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appellation
a title or name that identifies
dipthong
a speech sound that consists of two vowels
eponym
a person for whom something is named
linguistics
the study of speech
neologism
a newly made-up word or expression
parlance
a particular manner or kind of speech
patois
a nonstandard dialect of a language
polyglot
of many groups speaking different languages
solecism
the ungrammatical usage of a word
vulgar
spoken by the common people
amulet
an object worn to bring luck or protection
capricious
subject to sudden, unpredictable changes
fatalism
the view that events are determined by fate
incantation
set of words spoken as a magic charm
propitious
presenting favorable circumstances
providential
resulting from divine will
quirk
a peculiarity of behavior
serendipity
ability to make discoveries by chance
vagary
a wild or unpredictable notion or action
vicissitude
a change, usually sudden or unexpected
continuity
resulting from divine will
converge
to approach from different directions
crux
the basic or essential feature of something
initiate
to begin, originate, cause to begin
pivotal
central or crucial to something
sequel
something that follows, continuation
subordinate
one subject to another's authority
tangential
only superficially relevant
terminate
to bring to an end, conclude
ultimate
last, coming to an end
compliance
doing as another wishes
propitiate
to prevent or reduce the anger of
tractable
easily managed or controlled
volition
an act of willing, choosing or deciding
willfulness
unreasonable stubborness
accommodating
willing to help
accord
agreement
acquiesce
to consent or comply passively
adamant
firm and unyeilding in purpose or opinion
camaraderie
a spirit of loyalty amoung friends
rebuke
to criticize or reprimand sharple
scurrilous
using vulgar language
spurn
to reject or refuse disdainfully
vitrolic
bitterly severe or harsh
vituperation
sustained and bitter attack
aspersion
a damanging or false statement
deprecate
to express disapproval of
deride
to laugh at in scorn
execrable
extremely inferior, very bad
ostracize
to banish or exclude from a group
complicity
involvment as an accomplice in a crime
deploy
to station systematically over an area
explicate
to explain, make clearer
implicate
to involve or comment incriminatingly
inexplicable
incapable of being explained
plight
a condition or situation of difficulty or adversity
replica
a copy or reproduction or a work of art
replicate
to duplicate, copy or repeat
implicit
implied although not expressed
supple
readily bent
auspices
protection or support, patronage
auspicious
attended by favorable circumstances
circumspect
heedful of circumstances
despicable
deserving of scorn or contempt
introspect
self-examining
perspicuity
quality of being clearly expressed
prospective
likely to become or be
specious
having the ring of truth but actually false
specter
a phantom
spectrum
broad range of related qualities or ideas
acuity
acuteness of perception; keeness
consummate
supremely accomplished or skilled
cunning
skill or adeptness in performance
deft
skillful, adriot
endowment
a natural gift or quality
facile
done or achieved with little effort
incompetent
not capable, not well qualified
inept
awkward or clumsy
proficient
performing a skill with facility
propensity
an innate inclination, tendency
beseech
to address an earnest or urgent request to
blandishment
the act of coaxing by flattery
cajole
to coax gently and persistently
elicit
to bring out, evoke
enjoin
to direct with authority and emphasis
exigent
requiring immeditate attention or remendy
imperious
arrogantly domirneering or over bearing
injunction
a command order
mendicant
a beggar
query
a question or inquiry
ambivalence
existence of conflicting ideas
avail
use, benefit or advantage
equivalent
equal in measure or value
evaluation
act of judging the worth of
evince
to show or exhibit as an emotion
invalid
being without force in fact, truth or law
invaluable
of inestimable use or help
prevail
to be greater in strength or influence
valedictory
bidding farewell
vanquish
to defeat in a battle or competition
abound
to be great in number or amount
amplitude
greatness of size
augment
to make greater as in size or quantity
brevity
briefness of duration
commensurate
of the same size, extent or duration
diminish
to make smaller or less
infinitesimal
immeasurably tiny
modicum
a small amount or quantity
prodigious
impressively great in size or extent
quota
a proportional share assigned to a group
abdicate
to relinquish formally
abnegate
to deny oneself, renounce
absolve
to pronounce clear of blame or guilt
catharsis
a purifying cleansing or release of tension
countermand
to cancel or reverse
recant
to make a formal retraction or disavowel of
recoup
to receive an equivalent for to make up for
renunciation
the act of giving something up
rescind
to make void, repeal or annul
waive
to relinquish or give up voluntarily
adhere
to stick fast or together by
aggregate
gathered together into a mass
dissimulate
to conceal under a false appearance
egregarious
outstandingly bad, flagrant
ensemble
any unit that contributes to a single effect
facsimile
an exact reproduction or copy
gregarious
enjoying the company of others
inherent
exsisting as an essential natural part
segregate
to isolate or separate from others
semblance
an outward or token appearance
affront
to insult intentionally
altercation
a heated and noisy quarrell
antagonist
one who oppises another, adversary
bellicose
warlike manner or temperament
breach
a breaking up or disruption of friendly relations
contentious
quarrellsome
dissension
a difference of opinion
rancor
bitter, long lasting resentment
retribution
someting demanded in repayment
schism
a separation or division into factons
arbitration
the impartial settlement of a dispute
attache
a person assigned to a diplomatic office
consulate
the premuses occupied by a consul
covenant
a binding agreement made by two parties
discretion
being catious
emissary
agent who represents the interests of a group
entente
an agreement between two or more governments
machiavellian
of an amoral political doctrine
protocol
ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats
status quo
the existing state of affairs