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Bastion
Stronghold; something seen as a source of protection; Ex. the last bastion of male chauvinism
Mainstay, Fortress, Citadel
Maverick
Syn: Rebel, Nonconformist (in a group), Unconventional person, eccentric, individualist
Ant: Conformist
Lethargic
Drowsy; dull; N. lethargy: state of sluggishness and inactivity
Weary, Lackluster, indolent
Paraphernalia
Equipment; odds and ends used in a particular activity; personal belongings; Ex. photographic paraphernalia; married woman’s property exclusive of her dowry
Equipment, things, belongings, kit, gear, bits and pieces
Mores
Conventions; moral standards; moral customs
Society, traditional, ethnicity, cultural
Timidity
Lack of self-confidence or courage
Nervousness, shyness, coyness, diffidence, apprehension
Protocol
Diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratifi-cation; Ex. Protocol demands that the queen meet him atthe airport.
Procedure, etiquette
Acquiesce
Assent; agree passively; comply without protest favoritism display of partiality toward a favored person
Wake
Trail of ship or other object through water; path of something that has gone before; Ex. hunger followed in the wake of the war
Draught
Current of air (through a room or to a fire); act of pulling roads; act of swallowing liquid or amount of liquid swallowed at a time
Betoken
Signify; indicate; be a sign of
Aviary
Enclosure for birds; large cage
Waggish
Humorous; mischievous; tricky
Adapt
Make or become suitable for a specific use; alter; modify; adjust; N. adaptation: act of adapting; composition recast into a new form; Ex. The play is an adoption of a short novel
Bugaboo
Bugbear; object of baseless terror
Bungle
Mismanage; blunder; botch; blow; spoil by clumsy behavior
Reinstate
Restore to a previous condition or position
Mnemonic
Pertaining to memory; assisting the memory; N: device, such as formula or rhyme, used as a mnemonic aid
Conscript
Draftee; person forced into military service; V.
Contend
Struggle; compete; assert earnestly; state strongly
View; Challenge
Functional
Made for practical use only (without decoration); functioning; Ex. functional modern furniture; CF. functionalism
Practicle ; Handy ; Efficient
Punctilious
Assiduous ; Scrupulous ; Meticulous ; Thorough
Minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form; N. punctilio, punctiliousness: careful attention payed to every small exact detail
Imbecility
Weakness of mind; state of being an imbecile; N. imbecile: stupid person; fool
Rebuke
Reprimand (warning) ; Reproach(Criticism) ; Haul Over the Coals
Scold harshly; criticize severely
Facile
Simplistic ; Superficial ;
Easily accomplished; ready or fluent; superficial; not deep; Ex. facile solution to a complex problem; Ex. Facile speaker; N. facility: ability to do something easily and well; ease in doing resulting from skill or aptitude; something that facilitates an action; amenity; Ex. with great facility
Hardy
Resilient; Enduring ; Tough ; Strong ;Robust
(of people or animals) sturdy; robust; (of plants) able to stand inclement(stormy) weather
Penury
Extreme poverty; stinginess; ADJ. penurious: very poor; stingy
Venal
Capable of being bribed; corrupt; CF. vernal
Flit
Fly ; Flutter ; Dart

fly or move lightly or quickly; Dart lightly; pass
Swiftly
Quickly, Speedily, Summarily, promptly, Suddenly
by; Ex. a bee flitting from flower to flower
Magnate
Tycoon ; Mogul ; entrepreneur
Person of prominence or influence; powerful or influential person (in business or industry); Ex. oil magnate
Botch
Mismanage; blow, spoil, damage ; Mess up
Citadel
Fortress, strong hold, bastion, castle
Libidinous
Lustful
Mendicant
Beggar; ADJ: living as a beggar
Oaf
Lout ; Fool ; Boor ; Klutz
Stupid awkward person; CF. elf
Voyeur
Peeping Tom; person who derives sexual gratification from observing the sexual acts of others
Docile
Obedient; easily managed; submissive ; Passive ; Quiet ; Compliant
Vitiate
Corrupt morally
Spoil the effect of
Make inoperative
Narrative
Related to telling a story; N: narrated account; story; V. narrate: tell (a story); CF. narration