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Efflorescence
a powdery substance that forms on the surface of some rocks OR a process or time of development and unfolding, or the culmination of this
Enmity
the extreme ill will or hatred that exists between enemies
Decorous
dignified
Chorister
a member of a chorus, choir, or other group of singers
Bastion
somebody or something regarded as providing strong defense or support, especially for a belief or cause, or a place where there are such people
Hiatus
an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
Ebullience
full of cheerful excitement or enthusiasm
Recrimination
an accusation made against somebody who has brought a previous accusation
Tumult
a violent or noisy commotion
Tirade
a long angry speech, usually of criticism or denunciation
Oppressive
imposing a harsh or cruel form of domination
Inscrutable
hard to interpret because not expressing anything obviously; mysterious
Vicissitudes
fact of being variable; variability
Declivities
something, especially a piece of land, that slopes downward
Tacit
understood or implied without being stated openly
Blatant
so obvious or conspicuous as to be impossible to hide
Mirage
something that is unreal or merely imagined
Taboo
a prohibition or rejection of particular types of behavior or language because they are considered socially unacceptable
Sinewy
lean, tough, and muscular
Ludicrous
utterly ridiculous because of being absurd, incongruous, impractical, or unsuitable
Ineffectual
not competent, decisive, or authoritative enough to achieve desired aims
Jeer
a mocking or scornful laugh or shout
Indigo
blue dye, once obtained from plants, but now usually made synthetically
Inarticulate
not good at choosing the right words or speaking fluently; not understandable as speech or language
Theorem
an idea accepted or proposed as true
Appalled
feeling or appearing to be shocked by something dreadful or awful
Leviathan
something extremely large and powerful in comparison with others of its kind; large beast or sea monster; whale
Clamor
to demand something noisily or desperately
Mutinously
refusing to obey or submit to control, especially military control
Accessible
easy to enter or reach physically
Loiter
to stand around without any obvious purpose in a slow lazy manner
Crestfallen
disappointed or humiliated, especially after being enthusiastic or confident
Impervious
remaining unmoved and unaffected by other people’s opinions, arguments, or suggestions
Enterprise
readiness to put effort into new, often risky, ventures or activities; a commercial firm
Glowered
stared or looked at somebody or something with sullen anger or strong resentment
Rebuke
to criticize or reprimand somebody, usually sharply; tell someone off
Demur
to delay or try to avoid doing something because of personal reservations or objections
Fervor
extreme intensity of emotion or belief; intense heat
Sensuously
relating to stimulation of the senses
Static
not moving or changing, or fixed in position
Buffet
a meal at which people serve themselves from various dishes set out on a table, sideboard, or counter
Corpulent
obese
Sauntered
walked at an easy unhurried pace
Cascading
flowing down of a liquid; hanging or lying in a flowing mass
Myopia
lack of foresight or long-term planning
Parried
blocked or deflected the damaging effect of a blow or weapon; evaded a question by cleverly stating something which does not answer it
Talisman
an object, for example, a stone or jewel, believed to give magical powers to somebody who carries or wears it
Acrid
unpleasantly strong and bitter in smell or taste
Cordon
a chain of police officers or soldiers, or their vehicles, surrounding an area to control access to it
Elephantine
moving in a slow, heavy, and often clumsy or awkward way; very large or great
Epaulettes
a decoration on the shoulder of a jacket, especially on a military uniform