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counterpart
a person or thing closely resembling or corresponding to another; a complement
effrontery
shameless boldness, impudence
ephemeral
lasting only a short time, short-lived
felicitous
appropriate, apt, well chose; marked by well-being or good fortune, happy
allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
furtive
done slyly or stealthily, sneaky, secret, shifty
coterie
a circle of acquantances; a close-knit, often exclusive group of people with a common interest
embellish
to decorate, adorn, touch up; to improve by adding details
demur
to object or take exception to; (n) an objection
convivial
with life; festive, sociable, genial
bestial
beastlike; beastly, brutal; subhuman in intelligence and sensibility
raiment
clothing, garments
garish
glaring; tastelessly showy or overdecorated ini a bulgar or offensive way
misanthrope
a person who hates or despises people
indigent
needy, impoverish
picayune
of little value or importance, paltry, measly; convernced with trifling matters, small-minded
pertinacious
very persistent; holding firmly to a course of action or set of beliefs; hard to get rid of, refusing to be put off or denied
wraith
a ghostly apparition, specter
inordinate
far too great, exceeding reasonable limits, excessive
threshold
the board or stone that lies under a door, sill; the place or point of entering or beginning, outset
illusory
misleading, deceptive; lacking or not based on reality
jettison
to cast overboard, get rid of as unnecessary or burdensome
echelon
a level of command; a steplike formation
irrefutable
that cannot be disproved; beyond argument
allege
to assert without proof or confirmation
fatuous
stupid or foolish in a self-satisfied way
lackadaisical
lacking spirit or interest, half-hearted
juggernaut
a massive and inescapable force or object that crushes whatever is in its path
exacerbate
to make more violent, severe, bitter or painful
conciliate
to overcome the distrust of, win over; to appease, pacify
arrant
thoroughgoing, out-and-out; shameless, blatant
countermand
to cancel, or reverse one order or command with another that is contrary to the first
saturnine
of gloomy or surly disposition; cold or sluggish in mood
litany
a prayer consisting of short appeals to God recited by the leader alternating with responses from the congregation; a long list
macabre
grisly, gruesome; horrible, distressing; having death as a subject
substantive
pertianing to the essence or substance of something; existing in itsown right; real, not apparent; solid; of major importance
recant
to withdraw a statement or belief to which one has previously been committed, renounce, retract
paucity
an inadequate quantity, scarcity, dearth
raze
to demolish
portend
to indicate befroehand that something is about to happen; to give advance warning of
melange
a mixture, medley
saturate
to soak thoroughly, fill to capacity; to satisy fully
slough
to cast off, discard; to get rid of something objectionable or unnecessary; to plod through or as if through mud
imperturbable
not easily excited; emotionally steady
paroxysm
a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
increment
an enlargement, increase, addition
collusion
secret agreement or coorperation
dilettante
a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an amateurish, trifling way
acclamation
a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
bucolic
characteristic of teh countryside, rural, rustic
paltry
trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable, interior, trashy
calumniate
to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
mandate
an authoritative command, formal order, authorization
chary
extremely cautious, hesitant, or slow with; reserved, diffident
shibboleth
a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others; a commonplace saying, truism
refulgent
shing, radiant, resplendent
tyro
a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
peregrination
the act of traveling; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
redolent
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
proffer
to present or offer
pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge
profane
impure, defiled
unremitting
not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
vituperative
harshly abusive, severly scolding
vacillate
to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
benign
gently, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
attenuate
to make thin or slender; to weaken
cavil
to find fault in a petty way, carp
foible
weak point, failin, minor flaw
charlatan
one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quak
concomitant
accompanying; occuring concurrently
askance
with suspicion, mistrust or disapproval
decimate
to kill or destroy
concatenation
a linking together in a sequence; a chain
forgo
to do without, abstain from, give up
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion
peremptory
having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial or refusal
inure
to toughen, harden; to ender used to something by long subjection or exposure
penitent
regretful for one's sins or mistakes
obsequious
maked by slavish attentiveness; excessibely submissive, often for purely self-interested reasons
sporadic
occuring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away
reconnoiter
to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
oscillate
to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
luminous
emitting or reflecting light, flowing; illuminating
obtuse
blunt, not coming to a point
burnish
to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm
delectable
delightful, delicious
abrogate
to repeal, cancel
asperity
roughness, severity
detritus
loose bits and peices of material resulting from disintegration or wearing away
desuetude
disuse, the state of being discontinued
ambient
completely surrounding
cabal
a small group working in secret
deprecate
to express mild disapproval; to belittle
eclectic
drawn from different sources
sequester
to set apart, seperate for a special purpose
moribund
dying, on the way out
necromancer
one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic; magician
winnow
to get rid of something unwanted; delete
flaccid
limp, not firm
rife
common, prevalent
inexorable
beyong influence; relentless; unyielding
onerous
burdensome, oppressive
emanate
to proceed or some forth from some point of origin
impecunious
having little or no money
rudiments
the parts of any subject or discipling that are first learned; basics
tyro
beginner, novice