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boon
something that functions as a blessing or benefit to somebody
braggart
someone who boasts continuously
brandish
to wave something about, especially a weapon, in a menacing (threatening), theatrical, or triumphant way
buffoonery
silly behaviour
buttress
to reinforce or support
cacophony
jarring, unpleasant noise
cadence
rhythmic flow; marching beat
cajole
flatter, coax, persuade
calamity
disaster, catastrophe
oblivious
unaware, inattentive
obsolete
no longer in use; outdated
obstinate
stubborn
obstreperous
troublesome, boisterous, unruly
obtrusive
tending to intrude or force opinions on other people; highly noticeable, often with a bad or unwelcome effect
odometer
instrument in vehicles that indicates distance travelled
onerous
burdensome
prepossessing
creating a pleasing impression
pretense
false appearance or action
pretentious
pretending to be important, intelligent or cultured
proclaim
announce officially
prod
poke, nudge
profane
impure; contrary to religion; sacrilegious
renunciation
rejection of beliefs
repel
to make somebody feel intense aversion, disgust, or revulsion; to ward something off, or keep something away
repentant
apologetic, remorseful, guilty
repress
to restrain or hold in
reprieve
postponement of a punishment; relief from danger
reprimand
rebuke, admonish, berate
repudiate
to disapprove of something formally and strongly and renounce any connection with it
reputable
honourable, respectable
requisition
to demand the use of
subsist
stay alive; survive
substantiate
to verify, confirm, provide support evidence
subterfuge
a plan, action, or device designed to hide a real objective, or the process of hiding a real objective
subvert
to undermine or corrupt
succumb
to give in to stronger power; yield
suffice
meet requirements, be capable
sully
soil, stain, tarnish, taint, dirty
vengeance
punishment that is inflicted in return for a wrong
verdant
green with vegetation; inexperienced
verisimilitude
the appearance of being true or real
vestige
trace, remnant
vex
to irritate, annoy; confuse, puzzle
vicarious
done or endured by somebody as a substitute for somebody els; experienced through somebody else rather than at first hand, by using sympathy or the power of the imagination
vigilant
watchful and alert, especially to guard against danger, difficulties, or errors
vignette
decorative design; short literary composition
vigorous
energetic, robust; healthy; active
vile
loathsome, disgusting, offensive, wretched
fission
process of spliting into two parts
flabbergasted
astounded, surprise
flagrant
outrageous, shameless
flank
to put on the sides of
flaunt
to show off
flippancy
casualness, inappropriate pertness
florid
ruddy, flushed; gaudy, extremely ornate
foil
something used to contrast against something else
devious
shifty, not straightforward
didactic
tending to give instruction or advice, even when it is not welcome or not needed
diffuse
widely spread out
dingy
shabby, drab
encompass
to constitute, include, encircle
encroach
to impinge, infringe, intrude upon
endemic
belonging to a particular area, inherent
enervate
to weaken, sap strength from
incisive
quick to understand, analyze, or act
incongruous
inappropriate, incompatible
incriminate
accuse with a crime, implicate
indebted
obligated to someone else, beholden
lithe
moving and bending with ease; graceful
litigant
one involoved in a lawsuit
loath
reluntant, unwilling
longevity
long life
lubricate
to grease up, make slippery
lull
relatively calm period
lummox
somebody considered clumsy or unintelligent
lurid
sensational and shocking with graphic details of horror, devastation, or violence
machination
crafty scheme; covert plot