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regale
v. re·galed, re·gal·ing, re·gales
v. tr.
To provide with great enjoyment; entertain. See Synonyms at amuse.
To entertain sumptuously with food and drink; provide a feast for.
null
adj.
Having no legal force; invalid: render a contract null and void.
Of no consequence, effect, or value; insignificant.
Amounting to nothing; absent or nonexistent: a null result.
Mathematics. Of or relating to a set having no members or to zero magnitude.
repudiate
tr.v. re·pu·di·at·ed, re·pu·di·at·ing, re·pu·di·ates
To reject the validity or authority of: “Chaucer... not only came to doubt the worth of his extraordinary body of work, but repudiated it” (Joyce Carol Oates).
To reject emphatically as unfounded, untrue, or unjust: repudiated the accusation.
To refuse to recognize or pay: repudiate a debt.

To disown (a child, for example).
To refuse to have any dealings with.
adverse
adj.
Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic: adverse criticism.
Contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable: adverse circumstances.
Moving in an opposite or opposing direction: adverse currents.
Archaic. Placed opposite.
insinuation
n : an indirect (and usually malicious) implication
assailable
adj : not defended or capable of being defended; vulnerable; "an open city"; "open to attack"
impasse
n.
A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate: reached an impasse in the negotiations.
pedantic
adj.
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
pugnacious
adj.
Combative in nature; belligerent.
choleric
adj.
Easily angered; bad-tempered.
Showing or expressing anger.
belligerent
adj.
Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive.
Of, pertaining to, or engaged in warfare.
browbeat
tr.v. brow·beat, brow·beat·en, (-btn) brow·beat·ing, brow·beats
To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully. See Synonyms at intimidate.
garrulous
adj.
Given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative.
Wordy and rambling: a garrulous speech.
ravenous
adj.
Extremely hungry; voracious.
Rapacious; predatory.
Greedy for gratification: ravenous for power.
aloof
adj.
Distant physically or emotionally; reserved and remote: stood apart with aloof dignity.
corpulent
adj.
Excessively fat.
lament
v. la·ment·ed, la·ment·ing, la·ments
v. tr.
To express grief for or about; mourn: lament a death.
To regret deeply; deplore: He lamented his thoughtless acts.
ostentatious
adj.
Characterized by or given to ostentation; pretentious.
banal
adj.
Drearily commonplace and often predictable; trite: “Blunt language cannot hide a banal conception” (James Wolcott).
insipid
adj.
Lacking flavor or zest; not tasty.
Lacking qualities that excite, stimulate, or interest; dull.
hovel
n.
A small, miserable dwelling.
An open, low shed.
brig
n.
A two-masted sailing ship, square-rigged on both masts.
A jail or prison on board a U.S. Navy or Coast Guard vessel.
A jail or guardhouse, especially on the premises of a U.S. military installation.
barrage
n.

A heavy curtain of artillery fire directed in front of friendly troops to screen and protect them.
A rapid, concentrated discharge of missiles, as from small arms.
An overwhelming, concentrated outpouring, as of words: a barrage of criticism.
plight
n.
A situation, especially a bad or unfortunate one.
abyss
n.
An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void: “lost in the vast abysses of space and time” (Loren Eiseley).

The primeval chaos out of which it was believed that the earth and sky were formed.
The abode of evil spirits; hell.
quiver
intr.v. quiv·ered, quiv·er·ing, quiv·ers
To shake with a slight, rapid, tremulous movement.
rue
v. rued, ru·ing, rues
v. tr.
To feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for.
indictment
n.

The act of indicting.
The condition of being indicted.
Law. A written statement charging a party with the commission of a crime or other offense, drawn up by a prosecuting attorney and found and presented by a grand jury.
founder
v. foun·dered, foun·der·ing, foun·ders
v. intr.
To sink below the surface of the water: The ship struck a reef and foundered.
To cave in; sink: The platform swayed and then foundered.
To fail utterly; collapse: a marriage that soon foundered.
mar
tr.v. marred, mar·ring, mars
To inflict damage, especially disfiguring damage, on.
To impair the soundness, perfection, or integrity of; spoil.

n.
A disfiguring mark; a blemish.
jubilant
adj.
Exultingly joyful.
Expressing joy.
sustain
tr.v. sus·tained, sus·tain·ing, sus·tains
To keep in existence; maintain.
To supply with necessities or nourishment; provide for.
To support from below; keep from falling or sinking; prop.
To support the spirits, vitality, or resolution of; encourage.
To bear up under; withstand: can't sustain the blistering heat.
To experience or suffer: sustained a fatal injury.
To affirm the validity of: The judge has sustained the prosecutor's objection.
To prove or corroborate; confirm.
To keep up (a joke or assumed role, for example) competently.
equivalent
adj.

