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a means of testing worth or genuineness
touchstone (n.)
to change or vary the intensity or pitch; to temper or soften; to regulate, adjust
Modulate (v)
something given in exchange or return for something else
Quid Pro Quo (n.)
to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of
Vitiate (v.)
so shocking to the emotions as to cause lasting and substantial psychological damage
traumatic (adj.)
fond of making jokes; characteristic of a joker; playfully humorous or droll
Waggish (adj.)
knowledge of events or actions before they happen; foresight
Prescience (n.)
characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness
Saturnalian (adj.)
foreshadowing an event to come; causing wonder or awe; self-consciously weighty, pompous
Portentous (adj.)
Conducive to health or well-being; wholesome
Salubrious (adj.)
to spread news, reports, or unsubstantiated rumors
Bruit (v.)
to settle comfortably and firmly in position; to put or hide in a safe place
Ensconce (v.)
attacking or seeking to overthrow popular or traditional beliefs, ideas, or institutions
Iconoclastic (adj.)
insolent or rude in speech or behavior; insultingly abusive; humiliating
Contumelious (adj.)
a short saying; an authoritative statement
Dictum (n.)
mutually destructive; characterized by great slaughter and bloodshed
Internecine (adj.)
failing to accomplish an intended aim or purpose; only partially or imperfectly developed
Abortive (adj.)
in or into the middle of a plot; into the middle of things
In medias res (adv.)
lacking skill or dexterity; lacking tact, perception, or judgment
Maladroit (adj.)
excessively or effusively sentimental
Maudlin (adj.)