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incurious
adj
acking a normal or usual curiosity : UNINTERESTED <a blank incurious stare>
synonym see INDIFFERENT
unerring
adj
committing no error : FAULTLESS, UNFAILING
inimical
adj
1 : being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
2 a : having the disposition of an enemy : HOSTILE b : reflecting or indicating hostility : UNFRIENDLY
propagate
verb
1 : to cause to continue or increase by sexual or asexual reproduction
2 : to pass along to offspring
3 a : to cause to spread out and affect a greater number or greater area : EXTEND b : to foster growing knowledge of, familiarity with, or acceptance of (as an idea or belief) : PUBLICIZE c : to transmit (as sound or light) through a medium
intransitive senses
1 : to multiply sexually or asexually
2 : INCREASE, EXTEND
3 : to travel through space or a material -- used of wave energy (as light, sound, or radio waves)
sooth
noun
1 : TRUTH, REALITY
2 obsolete : BLANDISHMENT
decorous
adj
marked by propriety and good taste : CORRECT <decorous conduct>
tenacious
adj
1 a : not easily pulled apart : COHESIVE <a tenacious metal> b : tending to adhere or cling especially to another substance <tenacious burs>
2 a : persistent in maintaining or adhering to something valued or habitual <a tenacious royalist> b : RETENTIVE <a tenacious memory>
palliate
verb
1 : to reduce the violence of (a disease) : ABATE
2 : to cover by excuses and apologies
3 : to moderate the intensity of <trying to palliate the boredom>
proffer
verb
to present for acceptance : TENDER, OFFER
somniferous
adj
SOPORIFIC
1 a : causing or tending to cause sleep b : tending to dull awareness or alertness
2 : of, relating to, or marked by sleepiness or lethargy
repose
noun
1 a : a state of resting after exertion or strain; especially : rest in sleep b : eternal or heavenly rest <pray for the repose of a soul>
2 a : a place of rest b : PEACE, TRANQUILLITY <the repose of the bayous> c : a harmony in the arrangement of parts and colors that is restful to the eye
3 a : lack of activity : QUIESCENCE b : cessation or absence of activity, movement, or animation <the face in repose is grave and thoughtful>
4 : composure of manner : POISE
balk
verb
1 archaic : to pass over or by
2 : to check or stop by or as if by an obstacle : BLOCK
intransitive senses
1 : to stop short and refuse to proceed
2 : to refuse abruptly -- used with at <Congress balked at putting up the money -- Thomas Fleming>
3 : to commit a balk in sports
synonym see FRUSTRATE
antipathy
noun
1 obsolete : opposition in feeling
2 : settled aversion or dislike : DISTASTE
3 : an object of aversion
synonym see ENMITY
presentiment
noun
a feeling that something will or is about to happen : PREMONITION
abstruse
adj
difficult to comprehend : RECONDITE <the abstruse calculations of mathematicians>
amiable
adj
1 archaic : PLEASING, ADMIRABLE
2 a : generally agreeable <an amiable comedy> b : being friendly, sociable, and congenial
ethereal
adj
1 a : of or relating to the regions beyond the earth b : CELESTIAL, HEAVENLY c : UNWORLDLY, SPIRITUAL
2 a : lacking material substance : IMMATERIAL, INTANGIBLE b : marked by unusual delicacy or refinement <this smallest, most ethereal, and daintiest of birds -- William Beebe>
3 : relating to, containing, or resembling a chemical ether
introspection
noun
a reflective looking inward : an examination of one's own thoughts and feelings
reel
verb
1 a : to turn or move round and round b : to be in a whirl
2 : to behave in a violent disorderly manner
3 : to waver or fall back (as from a blow)
4 : to walk or move unsteadily
transitive senses : to cause to reel
flit
verb
1 : to pass quickly or abruptly from one place or condition to another
2 archaic : ALTER, SHIFT
3 : to move in an erratic fluttering manner
- flit noun
pall
noun
1 : PALLIUM 1a
2 a : a square of linen usually stiffened with cardboard that is used to cover the chalice b (1) : a heavy cloth draped over a coffin (2) : a coffin especially when holding a body
3 : something that covers or conceals; especially : an overspreading element that produces an effect of gloom <a pall of thick black smoke>
inextricable
adj
1 : forming a maze or tangle from which it is impossible to get free
2 a : incapable of being disentangled or untied <an inextricable knot> b : not capable of being solved
expiation
noun
1 : the act of making atonement
2 : the means by which atonement is made
wax
verb
1 a : to increase in size, numbers, strength, prosperity, or intensity b : to grow in volume or duration c : to grow toward full development
