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compromise
n 1: a middle way between two extremes [syn: via media] 2: an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'" v 1: make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise" 2: settle by concession 3: expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
pauper
n.
One who is extremely poor.
One living on or eligible for public charity. : a person who is destitute and relying on charity; specifically : a person who is relieved of the costs and expenses of a court proceeding because of poverty
ruinous
adj 1: extremely harmful; bringing physical or financial ruin; "a catastrophic depression"; "catastrophic illness"; "a ruinous course of action" [syn: catastrophic] 2: causing injury or blight; especially affecting with sudden violence or plague or ruin; "the blasting effects of the intense cold on the budding fruit"; "the blasting force of the wind blowing sharp needles of sleet in our faces"; "a ruinous war" [syn: blasting]
aghast
adjective struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror:
They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.
adulation
n : servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
distracted
–adjective 1. having the attention diverted: She tossed several rocks to the far left and slipped past the distracted sentry.
2. rendered incapable of behaving, reacting, etc., in a normal manner, as by worry, remorse, or the like; irrational; disturbed.
anguish
n 1: extreme mental distress [syn: torment, torture] 2: extreme distress of body or mind v 1: suffer great pains or distress 2: cause emotional anguish or make miserable; "It pains me to see my children not being taught well in school" [syn: pain, hurt]
gamut
n 1: a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions" 2: the entire scale of musical notes
exorbitant
adj : greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; "exorbitant rent"; "extortionate prices"; "spends an outrageous amount on entertainment"; "usorious interest rate"; "unconscionable spending" [syn: extortionate, outrageous, steep, unconscionable, usurious]
prospect
n 1: the possibility of future success; "his prospects as a writer are excellent" 2: belief about (or mental picture of) the future [syn: expectation, outlook] 3: someone who is considered for something (for an office or prize or honor etc.) [syn: candidate] 4: the visual percept of a region; "the most desirable feature of the park are the beautiful views" [syn: view, aspect, scene, vista, panorama] 5: a prediction of the course of a disease [syn: prognosis, medical prognosis] v 1: search for something desirable; "prospect a job" 2: explore for useful or valuable things or substances, such as minerals
askew
adj : turned or twisted toward one side; "a...youth with a gorgeous red necktie all awry"- G.K.Chesterton; "his wig was, as the British say, skew-whiff" [syn: awry(p), cockeyed, lopsided, wonky, skew-whiff] adv : turned or twisted to one side; "rugs lying askew"; "with his necktie twisted awry" [syn: awry, skew-whiff]
garret
n : floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage [syn: loft, attic]
prim
adj 1: affectedly dainty or refined [syn: dainty, mincing, niminy-piminy, twee] 2: exaggeratedly proper; "my straitlaced Aunt Anna doesn't approve of my miniskirts" [syn: priggish, prissy, prudish, puritanical, square-toed, straitlaced, strait-laced, straightlaced, straight-laced, tight-laced, victorian] v 1: assume a prim appearance; "They mince and prim" 2: contract one's lips; "She primmed her lips after every bite of food" 3: dress primly [syn: prim up, prim out]
spruce
adj : marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: dapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, smart, spiffy, snappy] n 1: light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork 2: any coniferous tree of the genus Picea v 1: make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child" [syn: spruce up, titivate, tittivate, smarten up, slick up, spiff up] 2: dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion; "He spruced up for the party" [syn: spruce up, slick up, smarten up]
billow
n : a large sea wave [syn: surge] v 1: rise up as if in waves; "smoke billowed up nto the sky" [syn: wallow] 2: move with great difficulty; "The soldiers billowed across the muddy riverbed" 3: rise and move, as in waves or billows; "The army surged forward" [syn: surge, heave] 4: become inflated; "The sails ballooned" [syn: balloon, inflate]
gleam
n 1: an appearance of reflected light [syn: gleaming, glow, lambency] 2: a flash of light (especially reflected light) [syn: gleaming, glimmer] v 1: be shiny, as if wet; "His eyes were glistening" [syn: glitter, glisten, glint, shine] 2: shine brightly, like a star or a light [syn: glimmer] 3: appear briefly; "A terrible thought gleamed in her mind"
careen
n : pitching dangerously to one side [syn: rock, sway, tilt] v 1: walk as if unable to control one's movements; "The drunken man staggered into the room" [syn: stagger, reel, keel, lurch, swag] 2: move sideways or in an unsteady way; "The ship careened out of control" [syn: wobble, shift, tilt]
bedeck
–verb (used with object) to deck out; adorn, esp. in a showy or gaudy manner.
