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camaraderie
rapport and goodwill
frangible
fragile; easy to break
litany
any long, repetitive, or dull recital
moratorium
a suspension oc activity; an authorized delay
zealous
fervent; fanatical
desiccate
to dry out; to remove moisture
wrenching
causing mental or physical pain
replete
full; abundant
interminable
tiresome and long; seemingly endless
arable
suitable for cultivation of land
lugubrious
mournful, gloomy
truncate
to shorten
ubiquitous
occuring everywhere; omnipresent
vernacular
everday language
equanimity
composure; calmness
metamorphosis
a transformation or dramatic change
donnybrook
a fight; an uproar
nonchalant
unconcerned; indifferent
vestige
a trace or evidence of something that once existed
interlocutor
someone who participates in a conversation
procrustean
disregarding individual differences or circumstances
stygian
dark and forbidding
sophistry
a deliberately deceptive or misleading argument
carte blanche
boundless authority; unlimited power to act
incantation
a chant; a recited magical spell
cosmopolitan
worldy, sophisticated
rife
abundant; prevalent
nomenclature
technical names or naming system in an art or science
brigand
a robber or bandit
contemptuous
haughty, scornful
scapegoat
one who bears the blame for an offense
peremptory
not allowing refusal or dely; imperative
atelier
an artist or designer's workshop
axiom
a universal truth; an established rule
dulcet
melodious; pleasing to the ear
usurp
to take over; to seize power
patronizing
treating with condenscension; acting superior
iniquity
an evil or wicked act
archaic
no longer current or applicable; antiquated
vacillate
to waver; to sway indecisively
perspicacious
keen, mentally sharp
abstemious
using or consuming sparingly
talisman
a magical charm or superstitious object for protection or luck
expurgate
to remove vulgar or objectionable material
pellucid
transparent; clear
efficacious
effective; producing the desired outcome
catharsis
a release of emotional tension
inundate
to overwhelm; to fill beyond capacity
revere
to regard with respect, awe, adoration
internecine
mutually destructive
risible
relating to laughter; laughable
sybaritic
marked by luxury or pleasure
crepuscular
pertaining to twilight
kudos
acclaim or praise
extrange
to alienate
intrinsic
of or rrelating to a thing's basic nature; inherent
maxim
an established principle; a truth or rule of conduct
putrid
rotten and foul smelling
servile
submissive, slavish
apocryphal
of questionable authenticity
consernation
alarming dismey or concern
anomaly
a deviation from the norm; an odd or peculiar occurrence
vitriolic
harsh in tone, bitterly critical
preamble
a preliminary statement; an introduction
coterie
a small group of people who share interests and meet frequently
expiate
to make amends for
compendium
a list or collection of items
comprise
to include or consist of; contain
eidetic
pertaining to extraordinarily detailed and vivid recall
innocuous
harmless
foist
to pass of as genuine or valuable
plethora
an abundance; excess
flippancy
disrespect
incongruous
incompatible; unsuitable for the situation
disconcert
to frustrate; confuse
sectarian
narrowly confined to a particular group
peregrination
travel by walking
accoutrement
an accessory item of dress or equipment
contrive
to plan cleverly; to devise
hubris
overbearing pride; arrogance
platitude
an obvious remark; a cliche
venerate
to respect or revere
scullion
a servant for menial tasks
quotidian
everyday; commonplace
prognosticate
to predict according to present indications
antediluvian
extremely old; antiquated
stringent
restrictive; imposing demanding standards
haughty
condescendingly proud; arrogant
sanctimonious
showing false piety or righteousness
imbroglio
a difficult and embarrassing situation
gibberish
nonsense; unintelligible speech
inimical
unfriendly; hostile
nexus
a link, tie, or bond
coeval
of the same time period
dilatory
tending to delay or procrastinate
convoluted
complicated; intricate
entreat
to earnestly request or petition
anecdote
a short account of an incident
incumbent
obligatory; necessary
churlish
boorish or vulgar
promulgate
to announce; to make known
staid
showing dignity
livid
extremely angry
lurid
shocking; explicit
cogent
convincing; reasonable
pander
to exploit weaknesses of others; to cater to the vices of others
otiose
useless; futile
puerile
childish; juvenile
aleatory
dependent on luck or chance
asperity
roughness or harshness; severity
renunciation
rejection; refusal to acknowledge
unimpeachable
unquestionable; beyond doubt
inveigh
to disapprove angrily; to protest
lionize
