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aberration
a departure from what is proper, right, expected, or normal
abeyance
a state of being temporarily inactive
accolade
praise or approval
accouterments
accesory items of clothing or equipment
ad hoc
for a specific purpose
adjudicate
to act as a judge in the matter
adumbrate
to foreshadow; to give an outline
aegis
protection, patronage, sponsorship
ambivalent
to have conflicting feelings about something
anachronism
an error in chronology; especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs
apotheosis
an elevation to divine status
apprise
to inform of, to make notice
ascetic
to practice strict self discipline; to be especially austere in manner
attrition
the act of wearing down by friction or gradual impairment
bathos
the sudden appearance of the commonplace in otherwise elevated matter or style
bilk
to evade, to cheat out of
browbeat
to intimidate by a strong or overbearing manner
casuistry
the determination of right or wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general ethical principles
circumlocution
the use of an unnecessarily large number of words to express an idea
complement
something that fills up, completes , or makes perfect
contumelious
very abusive and humiliating
insouciant
care-free, happy-go-lucky
contumelious
insolent, extremely rude
depredation
the act of praying upon or plundering
dichotomy
a division into 2 different parts
effete
lacking in energy
eleemosynary
charitable; dependent upon charity
emolument
profit; a fee or salary
excreable
VERY bad, hateful, very inferior
fulminate
to denounce or condemn strongly
fulsome
really insincere, offensive; disgusting
harbinger
a front-runner
immure
to enclose or confine witinin walls; to imprison, to seclude
inchoate
just beginning; not fully shaped or formed yet