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acerbic
mean in tone
archipelago
a group of islands
balked
to stop and refuse to go on
bane
a cause of death, destruction, or ruin
banter
casual conversation
benign
kind
blandishment
to coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole
bolster
to support
braggart
someone with a big ego
buffers
something used absorb shock or scruity
bureaucracy
an inefficient organization
capitulate
to give in without resistance
celebrity
fame
charlatan
someone who is a quack; a fake
clandestine
kept or done in secret. often in order to conceal or illicit or improper purpose
complement
something that completes, makes up a whole, or brings to perfection
consign
to assign to
contiguous
adjacent to one another
daunt
to discourage
decipher
to decode
defer
to put off until later
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
discomfiture
frustratin or disappointment
discount
to disregard
disingenuous
not straightforward or candid; crafty
dispossess
to deprive ownership of
dubious
doubtful
elucidate
to make clear
energize
to give energy to; to vitalize
ensconced
to settle securely or comfortably
entreaty
an earnest request; plea
esoteric
hard to understand
exacerbating
irritating
exclusive
not divided or shared with others
fashion
to adapt; as to a purpose or an occasion; accomodate
flourish
to prosper
fortitude
strength of mind that allows one to endure pain or adversity with courage
geochronologist
someone who tries to establish the chronology of the earth's history by analyzing terrestrial materials
gibberish
unintelligible or nonsensical talk or writing
graceful
showing grace of movement, form or proportion
hamper
to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of
illusory
not actual
impede
to slow down
incessantly
continuing without interruption
inconceivable
doesn't seem possible
indignant
anger aroused by injustice
indiscriminate
not picky
indispensable
essential
infinitesmal
very small
laud
to priae; acclaim
liability
a bad thing; something that can hurt you
lucrative
producing wealth; profitable
magisterial
authoritative
marginal
of lower quality or ability
matriarchal
society run by women
mediocre
inferior quality
mnemonic
a trick to help one remember a lengthy set of information
obsession
the overdoing of something
ominous
threatening
pacifistic
opposing conflict
patronage
financial support from a benefactor
pernicious
deadly; dangerous
pervasive
widespread; everywhere
plummet
to drop very quickly
precipitate
acting with or marked by excessive haste and lack of due deliveration
predation
the capturing of prey as a means of maintaining life
promulgation
public declaration
propensity
tendency
quip
a witty, offhand remark
reaffirm
to affirm or assert again
recalcitrant
marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance
reconcile
to bring together
revitalize
to impart new life or vigor
sensationalism
the method of using emotional reaction (like fear) to convince
sham
something false or empty that is purported to be genuine; a spurious imitation
sublime
impressive; inspiring awe
subtle
not imeediately obvious
summation
a summary
tenet
an opinion, doctrine, or principle held as being true by a person or especially by an organization
transitory
something that is continuously become something else
undaunted
not discouraged or disheartened
uneven
not even
ungainly
lacking grace or ease of movement or form; clumsy
vanguard
the foremost or leading position in a trend or movement
vituperative
associated with verbal abuse