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talisman (noun
Figure superstitiously believed to bring wonderful effects.
fortuitous (adj)
Happening by chance, as in something lucky, apt or fortunate.
perigee (noun)
The lowest or closest point; the point of a satellite's orbit that is nearest to the earth
malapropism (noun)
Misuse of a word due to similarity with another, often with humorous results.
scurrilous (adj)
Using indecent language; offensive..
venal (adj)
Capable of being bought; corrupt..
redolent (adj)
Fragrant; spreading sweet scent..
consort (verb)
To unite or to keep company; to associate with..
AUSPICE:
Patronage, assistance or protection (often given by a large entity to a smaller one); a sign or omen (as in prophecy).
apartheid (noun)
A government policy of keeping different races separate..
inauspicious (adj)
Ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky..
sybarite (noun
Person devoted to luxury and pleasure..
pecuniary (adj)
Relating to money
locution (noun)
talk, speech
calumniate (Verb)
to slander or defame
vouchsafe (verb)
To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow
ligneous (adj)
Made of wood; like or resembling wood; woody..
apposite (adj)
Well adapted; suitable or fit; relevant..
tendentious (adj)
favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view
collusion (noun)
A secret agreement for fraudulent, illegal, or treacherous purposes..
ungainly (adj)
clumsy, akward
MALAPROPISM
Misuse of a word due to similarity with another, often with humorous results.
guy (noun)
A rope or chain used to steady something
celerity (noun)
Rapidity of motion; quickness; swiftness.. Here is an example of it in use:


When Hannah heard that her son had been taken to the emergency room, she got to the hospital with the utmost celerity, speeding much of the way.
efface (verb)
To rub out; to erase..
excoriate (verb)
To criticize severely
aegis (noun)
sponsorship, protection
cupidity (noun)
Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed of gain.. Here is an example of it in use:


Had they not wanted too much, they may have survived; cupidity brought down the dot.com entrepreneurs.
inauspicious (adj)
Ill-omened; unfortunate; unlucky..
enjoin (verb)
To give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order..
polemic (noun)
Art or practice of argument and disputation
VENDETTA:
A blood feud; private revenge for the murder of a kinsman.
unction (noun)
The act of anointing or rubbing with an oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes or as a symbol of consecration
auspice (noun)
Patronage, assistance or protection (often given by a large entity to a smaller one); a sign or omen (as in prophecy)..
meretricious (adj)
Alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental..
sedulity
Persevering and constant in effort or application; assiduous. See Synonyms at busy.
COUNTERVAIL:
Act in opposition, counteract (often against a harmful force); compensate, offset, counterbalance
absolve (verb)
To release from obligation, debt or guilt
promulgate (verb)
To publish; declare; proclaim; make known by open declaration..
PHILISTINE
A person deficient in liberal culture and refinement
hegemony (noun)
Leadership; preponderant influence or authority
expatiate (verb)
To enlarge or elaborate upon something; to go on in great detail..
mellifluous (adj)
smooth, flowing sweetly
hirsute (adj)
hairy
REMISS
Negligent in fulfilling an obligation or duty
piebald (adj)
Mottled, having black and white spots.. Here is an example of it in use:


Ryan immediately recognized her pony; his piebald coat made him stand out from the other ponies who were all solid grey.
stentorian (adj
Extremely loud; powerful..
subjugate (verb
subdue, bring under control
sybarite (noun)
Person devoted to luxury and pleasure
ineluctable
Not to be changed or avoided
tautology (noun
Repetition; something true by definition..
CHARY:
Cautious, wary, hesitant. Slow to accept or allow
bilious (adj
Ill-tempered
"amateur"
someone who does something for the love of it, not because he or she is paid to do it (as a professional would
opprobrium.
Disgrace arising from exceedingly shameful conduct; ignominy
tendentious (adj
Favoring a certain (often unpopular) point of view.
locution (noun)
Talk, speech
stentorian (adj)
Extremely loud; powerful
tautology (noun)
Repetition; something true by definition.
salacious (adj)
Having a propensity to be lustful or lecherous.
sedulous (adj)
Carefully organized, diligent, painstaking.
picayune (noun)
Small coin; something of little value or importance
harbinger (noun)
a portent, a sign for the future
calumniate (Verb
to slander or defame
efface (verb)
To rub out; to erase.
ineluctable (adj)
Not to be changed or avoided
apartheid (noun)
A government policy of keeping different races separate.
meretricious (adj)
Alluring by false show; gaudily and deceitfully ornamental.
hegemony (noun
Leadership; preponderant influence or authority
BEQUEST:
That which is left by will, esp. personal property; a legacy; also, a gift.
locution (noun)
talk, speech
vouchsafe (verb
To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow
SLUICE
An opening or channel through which anything flows.
bigotry (noun)
Intolerant devotion to a group or cause, usually associated with a devaluation of those outside the group.. Here is an example of it in use:


