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abjure
to give up
Abjuring their oath to their king left the rebels open to charges of treason.
accrue
v. 1. to come to a person or thing by way of gain or increment; 2. to increase through natural growth
1. Over the course of her college career, she managed to accrue a great deal of knowledge.
2. Regular deposits enabled her to accrue a sizable savings account.
affluent
wealthy
She lived in an affluent neighborhood where everyone drove Mercedes or BMWs.
aloof
distant in interest; reserved; cool
Even though the new coworker stayed aloof, we attempted to be friendly.
anachronism
something out of place in time (e.g., a computer in medieval times)
The editor recognized an anachronism in the manuscript where a character living in 1902 boards an airplane.
arcane
obscure; secret; mysterious
She commands broad knowledge of fire ants' mating habits and other arcane matters.
astringent
1. (n) a substance that contracts bodily tissue
2. (v) Her astringent remarks at the podium would not soon be forgotten.
1. Astringent is used to help tighten pores of the skin.
2. Her astringent remarks at the podium would not soon be forgotten.
autocrat
an absolute ruler
The autocrat in charge of the government was a man of power and prestige.
broach
to introduce into conversation
The supervisor found it difficult to broach the topic of the employee's poor work habits.
catharsis
a purging or relieving of the body or soul
Admitting his guilt served as a catharsis for the man.
comeliness
beauty; attractiveness in appearance or behavior
The comeliness of the woman attracted everyone's attention.
consecrate
1. (v) to declare sacred
2. (v) to dedicate
1. We will consecrate the pact during the ceremony.
2. The park was consecrated to the memory of the missing soldier.
craven
cowardly
Craven men will not stand up for what they believe in.
denigrate
to defame; to blacken or sully; to belittle
Her attempt to denigrate the man's name was not successful.
disparage
to discredit
The lawyer will attempt to disparage the testimony of the witness.
duress
noun
1. imprisonment
2. the use of threats
1. His duress was supposed to last 10 - 15 years.
2. The policewoman put the man under duress in order to get a confession.
emulate
to try to equal or surpass
The new teacher was hoping to emulate her mentor.
epitome
a part that is typical of the whole
The ballet dancer was the epitome of beauty and grace.
exculpate
to free from guilt
The therapy session will exculpate the man from his guilty feelings.
circumscribe
to enclose within bounds; limit or confine, esp. narrowly
Her social activities are circumscribed by school regulations.
feign
to pretend
It is not uncommon for a child to feign illness in order to stay home from school.
fledgling
inexperienced person; beginner
The fledgling mountain climber needed assistance from the more experienced mountaineers.
glib
smooth or slippery; speaking or spoken in a smooth manner
The salesman was so glib that the customers failed to notice the defects in the stereo.
immutable
never varying
The man's immutable schedule soon became boring.
impudent
disrespectful; shameless; rude
Impudent actions caused him to be unpopular.
indigenous
native to a region; inborn or innate
These plants are indigenous to all of the western states.
iniquity
wicked; unjust
The verbal abuse towards the man was truly iniquitous.
inure
accustomed to pain or from overexposure
Beekeepers eventually become inured to bee stings.
facile
easily done or performed
Our facile victory over our opponent was expected by everyone.
livid
1. discolored as if bruised
2. extremely angry; furious
1. After the fall, her arm was livid.
2. She became livid when she heard the news.
mitigate
to make less severe
The lawyer will attempt to mitigate the sentence.
obviate
to make unnecessary
The invention of cars has obviated the use of the horse and carriage.
pallid
pale in color
The visitor left the hospital room with a pallid face.
parley
to speak with another; to discourse
I will parley the information to the appropriate person.
perjure
to lie under oath
If you lie while on the witness stand, you perjure yourself.
potable
drinkable
The liquid was not potable, but poisonous.
proliferate
to reproduce quickly
Gerbils are know to proliferate.
purport
to present, esp. deliberately, the appearance of being
Although the document purported to be authentic, the official knew it was a fake.
reclusive
solitary
The prisoner lived a reclusive life in his tiny cell.
repudiate
1. to disown
2. to deny support for
1. The man will repudiate all claims that he was involved in the deal.
2. Although his party supported the bill, this senator repudiated it.
ruminate
to consider carefully
The doctor will ruminate on his diagnosis.
slovenly
sloppy
His mother-in-law did not approve of his slovenly manner.
suave
polished
Everyone noticed the suave woman when she entered the room.
sycophant
a landing on the edge of a river or field
The swimmer came ashore on the levee.
terrestrial
pertaining to the earth
Deer are terrestrial animals; fish are aquatic.
trite
becoming unoriginal through too much use
Eating tomato salads became trite after their excessive popularity.
urbane
a polished way of acting
The English businessman was described by his peers as witty and urbane.
virile
masculine, manly
Priding himself on being virile, he never missed a day at the gym, lifting weights.
wan
lacking color; sickly pan
Her face became wan at the sight of blood.
zenith
noun
1. the point directly above in the sky
2. the highest point
1. The sun will reach its zenith at noon.
2. The zenith of her career occurred during her time as chairperson.