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Failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
Abortive
to spread news, reports or unsubstantiated rumors
Bruit
insolent or rude in speach or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
Contumelious
a short saying; and authoritative statement
Dictum
to settle comfortable and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
Ensconce
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
Iconoclastic
in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
In Medias Res
mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
Internecine
lacking skill or dexterity; macking tact, perception, or judgment
Maladroit
excessively or effusively sentimental
Maudlin
to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
Modulate
forchadowing and event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
Portentous
knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
Prescience
something given in exchange or return for something else
Quid Pro Quo
conductive to health of well-being; wholesome
Salubrious
characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
Saturnalian
a means of testing worth or genuineness
Touchstone
so shocking to the emotions as to lasting and substanial psycological damage
Traumatic
to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
Vitiate
fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll
Waggish
a state of being temporarily inactive, suspended, or set aside
Abeyance
having opposite and conflicting feelings about someone or something
Ambivalent
to set upon from all sides; to surround with an army; to trouble, harass
Beleaguer
full freedom or authority to act at one's own discretion
Carte Blanche
a sudden, violent, or devestating upheaval; a surging flood, deluge
Cataclysm
to corrupt morally, seduce; to indulge in dissipation; an act or occasion of dissipation or vice
Debauch
dazzling or conspicuous success or acclaim; great brilliance (of performace or achievement)
Eclat
overly demanding or hard to please; excessively careful in regard to details; easily disgusted
Fastidious
to jump or skip about playfully
Gambol
to soak or stain thoroughly; to fill the mind
Imbue
just beginning; not fully shaped or formed
Inchoate
malicious satire; to satirize, ridicule
Lampoon
capable of being formed into different shapes; capable of being altered, adapted, or influenced
Malleable
and agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
Nemesis
to make a choice or decision
Opt
lacking in, hostile to, or smugly indifferent to cultural and artistic values or refinements; such a person
Phillistine
involving or characteristic of clever rogues or adventurers
Picaresque
nauseated or uneasy; causing neusea or uneasiness; trouble
Queasy
stubbourn; hard or difficult to manage; not responsive to treatment or cure
Refractory
the ability to say and do the right thing in any siuation; social competence
Savoir-faire
a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal; a lapse from a sound mental state
Aberration
for this specific purpose; improvised; with respect to this
Ad Hoc
the course or cause of fatal injury, death, destruction, or ruin; death or ruin iiself; poison
Bane
the intrusion of commonplace or trite material into a context whose tone is lofty or elevated; grossly insincere or exaggerated sentimentality; the lowest phase, nadir; an anticlimax, comedown
Bathos
ill-tempered, quarrelsome; difficult to get along or deal with
Cantankerous
the determination of right and wron in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles; specious argument, disengenuous, fault, intellectually dishonest reasoning or arguing; pretending to be naive
Casuistry
actually existing or in effect, although not legally required or sanctioned; in reality, actually
De Facto
the act of preying upon or plundering
Depredation
a sympathetic understanding of or indentification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of someone or something else
Empathy
a forerunner, herald; to herald the approach of
Harbinger
the belief that the attainment of pleasure is life's chief aim; devotion to or pursuit of pleasure
Hedonism
lacking brilliance or vitality; dull
Lackluster
discontented with or in open defiance of prevailing conditions; such a person
Malcontent
flowing sweetly or smoothly; honeyed
Mellifluous
undue favoritism to or excessive patronage of one's relatives
Nepotism
to cater to or provide satisfaction for the low tastes or vices of others; a person who does this
Pander
a minor sin of offense; a trifling fault or shortcomming
Peccadillo
the principal dish of a meal; the principal event, incident, or item; an outstanding accomplishment
Piece De Resistance
to send or order back; in law, to send back to jail or to a lower court
Remand
a group of symptoms or signs that sollectively characterize or indicate a diseasi, disorder, abnormality, ect.
Syndrome