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to make better or tolerable.
ameliorate
to increase in intensity, power, or prestige.
aggrandize
to combine several elements into a whole.
amalgamate-
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful.
aesthetic
a projecting part of a fortification; a fortified area or position.
bastion
obscene, lewd: boisterously or humorous indecent.
bawdy
to confuse with strong light; to impress forcibly; enchant.
bedazzle
to procreate as the father: sire: to produce as an effect or outgrowth.
beget
a husband or wife; spouse, especially of a reigning monarch: one ship accompanying another: a group of instruments of the same family, as viols, played in concert
consort
to associate; keep company: to agree or harmonize
consort-
a concluding passage of a musical composition
coda
-handwriting; penmanship
chirography
characterized by such fineness of texture as to permit seeing through: characterized by extreme delicacy of form: ethereal
diaphanous
to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one’s superiority that is involved; to condescend to give or offer
deign
the scum that forms on the surface of molten metal; waste or foreign matter: impurity; something that is base, trivial, or inferior
dross
having a heavy offensive smell
foetid or fetid
to utter or send out with denunciation: to cause to explode
fulminate
a foliated metamorphic rock corresponding in composition to granite or some other feldsparic plutonic rock
gneiss
poisonous distillation of a herb, possibly henbane
hebenon
to go about usually ostentatiously or indiscreetly with members of the opposite sex.
gallivant
not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty.
inexorable
unwilling to admit or accept what is offered.
incredulous
taking on values arbitrarily close but greater than 0.
infinitesimal
using or involving Spartan reputation for terseness of speech: using or involving the use of a minimum of words: concise to the point of seeming rude or mysterious
laconic
showing or suggesting a lofty and courageous spirit.
magnanimous
a beverage of wine, hot water, sugar, lemon juice and spices: used as a title of the sovereign of Ethiopia
negus
One that purveys; victualler; caterer.
purveyor
An ornamental tuft on a helmet.
panache
Characterized by the assumption of dignity, importance. Artistic distinction. Making unjustified or excessive claims.
pretentious
bitter resentment, or ill will: malice
rancor
lying down, reclining, leaning, reposing
recumbent-
a structure built along a the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place
quay
obsequious flattery
sycophancy
born under or influenced astrologically by the planet Saturn: cold and steady in mood: slow to act or change.
saturnine-
terse, aphoristic or moralistic in __expression: pithy, epigrammatic
sententious
to decrease in size, extent, or degree: dwindle
wane
deserving to be venerated-used as a title for an Anglican archdeacon or for a Roman Catholic who has been accorded the lowest of the
venerable
fatty, oily: smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
unctuous
locality in “Kubla Khan”, a poem by Samuel T. Coleridge: a place (as a town or village) of idyllic beauty
Xanadu
Time past and esp. long past usu. used in the phrase “of yore”
yore
eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something: fervor
zeal
totero: bullfighter
toreador
a substance that colors, dyes, or stains
tincture
a servant slave: bondman: serf: a person in moral or mental servitude
thrall
a surveyor’s instrument for measuring horizontal and usually vertical angles
theodolite
lying down, reclining, leaning, reposing
recumbent-
a structure built along a the bank of a waterway for use as a landing place
quay
obsequious flattery
sycophancy
born under or influenced astrologically by the planet Saturn: cold and steady in mood: slow to act or change.
saturnine-
terse, aphoristic or moralistic in __expression: pithy, epigrammatic
sententious
to decrease in size, extent, or degree: dwindle
wane
deserving to be venerated-used as a title for an Anglican archdeacon or for a Roman Catholic who has been accorded the lowest of the
venerable
fatty, oily: smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
unctuous
locality in “Kubla Khan”, a poem by Samuel T. Coleridge: a place (as a town or village) of idyllic beauty
Xanadu
Time past and esp. long past usu. used in the phrase “of yore”
yore
eagerness and ardent interest in pursuit of something: fervor
zeal
totero: bullfighter
toreador
a substance that colors, dyes, or stains
tincture
a servant slave: bondman: serf: a person in moral or mental servitude
thrall
a surveyor’s instrument for measuring horizontal and usually vertical angles
theodolite
foolishly impractical especially in the pursuit of ideals; especially marked by rash lofty romantic ideas or extravagantly chivalrous action
quixotic
asinine
marked by inexcusable failure to exercise intelligence or sound judgment; of or relating to, or resembling an ass
aquiline
of or relating to, or resembling an eagle; curved like an eagles beak
inscrutable
not readily investigated, interpreted, or understood: mysterious
hubris
exaggerated pride or self-confidence often resulting in retribution