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extremophile
an organism that lives under extreme environmental conditions
trumpery
worthless nonsense or trivial/useless articles
demulcent
soothing
vapor
to rise or pass off in vapor
misprision
concealment of treason or felony by a nonparticipant in the crime
clandestine
marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy
ululate
to howl or wail
aleatory
characterized by chance or random elements
golden handcuffs
special benefits offered to an employee as an inducement to continue service
bilious
of or relating to bile
superjacent
lying above or upon
wildcatter
one that drills oil wells in territory not known to yield oil
oblivion
the state of forgetting or having forgotten or being unaware or unconscious
imbue
to permeate or influence as if by dyeing
career
to go at top speed especially in a headlong manner
soi-disant
self-styled, so-called
deasil
clockwise
hypnagogic
of, relating to, or occurring in the period of dworsiness immediately preceeding sleep
ramify
to branch out
Coruscate
v-1.To give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes
2-To be brilliant or showy in technique or style
Quodlibet
n-1.A philosophical or theological point propsed for disputation
2-A whimsical combination of familiar melodies or texts
Burgeon
1a-To send forth new growth
b-to bloom
2-To grow and expand rapidly; flourish
Interlocutor
n-One who takes part in dialogue or conversations
Derelict
adj-1.Abandoned
2.Lacking a sense of duty; negligent
Apercu
n-1.A breif survey or sketch
2.An immediate impression; especially insight
Congeries
n-Aggregation; collection
Spindrift
n-1.Sea spray; especially spray blown from waves furing a gale
2. Fine wind-borne snow or sand
Fructify
v-1.To bear fruit
2.To make fruitful or productive
Extremophile
n-An organism that lives under extreme environmental conditions (as in a hot spring or ice cap)
Trumpery
n-1.Worthless nonse
2-Trivial or useless articles; junk
Demulcent
adj-Soothing
Vapor
v-1a.To rise or pass off in vapor
b-To emit vapor
2.To indulge in bragging, blustering, or idle talk
Misprision
n-1.Concealment of treason or felony by nonparticipant in the crime
2-Misunderstanding, misinterpretation
Ululate
v-To howl, wail
Pandect
1-A complete code of laws of a country or system of law
2-A treatise covering an entire subject
Aleatory
adj-Characterized by chance or random elements
Golden Handcuffs
n-Special benefits offered to an employee as an inducement to continue service
Bilious
adj-1a.Of or relating to bile
b-Marked by suffering from liver dysfunction
2-Of or indicative of a peevish ill-natured disposition
Superjacent
adj-Lying above or upon; overlying
Wildcatter
n-1.One that drills oil wells in territory not known to yiels oil
2-One that promotes or sells stock in risky enterprises
Oblivion
n-1.The state of forgetting or having forgotten or being unaware or unconscious
2-The condition or state of being forgotten or unknown
Imbue
v-1.To permeate or infulence as if by dyeing
2-To tinge or dye deeply
3-To provide with something freely or naturally; endow
Career
v-To go at top speed especially in a headlong manner
Soi-disant
adj-Self-styled; so-called
Deasil
adv-Clockwise
Hypnagogic
adj-Of, relating to, or occuring in the period of drowsiness immediately preceing sleep
infatuation
n. An obsession, ardor, a crush
inflection
n. Intonation, articulation, enunciation, pronunciation
influx
n. An infusion, inflow, inpouring
monetary
adj. Of or pertaining to money, relating to currency
monotony
n. Boredom, sameness, dryness, dullness
moribund
moribund
adj. Near death, dying
painstaking
painstaking
adj. Meticulous, highly detailed; also, arduous, difficult
palatability
palatability n. Agreeability, acceptability (to the mind); also tastiness
palate
palate n. Appetite, appreciation esp. for food and drink, enjoyment
infringement
n. An intrusion, an encroachment, a trespass, an invasion
ingrate
n. Thankless one, someone who is unappreciative or takes for granted
ingratiate
v. To make oneself pleasing by performing a favor, to curry favor, to charm
mores
n. The collective ethics and moral values of a society
morpheme
n. A term in grammar to describe a noun, a (word) unit, a sound, a phrase
motion
n. A legal document making a formal petition to a court
pandemic
adj. Universal, all-encompassing, esp regarding disease, rife
paradigm
n. An example, a pattern, a model, an archetype; also a theoretical framework
parenthetical
adj. Amplifying or explaining; also, departing from the main ideal of a sentence
inherently
