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apiary
place where bees are kept
travesty
imitation that makes a serious thing seem ridiculous; mockery
aviary
place where birds are kept
therapeutic
curative
halcyon
calm; peaceful
involuntary
not done of one's own free will; automatic; unintentional; spontaneous
badger
tease; annoy; nag
stigma
mark of disgrace
kith, kin
friends and relatives
harlequin
buffoon; clown
paternal
of or like a father
molt
shed feather, skin, hair, etc.
filial
of or like a son or daughter
eulogize
praise; extol; laud; glorify
humility
freedom from pride; humbleness; lowliness
parasitic
living at the expense of another; sponging
nadir
lowest point
alacrity
cheerful willingness; readiness; liveliness
precipitous
steep as a precipice
parasite
animal, plant, or person living on others
abject
deserving contempt; sunk to low condition
satitic, satirical
given to or expressing satire
humiliate
lower the pride, position, or dignity of; degrade
toxic
poisonous
progeny
offspring; children; descendants
ornithology
study of birds
anticlimax
abrupt decline from the dignified or important to the trivial or ludicrous; comedown
scavenger
animal or person removing refuse, decay, etc
fraternal
of or like a brother
sebaceous
greasy
ravine
deep, narrow gorge worn by running water
imputation
charge, esp. an unjust or false charge; insinuation; accusation
sublimate
1. redirect the energy of a person's bad impulses into socially and morally higher channels
2. purify; refine
encomium
speech or writing of high praise; tribute
plumb
get to the bottom of
banter
playful teasing; joking
nepotism
favoritism to relatives by those in power
convalescent
person recovering from sickness
zenith
highest point; culmination
caricature
drawing, imitation, or description that ridiculously exaggerates peculiarities or defects
humble
of low position or condition
stigmatize
brand with a mark of disgrace
maternal
of or like a mother
plaudit
applause; enthusiastic praise
abyss
bottomless, immeasureably deep space
ludicrous
exciting laughter, ridiculous; absurd
menial
low; mean
satire
language or writing that exposes follies or abuse by holding them up to ridicule
precipice
very steep; overhanging place; cliff
loathe
have an intense aversion to; detest
abysmal
deep; profound; immeasure
laudable
praiseworthy; commendable
preeminent
standing out above others; superior
lionize
treat as highly importan
genealogy
a person's or family's descent; lineage
sarcastic
given to or expressing sarcasm
gentility
good manners
astringent
(n) substance that shrinks tissues and checks flow of blood

(adj) severe; stern
vertex
farthest point opposite the base, as in a triangle or pyramid; apex
derogatory
expressing low esteem; belittling
earthy
coarse; low
hypochondriac
one who is morbidly anxious about personal health, or suffereing from imagined illness
chasm
deep breach; wide gap or rift
slander
false and defamatory spoken statement; calumny
profound
very deep; deeply felt
acme
highest point; summit
dregs
most worthless part; sediment at the bottom of a liquid
sardonic
bitterly sarcastic; mocking; sneering
progenitor
forefather
pestilential
morally harmful
declivity
downward slope
flippant
treating serious matters lightly
ironic, ironical
containing or expressing irony
libel
false and defamatory printed statement
laudatory
expressing praise; eulogistic
irony
species of humor whose intended meaning is the opposite of the words used
immunity
resistance (to a disease)
malign
speak evil of
immunize
make immune (resistant to a disease)
sarcasm
sneering language intended to hurt a person's feelings
regimen
set of rules, esp. to improve health
jocose
given to jesting; playfully humorous
hilarity
noisy gaiety; mirth; jollity; glee
malignant
threatening to cause death
loath
unwilling; reluctant
parody
humorous imitation
lesion
injury; hurt
fester
form pus; rankle; rot; putrefy
aversion
strong dislike
climactic
arranged in order of increasing force and interest
convalesce
recover health after illness; recuperate
volition
will
droll
odd and laughter-provoking
facetious
in the habit of joking
libelous
injurious to reputation; defamatory
salubrious
healthful
levity
lack of proper seriousness
unguent
salve; ointment
menagerie
place where animals are kept and trained; collection of wild animals
parrot
repeat mechanically, like a parrot
antidote
remedy
acclivity
upward slope
virulent
extremely poisonous; deadly; venomous
morbid
gruesome
benign
not dangerous
acclaim
welcome with approval; applaud bludly
virus
disease-causing substance too small to be seen through a microscope
calumnious
falsely and maliciously accussing;
viral
caused by a virus
apogee
farthest point from the earth in the orbit of a heavenly body
consummate
perfect, superb
eminent
standing out; notable; famous
eminence
high rank
ethereal
of the heavens; celestial; airy; delicate
exalt
lift up with joy, pride, etc