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Approbation
(n.) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval (commendation, sanction; censure)
Assuage
(v.) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench (mitigate, alleviate, allay' exacerbate)
Coalition
(n.) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose (alliance; splinter group)
decadence
(n.) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence (degereration, corruption; maturation)
Elicit
(v.) to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person) (evoke, educe; quash, squelch)
Expostulate
(v.) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning (protest, remonstrate)
Hackneyed
(adj.) used so often as to lack freshness or originality (banal, trite; novel)
Hiatus
(n.) a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing) (pause; continuity)
Innuendo
(n.) a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense); a rumor (insinuation, intimation; direct statement)
Intercede
(v.) to plead on behalf of someone else; to server as a third party or go-between in a disagreement (intervene, mediate)
Jaded
(adj.) wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the send of being satisfied by excessive indulgence (sated, surfeited, cloyed, decadent; unspoiled, uncloyed)
Lurid
(adj.) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint (baleful, grisly; wholesome, pleasant)
Meritorious
(adj.) worthy, deserving recognition and praise (laudable, commendable; reprehensible)
Petulant
(adj.) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset (testy, waspish; amiable, placid)
Prerogative
(n.) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence (perquisite, perk)
Provincial
(adj.) pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook (n.) a soldier from a province or colony; a person with narrow outlook (naive, insular, parochial; catholic)
Simulate
(v.) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of (feign, pretend, affect)
Transcend
(v.) to rise above or beyond, exceed(surpass, outstrip)
Umbrage
(n.) shade cast by trees; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion (irritation, pique; delight)
Unctuous
(adj.) excessivly smooth or smugl trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety; fatty, oily; pliable (mealymouthed, servile, fawning; blunt, gruff)
Ameliorate
(v.) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming (assuage, amend; exacerbate, agravate)
Aplomb
(n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity(composure, levelheadedness; confusion, abashment)
Bombastic
(adj.) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal lack of ideas (inflated, highfalutin, pretentious;; unadorned, austere)
Callow
(adj.) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poist; without feathers (green, raw, unfledged; polished, mature)
Drivel
(n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; (v.) to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly (balderdash, hogwash, tommyroy, slaver)
Epitome
(n.) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality (abstract, digest, model, archetype)
Exhort
(v.) to urge strongly, advice earnestly (entreat, implore, adjure; deprecate)
Ex Officio
(adj. adv.) by virtue of holding a certain office
Infringe
(v.) to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds (encroach, poach, intrude; stay in bounds)
Ingratiate
(v.0 to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense) (curry favor with; alienate, humiliate oneself)
Interloper
(n.) one who movies inwhere he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder (trespasser, meddler)
Intrinsic
(adj.) belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part (immanent, organic; extrinsic, external)
Inveigh
(v.) to make a violent attack in words, express strong diapproval (remostrate, fulminate, harangue, rail; acclaim, extol)
Lassitude
(n.) weariness of body or mind, lack of energy (fatigue, lethargy, torpor, langour; energy, vitality, liveliness)
Millennium
(n.) a period of one thousand years; aperiod of greay joy (chiliad, golden age, prosperity; doomsday)
Occult
(adj.) mysterious, magical; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary mens; (v.) to hide, conceal; exlipse (n.) matters involving the supernatural (esoteric, abtruse, arcane; mundane, common)
Permeate
(v.) to spread through, penetrate, soak through
Precipitate
(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height; to give distinct form to (adj.) characterized by excessive haste (provoke, produce, reckless, imperuous; wary, circumspect)
Stringent
(adj.) strict severe; rigorously or urgently beinding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste (stern, imperative; lenient, mild, lax)
Surmise
(v.) to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; (n.) likely idea that lacks definite proof(infer, gather, interence, presumption)
Abominate
(v.) to have an intense dislike or hatred for (loathe, abhor, despise, detest; relish, savor, cherish)
Acculturation
(n.) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blends (adaptation)
Adventitious
(adj.) resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not esssential; (medicine) acquired, not congenial (fortuitous, incidental; inherent, congenial)
Ascribe
(v.) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute (impute, credit, attribute)
Circuitous
(adj.) roundabout, not direct (winding, meandering; straight, direct)
Commiserate
(v.) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feelin of distress (empathize; apathetic)
Enjoin
(v.) to direct or order; to prescrobe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit (bid, charge, adjure; permit)
Expedite
(v.) to make easy, cause to progress faster (facilitate; hinder, impede)
Expiate
(v.) to make amends, make up for; to advert (redeem, atone)
Ferment
(n.) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by cheical action (commotion, turmoil; tranquility, placidity)
inadvertent
(adj.) resulting from or marked by lack or attention; unintentional, accidental (unconsidered; premeditated, deliberate)
Nominal
(adj.) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously (titular, token, trifling; exorbitant, real)
Noncommittal
(adj.) not decisive or definate; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no (cagey, uninformative; commited)
Peculate
(v.) to steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take inproperly for one's own use (embezzle, defraud, misappropriate)
Proclivity
(n.) a natural or habitual inclination or tendenct (especially of human character or behavior)(penchant, propensity; incapacity)
Sangfroid
(n.) composure or collness, expecially in trying circumstances (equanimity, poise; flappability, hysteria)
Seditious
(adj.) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an extablished government(mutinous, subversive; allegiant)
Tenuous
(adj.) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported (flimsy, nominal, vague; valid, strong)
Vitriolic
(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid) (withering, acerbic, mordant; honeyed, saccharine, bland)
Wheedle
(v.) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end (cajole, inveigle; browbeat, coerce, intimidate)