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fetish
(n.) an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence
not thing that someone is obsessed with, but object
effrontery
(n.) shameless boldness, impudence
up front
diatribe
(n.) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack
david, diatribe
litany
(n.) a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant; a long list
lit--> literature, long...
fiat
(n.) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or conciousness
short- like a command
decry
(v) to condemn, express strong disapproval; to officially depreciate
like decree, but negative
restive
(adj.) restless, hard to manage, balky
vacillate
(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
sounds like oscillate = to go back and forth
ephemeral
(adj.) lasting only a short time, short-lived
temporary
primordial
(adj.) developed or created at the very beginning; going back to the most ancient times or earliest stage; fundamental, basic
primate
bastion
(n.) a fortified place, stronghold
-ast- -->castle
rebuff
(v.) to snub; to repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check
rebuff, re-pel, re-ject
pedantry
(n.) a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
languish
(v.) to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect
travesty
(n.) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; (v.) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burleque
tra..vest- transvestite- clothing of the opposite sex
hapless
(adj.) marked by a persistent absence of good luck
necromancer
(n.) in general, a magician or wizard
calumniate
(v.) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
echelon
(n.) one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
deign
(v.) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; to condescend
innate
(adj.) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in
panegyric
(n.) formal or elaborate praise; a tribute
aperture
(n.) an opening, gap, hole; orifice
ap..rt- apart -->making an opening
raiment
(n.) clothing, garments
laconic
(adj.) concise, using few words
l-->long, opposite-->short-->using few words
wizened
(adj., part.) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging
affront
(n.) an open or intentional insult; a slight; (v.) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance, confront
pillory
(n.) a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt to ridicule; (v.) to expose to public contempt or ridicule
improvident
(adj.) not thrifty; failing to plan ahead
p for planning
im = not
reconnaissance
(n.) a survey made for military purposes; any kind of preliminary inspection or examination
eschew
(v.) to avoid, shun, keep away from
garner
(v.) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
paroxysm
(n.) a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
oxysm looks like alsdjflajsf, which is a spasm
propinquity
(n.) nearness in place or time; kinship
taciturn
(adj.) habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
pittance
(n.) a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion
acuity
(n.) sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)
nascent
(adj.) just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence
nadir
(n.) the lowest point
decorous
(adj.) well behaved, dignified, socially proper
decorate--who decorates? -->socially proper people
attenuate
(v.) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
atten-- attain, goal of American's is to be thin or slender
derelict
(n.) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj.) left abandoned; neglectful of duty
felicitous
(adj.) appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
irrefutable
(adj.) impossible to disprove; beyond argument
impecunious
(adj.) having little or no money
febrile
(adj.) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic
paltry
(adj.) trifling, insignificant; low, despicable; inferior, trashy
p..try- peasantry-- low, insignificant
acquisitive
(adj.) able to get and retain ideas or information
progeny
(n.) descendents, offspring, children, followers, disciples
gainsay
(v.) to deny, contradict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
want to gain say by arguing
burnish
(v.) to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; (n.) gloss, brightness, luster
frenetic
(adj.) frenzied, highly agitated
canard
(n.) a false rumor, fabricated story
consign
(v.) to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use
captious
(adj.) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism' intended to trap, confuse, or show up
discomfit
(v.) to frustrate, thwart, or defeat; to confuse, perplex or embarrass
dissidence
(n.) a difference of opinion; discontent
convivial
(adj.) festive, sociable, having fun together, genial
eclectic
(adj.) drawn from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources