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transient
(noun) (physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load

(noun) one who stays for only a short time; "transient laborers"

(adjective) of a mental act; causing effects outside the mind

(adjective satellite) enduring a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but at is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
squalid
(adjective satellite) foul and run-down and repulsive; "a flyblown bar on the edge of town"; "a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town"; "squalid living conditions"; "sordid shantytowns"

(adjective satellite) morally degraded; "a seedy district"; "the seamy side of life"; "sleazy characters hanging around casinos"; "sleazy storefronts with...dirt on the walls"- Seattle Weekly; "the sordid details of his orgies stank under his very nostrils"- James Joyce; "the
innate
(adjective satellite) present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

(adjective) not established by conditioning or learning; "an unconditioned reflex"
fertilize
(verb) introduce semen into (a female)

(verb) provide with fertilizers or add nutrients to; "We should fertilize soil if we want to grow healthy plants"

(verb) make fertile or productive; "The course fertilized her imagination"
aggrandizement
(noun) the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something; "the aggrandizement of the king"; "his elevation to cardinal"
pied
(adjective satellite) having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; "a jester dressed in motley"; "the painted desert"; "a particolored dress"; "a piebald horse"; "pied daisies"
eloquence
(noun) powerful and effective language
descry
(verb) catch sight of
fanaticism
(noun) excessive intolerance of opposing views
lucid
(adjective satellite) (of language) transparently clear; easily understandable; "writes in a limpid style"; "lucid directions"; "a luculent oration"- Robert Burton; "pellucid prose"; "a crystal clear explanation"; "a perspicuous argument"

(adjective satellite) transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity; "the cold crystalline water of melted snow"; "crystal clear skies"; "could see the sand on the bottom of the limpid pool"; "lucid air"; "a pellucid brook"; "transparent cristal"

(adjective satellite) capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner; "a lucid thinker"; "she was more coherent than she had been just after the accident"

(adjective satellite) having a clear mind; "a lucid moment in his madness"
shoddy
(noun) reclaimed wool fiber

(adjective satellite) of inferior workmanship and materials; "mean little jerry-built houses"

(adjective satellite) cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist
steadfast
(adjective satellite) firm and dependable especially in loyalty; "a steadfast ally"; "a staunch defender of free speech"; "unswerving devotion"; "unswerving allegiance"

(adjective satellite) marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable; "firm convictions"; "a firm mouth"; "steadfast resolve"; "a man of unbendable perseverence"; "unwavering loyalty"
infamous
(adjective satellite) having an exceedingly bad reputation; "a notorious gangster"; "the tenderloin district was notorious for vice"
soporific
(noun) a drug that induces sleep

(adjective satellite) inducing mental lethargy; "a narcotic speech"

(adjective satellite) sleep inducing
embezzle
(verb) appropriate (as property entrusted to one's care) fraudulently to one's own use; "The accountant embezzled thousands of dollars while working for the wealthy family"
vapid
(adjective satellite) lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest; "a vapid conversation"; "a vapid smile"; "a bunch of vapid schoolgirls"

(adjective satellite) lacking taste or flavor or tang; "a bland diet"; "insipid hospital food"; "flavorless supermarket tomatoes"; "vapid beer"; "vapid tea"
derision
(noun) the act of deriding or treating with contempt

(noun) contemptuous laughter
erode
(verb) remove soil or rock; "Rain eroded the terraces"

(verb) become ground down or deteriorate; "Her confidence eroded"
vacillation
(noun) changing location by moving back and forth

(noun) indecision in speech or action
haggard
(noun) British writer noted for romantic adventure novels (1856-1925)

(adjective satellite) very thin especially from disease or hunger or cold; "emaciated bony hands"; "a nightmare population of gaunt men and skeletal boys"; "eyes were haggard and cavernous"; "small pinched faces"; "kept life in his wasted frame only by grim concentration"

(adjective satellite) showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering; "looking careworn as she bent over her mending"; "her face was drawn and haggard from sleeplessness"; "that raddled but still noble face"; "shocked to see the worn look of his handsome young fa
affirmation
(noun) a judgment by a higher court that the judgment of a lower court was correct and should stand

(noun) (religion) a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath (if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds)

(noun) a statement asserting the existence or the truth of something

(noun) the act of affirming or asserting or stating something
ratify
(verb) approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation; "All parties ratified the peace treaty"; "Have you signed your contract yet?"
austerity
(noun) the trait of great self-denial (especially refraining from worldly pleasures)
rancor
(noun) a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will
prosaic
(adjective satellite) not challenging; dull and lacking excitement; "an unglamorous job greasing engines"

(adjective satellite) lacking wit or imagination; "a pedestrian movie plot"

(adjective satellite) not fanciful or imaginative; "local guides describe the history of various places in matter-of-fact tones"; "a prosaic and unimaginative essay"
terse
(adjective satellite) brief and to the point; effectively cut short; "a crisp retort"; "a response so curt as to be almost rude"; "the laconic reply; `yes'"; "short and terse and easy to understand"
cryptic
(adjective satellite) having a puzzling terseness; "a cryptic note"

(adjective satellite) having a secret or hidden meaning; "cabalistic symbols engraved in stone"; "cryptic writings"; "thoroughly sibylline in most of his pronouncements"- John Gunther

(adjective satellite) of an obscure nature; "the new insurance policy is written without cryptic or mysterious terms"; "a deep dark secret"; "the inscrutible workings of Providence"; "in its mysterious past it encompasses all the dim origins of life"- Rachel Carson; "rituals t
dereliction
(noun) willful negligence

