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abortive
ending without results
acme
the highest level or degree attainable
adjure
to appeal to (appeal to court)
aggregate
the collective mass, sum total
anodyne
a source of comfort, a medicine that relieves pain
apposite
strikingly appropriate or well adapted
arrogate
to claim without justification; to claim for oneself without right
awr
crooked, askew, amiss
beget
to produce, to bring about
blithely
merrily
bursar
a treasurer or keeper of funds
catalyst
something that provokes or speeds up significant change
cessation
a temporary or complete halt
cogent
logically forceful, compelling, convincing
concord
agreement
constraint
something that restricts or confines within prescribed bounds
coquette
a flirtatious woman
dearth
a lack, scarcity, insufficiency
diffuse
to spread out widely, to scatter freely
disinterested
unbiased
effluvia
waste, odorous fumes
epochal
momentous, highly significant
euphemism
an inoffensive and agreeable expression that is substituted for one that is considered offensive
extrapolation
using known data and information to determine what will happen in the future, prediction
feckless
ineffective, worthless
flout
to scorn, to disregard with contempt
frenetic
frantic, frenzied
grandiloquence
pompous talk; fancy but meaningless language
hiatus
a gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity
imbibe
to receive into the mind and take in, absorb
impudent
marked by cocky boldness or disregard for others
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected or amended; difficult to control or manage
insolent
insultingly arrogant, overbearing
interregnum
a temporary halting of the usual operations of government or control
irascible
easily angered, hot-tempered
kismet
destiny, fate
libertarian
one who advocates individual rights and free will
macabre
having death as a subject; dwelling on the gruesome
malleable
easily influenced or shaped, capable of being altered by outside forces
milieu
the physical or social setting in which something occurs or develops, environment
mordant
biting and caustic in manner and style
necromancy
the practice of communicating with the dead in order to predict the future
obdurate
stubbornly persistent, resistant to persuasion
opportunist
one who takes advantage of any opportunity to achieve an end, with little regard for principles
paean
a tribute, a song or expression of praise
pandemic
occurring over a wide geographic area and affecting a large portion of the population
patent
obvious, evident
penchant
a strong inclination, a definite liking
phlegmatic
having a sluggish, unemotional temperament
polyglot
a speaker of many languages
precipitous
steep
progenitor
an ancestor in the direct line, forefather; founder
provincial
limited in outlook, narrow, unsophisticated
purloin
to steal
raze
to tear down, demolish
relegate
to send into exile, banish; assign
requite
to return or repay
rife
abundant or prevalent to an increasing degree; filled with
saturnine
cold and steady in mood, gloomy; slow to act
sequester
to set apart, seclude
sophomoric
exhibiting great immaturity and lack of judgement
stint
to be sparing or frugal; to restrict with respect to a share or allowance
sully
to tarnish, taint
tactile
producing a sensation of touch
tenacious
persistent
tortuous
having many twists and turns; complex
truculent
disposed to fight, belligerent
vociferous
loud, noisy; offensively loud
wily
clever, deceptive