to assign great social importance to; to treat as a celebrity
allay
to relieve; to alleviate
vitiate
to corrupt morally; to contaminate
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant; showing opposition
exegesis
an explanation of a text; a critical interpretation
ameliorate
to make better; to improve
profligate
wasteful and immoral
provocative
tending to excite or stimulate
bumpkin
an unsophisticated, akward person
toady
a person who flatters for personal gain
culpable
deserving blame or condemnation; guilty
hortatory
encouraging; inciting
penultimate
next to last
orotund
full and rich in sound (in speech)
blith
carefree and lighthearted
soporific
tending to induce sleep
pervasive
permeatinggg; spreading thru out
benign
beneficial; favorable
frenetic
wildy excited
recrimination
a counter accusation
indecorous
lacking good taste; improper
corroborate
to strengthen by adding evidence
majordomo
a chief butler or assistant
untenable
impossible to defend or justify
perambulate
to walk about; to stroll
veneer
a thin, attractive layer that conceals something common or coarse
timorous
timid
luminous
emitting light
circuitous
indirect; roundabout
perquisite
a tip or payment in addition to regular wages
probity
confirmed integrity; respetability
polemical
relating to controversy or argument
tacit
indicated but not expressed; implied silently
largesse
generosity
indolent
lazy
circumlocution
the use of unnecessarily wordy or evasive language
depredate
to plunder and pillage
candard
a deliberately misleading story
wont
likely
etymology
the history of a word; the study of word origin
cortege
a group of attendants; a retinue
solecism
a deviateion or error in speech, manners, or deeds
demotic
relating to ordinary people
simian
related to or resembling an ape or monkey
impresario
an entertainment producer or manager
requisite
required; necessary
bulwark
a defenssive wall or embankment
malaise
vague bodily or emotional discomfort or uneasiness
disingenuous
insincere; calculating
crescendo
a gradual increase in intensity, force, or volume
intransigent
uncompromising; refusing to moderate
dogged
unrelenting; persistent
propensity
a tendency
condescending
displaying superiority; patronizing
compunction
an uneasiness caused by guilt; a qualm
sepulcher
a tomb or burial chamber
bellicose
warlike in manner; inclined to fight
pulchritude
physical beauty
wizened
shriveled or withered from age or illness
raphsodize
to express oneself enthusiastically
physiognomy
facial features
voluble
talkative
revel
to enjoy; to take pleasure in
umbrage
feeling of offense; resentment
epiphany
a revelation; a sudden knowledge or insight
assiduous
diligent; persistent
panacea
a cure-all; a remedy for all diseases
iiimplicate
to invovle or connect unfavorably
analgesic
a medication to reduce or eliminate pain
turpitude
wickedness; vileness
discretionary
left to one's own judgement
flummox
to confuse; to perplex
unpalatable
unpleasant to the taste or the mind
histrionics
exaggerated emotional behavior
draconian
extremely harsh; very severe
noisome
disgusting; offensive to the senses
punctilious
attentive to details in conduct or action
veritable
authentic; genuine
florid
rosy or re din color
fractious
unruly; disruptive
moribund
near death; about to die
conflagration
a large, destructive fire
protege
a person under the guidance or training of another
indiscernible
difficult or impossible to discern or perceive
virulent
extremely infectious or poisonous
phlegmatic
calm and unemotional
artisan
a skilled manual worker; a craftsperson
reciprocate
to give in response to receiving something
tenable
retionally defensible
boondoggle
an unnecessary, wasteful work or project
curmudgeon
a stubborn, ill tempered person
moiety
a portion or part of something
inculcate
to impress upon or teach someone by reptition
fidicuary
relating to the governing of property or estate on behalf of others
repugnant
offensive; replusive
opprobrium
disgrace; extreme dishonor
potentate
a monarch; one who has great power
prominent
very noticeable or obvious
autonomy
independence
gustatory
relating to the sense of taste
chthonian
pertaining to the underworld
extirpate
to root out or eradicate; to destroy completely
coagulate
to change or be changed form liquid into a thickened or solid moass
puissance
power; might
appellation
name, title, or designation
peripatetic
traveling, especially by foot
misanthrope
one who hates or mistrusts humankind
tutelary
pertaining to guardianship
scion
descendant; heir
jurisprudence
the science, pphilosophy, and application of the law
supercilious
contemptuous; arrogant
malevolent
having ill-will; wishing harm; evil