Equal, as in value, force, or meaning.
Having similar or identical effects.
Being essentially equal, all things considered: a wish that was equivalent to a command.
altruistic
n.
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
benevolence
n.
An inclination to perform kind, charitable acts.

A kindly act.
A gift given out of generosity.
astute
adj.
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns. See Synonyms at shrewd.
aspirant
n.
One who aspires, as to advancement, honors, or a high position.

adj.
Seeking recognition, distinction, or advancement.
placate
tr.v. pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease.
deficient
adj.
Lacking an essential quality or element: deficient in common sense.
Inadequate in amount or degree; insufficient: a deficient education.
brash
adj. brash·er, brash·est

Hasty and unthinking; impetuous.
Rash.
Lacking in sensitivity or tact.
Presumptuously forward; impudent. See Synonyms at shameless.
Brittle: brash timbers.
feral
Feral \Fe"ral\, a. [L. ferus. See Fierce.] (Bot. & Zo["o]l.)
Wild; untamed; ferine; not domesticated; -- said of beasts,
birds, and plants.
irate
adj.
Extremely angry; enraged. See Synonyms at angry.
Characterized or occasioned by anger: an irate phone call.
warlock
n.
A male witch, sorcerer, wizard, or demon.
feculent
Feculent \Fec"u*lent\, a. [L. faeculentus, fr. faecula: cf. F.
f['e]culent. See Fecula.]
Foul with extraneous or impure substances; abounding with
sediment or excrementitious matter; muddy; thick; turbid.

Both his hands most filthy feculent. --Spenser.
abdicate
v. ab·di·cat·ed, ab·di·cat·ing, ab·di·cates
v. tr.
To relinquish (power or responsibility) formally.
recalcitrant
adj.
Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance.
insolent
adj.
Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
Audaciously rude or disrespectful; impertinent.
brusque
adj.
Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
debilitating
tr.v. de·bil·i·tat·ed, de·bil·i·tat·ing, de·bil·i·tates
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate
jeer
v. jeered, jeer·ing, jeers
v. intr.
To speak or shout derisively; mock.
conventional
adj.
Based on or in accordance with general agreement, use, or practice; customary: conventional symbols; a conventional form of address.
Conforming to established practice or accepted standards; traditional: a conventional church wedding.
animosity
n. pl. an·i·mos·i·ties
Bitter hostility or open enmity; active hatred.
A hostile feeling or act. See Synonyms at enmity.
sanctimonious
adj.
Feigning piety or righteousness: “a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity” (Mark Twain).
incompetent
adj.
Not qualified in legal terms: a defendant who was incompetent to stand trial.
Inadequate for or unsuited to a particular purpose or application.
Devoid of those qualities requisite for effective conduct or action.
fascia
n. pl. fas·ci·ae (fsh-, fsh-)
Anatomy. A sheet or band of fibrous connective tissue enveloping, separating, or binding together muscles, organs, and other soft structures of the body.
A broad and distinct band of color.
(also fsh-) Architecture. A flat horizontal band or member between moldings, especially in a classical entablature.
(fsh) Chiefly British. The dashboard of a motor vehicle.
fatuous
adj.
Vacuously, smugly, and unconsciously foolish. See Synonyms at foolish.
Delusive; unreal: fatuous hopes.
assess
tr.v. as·sessed, as·sess·ing, as·sess·es
To estimate the value of (property) for taxation.
To set or determine the amount of (a payment, such as a tax or fine).
To charge (a person or property) with a special payment, such as a tax or fine.
Sports. To charge (a foul or penalty) against a player, coach, or team.
To determine the value, significance, or extent of; appraise. See Synonyms at estimate.
procure
v. pro·cured, pro·cur·ing, pro·cures
v. tr.
To get by special effort; obtain or acquire: managed to procure a pass.
To bring about; effect: procure a solution to a knotty problem.
To obtain (a sexual partner) for another.
counsel
n.
The act of exchanging opinions and ideas; consultation.
Advice or guidance, especially as solicited from a knowledgeable person. See Synonyms at advice.
A plan of action.
Private, guarded thoughts or opinions: keep one's own counsel.
A lawyer or group of lawyers giving legal advice and especially conducting a case in court.
debunk
tr.v. de·bunked, de·bunk·ing, de·bunks
To expose or ridicule the falseness, sham, or exaggerated claims of: debunk a supposed miracle drug.
amorphous
adj.
Lacking definite form; shapeless. See Synonyms at shapeless.
Of no particular type; anomalous.
Lacking organization; formless.
Lacking distinct crystalline structure.
alleged
adj.
Represented as existing or as being as described but not so proved; supposed.
writhe
v. writhed, writh·ing, writhes
v. intr.
To twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment.
To move with a twisting or contorted motion.
To suffer acutely.
kinetic
adj.
Of, relating to, or produced by motion.
Relating to or exhibiting kinesis.
itinerant
adj.
Traveling from place to place, especially to perform work or a duty: an itinerant judge; itinerant labor.

