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Abject
degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved; WRETCHED, MISERABLE, SHEER, UTTER
Agnostic
one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic; without faith; DOUBTER
Complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice; COLLUSION
Derelict
someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; neglectful of duty; REMISS, DELINQUENT
Diatribe
a bitter and prolonged verbal attack; TIRADE
Effigy
a crude image of a demised person
Equity
the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; the money value of a property above or beyond any mortgage or claim; JUSTICE, FAIRNESS, IMPARTIALTIY
Inane
silly, empty of meaning or value; VAPID, IDIOTIC, MORONIC
Idictment
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
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; DISCERNMENT
Plenary
complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members; UNRESITRICTED, UNLIMITED
Surveillance
a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation
Sylvan
pertainting to or characteristics of a forest; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody
Testy
easily irritated; characterized by impatience or exasperation
Travesty
A grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguis, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
Allay
to calm or pacify, 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 aquaintances; a close-knit, often exclusive, group of people with a common interest
Counterpart
a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement
Demur
to object or take exception to; an objection; PROTEST
Effrontery
shameless boldness, impudence
Embellish
to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
Ephemeral
lasting only a short time; shortlived
Felicitous
appropriate, apt, well chosen; marked by well being or fortune, happy
Furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty; stolen
Garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated 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 of as unnecessary or burdensome; CAST OFF, DISCARD, DUMP
Misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people; PEOPLE-HATER
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 or denied; STUBBORN, DETERMINED
Picayune
of little value or imprtance, paltry, measly; concerned with trifling matters, small-minded
Raiment
clothing, garments
Allege
to assert without proof or confirmation; CLAIM, CONTEND
Arrant
thoroughgoing; shameless, blunt
Badinage
light and playful conversation; BANTER
Conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile
Countermand
to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary; RECALL, REVOKE
Echelon
one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formatoin or arrangement; LEVEL, RANK
Exacerbate
to make more violent, sever, bitter or painful
Fatuous
Stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way; SILYY, VAPID
Irrefutable
impossible to disprove; beyond argument
Juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
Lackadasical
lacking in spirt or interest; half hearted
Litany
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responces from the congregation; and repetive chant; a long list
Macabre
grisly, gruesome, horrible, distressing; having death as a subject
Paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth; LACK
Portend
to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning
Raze
to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
Recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previsouly been committed, 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 unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud
Acclamation
a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal note of approval; OVATION, CHEERING
Bucolic
characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds, pastoral
Calumniate
to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
Chary
extremely cautious, hesitant or slow
Collusion
secret agreement or cooperation
Dilettante
a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in a trifling way; AMATEUR, SUPERFICIAL
Imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
Increment
an enlargement, increase, addition
Mandate
an authorative command, formal order
Paltry
trifling, insignificant,; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
Paroxysm
a sudden outburst; spasm or convulsion
Pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to details and rules
Peregrination
the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or in a foreign country
Redolent
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
Refulgent
shining, radiant
Shibboleth
a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commmon place saying or truism; CATCHPHRASE, PASSWORD, SLOGAN
Tyro
a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
Unremitting
not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
Vacillate
to swing indecisively from idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or body; SEASAW, OSCILLATE
Vituperative
harshly abusive, severely scolding
Askance
with suspicion, distrust or disapproval
Attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
Benign
gentle, kind, forgiving; having a favorable effect; not malignant; HARMLESS
Cavil
to find fault in a petty way; carp
Charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
Decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of
Foible
a weak point, failing, or minor flaw
Forgo
to do without, abstain, 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; illuminating
Obsequious
marked by slavish attentiveness; extremely submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons; SERVILE, SYCOPHANTIC, FAWNING
Obtuse
blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understand; measuring between 90 and 180 degress; not causing a sharp impression
Oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
Penitent
regretful for one's sings or mistakes; REMORSEFUL
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, repel, or drive away
Reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
Shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion; mess
Sporadic
occuring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order