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equivocal
subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse; uncertain as an indication or sign
lucid
luminous, translucent; sane; intelligible
precipitate
to throw violently; to bring about especially abruptly
opaque
hard to understand or explain
prodigal
lavish, wasteful; luxuriant
fervid
burning; extreme fervor; impassioned
audacious
adventurous; recklessly bold; insolent
adulturate
to corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding an inferior substance
desiccate
to dry up; dehydrate; drain of emotional or intellectual vitality
mufti
civilian dress when worn by a person from the armed forces
expedient (adj)
immediately advantageous without regard for ethics or consistent principles
politic (adj)
shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic; implies some lack of candor or sincerity
to gabble
to talk fast or foolishly, jabber, babble
to hulk
to appear impressively large or massive; loom
gale
a strong current of air; an emotional outburst
abiogenesis
the supposed spontaneous generation of living organisms directly from lifeless matter
to palpitate
beat strongly; throb
excrescence
a projection or outgrowth esp. when abnormal
to titter
to giggle, snicker
caper
a frolicsome leap, a prank, an illegal or questionable act, as in theft
ergo
therefore, hence
fetid
having a heavy offensive smell
palsy
paralysis
arthralgia
joint pain
to goad
to incite or rouse as if with a goad
dereliction
an intentional abandonment, the state of being abandoned
rebuff
to reject or criticize sharply; snub
torsion
twisting, being twisted
mire (n)
bog, marsh; a troublesome or intractable situation
mentation
mental activity
consternation
amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion
despotic
dictatorial
smarmy
smug, ingratiating, or false earnestness; of low sleazy taste or quality
ingratiating
capable of winning favor (pleasing); flattering
collywobbles
bellyache
preternatural
extraordinary
virulent
marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive force; extremely poisonous or venemous; malignant; objectionably harsh
cruet
small bottle used for condiments (like oil or vinegar)
bevy
a large group or collection
alopecia
loss of hair, wool, or feathers; baldness
sepulture
burial; sepulchre
punctilio
a minute detail of conduct in a ceremony; careful observance of forms
peignoir
a woman's loose negligee or dressing gown
to espouse
to take up and support as a cause; become attached to
moribund
approaching death
levity
excessive frivolity; lack of steadiness
to bestir
to rouse to action
capricious
impulsive, unpredictable
carousel
revelry; tournament of horsemen
magniloquent
having a bombastic style
bombastic
pompous, overblown
interment
burial
tatterdemalion
person dressed in ragged clothing; ragamuffin
roustabout
deckhand; unskilled or semiskilled laborer; a person with no permanent home or occupation who stirs up trouble
fractious
quarrelsome, irritable
cuspidor
spittoon - receptacle for spit
sebaceous
fatty
humus
the organic part of the soil, resulting from partial decomposition of plant and animal matter
apt
ready, likely, inclined, suitable
turret
a little tower
jaded
fatigued by overwork; exhausted; made dull, apathetic or cynical by experience or by surfeit
surfeit
overabundant supply; excess; an intemperate or immoderate indulgence; disgust caused by excess
to disgorge
vomit
deposition
the act of removing from a position of authority; testifying before a court
pustule
pimple or blister containing pus
leitmotif
a dominant recurring theme
ermine
a type of weasel with a white coat
condonation
implied pardon of an offense by treating the offender as if it had not been committed
sinew
tendon; solid resilient strength, power
mainstay
a chief support
emendation
an alteration designed to correct or improve
posy
a brief sentiment, motto, or legend; bouquet, nosegay, flower
nosegay
a small bunch of flowers; posy
nosegay
a small bunch of flowers; posy
chauvinist
excessive or blind patriotism; an attitude of superiority towards members of the opposite sex
