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Credulity
Willingness to believe or trust too readily; gullibility
Fusillade
A spirited outburst esp. of criticism
Talisman
An object engraved with figures supposed to possess occult powers, worn as a charm
Scud
To run or move quickly or hurriedly, esp. if pushed or carried by wind
Wont
Accustomed, used; habit
Spasmodic
Sudden involuntary muscle contraction like a hiccup; frightful, intermittent
Leverage
The action of a lever; power or ability to act effectively or to influence people
Rubicund
Red or reddish; often implies health
Antimacassar
A small, usu. ornamental covering placed on the backs and arms of upholstered furniture to prevent wear or spoiling
Prosaic
Commonplace or dull; matter-of-fact; unimaginative; of or like prose rather than poetry; factual, often used negatively
Broach
To mention something for the first time, usu. something not easily brought up
Malign
To speak harmful untruths about; evil in effect; pernicious
Torrent
A rushing or abuntdant stream of anything, such as words
Bog
Wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter; to sink, to cause to sink
Shards
Fragments, esp. of broken earthen ware
Bibulous
Fond of or addicted to drink; absorbent, spongy
Convoluted
Twisted; coiled; complicated; intricately involved
Deftness
Skill, nembleness, facileness, dexterity
Tottering
Walking unsteadily or shakily; lacking security or stability, threatening to collapse
Jarred
Shocked...unpleasant, negative, thrown off balance
Marred
ruined
Flailing
Thrashing about
Imperceptible
Not perceptible; gradual or subtle
Dragooning
Bullying
Greenhorn
An inexperienced or unsophisticated person; a newcomer unacquainted with local manners and customs
Sultry
Very hot and humid; exciting or capable of exciting stong sexual desire
Chastened
To correct by punishment or suffering
Truculent
Feeling or displaying ferocity; deadly, destructive
Shiftless
Lacking in resocrefulness, ambition, or incentive
Uusurer
A person who charges exhorbitant interest on a loan
Haggled
Bargained, bartered, quibbled, negotiated, wrangled
Slackened
Loosened, relaxed
Facilitated
Helped, aided, assisted, make smooth, made easy, made possible
Mordant
Caustic, acerbic, scathing, penetrating, biting
Chaff
The casing around a kernel of wheat; something useless
Voluptuous
Sensuous, juicy, ripe ,fulsome
Reverie
Daydream
Caprice
Whim, impulse, quirk, fancy, fad, notion
Posterity
Future generations
Sagacious
Sage, wise, learned, clever, perceptive, knowledgeable
Brazen
Bold, barefaced, brash, (negative, questioning authority)
August
Imposing, impressive, grand, majestice, eminent
Ethereal
Other-worldly, ghostly, delicate, heavenly, magical
Dauntless
Bold, intrepid, fearless
piquancy
sharp taste; spiciness; kick; tartness, tang; tentalizing;
piquancy
sharp taste; spiciness; kick; tartness; tang
revel
to take great pleasure or delight in
dissolution
closure, disbanding, termination, suspension, conclusion
emanating
originating, starting, coming, beginning, stemming, springing, deriving
pluck
nerve, guts, courage, bravery
vixen
baby female fox; deceitful woman, seductive woman
battalions
division, company, brigade, regiment, troop
fastidious
fussy, finicky, persnickety, hard to please
diffidently
shyly, self effacingly, timidly
dogged
determined, persistent, stong-willed, strong-minded
deign
condescend, stoop, lower yourself
premonition
presentiment, forewarning, feeling, intuition, hunch, omen
vex
to irritate, annoy, provoke, torment, trouble
dour
sullen, gloomy, severe, stern
resolute
firmly set in purpous or opinion, determined, resolved
emanciated
wasted away physically; feeble
illusory
deceptive, unreal, illusive; producing, based on, or having the nature of a delusion
indiscriminately
in such a way as to not be discriminating or not make careful choices or distinctions; in such a way as to be confused, random, promiscuous
cleave
to adhere, cling, to be faithful to
fatous
complacently stupid or inan4e; silly; foolish
petulant
impatient or irritable; peevish
diversion
the act or instance of distraction from a course,activity, or use
proseltyze
to induce someone to convery to one's faith
cryptically
in a secret or occult manner
cackle
to make the shrill broken sounds of a hen 9through laughter or chatter)
cunning
sly, crafty, made or done with skill or ingenuity
retort
a quick, sharp or witty reply (turns previous speaker's words back upon that speaker)
penitential
of or relating to sorrow for one's sins
endeavor
an earnest attempt or effort; to strive to reach a goal
