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insidious
1.(a)awaiting a chance to entrap; treacherous (b)harmful but enticing; seductive
2.(a)having a gradual and cumulative effect; subtle (b)of a disease: developinng so gradually as to be well eestablished before becoming apparent
inveterate
1.firmly established by long persistence
2.confirmed in a habit; habitual
inviolable
1.secure from violation or profanation
2.secure from assault or trespass; unassailable
jocular
1.given to jesting; habitually jolly or jocund
2.characterized by jesting; playful
jollity
1.the quality or state of being jolly; merriment
2.British: a festive gathering
labyrinthine
1.of, relating to, or resembling a labyrinth(maze); intricate; involved
2.of, relating to, affecting, or originating in the internal ear
lament
1.to express sorrow, mourning, or regret for often demonstratively; mourn
2.to regret strongly
languid
1.drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion; weak
2.sluggish in character or disposition; listless
3.lacking force or quickness of movement; slow
laud
1.an office of solemn praise to God forming with matins the first of the canonical hours
2.praise; acclaim
loquacious
1.full of excessive talk; wordy
2.given to fluent or excessive talk; garrulous
lurid
1.(a)causing horror or revulsion; gruesome (b)melodramatic; sensational; shocking
2.(a)wan and ghastly pale in appearance (b)of any of several light or medium grayish colors ranging in hue from yellow to orange
3.shining with the red glow of fire seen through smoke or cloud
magnate
a person of rank, power, influence, or distinction often in a specified area
malefactor
1.one who commits an offense against the law; felon
2.one who does ill toward another
malevolence
1.the quality or state of being malevolent (having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred)
2.malevolent behavior
malicious
given to, marked by, or arising from malice (desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another)
malleable
1.capable of being extended or shaped by beating with a hammer or by the pressure of rollers
2.(a)capable of being altered or controlled by outside forces or influences (b)having a capacity for adaptive change
melancholy
depression of spirits; dejection; a pensive mood
mirth
gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter
misanthrope
a person who hates or distrusts humankind
mollify
1.to soothe in temper or disposition; appease
2.to reduce the rigidity of; soften
3.to reduce in intensity; assuage; temper
oblivion
1.the fact or condition of forgetting or having forgotten esp. the condition of being oblivious
2.the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown
obscure
1.(a)dark, dim (b)shrouded in or hidden by darkness (c)not clearly seen or easily distinguished; faint
2.not readily understood or clearly expressed; mysterious
3.relatively unknown as (a)remote; secluded (b)not prominent or famous
obtuse
1.not pointed or acute; blunt
2.(a)lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect; insensitive; stupid (b)difficult to comprehend; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviates
to anticipate and prevent (as a situation) or make unnecessary (as an action)
odious
arousing or deserving hatred or repugnance; hateful
ominous
being or exhibiting an omen; portentous esp. foreboding or foreshadowing evil; inauspicious
opaque
1.exhibiting opacity; blocking the passage of radiant energy and esp. light
2.(a)hard to understand or explain (b)obtuse; thickheaded
palliate
1.to reduce the violence of (a disease); to ease (symptoms) without curing the underlying disease
2.to cover by excuses and apologies
3.to moderate the intensity of
pallor
deficiency of color esp. of the face; paleness
palpable
1.capable of being touched or felt; tangible
2.easily perceptible; noticeable
3.easily perceptible by the mind; manifest