boorish
having crude insensitivity
languid
weak, listless, slow
droll
having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
chauvinist
excessive or blind patriotism; an attitude of superiority towards members of the opposite sex
boorish
having crude insensitivity
languid
weak, listless, slow
droll
having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
quittance
a release from debt or obligation
enmity
hatred
portentous
ominous; eliciting amazement or wonder; being a grave or serious matter; pompous
indecorous
conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct or good taste
prodigious
exciting amazement or wonder; extraordinary in bulk, quantity, or degree; enormous
syllogism
a deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion; a subtle, specious, or crafty argument; deductive reasoning
specious
having deceptive attraction or allure; having a false look of truth or genuineness
sophistic
plausible but fallacious
canard
a false or unfounded report or story; a groundless rumor or belief
guile
deceitful cunning; dublicity
shrewd
severe, hard; sharp, piercing; clever discerning awareness and hard-headed acumen
perspicacious
of acute mental vision or discernment; keen
urbane
notably polite or polished in manner
uncouth
strange or clumsy in shape or appearance; lacking in polish and grace, rugged; awkward and uncultivated
ostentatious
marked by or fond of conspicuous or vainglorious and sometimes pretentious display (showy)
conspicuous
obvious to the eye or mind; attracting attention, striking; marked by a noticeable violation of good taste
edifice
a large or massive structure; a large abstract structure
lampoon
a harsh satire usu. directed against an individual
chide
to reproach in a usu. mild and constructive manner; scold
rankle
to cause irritation or bitterness
overture
something introductory, prelude; the orchestral introduction to a musical dramatic work
caboose
last car of the train
stand (n)
a group of plants growing in a continuous area
repudiate
to divorce or separate formally; disown; refuse to accept, acknowledge, or pay
sanction
to make valid or binding usu. by a formal procedure; to give authoritative consent to
assail (v)
to attack violently with blows or words
unassailable
not liable to doubt, attack, or question
sanguine
confident, optimistic
supersede
to replace as sth that is superior
rancor
bitter deep-seated ill will
prevaricate
to deviate from the truth; equivocate
palter
to act insincerely or deceitfully; equivocate
changeling
simpleton, imbecile
magnanimous
having a lofty and courageous spirit, nobility of spirit, and generosity of mind
recapitulate
summarize
calcimine
whitewash (mix of glue, whiting, and water)
impudent
having contemptuous or cocky boldness or disregard of others; insolent
derisory
derisive; laughably small
pullet
a young hen
marimba
xylophone
decorum
literary and dramatic propriety, fitness; propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance; orderliness
propriety
appropriateness
bode
to indicate by signs, presage
muckrake
to search and publicly expose real or apparent misconduct of a prominent individual or business
mahout
elephant driver
magnum
a large wine bottle
petulant
insolent or rude in speech or behavior; peevish
outlay
expenditure, payment
convolve
to roll together; writhe
ruction
a noisy fight; disturbance, uproar
twee
excessively dainty, delicate, cute, or quaint
mamba
type of snake
akimbo
having the hand on the hip and the elbow turned outward
relegate
banish into exile; assign, delegate
addle
to throw into confusion, confound; to become rotten (spoil); to become confused
taboret
a cylindrical seat or stool without arms or back; a small portable stand or cabinet
tinea
ringworm
argentiferous
containing silver
tatting
lace
apogee
the furthest or highest point
cabretta
sheepskin leather
cahier
policy report
lustrum
a period of five years
levigate
polish, smooth; grind into powder
provenience
origin, source
abdicate
to cast off; discard; to relinquish (as sovereign power) formally; to renounce a thrown, high office, etc.
objurgation
a harsh rebuke
demur
to take exception; object
exsiccate
to dry, remove moisture from
quirt
a riding whip
alidade
part of a surveying instrument
eldritch
weird, eerie
recusant
one who refuses to accept or obey established authority
ambeer
tobacco juice
cabotage
navigation along the coast
colcannon
potatoes and cabbage boiled and mashed together with butter and seasoning
matutinal
occuring early in the morning
devolve
to delegate, pass down to
lipuria
fatty urine
frug
twist-like dance
cloy (v)
disgust or sicken with an excess of sweetness, richness, or sentiment
apiculate (adj)
pointed
gnar
snarl, growl
plenary
complete in every respect; fully attended by all present
kris
a Malay or Indonesian dagger
mithridate
an antidote against poison
paillette
a small shiny object applied in clusters as decorative trimming (as in women's clothing)
spangle
a small glittering object or particle
epode
a lyric poem in which a long verse is followed by a shorter one
sambar
a large Asian deer
shamus
police officer, private investigator
sexton
a church officer or employee who takes care of the church property and performs other minor duties
laciniate
bordered with a fringe
damson
plum or plum tree
fistulous
hollow like a pipe or reed; tubular
clathrate
molecule with a lattice in which another molecule is contained
angioma
a tumor composed of blood vessels
whelk
large snail
trice
a brief space of time; instant ("in a trice")
kabuki
Japanese theater
habiliments
trappings; clothes characteristic of an occupation or occasion
ululate
howl, wail
geoduck
a large edible clam
tannic
markedly astringent
cadre
a core group of like-minded people
touchstone
a test of purity; a fundamental or quintessential part of something
enumerate
count, list
visceral
primal, instinctive, elemental
bonhomie
good-natured easy friendliness
bogey
phantom, source of fear or perplexity
apoplectic
nearly causing a stroke
wry
bent, twisted, ironically or grimly humorous
intractable
not easily governed, manipulated, or cured
pragmatism
a practical approach to problems and affairs
disapprobation
condemnation
lettered
learned, educated, cultured
behest
command, order, urgent prompting
to impute
to blame for sth, often unjustly; attribute
connubial
relating to marriage
conjugal
relating to marriage
epaulet
ornamental shoulder pad
autocrat
a person with unlimited authority
toady
flatterer
sycophant
servile self-seeking flatterer
indelible
cannot be removed or forgotten
missal
prayer book
conversant
knowledgeable of
prefatory
introductory
relegate
banish; assign to a lower position or ranking
amah
wet nurse
dandy
a man who pays a lot of attention to his looks
fop
a man who is vain about his appearance or dress
coxcomb
a conceited foolish person; a jester's cap with a strip of red
pate
head, crown of the head
promontory
a high point of land or rock jutting into a body of water or overlooking lowlands
propitiate
to gain or regain the favor of; appease
sluice
an artificial passage for water; a channel
provenance
origin, source
ziggurat
ancient temple
environs
the districts surrounding a city, the surroundings or vicinity
riffle
a shallow extending across a streambed causing broken water
diadem
crown
bucolic
pastoral, idyllic
idyllic
pleasing or picturesque in natural simplicity
preferment
promotion
gloam
twilight
ratiocination
reasoning
dissemble
to present a false appearance, disguise one's real intentions or character
auspicious
favorable, predicted to be favorable
comport
behave
arroyo
a watercourse in a dry region; a brook
dreck
trash
sylvan
wooded, of the woods
horologe
timekeeping device
cyclopean
huge, massive
Committees of Correspondence
These started as groups of private citizens in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York who, in 1763, began circulating information about opposition to British trade measures. The first government – organized committee appeared in Massachusetts in 1764. Other colonies created their own committees in order to exchange information and organize protests to British trade regulations. The Committees became particularly active following the Gaspee Incident.
- Attempted to let people in the different colonies know what was going on.
- Established by Sam Adams
- Hoped that if people were upset in New York, the people in South Carolina would know about it.