The judge declared that the elite society's bigotry would no longer be tolerated, and that it would be forced by law to accept the minorities it had historically excluded
argot (noun)
Jargon, lingo, the language of a particular class.. Here is an example of it in use:


In the argot of medical professionals, a "code blue" is a term for a patient who needs immediate resuscitation.
colloquial (adj)
Pertaining to, or used in, conversation, especially common and familiar conversation..
ABJURE:
Renounce solemnly, recant, abstain from
fulminate (verb)
To make a loud, sudden noise; to send forth decrees with force or authority..
vouchsafe (verb)
To condescend to grant; to concede; to bestow..
sobriquet (noun)
Nickname
BILK
To frustrate or disappoint; to deceive or defraud
parry (verb)
To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc..
affected (adj )
Insincere, artificial..
LUGUBRIOUS:
Mournful; indicating sorrow, often ridiculously so.
redoubtable (adj)
Formidable; valiant; terrible to foes..
REMUNERATE
Pay back in equal measure for a good or service
vitiate (verb)
To make void or destroy; to render defective..
secular (adj)
Not sacred, not related to the church..
flag (verb)
To tire, lose vigor; to mark as significant..
pique (verb)
To wound the pride of; to sting; to stimulate..
consecrated
holy or sacred
edulcorated
to sweeten or free from acidity
egregious
Conspicuously bad or offensive. See Synonyms at flagrant
ingenuous
1. Of honorable extraction; freeborn; noble; as, ingenuous blood of birth.

2. Noble; generous; magnanimous; honorable; upright; high-minded; as, an ingenuous ardor or zeal.

If an ingenuous detestation of falsehood be but carefully and early instilled, that is the true and genuine method to obviate dishonesty. Locke.

3. Free from reserve, disguise, equivocation, or dissimulation; open; frank; as, an ingenuous man; an ingenuous declaration, confession, etc.

Sensible in myself . . . what a burden it is for me, who would be ingenuous, to be loaded with courtesies which he hath not the least hope to requite or deserve. Fuller.

4. Ingenious. [Obs.]

Shak.

(Formerly) printers did not discriminate between . . . ingenuous and ingenious, and these words were used or rather printed interchangeably almost to the beginning of the eighteenth century. G. P. Marsh.

Syn. -- Open; frank; unreserved; artless; plain; sincere; candid; fair; noble; generous. -- Ingenuous, Open, Frank. One who is open speaks out at once what is uppermost in his mind; one who is frank does it from a natural boldness, or dislike of self-restraint; one who is ingenuous is actuated by a native simplicity and artlessness, which make him willing to confess faults, and make known his sentiments without reserve. See Candid
exegesis (noun)
An elaboration or explanation of a passage or article..
gambit (noun)
An opening maneuver
immolate (Verb)
To sacrifice; to kill, as a sacrificial victim, especially by fire.. Here is an example of it in use:


Many people remember television pictures of the Buddhist monks who would immolate themselves in protest of the Vietnam war; the vivid images of the monks setting themselves on fire have endured decades after the war.
CASTIGATE:
Strongly criticize or punish
foment (verb
To nurse to life or activity; to encourage..
troth (noun)
Belief; faith; fidelity; truth
levity (noun)
Inappropriately funny behavior..
severity (noun)
Gravity; seriousness; harshness (as of a punishment.).
polemic (noun)
Art or practice of argument and disputation..
panegyric (noun
Eulogy, speech or writing in praise of someone..
vitiate (verb)
To make void or destroy; to render defective..
peripatetic (adj
Mobile, itinerant
fulminate (verb)
To make a loud, sudden noise; to send forth decrees with force or authority..
bate
to lessen
parry (verb)
To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc..