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oxymoron
figure of speech that produces a self-contradictory effect
oblique
something that strays off subject, but stays connected to main vocab; indirect
enigma
mysterious; hard to understand
fulminate
issue a thunderous verbal attack
narcisscist
self-love, vanity
unsullied
pure
mirthless
without happiness
contumacious
rebellious
terse
brief; to the point
subcutaneous
performed beneath the skin
convival
friendly; agreeable
altruistic
unselfishly concerned
eminent
prominent
giddy
dizziness due to being happy
lumpen
members of low class society
nom de plume
pen name
espouse
to take in a new idea and fully believe it
snafu
situation marked by error
inundate
to flood, overwhelm with ideas
maw
cavernness opening
surfeit
excessive amount
protrude
to project, thrust forward
celibate
obstains from sexual relations
chaste
pure; unsullied
purport
to profess meaning or intentions
succor
help, aid in assistance or relief
sojourn
temporary stay
recondite
not eadily understood
eremetic
characterized by solitude
desicated
to dry up, dehydrated
crevasse
deep chasm, fissure
atavistic
to reappear, a throw back
incendiary
person that excites quarrals
rancor
bitter resentment, hatred
obsequious
servile, brown nosing
dollop
small amount
monomania
inordinate, obsessive zeal, focused
amicable
characterized by good will
clemency
disposition to show mercy
pensive
dreamy, wishfully thoughtful
recalcitrant
resisting authority or control
fatous
foolish, silly
inveigled
manipulate
crampons
spiked iron framework attached to shoes
dearth
scare supply
lambasting
to beat; scold sharply
rime
layer of frozen dew
abyss
bottomless pit
chutzpah
boldness, daring, having audacity
epiphany
sudden realization of something
volition
act of resolving
facticious
bot spontaneous; made up
calamitous
disasterous, catastrophic
blithely
lightly, merrily, carefree manner
idyll
peaceful poem describing the country
adamant
utterly unyielding, stubborn
autonomy
self government
prudent
marked by sound judgement
miasma
obnoxious atmosphere
modicum
small portion
feckless
hopeless, not well considered
rapture
spiritual or emotional ectasy