diffident
shy, unassertive, lacking in confidence
titan
one that is gigantic in size or power; one that stands out for greatness of achievement
verve
special ability; vivacity, energy
extenuate
make light of, lessen the seriousness of by making partial excuses
itinerant
traveling from place to place
subsume
include within a more comprehensive group
consummate (adj)
perfect, extremely skilled, of the highest degree
exigent
requiring immediate action; demanding
hackneyed
lacking in freshness or originality
garrulous
pointlessly or annoyingly talkative
inconsequential
illogical, irrelevant, unimportant
impunity
exemption from punishment or harm
to exact
to require, demand
exacting
unremittingly severe in making demands; requiring careful attention and precision
unremitting
constant, incessant
onerous
troublesome, burdensome
salient
jumping out, noticeable
asperity
severity, roughness, harshness
sumptuous
extremely costly, rich, luxurious
obfuscate
make unclear or confusing
belie
contradict
abrogate
nullify, treat as nonexistent
rescind
take back, cancel
soporific
causing sleepiness
salubrious
favorable to health
flense
to remove the blubber of skin from
tumescent
swollen
detraction
belittlement, taking away
emesis
vomiting
treacle
antidote against poison; molasses
debridement
surgical removal of wounded tissue
foist
to force another to accept esp. by deceit; to pass off as genuine
troth
pledge faithfulness or truthfulness
surreptitious
stealthy, clandestine
imprecation
curse
capsicum
pepper
taurine
bull-like, bovine
argillaceous
clay-like
calix
cup
appellation
title
pharisaic, pharisaical
hypocritical censorious self-righteousness
censure (v)
to find fault and criticize as blameworthy
lugubrious
mournful
inveigle
entice, win by flattery, sweet-talk
glissade
sliding step
ala
wing
to lade
load; ladle
roily
muddy, turbulent
turbid
thick, opaque, foul, muddy, obscure
pert
flippantly cocky and assured; jaunty; piquantly stimulating; lively
jaunty
sprightly in manner or appearance; lively
roily
muddy
bantam
small
stasis
stability
obsequious
subservient
paragon
a model of perfection
scimitar
Arabian sword
rectory
the residence of a cleric or pastor
manse
large imposing house; residence of a Presbyterian minister
potentate
ruler
refectory
dining hall
votary
a devotee, believer
vicar
representative or agent
profligate
recklessly wasteful, extravagant
cantankerous
difficult or irritating to deal with
scabbard
a sheath for a sword or dagger
tonic
sth that vigorates, refreshes, restores
intransigent
uncompromising
sacristy
the room in a church where vessels and vestments are kept
ineluctable
inevitable
expurgate
to cleanse of sth morally harmful, offensive, or erroneous
infraction
violation
perjury
the voluntary violation of an oath
eminent
conspicuous, projecting, prominent
unfettered
free, unrestrained
convoluted
twisted, involved, intricate
vilify
lower in importance; defame
heterodox
unorthodox, unconventional
to flag
to lose strength or weaken
stultify
make sbd look foolish, make sth ineffective
effulgence
radiant splendor
incontrovertible
indisputable
credulous
ready to believe esp. on slight or uncertain evidence
hoodwink
to deceive by false appearance; dupe
spurious
of illegitimate birth; falsified
inchoate
not yet completed or fully developed; just begun; lacking order
prodigious
enormous, amazing
blithe
happy, lighthearted; casual, heedless
tenuous
rare, slender, flimsy, weak, shaky
rugose
wrinkly
aberrant
abnormal
intrepid
fearless
chagrined
embarrassed
upbraid
to criticize severely, scold vehemently
impugn
attack as false or lacking integrity
attenuate
make thin, lessen, reduce
unalloyed
unmixed, pure
debase
to lower in status or value
indict
to charge with a crime
denouement
final outcome
raillery
good-natured ridicule; banter
pleonasm
redundancy of words
bowdlerize
remove offensive parts from
panacea
cure-all
nostrum
false or ineffective medicine
to chase
to groove (metal) or set with gems
offal
by-product of butchering; rubbish
abattoir
slaughterhouse
lees
sediment in wine
dregs
sediment in liquid; the most undesirable part; the leftovers
collude
conspire, plot
congeal
to change from fluid to solid; coagulate; solidify
deliquesce
dissolve, melt, become soft or liquid with age
blarney
skillful flattery; nonsense
