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celebrity
A famous or well-known person.

Shakira is my favorite celebrity.
discredit
verb
To damage someones reputation, to refuse to believe.
His theories met with general discredit.
elusive
adjective
Difficult to describe.
Elude capture.
The elusive celebrity has few candid pictures.
endorse
verb
To approve, support.
To sign one's name as payee on the back of a check.
I would endorse changing the voting age to 16.
entail
Verb
Impose, involve as a necessary accompaniment or result
What does this move entail?
fallow
adjective
Land plowed and left unseeded for a season; uncultivated.
Not in use; inactive
My creative energies have lain fallow this year.
furtive
adjective
Quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
Cats are kings at behaving in a furtive manner. syn: lurking, skulking, sneaky
glacial
adjective
Relating to, or from a glacier.
Suggesting the extreme slowness of a glacier
Houston will never have glacial winds.
hazardous
adjective
full of risk; risky, a hazardous journey.
Skydiving is a hazardous sport.
illicit
adjective
not legally permitted or authorized; unlawful.
The football player was benched for his illicit behavior.
impale
verb
To pierce with a sharp stake or point.
For a vampire to die he must have a wooden stake impaled in his heart.
inestimable
adjective
Incapable of being estimated.
Valuable beyond measure; priceless
The flood caused inestimable damagage.
insubordination
noun
defiance of authority
syn: rebelliousness
He was fired for insubordination.
interloper
noun
someone who intrudes on the privacy
syn: intruder, trespasser
Without a date he felt like an interloper at the couples only dinner.
latent
adjective
existing in hidden or dormant form but usually capable of being brought to light
He discovered a latent talent for public speaking.
legendary
adjective
famous, well known
The fabled Paul Bunyan and his blue ox is a legendary bedtime story.
ludicrous
absurd, idiotic, laughable, ridiculous
It is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion.
masterful
adjective
highly skilled like an expert
The masterful teacher has much to teach us.
masterly
very skillful, skill of a master
A masterly presentation of the budget ended the meeting.
mercenary
noun
hired to serve in a foreign army, guerrilla organization
noun
a professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign arm
My favorite historical fiction books are about French mercenaries.
minimize
verb
to reduce to the smallest possible amount or degree.
Don't minimize his influence.
nether
adjective
Lying beneath the earth's surface; infernal: the nether regions.
Lower or under
When he was nervous he gnawed his nether lip.
oblivious
adjectiveforgetful.
Lacking conscious awareness, unmindful.
No matter how many times she was warned she was oblivious to the risks she ran.
odious
adjective
Deserving hatred; hateful; detestable.
Highly offensive; repugnant; disgusting.
He really has odious breath after lunch, he probably eats onion sandwiches!
provisional
adjective
Provided for a temporary need
Hong Kong has a provisional government until things settle down after the coup.
stalwart
adjective
Strongly and stoutly built; sturdy and robust.
She must be so proud of her tall stalwart son, he just won the tough man contest.
transient
adjective
Not lasting, enduring, or permanent
Staying only a short time
The transient guests at a hotel are very unsavory.
tumultuous
adjective
Raising a great commotion; Disorderly or noisy
A tumultuous crowd of students protested the hike in tuition.
usurp
verb
To use without authority or right
The magazine usurped copyrighted material.
vestige
noun
A mark, trace, or evidence of something that is no longer present
A few columns were the last vestiges of a Greek temple.