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impinge
to hinder; interfere with
lament
to express grief for; mourn
melancholy
sadness; depression
sanction
an economic or military measure put in place to punish another country
truncated
shortened; cut off
aesthetic
having to do with the appreciation of beauty
anthology
a collection of literary pieces
contemporary
current, modern; from the same time
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial understanding of a field of knowledge
eclectic
made up of a variety of sources or stles
excerpt
a selected part of a passage or scene
genre
describing a category of artistic endeavor
medly
an assortment or a mixture, especially of musical pieces
mural
a large painting applied directly to a wall or ceiling surface
narrative
characterized by the telling of a story; a story
parody
an artistic work that imitates the style of another work for a comic effect
realism
artistic representation that aims for visual accuracy
virtuoso
a tremendously skilled artist
decorous
proper; marked by good taste
equanimity
the quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure
modest
quiet or humble in manner or appearnce
propriety
appropriateness of behavior
prudent
exercising good judgment or common sense
serene
calm
staid
unemotional; serious
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain; impassive
condemn
to express strong disapproval of; denounce
discredit
to cause to be doubted
disparage
to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
perjorative
describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone
plagiarism
the act of passing off the ideas or writing of another as one's own
vilify
to make vicious statements about
brittle
easily broken when subjected to pressure
brusque
rudely abrupt
caustic
bitingly sarcastic or witty
feral
savage; untamed
fractious
quarrelsome; unruly
incorrigible
unable to be reformed
ingrate
an ungrateful person
insolent
insulting in manner or speech
notorious
known widely and usually unfavorably; infamous
pugnacious
combative; belligerent
reprehensible
worthy of blame
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
enmity
mutual haterd or ill will
heinous
hatefully evil; abominable
malfeasance
misconduct or wrongdoing, especially by a public official
malice
extreme ill will or spite
putrid
rotten
rancorous
hateful; marked by deep-seated ill will
toxic
poisonous
archaic
characteristic of an earlier period; old-fashioned
hackneyed
worn-out through overue; trite
medieval
referring to the Middle Ages; old-fashioned
obsolete
no longer in use; old-fashioned
austere
without decoration; strict
mediocrity
the state or quality of being average; of moderate to low quality
mundane
commonplace; ordinary
ponderous
extremely dull
prosaic
unimaginative; dull
sedentary
not migratory; settled
apprehension
anxiety or fear about the future
harbinger
something that indicates what is to come; a forerunner
ominous
menacing; threatening
premonition
a feeling about the future
timorous
timid; fearful about the future
trepidation
uncertainty; apprehension
innovative
introducing something new
naive
lacking sophistication
nascent
coming into existence; emerging
novel
strikingly new or unusual
novice
a beginner
candor
sincerity;; openness
frank
open and sincere in expression; straightforward
arid
describing a dry, rainless climate
conflagration
a widespread fire
nocturnal
of or occurring in the night
sonorous
producing a deep or full sound
catalog
to make an itemized list of
exemplary
commendable; worthy of imitation
facile
done or achieved with little effort; easy
fastidious
possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to please
hierarchy
a group organized by rank
idealize
to consider perfect
laudatory
giving praise
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
paramount
of chief concern or importance
pragmatic
practical
solvent
able to pay one's debts
venerated
highly respected
abstract
not applied to actual objects
apparatus
equiptment; a group of machines
paradigm
an example or model
phenomenon
an unusual, observable event
rational
logical; motivated by reason rather than feeling
theoretical
lacking application or practical application
cartographer
one who designs or makes maps
vocation
an occupation or profession