moor
an expanse or open, rolling, infertile land; a boggy area, esp. one that is peaty and dominated by grasses and sedges
pariah
lowest cast in india; outcast
relish
pleasurable appreation of anything; to enjoy; to take pleasure in
bolt
to make a sudden, swift dash, run, flight, or escape
exhiliration
feeling of being enlivened, invigorated, stimulated
demurely
in a modest and reserved manner or behavior
undulations
regular rising and falling movements to alternating sides; movements in waves
sublime
elevated or lofty in thought, language, etc.; awe-inspiring
impervious
incapable of being penetrated
pedagogy
the function or work of a teacher; teaching
uncanny
having or seeming to have a supernaturalor inexplicable basis
protrude
to project, to thrust foward
flounder
to struggle with stumbling or plunging movemens
impudence
the quality or state of bing impertinent; effrontery; insolence
atoll
a ring shaped coral reef of a string of closel y spaced small coral islands
caricature
a picture, description, etc. ludicrously exaggerating the peculiarities or defects of persons or things
implore
entreate, beg
reprove
to express disapprobal to or of
rend
to tear apart forcibly
pusillanimous
cowardly
lucrative
profitable
rustic
relating to or suitable for the country or country dwellings; coarse; not refined
poignant
emotionally painful, deeply moving
demur
to object
condole
to express sympathy
oblivion
state of having lost concious awareness; state of bing forgotton
cavaclade
a ceremonial procession or display; a succession or series
prodigious
extraordinary in size degree
noisome
offensive, esp. to the sense of smell to the point or arousing disgust
jocosely
given to joking merrily, humorously, light-heartedly, upbeatingly
ken or kenning
perception, understanding, range of vision, view, sight
wanton
immoral or unchaste, lewd, undisciplined, spoiled
demean
degrade, debase, humiliate, put down, disgrace
magnanimous
courageously noble in mind and heart. generous in forgiving; unselfish
abhorrence
hate coupled with disgust
consternation
alarm; fright; amazement; astonishment
eminence
a position of great distinction or superiority
caper
a playful leap or hop; a frivolous escapade or prank; an illegal plot or enterprise, esp. one involving theft
fervent
characterized by intense emotion
apathy
Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
empathy
identification with and understanding or another's situation, feelings, and motives
conjecture
an inference or judgement based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork
obsequiously
full of or exchibiting servile compliance; fawningly
latently
present but not evident
lackey
a liveried male servant; a foot man; a servile follower
indomitable
incapable of being overcome; subdued or vanquished; unconquerable
ensconced
to be settled or established
enmity
positive, active, and typically mutual hatred or ill will; hostility or antipathy
gambol
to skip about in play; frisk, frolic
tractable
capable of being easily led, taught, or controlled; docile; easily handled; managed or wrought; malleable
machinations
scheming or crafty actions or artful designs intended to accomplish some, usu. evil, end
conciliatory
appeasing, friendly, compatible, aggreable
waft
to cause to move or go lightly by or as if by the impulse of wind or waves
taciturn
temperamentally disinclined to to talk
intimated
communitacted delicately and indirectly; hinted
intimated
made timid or fearful; frightened esp. compelled or detered by or as if by threats
whelp
to give birth to-used or various carnivores and esp of the dog; to bring forth
posthumous
following or occurring after death
retinue
a group of retainers of attendants
subversive
secretive, not easily detected; tending to overthrow or cause destruction of a legally established gov't
sally
set out, depart briskly or energetically (always followed by "forth")
incumbent
required; obligatory; holding a specified officed; lying, resting, or pressing with its weight on something else
dregs
the sediment of liquid; lees; the basest of least desirable portion
frugally
in a way that is avoiding unnecessary expenditure or money; thriftily
interment
the act or ritual or interring (placing in a grabe; burying)
pervade
to spread throughout; permeate
salient
projecting or jutting beyond a line; striking; conspicuous; promintent; noticeable
genially
cheerfully, in a friendly, kindly manner
lily-livered
cowardly; timid
groveling
humbling oneself in a servile manner; cringing
inveigle
