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assuage(v)
lessen the severity of. to ease/ make more bearible
unsullied (adj)
clean; free from stains or impurities
taciturn (adj)
not speaking freely; quiet; uncommunicative
vapid (adj)
lacking spirit, liveliness or zest; dull or boring; bland
malevolent (adj)
evil-wishing, desire to hurt others
predilection (n)
preference, leaning towards
nebulous (adj)
cloudy, hazey, indistinct, more than one interpretation; unclear
morification (n)
embarrassment, humiliation
sojourner (n)
a traveler/ one who is a temporary resident
iniquities (n)
sin, grossly (large) immoral act, wickedness
fraught (Adv)
to be filled with accompanied by. "it was fraught with..."
fractious (adj)
wild, irritable, uncontrallable, stubborn
disapprobation (n)
disaproval
judicious (adj)
good judgement, fair, sensible
auspicious (adj)
promising, promising a favorable outcome
abominable (adj)
horrid, not acceptable, detestible
gothic n/adj
1) savage or uncivilized, mysterious
2)gothic architecture, grotesque
pestilence (n)
a disease that's epidemic, that can cause death
tacit (adj)
conveying indirectly without words or speech, implicit, unstated, implied
benevolence (n)
charitable nature, goodwill, kindness
gape (v)
gaze in wonder or surprise
edification (n)
instruction (moral or spiritual) which will help your character
cleave (v)
1) to split, break apart, seperate
aberration (n)
deviation from what's normal or standard
perpetrate(v)
to carry out something against the law
guilessness (n)
to be natural, to be without dishonesty, without tickery or deception; to be innocent
obstreperous (adj)
refusing or neglecting to obey; loud mouthed, voisterous
invective (n)
coarse, insulting, **abusive language**
ruthless (adj)
having no pity, merciless
apoplectic (adj)
looks like about to have a stroke
(take) umbrage (n)
offence, resentment
philippic (n)
tyrade, speech full of bitter condemnation (put down)
palliative(n)
to ease without curing. treats symptoms, but doesn't cure disease.
"sudafed is a palliative"
viscous(adj)
thick, sticky, slowmoving, adhears to
tedious(adj)
boring, long, tiresome. doing repetitive things. lacking liveliness
giddy(adj)
silly, light hearted
prerogative(n)
special right or priveledge, based on status
venue(n)
place, where illeged things take place
ramshackle(adj)
shakey or near collapse
elucidate(v)
to clarify, to explain
dispel(v)
to clear away, scatter (ideas only)
corroborate (V)
to support with evidence, to confirm
acrimonious(adj)
harshness of language or feelings, angry, sharp, irrate
tenet(n)
principle of belief, opinions, beliefs
mollify(v)
to pacify, to sooth in temper, to placate
malarky/malarkey (n)
nonsense or exadgeration
expunge(v)
to erase, to blot out
arid(adj/n)
dry, waterless, devoid of mousture (boring?)
enormity(n)
-huge size
-great wickedness, evil
mitigate(v)
to ease/lessen the severity of, **to relieve**
temerity(n)
nerve, boldness
"you had the temerity to do that to me?"
demur(v)
to hesitate, to object to
furtive(adj)
sneaky, sly, done in secret
"furtive as a fox"
aggravate(v)
-heighten or magnify the intensity of
-to annoy, cause displeasure, irritate
squalor(n)
not a person of great integrity
(ewells)
recluse n/adj
secluded, solitary, withdrawn from society (hermit)
alleged(adj)
to assert without proof, questionable, **supposed**
"the alleged murderer"
spurious(adj)
-not recognized legally to have the same rights, not genuine
-not genuine, authentic or true
proffer(v)
to offer, to present for acceptance
specious(adj/n)
false, inaccurate, incorrect
efflorescence(n)
act of flowering, blooming, growing up
effulgence(n)
great brightness, radiance, brilliance
omen(n)
a sign or warning for the future
strident(adj)
disagreeable to the ear
eccentric(adj)
out of the center, odd in behavior, bizarre, strange
toy(v)
to triffle with, to play with, to behave without serious intent
"to toy with someones emotions"
arrogance(n)
pride, showing an offensive sense of superiority
suffuse(v)
to spread over or through, infuse, to introduce one thing into another so as to change or affect it (chem)
immure(v)
to be caged in, to be enclosed
hiatus(n)
a gap, a break in continuity
ebullience(n)
lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts or feelings, exuberance, enthusiastic
officious(adj)
volunteering ones services unnecessarily, impurtenance
contemptuously(adv)
despisingly, disdainfully, disparagingly, scornfully - feeling or expressing contempt