dielectric
nonconductor
cogitate
ponder
natty
neatly dressed
hussar
cavalryman
endemic
belonging to or characteristic of a specific population or area; native, local
fatuous
silly; foolish, yet smug
dissolute
lacking restraint, indulgent in things deemed vices
dissolution
dissolving, disintegration, dispersion, liquefaction
chutzpah
supreme self-confidence, nerve
dichotomy
split, branching into two parts (esp. contradictory ones)
facetious
joking (often inappropriately); humorous
disinterested
unbiased
felicitous
well-suited, well-chosen
delineate
sketch, outline in detail
distend
expand, swell out
denigrate
attack one's reputation (defame); deny the importance of (belittle); blacken
diffuse
verbose; not concentrated or localized (spread out)
contrite
showing remorse
penitent
(adj) repentant; (n) a repentant person
disparage
degrade, belittle
invidious
causing discontent or animosity; envious; obnoxious
ebullient
enthusiastic, extremely excited
craven
extremely cowardly
extrapolation
prediction, projection, conjecture
equanimity
evenness of mind, balance, composure
sangfroid
imperturbability esp. under strain
divest
strip, get rid of, take away from, deprive
default
failure to act; neglect
eddy
a contrary or circular current
evanesce
to dissipate like vapor
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
shade
ghost, thing of the past
gregarious
sociable
foment
rouse, incite
erratic
having no fixed course; lacking consistency or regularity
occlude
obstruct, conceal, sorb
adsorption
the creation of a thin layer of gas or liquid on a solid surface
supine
lying on the back; exhibiting apathetic passivity; sloping backward
gall
bile; something bitter or rancorous; brazen boldness
bile
inclination to anger, acrimony
viscid
sticky
viscous
thick and slimy; liquid that is resistant to flow
alkaline
basic; having a pH of more than 7
emulsion
a mixture of two or more unblendable liquids
colloid
a mixture of two substances which are evenly dispersed, but not dissolved molecularly
immiscible
incapable of mixing
virulence
extreme bitterness; rancor
equable
uniform; lacking variation
flaccid
flabby; lacking vigor
histrionic
theatrical, relating to theater
affected
inclined; pretended; affectionate
lissome
limber, gracefully slender
parity
equality
precipitate (adj)
falling quickly, steep, with violent speed
ephemeral
lasting a short time
arbitrate
decide, determine
crotchet
a highly individual, usu. eccentric opinion
fait accompli
something done and irreversible
nominal
existing in name only; insignificant; happening according to plan
putative
commonly accepted or supposed; assumed to exist or have existed
sortie
a sudden attack on an enemy, raid; excursion
ethos
the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution
mawkish
bland or unpleasantly tasting; sickly sentimental
insipid
tasteless; dull; boring
vapid
lacking liveliness or force; dull; boring
jejune
lacking nutritive value; dull; juvenile
puerile
juvenile
banal
lacking originality; trite
gassy
emptily verbose
tinderbox
a highly flammable object or place; a potentially explosive situation
excoriate
to wear off the skin of; abrade; to censure scathingly
bane
killer; poison; death, destruction; woe; source of harm or ruin; curse
exhume
disinter; bring back from neglect or obscurity
chrestomathy
collection of literary passages, usu. by one author; an anthology used in studying a language
peccadillo
a slight offense
snarky
snappish, sarcastic
limpid
clear; stylistically simple; serene
pellucid
admitting maximum passage of light; easy to understand
primordial
existing since the beginning; primary; fundamental
chimera
mythical creature containing body parts from different animals; an illusion, esp. an unrealized dream
voluble
easily rolling or turning; rotating; fluent, glib
aver
prove to be true; declare positively
etiology
cause (esp. of a disease); study of the causes of disease
truckle
to act in a subservient manner
inveterate
firmly established; habitual
paradigm
example, pattern, archetype
stoic
someone who is or claims to be indifferent to pleasure or pain
impassive
unsusceptible to pain or physical feeling or emotion; expressionless
phlegmatic
having a slow and stolid temperament
stolid
unemotional; habitual absence of interest, responsiveness, or curiosity
