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bombastic (adj)
High-sounding but unimportant.
invidious (adj)
Worthy of envy; desirable; likely to produce ill will.
conceit (noun)
A fanciful idea or a strained, complex metaphor.
EXTIRPATE
To eradicate; root out; destroy; exterminate.
ferret (verb)
Search out and bring to light; to drive out from a hiding place.
Here is an example of it in use:



Aided by his X-ray vision and his mental telepathy, the superhero had far greater success in ferreting out criminals than did the city police.
garish (adj)
Overly showy; too bright; gaudy
expiation (noun)
Atonement, the making of amends.
temerity (noun)
Extreme venturesomeness; rashness.
refractory (adj)
Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable.
sluice (noun)
An opening or channel through which anything flows.
sacrosanct (adj)
Inviolable, sacred
suppliant (adj)
Asking earnestly and submissively; entreating.
cacophony (noun)
Harsh, dissonant sounds.
Here is an example of it in use:



Eric thought the cacophony in the daycare was delightful; he loved the chaotic sounds of squealing, shouting, and laughter all jumbled together.
indolent (adj)
Lazy, given to inactivity
DUCTILE
Easily led; tractable; complying; yielding to motives, persuasion, or instruction; capable of being drawn out.
sundry (adj)
Various; miscellaneous
MINATORY
Threatening or menacing
tendentious (adj)
Favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view..
perigee (noun
The lowest or closest point; the point of a satellite's orbit that is nearest to the earth
remonstrance (noun)
A pointing out; manifestation; proof; demonstration..
SUPPLICANT:
One who entreats or asks submissively
levity (noun)
Inappropriately funny behavior..
vitriol (noun)
Sharpness or bitterness of feeling..
EXPATIATE
To enlarge or elaborate upon something; to go on in great detail.
propitiate (verb)
To win the favor of; to cause to become favorably inclined; to appease..
promulgate (verb)
To publish; declare; proclaim; make known by open declaration..
IGNOMINIOUS:
Dishonorable; shameful.
DISCONCERT:
To make uncomfortable, upset; to disturb (someone's) self-possession; to confuse.
arrogate (verb)
To assume, or claim as one's own; to take over without due cause..
deferential (adj)
Showing courteous or ingratiating respect..
pugnacious (adj)
Disposed to fight..
quisling (noun)
A traitor
disingenuous (adj)
Deceitful; giving false appearance of openess and candor..
REFRACTORY
Obstinate, stubborn, unmanageable
halcyon (adj)
Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy..
impertinent (adj)
Not to the point, irrelevant, inapplicable; trifling; frivolous; against good manners
SUBSIST
To continue; to retain a certain state
traduce (verb)
To expose to contempt or shame; to represent as blamable; to calumniate; to vilify; to defame. . Here is an example of it in use:


Not satisfied with expelling Shelley from their clique, the high school girls went on to traduce her by starting a series of vicious rumours.
abrogate (verb)
To repeal, as in a law; to annul something through an authoritative act..
bivouac (verb)
To watch at night or be on guard, as a whole army; to encamp for the night without tents or covering..
tensile (adj)
Capable of extension
SERENDIPITOUS
having good luck, favorable
NEFARIOUS:
evil, wicked
affected (adj )
Insincere, artificial
ignominous
vs.
ingenuous
ignominous= dishonerable, shameful

ingenuous= Lacking in cunning, guile, or worldliness; artless.
Openly straightforward or frank; candid. See Synonyms at naive.
invective (noun)
abusive, insulting language
placate
vs
inculcate
placate=To calm, soothe or appease, often through concessions or offerings.

inclulcate= Teach something by frequent repetition or repeated warnings..
avid (adj)
eager, longing for
portent (noun)
An omen, a harbinger, a sign of something that is yet to happen.. Here is an example of it in use:


When the water mysteriously drained out of her aquarium one afternoon, the young woman took it as a portent warning her not to go on the fishing expedition she had been planning.
VITUPERATIVE
Containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding
redoubtable (adj)
Formidable; valiant; terrible to foes..
stultify (verb
to make foolish
peremptory (adj)
Disallowing delay, commanding, expressing urgency; decisive and imperious
proscribe (verb)
Declare to be illegal, disallow or condemn as unacceptable or harmful
CAPTIOUS
Apt or disposed to find fault
HERMETIC:
Completely sealed; airtight
EFFULGENT:
Diffusing a flood of light; shining; luminous; beaming; bright; splendid.
saturnine (adj)
Heavy, gloomy, dull..
sundry (adj)
Various; miscellaneous
captious (adj)
Apt or disposed to find fault
untoward (adj)
Inconvenient or unexpected
EXPURGATE
vs
EXPATIATE
expurgate = To purify; to clear from anything noxious, offensive, or erroneous.

expatiate= To enlarge or elaborate upon something; to go on in great detail.
abrogate
to repeal a law
impertinent (adj)
Not to the point, irrelevant, inapplicable; trifling; frivolous; against good manners.
CHICANERY
Clever talk designed to deceive or evade.
HACKLES:
The hairs or feathers around an animal's neck
talisman (noun)
Figure superstitiously believed to bring wonderful effects..
equivocate (verb)
To use ambiguous expressions with a view to mislead..
vouchsafe (verb)
To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow..
droll (adj)
Funny, in a strange way
troth (noun)
Belief; faith; fidelity; truth.
polemic (noun)
Art or practice of argument and disputation
ADUMBRATE:
To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
inculcate (verb)
Teach something by frequent repetition or repeated warnings..
ignominious (adj)
dishonorable, shameful
PENURY:
State of extreme poverty
POLYGLOT:
One who speaks a number of languages
proviso (noun)
Clause in a contract or agreement that introduces a condition..
wrds refering to honesty, frankness
guileless and ingenuous
INVIDIOUS:
Worthy of envy; desirable; likely to produce ill will.
repugnant (adj)
Hostile; disposed to war; offensive
hubris (noun)
Excessive pride
DROLL:
funny in a strange way
impertinent (adj)
Not to the point, irrelevant, inapplicable; trifling; frivolous; against good manners..
STULTIFY
To make foolish.
calumniate (Verb)
to slander or defame
STULTIFY
To make foolish.
calumniate (Verb)
to slander or defame
INIMICAL
Hostile, opposed. Acting against, adverse and damaging.
mendacious
Given to deception or falsehood; lying
exculpate (verb)
To release from blame
recondite (adj)
Learned, profound and difficult to understand, abstruse..
bilk (verb
To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud
lissome (adj)
Thin and flexible; moving with grace
(similar to lithe)
enjoin (verb)
To give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order..
APPROBATION:
Approval; sanction; commendation
collusion (noun)
secret agreement for fraudulent, illegal, or treacherous purposes.. Here is an example of it in use:


The fact that all gas stations set very similar prices has led many to suspect collusion by the oil companies.
arrogate (verb
vs
abrogate
arrogate=To assume, or claim as one's own; to take over without due cause..

abrogate=To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority