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ameliorate
v. to improve, make beter, correct a flaw or shortcoming
aplomb
n. poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
bombastic
adj. pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
adj. without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophisitication and poise; without feathers
drivel
n. saliva or mucis flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense
v. to let saliva flow fromt he mouth to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly
epitome
n. a summary, ocndensed account; an instance that reprensents a larger reality
exhort
v. to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio
adj, adv. by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
v. to violate, trespass, go beyone recognized bounds
ingratiate
v. to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)
interloper
n. one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder
intrinsic
adj. belonging to someone or somehting by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
inveigh
v. to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
lassitude
n. weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
millennium
n. a period of 1000 years; a period of great joy
occult
adj. mysterious, magical, supernatural, secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means
v. to hide, conceal eclipse;
n. matters involving the supernatural
permeate
v. to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate
v. to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hur down from a great height; to give distinct form to;
adj. characterized by excessive haste
n. moisture the product of an action or process
stringent
adj. strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; shart or bitter to the taste
surmise
v. to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess
n. likely idea that lacks definite proof