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lurid
adj
1 a : wan and ghastly pale in appearance b : of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange
2 : shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud
3 a : causing horror or revulsion : GRUESOME b : MELODRAMATIC, SENSATIONAL; also : SHOCKING <paperbacks in the usual lurid covers -- T. R. Fyvel>
synonym see GHASTLY
gleam
noun
1 a : a transient appearance of subdued or partly obscured light <the gleam of dawn in the east> b (1) : a small bright light <the gleam of a match> (2) : GLINT <a gleam in his eyes>
2 : a brief or faint appearance <a gleam of hope>

verb
1 : to shine with or as if with subdued steady light or moderate brightness
2 : to appear briefly or faintly <a light gleamed in the distance>
transitive senses : to cause to gleam
quell
verb
1 : to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity <quell a riot>
2 : QUIET, PACIFY <quell fears>
sustenance
noun
1 a : means of support, maintenance, or subsistence : LIVING b : FOOD, PROVISIONS; also : NOURISHMENT
2 a : the act of sustaining : the state of being sustained b : a supplying or being supplied with the necessaries of life
3 : something that gives support, endurance, or strength
amenable
adj
1 : liable to be brought to account : ANSWERABLE <citizens amenable to the law>
2 a : capable of submission (as to judgment or test) : SUITED <the data is amenable to analysis> b : readily brought to yield, submit, or cooperate c : WILLING 1 <was amenable to spending more time at home>
synonym see RESPONSIBLE, OBEDIENT
verily
adv
1 : in truth : CERTAINLY
2 : TRULY, CONFIDENTLY
peremptory
adj
1 a : putting an end to or precluding a right of action, debate, or delay <a peremptory mandamus> b : admitting of no contradiction <a peremptory conclusion based on absolute evidence>
2 : expressive of urgency or command <a peremptory call>
3 a : characterized by often imperious or arrogant self-assurance <how insolent of late he is become, how proud, how peremptory -- Shakespeare> b : indicative of a peremptory attitude or nature : HAUGHTY <a peremptory tone> <peremptory disregard of an objection>
synonym see MASTERFUL
potent
adj
1 : having or wielding force, authority, or influence : POWERFUL
2 : achieving or bringing about a particular result : EFFECTIVE
3 a : chemically or medicinally effective <a potent vaccine> b : rich in a characteristic constituent
4 : able to copulate -- usually used of the male
efficacy
noun
the power to produce an effect
leech
noun
1 archaic : PHYSICIAN, SURGEON
2 [from its former use by physicians for bleeding patients] : any of numerous carnivorous or bloodsucking usually freshwater annelid worms (class Hirudinea) that have typically a flattened lanceolate segmented body with a sucker at each end
3 : a hanger-on who seeks advantage or gain
dewy
adj
1 : moist with, affected by, or suggestive of dew
2 : INNOCENT, UNSOPHISTICATED <from a dewy bride to an ill-mannered, murderous courtesan -- Melvin Gussow>
tempestuous
adj
of, relating to, or resembling a tempest : TURBULENT, STORMY <tempestuous weather> <a tempestuous relationship>
expostulation
noun
an act or an instance of expostulating

transitive senses, obsolete : DISCUSS, EXAMINE
intransitive senses : to reason earnestly with a person for purposes of dissuasion or remonstrance
irreparable
adj
not reparable : IRREMEDIABLE <irreparable damage>
folly
noun
1 : lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight
2 a : criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct b obsolete : EVIL, WICKEDNESS; especially : lewd behavior
3 : a foolish act or idea
4 : an excessively costly or unprofitable undertaking
5 : an often extravagant picturesque building erected to suit a fanciful taste
rejoin
verb
1 : to join again
2 : to say often sharply or critically in response especially as a reply to a reply
synonym see ANSWER
retribution
noun
1 : RECOMPENSE, REWARD
2 : the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter
3 : something given or exacted in recompense; especially : PUNISHMENT
gripe
verb
1 archaic : SEIZE, GRASP
2 a : AFFLICT, DISTRESS b : IRRITATE, VEX
3 : to cause pinching and spasmodic pain in the bowels of
intransitive senses
1 : to experience gripes
2 : to complain with grumbling

