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Apprehension
(n)

1. Fearful or uneasy anticipation of the future; dread.
2. The act of seizing or capturing; arrest.
3. The ability to apprehend or understand; understanding.
Conch
(n)

Any of various tropical marine gastropod mollusks, especially of the genera Strombus and Cassis, having large, often brightly colored spiral shells and edible flesh.

The shell of one of these gastropod mollusks, used as an ornament, in making cameos, or as a horn.
Chorister
(n)

1. a singer in a choir.
2. a choirboy.
3. a choir leader.
Decorous
adj.

Characterized by or exhibiting decorum; proper: decorous behavior.
Defile
(v)
1.to make foul, dirty, or unclean; pollute; taint; debase.
2.to violate the chastity of.
3.to make impure for ceremonial use; desecrate.
4.to sully, as a person's reputation.
Enmity
(n)
a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred
Emboss
(v)
To mold or carve in relief: emboss a design on a coin.

To decorate with or as if with a raised design: emboss leather.

To adorn; decorate.

To cover with many protuberances
Eschew
(v)
to abstain or keep away from
Ebullience
(n)
Zestful enthusiasm.
Effulgence
(n)
A brilliant radiance.
Efflorescence
(n)
a. the state or period of flowering.
b. An example or result of growth or development.
c. A rash or eruption of the skin.
Errant
(adj)
a. Roving in search of adventure
b. Straying from standards or course
c. Wandering outside limits
d. Aimless in motion
Festoon
a. A string or garland as of leaves or flowers, suspended in a loop or curve between 2 points.
Furtvie
(adj)
a. Characterized by stealth.
b. Expressive of hidden motives or purposes.
Gorge
(n)
a. A deep narrow passage with steep rocky sides.
b. An instance of gluttonous eating
Gesticulate
(v)
a. To make gestures especially while speaking for emphasis.
b. To say or express by gestures.
Hiatus
(n)
a. A gap or interruption in space time or continuity.
b. A separation in an organ or body part.
Interpose
(v)
a. To insert or introduce between parts.
b. To interject during a conversation.
c. To exert authority in order to intervene.
Incredulous
(adj)
a. Skeptical
b. Expressive of disbelief
Indignant
(adj)
a. Characterized by strong displeasure at something considered unjust, offensive, insulting, or base.
Intimidate
(v)
a. To make timid
b. To inhibit by threats
Immure
(v)
a. To confine within walls
b. To build into a wall
c. To entomb in a wall
Myopia
(n)

a. Nearsightedness; short sight
b. Lack of long-range perspective in thinking or planning.
Mortification
(n)
a. A feeling of shame, humiliation, or wounded pride.
b. Discipline of the body and the appetites by self-denial or self-infliced privation
Matins
(n)
a. The first canonical hour; at daybreak
b. Morning prayer
Microcosm
(n)
a. A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system
Swathe
(v)
a. To wrap; bind
b. To bandage
c. To enfold or envelop
d. Something used to wrap (n)
Officious
(adj)

a. Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others.

b. Informal; unofficial
Pallid
(adj)

a. Pale; faint or deficient in color.

b. Lacking in vitality or interest.
Specious
(adj)

a. Having the ring of truth but actually fallacious.
b. Deceptively attractive
Pliant
(adj)

a. Bending readily; flexible; adaptable.

b. Easily influenced; compliant
Proffer
a. Offer or proposal (n)

b. To put before a person for acceptance (v)
Strident
(adj)
a. Loud, harsh, grating, or shrill; discordant
Suffuse
(v)
a. To overspread with or as with a liquid, color, etc.
Recrimination
a. A countercharge
Tirade
(n)

a. A long angry or violent speech usually of censorious or denunciatry nature
Apex
(n)

a. the tip, point, or vertex; summit
b. Climax; peak
Aromatic
(adj)
a. Having an aroma; fragrant or sweet-scented
Abyss
(n)
a. A deep, imeasurable, space, gulf, or cavity.
b. Anything profound, unfathomable, or infinite.
Contrite
(adj)
a. Caused by or showing sincere remorse.
b. Filed with a sense of guilt and the desire for atonement.
Assess
(v)

a. To estimate oficially the value as basis for taxation
b. To fix or determine the amount of
c. To estimate or judge the value
Declivity
(n)
a. A downward slope, as of a hill.
Derisive
(adj)
a. Characterized by or expressing derision; contemptuousness
Discursive
(adj)
a. Passing aimlessly from one subject to another.
b. Proceeding by reasoning or arguement rather than intuition
Disinclination
(n)
a. The absence of inclination; reluctance; unwillingness
Dubious
(adj)
a. Fraught with uncertainty or doubt.
d. Of questionable character
Effigy
(n)

