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entice
to tempt or lure onward in a clever, artful manner
LURE, TEMPT, ALLURE
aver
to state, assert, affirm in a positive way;to declare as true
DECLARE,ATTEST,ASSERT,AFFIRM
stigmatize
to brand or mark, either physically or verbally, in a severly negative way; to disgrace utterly
BRAND, MARK, DENOUNCE
burgeon
to grow, often rapidly
FLOURISH, BLOOM
crux
the major, vital point; an unresolved problem or question
defile
to make impure or unclean-anything from sanctuariees to a new book;to corrupt
CONTAMINATE,SULLY
perpetrate
to cause to happen, to commit
COMMIT
coerce
to dominate by force or threats
FORCE
intimate
to suggest indirectly or hint in a delicate, subtle way
SUGGEST, HINT, IMLPY, INSINUATE
atone
to satisfy or appease by making amends; to make up for a wrong doing
EXPIATE
feign
to pretend or dissemble
PRETEND, DISSEMBLE, ASSUME
disparage
to belittle or minimize another's skill or accomplishments; to degrade
BELITTLE, DENIGRATE
exhort
to rouse and urge onward
URGE, PRESS, SPUR
OR
to warn or advise urgently
ADMONISH, CAUTION
dole
a ration or allotment portioned out in regular amounts; a grant of money(or something distributed)to the poor or unemployed
RATION,PARCEL,DISTRIBUTE
redress
to right a wrong by offering compensation or by removing the cause for complaint; to avenge or exact reparation
COMPENSATE,RECTIFY,CORRECT
fiat
a decree or similiar arbitrary command; an authoritive sanction
DECREE, EDICT
abut
to border or have a common, touching boundary
TOUCH,BORDER
dupe
someone easily fooled,deceived, cheated
GULL(GULLIBLE), TRICK, FOOL
coup
a successful, sudden act or stroke; an upset or overturning
UPSET, OVERTHROW
eldritch
weird, unnatural, eerie
WEIRD, EERIE, UNEARTHLY
nurture
to foster growth and development by giving food, education, emotion support etc
NOURISH, FOSTER
whit
the tiniest particle or bit imaginable
BIT, PARTICLE
evince
to show or display clearly
REVEAL, DISPLAY, SHOW
pristine
fresh and clean, not yet corrupt
PURE,UNCORRUPTED
relinquish
to give up or renounce, usually w/ regret; to cease holding on or control of
YIELD,SURRENDER,ABANDON,RESIGN
flay
to pull off the skin in strips
FLEECE
to strip of possessions or to fleece
to criticize verbally in a sever, harsh manner
EXCORIATE
cant
hypocritical talk, especially trite religious sayings
ARGOT, DIALECT, JARGON
nebulous
vague, unclear, indistinct
INDISTINCT, CLOUDY, VAGUE
truckle
to behave as a lowly servant in an obsequious, fawning manner
TOADY,GROVEL,FAWN
brazen
unduly bold, forward, or "pushy"
IMPUDENT, INSOLENT
incorrigible
uncontrollable or uncorrectable, not manageable
UNCONTROLLABLE, DEPRAVED, DELINQUENT
catholic
all-encompassing, comprehensive
COMPREHENSIVE, WIDE-RANGING,
BROAD
lithe
gracefully and easily flexible;easily bent
FLEXIBLE
wary
characterized by wisdom and awareness of possible danger, prudently keen, alert
CAUTIOUS, CIRCUMSPECT
expedient
suitable, practical; oppurtunistic or advisable
ADVISABLE, POLITIC
mire
marsh or bog; wet, soggy slush or mud
MARSH, BOG
incumbent
referring to a duty or obligation
OBLIGATORY
gibe
taunt or scornful comment
SCOFF, TAUNT, SNEER
pastoral
referring to the countryside or rural areas; peaceful, with a suggestion of innocence and simplicity
RURAL, BUCOLIC, IDYLLIC
astringent
severe, drile austere
DRY, TONIC, PUCKERY
diffident
shy, withdrawn, and lacking confidence
SHY, RESERVED, UNASSERTIVE
brusque
abruptly short and blunt of speech or manner
CURT, BLUFF, TERSE