adj. Innately, intrinsically, essentially
inimical
adj. Adverse, hostile, antagonistic, ill-disposed
inundate
v. To flood, to overwhelm, to pour in
musculature
n. The system of muscles in the body
musing
n. A meditation, a profound thought, contemplation
mutinous
adj. Rebellious, disobedient, acting against authority/orders
patent
v. To copyright, to get governmental protection of an inventor's rights to his/her invention; also to invent, to originate
patrimony
n. Heritage, fortune, inheritance, legacy
pedagogy
n. Teaching (as an art/job), education
1)insoluble
2)insolvent
1)adj. Baffling, indecipherable, inexplicable
2)adj. Bankrupt, destitute, impoverished
insubordinate
adj. Rebellious, disobedient, recalcitrant
pellagra
n. A disease resulting from a deficiency in niacin, with skin and gastrointestinal problems
pendant
n. A piece of jewelry, a choker, a necklace, a chaplet
pensive
adj. Thoughtful, reflective, contemplative
qualified
adj. Fit, competent, eligible; also limited, modified, restricted
qualitatively
adv. Relating to qualities or standards
quantification
n. Measurement, calculation, evaluation
intelligentsia
pl. n. The intellectual elite, the highly educated
interloper
n. An intruder, someone who interrupts, an uninvited visitor
interpolate
v. To insert, to introduce, to interject, to throw in
intimate
v. To hint, to suggest, to refer to remotely, to imply
perceptual
adj. Relating to understanding (esp. through the senses)/ discernment
permissive
adj. Lax, not strict, lenient
perniciousness
n. Evil, sin, abuse, noxiousness
quantify
v. To measure, to rate, to assign a value to, to calculate
quash
v. To squelch, to put down, to squash
intransigence
n. Inflexibility, stubbornness, narrow-mindedness, obduracy
intrinsically
adv. Inherently innately, naturally
inure
v. To acclimate to something undesirable, to grow accustomed to, to harden, to habituate
persevere
v. To last, to endure, to stay the course, to keep on
1)perspective
2)perspicacious
1)n. Point of view, context, also, scope, scene
2)adj. Astute, keen, shrewd, discerning, observant
radiant
adj. Glowing, beaming, luminous, incandescent
rapacious
adj. Predatory, grasping, greedy
rapport
n. Affinity, compatibility, close relationship
invulnerability
n. Immunity to attack, state of being untouchable
irrepressibly
adj. Exuberantly, in a high-spirited manner, ebulliently
petulance
n. Peevishness, exasperation, irritation
phenomenon
n. A curiosity, an event, an experience
phenomenology
n. the way in which one perceives and interprets events and one's relationship to them in contrast both to one's objective responses to stimuli
1)rambunctious
2)ramshackle
1)adv. Rowdy, energetic, boisterous
2)adj. Rundown, seedy, dilapidated
rationalist
n. S.one who deduces religious opinions through reason (instead of revelation); also s.one who believes that reason is the ultimate test of truth
rebuff
v. To reject, to snub; also to repel, to drive back
pillory
v. To set in the stocks as punishment; also to expose to public scorn
pique
v. To excite, to arouse, to provoke; also to irritate, to nettle, to peeve
pivotal
adj. Crucial, essential, relating to a turning point
reckoning
n. An account, a calculation, a summation; also, a day of judgment
reconstitute
v. To rebuild, to construct anew, to put together again
rectify
v. To make right, to correct, to set straight
schism
n. A split a division, oft, used in reference to splintering of religious groups
scintillate
v. To spark, to flash, to sparkle, to shine
semantic
adj. Relating to words, a superficial distinction based on words
plasticity
adj. Malleability, resilience, flexibility, moldability
plebeian
adj. Common, crude, coarse, base
plenitude
n. Abundance, amplitude, plethora, bounty
reductive
adj. Decreasing, lessening; also reductionistic, (over)simplifying
refined
adj. Cultured, polished, sophisticated, well-mannered
reformist
n. One who seeks to correct an injustice, to change society, to make things better
sensationalist
adj. Melodramatic, lurid, using yellow journalism, using exploitive journalism
shopworn
adj. Ragged, seedy, tattered
sierra
n. A hill, a mountain range, a cliff
prerogative
n. A (special/exclusive) right, a power, a privilege
prescience
n. Foreknowledge, foresight, insight
presence
n. Appearance, bearing, mien
replete
adj. Full, overflowing, plenteous
repository
n. Storehouse, vault, depository
reprimand
n. A rebuke, a chastisement, a scolding
sprout
n. A youngster, progeny, offspring (usually ref. to males)
starkness
n. Bareness, plainness, something lacking all adornment
