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Ungainly
Adj. - Lacking grace or ease of movement or form, clumsy.
Unseemly
Adj. - Not in accord with accepted standards of good taste, grossly improper.
Vanguard
N. - The foremost position in an army or fleet advancing into battle or the foremost or leading position in a trend or movement.
Vegetate
V. - To engage in relaxing or passive activities, such as watching television.
Venerable
Adj. - Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position.
Veracious
Adj. - Honest, truthful.
Virulent
Adj. - Intensely irritating, obnoxious, or harsh.
Vulnerable
Adj. - Susceptible to physical or emotional injury.
Winsome
Adj. - Harming, often in a childlike or naive way.
Wrest
V. - To obtain by or as if by pulling with violent twisting movements.
Abut
V. - To touch or end at one end or side.
Advent
N. - The coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.
Affable
Adj. - Easy and pleasant to speak to, approachable.
Amazon
N. - Tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.

Root: Greek Mythology
- A race of women - tall - skilled with bow and arrow and known to cut off their left breast to shoot better.
Ambivalence
N. - The uncertainty or indecisiveness.
Anneal
V. - To strengthen or harden for objects or ideas.
Apocalyptic
Adj. - Relating to an extremly destructive force of ultimate doom.
Atavism
N. - The reappearance of a characteristic of previous behavior after a period of absence.
Avocation
N. - A hobby.
Beholden
Adj. - To beheld by an obligation, such as gratitude.
Bereavement
N. - State of sorrow over the death or departure of a loved one.
Blanch
V. - To take the color from or bleach or to draw back in fear.
Brindled
Adj. - Grayish with streaks or spots of a darker color.
Caste
N. - A social class separated from others by distinctions of hereditary rank, profession, or wealth and of traditional Hindu society.
Casuistry
N. - Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
Conduit
N. - A pipe or channel for conveying fluids, such as water or a means by which something is transmitted.
Credo
N. - Any system of principles or belifs.
Crepuscular
Adj. - Of or like twilight.
Crypt
N. - An underground vault or chamber, especially one beneath a church that is used as a burial place.
Cul-de-sac
N. - A dead-end street that curves around with only one outlet.

Root: French - Bottom of bag.
Curmudgeon
N. - An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.
Cynosure
N. - A center of attention or a guide.
Denigrate
V. - To attack the character or reputation of, speak ill of, defame.
Denouement
N. - The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot.
Disabuse
V. - To free from a falsehood or misconception.
Dispassionate
Adj. - Devoid of or unaffected by passion, emotion, or bias.
Eclat
N. - Great brilliance, as of performance or achievement.
Excoriate
V. - To tear or wear off the skin or to express strong disapproval or harsh criticism.
Fanfare
N. - A loud flourish of brass instruments, especially trumpets or a spectacular public display.
Fluted
Adj. - Having or marked by grooves.
Fracas
N. - A noisy, disorderly fight or quarrel, a brawl.
Gargoyle
N. - A roof spout in the form of a grotesque or fantastic creature projecting from a gutter to carry rainwater clear of the wall.
Gastronomy
N. - The art or science of good eating.
Genealogy
N. - A record or table of the descent of a person, family, or group from an ancestor or ancestors, a family tree.
Hermetically
Adj. - Completely sealed, especially airtight.

Root: Hermes: Greek god that had a sealed box.
Idiosyncratic
N. - A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
Incarnation
N. - Something that becomes flesh.

Root: Carn means flesh.
Incontinent
Adj. - Lacking normal voluntary control of excretory functions or lacking sexual restraint.
Interdict
V. - To destroy, damage, or cut off (as an enemy line of supply) by firepower to stop or hamper an enemy.
Irksome
Adj. - Causing annoyance or weariness.