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the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
approbation
to make easier or milder, relieve' to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy quench
assuage
a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose
coalition
decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self indulgence
decadence
to draw forth, bring out from some source
elicit
to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
expostulate
used so often as to lack freshness or originality
hackneyed
a gap, opening, break
hiatus
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference
innuendo
to pleade on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go- between in a disagreement
intercede
wearied, worn out, dulled
jaded
causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
lurid
worthy, deserving recognition or praise
meritorious
peevis, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
petulant
a special right or privelge, a special wuality showing excellence
prerogative
pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; etc.
provincial
to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of
simulate
to rise above or go beyond
transcend
shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment, a vague suspicion
umbrage
excessively smooth or smug, trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity or piety; fatty, oily; pliable
unctuous
to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
ameliorate
poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
ablomb
pompous or overblown in language; full of high sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
bombastic
without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
callow
saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth...etc.
drivel
a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
epitome
to urge strongly, advise earnestly
exhort
by virtue of holding a cetain office
ex officio
to violate, trespass, go beyond recognizable bounds
infringe
to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others
ingratiate
one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder
interloper
belonging to someone or something by its very naturem essential, inherent; originating in a bodily part or organ
intrinsic
to make a violent attack in words, express strong dissaproval
inveigh
weariness of body or minf, lack of energy
lassitude
a period of 1000 yrs
millenium
mysterious, magical, supernatural...etc.
occult
to spread through, penetrate, soak through
permeate
to fall as moisture
precipitate
strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
stringent
to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; a likely idea that lacks definite proof
surmise
to have an intense dislike or hatred for
abominate
the modification of social patterns
acculturation
resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character
adventitious
to assign or refer to, attribute
ascribe
roundabout, not direct
circutious
to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a felling of distress
commiserate
to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authorotative way
enjoin
to make easy, cause to progress faster
expedite
to make amends, to make up for; avert
expiate
a state of great excitement; to produce alcohol by chamical action
ferment
resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
inadvertent
existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
nominal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
noncomittal
to steal something that has been given into ones trust; to take improperly for ones own use
peculate
a natural or habitual inclination or tendency
proclivity
compsure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
sangfroid
resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
seditious
thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
tenuous
bitter, sarcastic; highly costic or biting
vitriolic
to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
wheedle
courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
affable
to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
aggrandize
shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
amorphous
that which surrounds; a distinctive air or personal quality
aura
illegal traffic, smuggled goode; illegal, prohibited
contraband
scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
erudite
thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; a very thin, light cloth
gossamer
to find out bby reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
infer
incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically
inscrutable
relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
insular
incapable of being changed or called back
irrevocable
a natural inclination or predilection toward
propensity
peevish, complaining, fretful
querulous
to argue or plead with someone against something, pretest against, object to
remonstrate
to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
repudiate
able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
resilient
to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
reverberate
coarsely abusive, vulgar or low, foul-mouthed
scurrilous
persistnent, showing industry or determination
sedulous
thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
sleazy
a general pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
amnesty
self-government, political control
autonomy
self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
axiomatic
to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or complain widely
blazon
a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
caveat
fair, just, embodying pronciples of justice
equitable
to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
extricate
to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
filch
to mock, treat with contempt
flout
tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
fractious
a rule of conduct or action
precept
beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome
salutary
bitterly severe, withering; causing great harm
scathing
to whip, punish severely
scourge
abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
anomalous
a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
aspersion
extremely strange, unusual, atypical
bizarre
abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
brusque
to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice
cajole
to punish severely; to criticize severely
castigate
to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
contrive
a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
demagogue
to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
disabuse
weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
ennui
a chain or shackle placed on the feet; anything that confines or restrains
fetter