to lead astray or win over by deceitful flattery; to obtain by cajolery (coaxing, wheedling)
contentious
always ready to argue; quarrelsome
convalescence
gradual recovery after ilness; the period of such recovery
droll
amusingly odd; whimsically comical
encroachment
the act of intruding gradually on the possessions or rights of another; trespassing
rhetorically
in a way that is concerned primarily with style or effect; often used to describe the posing of a question to which ther speaker does not expect/want a reply
veer
to shift from one direction or course to another; turn
sedate
quiet and dignified in behavior; serious, solemn
irate
arising from anger
tacit
implied or indicated but no actually expressed
insidious
sly, treacherous, seductive, having a gradual and cumulative effect, subtle
ramshackle
rickety, tumbledown
mire
heavy and often deep mud or slush; to stick or sink in or as if in mud
ruthless
having no pity; merciless; cruel
castrate
to deprive of sex glands
dole
a distribuion esp. of food, money, or clothing to the need
disparge
to lower in rank or reputation; degrade; belittle
staunch
firm, strong, steadfast, loyal, resolute; to stop liquid from flowing or a wound from bleeding
alacrity
cheerful readiness; briskness
besmirch
to soil, to make dirty; to bring disgrace on, slander
din
a loud confused mixture of noises
bourgeois
a member of the middle class
cherubim
a celestial being; an angel; second clas of angels
pernicious
causing insiduous harm or ruin; evil, wicked
torpid
inactive or sluggish, as a bodily organ; slow, dull, apathetic, lethargic
poacher
a person who trespasses on private property, esp. to catch fish or game illeagaly
perusal
carefully searching, looking (scrutiny)
scrutiny
a searching examination;a close and searching look
shirk
to evade; to evade work, duty, etc.
enigma
a puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation; a person or puzzling or contradictory character
lurid
gruesome, horrible, revolting; wildly dramatic or sensational; shocking; ghastly; pale
evanescent
vanishing; fading away
imminent
likely to occur at any moment; impending; threatening
taper
to grow smaller or thinner toward one end; to reduce gradually; OR a candle, esp. a very slender one
sat3ed
satisfied and apetite or desire fully; filled to excess
auspicious
promising success; propitious, oportune, favored by fortune
impassively
in a manner not susceptible to pain or suffering; apathetic in an unmoved manner
doddering
mentally or physically infirm with age; to shake or tremble from old age
yoke
something that connects or joins together; a crossbar with two u-shaped pieces that encircle the necks of a pair or oxen or other draft animals working together
insolence
trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liverties; an offensive, disrespectful impudent act
deference
submission or courteous yeilding to the opinion, wishes, or judgement of another; courteous respect
malicious
having the nature of or resulting from a desire to harm others; spiteful
seduce
to lead away from duty, principles, or proper conduct
absolve
to pronounce clear of guilt, blame, or obligation
lamentation
the act of expressing sorrow or regret
dirge
a slow, mournful musical composition; a funeral hymn or lament
transgress
to go beyond or over a limit or boundry
profane
marked by contempt or irreverence for what is sacred; to put to an improper, unworthy, or degrading use
untrammeled
not limited or restricted; unrestrained
entrails
internal parts or organs
welter
a confused mass; jumble; to wallow, roll, or toss about as in mud or hight seas
defile
to make filthy or dirty; to march in single file.; a narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement
citadel
a rortress in a commanding position or near a city
crevice
a narrow crack or opening
knave
an unprincipled, crafty fellow; a male servant
countenance
appearance, esp. of the face; face or facial features; suport or approval
vex
To annoy or bother, puzzle, perplex
cogitation
thoughtful consideration, meditation, a serious thought
contsrue
interpret, to make sense of, analzye the structure of
prodigious
immpressively great in size or force, marvelous
factious
of relating to, produced by or characterizes by internal dissension
redress
to set right, remedy, to make amend, to adjust
august
inspiring awe or admiration, majestic
flint
a very hard, fine grained quartz that sparks when struck with steel
instigate
to urge on, goad, to stirup, to provoke
interim
interval of time between one event,process, or period and another.
