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adherent
a person who is loyal to a cause
admonish
to caution, advise, or encourage
affinity
a natural liking or attraction
aloof
distant, reserved
antiquity
the quality of being ancient
arable
able to be cultivated, suitable for farming
ardent
passionate about, intensely emotional, fervent
avail
to be of use or advantage to
boon
something beneficial
cacophony
harsh, discordant sound, dissonance
cataclysm
violet change, disaster
chastise
to discipline
conciliate
to win the favor; to reconcile and make up with
connive
to ignore or tolerate something offensive or objectionable
consummate
to bring to completion or perfection
corroboration
something that strengthens or supports with evidence
countenance
face, facial expression
(v) to give or show approval
culprit
one charged with of guilty or an offense, fault or crime
deplore
to strongly regret or disapprove of
derby
a horse race; a type of hat
despicable
deserving scorn and contempt
dispel
to rid one's mind of: dispel by doubt; to drive away as if by scattering
dissonance
lack of harmony among combined sounds
doctrine
an idea or set of ideas established for acceptance or belief by a religious, political, scientific, or philosophic group
duplicity
deception, guile
editorialize
to inject personal opinion into a factual account
efface
erase
emaciated
extremely thin
emulate
to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation; to compete
enervate
to weaken
epidemiologist
one who studies the spread and control of disease
errant
changing from the right course; moving in an aimless manner
erudite
characterized by extensive learning; wise
eschew
to avoid; shun
etiquette
rules of social conduct
exacerbate
to make worse, to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of
feisty
quick tempered, quarrelsome
flaunt
to display in a showy manner
forum
a place [like a meeting hall] or a medium [like an editorial page] for open discussion
frenetic
wildly excited or active, frantic, frenzied
frenzy
violent mental condition, wild excitement characteristic of mania
futile
pointless, useless
galvanize
to shock, urge, or spur into action
garrulous
talking excessively and trivially
glutton
one who eats to excess
illustrious
distinguished, famed
incense
to make very angry
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected or reformed
indigenous
organizing in and characteristic of a region or country
indigent
needy, poor, impoverished
indignation
anger aroused by something unjust or contemptible
indubitable
being beyond question, without doubt
ineptitude
being inappropriate, foolish, or incompetent
infatuated
inspired with foolish, often extravagant, love or admiration, obsessed
innocuous
harmless; too mild or bland
insatiable
incapable of being satisfied
insular
pertaining to islands; excessively narrow in scope
insurmountable
incapable of being overcome, as an obstace
intersperse
to scatter or place at intervals
introverted
concerned primarily with one's own thoughts and feelings
inundate
to flood or overwhelm
inure
to make one accustomed to accepting something undesirable
jargon
dialect and terms peculiar to a profession
jingoism
extreme devotion to one's country, especially characterized by an aggressive foreign policy
lackluster
lacking brilliance, dull
macrocosm
the universe; a system which reflects one of its components on a large scale
marionette
a joined puppet manipulated form above by strings or wires
martyr
one who chooses to suffer death rather than give up religious principles; one who makes great sacrifices in order to advance a cause or belief
meddler
one who interferes without being asked to
monastic
related to monasteries, monks, or nuns; having a lifestyle marked by seclusion and contemplation, discipline and regimen, or self-denial and strictness
notoriety
being known for something unfavorable, infamous
obliterate
to completely remove or destroy
officious
too forward in offering help and advice, bossy
ophthalmologist
a doctor who studies and treats the eye
opulence
wealth, especially when displayed extravagantly, lavishness
orthodox
adhering to what is accepted, customary, or traditional
ostentatious
boastful showiness, pretentious display meant to impress others
overture
an opening move towards a relationship or proposal; the prelude to a musical composition
pall
a cloth covering for a coffin, often made of velvet; a covering that darkness or obscures: a pall of smoke; a gloomy effect or atmosphere
panorama
a view that shows every direction
patron
one that supports or protects, or champions something, a sponsor or benefactor; a regular customer
perjure
to lie or misrepresent the truth while under oath
perjury
lying under oath
perpetuate
to continue forever
portable
suitable for drinking
preeminent
outstanding, superior or notable above all others
pretext
something put forward to hide true purpose or intent
prowess
superior skill or ability, especially strength, courage, or daring
pry
to rudely inquire into personal matters
recant
to publicly renounce an idea or belief
redress
the settling right of what is wrong
refurbish
to renovate, to make clean, bright or fresh again
retrenchment
reduction; the act of cutting down, especially expenses
salinize
to treat with salt
scathing
bitterly severe
sedentary
inactive
snippet
a small bit, scrap, or fragment
speculation
a conclusion reached by contemplation; engaging in risk with the expectation of financial gain
sporadic
irregular or unpredictable in occurrence
sty
a pen, or enclosure, of pigs or hogs; inflamed swelling on the edge of an eyelid
stymie
to hinder, block, or thwart
supercilious
disdainful in an arrogant way
tenacious
holding persistently to something, such as an idea; holding together firmly, cohesive; clinging, adhesive; tending to retain
thwart
to oppose and defeat the efforts, ambitions, or plans of
trounce
to beat severely; to defeat
ubiquitous
being everywhere, especially at the same time, omnipresent
undermine
to injure or destroy by secret means
unpalatable
not agreeable to the taste
vernacular
the ordinary, everyday language of a people
virulent
actively poisonous; highly infective