conflagration
a large disastrous fire; war
anaerobic
living in the absence of oxygen; an activity in which the body occurs an oxygen debt
dissipation
intemperate living, esp. excessive drinking; self-indulgence, esp. unharmful
licentious
lacking legal or moral restraints; disregard for rules
cantankerous
difficult to deal with
stricture
restriction; censure
impetuous
impulsively passionate; extremely impatient and impulsive
tautology
needless repetition of an idea, statement, or idea
vicissitude
naturally changing, sth that occurs by chance
attendant
accompanying or following as a consequence
pinion
to disable or restrain by binding the arms or (on a bird) by clipping the pinion feathers
quaff
to drink deeply
pernicious
highly injurious or destructive; deadly; wicked
baleful
deadly or pernicious in influence; foreboding or threatening evil
noxious
physically harmful or destructive to human beings; harmful influence on mind or behavior; obnoxious
deleterious
harmful in subtle or unexpected ways
genteel
stylish, elegant, polite, upper-class
fulminate
to utter with denunciation; send forth censures
invective
insulting or abusive language
vituperate
to abuse or censure severely or abusively
berate
to scold or condemn vehemently and at length
tarry
delay, wait, stay
yen
strong desire, craving, urge, longing
argot
a secret vocabulary or idiom peculiar to a specific group
tiller
the part of a boat that steers; sth that steers
pall
to lose strength, effectiveness, or interest in; dwindle; become insipid; to deprive of pleasure in sth by satiating
rococo
excessively ornate or intricate
wend
to direct one's course; to proceed on one's way
desultory
lacking a definite plan or purpose; not connected with the main subject; disappointing in progress or performance
dissension
disagreement, quarreling
brisling
a small European type of herring
sprat
brisling; a young, small, or insignificant person
cordiform
heart-shaped
escarole
endive
endive
herb used in salads or cooking
inscrutable
mysterious
diaphanous
transparent, ethereal, insignificant
corsair
pirate
privateer
a private ship licensed to attack enemy shipping
adroit
skilled at handling situations
maladroit
inept, clumsy, awkward
vitrify
to convert into glass
why is sociology a science?
-The study of society based on systematic observation of social behavior; study patterns of social behavior
-"Uses the logic of science to understand how variables are related"
-follows loose scientific data to follow therios
-explores validity of data, reliability of data, is data consistant across differt groups


-tries to establish cause and effect.
-demands that researchers try to be objective.
arenaceous
sandy
manikin
dwarf
alluvion
flood
acephalous
headless
abnegate
deny, renounce, relinquish
scaup
diving duck
roister
to engage in noisy revelry
revel
wild party
carouse
to drink liquor freely or excessively
daft
silly, insane
shtick
comic performance; special trait
schlock
of low quality or value
mealy
soft, dry, and friable; covered with meal or fine granules; spotty; blanched
farinaceous
having a mealy texture; rich in starch
mealymouthed
not plain and straightforward; devious
cere
waxy protuberance at the base of the bill of a bird
protuberant
thrusting out; prominent
repartee
quick and witty reply, or a banter of such
spar
to box, skirmish
echidna
spiny anteater
freehanded
generous
raiment
clothes
penury
extreme poverty
sunder
to split in two
debauchee
someone with no sexual restraint
byre
cow-barn
igneous
fiery
credenza
sideboard
chelonian
turtle
picaroon
pirate
maw
stomach; gaping mouth of a voracious animal
hie
to go quickly
obstreperous
noisy, unruly
permutation
major change due to a rearrangement of elements
torpor
lethargy
estivate
hibernate through summer
prognostication
prediction, foreboding
dyspeptic
disgruntled
dolt
a stupid person
circumspect
careful
inimical
hostile, unfriendly
galvanize
stimulate or shock
sardonic
disdainfully humorous
paucity
scarcity, dearth
turpitude
depravity, baseness
enervate
weaken, lose vitality
ingenuous
inexperienced, lacking guile
appurtenance
accessory or subordinate part
eschew
avoid, shun
cupidity
greed, lust
apotheosis
deification, quintessence
torrid
hot, scorching, passionate
carapace
shell, covering
repast
meal