noun
1 archaic : CLUTCH, GRASP; broadly : CONTROL, MASTERY
2 : a pinching spasmodic intestinal pain -- usually used in plural
3 : GRIEVANCE, COMPLAINT
repute
noun
1 : the character or status commonly ascribed to one : REPUTATION
2 : the state of being favorably known, spoken of, or esteemed

verb
BELIEVE, CONSIDER
besmirch
verb
SULLY, SOIL
morbid
adj
1 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of disease <morbid anatomy> b : affected with or induced by disease <a morbid condition> c : productive of disease <morbid substances>
2 : abnormally susceptible to or characterized by gloomy or unwholesome feelings
3 : GRISLY, GRUESOME <morbid details> <morbid curiosity>
annihilate
verb
transitive senses
1 a : to cause to be of no effect : NULLIFY b : to destroy the substance or force of
2 : to regard as of no consequence
3 : to cause to cease to exist; especially : KILL
4 a : to destroy a considerable part of <bombs annihilated the city> b : to vanquish completely : ROUT <annihilated the visitors 56-0>
intransitive senses, of a particle and its antiparticle : to vanish or cease to exist by coming together and changing into other forms of energy (as radiation or particles)
vivify
verb
1 : to endue with life or renewed life : ANIMATE <rains that vivify the barren hills>
2 : to impart vitality or vividness to <concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both -- John Dewey>
synonym see QUICKEN
purge
verb
1 a : to clear of guilt b : to free from moral or ceremonial defilement
2 a : to cause evacuation from (as the bowels) b (1) : to make free of something unwanted <purge a manhole of gas> <purge yourself of fear> (2) : to free (as a boiler) of sediment or relieve (as a steam pipe) of trapped air by bleeding c (1) : to rid (as a nation or party) by a purge (2) : to get rid of <the leaders had been purged> <purge money-losing operations>
intransitive senses
1 : to become purged
2 : to have or produce frequent evacuations
3 : to cause purgation
fain
adj
1 archaic : HAPPY, PLEASED
2 archaic : INCLINED, DESIROUS
3 a : WILLING <he was very fain, for the young widow was "altogether fair and lovely ..." -- Amy Kelly> b : being obliged or constrained : COMPELLED <Great Britain was fain to devote its whole energy ... to the business of slaying and being slain -- G. M. Trevelyan>

