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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 acquaintances; 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
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; 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
misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people
perinacious
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
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
thoroughgoing, out and out; shameless, blatant
badinage
light and playfulconversation
conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, 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 fireld of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful
fatuous
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
irrefutable
impossible to disprove; beyond argument
juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force or object 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 alternating 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 about to happen; to give advance warning of
raze
to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously 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 objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; a mire; a state of depression