n.
One who travels from place to place.
intangible
adj.
Incapable of being perceived by the senses.
Incapable of being realized or defined.
Incorporeal.
polymorphous
polymorphous

\Pol`y*mor"phous\, a. 1. Having, or assuming, a variety of forms, characters, or styles; as, a polymorphous author. --De Quincey.

2. (Biol.) Having, or occurring in, several distinct forms; -- opposed to monomorphic.
variegated
tr.v. var·i·e·gat·ed, var·i·e·gat·ing, var·i·e·gates
To change the appearance of, especially by marking with different colors; streak.
To give variety to; make varied.
familial
adj.
Of or relating to a family.
Occurring or tending to occur among members of a family, usually by heredity: familial traits; familial disease.
epoch
n.

A particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
A notable event that marks the beginning of such a period. See Synonyms at period.
A unit of geologic time that is a division of a period.
Astronomy. An instant in time that is arbitrarily selected as a point of reference.
facade
n.
The face of a building, especially the principal face.
An artificial or deceptive front: ideological slogans that were a façade for geopolitical power struggles.
egress
n.
The act of coming or going out; emergence.
The right to leave or go out: denied the refugees egress.
A path or opening for going out; an exit.
Astronomy. The emergence of a celestial body from eclipse or occultation.
facetious
adj.
Playfully jocular; humorous: facetious remarks.
ingenuity
n. pl. in·ge·nu·i·ties
Inventive skill or imagination; cleverness.
Imaginative and clever design or construction: a narrative plot of great ingenuity.
An ingenious or imaginative contrivance.
Obsolete. Ingenuousness.
falacy
n. pl. fal·la·cies
A false notion.
A statement or an argument based on a false or invalid inference.
Incorrectness of reasoning or belief; erroneousness.
The quality of being deceptive.
fallible
adj.
Capable of making an error: Humans are only fallible.
Tending or likely to be erroneous: fallible hypotheses.
congenial
adj.
Having the same tastes, habits, or temperament; sympathetic.
Of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable: a congenial host.
Suited to one's needs or nature; agreeable: congenial surroundings.
fatalism
n.
The doctrine that all events are predetermined by fate and are therefore unalterable.
Acceptance of the belief that all events are predetermined and inevitable.
faux
adj.
Artificial; fake: faux pearls.
feasible
adj.
Capable of being accomplished or brought about; possible: a feasible plan. See Synonyms at possible.
Used or dealt with successfully; suitable: feasible new sources of energy.
Logical; likely: a feasible explanation.
facile
adj.
Done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; easy. See Synonyms at easy.
Working, acting, or speaking with effortless ease and fluency.
Arrived at without due care, effort, or examination; superficial: proposed a facile solution to a complex problem.
Readily manifested, together with an aura of insincerity and lack of depth: a facile slogan devised by politicians.
Archaic. Pleasingly mild, as in disposition or manner.
facsimile
n.
An exact copy or reproduction, as of a document.
See fax.
adept
adj.
Very skilled. See Synonyms at proficient.
fervent
adj.
Having or showing great emotion or zeal; ardent: fervent protests; a fervent admirer.
Extremely hot; glowing.
fester
v. fes·tered, fes·ter·ing, fes·ters
v. intr.
To generate pus; suppurate.
To form an ulcer.
To undergo decay; rot.

