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(v) to find fault in a petty way; (n) a trivial objection or criticism
cavil
(n) a weak point, failing, minor flaw
foible
(v) to toughen, harden, to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
inure
(adj) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obsequious
(adj)having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial, determined, resolute
peremptory
(adj) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
sporadic
(adj) completely surrounding, encompassing
ambient
(adj) delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory; (n) an appealing or appetizing food or dish
delectable
(adj) drawn from different sources; (n) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
eclectic
(adj)beyond influence; relentless, unyielding
inexorable
(adj) burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
onerous
(v) to ger rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; to remove that chaff from the wheat by blowing air on it; to blow on, fan
winnow
(adj) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty
aesthetic
(adj) marked by a persistent absence of good luck
hapless
(v) to insert between other parts of things; to present as an addition or correction
interpolate
(adj) concise, using few words
laconic
(adj) done in a superifical or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
perfunctory
(v) to make suitable repayment, as for kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate
requite
(adj) extremely difficult to understand
abstruse
(adj) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
captious
(v) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something; condescend
deign
(v) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence, assume form
engender
(adj) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
incongruous
(n) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
opprobrium
(n) trickery, deceptive practices or tactics, double-dealing
chicanery
(n) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of a harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute
euphemism
(adj) about to happen, threatening
imminent
(adj) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
loath
(adj) clear, evident to the eyes or mind; (v) to show plainly, exhibit, evince;(n) a list of cargo and/or passengers
manifest
(n) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
nostrum
(n)a difference of opinion; discontent
dissidence
(adj) sacred of such a character that it must not be broken, injured, or profaned
inviolable
(adj)just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence
nascent
(v) to foreshadow or point to a future event; to predict; (n)a warning or indication of the future
presage
(n) uprightness, righteousness; correctness
rectitude
(v) to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to presist or continue
subsist
(n) something added to something else as helpful or useful but not essential; an assistant or helper; a valuable quality or characteristic; (adj) added or connected in a subordinate capacity; attached to a faculty or staff in a auxiliary capacity
adjunct
(adj)lacking in wholesome vigor or energy; worn-out or exhausted; sterile or unable to produce; out-of-date
effete
(adj) narrow-minded and rigid, especially in opinions or prejudices; stubbornly and unthinkingly conservative
hidebound
(adj)offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious
noisome
(n)a base coward
poltroon
(n)good-humored ridicule; teasing
raillery
(v)to give notice to; inform; advise
apprise
(adj)of or pertaining to alms, charity, or charitable donations; charitable;derived from or provided by charity;dependent on or supported by charity
eleemosynary
(adj)suggestive of or tending to cause tears; mournful;given to shedding tears readily; tearful.
lachrymose
(v)to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy;to make obscure or unclear;to darken.
obfuscate
(adj)cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident;reddish; ruddy
sanguine
(n)the appearance or semblance of truth; likelihood; probability;something, as an assertion, having merely the appearance of truth.
verisimilitude
(v) to remove material considered offensive (from a book, play, film, etc.)
bowdlerize
(n)an enclosed district, region, or area inhabited by a particular group of people or having a special character
enclave
(n) a small, narrow space between things or parts of things
interstice
(adj)concerned with practical considerations or values;dealing with actions and results rather than with abstract theory
pragmatic
(n) a formal split within a religious organization; any division or separation of a group or organization into hostile factions
schism
(n) a brilliant performer; a person with masterly skill or technique;(adj)masterly or brilliant
virtuoso