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approbation
the expression of approval or favorable opinon, praise; official approval
assuage
to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
coalition
combination, union or merger for some specific purpose
decadence
decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
elicit
to draw forth, bring out from some source
expostulate
to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning
hackneyed
used to something so often as to lack freshness or orginality
hiatus
a gap, opening, break
innuendo
a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference
intercede
to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
jaded
wearied, worn-out, dulled
lurid
causing shock, horror, or revulsion;sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
meritorious
worthy, deserving recognition and praise
petulant
peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
prerogative
a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence
provincial
pertaining to an outlying area; local;narrow in mind or outlook; a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area
simulate
to pmake a pretense of; imitate; to show the outer signs of
transcend
to rise above or beyond, exceed
umbrage
shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offence, resentment; a vague suspicion
unctuous
excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable
ameliorate
to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming--amend, better--worsen, aggravate,exacerbate
aplomb
poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
bombastic
pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
w/o experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; w/o feathers
drivel
saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose, foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; to waste or fritter away foolishly
epitome
summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality--abstract, digest, model,archetype
exhort
to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio
by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds--encroach, impinge, intrude,poach--stay in bounds
ingratiate
to make oneself agreeable and this gain favor or acceptance by others--cozy up, curry with flavor--alienate, humiliate oneself, mortify oneself
interloper
one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder--trespasser, meddler, buttinsky
intrinsic
belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part-- immanent, organic--extrinsic, external, outward
inveigh
to make violent attack in words, epress strong disapproval--rail, harangue, fulminate
lassitude
weariness of body or mind, lack of energy--fatigue, lethargy, torpor--energy, vitality, liveliness
millennium
period of one thousand years; period of great joy--chiliad, golden age, prosperity, peace--doomsday, day of judgment
occult
mysterious, magical, supernatural;secret, hidden from view; to hide, conceal; eclipse; matters w/supernatural--esoteric, abstruse--mundane, common
permeate
to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate
to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; characterized in excessive haste; product of an action or process
stringent
strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste--stern, tough, urgent,--mild lax,lenient, permissive
surmise
to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; likely idea that lacks definite proof--infer, gather, inference
abominate
to have an intense dislike or hatred for--loatrhe, abhor--relish, savor, cherish, esteem
acculturation
modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another--adaptation
adventitious
resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential
ascribe
to asssign or refer to, attribute
circuitous
roundabout, not direct
commiserate
to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
enjoin
to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
expedite
to make easy, cause to process faster
ferment
state of great excitement agitation or turbulance, to produce alcohol
inadvertent
resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
nominal
existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
noncommittal
not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
peculate
to steal something that has been given into ones' trust; to take improperly
proclivity
a natural or habitual inclination or tendency--natural bent, penchantm propensity
sangfroid
composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
seditious
resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
tenuous
thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance; poorly supported
vitriolic
bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting
wheedle
to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
expiate
to make amends, make up for; to avert