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abscond
to depart secretly
acerbic
[uh SUR bik] adj. sharp and forthright
acidulous
[u SID yoo lus] adj. sharp-tasting; sour
acrimonious
[a kri MOH ni us] adj. angry and bitter
aesthete
person who is appreciative of art and beauty
aloof
[uh LOOF] distant, reserved in manner; uninvolved <on roof because aloof>
alturistic
concerened unselfishly for others' welfare
ambiance
[AM bee uns] mood, feeling; general atmosphere <ambulance>
amenity
something that contributes to physical or material comfort
amulet
[AM yoo lit] n. ornament or small piece of jewellery worn as protection against evil
anachronistic
out-of-date, nont attributed to the correct historical period
ancillary
[an SIL uh ri] adj. providing subsidiary support; additional, supplementary
arcane
[ar KAYN] adj. understood by few; mysterious
ascetic
[u SE tik] strictly self-disciplined and avoiding any pleasures or luxuries
askew
to one side; crooked; awry; a sidelong look of contempt <cue>
asperity
[u SPER ri ti] n. harshness of tone or manner; rough edge on a surface
assuage
lessen; appease
asunder
[uh SUN dur] in separte parts; apart from each other in position <thunder>
auspicious
[aw SPI shus] adj. indicating a good chance of success; favorable
austere
[aw STEER] stern, as in manner; without excess, unadorned, severly simple and plain <steer>
ballistics
[buh LISS ticks] the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles <lipstick>
banal
dull because of overuse
beguile
to deceive, delude, cheat
beleaguer
[be LEE gur] to besiege; beset, surround, harass <beleaguer big leaguers>
bemusing
[bi MYOOZ ing] adj. confusing or bewildering
beneficent
beneficial; characterized by performing acts of kindness or charity
benign
of a kind and gentle disposition; favorable
bludgeon(BLUD jun)
a short heavy, thick club that has one end larger than the other <dungeon>
bolster
v. support or strengthen
bonhomie
good-natured disposition
boon
blessing, something to be thankful for
braggart
n. one who boasts a great deal
bravura
great skill and brilliance
brevity
n. briefness or conciseness in speech or writing
bulwark
[BULL wurk] a defensive wall; something serving as a principal defense <bulls work>
cacophony
[kuh KAFH uh nee] harsh sounds <cough>
cairn
pile of stones built as a memorial or landmark
calumny
[KAL lum nee] making of false and defamatory statements about someone
camaraderie
trust; sociability
candor
honesty, openness
castigate
reprimand severely
caustic
[KAW stik] adj. able to burn or corrode organic tissue by chemical action; scathingly sarcastic
cerebral
[suh REE brul] of or relating to the brain; an intellectual person <cereal>
chattel
[chatel] an item of personal, movalble property; slave <cattle>
circumlocution
[sur kum loh KYOO shun] n. speaking in circles; roundabout speech
colloquial
[ku LOH kwee ul] adj. pertaining to common everyday speech; conversational
complacent
adj. self-satisfied; smug
concise
adj. using few words in speaking and writing
concoct
make a meal by combining ingredients
conflate
[kun FLAYT] combine into one
connoisseur
[kahn uh SUR]an expert, particularly in matter of art and taste <king of the sewer>
contemptuous
[kun TEM choo us] adj. lacking respect; scornful
coterie
[KOH tuh ree] a circle of close associates or friends <coat for three>
countenance
[COWN tuh nuhns] n. facial expression; support or approval
covert
hidden, secret
cower
cringe from fear; to shrink away <coward>
cranny
a small opening as in a wall or rock face <granny>
cryptic
adj. mysterious or obscure in meaning
demagogue
leader, rabble-rouser, usually appearling to emotion or prejudice
depraved
morally debased, wretched
diabolical
fiendish; wicked
diffuse
[di FYOOS] adj. spread out, not concise; wordy
dilatory
[DIL lu tor ee] slow to act; intended to cause delay
discreet
careful not to give offense or attract attention
disdainful
adj. full of bitter scorn and pride; aloof
disembody
seperating from or existing without body
