being shaped
malediction
a curse, a wish of evil upon another
megalomania
obsession with great or grandiose performance
mitigate
to make less sever, make milder
mutability
the quality of being capable of change, in form or character; susceptibility of change
nomenclature
system of scientific names
oligarchy
a government in which a small group exercises supreme control
ossify
to change into bone; to become hardened or set in a rigidly conventional pattern
palpable
capable of being touched; easily perceived
paramount
supreme, of chief importance
peculate
to embezzle
phalanx
a compact or close-knit body of people, animals, or things
plebeian
crude or coarse; characteristic of commoners
potable
suitable for drinking
primeval
ancient, primitive
puissant
powerful
rapacious
taking by force; driven by greed
recidivism
a tendency to relapse into a previous behavior, especially criminal behavior
repose
relaxation, leisure
resplendent
splendid, brilliant
salient
prominent, of notable significance
secular
not specifically relating to religion, relating to the world
sobriquet
a nickname
squalid
filthy and degraded as the result of neglect or poverty
stringent
imposing severe, rigorous standards
supplant
to replace (another) by force, to take the place of
temerity
unreasonable or foolhardy disregard for danger
unconscionable
unscrupulous; shockingly unfair or unjust
veritable
being without question
virulent
extremely poisonous; malignant; hateful
wanton
undisciplined, unrestrained, reckless
yen
a strong desire, craving