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fiat
(n) an arbitrary order or degree; a command or act of will or consciousness
concord
(n) a state of agreement, harmony; a treaty
flotsam
(n) floating debris; homeless, impovershed people
incarcerate
(v) to imprison, confine, jail
pussilanimous
(adj) contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
hallow
(v) to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecreate, to honor greatly, revere
overweening
(adj) conceited, presumptuous, excessive, immoderate
ignominy
(n) shame and disgrace
incumbent
(adj) obligatory, required
(n) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of
exigency
(n) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
nettle
(n) a prickly or stinging plant
(v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
recumbent
(adj) in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
ludicrous
(adj) ridiculous, laughable, absurd
mordant
(adj) biting or caustic in thought, manner, or stule; sharply or bitterly harsh
enervate
to weaken, lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of, enfeeble, hamstring
pecuniary
(adj) consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money
emend
(v) to correct, to alter to serve a new or different purpose
prepossessing
(adj) pleasing, tending to create a favorable impression
delineate
(v) to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
jocular
(adj) humorous, jesting, joking
bastion
(n) a fortified place, stonghold
esoteric
(adj) intended for or understood by only a select few; private, secret
nuance
(n) a sublte or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate graduation or shade of difference
mundane
(adj) eathly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary
sophistry
(n) resoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy
depraved
(adj) brought to a state of evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles
acuity
(n) sharpness (particularly of the mind or process)
grouse
(n) a type of game bird; a complaint
(v) to complain, grumble
garner
(v) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use
malediction
(n) a curse, expression of hatred and condemnation
penchant
(n) a strong attractoin or inclination
consummate
(adj) complete or perfect in the highest degree
(v) to bring to a state of completion or perfection
glean
(v) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by the reapers
asseverate
to affirm earnesly and with emphasis
frenetic
frenzied, frantic, highly agitated
(adj)
atrophy
(n) the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure
(v) to waste away
dissaray
(n) disorder, confusion,
(v) to throw into disorder