plausible
BELIEVABLE, CREDIBLE
rank
disgustingly crude, gross, foul
FOUL, GROSS
peruse
to study thoroughly or examine in a careful, detailed manner
STUDY, EXAMINE, CONSIDER
sect
a group unified by beliefs
PARTY, FACTION
vilify
to defame or malign by strongly negative statements; to slander
MALIGN, DEFAME, SLANDER
sham
fake, imposture;hypocrisy' an imitation or simulation of the real thing
IMPOSTURE, HOAX, FEIGN
discern
to see to reason, to conclude
REASON, CONCLUDE
wile
trick or clever strategem for deceitful purposes, or a charmingly playful trick
TRICK, GUILE
to entice or lure, to pass time peasurably
ENTICE, LURE
trite
overused to the point of stalenes; lacking freshness and originality
HACKNEYED, BANAL, COMMON, INSIPID
etymology
the study of the earliest beginnings of words
extrapolate
to use previously gathered or known info to formulate new images or ideas
DEDUCE
anecdote
a BRIEF STORY that is HUMUROUS or unusually interesting, often biographical
inundate
to overflow or overwhelm
OVERWHELM, DELUGE
epigram
a brief, typically witty saying that expresses much in a few words
connive
to conspire, plot, or intrigue secretly; to agree or plan privately
INTRIGUE, CONSPIRE, COLLUDE
double entendre
ambiguity arising from a word or phrase that may be interpreted two ways
exacerbate
to worsen or increase in severity
AGRAVATE, INTENSIFY, IRRATE
badinage
playful, light(often humorous) talk or banter
REPARTEE, BANTER, PERSIFLAGE, RAILLERY
raconteur
one who tells stories or jokes with exceptional skill
STORYTELLER
requisite
NECESSARY, ESSENTIAL, VITAL
improvise
to create or provide by use of whatever is on hand
EXTEMPORIZE
stolid
revealing little or no emotion
IMPASSIVE,PHLEGMATIC, UNEMOTIONAL
spurn
to reject or scorn with contempt; to refuse to accept
REJECT, DECLINE, SCORN
gibber
to speak with great speed, little thought, and almost zero clarity
GABBLE, CHATTER, JABBER,BABBLE
tautology
the unnecessary repetitions of words, ideas, statements
REDUNDANCY
allege
to state as truth although not proved or before proof; to give as a reason an excuse
CLAIM,ASSERT
portend
to indicate as a sign or omen of what is to come
FORESHADOW, BODE, FOREBODE, FOREWARN
garrulous
talkative to an annoying degree, boringly loquacious
TALKATIVE, LOQUACIOUS, VOLUBLE, PROLIX, WORDY
ascertain
to discover or learn with absolute certainty
DISCOVER
laconic
using as few words as possible, concise almost to the point of rudeness
TERSE,CONCISE, PITHY
succomb
to yield to a greater force or give in to a powerful desire or appeal
YIELD
irony
the use of words to convey a meaning other than the literal meaning
SARCASM, WIT
succor
to help in time of need or stress; to aid or relieve
RELIEVE, AID, HELP
articulate
to pronounce clearly and distincly
conciliate
to achieve smooth, pleasent relationships by agreeable behaviour, to reconcile
APPEASE, PACIFY, PROPITIATE
inflection
difference in loudness or pitch of the voice; the spelling change of words to show plurality, possession, tense, gender, voice, case, or mood
infer
to reach a conclusion or opinion based on facts, experiences, or conditions; to make a logical guess
DEDUCE, CONCLUDE
adulterate
to render a food or substance impure by adding an inferior or corrupting element
CORRUPT, DEBASE
malapropism
a humorous misuse of words, putting a similar-sounding word in place of the correct one
promulgate
to announce or declare openly, to proclaim
DECLARE, PROCLAIM, ANNOUNCE
riposte
a quick verbal retort, any retaliatory thrust