To be or become an increasing source of irritation or poisoning; rankle: bitterness that festered and grew.
To be subject to or exist in a condition of decline: allowed the once beautiful park to fester.

v. tr.
To infect, inflame, or corrupt.

n.
A small festering sore or ulcer; a pustule.
ferment
n.
Something, such as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
Fermentation.

A state of agitation or of turbulent change or development.
An agent that precipitates or is capable of precipitating such a state; a catalyst.
irony
n. pl. i·ro·nies

The use of words to express something different from and often opposite to their literal meaning.
An expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
A literary style employing such contrasts for humorous or rhetorical effect. See Synonyms at wit1.

Incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs: “Hyde noted the irony of Ireland's copying the nation she most hated” (Richard Kain).
An occurrence, result, or circumstance notable for such incongruity. See Usage Note at ironic.
Dramatic irony.
Socratic irony.
jest
n.
A playful or amusing act; a prank. See Synonyms at joke.
A frolicsome or frivolous mood: spoken in jest.
An object of ridicule; a laughingstock.
A witty remark.
skit
n.
A short, usually comic dramatic performance or work; a theatrical sketch.
A short humorous or satirical piece of writing.
rendezvous
n. pl. ren·dez·vous (-vz)
A meeting at a prearranged time and place. See Synonyms at engagement.
A prearranged meeting place, especially an assembly point for troops or ships.
A popular gathering place: The café is a favorite rendezvous for artists.
Aerospace. The process of bringing two spacecraft together
contiguous
adj.
Sharing an edge or boundary; touching.
Neighboring; adjacent.

Connecting without a break: the 48 contiguous states.
Connected in time; uninterrupted: served two contiguous terms in office.
fusion
n.
The act or procedure of liquefying or melting by the application of heat.
The liquid or melted state induced by heat.

The merging of different elements into a union: the fusion of copper and zinc to form brass; the difficult fusion of conflicting political factions.
A union resulting from fusing: A fusion of religion and politics emerged.
Physics. A nuclear reaction in which nuclei combine to form more massive nuclei with the simultaneous release of energy.
Music that blends jazz elements and the heavy repetitive rhythms of rock. Also called jazz-fusion, jazz-rock.
A style of cooking that combines ingredients and techniques from very different cultures or countries.
fission
n.
The act or process of splitting into parts.
A nuclear reaction in which an atomic nucleus, especially a heavy nucleus such as an isotope of uranium, splits into fragments, usually two fragments of comparable mass, releasing from 100 million to several hundred million electron volts of energy.
Biology. An asexual reproductive process in which a unicellular organism divides into two or more independently maturing daughter cells.
coalesce
intr.v. co·a·lesced, co·a·lesc·ing, co·a·lesc·es
To grow together; fuse.
To come together so as to form one whole; unite: The rebel units coalesced into one army to fight the invaders. See Synonyms at mix.
adjunct
n.
Something attached to another in a dependent or subordinate position. See Synonyms at appendage.
A person associated with another in a subordinate or auxiliary capacity.
Grammar. A clause or phrase added to a sentence that, while not essential to the sentence's structure, amplifies its meaning, such as for several hours in We waited for several hours.
Logic. A nonessential attribute of a thing.
akin
adj.
Of the same kin; related by blood.
Having a similar quality or character; analogous.
Linguistics. Sharing a common origin or an ancestral form.
decree
n.
An authoritative order having the force of law.
Law. The judgment of a court of equity, admiralty, probate, or divorce.
Roman Catholic Church.
A doctrinal or disciplinary act of an ecumenical council.
An administrative act applying or interpreting articles of canon law.
ratify
tr.v. rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing, rat·i·fies
To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm. See Synonyms at approve.