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brook
to tolerate, endure, or countenance
cardinal
of great importance
damp
to diminish the intensity or check the vibration of a sound
die
machine that punches holes
flip
sarcastic, impertinent
grouse
to complain or grumble
guy
a cord or cable used to steady or guide something
intimate
to imply, suggest or insinuate
list
to tilt or lean to one side
mince
to pronounce or speak affectedly; to speak to carefully; also, to take take tiny steps or tiptoe
nice
exacting; fastidious
obtain
to be established, accepted or customary
occult
hidden, beyond comprehension
pied
multicolored, usually in blotches or patches
pine
to lose vigor, to yearn
prize
to pry; to press or force with a lever; something taken by force; spoils
quail
to lose courage
qualify
to limit
scurvy
contemptible; despicable
steep
to saturate or completely soak
table
to remove from consideration
wag
wit; joker
abjure
to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
abrogate
to abolish or annul by authority; to put down
abscission
the act of cutting or removing
acarpous
no longer fertile; worn out
effete
1. lacking in wholesome vigor; degenerate; decadent: an effete, overrefined society.
2. exhausted of vigor or energy; worn out: an effete political force.
3. unable to produce; sterile
anathema
a solemn curse, accursed or thoroughly loathed
apposite
appropriate; pertinent; relevant; apropos
apprise
to give notice to; to inform
arrant
impudent
asseverate
to aver; to allege; to assert
auspice
protection or support; patronage
baleful
sinister; pernicious; ominous
beatify
to bless, make happy, or ascribe a virtue to; to regard as saintly
bedizen
to adorn, especially in a cheap, showy manner; to festoon
bilge
bulge; the protuberance of a cask
blandish
to toady or fawn
cachinnate
to laugh loudly
cadge
to sponge or mooch
calumniate
to slander; to make a false accusation
calumny
slander; aspersion
caparison
to adorn or bedizen
captious
calculated to confuse or entrap in an argument; caviling
caret
an insertion mark used by editors and proofreaders
cavil
to find fault without good reason
churlish
boorish; vulgar; behavior of a lout
lout
an awkward, stupid person; clumsy, ill-mannered boor; oaf.
coda
concluding section of a musical or literary piece
coeval
of the same period; coexisting
contemn
to scorn or despise
contumacious
insubordinate; rebellious
corrigible
capable of being set right; reparable
countenance
to approve of or tolerate; face; composure
cozen
to deceive; beguile, or hoodwink
defalcate
to embezzle or misappropriate
denouement
an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
depredate
to plunder, pillage, ravage, or destroy; to exploit in a predatory manner
descant
to comment at length
descry
to discriminate or discern
desuetude
disuse
detraction
slandering; aspersion
diaphanous
transparent; gauzy
distention
the state or act of extending or being swollen out of shape
distrait
distracted; absent minded, especially due to anxiety
doggerel
trivial, poorly constructed verse
dynamo
generator, forceful, energetic person
edacious
voracious; devouring
effusive
gushing; excessively demonstrative
enormity
excessive wickedness; to not confuse with "enormousness"
episodic
loosely connected; not flowing logically
equanimity
composure; self-possession
equipose
equal distribution of weight; equilibrium
errant
traveling; itinerant; peripatetic
eschew
to shun or avoid
evince
to show clearly; to indicate
excoriate
to censure scathingly; to upbraid
expatiate
to discourse, descant, discuss at great length
descant
to comment or discourse at great length
expostulate
to argue earnestly in order to dissuade, correct, or protest
exscind
to cut out or extirpate
extant
existing; not destroyed or lost
extirpate
to destroy; to exterminate; to exscind
feckless
ineffectual; irresponsible
ineffectual
1. not effectual; without satisfactory or decisive effect: an ineffectual remedy.
2. unavailing; futile: His efforts to sell the house were ineffectual.
