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Acme
n. the highest point
s. summit, top, peak, pinnacle
a. low point, bottom, nadir
Attribute
n. a quality or characteristic belonging to or associated with someone or something
s. trait
Attribute
v. to assign to, credit with; to regard as caused by or resulting from
s. ascribe
belittle
v. to make something appear smaller than it is; to refer to in a way that suggests lack of importance or value
s. minimize, underrate, disparage
a. exaggerate, magnify, overestimate
Convey
v. to transport; to transmit; to communicate, make known; to transfer ownership or title to
s. carry, send, impart
Doctrine
n. a belief, principle, or teaching; a system of such beliefs or principles; a formulation of such beliefs or principles
excise
v. to remove by cutting
s. cut out, delete, expunge
a. put in, insert, interpolate
excise
n. an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commodity or service
exotic
adj. foreign; charmingly unfamiliar or strikingly unusual
s. strange, alien, picturesque, colorful
a. native, indigenous, familiar, commonplace
haggard
adj. thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking
s. drawn, gaunt, wasted
a. healthy, glowing, radiant, hale and hearty
jaunty
adj. lively, easy, and carefree in manner; smart or trim in appearance
s. unconcerned, lighthearted
a. downcast dejected, glum
juncture
n. a joining together; the point at which two things are joined; any important point in time
s. union, seam, joint, turning
menial
adj. lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity.
a. lofty, elevated
menial
n. a person who does the humble and unpleasant tasks
n. underling, scullion, servant
a. boos master
parry
v. to ward off, fend off, deflect, evade, avoid
parry
n. a defensive movement in fencing and other sports
predatory
adj. preying on, plundering, or piratical
s. looting, pillaging, ravenous, rapacious
ravage
v. to destroy, lay waste, ruin
s. wreck, devastate
a. spare
ravage
n. ruinous damage, destruction
stance
n. a way of holding the body; an attitutde or position on an issue
s. posture, bearing
tawdry
adj. showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
s. loud, garish, gaudy, tacky, vulgar
a. refined, tateful, subdued, muted
turncoat
n. a person who switches to an opposing side or party
traitor, quisling, deserter, renegade
a. loyalist, diehard
unassuming
adj. not putting on airs, unpretentious; modest
a. conceited, pretentious, self-important
wallow
v. to roll about in a lazy, clumsy, or helpless way; to over indulge in; to have in aboundance
s. delight in, bask in
wallow
n. a wet, muddy, or dusty area used by animals as a sort of bath; a state or molar or physical collapse
waver
v. to move to and fro, become unsteady; to show lack of firmness or decision
s. hesitate, falter
a. stand firm, be resolute
abut
v. to join at one end or be next to; to support, prop up
s. border on, bolster
attire
n. clothes, apparel, garb
s. clothing
attire
v. to dress, adorn, or bedeck
avail
v. to be of use or benefit to; to make use of ; to take advantage of; to profit or benefit
avail
n. use, benefit, or value
crony
n. a very close friend, pal, chum, buddy
a. enemy, rival
cryptic
adj. puzzling, mystifying, or enigmatic
a. crystal clear, unambiguous
divergent
adj. going in different directions; different from each other; departing from convention, deviant
s. not in agreement, differing, unorthodox, unconventional
a. merging, intersecting, converging, orthodox, conventional
enmity
n. hatred, ill-will
s. hostility, animosity, antagonism
a. friendship, amity
fervent
adj. very earnest, emothional, passionate; extremely hot
enthusiastic, ardent, burning, blazing, scorching
a. blase, apathetic, restrained, emotionless
gaunt
adj. thin and bony, starved looking; bare, barren
s. lean, scrawny, lanky, all skin and bones
a. plump, chubby, stout, corpulent
infiltrate
v. to pass through or gain entrance to gradually or stealthily
