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abase

*after being overthrown and abased, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror.
abase=to humiliate, degrade
aspersion

*the rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each other's integrity
aspersion=a curse, expression of ill-will
arrogate

*the king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively.
arrogate=to take without justification
antediluvian

*the anteiluvian man still believed that eisenhower was president of the united states and that hot dogs cost a nickel.
antediluvain=ancient
bane

*advanced physics is the bane of many students' academic lives.
bane = a source of harm or ruin
behemoth

*The new aircraft carrier is among several behemoths that the air force has added to its fleet.
behemoth = something of tremendous power or size
bard

*SHakespeare is often considered the greatest bard in the history of the english language.
bard = a poet, often a singer as well
circumlocation

*The professor's habit of speaking in circumlocations made it difficult to follow his lectures.
cirumlocation = indirect and wordy language
collusion

*The three law students worked in collusion to steal the final exam.
collusion = secret agreement, conspiracy
confluence

*a confluence of different factors made tonight the perfect night.
confluence = a gathering together
convivial

*The restaurant's convivial atmosphere put me immediately at ease.
convivial = characterized by fesating, drinking, merriment
deleterious

*She experienced the deleterious effects of running a marathon wtihout stretching her muscles enough beforehand.
deleterious = harmful
dilatory

*The general's dilatory strategy enabled the enemy to regroup.
dilatory = causing delay
disaffected

*Dismayed by Seth's poor behavior, the parents sent their disaffected son to a military academy.
disaffected = rebellious, resentful of authority
discomfit

*The normally cheery and playful children's sudden misery discomfited the teacher.
discomfit = to thwart, baffle
effulgent

*The golden palace was effulgent.
effulgent = RADIANT, SPLENDOROUS
egregious

*The studenet who threw food across the cafeteria was punished for his egregious behaviour
egregious = EXTREMELY BAD
evince

*Beetlejuice's hand writing and nail biting evince how nervous he is about tomorrow's GRE test.
evince = TO SHOW, REVEAL
execrable

*Her pudding is so execrable that it made me puke.
execrable = LOATHSOME, DETESTABLE
feral

*That beast looks so feral that I'm afraid to be near it.
feral = WILD, SAVAGE
fecund

*The fecund tree bore enough apples to last us the entire year.
fecund = FRUITFUL, FERTILE
hapless

*My poor, hapless family never seems to pick a sunny weekend to go on vacation.
hapless = UNLUCKY
ignominious

*It was really ignominious to be kicked out of the dorm for having a plastic, blow up doll in my room.
ignominious = HUMILIATING, DISGRACING
iniquity

*The priest told the sinner that his iniquity would be forgiven.
iniquity = WICKEDNESS, SIN
knell

*Echoing throughout the village, the funeral knell made the rainy day even more grim.
knell = THE SOLEMN SOUND OF A BELL, OFTEN INDICATING A DEATH
largess

*My boss demonstrated great largess by giving me a new car.
largess = THE GENEROUS GIVING OF LAVISH GIFTS
LEGERDEMAIN

*Smuggling the marijuana through customs by claiming they were fake was a remarkable bit of legerdemain.
legerdemain = DECEPTION, SLEIGHT OF HAND
limpid

*The author's limpid writing style greatly pleased readers who disliked complicated novels.
limpid = CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
malediction

*When Sethi was arrested for speeding, he screamed maledictions against the arresting officer.
malediction = A CURSE
modicum

*Not displaying even a modicum of sensitivity, Sethi announced his boss's affair in front of all the Daily Grill staff.
modicum = A SMALL AMOUNT OF SOMETHING