belonging to, serving during of taking place during an interval of time.
affable
easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable gentle and gracious
dismember
to cut, tear, or pull the limbs off of, to divide into pieces
chide
to scold mildly as to correct of improve, reprimand
purge
to free from impurities, to rid of sin, guilt or defilement
prodigy
a person with exceptional talents or powers
dank
disagreebly dark or humid
constancy
steadfastness, as in purpose or affection; faithfullness changelessness
revel
to take great pleasure in something; a noisy celebration
render
to submit/present, to make available or provide; to give what is due or owed; to return; to surrender
auger
to predict or fortell from omens; a profit
unassailable
impossible to disprove
appease
to soothe, calm, to bring peace and quiet to
rend
to tear at something violently out of anguish or rage
legacy
money or property that is left to somebody in a will
covert
not openly practiced or shown
bay
a position of no escape
chastise
to punish or scold somebody; to severely criticize
proscription
the act of condeming or forbidding something; the condition of having been denounce or exiled
tenor
a drift of something spoken or written, an exact copy of a writing, the coice part next to the lowest 4 part chorus
apparition
an unusual or unexpected sight
corporal
of, in or affecting the body
abject
cast down in spirit; showing utter hopelessness or resignation
disconsolate
cheerless
levy
the imposition or collection of an assessment
to impose or collect by legal authority
tarry
to linger or delay
engender
to cause to exist or to cause to develop; to assume form
prostrate
stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; to put oneself in such a postion
raucous
disagreeably harsh or stident, hoarse, boisterousluy disordenly
licentious
lacking legal or moral restraints; marked by disregard for strict rules or correctness
abeyance
a lapse in succesion during which there is no person whom a title is vested; temporary inactivity, suspension
predisposed
disposed in advance, made susceptible, brought about by susceptibilty, indined
willful
intentional
dawdle
to spend time idly, to delay
decry
to express strong disapproval of
resonant
continuing to sound, echoing, marked by grandiloquence
plethora
excess, superfluity ;excess of blood
abdicate
to cast off; discard; to relinquish formally; to renouce a throne
extraneous
existing or coming from the outside; not forming an essential or vital part; having no relevance
splice
to unite by interweaving the strands; to unite; a joining or joint
perterbed
disturbed greatly; disorder; decomposed
nefarious
flagrantly wicked or impious; evil
lugubriously
mournfully
truncated
shortened by or as if having been cut off, appering to terminate abrubtly
extricate
to release from an entanglement of difficulty
mendacious
lying; untruthful
timerous
full of apprehensiveness; timid
portent
an indication of something important or calamitious about to occur; an omen
finagle
to obain by inderect, deceitful methods, to cheat, swindle
oxymoron
figure of speech in which two contradictory terms are combined
indubitable
undoubtably
succinct
characterized by clear, precise expression in a few words; concise
volatile
tending to violence, explosive
rancor
bitter and long lasting resentment
ingratiate
to bring oneself into the facor or good graces of another
exacerbate
to incease in the severity, violence or bitterness of; aggravate
forbearance
tolerance and restraint in the force of provocation; patience; good natured;
garrulous
talkative in a rambling manner; wordy
penchant
a strong inclantion or liking for something
refractory
hard or impossible to manage, stubbornly disobediant; difficult to fuse
slatternly
untidy
transitory
not lasting,brief, temporary
venial
able to be forgiven or pardoned
veracity
habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfullness
abscond
to depart suddenly and secretly
alias
a false name
anonymous
without a name; lacking individulality
cache
a hiding plce for ammuniton, food, treasures, etc.
canard
a false or baseless; rumor
collusion
a secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
con
trick; coax
connive
cooperate secretly with someone for a decietful purpose
covert
covered over, secret
transitory
not lasting,brief, temporary
duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrtical deception
venial
able to be forgiven or pardoned
facade
face of a building; false front
feign
make a false show of; pretend, conterfeit
veracity
habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfullness
abscond
to depart suddenly and secretly
alias
a false name
anonymous
without a name; lacking individulality
cache
a hiding plce for ammuniton, food, treasures, etc.
