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Abase
to humliate, degrade
After being overthrown and ABASED, the deposed leader offered to bow down to his conqueror.
Balk
to block abruptly, stop
Edna's boss balked at her request for anoter raise.
Cacophony
tremendous noise, disharmonious sound.
The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.
Daunting
intimidating, causing one to lose courage
He kept delaying the daunting act of asking for a promotion.
Ebullient
extremely lively, enthusiastic
She became ebullient upon receiving an acceptance letter from her first-choice college.
Fabricate
to make, invent
When I arrived an hour late to class, I fabricated some excuse about my car breaking down on the way to school.
Garish
gaudy, in bad taste
Mr. Watson has poor taste and covers every object in her house with a garish gold laame.
Hackneyed
unoriginal, trite
A girl can only hear "I love you" so many times before it begins to sound heckneyed and meaningless.
Iconoclast
one who attacks common beliefs or institutions
Jane goes to one protest after another, but she seems to be an iconoclast rather than an activist with a progressive agenda.
Jubilant
extremely joyful, happy
The crowd was jubilant when the firefighter carried the woman from the flaming building.
Knell
the solemn sound of a bell, often indicating a death
Echoing throughout our village, the funeral knell made the stormy day even more grim.
Laceration
a cut, tear
Because he fell off his bike into a rosebrush, the paperboy's skin was covered with lacerations.
Maelstrom
a destructive whirlpool which rapidly sucks in objects
Little did the explorers know that as they turned the next bend of the calm river a vicious maelstrom would catch their boat.
Nadir
the lowest point of something
My day was boring, but the nadir came when I accidentally spilled a bowl of spaghetti on my head.
Obdurate
unyielding to persuasion or moral influences
The obdurate old man refused to take pity on the kittens.
Pacific
soothing
The chemistry professor's pacific demanor helped the class remain calm after the experiment exploded.
Quagmire
a difficult situation
We'd all like to avoid the kind of military quagmire characterized by the Vietname War.
Rail
to scold, protest
The professor railed against the injustice of the college's tenure policy.
Saccharine
sickeningly sweet
Tom's saccharine manner, although intended to make him popular, actually repelled his classmates.
Tacit
expressed without words
I interpreted my parents' refusal to talk as a tacit acceptance of my request.
Ubiquitous
existing everywhere, widespread
It seems that everyone in the US has a television. The technology is ubiquitous here.
Vacillate
to fluctuate, hesitate
I prefer a definite answer, but my boss kept vacillating between the distinct options available to us.
Wallow
to roll oneself indolently; to become or remain helpless
My roommate can't get over her breakup with her boyfriend and now just wallows in self-pity.
Yoke
to join, link
We yoked together the logs by tying a string around them.
Zealous
fervent, filled with eagerness in pursuit of something
If he were any more zealous about getting his promotion, he'd practially live at the office.