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hiatus
a gap, break
atrophy
decrease in size; decline
reconcile
to reestablish a close relationship between; fix up
disseminate
to scatter widely; advertise, announce
orator
skilled public speaker; boss
domineering
bossy, arrogant
pedantic
attention to details; bookish, academic
conciliatory
calm, civil
treacherous
betraying, disloyal
didactic
to instruct; academic, enlightening
moralizing
to think about or express moral judgments; teacherish
dogmatic
egotistical, formal
meek
showing patience; gentle, peaceful
simplistic
fundamental, introductory
prosaic
lacking in imagination and spirit; dull
vacillation
fear, hesitation
solicitation
to petition persistently; address, call, bid
mutability
change; flow; alteration
astuteness
showing shrewdness; discrimination
coarseness
of low, common quality; earthiness
transcendence
surpassing others; supreme
malleability
capable of being shaped or formed (a malleable metal)
relapse
to fall or slide back into a former state; recurrence
erudite
learned, brainy, educated
Philistine
barbaric, brutal
infidels
one who has no religious belief; graceless, evil
obsolete
no longer in use; dead
straggly
growing or spread out in a disorderly way; crummy
aberrations
departure, difference
egotistical
conceited person; arrogant
blatant
unpleasantly loud and noisy
engimas
one that is puzzling, ambiguous, or inexplicable
modesty
propriety in speech, dress, or behavior; bashfulness
archaisms
the use of an archaic expression; age, ancientness, elderliness
emblematic
symbolic, figurative, illustrative
rejuvenation
make young again; recovery, reawakening, regeneration
admonishment
blame, disapproval
affluence
wealth, fortune
haughty
scornfully and condescendingly proud; conceited
pertinacity
ability, allowance, bearing, capacity
resilient
ability to recover readily; elastic, bouncy
relentless
determined, ferocious, dogged
stoutness
having boldness, bravery, or determination; bulkiness
craven
characterized by fear; cowardly, chicken, fearful
pontification
the office of a pope
circumlocution
the use of unnecessarily wordy and indirect language; indirectness
brevity
condensation, crispness, conciseness
vestige
a visible trace, evidence, or sign of something that once existed but exists no more; hint
anomaly
departure from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality, departure
quandary
a state of uncertainty; box, clutch
monologue
a continuous series of jokes or comic stories delivered by one comedian; address
anachronism
the representation of someone as existing; postdate, misplacement
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a conversation, often formally or officially; agent, broker, distributor
portmanteau
a large leather suitcase that opens into two hinged compartments; blend, compound
redundancy
opportunity, option, other
ambivalent
characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes; clashing, doubtful
reverential
feeling veneration; civil, courteous, considerate
cynical
skeptical of the motives of others; ironic, doubtful
jocular
characterized by joking; campy, amusing
juxtaposition
the state of being placed or situated side by side; bond, combination
progency
a result of creative effort; product, breed, family
intricate
elaborate, complex
pathogen
an agent that causes diseases; bacteria, bug
encompass
to form a circle or ring around; surround, circle
euphoria
a feeling of great happiness or well-being; bliss, dreamland
genomics
analysis, biology, diagnosis
pharmaceutical
relating to pharmacy; cure, essence
refute
to prove to be false; burn, argue against, break
phenomenon
an occurrence that is perceptible by the senses; appearance, actuality
rigorously
precise, accurate
diligently
marked by painstaking effort; animatedly
tenor
a continuous, unwavering course; aim, body, core
regimen
governmental rule or control; bag, care, channels, charge, control
pessimists
cynic, complainer
cosmological
the study of the physical universe considered as a totality of phenomena in time & space
bulwark
a wall raised as a defensive fortification; barrier, buffet, bastion
conglomeration
an accumulation of miscellaneous things; assortment
prudence
careful management; economy
bastion
a projecting part of a fortification; defense, bulwark
conspiracy
an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful act; counterplot
evanescent
vanishing, deceitful, ambiguous
irate
extremely angry; annoyed, bummed out
insipid
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty
intervention
to come, appear, or lie between two things; action, activity
protracted
to draw out or lengthen in time; confirmed, constant, continual
contemporaneous
happening during the same period of time; attending, collateral
transient
remaining in a place only a brief time; changeable
surreptitious
covert, hidden, furtive
fickle
changeable, cheat
ephemeral
lasting for a markedly brief time; evanescent
egregious
outrageously bad or offensive; extreme
invoked
to call on for assistance or support; beg
repudiated
abandon, be against, banish
lionized
to look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity; famed
vilified
to make vicious statements about; blamer, belittler, attacker
beguiled
bewitched, charmed, delighted
abated
to reduce in amount; lessen, decline, decrease
attenulated
to make small; blended, degraded, corrupt
diminished
to make smaller
flourished
to grow well
endeavor
an earnest attempt; aim, best shot
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable; carless, changeful
pious
born again, devoted, divine
supercilious
feeling or showing haughty disdain; bossy, cocky
despotic
a ruler with absolute power
squandered
to spend wastefully; consumed, destroyed
amenable
willing, agreeable
bore
bad news, bummer, creep
ruthless
having no pity; merciless
epitomized
to sum up; condensed, pocket
succinctly
concise and terse; compact, blunt
monopolistic
busy, absorbed, attentive
ardor
devotion, eagerness, feeling
pedantry
an act; arrangement
abstruse
difficult to understand; deep, complex
enticements
attraction, lure
infallibly
incapable of failing; certain
attainment
accomplishments, arrival, completion
whence
from where; beginning, cause
brink
the point at which something is likely to begin; border
irksome
causing annoyance; characterless
anatomy
the science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts; analysis
minutiae
a small detail; evidence, emergency
causation
a cause
obscure
indistinct, complicated
apprehension
dread, fearful, alarm, concern, doubt
diligence
earnest; steady effort; activity, alertness
circumscribed
to draw a line around; enveloped, fenced
promiscuous
abandoned, cheap, bum
phonetic
articulate, lingual, narrated
philosophically
abstract, deep
aristocrat
a member of a ruling class; noblemen
manifest
obvious, bold, clear
superfluous
being beyond what is required; excess
platonic
ideal, spiritual, intellectual
dialects
accent, idiom, can
homophones
same pronounciation, different meanings
drawl
drag out, extend
stratify
to form, arrange, or deposit in layers; coat, foil
vexing
to annoy; bother
trove
a collection of valuable items discovered; addition
whimsical
amusing
satirical
abusive, bitter
strident
loud, harsh, boisterous, clashing