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arcane
Adjective - known or understood by very few; mysterious; secret; obscure; She knew a lot about Sanskrit grammar and other arcane matters.
arid
adj 1: very dry climate, [syn: waterless] 2: lacking spirit; lifeless; emotionless creature syn: desiccate :I listened to a technically perfect but arid musical performance.
arrogant
adj : showing feelings overbearing pride; [syn: chesty, self-important]The professor has an arrogant contempt for the weak students in his class.
arwy
adj 1: turned or twisted toward one side;[syn: askew, lopsided
2: not functioning properly; syn: haywire, wrong(p)] adv Our plans went awry.
comely
adj 1: proper [syn: becoming, seemly] 2: very pleasing to the eye; [syn: bonny, bonnie, fair]The young maiden has a very comely face.
contagious
adj 1: easily spread, like diseases;[syn: catching] Contagious laughter ran through the hall.
dearth
n 1: shortage of food [syn: famine, shortage] 2: an insufficient number [syn: scarcity]
There is a dearth of good musicians.
deluge
n 1: an overwhelming number [syn: flood, inundation] 2: a heavy rain [syn: downpour, soaker] 3: the rising of water and it overflowing onto normally dry land; [syn: flood, inundation]
The press secretary was deluged with requests for information.
dispel
v 1: force to go away; like driving away bad thoughts.
[syn: chase away, drive out, turn back, run off]
2: cause to separate and go in different directions; [syn: break up, scatter]
She waved her hand and dispelled the crowds.
dour
adjective
1. sullen; gloomy:
2. severe; stern:
His dour criticism made us regret having undertaken the job.
3. Scot.. (of land) barren; rocky, infertile, or otherwise difficult or impossible to cultivate.
The proverbially dour New England Puritan hastened towards church.
eligible
adj.
Qualified, Desirable and worth of choosing,
Among the eligibles, only a few are running for office.
evade
1. to try to avoid illegally paying taxes
2. to keep away from
This difficult idea seems to evade her.
expel
1. to drive or force away; eject
2. to cut off from membership or relations
The dean expelled the student from college for cheating. Synonyms :discharge, eject, release
ferment
n.

An agent, as a yeast, a bacterium, a mold, or an enzyme, that causes fermentation.
Fermentation.
The new painters worked in a creative ferment.
fissure
n 1: a long narrow crevice, [crack,]
2: a long narrow opening
3: (anatomy) a long narrow slit that divides an organ into lobes
Did you see that fissure in the rock?
foment
v 1: try to stir up public opinion [syn: agitate, stir up] 2: bathe with warm water or medicated lotions;
His legs should be fomented.
fraught
adj 1: marked by distress; The evening was fraught with high drama.
frugal
adj : cheap
syn: economical
The frugal lady saved lots of money with her coupons.
illegible
adj : (of handwriting, print, etc.) not legible; "illegible handwriting" [ant: legible]

The doctors handwriting was illegible.
immaculate
adj 1: completely neat and clean; [syn: spick-and-span, spotless] 2: free from stain 3: without fault or error; [syn: faultless, impeccable]My room is never immaculate.
inert
adj 1: unable to move
2: having only a limited ability to react chemically; not active;
3: slow [syn: sluggish]

He lay inert in the grass after the marathon.
innovation
n 1: a creation (a new device or process) [syn: invention]
3: the act of starting something for the first time[syn: founding, creation]
Hybrid cars are using innovative technology.
oblique
adj 1: slanting or inclined in direction, neither parallel nor perpendicular nor right-angular
2: misleading [syn: devious] 2: a diagonally arranged abdominal muscle on either side of the torso [syn: external oblique muscle]
The athlete pulled one of his oblique muscles.
obliterate
adj : reduced to nothingness [syn: blotted out, obliterated] v 1: mark for deletion, rub off, or erase; "kill these lines in the President's speech" [syn: kill, wipe out] 2: make undecipherable or imperceptible by obscuring or concealing; "a hidden message"; "a veiled threat" [syn: obscure, blot out, veil, hide] 3: remove completely from recognition or memory; "efface the memory of the time in the camps" [syn: efface] 4: do away with completely, without leaving a trace
Many americans need to obliterate their growing debt.
peruse
v : examine or consider with attention and in detail; Please peruse this report at your leisure.
recourse
n 1: act of turning to for assistance [syn: resort, refuge] 2: something or someone to turn to for assistance or security
At this point his only recourse is the police.
recur
v 1: happen or occur again[syn: repeat]
2: return in thought or speech to something [syn: go back]
He had a recurring infection.
rigor
n 1: something hard to endure[syn: hardship,severity,
2: excessive sternness
The rigors of boot camp discourage many from joining the army.
stagnant
adj 1: dead air; dead water [syn:not flowing or moving 2: not growing or changing;
After he fell into that stagnant water he puked.
verdure
n 1: green foliage [syn: greenery]
The garden was so verdure, everyone gasped at how lovely it was.