sullen
adj 1: showing a brooding ill humor; "a dark scowl"; "the proverbially dour New England Puritan"; "a glum, hopeless shrug"; "he sat in moody silence"; "a morose and unsociable manner"; "a saturnine, almost misanthropic young genius"- Bruce Bliven; "a sour temper"; "a sullen crowd" [syn: dark, dour, glowering, glum, moody, morose, saturnine, sour] 2: darkened by clouds; "a heavy sky" [syn: heavy, lowering, threatening]
loll
v 1: hang loosely or laxly; "His tongue lolled" [syn: droop] 2: be lazy or idle; "Her son is just bumming around all day" [syn: bum, bum around, bum about, arse around, arse about, fuck off, loaf, frig around, waste one's time, lounge around, loll around, lounge about]
imminent
adj : close in time; about to occur; "retribution is at hand"; "some people believe the day of judgment is close at hand"; "in imminent danger"; "his impending retirement" [syn: at hand(p), close at hand(p), impending]
infallible
adj : incapable of failure or error; "an infallible antidote"; "an infallible memmory"; "the Catholic Church considers the Pope infallible"; "no doctor is infallible" [ant: fallible]
dogged
adj : stubbornly unyielding; "dogged persistence"; "dour determination"; "the most vocal and pertinacious of all the critics"; "a mind not gifted to discover truth but tenacious to hold it"- T.S.Eliot; "men tenacious of opinion" [syn: bulldog, dour, pertinacious, tenacious, unyielding]
precarious
adj 1: affording no ease or reassurance; "a precarious truce" [syn: unstable] 2: fraught with danger; "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery" [syn: parlous, perilous, touch-and-go] 3: dangerously insecure; "a precarious footing on the ladder" 4: not secure; beset with difficulties; "a shaky marriage" [syn: shaky]
exotic
adj 1: being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world; "alien customs"; "exotic plants in a greenhouse"; "exotic cuisine" [syn: alien] 2: strikingly strange or unusual; "an exotic hair style"; "protons, neutrons, electrons and all their exotic variants"; "the exotic landscape of a dead planet"
armada
noun 1. Also called Invincible Armada, Spanish Armada. the fleet sent against England by Philip II of Spain in 1588. It was defeated by the English navy and later dispersed and wrecked by storms.
2. (lowercase) any fleet of warships.
3. (lowercase) a large group or force of vehicles, airplanes, etc.: an armada of transport trucks.
vermilion
adj : of a vivid red to reddish-orange color [syn: vermillion, cinnabar, Chinese-red] n : a variable color that is vivid red but sometimes with an orange tinge [syn: scarlet, orange red] v : color vermilion
heresy
n 1: any opinions or doctrines at variance with the official or orthodox position [syn: unorthodoxy, heterodoxy] [ant: orthodoxy] 2: a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion [syn: unorthodoxy]
Paul
ranks "heresies" with crimes and seditions (Gal. 5:20). This word also denotes
divisions or schisms in the church (1 Cor. 11:19). In Titus 3:10 a "heretical
person" is one who follows his own self-willed "questions," and who is to be
avoided. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from
God (2 Pet. 2:1).
clove
n 1: aromatic flower bud of a clove tree; yields a spice 2: moderate sized very symmetrical red-flowered evergreen widely cultivated in the tropics for its flower buds which are source of cloves [syn: clove tree, Syzygium aromaticum, Eugenia aromaticum, Eugenia caryophyllatum] 3: one of the small bulblets that can be split off of the axis of a larger garlic bulb [syn: garlic clove] 4: spice from dried unopened flower bud of the clove tree; used whole or ground
invalid
adj 1: having no cogency or legal force; "invalid reasoning"; "an invalid driver's license" [ant: valid] 2: no longer valid; "the license is invalid" n : someone who is incapacitated by a chronic illness or injury [syn: shut-in] v 1: force to retire, remove from active duty, as of firemen 2: injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident" [syn: disable, incapacitate, handicap]