status
n. Condition, rank, degree, eminence
status quo
Unchanged, current conditions
pretender
n. One who claims a right to the throne without credentials
pretentiously
adv. Ostentatiously, pompously, having affectations
prevalence
n. Predominance, abundance, preeminence
reproachfulness
n. Blame, rebuking, shamefulness
reproof
reprove
n. Rebuke, reprimand, reproach, admonishment, criticism
v. To rebuke, to chastise, to reprimand, to reproach, to admonish, to criticize
staunch
adj. Steadfast, loyal, supportive, stalwart, steady
stealthy
adj. Clandestine, covert, sly
stereotypical
adj. Standard, boiler plate
pride
n. A group of lions
progenitor
n. Originator, ancestor, sire, founder
proliferation
n. Growth, expansion, propagation, dissemination, spreading
reptilian
adj. Snakelike, dastardly
repulsion
n. Repelling, driving off; also repugnance, disgust, aversion
resort
v. To fall back on, to utilize when other means have failed, to utilize
stewardship
stickler
n. Supervision, management, administration, guidance, handling
n. One who adheres strictly to rules, esp. on minor points
stoicism
n. Indifference, impassiveness, stolidity
propagandist
n. One who promotes a particular idea, an educator, an advertiser
proposition
n. An offer, a suggestion, a proposal
respite
n. A reprieve, a break, a lull, a pause
retentive
adj. Having the ability to hold, either a physical object or an idea
retrenchment
n. Reduction, curtailment (esp. cutting expenses)
strike
striking
v. To assume a pose/attitude, to carry oneself, to comport; also, to hit, to bludgeon
adj. Extraordinary, commanding, noticeable; also, attractive, fascinating
stringent
adj. Strict, firm, unyielding, uncompromising; also grim, gloomy, forbidding
prospective
adj. Impending, eventual, promised
protocol
n. Rules, formalities, custom, decorum
puerile
adj. Childish, immature, juvenile
retrograde
retrogressive
adv. Rearward, backsliding, decreasing
adj. Effete, moving backward, fallen
revitalization
n. Rejuvenation, restoration, reanimation
stymied
adj. Baffled, blocked, unable to proceed
subsidy
n. Financial support, funding, aid, contribution
substantiated
adj. Verified, confirmed, supported
pugilist
n. A boxer, a fighter
pulverize
v. To break into tiny pieces, to smash
rhythmic
rhythmical
adj. Harmonious, poetic, balanced
adj. Harmonious, poetic, balanced
robust
adj. Hearty, energetic, healthy
subversion
n. Undermining, esp. by devious means, an overturning
sullenness
sullied
n. Surliness, gloom, dreariness, depression, grumpiness
adj. Soiled, tainted, stained, defiled
sultry
adj. Sweltering, hot and humid; also erotic, sexy, arousing
romanticize
v. To embellish, to enhance, to overdramatize
russet
n. A shade of brown
sumptuous
adj. Luxuriant, rich, magnificent, opulent
supercilious
adj. Snobbish, vain, superior
tacit
tacitly
adj. Silent, unspoken, understood (without saying)
adv. In silence, quietly, without spoken acknowledgement
taciturnity
n. Silence, reticence, unresponsiveness
tactless
adj. Undiplomatic, indelicate, ill-mannered
theatricality
n. Drama, show, flamboyance
thematic
adj. Pertaining to a particular topic or theme, referring to a general topic
tow-head
n. An urchin, a mischievous boy; also a person with blond hair
undaunted
adj. Fearless, bold, unflinching, brave
underpinnings
n. Base, support, building blocks
unstinting
adj. Unrelenting, without let up, wholehearted
unencumbered
adj. Free, unburdened
unequivocally
adv. Unambiguously, clearly
unethical
adj. Immoral, unscrupulous, dishonest, improper
unexpectedness
n. Surprise, amazement, astonishment
vanguard
n. Forefront, advanced position, leading edge,; pioneer
vanquished
adj. Conquered, defeated, overcome, subdued
venerated
adj. Deeply respected, revered
toxicity
n. Contamination, having poisonous content
trauma
n. A shock, a blow, an ordeal
treacly
adj, Overly sweet, saccharine
unhindered
adj. Free, without limitation or restraint, unfettered
unprecedented
adj. Original, without precedent, new
unpretentious
adj. Modest, unassuming, humble, down to earth
unqualified
adj. Without limitation, total with no restriction; also, unfit, not capable
unwieldy
adj. Clumsy, awkward, lumbering, ungainly
unwittingly
adv. Accidentally, fortuitously, unexpectedly
urbanite
n. A city-dweller, often, a sophisticated person
venture
v. To dare, to risk, to hazard
venue
n. Area, realm, domain, bailiwick
vestigial
adj. trace-like, residual, faint
trenchant
adj. Crisp, graphic, incisive; also, sarcastic, acerbic, biting
trifle
n. A triviality, a small matter, a nothing
