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anathema
(n.) a cursed, detested person
(I never want to see that murderer. He is an anathema to me.)
arrogate
(v.) to take without justification
(The king arrogated the right to order executions to himself exclusively.)
ascetic
(adj.) practicing restraint as a means of self-discipline, usually religious
(The priest lives an ascetic life devoid of television, savory foods, and other pleasures.)
aspersion
(n.) a curse, expression of ill-will
(The rival politicians repeatedly cast aspersions on each others’ integrity.)
assiduous
(adj.) hard-working, diligent
(The construction workers erected the skyscraper during two years of assiduous labor.)
blandish
(v.) to coax by using flattery; cajole


Coax: To obtain by persistent persuasion: coaxed the secret out of the child.
(Rachel’s assistant tried to blandish her into accepting the deal.)
boon
(n.) a gift or blessing
(The good weather has been a boon for many businesses located near the beach.)
brusque
(adj.) short(or terse/pithy), abrupt, dismissive
(The captain’s brusque manner offended the passengers.)
buffet
1. (v.) to strike with force
(The strong winds buffeted the ships, threatening to capsize them.)
burnish
(v.) to polish, shine
(His mother asked him to burnish the silverware before setting the table.)
buttress
1. (v.) to support, hold up
2. (n.) something that offers support
1. (The column buttresses the roof above the statue.)

2. (The buttress supports the roof above the statues.)
cacophony
(n.) tremendous noise, disharmonious sound
(The elementary school orchestra created a cacophony at the recital.)
cajole
(v.) to urge, coax
(Fred’s buddies cajoled him into attending the bachelor party.)
calumny
(n.) an attempt to spoil someone else’s reputation by spreading lies
(The local official’s calumny ended up ruining his opponent’s prospect of winning the election.)
capricious
(adj.) subject to whim, fickle
(The young girl’s capricious tendencies made it difficult for her to focus on achieving her goals.)
clemency
(n.) mercy
(After he forgot their anniversary, Martin could only beg Maria for clemency.)
cogent
(adj.) intellectually convincing
(Irene’s arguments in favor of abstinence were so cogent that I could not resist them.)
concomitant
(adj.) accompanying in a subordinate fashion

-Occurring or existing concurrently; attendant. See synonyms at contemporary.
(His dislike of hard work carried with it a concomitant lack of funds.)
conflagration
(n.) great fire
(The conflagration consumed the entire building.)
contrite
(adj.) penitent, eager to be forgiven
(Blake’s contrite behavior made it impossible to stay angry at him.)