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pique
to cause resentment; to provoke
linguistics
the scientific study of the structure, sounds, and meanings of language
plebeian
n. a commoner; one from the lower class
adj. common or vulgar
precocious
showing early development, especially mental
predatory
inclined to prey on others
prowess
superior skill or ability
pugnacious
eager and ready to fight; quarrelsome
purloin
to steal
pusillanimous
cowardly; fearful
quell
to put an end to; to allay or quiet
quixotic
very idealistic; impractical; caught up in romantic notions
rabble
a disorderly crowd, a mob
rabid
raging; fanatical
raconteur
a person skilled at telling stories
vindictive
seeking revenge; bearing a grudge
circumspect
careful; heedful; attentive to all points
zephyr
a gentle breeze (sometimes specifically the West Wind)
renegade
one who deserts one side in favor of another; traitor; outlaw
retribution
something justly deserved, especially a punishment
hurtle
to move or to fling swiftly and with great force
scourge
a person or thing that causes great trouble or misfortune
caustic
biting; stingingly sharp or sarcastic
taciturn
not fond of talking; usually silent
agnostic
one who believes that the existence of God can either be proved nor disproved
terse
brief and to the point
uncanny
weird; strange; so keen or acute as to seem bizarre
exodus
a mass departure or emigration
penitent
remorseful; sorry for having done wrong
vindicate
to clear of suspicion or accusations
raillery
good-humored ridicule or teasing
impregnable
not able to be conquered; impenetrable
xenophobia
an intense dislike or fear of strangers or foreigners
inherent
essential
irreverent
disrespectful
subjugate
to dominate, conquer, or bring under control
expedite
to increase the rate of progress
filibuster
to attempt to block a bill from becoming law by speaking at length against it
pristine
pure; completely clean and uncontaminated
pithy
full of meaning; concise
invective
an insult or abuse in speech
prodigal
reckless, wasteful, and extravagant
pliable
easily bent or flexible
torpid
losing motion, feeling, or power; lacking in energy
tenuous
not dense or thick; having little substance
discordant
being in disagreement
mellifluous
having a rich, smoothly flowing sound
epicurean
taking pleasure in food and drink
ocuvre
the complete work of an artist, composer, or writer
arbiter
a person with the ability to resolve a disagreement; a judge
verdant
fresh and green, referring to plant life
vagary
unpredictable action or behavior
vacuous
lacking intelligence
attrition
a wearing down over time
archetype
a prototype or original model
approbation
formal approval of an act
burgeon
to grow; expand, or bloom
commensurate
an equal measure; corresponding in size and measurement
confluence
a meeting or gathering together
coup
a surprising, brilliant, and usually successful act
secular
not spiritual or religious; wordly
insouciant
not concerned; free from care
static
without force or movement; stationary
stipulate
to specify a required part of an agreement
zeitgeist
the general spirit of the time
proliferate
to grow or reproduce rapidly
tenet
a belief or principle held to be true
ruminate
to think deeply or repeatedly
vigilant
alert at all times; watchful
dissident
someone who disagrees
petulant
rude in speech or behavior; peevish
derivative
not the original; coming from another source
accolade
an award or honor
demur
to disapprove or to take exception
limpid
transparent; clear
invidious
tending to cause discontent, harm, or resentment; offensively unfair
august
marked by grandeur and awe
ancillary
subsidiary; providing assistance
semblance
an outward likeness in form or appearance
autodidact
a self taught person
asinine
exhibiting poor judgment or intelligence
albeit
although; even though
conduit
a means by which something is transmitted
philatelist
one who collects stamps
indefatigable
tireless; incapable of being fatigued
martyr
one who suffers or sacrifices for a cause
indiscretion
a minor misdeed
osmosis
a gradual, often unconscious, process of absorption
picayune
of very little value; trivial
dossier
a file of detailed information on a person or subject
behest
a command or urgent request