3. powerless; impotent
filigree
an ornamental work, especially of delicate lace like patterns
fractious
quarrelsome; rebellious; unruly; refractory; irritable
froward
intractable, recalcitrant
gossamer
delicate; insubstantial or tenuous; insincere
hirsute
hairy; shaggy
imbroglio
difficult or embarrassing situation
impassive
expressionless; stolid; phlegmatic; apathetic
impute
to attribute to a cause or source; to ascribe
inimitable
one of a kind; peerless
insouciant
unconcerned; carefree; heedless
interdict
to prohibit; to forbid; to ban; to halt
inveigh
to attack verbally; to denounce; to deprecate, similar to invective (n)
involute
intricate; complex; convoluted
jejune
vapid; uninteresting; immature; puerile
jibe
to agree; to be in accord;
to shift from one side to the other when running before the wind, as a fore-and-aft sail or its boom
jocose
jocular; humorous; blithe; gay
labile
readily open to change; unstable
lassitude
listlessness; languor; weariness
limn
to draw; to outline in detail; to delineate; to describe
limpid
pellucid; transparent; serene; clear; untroubled;
lubricious
wanton; lewd; greasy; slippery
luculent
lucid; easily understood; clear
macerate
to waste away; to soften or wear away by excessive fasting or by excessive steeping; similar to EMACIATE
maculate
marked with spots or blotches; besmirched; impure
maunder
to digress; to meander; to stray from the topic or path
melliflous
sweetly flowing, usually used to describe use of words
mettle
strength of spirit; courage, stamina
mettlesome
courageous; high-spirited
militate
to have weight; to bear on; to argue
minatory
menacing, threatening
natty
trimly neat and tidy; smart
nexus
a connection, tie, or link
noisome
fetid; offensive, especially to one's sense of smell
nonplused
baffled; in a quandary; at a loss for what to say or do
nostrum
panacea; cure-all; or conversely a questionable remedy
nugatory
trifling; inconsequentioal
obloquy
vituperation; abusively detractive language; sharp criticism
obstreperous
noisy; loud
overweening
supercilious, arrogant
peregrination
traveling about; wandering
perigee
nadir; closest or lowest point in an orbit
peroration
the concluding part of a speech; grandiloquent speech
petrous
like a rock; hard; stony
picaresque
involving clever rogues or adventurers
pillory
to punish; to hold up to public scorn
piquant
agreeably pungent; stimulating
plangent
pounding; thundering; resounding
plumb
to measure the depth; to examine critically
poseur
affected or insincere person; literally, a poser
prate
to chatter; to babble or prattle
propinquity
nearness in time or place; affinity of nature
prOscribe
to ostracize; to banish; to outlaw
provident
frugal; looking to the future
puissance
power; strength
raffish
tawdry; meretricious; flashy; low or vulgar
ramify
to branch out; to be divided or subdivided
rebus
riddle; a representation of words by pictures or symbols
recidivism
relapse into antisocial or criminal behavior
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance
recreant
craven; pussilanimous
recumbent
leaning; resting; prone
redolent
fragrant; suggestive or evocative
regale
to delight or entertain; to feast
repine
to feel or express dejection or discontent; to long for
rubric
heading, title, or category
runic
mysterious; magical
salacious
obscence
salutary
wholesome; causing improvement; favorable to health
sanctimony
self-righteousness
satiate
to surfeit; overindulge
saturnine
gloomy; dark; sullen
seine
a large net dragged to catch fish
sententious
aphoristic or moralistic, tending to moralize excessively
slake
to satisfy or quench
sodden
soaked or drenched; unimaginative, dull
solder
to weld, fuse, or join
splenetic
bad tempered, irritable; think of someone with a bad spleen
stanch
to stop the flow of a fluid
stentorian
extremely loud and powerful
stint
to restrain; sparing or frugal
stygian
gloomy, dark
succor
assistance; relief in time of distress
supine
mentally or morally slack; literally, lying on one's back
suppliant
supplicant, asking humbly, beseeching
tamp
to plug; to drive in or down by a series of blows
tendentious
biased; showing marked tendencies
tumid
swollen, turgid
turgid
swollen; tumid; thick; pompous
tyro
novice; greenhorn; rank amateur
umbrage
offense; resentment; pique
untoward
perverse; unruly; unseemly
virago
a loud domineering woman; a scold or nag
vitiate
to pervert, debase, spoil, to make ineffective
welter
to writhe; to be in turmoil; a confused mess
wend
to go; to proceed
approbation
expression of approval or praise
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight
bucolic
rustic and pastoral; characteristic or rural areas and their inhabitants
paen
song or hymn of thanksgiving and praise
penurious
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty
precipitate
acting with excessive haste;
to cause or happen before anticipated
contrite
regretful; penitent
impecunious
lacking funds; without money
incipient
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
odious
evoking intense aversion or dislike
peruse
to examine with great care
halcyon
calm and peaceful
opprobrium
disgrace; contempt;scorn
phlegmatic
calm; sluggish; enemotional
sedulous
hard working; dilligent
solvent
able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
contiguous
sharing a border
inimical
damaging; harmful
refulgent
radiant; shining brightly
terse
brief and concise in wording
inchoate
in an initial stage; not fully formed
infelicitous
unfortunate; inappropriate
pine
to yearn intensely; to languish
rescind
to invalidate; to repeal
surfeit
excess; overindulgence
tenuous
having little substance or strength