(noun) a tendency to be negligent and uncaring; "he inherited his delinquency from his father"; "his derelictions were not really intended as crimes"; "his adolescent protest consisted of willful neglect of all his responsibilities"
condone
(verb) excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with; "excuse someone's behavior"; "She condoned her husband's occasional infidelities"
equivocate
(verb) be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information
endemic
(noun) a plant that is native to a certain limited area; "it is an endemic found only this island"

(noun) a disease that is constantly present to a greater or lesser degree in people of a certain class or in people living in a particular location

(adjective satellite) originating where it is found; "the autochthonal fauna of Australia includes the kangaroo"; "autochthonous rocks and people and folktales"; "endemic folkways"; "the Ainu are indigenous to the northernmost islands of Japan"

(adjective) native to or confined to a certain region; "the islands have a number of interesting endemic species"

(adjective) of or relating to a disease (or anything resembling a disease) constantly present to greater or lesser extent in a particular locality; "diseases endemic to the tropics"; "endemic malaria"; "food shortages and starvation are endemic in certain parts of th
inconsequential
(adjective satellite) lacking worth or importance; "his work seems trivial and inconsequential"; "the quite inconsequent fellow was managed like a puppet"

(adjective satellite) not following logically as a consequence
placid
(adjective satellite) free from disturbance; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water"; "unruf

(adjective satellite) taking life easy; "an easygoing man rarely stirred to anger"; "an air of placid sufficiency"

(adjective satellite) without untoward incident or disruption; "a placid existence"; "quiet times"

(adjective satellite) not easily irritated; "an equable temper"; "not everyone shared his placid temperament"; "remained placid despite the repeated delays"
rampart
(noun) an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes; "they stormed the ramparts of the city"; "they blew the trumpet and the walls came tumbling down"
portend
(verb) indicate by signs; "These signs bode bad news"
finesse
(noun) subtly skillful handling of a situation
subtle
(adjective satellite) faint and difficult to analyze; "subtle aromas"

(adjective satellite) working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way; "glaucoma is an insidious disease"; "a subtle poison"

(adjective satellite) be difficult to detect or grasp by the mind; "his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change"; "a subtle difference"; "that elusive thing the soul"

(adjective satellite) able to make fine distinctions; "a subtle mind"
percussion
(noun) the act of exploding a percussion cap

(noun) the act of playing a percussion instrument

(noun) tapping a part of the body for diagnostic purposes

(noun) the section of a band or orchestra that plays percussion instruments
archaic
(adjective satellite) little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe"

(adjective satellite) so extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws"
solace
(noun) the act of consoling; giving relief in affliction; "his presence was a consolation to her"

(noun) the comfort you feel when consoled in times of disappointment; "second place was no consolation to him"

(noun) comfort in disappointment or misery

(verb) give moral or emotional strength to
shady
(adjective satellite) filled with shade; "the shady side of the street"; "the surface of the pond is dark and shadowed"; "we sat on rocks in a shadowy cove"; "cool umbrageous woodlands"

(adjective satellite) not as expected; "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"

(adjective satellite) of questionable taste or morality; "a louche nightclub"; "a louche painting"

(adjective satellite) of businesses and businessmen; "a fly-by-night operation"
evanescent
(adjective satellite) tending to vanish like vapor; "evanescent beauty"
sloth
(noun) apathy and inactivity in the practice of virtue (personified as one of the deadly sins)

(noun) any of several slow-moving arboreal mammals of South America and Central America; they hang from branches back downward and feed on leaves and fruits

(noun) a disinclination to work or exert yourself
poignant
(adjective satellite) arousing affect; "the homecoming of the released hostages was an affecting scene"; "poignant grief cannot endure forever"; "his gratitude was simple and touching"

(adjective satellite) keenly distressing to the mind or feelings; "poignant anxiety"
encomium
(noun) a formal expression of praise
stigma
(noun) a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease

(noun) an external tracheal aperture in a terrestrial arthropod

(noun) a symbol of disgrace or infamy; "And the Lord set a mark upon Cain"--Genesis

(noun) the apical end of the style where deposited pollen enters the pistil
raucous
(adjective satellite) unpleasantly loud and harsh

(adjective satellite) disturbing the public peace; loud and rough; "a raucous party"; "rowdy teenagers"
pittance
(noun) an inadequate payment; "they work all day for a mere pittance"
precept
(noun) a doctrine that is taught; "the teachings of religion"; "he believed all the Christian precepts"

(noun) rule of personal conduct
perfunctory
(adjective satellite) hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; "a casual (or cursory) inspection failed to reveal the house's structural flaws"; "a passing glance"; "perfunctory courtesy"

(adjective satellite) as a formality only; "a one-candidate pro forma election"
slander
(noun) an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

(noun) words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

(verb) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
reprobate
(noun) a person without moral scruples

(verb) reject (documents) as invalid

(verb) express strong disapproval of; "We condemn the racism in South Africa"; "These ideas were reprobated"

(verb) abandon to eternal damnation; "God reprobated the unrepenting sinner"

(adjective satellite) marked by immorality; deviating from what is considered right or proper or good; "depraved criminals"; "a perverted sense of loyalty"; "the reprobate conduct of a gambling aristocrat"
pertinent
(adjective satellite) being of striking appropriateness and pertinence; "the successful copywriter is a master of apposite and evocative verbal images"; "an apt reply"

(adjective satellite) having precise or logical relevance to the matter at hand; "a list of articles pertinent to the discussion"; "remarks that were to the point"
stoke
(verb) stir up or tend; of a fire