vicissitudes(n)
irregular, unexpected, or surprising change (ups and downs of life)
inscrutable(adj)
being beyond one's power to discover, understand or explain - can't understand; mysterious, enigmatic
abyss(n)
bottomless pit; immeasurable void; hell
contrite(adj)
motivated by remorse; remorseful, apologetic
belligerence(n)
action or an attitude that is walike or produces a fight; attack, aggression, combativeness; pugnacious
detritus(n)
rock fragments
errant(adj)
1)erratic, devious, stray, wandering (moving without a fixed course
2)deviating from an accepted pattern or standard
3) fallible, faulty (inclined to error)
effigy(n)
a likeness of a person or image of a person
tremulous(adj)
trembling or quaking; shivering
diffident(adj)
shy, backward, bashful, coy, demure, timid
incredulity(n)
attitude or state of mind of one who does not believe; ***disbelief***, doubt
obtuse(adj)
1)slow witted
lacking sharpness of edge or point; dull
propitiatingly(adv)
to allay anger; pacifying, placate, -win the foacor of; prevent or ruduce the anger of
truculently(adv)
savagely; threateningly or bullying; fierce or cruel - belligerently
incantation(n)
use of spoken or sung charms or spells as a magic ritual
talisman(n)
a charm, amulet to ward off evil
intimate(v)
hint at, suggest
stipend(n)
fixed sum of money that you're given for a specific purpose(usually)
irresolute(adj)
unfirm, undetermined
robot(n)
a traffic light
behoove(V)
necessary, proper
obscure(adj)
not readily percieved or understood; vague, cryptic
desolate(adj)
deserted
abandoned or alone
falter(v)
-walk unsteadily, totter
-hesitate, weaken
bereaved(adj)
mourning, suffering of the loss/death of a loved one
menace (v/n)
(v) - to threaten
(n) - the threat
vacillate(v)
waver, go up and down, sway
tenacious(adj)
"stick-to-it-iveness" tending to adhear, persistant
rapture(n)
state of: ecstacy/ being carried away by overwhelming emotion
smote(v)
kill, strike or injure
humility(n)
not arrogant, modest, meek
prodigal(adj)
spending extravagantly, wasting
repent(v)
to regret
distraught(adj)
agitated, insane, crazed
succour(adj)
to provide aid, help, provide releif (with love and care)
comply(v)
to conform or adapt to the rules/wishes of others
absolve(v)
to set free from obligation, to clear from blame; aquit
implicate(v)
to suggest, to imply
forlorn(adj)
sad, lonely, lost
toils(n)
work, labor
bereft(adj)
suffering from the loss of a loved one
intimidate(v)
to fighten, or to control by threats, to terrorize
complicity(n)
participation or association (with a wrongful act)
extenuating(adj)
lessen the seirousness of by giving partial excusses, to thin out
constraint(n)
a force by imposed limits
-one is being checked by ones own beliefs
escarpment(n)
steep slope
beseech(v)
ask, beg
prostrate(adj)
lying down, reclined (on ground)
wattles(n)
loose flesh hanging down the neck (like a turkey)
inveigle(v)
lure, persuade by flattering
capacious(adj)
spacious, roomy
cupola(n)
rounded roof or dome
specters(n)
ghosts or spirits
prodigy(n)
-someone who has exceptional talents or powers
-great in size, force, or appetite
rhetoric(n)
art of written persuasion, persuasive writing
invincible(adj)
unbeatable
inane(adj)
empty
catacomb(n)
tunnels, chambers, cripts, underground barial places
inured(adj)
to become accustomed to soemthing that is usually undesirable (usually physical)
insidious(adj)
trechorous, seductive, **hidden**
enmity(n)
mutual hate/hatrid, enemy
effulgence(n)
great brightness
decalogue(n)
binding laws
idiosyncrasy(n)
peculiarity, distinctive characteristic
sinecure(adj)
an easy job that pays well (vice prez)
salient(adj)
prominent physical feature on a person/ landscape
impinge(v)
to strick or collide with (figuritively)
to infringe upon
rank(n)
1)growing at an immoderate rate 2)covered with growth or herbage 3)obscene language 4)conspicuously bad, gross 5)smelly, putrid 6)to put in order 7)class or status 8)classified by order
plausible(adj)
believable, reasonable
provoke(v)
1)to excite, anger or annoy 2) disturb 3)promote activity 4)to lead someone into doing something
sanctity(n)
holiness
grotesque(adj)
fantastic, bizzare, strange
made without reference to reality
sentenciousness(n)
state of spiritual soundness, devoit
gibe(v) [pronounced "jibe"]
mock, ridicule, **taunt**
cacophony(n)
harsh noise (strident)
holocaust(n)
great destruction, destruction by fire,
guile(n/adj)
sly, artful, astute, crafty, cunning