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acerbate
to irritate or annoy
acerbic
sharp or bitter in mood, tempor, or expression
acedia
spiritual indifference: APATHY
quiescent
at rest, in a state of repose, still, inactive
passel
a large number: a group
glaucous
of a pale yellow-green color
Ogygian
ancient, primeval
hexapod
an insect
liaise
establish communication for purposes of mutual understanding
inchoate
in an early stage, imperfectly formed or developed
ingenuous
lacking sophistication, straghtforward and frank, candid
anathema
a thing or person greatly detested
condign
deserved, suitable
contumacy
insubordinate opposition to authority: stubbornness
coruscate
to give off flashes of light: sparkle: glitter
countervail
to make up for: compensate
deciduous
shedding leaves annually
deign
to condescend to give

"I would not DEIGN to comment on such disgusting behavior."
diaphanous
so fine or gauzy in texture as to be transparent or translucent
dilapidated
broken down: shabby: neglected
dirge
a funereal hymn
discombobulate
to upset the composure of: disconcert
dissertation
a formal and lengthy discourse or treatise on some subject
divination
a successful guess: a clever conjecture
doddering
shaky, tottering, senile
doggerel
a trivial, poorly constructed verse: a jingle
cur
a mongrel, a cowardly person
dolorous
marked by excessive sorrow or pain
dolabriform
shaped like the head of an axe
doggery
ill-tempered behavior
hagiography
1. biography of saints
2. a worshipful or idealizing biography
ersatz

(adj)
being an artificial, usually inferior substitute
invective
harsh or abusive language
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm and in high spirit
echelon
any of the levels of responsibility or importance in an organization
effectuate
to bring about, to cause to happen
effrontery
unashamed boldness, impudence, audacity, presumption
emanate
to emit, come forth, issue, as from a source
eminence
a high or lofty place
emulate
to try to equal or surpass, to rival successfully
encapsulate
to put in concise form, condense
equable
not varying or fluctuating much
equivocal
having two or more meanings, purposely vague, misleading, ambiguous
esoteric
beyond the understanding or knowledge of most people, understood only by a particular group
evanescent
tending to fade from sight: vanishing: ephemeral
exiguous
scanty, meager
exonerate

(v.)
free from guilt
eructation
the act of belching: a belch
disquisition
a formal discourse on a subject
rejoinder
an answer or reply
tatterdemalion
one wearing ragged or tattered clothing: RAGAMUFFIN
octogenarian

(adj, n.)
being between 80 and 90 years old
lepidote
covered with small scurfy scales
leptosome

(lep-tuh-sOm)
a person with a slender, thin, or frail body
lagniappe

(lan-yap)
a small gift presented by a store owner to a customer who has made a purchase; an extra or unexpected gift or benefit
sere

<SEER>
dry, withered
heterodox
differing from the acknowledged standard, unorthodox, holding unorthodox doctrines or beliefs
acclimate
to become accustomed to a new environment or situation
abrogate
to cancel or repeal by authority
abscess
a swollen and inflamed area of body tissue
abscond
to hastily escape, make away with something
accentuate
to emphasize, heighten the effect of
acrid
sharp, bitter, stinging, irritating to the taste or smell
admonition
a mild rebuke, a reprimand
afflatus
a creative impulse: inspiration
entelechy
1. actuality as distinguished from potentiality

2. a vital force urging an organism to self-perfection in some philosophical systems
agnate
related to or descended from the male or father's side: from a common source: AKIN
antithesis
a contract or opposition to

