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acquisitive
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with acquiring wealth or property
arrogate
to claim or take without right
banal
hackneyed, trite, commonplace
belabour
to work on excessively, to thrash soundly
carping
tending to find fault, especially in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty nagging critiscism.
coherent
holding or sticking together; making a logical whole; comprehensible, meaningful
congeal
to change from liquid to solid, thicken; to make inflexible or rigid
emulate
to imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
encomium
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
eschew
to avoid, shun, keep away from
germane
relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
insatiable
so great or demanding as to not be satisfied
intransigent
refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
invidious
offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment
largesse
generosity in giving; lavish or bountiful contributions
reconnaissance
a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection
substantiate
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
taciturn
habitually silent or quiet
temporize
to stall or act evasively in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
tenable
capable of being held or defended
accost
to approach and speak to first; to confront in a challenge or aggressive way
animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or dissapproval
avid
desirous or something to the point of greed; intensely eager
brackish
having a salty taste and unpleasant to drink
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way
gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the kingfisher; clam; peaceful; happy; golden; prosperous; affluent
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodrama
incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed to start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion
maelstrom
in a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
myopic
nearsighted; lacking abroad, realistic view of a situation
overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
pejorative
tending to make worse, expressing disapproval or dispargement
propriety
the state of being proper; appropriateness; standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
suppliant
asking humbly and earnestly; one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor
talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers
undulate
to movie in waves or with a wavelike motion; to have a wavelike appearence or form
articulate
to pronounce distinctly; to express well in words; to connect by a joint or joints; expressed clearly or forcefully; able to employ language clearly and forcefully; jointed
cavort
to romp or prance around exuberantly; to make merry
credence
belief, mental acceptance
decry
to condemn; express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
dissemble
to disguise or conceal; deliberately give flase information
distraught
very much agitated or upset as a result of emotional or mental conflict
eulogy
a formal statement of commendation; high praise
evince
to display clearly; to make evident; to provoke
exhume
to remove from a grave; to bring to light
feckless
lacking in spirit and strength; ineffective, weak; irresponsible, unreliable
murky
dark and gloomy; obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
nefarious
wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standard
piquant
stimulating to taste or to mind; spicy, pungent; appealing; provacative
primordial
develpoed or create at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundemental, basic
propinquity
nearness in place or time; kinship
unwonted
not usual or expected; not in character
utopian
founded upon or invlving a visionary view or an ideal world
verbiage
language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content, wordiness; a manner of expression
verdant
green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgement
viscous
having a gelatinous or gluey quality, lacking in easy movement or fluidity
atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure
bastion
a fortified place, a stronghold
concord
a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, convenant
consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring a state of completion or perfection
disarray
disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
flotsam
floating debris; homeless, impoverished people
frenetic
frenzied, highly agitated
glean
to gather bit by bit, to gather small quantities of grain left in teh field by reapers
grouse
a type of game bird; a complaint; to complain, grumble
incarcerate
to imprison, confine, jail
incumbent
obligatory, required; one who holds a specific office at the time spoken
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
mordant
biting or caustic in thougt, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh
nettle
a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severly
pecuniary
consisting or measured in money; of our related to money
pusillanimous
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
recumbent
in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
stratagem
a scheme to outwit or decieve an opponent or to gain an end
acuity
sharpness
delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate or vivid detail; to represent pictorally
depraved
marked by evil and corruption; devoid of moral principle
enervate
to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
fiat
an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness
figment
a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary motion
garner
to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
hallow
to set apart as a holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarty that sevres to distinguish or identify
ignominy
shame and disgrace
mundane
earthly and worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing; servile; complete and unrelieved
agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; without faith, skeptical
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; left abandoned, neglectful of duty
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
a crude image or a despised person
equity
the state or quality of being just, fair or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; teh money value or a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
inane
silly, empty or menaing or value
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
stopping and beginning again, sporadic
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved; to bring up for discussion; a hypothetical law case argued by students
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarty that sevres to distinguish or identify
ignominy
shame and disgrace
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarty that sevres to distinguish or identify
mundane
earthly and worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
ignominy
shame and disgrace
mundane
earthly and worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing; servile; complete and unrelieved
abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing; servile; complete and unrelieved
agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; without faith, skeptical
agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; without faith, skeptical
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; left abandoned, neglectful of duty
derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; left abandoned, neglectful of duty
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
effigy
a crude image or a despised person
effigy
a crude image or a despised person
equity
the state or quality of being just, fair or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; teh money value or a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
equity
the state or quality of being just, fair or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; teh money value or a property above and beyond any mortgage or other claim
inane
silly, empty or menaing or value
inane
silly, empty or menaing or value
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indictment
the act of accusing; a formal accusation
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
indubitable
certain, not to be doubted or denied
intermittent
stopping and beginning again, sporadic
intermittent
stopping and beginning again, sporadic
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved; to bring up for discussion; a hypothetical law case argued by students
moot
open to discussion and debate, unresolved; to bring up for discussion; a hypothetical law case argued by students
motif
a principal idea, feature, theme or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design
neophyte
a new convert, beginner, novice
perspicacity
keenness in observing or understanding
plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members
surveillance
a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
sylvan
pertaining to or characterized by forests; living or located in a forest; woodland, woody
testy
easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasperation
travesty
a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; tp ridicule ina broad or burlesque fashion
allay
to calm or pacify; to set to rest; to lessen or relieve
bestial
beastlike; beastly, brutal; subhuman in intelligence and sensibility
convivial
festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
coterie
a circle of acquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
counterpart
a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another
demur
to object or take objection to
effrontery
shameless boldness; impudence
embellish
to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
ephemeral
lasting only a short time; short-lived
felicitous
appropriate, apt; well-chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty, or stolen
garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or decorated in a vulgar or offensive way
illusory
misleading, deceptive; lacking in or not based on reality
indigent
needy, impoverished
inordinate
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
jettison
to cast overboard, get rid or as unnecessary or burdensome
misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people
pertinacious
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or a set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off
picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
raiment
clothing, garments
allege
to assert without proof or confirmation
arrant
throughgoing, out-and-out, shameless, blatant
badinage
light and playful conversation
conciliate
to overcome with distruct or, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
countermand
to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
echelon
one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a step-like formation or arrangement
exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitted or painful
fatuous
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
irrefutable
impossible to disprove, beyond argument
juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force that crushes whatever is in its path
lackadaisical
lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
litany
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader aternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
macabre
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing, having death as a subject
paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
portend
to indicate beforehand that something is going to happen; to give advance warning of
raze
to tear down, destroy completely; to scrape off or out or cut
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief which one has previously been commited renounce, retract
saturate
to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully
saturnine
of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood
slough
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if mud; a mire; a state of depression
acclamation
a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
bucolic
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
calumniate
to slander; to accusely falsely and maliciously
chary
extremely cautious, hesitant or slow; reserved, diffident
collusion
secret agreement or cooperation
dilettante
a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; superficial
imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
increment
an enlargement, increase, addition
mandate
an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; to issue such an order
paltry
trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
paroxysm
a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
peregrination
the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
redolent
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arousememories ro create an aura
refulgent
shining, radiant, resplendent
shibboleth
a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group or persons from all others
tyro
a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
unremitting
not stopping, maintained steadily; never letting up, relentless
vaciliate
to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
vituperative
harshly abusive, severly scolding
askance
with suspicion, distrust, or dissapproval
attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity or value
benign
gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favourable or beneficial effect, not malignant
cavil
to find fault in apetty way, carp: a trivial objction or critiscism
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, imposter, or quack
decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
a weak point, failing, minor flaw
forgo
to do without, abstain from, give up
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminate
obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 and 180 degrees, not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rythm, to fluctuate or waver
penitent
regretful for one's sins or mistakes; one who is sorry for wrongdoing
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a mass of bloodshed; a state of complete disorder
sporadic
occuring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order