s. slip into, creep into, penetrate
nullify
v. to make of no value or consequence, cancel, whipe out
s. invalidate, annul
a. confirm, endorse, ratify, sanction
perceptible
adj.capable of bein grasped by the senses or mind
s. noticeable, discernible, observable
a. invisible, unnoticeable, indiscernible
plummet
v. to plunge straight down
s. take a nosedive
a. soar, skyrocket
plummet
n. a weight fastened to a line
proclaim
v. to declare publicly or officially
s. announce, promulgate
a. conceal, cover up
proxy
n. an agent, substitutie; a written permission allowing one person to act in another's place
s. deputy, representative
rankle
v. to cause anger, irritation, or bitterness (with the suggestion that the pain grwos worse with time)
s. irritate, vex, nettle, irk, gall
a. please, delight, gratify
scavenger
n. a person who collects or removes usable items from waste materials; an animal that feeds on refuse or dead bodies
s. rummager
stint
v. to limit, be sparing or frugal
s. restrict, scrimp, economize
a. splurge, squander, lavish
stoical
adj. self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain\s. unresponsive, impasive
a. excitable, emotional, hotheaded
unflagging
v. tireless, continuing with vigor
s. steady, undiminished, unremitting
a. diminishing, drooping, sagging
apt
adj. suitable, fitting, likely; quick to learn
s. appropriate, fit, proper, liable
a. inappropriate, unlikely, slow
awry
adj.,adv. in a turned or twisted position or dierection; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course
s. crooked, askew, amiss
a. straight, symmetrical
bludgeon
n. a short club used as a weapon
s. cudgel
bludgeon
v. to strike with a heavy club; to use force or strong arguments to gain some point
v. clobber, clout
capitulate
v. to end resistance, give up, surrender, throw in the towel
a. hold out, persist
chafe
v. to warm by rubbing; to wear sore by rubbing; to feel annoyance or dissatisfaction, annoy, irk; to strain or press against
s. irritate, scrape, abrade
a. soothe, mollify, please, elate
chafe
n. a sore or injury caused by rubbing
defile
v. to make unclean or dirty, destroy the purity of
s. poluute, contaminate, desecrate
a. cleanse, purify
defile
v. to march in a single line or in colums
defile
n. a narrow passage; gorge, canyon
dire
adj. dreadful, causing fear or suffering; warning of trouble to come; demanding immediate action to avoid disaster
s. disastrous, ominous, sinister, urgent
a. favorable, auspicious, beneficial
disarming
adj. charming, tending to get rid of unfriendliness or suspicion
s. endearing, winning
a. alarming troubling, disquieting
disgruntled
adj. in bad humor, discontented, annoyed
s. displeased, grumpy, surly
a. pleased, satisfied, content
encroach
v. to advance beyond the usual or proper limits, trespass
s. intrude, infringe
endow
v. to furnish, equip, provide with funds or some other desirable thing or quality
s. grant, bestow, present, bequeath
a. take away, deprive
fend
v. to ward off, resist; to get along, manage
s. stave off, cope
impunity
n. freedom from punishment
s. exemption from penalty, immunity
mien
n. air manner; appearance; expression
s. look, bearing, demeanor
penal
adj. having to do with punishment
s. correctional, disciplinary
pertinent
adj. related to the matter at hand, to the point
pertinent
adj. related to the matter at hand, to the point
s. relevant, germane, apropos
a. unrelated, irrelevant, immaterial
predominant
adj. the greatest in strength or power; most common
s. chief, major, paramount, prevalent
a. secondary, minor, subsidary, rare
prodigy
n. something wonderfu lor marvelous; something monstrous or abnormal; an unusual feat; a child or young person with extraordinary ability or talen
s. marvel, wonder, freak, genius
a. dumbbell, dunce, dullaryd
recluse
n. a person who leads a life shut up or withdrawn from the world
renown
n. fame, glory
s. reputation, celbrity, prestige
a. obscurity, infamy, notorioety