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tumult (N)


a tumult of shouting and screaming broke out
A loud, confused noise, esp. one caused by a large mass of people
extricate (V)

he was trying to extricate himself from official duties
Free (someone or something) from a constraint or difficulty
brusque (ADJ)

she could be brusque and impatient
Abrupt or offhand in speech or manner
wizened (ADJ)

a wizened, weather-beaten old man
Shriveled or wrinkled with age
incessant (ADJ)

the incessant beat of the music
(of something regarded as unpleasant) Continuing without pause or interruption
debase (V)

the love episodes debase the dignity of the drama
Reduce (something) in quality or value; degrade
preclude (V)

the secret nature of his work precluded official recognition
Prevent from happening; make impossible
abdicate (V)

in 1918 Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated as German emperor
(of a monarch) Renounce one's throne
motley (ADJ)

a motley crew of discontents and zealots
Incongruously varied in appearance or character; disparate
bedizen (ADJ)

in an attempt to increase the houses' value, it was quickly and bedizenly decorated
decorate tastelessly
bemoan (V)

single women bemoaning the absence of men
Express discontent or sorrow over (something)
affable (ADJ)

an affable and agreeable companion
Friendly, good-natured, or easy to talk to
monolithic (ADJ)

rejecting any move toward a monolithic European superstate
(of an organization or system) Large, powerful, and intractably indivisible and uniform
succor (N)

prisoners of war were liberated and succored
Give assistance or aid to
chicanery )N)

an underhanded person who schemes corruption and political chicanery behind closed doors
The use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose
pragmatist (N)

as a teacher, she was a pragmatist and handled things calmly
a person who takes a practical approach to problems and is concerned primarily with the success or failure of her actions
requiem (N)

he designed the epic as a requiem for his wife
(esp. in the Roman Catholic Church) A Mass for the repose of the souls of the dead
annals (N)

- eighth-century Northumberland annals
A record of events year by year
snuffle (V)

Alice was weeping quietly, snuffling a little
Breathe noisily through the nose due to a cold or crying
filibuster (N)

- it was defeated by a Senate filibuster in June
An action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures
tenuous (ADJ)

he tenuous link between interest rates and investment
Very weak or slight
clandestine (ADJ)

she deserved better than these clandestine meetings
Kept secret or done secretively, esp. because illicit
knave (N)

Prof Snape is a knave
A dishonest or unscrupulous man
archipelago (N)

the Florida Key's are an archipelago
A sea or stretch of water containing many islands
incommodious (ADJ)

Her sprained ankle was an incommodious nuisance
Causing inconvenience or discomfort
tiller (N)

Tony was a the back of the boat manning the tiller
A horizontal bar fitted to the head of a boat's rudder post and used as a lever for steering
concatenate (V)

some words may be concatenated, such that certain sounds are omitted
Link (things) together in a chain or series
pedantic (ADJ)

Dr. Reed is pedantic over many trivial facts
academic: marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects
carapace (N)

The turtle's carapace was painted by the children
The hard upper shell of a turtle or crustacean
append (V)

the results of the survey are appended to this chapter
Add (something) as an attachment or supplement
voracious (ADJ)

he had a voracious appetite
Wanting or devouring great quantities of food
yokel (ADJ)

Growing up in Fowler, he never attended college, thus he was a yokel
An uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside
hackles (N)

off-road vehicles have long raised the hackles of environmentalists
The hairs on the back of a person's neck, thought of as being raised when the person is angry or hostile
regicide (N)

They plotted regicide against King Robert
The action of killing a king
badinage (N)

- cultured badinage about art and life
Humorous or witty conversation
grouse (V)

she heard him grousing about his assistant
Complain pettily; grumble
trenchant (ADJ)

she heard angry voices, not loud, yet certainly trenchant
Vigorous or incisive in expression or style