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jargon
the language, esp. the vocabulary, peculiar to a particular trade, profession, or group: medical jargon
dauntless
not to be daunted or intimidated; fearless; intrepid; bold: a dauntless hero.
incorrigible
not corrigible; bad beyond correction or reform: incorrigible behavior; an incorrigible liar.
feint
1. a movement made in order to deceive an adversary; an attack aimed at one place or point merely as a distraction from the real place or point of attack: military feints; the feints of a skilled fencer.
2. a feigned or assumed appearance: His air of approval was a feint to conceal his real motives.
curt
1. rudely brief in speech or abrupt in manner.
2. brief; concise; terse; laconic.
3. short; shortened.
suppress
1. to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.): to suppress the Communist party.
2. to do away with by or as by authority; abolish; stop (a practice, custom, etc.).
innovation
1. something new or different introduced: numerous innovations in the high-school curriculum.
2. the act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods.
submissive
1. inclined or ready to submit; unresistingly or humbly obedient: submissive servants.
2. marked by or indicating submission: a submissive reply.
commencement
1. an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.
2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
valecdictorian
1. an act or instance of commencing; beginning: the commencement of hostilities.
2. the ceremony of conferring degrees or granting diplomas at the end of the academic year.
chivalrous
1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
3. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, esp. a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
clientele
1. the clients or customers, as of a professional person or shop, considered collectively; a group or body of clients: This jewelry store has a wealthy clientele.
2. dependents or followers.
succumb
1. to give way to superior force; yield: to succumb to despair.
2. to yield to disease, wounds, old age, etc.; die.
eulogize
1. to praise highly.
2. to speak or write a eulogy about.
cower
to crouch, as in fear or shame.
sloth
1. habitual disinclination to exertion; indolence; laziness.
virtuous
1. conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright: Lead a virtuous life.
2. chaste: a virtuous young person.
steadfast
1. fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend.
benevolent
1. characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings: a benevolent attitude; her benevolent smile.
2. desiring to help others; charitable: gifts from several benevolent alumni.
pristine
1. having its original purity; uncorrupted or unsullied.
2. of or pertaining to the earliest period or state; primitive.
tainted
touched by rot or decay; "tainted bacon"; "'corrupt' is archaic" [syn: corrupt]
portent
1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous.
2. threatening or disquieting significance: an occurrence of dire portent.
sullen
1. showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
2. persistently and silently ill-humored; morose.
3. indicative of gloomy ill humor.
sustain
to give support or relief to
Sustain yourself by eating healthy food such as expensive caviar.
engorge
to fill with blood to the point of congestion
The leach was engorged with the blood of the rhino.
aurora
dawn; a luminous phenomenon
The aurora borealis is one of the great wonders of the North Pole.
rouse
to cause to break from cover; to stir up; to arouse from sleep
Rouse you young whipper snapper and shine my shoes!
render
to melt down; to extract by melting; to transmit to another; deliver; give up
"Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's. Render unto God what is God's."
appurtenance
an an accessory object
premature
happening before the proper usual time
It would be premature to rule the New York Yankees out of contention for the World Series.
vigilance
the quality of being on watch or guard
contumelious
insolently abusive and humiliating; rude
extricate
to free or remove from an entaglement or difficulty
oral
pertaining to the mouth
aperture
hole; opening
The aperture of the single lense reflex camera is one way of controlling the amount light that enters the camera.
deference
respect and esteem due a superior or an elder
esteem
worth, value, opinion, judgement
predecessir
ancestor; ones that precedes