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allege
(v.)to assert without proof or confirmation
arrant
(adj.)thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant
badinage
(n.) light and playful conversaion
conciliate
(v.)to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify; to reconcile, make consistent
countermand
(v.)to cancel or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
echelon
(n.)one of a series of grades in an organization or field of activity; an organized military unit; a steplike formation or arrangement
exacerbate
(v.)to make more violent, severe, bitter, or painful
fatuous
(adj.)stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
irrefutable
(adj.)impossible to disprove; beyond arugement
juggernaut
(n.)a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
lackadaisical
(adj.)lacking spirit or interest, halfhearted
litany
(n.)a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternatin with responses from the congregation; any repetitive chant;a long list
macabre
(adj.)grisly, gruesome; horrible,distressing;having death as a subject
paucity
(n.)an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
portend
(v.)to indicate beforehand that something is about to happen;to give advance warning of
raze
(v.)to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
recant
(v.)to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
saturate
(v.) to soak thorougly, fill to capacity; to satisfy fully
saturnine
(adj.)of a gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood
slough
(v.) to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through as if through mud; (n.) a mire; a state of depression
acclamation
(n.) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
bucolic
(adj.)characteristic of the countryside, rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
calumniate
(v.)to slander; to accuse falsely and maiciously
chary
(adj.)extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow (to); reserved, diffident
collusion
(n.)secret agreement or cooperation
dilettante
(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way; (adj.)superficial
imperturbable
(adj.)not easily excited; emotionally steady
increment
(n.)an enlargement, increase, addition
mandate
(n.)an authoritative command, formal order, authorization;(v.)to issue such an order
paltry
(adj.)trifling, insidnificant;mean,despicable; inferior, trashy
paroxysm
(n.)a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
pedantry
(n.)a pretentious display or knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
peregrination
(n.) the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
redolent
(adj.)fragrant, smelling stronly; tending to arouse memories to create an aurora
refulgent
(adj.)shining, radiant, resplendent
shibboleth
(n.)a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying or truism
tyro
(n.)a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
unremitting
(adj.)not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
vacillate
(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
vituperative
(adj.)harshly abusive, severely scolding
askance
(adv.)wish suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
attenuate
(v.)to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
benign
(adj.)gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
cavil
(v.)to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism
charlatan
(n.)one who reigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, imposter, or quack
decimate
(v.) to kill or destroy a large part of
foible
(n.) a weak point, falling, minor flaw
forgo
(v.) to do wihtout, abstain from, giveu p
fraught
(adj.) full of or loaded with; accompanied by
inure
(v.) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
luminous
(adj.)emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
obsequious
(adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
obtuse
(adj.)blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; measuring between 90 degrees and 180 degrees; not causing a sharp impression
oscillate
(v.)to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to flutuate or waver
penitent
(adj.)regretful for one's sins or mistakes;(n.)one who is sorry for wrongdoing
peremptory
(adj.) having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal; offensively self-assured, dictatorial; determined, resolute
rebuff
(v.) to snub; to repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check
reconnoiter
(v.)to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
shambles
(n.) a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion; mess
sporadic
(adj.)occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
abrogate
(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
ambient
(adj.)completely surrounding, encompassing
asperity
(n.) roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
burnish
(adj.)to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; (n.) gloss. brightness, luster
cabal
(n.) a small group working in secret
delectable
(adj.)delightful, highly enjoyable; delicously flavored, savory;(n.)an appealing or appetizing food or dish
deprecate
(v.)to express mild disapproval; to belittle
detritus
(n.)loose bits and pieces of material resulting form disintegration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction
ebullient
(adj.)overflowing wiht enthusiasm and excitement, boiling, bubbling
eclectic
(adj.)drawn from different sources;(n.)one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
flaccid
(adj.)limp, not firm; lacking vigor or effectivenesses
impecunious
(adj.)having little or no money
inexorable
(adj.)inflexible, beyond influence;relentless,unyielding
moribund
(adj.)dying, on the way out
necromancer
(n.)one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic, espeially communication with the dead; in general, a magician or wizard