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exacerbate
to make more violent, bitter, or severe
pretentious
making usually unjustified, or excessive claims (as of value or standing); showy, ostentatious
haughty
blatantly and disdainfully proud; snooty, conceited
disdainful
full of a feeling of contempt for waht is beneath one; scornful
miff
to put into ill humor; offend
machination
a scheming or crafty action or artul design intended to accomplish some usually evil end
embroil
to involve in conflict or difficulties
vocation
the work in which a person is regularly employed; career, occupation, profession
burgeoning
growing and expanding rapidly
aesthetics
a pleasing appearance or effect; beauty
abhor
to regard with extreme repugnance; loathe
cloying
excessively sweet or sentimental
berefit
deprived or robed of possession of something
ardor
extreme vigor or energy; intensity
cognizant
knowledgeable about something, especially through personal experience; mindful
cajole
to persuade with flattery or gentle urging, especially in the face of reluctance
volubly
marked by a ready flow of speech
disparaging
to speak slightingly about; decry
discourse
talk, converse
genial
marked by sympathy or friendliness; kindly
extrenuating
to mitigate; to lessen or try to lessen the seriousness or extent of by making partial excuses
crass
having or indicating such grossness of mind as precludes delicacy and discriminatino
procure
to get possession of; obtain by particular care and effort
rapport
relation marked by harmony, conformity, accord, or affinity
emissary
one designed as the agent of another
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a dialogue or conversation
portentously
something that foreshadows a coming event
verdant
green with growing plants
perfunctory
characterized by routine or superificiality
austere
stern and cold in appearance or manner
torpid
lacking in energy or vigor
potentate
one who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch
precarious
characterized by a lack or security or stability that threatens with danger
periphery
the external boundary or surface of a body
presiding
occupying a palace of authority, acting as president, chairman, or moderator
preempted
to take the place of
formidable
causing fear, dread, or apprehension
covet
to wish for enviously
usurp
to take the place of by or as if by force; supplant
consign
commit, expecially to a final destination or fate
upstart
unknown, insignificant person, low on the totem pole
mendicant
beggar
penurious
marked by a cramping and oppressive lack of resources (as in money)
exorbitantly
excessively; exceedingly
extricate
to release from entanglement or difficulty
feigned
fictitious, faked; artificial
efficaciously
effective; having the power to achieve the desired effect
inundate
to overwhelm with abundance; as if with a flood
dénouement
finale, conclusion
coalesce
to arise from the combination of distinct elements; to unite into a whole
propensity
an often intense natural inclination or preference
surreptitiously
done, made, or acquired by stealth; secretly, slyly
anemic
lackluster, insipid; refer to anemia medical condition
affront
to insult especially to the face by behaivor or language
bourgeois
marked by a concern for material interests and respectability and a tendency toward mediocrity; usually used disparagingly
parsimony
the quality of being careful with money or resources; thrift
pigeonhole
a neat catgory that usually fails to reflect actual complexities
querolous
arguementative
indecorous
not decorous; conflicting with accepted standards of good conduct and good taste
toady
one who flatters in hope of gaining favors
untenavle
not able to be defended or occupied
resplendent
shining brilliantly; characterized by a glowing splendor
languidy
lakcing force or quickness of movement; slow
cacophony
harsh or discordant sound; dissonance
kinship
the quality or state of being kin; relationship
visceral
dealing with crude or elemental emotions; instinctive
lummox
clumsy person
jovial
markedly good-humored, especially as evidenced by jollity and conviviality
disparity
containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
malinger
to pretend incapacity (as illness) so as to avoid duty or work; shirk
fritter
to spend or waste bit by bit on trifles, or without commensurate return
surfeit
an overabundant supply; excess
ascetic
plain, stark, simple; austere in appearance, manner, or attitude
pronouncement
a usually formal declaration of opinion
encroaching
to enter by gradual steps or by stealth into the possessions or rights of another
rectify
to set right; remedy, correct
exculpate
to clear from alleged fault or guilt
unmitigated
not lessened; unrelieved
delineated
to mark the outline of; demarcated
feral
not domesticated or cultivated; wild
reticent
restrained in expression, presentation, or appearance
indignant
filled with or marked by indignation (anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean)
goading
to incite or rouse as if with a goad; provoking, prodding
alacrity
promptness in response; cheerful readiness
reprehensible
deserving criticism
promulgate
to put (a law) into action or force
razed
demolished, destroyed to the ground
clandestine
marked by, held in, or conducted with secrecy
espouse
to take up and support as a cause; become attached to
vehemently
marked by forceful energy
adulation
to flatter or admire excessively or lavishly
couched
to lay oneself down for rest or sleep
harangue
a ranting speech or writing
pariah
outcast
modium
a small amount
munificence
characterized by great liberality or generosity
insular
characteristic of an isolated people, especially having a narrow or provincial view point
