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aquiesce
to agree; comply quietly
My mother's harsh orders left me no choice but to aquiesce.
antiquated
outdated, obsolete
The antiquated card catalog system was replaced by the more modern electronic catalog.
blithe
joyful, cheerful, or without appropriate thought
The blithe sounds that came from the streets of Boston signified that the hometown heroes had arrived.
callow
immature
The adolescent's callow behavior often landed him in detention.
demagogue
leader, rabble rouser, usually using appeals to emotion or prejudice
Adolf Hitler is arguably the 20th century's most infamous demagogue.
elucidate
to explain, clarify
The teacher offered students the opportunity to recieve extra help during a session after school in which she would attempt to elucidate the day's lesson.
fortuitous
fortunate, happening by luck
Given the massive injuries he sustained during the accident, he was incredibly fortuitous to have survived.
gullible
easily deceived
My younger sister was so gullible, I had once convinced her that she was adopted.
hiatus
break, interruption, vacation
The popular television show went on hiatus when the lead actor refused to work unless his contract was reevaluated.
impudent
arrogant, audacious
The impudent quarterback boasted that his team would have an insurmoutable lead by halftime.
laceration
cut or wound
During the accident, the man sustained a variety of lacerations from the broken glass of the windshield.
licentious
immoral
One who acts without consultation of his conscience is often said to be licentious.
misnomer
an incorrect name or designation
President Bush's Clean Air Act is in fact a misnomer, for it allowed older factories the privelege of not having to abide by new air protection laws.
nadir
the lowest point
The man realized that he had reached the nadir of his career when he was scraping out garbage pails for a living.
obtuse
insensitive, stupid, dull
ouster
expulsion, ejection
pallid
lacking color or liveliness
plummet
to fall, plunge
prude
one who is excessively modest or proper
raucous
harsh sounding, boisterous
rescind
to cancel, repeal
rustic
rural
sequester
to remove or set apart; put into seclusion
slough
to discard or shed
The snake undergoes a process in which he must slough his outer layer of skin in order to grow.
toady
flatterer, hanger-on, yes-man