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usurping
to take (powers, rights, position etc.) by force
comprehensive
thorough
ambiguous
having more than one possible meaning
felicitous
well chosen for occasion
introspective
contemplative
intricacy
complex, detailed
accentuate
to emphasize
provocative
stimulating
rhetorical
the effective use of words
vernacular
the native language or dialect of a country or region
ferocity
fierce
incongruous
not appropriate
despicable
vile
protagonist
the main character in a story or play
dissolute
very wicked
allegory
a symbolic story in which people settings, or actions represent ideas or moral qualities
misanthrope
an individual who dislikes or distrusts other human beings
terse
breif and to the point
conjecture
an opinion without proof
prologue
introductory lines of a play
symposium
a meeting for discussing a particular subject
foreshadow
to give warning of
scrutinizing
to examine closely
evasive
misleading
infer
to conclude on the basis of reasoning or observation
lucid
clear
perpetuates
ongoing
evoke
to call forth
epithet
a descriptive name
laudable
praiseworthy
novice
a beginner
banter
playful teasing
connotation
the suggested implied meaning of a word
nostalgic
having longing for things in the past
stipend
salary or allowence
affluent
wealthy
reiterated
to repeat
embellish
to decorate
brevity
briefness
imbibes
to drink in or absorb
anagram
a word or phrase formed from anothr word or phrase by changing the order of the letters
goad
driving cattle
noncommittal
non committing to any one position or course of action
assertion
the act of declaring something
quixotic
impractically idealistic
coherent
logically connected
fulminate
to talk or argue violently
proboscis
the long snout of an animal
inexplicable
impossible to explain or understand
surmise
to guess or suppose
climatic
of the highest point
fidelity
loyalty, faithfulness
anecdotes
a brief, entertaining account of an interesting incident
staunch
to check the flow of blood
prodigies
a person with extrodinary talents
forte
a strong point
epilogues
a short concluding section at the end of a literary work
stigma
a mark of shame; a stain
hypochondriac
a person suffering from abnormal anxiety about his or her health
extemporaneous
little or no preparation
subservient
obedient
rudiments
rules
gibes
to make mocking remarks
bumptious
conceited and arrogant
repartee
a quick, witty reply
consonant
in agreement
satiate
to satisfy
sanction
permission or approval
vivacious
animated
cited
to quote
comely
attractive
miscreant
a villain
flaunt
to show off
erroneous
false
decadence
decay
stereotypes
a generalized, oversimplified view or opinion
pretentious
claiming an undeserved distinction
ostentatious
too showy
hypercritical
too severe in judgment
irascible
easily angered
shrew
nagging woman
lucrative
profitable
garrulous
talking too much about unimportant things
abridged
to condense
verbose
wordy
invokes
to call upon a higher power for assistence
finality
the quality or condition of being complete
impromptu
without pervious thought or preparation
supercilious
showing scorn and haughtiness
emendations
a correction
intangible
not capable of being touched
idiomatic
characteristic of a particular language
expletives
an oath or exclamation
affable
friendly
bolstered
to support
reciprocates
to give, do, or take in return
wistful
full of longing
furor
rage
subterfuge
a trick, excuse, or deception used to escape something unpleasant