triteness
n. Staleness, banality, being overused or cliched
unscrupulous
adj. Dishonest, immoral, unethical, totally lacking in moral restraint
unsentimental
adj. Pragmatic, no-nonsense, not ruled by feelings, practical
unsolicited
adj. Unasked for, not requested, gratuitous
viable
adj. Sustainable, feasible, practical
vibrato
n. A slightly tremulous effect in a vocal or instrumental tone
viral
adj. pertaining to a germ/microbe
troupe
n. A company, a troop, a party, a group (esp. a group of theatrical performers)
trustworthiness
n. Reliability, dependability, honor, ethics
tryst
n. A secret meeting, a romantic rendezvous, a clandestine meeting
unsophisticated
adj. Naïve, simple, unpretentious, unworldly
unwarranted
adj. Unfounded, baseless, without merit, unjustified
urbanity
urbanize
adj. Sophistication, worldliness, esp. as related to a city dweller
v. To citify, to create the atmosphere of a city
void
n. An abyss, a chasm, infinite space, complete emptiness
volatility
n. Explosiveness, changeability, instability
voluble
adj. Verbose, talkative, wordy
waiver
n. Relinquishment, a ceding (of a right), renouncement, surrender
warrant
v. To justify; also to vouch for
whimsy
whimsicality
whimsy n. Impulse, a fancy, an arbitrary thought, a caprice
n. Capriciousness, impulsiveness
wistfully
wistfulness
adv. Wishfully, nostalgically, pensively, in a melancholy manner
n. Wishful yearnings. Longing, nostalgia, pensiveness
wordplay
n. Repartee, banter, witticism
wry
wryly
adj. Droll, ironic, sarcastic
adv. Cynically, dryly, sardonically
wrought
v. Brought to pass, effected; also forged, shaped
yearning
n. Longing, desiring, pining
zealotry
n. Fanaticism, partisanship, avid devotion to a cause
intrigue
n. A secret scheme, a plot; also involvement in such schemes
v. To interest, to fascinate; also to plot, to conspire, to scheme
intonation
n. A use of pitch characteristic of a speaker/dialect, tone of voice, accent
intricacy
n. Elaborateness, complexity
mosaic
n. A picture made by setting small colored pieces into a surface;
muddle
muddled
n. Mental confusion; also a disordered state, a mess, a jumble
adj. Mixed, jumbled, confused
muffle
v. To deaden sound, to hush, to silence; also to repress, to stifle, to subdue
insincere
adj. Hypocritical, not genuine, artificial, empty, false, hollow, phony
inseparable
adj. Impossible to part, very closely associated
insight
insightful
n. Ability to see a situation's true nature, penetration, intuitive perception
adj. Perceptive, penetrating
minute
minutes
adj. Exceptionally small,
minutes
n. An official record of a meeting's proceedings
nip
v. To seize and pinch or bite; to cut off; to snip ("nip in the bud" = cut off early)
n. A sharp stinging quality (as of cold air)
mirth
mirthful
n. Gladness, gaiety (esp. expressed through laughter), merriment, glee
adj. Full of gladness and gaiety, merry, gleeful
neutralize
v. To nullify, to counterbalance the effect of, to render ineffective, to counteract
nocturnal
adj. Pertaining to or occurring at night
nomad
n. One with no fixed residence who roams about, a wanderer
inhibit
inhibition
v. To hold back, to restrain, to check, to curb
n. A thing that holds back, a restraint; also holding back/checking/prohibition
mill
v. To move around in churning confusion, to swarm, to swirl; also to grind or manufacture
mime
n. A pantomimer; also portraying scenes without using words, pantomime
mime
mimic
v. To act out without the use of words, to pantomime
v. To imitate, to resemble, to simulate
native
n. One of a place's original inhabitants or lifelong residents; also one born in a place
navigable
adj. Deep or wide enough to provide passage for vessels; navigatable
naïveté
n. Artlessness, gullibility
neutralize
v. To nullify, to counterbalance the effect of, to render ineffective, to counteract
nocturnal
adj. Pertaining to or occurring at night
nomad
n. One with no fixed residence who roams about, a wanderer
inhibit
inhibition
v. To hold back, to restrain, to check, to curb
n. A thing that holds back, a restraint; also holding back/checking/prohibition
mill
v. To move around in churning confusion, to swarm, to swirl; also to grind or manufacture
mime
n. A pantomimer; also portraying scenes without using words, pantomime
mime
mimic
v. To act out without the use of words, to pantomime
v. To imitate, to resemble, to simulate
native
n. One of a place's original inhabitants or lifelong residents; also one born in a place
navigable
adj. Deep or wide enough to provide passage for vessels; navigatable
naïveté
n. Artlessness, gullibility