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foment
foment (verb):

To nurse to life or activity; to encourage.
garish
Overly showy; too bright; gaudy.
guy
A rope or chain used to steady something.
hamlet
A small village; a little cluster of houses in the country.
hedonist
One who indulges in pleasure.
hoi polloi
Common people, general populace.
idiosyncrasy
Unusual personal trait.

The peculiar habit of clicking her tongue when she was nervous was only one of the idiosyncrasies that made Pamela a rather odd person.
illustrious
Brilliant; luminous; splendid.
impervious
Incapable of being injured, influenced or affected.
impetuous
Marked by impulsive anger or violence, as in a hasty and forceful expression of anger.
incumbent
Person currently occupying a political office.
inebriated
Drunk.
inextricable
Incapable of being extricated, untied, or disentangled.
inimical
Hostile, opposed. Acting against, adverse and damaging.
itinerant
Travelling, unsettled, wandering about the country.
juggernaut
An overwhelming force or movement that overcomes all resistance.

This year's high school football team was described as a juggernaut; not only was it undefeated, no opponent had even scored a point against them.
juridical
Acting in the distribution of justice; used in courts of law.
lampoon
Written work using satire to belittle or attack someone.
levity
Inappropriately funny behavior.
lexicon
A dictionary or a vocabulary particular to a subject.
liaison
A union; an intimacy.
lilliputian
Of very small size; diminutive; dwarfed.
lionize
To esteem highly, treat as if of high importance.
loquacious
Given to continual talking.
malleable
Easily shaped, pliable.

Warm Play-Do is much more malleable than cold Play-Do which can be difficult to mold.
manacle
A shackle or restraint usually attached to the wrists or ankles.
misanthrope
A hater of humanity.
moratorium
A hiatus or pause; a period during which an obligor has a legal right to delay meeting an obligation.

Overwhelmed by the number of unread books piling up around the house, Vivian declared a moratorium on bookbuying.
morose
Sullen, annoyed, unhappy.
nomenclature
A system of naming, especially one used in a technical discussion.
pedantic
Displaying or showing off trivial knowledge; overly concerned with technicalities and rules.

She didn't realize how pedantic he was until she asked him a simple question and he offered her a 15 minute lecture in response..
portent
An omen, a harbinger, a sign of something that is yet to happen.

When the water mysteriously drained out of her aquarium one afternoon, the young woman took it as a portent warning her not to go on the fishing expedition she had been planning.
primeval
Belonging to the first ages; primitive.
probity
Virtue; integrity; moral excellence.
propagate
To have young or issue; to be produced or multiplied (as with plants.)
propensity
Bias; bent; tendency.

Edgar's propensity to digress worried the other members of the debate team.
propound
To offer for consideration; to exhibit.
quandary
State of uncertainty or perplexity.
raiment
An article of dress; clothing in general.
rebuff
To turn away.
remonstrance
A pointing out; manifestation; proof; demonstration.
rend
To tear one's clothes.
repository
A place where things are or may be placed for preservation or safety.
rigmarole
A complicated and ritualistic procedure; meaningless, confused locution.
riotous
Wild, out of control.
rotund
Plump, chubby.
savant
A man of learning; one versed in literature or science.
sentient
Having a faculty, or faculties, of sensation and perception.
severence
Payment that an employee receives upon leaving a job as compensation for the loss of employment.
somnabulist
A sleepwalker.

In the morning, the somnambulist would frequently wake up in the guest room, having no recollection of leaving his own bed.
suffused
Filled or covered by something; overspread with.
sundry
Various; miscellaneous.
supersede
To displace, or set aside, and put another in place of.
suppliant
Asking earnestly and submissively; entreating.
supplicant
One who entreats or asks submissively.
tantamouont
Equivalent in value, signification, or effect.
tenable
Capable of being held, maintained, or defended.
tenure
Length of time at a job or position. Also, the process by which professors gain permanent appointment.
transient
Of short duration, temporary, fleeting.
usurp
To seize, and hold in possession, by force, or without right.
vainglorious
Elated by vanity; boastful.
vehement
Acting with great force; furious; violent.
vexation
Agitation; disquiet; trouble; irritation.
vilify
To defame, malign, slander; to make vile, to debase, to degrade, to disgrace.
vindictive
Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge.
vitiate
To make void or destroy; to render defective.
vituperative
Containing, or characterized by, abuse; scolding.
wanton
Unrestrained, loose and free; reckless and heedless.
zany
Comical in a foolish or slapstick way.