explicate
explain in detail
importune
beg, annoy
pithy
short and to the point
to light
to land; happen by chance
outfox
outsmart
avarice
greediness
plutocracy
government by the wealthy
magnanimous
noble, generous
mirth
happiness accompanied by laughter
mountebank
quack, charlatan
charlatan
quack, fraudster
substantiate
prove
sybarite
voluptuary, sensualist
voluptuary
a person whose chief interest is in gratifying sensual appetite
dilettante
lover of the arts; one with little knowledge of sth
tyro
novice
incursion
raid
satire
literary work of ridicule or criticism
parody
a comical imitation
farrago
hodgepodge
jawbone
speak forcefully and persuasively
peculate
embezzle
qualm
fear, doubt, moral uneasiness
caucus
closed meeting of party members
machinate
plan or plot to do harm
sheepshank
knot
thimblerig
swindling trick with three cups and a ball
forge
smithy
trove
treasure, discovery
emir
ruler, chief, commander
filigree
metal openwork ornamentation
adumbrate
foreshadow vaguely
intimate (v)
announce, hint
magus
magician, sorcerer
winnow
to separate undesirable elements by fanning
erythrism
a condition marked by exceptional presence of redness
ostium
a mouthlike opening in a bodily part
variegate
to make colorful; to enliven with variety
dapple
spots that are a different color from their background
inflect
curve; vary in pitch; influence
convoke
summon
felicity
fortune
dulcet
sweet-tasting, melodious, agreeable
fracas
a noisy quarrel
scabroud
rough, harsh, scandalous
aphorism
adage
rue
regret, sorrow
provident
prudent, frugal
chary
cautiously reluctant, slow to accept
doughty
valiant
aplomb
self-assurance, poise
plucky
spirited, brave
consonance
harmony, resonance
cavil
to raise trivial objections
bluster
to utter with noisy self-assertiveness
indolent
lazy
cadge
beg, sponge
ersatz
bad substitution or imitation
commutation
exchange, replacement, lesser punishment for a crime
transmogrify
to alter greatly and with grotesque or humorous results
lurid
gruesome, ghastly, shocking, grayish-yellow
privation
deprivation
stint
limit, restrict, stop
supererogatory
superfluous, excessive
replete
abundant, fat, complete
dotage
senility
hoary
extremely old
senescence
the state of being old or getting old
sedulity
diligence
curmudgeon
grumpy old man
purvey
supply
escutcheon
shield, metal plate around a keyhole
adventitious
coming from an outside source, occurring sporadically
rapacious
excessively grasping, ravenous
flange
metal part used for strength or guidance; decorative trim of clothing
arcane
known only by a few; secret; mysterious
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity; spurious
innocuous
harmless
recalcitrant
defiant, resistant
munificent
generous, lavish
odious
hateful
lassitude
weariness, fatigue, languor
paltry
inferior, trivial, meager
austere
somber, ascetic, unadorned
oblique
indirect, inclined
fulsome
abundant, copious, excessive, effusive
indigent
impoverished
cozen
deceive, win over, or induce to do sth
wheedle
use soft words or flattery to gain sth
parry
to ward off a weapon or blow; evade with an adroit answer
extort
to gain through force, intimidation, or deceit
flout
to treat with scorn
misapprehend
misunderstand
unconscionable
unscrupulous, unreasonable, shockingly unfair
amenable
answerable, willing
unwieldy
cumbersome
exonerate
to clear of blame or guilt; relieve from responsibility
largesse
generosity
kismet
fate
ancillary
subordinate, supplementary
acerbic
acidic in temper, mood, or tone
mordant
biting, caustic, burning, pungent
trenchant
sharp, articulate, caustic, penetrating, distinct
scurvy
contemptible, despicable
incisive
impressively direct and decisive
talisman
sth with magical or miraculous effects
fusty
moldy, old-fashioned
interlope
encroach, interfere
condign
deserved, appropriate
proclivity
a natural propensity or disposition
fiduciary
involving confidence or trust
fiat
command, dictate, or decree
interdict
to forbid formally, intercept, cut off using firepower
prognosis
prospect of recovery, forecast
presentiment
premonition
risible
relating to laughter, laughable
mendacious
untrue, deceptive
libel
a statement or publication that damages someone's reputation
insurrection
revolt against lawful authority
sedition
inciting an insurrection
summary
comprehensive, quick