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AFFINITY
1 : relationship by marriage
2 a : sympathy marked by community of interest : KINSHIP b (1) : an attraction to or liking for something
ARRAY
1 : to dress or decorate especially in splendid or impressive attire : ADORN
2 a : to set or place in order : DRAW UP, MARSHAL
b : to set or set forth in order (as a jury) for the trial of a cause
3 : to arrange or display
AUDACIOUS
1 a : intrepidly daring : ADVENTUROUS
2 : contemptuous of law, religion, or decorum : INSOLENT
3 : marked by originality and verve
CONVIVIAL
more at QUICK
: relating to, occupied with, or fond of feasting, drinking, and good company
DEIGN
more at DECENT
intransitive verb : to condescend reluctantly and with a strong sense of the affront to one's superiority that is involved : STOOP
DEROGATORY
1 : detracting from the character or standing of something -- often used with to, towards, or of
2 : expressive of a low opinion : DISPARAGING
EPICURE
1 archaic : one devoted to sensual pleasure : SYBARITE
2 : one with sensitive and discriminating tastes especially in food or wine
FASTIDIOUS
1 archaic : SCORNFUL
2 a : having high and often capricious standards : difficult to please. showing or demanding excessive delicacy or care c : reflecting a meticulous, sensitive, or demanding attitude
3 : having complex nutritional requirements
ingratiate
to gain favor or favorable acceptance for by deliberate effort -- usually used with
OSCILLATE
1 a : to swing backward and forward like a pendulum b : to move or travel back and forth between two points
2 : to vary between opposing beliefs, feelings, or theories
3 : to vary above and below a mean value
BANDY
1 : to bat (as a tennis ball) to and fro
2 a : to toss from side to side or pass about from one to another often in a careless or inappropriate manner b : EXCHANGE; especially : to exchange (words) argumentatively c : to discuss lightly or banteringly d : to use in a glib or offhand manner -- often used with about
3 archaic : to band together
DEGENERATE
1 a : having declined or become less specialized (as in nature, character, structure, or function) from an ancestral or former state b : having sunk to a condition below that which is normal to a type; especially : having sunk to a lower and usually corrupt and vicious state c : DEGRADED 2
2 : being mathematically simpler (as by having a factor or constant equal to zero) than the typical case
3 : characterized by atoms stripped of their electrons and by very great density
EFFICACIOUS
having the power to produce a desired effect
EQUESTRIAN
1 a : of, relating to, or featuring horseback riding
b archaic : riding on horseback : MOUNTED c : representing a person on horseback
FELONY
1 : an act on the part of a feudal vassal involving the forfeiture of his fee
2 a : a grave crime formerly differing from a misdemeanor under English common law by involving forfeiture in addition to any other punishment b : a grave crime declared to be a felony by the common law or by statute regardless of the punishment actually imposed c : a crime declared a felony by statute because of the punishment imposed d : a crime for which the punishment in federal law may be death or imprisonment for more than one year
FLAY
1 : to strip off the skin or surface of : SKIN
2 : to criticize harshly : EXCORIATE
3 : LASH
IMPERIOUS
1 a : befitting or characteristic of one of eminent rank or attainments : COMMANDING, DOMINANT b : marked by arrogant assurance : DOMINEERING
2 : intensely compelling : URGENT
MALEVOLENT
1 : having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred
2 : productive of harm or evil
RATIONALIZE
1 : to bring into accord with reason or cause something to seem reasonable: as a : to substitute a natural for a supernatural explanation of
b : to attribute (one's actions) to rational and creditable motives without analysis of true and especially unconscious motives
2 : to free (a mathematical expression) from irrational parts
3 : to apply the principles of scientific management to (as an industry or its operations) for a desired result (as increased efficiency)
RELENT
1 a : to become less severe, harsh, or strict usually from reasons of humanity b : to cease resistance : GIVE IN
2 : LET UP, SLACKEN