dupe
to deceive or trick; one who is tricked
efface
[uh FACE] to rub away <erase face>
egotistical
adj. excessively self-absorbed; very conceited
eloquence
n. artful ease with speaking; speech that can impact people's feelings
emollient
[i MOL li unt] having the qualit of softenin or soothing the skin; attempthing to avoid confrontation or anger; calming
empathy
sensitivity to the feelings of others
enmity
hostility; antagonism
enshroud
to cover, enclose with a dark cover
espouse
[ih SPOWZ] v. adopt or support
exorbitant
extravagant, going beyond what is reasonable
expunge
[ex PUNGE] to remove; to delete; to erase <sponge>
exquisite
carefully selected; beautiful
fawn
to flatter excessively, seek the favor of
fealty
[FEE ul ti] n. feudal tenant's or vassal's sworn loyalty to a lord
feat
act or deed
feign
to pretend, give a false impression; to invent falsely
foray
sudden attack into enemy territory
forbear
[for BAYR] to refrain from; to abstain; to be patient or tolerant <forbear feeding the four bears>
furtive
secrety, stealthy
garrulous
[GA ru lus] adj. talkative; loquacious<garrulous gorillas>
giddy
light-headed, dizzy, frivolous <city>
gingerly
careful, cautious
girth
the distance around something; to encircle; to secure with a band that encircles the body of an animal <birth>
gossamer
delicate cobwebs; sheer gauzy fabric
grandiloquent
[gran DIL oh kwunt] adj. using big and fancy words when speaking for the purpose of impressing others
hackneyed
made commonplace by overuse
hanker
yearn
harrowing
extremely distressed; disturbing, frightening <hare rowing>
haughty
adj. having great pride in oneself and dislike for others
hermit
person who lives in seclusion and solitude
histrionic
[his tree AHN ik] overly dramatic, theatrical <history>
hyperbolic
exaggerated
hypothesis
assupmtion, theory requiring proof
illicit
illegal, improper
impede
[im PEED] to obstruct or interfere with; to delay <impede speeding>
impenitent
[im PEN ih tunt] not feeling shame or regret
impetuous
rash, impulsive
impugn
[im PYOON] dispute the truth, validity, or honesty of
incite
[en SIGHT] to arouse to action
incongruous
[in KAHN grew us] not appropriate, unsuited to the surroudings; not fitting in <congress>
indolent
habitually lazy, idle
indubitable
[in DYOO bi tu bl] adj. impossible to doubt, unquestionable
inextricable
not able to be moved or disentangled
infamy
reputation for bad deeds
inimical
unfriendly
inscrutable
[in SKROO tu bul] adj. impossible to understand or interpret
insipid
lacking flavor or taste; unexciting
insolent
adj. boldly disrespectful in speech or behavior; rude
invidious
likely to provoke ill-will, offensive
kismet
[KIZ met] n. destiny; fate
lackluster
lacking vitality, energy, brightness; boring
laconic
adj. using few words in speech
lassitude
[LAS uh tood] listlessness; torpor, weariness <lazy dude>
loquacious
[loh KWAY shus] adj. very talkative; liking to talk; garrulous
magnanimous
generous, noble in spirit
mainstay
n. chief support or main part
malefactor
culprit; evildoer
malevolent
ill-willed; causing evil or harm to others
malignant
disposed to do evil; injurious
marina
place to keep a boat
maverick
unorthodox, independent-minded person
maxim
short statement expressim a general truth or rule of conduct
mendacious
dishonest
mercenary
motivated only by greed
milieu
[mill you] environment or surroundings <milieu of mildew>
misanthrope
person who hates human beings
mordant
adj. sharply sarcastic
munificent
generous
muster
gather together
nefarious
vicious, evil
noxious
harmful to living things; injurious to health
obdurate
[OB dyoo ruht] stubbornly refusing to change one's opinion or course of action
obstreperous
[ub STRE pur us] noisy and difficult to control
odious
hateful, contemptible
ostentatious
adj. having to do with showing off; pretentious
pacific
peaceful
parsimonious
extremely unwilling to spend money or use resources
penurious
[pi NYOO ri us] extremely poor; parsimonious
perfidious