jaded
world-weary, cynical
vestige
a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something, a relic
repose
to lie at rest
purportedly
ostensibly, allegedly
morass
something that traps, confuses or impedes
egregious
conspicuously bad; flagrant
pundits
one who gives opinions in an authoritative manner; critic
onerous
involving, imposing, or constituting a burden
inception
an act, process, or instance of beginning
opulent
lavish, magnificent
pragmatist
a person who takes a practical approach to problems and affairs
exalted
to raise in status, praise, glorify
bolster
to give a boost to
tabled
removed from consideration indefinately
temerity
nerve, boldness
supplant
to supersede another, especially by force or treachery
remiss
showing neglect or inattention
fickle
marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability, flip-flop
augurs
to fortell
chide
to scold
derisively
expressing ridicule, scorn, or contempt
desecrate
to treat disrespectfully, irreverently, or outrageously
detritus
loose material that results directly from disintegration
unfetter
emancipate, liberate
sully
to make soiled or tarnished
proponent
one who argues in favor of soemthing; advocate
derision
the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt
rancorously
characterized by bitter, deep-seated ill will
sagacity
keen in sense of perception and judgment, discerning
obstreperous
marked by unruly or agressive noisiness
obdurate
resistant to persuasion or softening influences; stubborn
ruminate
to go over in the mind repeatedly and often casually or slowly
microcosm
a little world, especially the human race as seen of the world or universe
reactionary
ultraconcervative in politics
nefarious
flagrantly wicked or impious, evil, malicious
clairvoyance
the ability to perceive matters beyond the range of ordinary perception
variegated
having discreet markings of different colors
pallid
abnormally pale or wan
squelch
to completely suppress
acrimonious
caustic, biting, or rancorous, especially in feeling language or manner
drub
to abuse with words, berate
enmity
deep-seated and typically mutual hatred or ill will
emend
to correct
phlegmatic
having or showing a slow and stolid temperament; apathetic
enervated
lacking physical, mental or moral vigor
consecrate
to make invoilable or venerable
facile
easily accomplished or attained
indefatigable
incapable of being fatigued; untiring
surmise
a thought or idea based on scanty evidence
trepidation
apprehension, fear
foray
a brief excursion or attempt, especially outside one's accustomed sphere
respite
an interval of rest or relief
suffuse
to spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light
evanescent
tending to vanish like vapor
extant
currently or actually existing
ponderous
of very great weight; heavy
mire
to cause to get stuck in
ramshackle
appearing ready to collapse
diffident
hesitant in acting or speaking through lack of self-confidence
rueful
mournful, regretful
gaffe
a social or diplomatic blunder
barrage
a vigorous or rapid outpouring or projection of many things at once
derelict
abandoned, especially by the owner or occupant; run-down
flout
to treat withcontemptuous disregard
pander
cater or exploit the weakness of others
staunch
steadfast in loyalty or principle
sentient
finely sensitive in perception or feeling; aware
subversive
a cause of obverthrow or destruction, especially an attempt to overthrow a government by people working within secretly
unscrupulous
not having moral integrity; unprincipled
furtive
done by stealth; sly
linchpin
a central cohesive source of support and stability
perfidious
disloyal or faithless
epistolary
contained in or carried on by letter
revelatory
serving to reveal something
cathartic
characterized by a perification or purgation of the emtions that brings renewal/release from tension
vacillate
to waver in mind, will, or feeling; hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
emanate
to come out form a source
frivolity
playful merriment that lacks substance or purpose
ostensibly
represented or appearing as such; plausible rather than demostrably true
extolled
praised highly; glorified
quandary
a state of perplexity or doubt
trump
a card of a suit any of whose cards will win over a card that is not of this suit
impious
lacking in recverence or proper respect (ie. in God or parents)
ensue
to take place afterward, result
callow
lacking adult maturity or experience
aplomb
complete and confident composure or self-assurance
pedantic
a style of teaching characterized by formality and undue atttention to minutiae
circumlocutions
the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
ramification
consequence, outcome
cantankerous
difficult or irritating to deal with
elocutionist
one who is effective in the art of public speaking
proselytize
to recruit someone to join one's party, institution or cause
engender
to cause to exist or develop
glacial
devoid of warmth and cordiality
litigate
to contest in law
bane
a source of harm or ruin, curse
precocious
exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age
earmark
to designate (ie. funds) for a specific use or owner
revulsion
a sense of utter distaste or repugnance
fodder
inferior or readily available material used to supply a heavy demand
missive
written communication; letter
sycophant
a servile self-serving flatterer
spurious
false, similar to something that is genuine
transient
passing through or by a place with only a brief stay or sojourn
canonical
conforming to a general rule or acceptable procedure; orthodox
cohort
companion, colleague
trove
a valuable collection; treasure
self-aggradizement
to make oneself appear greater, to praise oneself