"Love is the ANTITHESIS of hate."
asceticism
self-discipline, self-denial, and austerity
avuncular
of, like, or in the relationship of an uncle
bailiwick
one's particular area of authority, activity, interest
cainotophobia
abnormal fear of newness
cachinate
<kak in AT>
to laugh loudly or convulsively
cadence
balanced, rhythmic flow, as of prose or oratory
catalepsy
muscular rigidity and lack of awareness of environment
contemptuous
full of contempt, scornful, disdainful
confabulation
informal chit-chat
factitious
forced or artificial
fastidious
meticulously attentive to detail: excessively scrupulous: difficult to please: having complicated requirements
febrifuge
any substance for reducing fever
felicitous
yielding great pleasure or happiness
firmament
the sky, the expanse of the heavens
fissure
a separation or division: a schism: split
fixative
something that is able to make permanent: a substance to prevent fading
flippant
marked by disrespectful levity or indifference
foppery
the actions or dress of a vain person
fractious
apt to cause trouble: UNRULY
fuliginous
full of smoke or soot
gambol
to frolic, jump and skip about in play
garrulous
talking too much: loquacious
gimlet
a cocktail made with vodka and lime
grandiloquent
using high-flown, pompous, bombastic words and expressions
grizzled
gray, streaked with gray, made gray
guileless
candid, frank, open, free from deceit
hegemony
leadership or dominance, esp. that of one state or nation over others
hydrophyte
a plant growing only in water or very wet earth
heterotaxis
an abormal structural arrangement
hyperbolize
to exaggerate
hypercatalexis
the addition of one or more syllables more than the normal number in a verse or metric line
hymeneal
1. of or relating to a marriage or wedding: NUPTIAL

2. a wedding song or poem
hylozoism
the philosophical doctrine that life is a property of matter, that life and matter are inseparable, or that matter possesses a spiritual component
hypogeal
located beneath the earth's surface: UNDERGROUND
hypostatize
to symbolize a concept in a material form: to ascribe material existence to
hyposthenia
abnormal weakness
hypopnea
abnormally slow and shallow breathing
hypnophobia
abnormal fear of sleeping
hypotrophy
less-than-normal growth
hypochondria
the persistent neurotic conviction that one is ill or is likely to become ill, often involving experiences of actual pain, when illness is neither present nor likely
ignominy
1. disgraceful or shameful action, conduct, or character

2. great personal humiliation or dishonor
idolater
one who worships idols, one who blindly or excessively adores a person or thing
illicit
not permitted by custom or law: UNLAWFUL
impasse
a deadlock: a difficult situation offering no practical escape
impecunious
having no money, poor
impertinent
not showing proper respect or manners
impetuous
marked by sudden energy or emotion: IMPULSIVE
impetus
something that incites: STIMULUS, a driving force
impious
irreverent: lacking proper respect
impervious
not capable of being affected, not capable of being penetrated, not permeable
implication
something implied: an indirect indication
incandescent
shining brilliantly
incongruous
lacking harmony or agreement
incumbent
currently in office
indiscreet
lacking discretion: injudicious
indiscrete
not divided into separate parts: UNIFIED
indoctrinate
to teach to accept a system of thought uncritically
indomitable
not easily discouraged
ineffable
1. beyond expression: INDESCRIBABLE

2. not to be uttered: taboo
indurate
to make hard, to harden, to become firmly established or fixed
infundibuliform
funnel-shaped
infirmity
physical debilitation: frailty: weakness
iniquitous
marked by wickedness: SINFUL
inimical
hostile: unfriendly: ADVERSE
inscrutable
difficult to understand: ENIGMATIC
insidious
designed to entrap: TREACHEROUS, beguiling but harmful: SEDUCTIVE
insensate
unconscious: lacking sensation: INANIMATE
insinuate
to introduce by sly or artful means: TO HINT AT
inveigh
to protest angrily: RAIL
inveigle
to leadon with deception: to win over with guile
iridescent
having or showing shifting color changes
jettison
to throw some goods overboard in order to lighten the load of a ship or airplane in an emergency
lassitude
the state of being weary, tired, and listless
lapidarian
cut in or inscribed in stone
legation
a diplomatic mission ranking below an embassy
liaison
a channel of communication or connection between two distinct groups
luminary
a notable or famous person
lobscouse
a sailor's stew made of meats, vegetables, and hardtack
lyncean
sharp-sighted
Lysenkoism
the biological doctrine of Trofim Lysenko that maintains the possibility of inheriting environmentally acquired characteristics
maculate
to spot, blemish, or pollute
macula
a spot, stain, or blemish
macrocosm
the entire world: UNIVERSE
malapropism
ludicrous misuse of a word
malaise
a vague feeling of depression or illness
malinger
to pretend to be ill or injured in order to avoid responsibilities or work
providential
of or resulting from divine direction or superintendence
bibelot
a small decorative object without practical utility, a trinket
gallimaufry
a medley, a hodgepodge
fructuous
fruitful, productive
nonage
a period of youth or immaturitys
sotto voce
spoken low in an undertone, as not to be heard