[pur FI di us] deceitful and untrustworthy [perfidious lover]
perverse
improper; showing deliberate will not to fit in
philanthropic
humanitarian, charitable
phlegmatic
[fleg MAT tik] unemotional and stolidly calm
platitude
quality of being dull; obvious remark
poise
balance
porcelain
type of ceramic ware
porcine
[PORE sein] reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig
portentous
[por TEN tus] adj. ominous
prattle
v. to speak on and on in a senseless and silly manner; to talk foolishly*prattle - baby's rattle
presumptuous
adj. too fwd or bold; overstepping proper bound
pretentious
prentending to be important, intelligent or cultured
prevaricate
to quibble, evade the truth
probity
[PROH bi ti] n. honesty and decency
prodigal
recklessly extravagant
profligate
corrupt, wasteful, extravagant
propitiate
[pru PISH ih ayt] v. win or regain the favor of, appease
propitious
[pru PISH us] adj. auspicious
proponent
[pru POH nuhnt] n. person who advocates a theory, proposal or project
propulsive
propelling force; act of propelling <propeller>
prosaic
dull; common place
providential
adj. opportune, occurring at a favorable time
pugnacious
quarrelsome
querulous
complaining; irratable
queue
to form or wait in line <Qs>
quiescent
[kwye EH sunt] adj. quiet; still; inactive
quixotic
[kwik SAHT ik] idealistic; totally impractical <idiotic>
rancor
bitter hatred
rant
V. to talk very loudly, even wildly
recondite
[ri KON dit] adj. obscure
rectitude
moral uprightness; honesty
reprobate
morally undisciplined person
reticent
[RET uh sunt] adj. not talking much; reserved
revile
hate; detest
rhetorical
adj. relating to speech that is used to persuade or have some effect; insincere in expression
roster
[raw ster] a list of names; especially of personnel available for duty <rooster on roster>
rupture
break or burst suddenly
scathing
adj. witheringly scornful; severely critical
sinuous
curvy, wavy
slat
thin strip of wood or metal
slothful
lazy
solicitous
attentive; eager
spurious
lacking authenticity, false
stalwart
[STAWL wurt] adj. loyal, reliable, and hard-working / n. stalwart supporter
stolid
[STAH lid] calm, dependable, and showing little emotion or animation
substantiate
to verify, confirm, provide supporting evidence
succinct
adj. clearly and briefly stated; concise
supercilious
[soo pur SI li us] adj. looking down on others; proud and scornful
surfeit
[SUR fit] excess; cause to be wearied of somethin through excess
surreptitious
secret, stealthy
sustenance
n. food and drink regarded as sustaining life; process of sustaining or keeping alive
swagger
v. to walk around in a proud, showy manner; to boast in a loud manner
synergistic
participating in synergy
taciturn
[TAS i turn] adj. silent; sparing of words; close mouthed
talisman
[TAL iz mun] n. object thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck
teeter
wobble
tentative
hesistant
terse
adj. using only the words that are needed to make the point; very concise
toady
flatterer, yes-man, hanger on
trenchant
[TREN chunt] cutting, incisive, having a sharp point; caustic, sarcastic <trench ant>
trite
unoriginal and stale due to overuse
turbid
[TUR bid] adj. cloudy, opaque; obscure
undulate
fluctuate
ungainly
ugly; clumsy
vapid
lacking freshness & zest; flat; stale
variegated
[VA ri gay tid] exhibiting different colors, especially as irregular patches or streaks
veracious
[vu RAY shs] adj. speaking or representing the truth
verbose
[vur BOHS] adj. using too many words; wordy; long-winded<verbose - a lot of verbs - wordy>
verity
n. truth
vindicate
to clear from blame or suspicion
virulent
extremely infectious; irritating, harsh or hateful
vitiate
[VI shi ayt] spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of; destroy or impair the legal validity of
voluble
[VAHL yu bul] adj. talking a great deal with ease; glib
watershed
area that separates waters flowing to different rivers, basins, or seas; turning point in a state of affairs
winsome
attractive, appealing
withering
adj. scornful