a. A representation or image; esp. sculptured
b. A crude representation of someone disliked, used fore purposes of ridicule
Flaunt
(v)
a. To parade oneself ostentatiously; to show off
b. To wave grandly
Gyration
(n)

a. Circular or spiral motion
Inscrutable
(adj)

a. difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable
Impalpable
(adj)

a. Incacapable of being perceived by the sense of touch.
b. Difficult for the mind to grasp readliy or easily.
c. (of a powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
Impalpable
(adj)
a. Incapable of being perceived by the sense of touch
b. Difficult for the mind to grasp readily or easily
c. (of powder) so fine that when rubbed between the fingers no grit is felt.
Implication
(n)

a. Something that is implied. Especially a suggestion, meaning , or inference.
Incantation
(n)

a. Ritual recitation of verbal charms or spells to produce a magic effect.
b. A verbal charm or spell
c. A conventionalized utterance repeated without thought.
Incursion
(n)

a. An agressive entrance into foreign territory
b. The act of entering or running into
Lament
(v)

a. To express grief for or about; mourn
b. To regret deeply; deplore
Opalescence
(n)

a. Something exhibiting a play of colors like that of the opal
b. Something having a milky iridescence.
Vicissitude
(n)

a. A change or variation
b. The quality of being changeable
c. One of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activities, or surroundings.
Tacit
(adj)

a. Not spoken.
b. Implied by or inferred from actions or statements.
Tendril
(n)

a. A twisting threadlike structure by which a twining plant grasps an object for support.
b. Something that is long slender and curling.
Unintelligible
(adj)

a. Non intelligible; not capable of being understood
Swarthy
(adj)

a. Having a dark complexion or color
Speculate
(v)
a. To meditate on a subject
b. To engage in a course of reasoning often based on inconclusive evidence
c. To engage in buying or selling with a chance of profit
Astir
(adj)
a. Moving about; being in motion
b. Having gotten out of bed
Brandishing
(n)
a. waving or flourishing (a weapon, for example) menacingly.
b. Displaying ostentatiously
Chasm
(n)

a. A deep, steep-sided opening in the earth's surface.
b. A gap.
c. A pronounced difference of opinion, interest, or loyalty.
Contemptuously
(adv)
a. Showing or expressing contempt or disdain.
Clamor
(n)
a. A loud outcry; a hubbub
b. A vehement expression of discontent or protest.
c. A loud sustained noise.
Demure
(adj)
a. Modest and reserved in manner or behavior
b. Affectedly shy, modest, or reserved
Diminish
(v)

a. To make smaller or less or to cause to appear so
b. To detract from the authority, repuation, or prestige of.
c. To cayse to taper
Diffident
(adj)
a. Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence
b. Shy and timid
c. Reserved in manner
Desparingly
(adv)
a. Given to despair or hopelessness
b. Indicating despair
Embroil
(v)
a. To involve in argument, contention, or hostile actions
b. to throw into confusion or disorder; entangle
Fervor
(n)
a. Intense heat
b. Great warmth and intensity of emotion
Flail
(v)
a. to beat or swing with or as if with a flail
Emphatic
(adj)

a. Expressed or performed with emphasis
b. Forecful and definite in expression or action
c. standing out in a striking and clearly defined way
Frenzy
(n)
a. A state of violent mental agitation or wild excitement.
b. Temporary madness or delirium.
c. A mania; a craze.
Formulate
(v)

a. To state as or reduce to a formula
b. To express in systematic terms or concepts
c. To devise or invent
d. To prepare according to a specified formula
Grimace
(v)
a. To make facial expressions often ugly or contorted, that indicate disaproval, pain, etc.
Impervious
(adj)

a. Incapable of being penetrated
b. Incapable of being affected
Interminable
(adj)

a. Being or seeming to be without an end; endless
b. Tiresomely long; tedious
Incredulity
(n)

a. The quality or state of being incredulous; inability or unwillingess to believe.
Instinctively
(adj)

a. Arrising from impulse; spontaneous and unthinking
b. Pertaining to the nature of instict
Leviathan
(n)
a. Something unusually large of its kind, especially a ship
b. A very large animal, especially a whale
c. A monstrous sea creature mentioned in the bible
Laden
(adj)

a. weighed down with a load;heavy
b. Oppressed; burdened
Oppressive
(adj)

a. Difficult to bear; burdensome
b. Exercising power arbitrarily and often unjustly
c. Weighing down heavily on the senses or spirit
Parody
(n)

a. A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule.
Runnel
(n)

a. A rivulet; a brook
b. A narrow channel or course, as for water
Skewered
(v)

a. To hold together or pierce with or as if with a long metal or wooden pin used to secure or suspend food during cooking
Snivels
(n)

a. the act of sniffling or sniveling
b. Nasal mucus
Termulously
(adv)

a. Marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking
b. Timid or fearful; timorous
Vexed
(adj)

a. Irritated; annoyed
b. Much discussed or disputed
c. Tossed about, as waves
Assimilate
(v)

a. To consume and incorporate nutrients into the body after digestion
b. to transform food into living tissue
c. to incorporate or absorb into the mind
d. to make similar; cause to resemble
e. to absorb immigrants or a culturally distinct group into the prevailing culture
Antiphonal
(adj)

a. relating to or resembling an antiphon
b. Answering responsively, as in antiphony
c. Occuring or responding in turns; alternating
Befouled
(v)

a. to make dirty; soil
b. To cast apersions upon; speak badly of
Cordon
(n)

a. a line of people, military posts, or ships stationed around an area to enclose or guard it

b. a cord or braid worn as fastening or ornament

c. a ribbon usually worn diagonally across the breast as a badge of honor or decoration
d. a stringcourse
e. a tree or shrub repetedly pruned and trained to grow on a support as a single ropelike stem
Corruption
(n)

a. The act of corrupting or state of being corrupt.
b. Moral perversion.
Corpulent
(adj)

a. Large or bulky of body; portly; stout; fat
Composite
(adj)
a. Made of distinct components (compound)
b. Having factors; factorable
c. Relating to or belonging to the composite family
Cessation
(n)

a. a brining or coming to an end; a ceasing
Derision
(n)

a. Contemptuous or jeering laugher; ridicule
b. a state if being derided
c. an object of ridicule; a laughingstock
Decipher
(v)

a. to read or interpret ambiguous, obscure, or illegible matter
b. to convert from a code or cipher to plain text; decode
Demented
(adj)

a. crazy; insane; mad
b. Affected with dementia
Elephantine
(adj)

a. pertaining to or resmbling an elephant
b. Huge, ponderious, or clumsy
Ferocity
(n)

a. A ferocious quality or state; savage fierceness
Multiduinous
(adj)

a. Very numerous; existing in great numbers
b. Consisting of many parts
c. Populous; crowded
Obscure
1. (of meaning) not clear or plain; ambiguous, vague, or uncertain: an obscure sentence in the contract.
2. not clear to the understanding; hard to perceive: obscure motivations.
3. (of language, style, a speaker, etc.) not expressing the meaning clearly or plainly.
4. indistinct to the sight or any other sense; not readily seen, heard, etc.; faint.
5. inconspicuous or unnoticeable: the obscure beginnings of a great movement.
6. of little or no prominence, note, fame, or distinction: an obscure French artist.
7. far from public notice, worldly affairs, or important activities; remote; retired: an obscure little town.
8. lacking in light or illumination; dark; dim; murky: an obscure back room.
9. enveloped in, concealed by, or frequenting darkness.
10. not bright or lustrous; dull or darkish, as color or appearance.
11. (of a vowel) having the reduced or neutral sound usually represented by the schwa (ə).
–verb (used with object)
12. to conceal or conceal by confusing (the meaning of a statement, poem, etc.).
13. to make dark, dim, indistinct, etc.
14. to reduce or neutralize (a vowel) to the sound usually represented by a schwa
Obscene
(adj)

a. Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty
b. Inciting lustful feelings
c. Repulsive; disgusting
d. So large in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous
Propitiate
(adj)

a. Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse
b. Unfriendly; hostile
Ineffectual
(adj)

a. Insufficient to produce a desired effect
b. Useless; worthless
c. lacking forcefulness or effectiveness; weak
Inimical
(adj)

a. Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse
b. Unfriendly; hostile
Succulent
(adj)
a. Full of juice or sap; juicy
b. Highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
c. Having thick, fleshy, water-storing leaves or stems
Talisman
(n)
a. An object marked with magic signs and believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection.
b. Something that apparently has magic powers.
Tentative
(adj)
a. Not fully worked out, concluded, or agreed on; provisional
b. Uncertain; hesitant
Truculent
(adj)
a. Disposed to fight; pugnacious
b. Expressing bitter opposition; scathing
c. Disposed or exhibiting violence or destructiveness; fierce