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abash
to make ashamed; to embarrass
banal
unoriginal; ordinary
cacophony
harsh sound mixture or words, voices, or distractions or sounds
daunt
to make fearful; to intimidate
eccentric
not conventional; a little kooky; irregular
fabrication
a lie; something made up
garrulous
talkative, chatty
hedonism
the pursuit of pleasure as a way of life
abate
to subside; to reduce
beget
to give birth to; to create; to lead to; to cause
cadence
rhythm; the rise and fall of sounds
dearth
lack; scarcity
eclectic
choosing the best from many sources; drawn from many sources
facetious
humorous; not serious; clumsily humorous
genre
a type or category, especially of art or writing
hapless
unlucky
abdicate
to step down from a position of power or responsibility
belabor
to go over repeatedly or to an absurd extent
cajole
to persuade someone to do something he or she does not want to do
debacle
violent breakdown; sudden overthrow; overwhelming defeat
edify
to enlighten; to instruct, especially in moral or religious manner
facile
skillful in a superficial way; easy
genteel
refined; polite; aristocratic; affecting refinement
harbinger
a forerunner; a signal of
abhor
to hate very, very much; to detest
belittle
to make to seem little; to put someone down
candor
truthfulness; sincere honesty
debauchery
wild living; excessive imtemperance
elicit
to bring out; to call forth
faction
a group; usually a small part of a larger group, united around some cause
gesticulate
to make gestures, especially when speaking or in place of speaking
heresy
any belief that is strongly opposed to established belief
abject
hopeless; extremely sad; defeated
belligerent
combative; quarrelsome; waging war
capricious
unpredictable; likely to change at any moment
debilitate
to weaken; to cripple
effusion
a pouring forth
fastidious
meticulous; demanding; finicky
grandiose
absurdly exaggerated
hiatus
a break or interruption, often from work
absolve
to forgive or free from blame; to be free from sin; to be free from an obligation
bemused
confused; bewildered
callow
immature
decimate
to kill or destroy a large part of
egocentric
selfish; believing that one is the center of everything
fatuous
foolish; silly; idiotic
gratuitious
given freely; unjustified; unprovoked; uncalled for
hierarchy
an organization based on rank or degree; ordered by class or rank, etc.