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acumen
mental keenness.
adage
wise saying; proverb.
adamant
hard; inflexible.
belie
contradict; give a false impression.
cataract
great waterfall; eye abnormality.
catastrophe
calamity
categorical
without exceptions; unqualified; absolute.
delude
deceive.
deluge
flood; rush.
eloquence
expressiveness; persuasive speech.
fatuous
foolish; inane.
gaudy
flashy; showy.
harrow
break up ground after plowing; torture.
implausible
unlikely; unbelievable.
implement
put into effect; supply with tools.
implication
that which is hinted at or suggested.
lascivious
lustful.
malefactor
wishing evil.
nemesis
revenging agent.
pathological
pertaining to disease.
pathos
tender sorrow; pity; quality in art or literature that produces these feelings.
patriarch
father and ruler of a family or tribe.
reciprocal
mutual; exchangeable; interacting.
reciprocate
repay in kind.
sedulous
diligent.
seethe
be disturbed; boil.
seine
net for catching fish.
therapeutic
curative.
thermal
pertaining to heat.
unfledged
immature.
addle
muddle; drive crazy; become rotten.
adduce
present as evidence.
adept
expert at.
bellicose
warlike.
belligerent
quarrelsome.
catharsis
purging or cleansing of any passage of the body.
caucus
private meeting of members of a party to select officers or determine policy.
causal
implying a cause-and-effect relationship.
delve
dig; investigate.
elucidate
explain; enlighten.
fauna
animals of a period or region.
haughtiness
pride; arrogance.
implicit
understood but not stated.
implore
beg.
impolitic
not wise.
lassitude
languor; weariness.
malicious
dictated by hatred or spite.
malign
speak evil of; defame.
malignant
having an evil influence; virulent.
patronize
support; act superior toward.
paucity
scarcity.
peccadillo
slight offense.
recluse
hermit.
seismic
pertaining to earthquakes.
semblance
outward appearance; guise.
senility
old age; feeblemindedness of old age.
thrall
slave; bondage.
thwart
baffle; frustrate.
unfrock
to strip a priest or minister of church authority.
ungainly
awkward.
wax
increase; grow.
adherent
supporter; follower.
adjunct
something attached to but holding an inferior position.
admonish
warn; reprove.
bemused
confused; lost in thought; preoccupied.
caustic
burning; sarcastically biting.
cavil
make frivolous objections.
cede
transfer; yield title to.
demagogue
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people.
elusive
evasive; baffling; hard to grasp.
emaciated
thin and wasted.
fawning
courting favor by cringing and flattering.
import
significance.
importunate
urging; demanding.
importune
beg earnestly.
latent
dormant; hidden.
malingerer
one who feigns illness to escape duty.
obtuse
blunt; stupid.
pecuniary
pertaining to money.
pedagogy
teaching; art of education.
pedant
scholor who overemphasizes book learning or technicalities.
recondite
abstruse; profound; secret.
reconnaissance
survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering.
sententious
terse; concise; aphoristic.
septic
putrid; producing putrefaction.
throes
violent anguish.
throng
crowd.
unilateral
one-sided.
unison
unity of pitch; complete accord.
vantage
position giving an advantage.
waylay
ambush; lie in wait.
yokel
country bumpkin.
adorn
decorate.
adroit
skillful.
adulation
flattery; admiration.
benediction
blessing.
benefactor
gift giver; patron.
celerity
speed; rapidity.
celibate
unmarried; abstaining from sexual intercourse.
centrifugal
radiating; departing from the center.
demean
degrade; humiliate.
demeanor
behavior; bearing
gaunt
lean and angular; barren.
hazy
slightly obscure.
impostor
someone who assumes a false identity.
impotent
weak; ineffective.
impoverished
poor.
malleable
capable of being shaped by pounding.
neologism
new or newly coined word or phrase.
obviate
make unnecessary; get rid of.
pedestrian
ordinary; unimaginative.
pediatrician
expert in children's diseases.
pejorative
having a deteriorating or depreciating effect on the meaning of a word.
recount
narrate or tell; count over again.
recourse
resorting to help when in trouble.
sequester
retire from public life; segregate; seclude.
serendipity
gift for finding valuable things not searched for.
serenity
calmness; placidity.
timorous
fearful; demonstrating fear.
tirade
extended scolding; denunciation.
unkempt
disheveled; with uncared-for appearance.
unmitigated
harsh; severe; not lightened.
vapid
insipid; inane.