canard
a false or baseless; rumor
collusion
a secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
con
trick; coax
connive
cooperate secretly with someone for a decietful purpose
covert
covered over, secret
duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrtical deception
facade
face of a building; false front
feign
make a false show of; pretend, conterfeit
transitory
not lasting,brief, temporary
venial
able to be forgiven or pardoned
veracity
habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfullness
abscond
to depart suddenly and secretly
alias
a false name
anonymous
without a name; lacking individulality
cache
a hiding plce for ammuniton, food, treasures, etc.
canard
a false or baseless; rumor
collusion
a secret agreement for a deceitful purpose
con
trick; coax
connive
cooperate secretly with someone for a decietful purpose
covert
covered over, secret
duplicity
double-dealing, hypocrtical deception
facade
face of a building; false front
feign
make a false show of; pretend, conterfeit
inpersonate
pretend to be some other person; assume the character of
insidious
lying in wait to entrap; crafty; tracherous
malinger
pretend to be ill or incapacitated so as to avoid work or duty
seclusion
condition of being withdrawn in a place hard to reach; solitude
subterfuge
trick or plan to conceal one's true objective; deception
coup de grace
decisive finishing blow
demise
cessation of existance; death
genesis
origin,coming into being
inchoate
just begun; obly partly in existance; incomplete
initiative
ability to begin and follow through without being urged; enterprise
rudiment
first principle that must be learned; fundimental
swan song
farewell appearance; final reatuce work or performance
terminal
coming to the end
tyro
beginner in learing something; novice
ultimatum
final; uncompromising demand of offer, lending to serious consequences if rejected
adinfinitum
endlessly; forever without limit
adnauseam
to a sickening degree' to the point of nausea or disgust
alfresco
in the open air; outdoors
chutzpah
supreme self-confidence; shamless; braceness
entre nous
between us; confidentially
faux pas
error; social blunder; tactless act
hoi polloi
masses; common people
inmendias ras
in the middle of things; rather than at the beginning
kudos
praise for an acheivement; glory; fame
non sequiter
conclusion that does not logically follow from what has been said
postmortem
evaluation of some event just completed
shalom
term of greeting or farewell
anatomy
The bodily structure of a plant or an animal or of any of its parts.
The science of the shape and structure of organisms and their parts.
conciseness
Expressing much in few words; clear and succinct.
dissect
to cut apart or separate (tissue), especially for anatomical study.
To examine, analyze, or criticize in minute deta
excise
To remove by or as if by cutting
fratricidal
The killing of one's brother or sister.
intersect
To cut across or through
tome
One of the books in a work of several volumes.
vivisection
The act or practice of cutting into or otherwise injuring living animals, especially for the purpose of scientific research
antediluvian
Extremely old and antiquated
postprandial
Following a meal, especially dinne
prescient
possessing Knowledge of actions or events before they occur
presentiment
A sense that something is about to occur; a premonition
prognosis
A prediction of the probable course and outcome of a disease
chauvinist
Militant devotion to and glorification of one's country; fanatical patriotism.
gargantuan
Of immense size, volume, or capacity; gigantic
Machiavellian
Suggestive of or characterized by expediency, deceit, and cunning.
malapropism
Ludicrous misuse of a word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound.
mentor
A wise and trusted counselor or teacher
mesmerize
To spellbind; enthrall
odyssey
An extended adventurous voyage or trip.
quixotic
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
sadistic
The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
Extreme cruelty.
stentorian
Extremely loud
alchemy
A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting
bellicose
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious
carp
To find fault in a disagreeable way; complain fretfully.
panegyric
2. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.
quagmire
1. Land with a soft muddy surface.
2. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
mesmerize
To spellbind; enthrall
odyssey
An extended adventurous voyage or trip.
quixotic
Caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality.
sadistic
The deriving of pleasure, or the tendency to derive pleasure, from cruelty.
Extreme cruelty.
stentorian
Extremely loud
alchemy
A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting
bellicose
Warlike in manner or temperament; pugnacious
carp
To find fault in a disagreeable way; complain fretfully.
panegyric
2. Elaborate praise or laudation; an encomium.
quagmire
1. Land with a soft muddy surface.
2. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.