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abeyance
suspension of action
The meeting was held in abeyance until the chairperson arived.
burly
great in bodily size, sturdy; brusque
When we saw the burly man appear in the door, we knew it was no time to pick a fight.
cabalier
an armed horseman, a knight; treating important matters lightly
His arrogant and cavalier attitude has offended many people.
chagrin
vexation through humiliation, hurt pride, or disappointment
The chagrin the girl felt as a result of her abject poverty kept her from associating with her school peers.
coagulate
to gather together in a mass, to clot; to congeal
Because blood coagulates, people do not bleed to death from small cuts.
compilation
an accumulation of many things
The book was an interesting compilation of many sources.
contest
to compete, to attempt to disprove
I contest your statement about his lack of courage.
defoliate
to deprive of leaves
The chemical Agent Orange was used in Vietnam to defoliate the trees so the enemy could be found.
effigy
a dummy or image of a person (usually one who is not liked)
The ball team hung the opponent's mascot in effigy at the pep rally before the game.
eon
a long period of time
It seems like it will be eons before I am allowed to date.
fervent
ardent, showing great emotion, impassioned
I have a fervent love for that man.
ingenuity
cleverness, inventiveness, resourcefulness
He showed much ingenuity in his unique way of solving the problem.
insidious
treacherous or dangerous in a secret sort of way
AIDS is insidious because one can have it and transmit it before showing symptoms of the disease.
myopic
unable to discern, unable to think clearly or objectively; shortsighted
She is so myopic that she never sees all of her options.
plethora
superabundance, excessive amount
She offered a plethora of excuses for failing French, none of which were acceptable.
propitious
favorably disposed, graciously inclined
America has conditions propitious to democracy.
protrusion
something sticking out
A large protrusion on his head was the result of being hit by the bat.
quack
an unqualified or fake doctor, charlatan
Fortunately the girl was saved from the scalpel of the quack who called himself a doctor.
querulous
constantly complaining, whining
Amy irritates me when she constantly speaks in her querulous voice.
rustic
relating to the country
The rustic cabin in the mountains was small but comfortable.
sovereign
possessed of controlling power
The king is sovereign within his country.
temperance
moderation or self-restraint in action or statement
The woman exercised temperance in filling her plate with small portions of food.
truncate
to shorten by cutting
If you truncate the board, it will fit into the space you desire.
undulant
moving with or resembling a wavelike motion
Playing golf on an undulant terrain is usually difficult.
viscosity
property of having a high resistance to flow
Heinz ketchup has a high viscosity.