2 : to increase in phase or intensity -- used chiefly of the moon, other satellites, and inferior planets
3 : to assume a (specified) characteristic, quality, or state : BECOME <wax indignant>
scant
adj
1 dialect a : excessively frugal b : not prodigal : CHARY
2 a : barely or scarcely sufficient; especially : not quite coming up to a stated measure b : lacking in amplitude or quantity
3 : having a small or insufficient supply <he's fat, and scant of breath -- Shakespeare>
torpid
adj
1 a : having lost motion or the power of exertion or feeling : DORMANT, NUMB b : sluggish in functioning or acting <a torpid frog> <a torpid mind>
2 : lacking in energy or vigor : APATHETIC, DULL
impart
verb
1 : to give, convey, or grant from or as if from a store <her experience imparted authority to her words> <the flavor imparted by herbs>
2 : to communicate the knowledge of : DISCLOSE <imparted my scheme to no one>
pestilence
noun
1 : a contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating; especially : BUBONIC PLAGUE
2 : something that is destructive or pernicious <I'll pour this pestilence into his ear -- Shakespeare>
impute
verb
1 : to lay the responsibility or blame for often falsely or unjustly
2 : to credit to a person or a cause : ATTRIBUTE <our vices as well as our virtues have been imputed to bodily derangement -- B. N. Cardozo>
synonym see ASCRIBE
malevolence
noun
1 : the quality or state of being malevolent
2 : malevolent behavior
synonym see MALICE
erudite
adj
possessing or displaying erudition : LEARNED <an erudite scholar>
replete
adj
1 : fully or abundantly provided or filled <a book replete with... delicious details -- William Safire>
2 a : abundantly fed b : FAT, STOUT
3 : COMPLETE
synonym see FULL
scurrilous
adj
1 a : using or given to coarse language b : being vulgar and evil <scurrilous imposters who used a religious exterior to rob poor people -- Edwin Benson>
2 : containing obscenities, abuse, or slander <a...campaign filled with scurrilous charges and countercharges -- A. D. Graeff>
resolute
adj
1 : marked by firm determination : RESOLVED
2 : BOLD, STEADY
synonym see FAITHFUL
accost
verb
to approach and speak to often in a challenging or aggressive way
benign
adj
1 : of a gentle disposition : GRACIOUS <a benign teacher>
2 a : showing kindness and gentleness <benign faces> b : FAVORABLE, WHOLESOME <a benign climate>
3 a : of a mild type or character that does not threaten health or life <a benign tumor> b : having no significant effect : HARMLESS <environmentally benign>
propensity
noun
an often intense natural inclination or preference
synonym see LEANING
emancipate
verb
1 : to free from restraint, control, or the power of another; especially : to free from bondage
2 : to release from paternal care and responsibility and make sui juris
3 : to free from any controlling influence (as traditional mores or beliefs)
synonym see FREE
speculation
noun
an act or instance of speculating : as a : assumption of unusual business risk in hopes of obtaining commensurate gain b : a transaction involving such speculation
gibe
verb
intransitive senses : to utter taunting words
transitive senses : to deride or tease with taunting words
synonym see SCOFF
stigmatize
verb
1 a archaic : BRAND b : to describe or identify in opprobrious terms
2 : to mark with stigmata
effluence
noun
1 : something that flows out
2 : an action or process of flowing out
obviate
verb
to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action)
lunacy
noun
1 : any of various forms of insanity: as a : intermittent insanity once believed to be related to phases of the moon b : insanity amounting to lack of capacity or of responsibility in the eyes of the law
2 : wild foolishness : extravagant folly
3 : a foolish act
derisive
adj
expressing or causing derision
1 a : the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt b : a state of being derided
2 : an object of ridicule or scorn
anon
adv
1 archaic : at once : IMMEDIATELY
2 : SOON, PRESENTLY
3 : after a while : LATER
propinquity
noun
1 : nearness of blood : KINSHIP
2 : nearness in place or time : PROXIMITY
bane
noun
1 a obsolete : KILLER, SLAYER b : POISON c : DEATH, DESTRUCTION <stop the way of those that seek my bane -- Philip Sidney> d : WOE
2 : a source of harm or ruin : CURSE <national frontiers have been more of a bane than a boon for mankind -- D. C. Thomson>
blight
verb
1 : to affect (as a plant) with blight
2 : to cause to deteriorate
intransitive senses : to suffer from or become affected with blight
sedulous
adj
1 : involving or accomplished with careful perseverance <sedulous craftsmanship>
2 : diligent in application or pursuit <a sedulous student>
synonym see BUSY