adv
1 : with pleasure : GLADLY <a speech of fire that fain would blaze -- Michael Billington>
2 a : by preference <knew it, too, though he would fain not admit it publicly -- John Lukacs> b : by desire <I would fain consult you -- W. S. Gilbert>
incur
verb
o become liable or subject to : bring down upon oneself <incur expenses>
art
noun
1 : skill acquired by experience, study, or observation <the art of making friends>
2 a : a branch of learning: (1) : one of the humanities (2) plural : LIBERAL ARTS b archaic : LEARNING, SCHOLARSHIP
3 : an occupation requiring knowledge or skill <the art of organ building>
4 a : the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also : works so produced b (1) : FINE ARTS (2) : one of the fine arts (3) : a graphic art
5 a archaic : a skillful plan b : the quality or state of being artful
6 : decorative or illustrative elements in printed matter
synonyms ART, SKILL, CUNNING, ARTIFICE, CRAFT mean the faculty of executing well what one has devised. ART implies a personal, unanalyzable creative power <the art of choosing the right word>. SKILL stresses technical knowledge and proficiency <the skill of a glassblower>. CUNNING suggests ingenuity and subtlety in devising, inventing, or executing <a mystery plotted with great cunning>. ARTIFICE suggests technical skill especially in imitating things in nature <believed realism in film could be achieved only by artifice>. CRAFT may imply expertness in workmanship <the craft of a master goldsmith>
ingenuity
noun
1 obsolete : CANDOR, INGENUOUSNESS
2 a : skill or cleverness in devising or combining : INVENTIVENESS b : cleverness or aptness of design or contrivance
3 : an ingenious device or contrivance
typify
verb
1 : to represent in typical fashion : to constitute a typical mark or instance of <realism... that typified his earlier work -- Current Biography>
2 : to embody the essential or salient characteristics of : be the type of
manifold
adj
1 a : marked by diversity or variety b : MANY
2 : comprehending or uniting various features : MULTIFARIOUS
3 : rightfully so-called for many reasons <a manifold liar>
4 : consisting of or operating many of one kind combined <a manifold bellpull>
sable
noun
1 a : the color black b : black clothing worn in mourning -- usually used in plural
2 a or plural sable (1) : a carnivorous mammal (Martes zibellina) of the weasel family that occurs chiefly in northern Asia (2) : any of various animals related to the sable b : the fur or pelt of a sable
3 a : the usually dark brown color of the fur of the sable b : a grayish yellowish brown
emolument
noun
1 : the returns arising from office or employment usually in the form of compensation or perquisites
2 archaic : ADVANTAGE
requite
verb
1 a : to make return for : REPAY b : to make retaliation for : AVENGE
2 : to make suitable return to for a benefit or service or for an injury
synonym see RECIPROCATE
ascetic
adj
1 : practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
2 : austere in appearance, manner, or attitude
synonym see SEVERE
- ascetic noun
superfluous
adj
1 a : exceeding what is sufficient or necessary : EXTRA b : not needed : UNNECESSARY
2 obsolete : marked by wastefulness : EXTRAVAGANT
penitence
noun
the quality or state of being penitent : sorrow for sins or faults
repugnance
noun
1 a : the quality or fact of being contradictory or inconsistent b : an instance of such contradiction or inconsistency
2 : strong dislike, distaste, or antagonism
bounty
noun
1 : something that is given generously
2 : liberality in giving : GENEROSITY
3 : yield especially of a crop
4 : a reward, premium, or subsidy especially when offered or given by a government: as a : an extra allowance to induce entry into the armed services b : a grant to encourage an industry c : a payment to encourage the destruction of noxious animals d : a payment for the capture of or assistance in the capture of an outlaw
revile
verb
transitive senses : to subject to verbal abuse : VITUPERATE
intransitive senses : to use abusive language : RAIL
synonym see SCOLD
distill
verb
1 : to let fall, exude, or precipitate in drops or in a wet mist
2 a : to subject to or transform by distillation b : to obtain by or as if by distillation c : to extract the essence of : CONCENTRATE
intransitive senses
1 a : to fall or materialize in drops or in a fine moisture b : to appear slowly or in small quantities at a time
2 a : to undergo distillation b : to perform distillation
alchemy
noun
1 : a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold, the discovery of a universal cure for disease, and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life
2 : a power or process of transforming something common into something special
3 : an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting
forbear
verb
1 obsolete : to do without
2 : to hold oneself back from especially with an effort
3 obsolete : to leave alone : SHUN <forbear his presence -- Shakespeare>
intransitive senses
1 : HOLD BACK, ABSTAIN <can write with ease what I forbear to read -- Flannery O'Connor>
2 : to control oneself when provoked : be patient
insidious
adj
1 a : awaiting a chance to entrap : TREACHEROUS b : harmful but enticing : SEDUCTIVE <insidious drugs>
2 a : having a gradual and cumulative effect : SUBTLE <the insidious pressures of modern life> b of a disease : developing so gradually as to be well established before becoming apparent
contumacious
adj
stubbornly disobedient : REBELLIOUS
sullied
adj
to make soiled or tarnished : DEFILE
aver
verb
1 a : to verify or prove to be true in pleading a cause b : to allege or assert in pleading
2 : to declare positively
incredulity
noun
the quality or state of being incredulous : DISBELIEF
inscrutable
adj
not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood : MYSTERIOUS
procure
verb
1 a : to get possession of : obtain by particular care and effort b : to get and make available for promiscuous sexual intercourse
2 : BRING ABOUT, ACHIEVE
intransitive senses : to procure women
mutability
noun
1 : prone to change : INCONSTANT
2 a : capable of change or of being changed b : capable of or liable to mutation