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CIRCUMSPECT
to look around, or be cautious; heedful of potential consequences; prudent
CONJECTURE
a conclusion deduced from defective of presumptive evidence
MIEN
air or bearing especially as expressive of attitude or personality
STRICTURE
1. a restraint, limit, or restriction
2. an adverse remark or criticism; censure
3. Pathology. An abnormal narrowing of a duct or passage
EFFUSIVE
1. unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy
2. profuse; overflowing
PROGNOSTICATE
1. to predict according to prsent indications or signs; foretell
2. to foreshadow; portend
LOO
a card game in which each player contributes stakes to a pool
PIQUET
a card game for two people, played with a deck from which all cards below seven, aces being high, are omitted
PANEGYRIC
elaborate praise; an encomium; for expression of praise; a eulogy
FASTIDIOUS
possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to deal
SUPERCILIOUS
feeling or showing haughty disdain-low opinion
PIQUE
a state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride
PEDANTIC
characterized by a strict adherence to formal rules or literal meaning at the expense of a wider view; didactic
COMPLAISANCE
the inclination to comply willingly with the wises of others; amiability
INSIPID
lacking qualities that excite, stiumulate, or interest; dull; lacking flavor
PETTICOAT
1. a woman's slip or underskirt ath is often full and trimmed with ruffles or lace.
2. something, such as a decorative valance or flounce, that resembles a woman's underskirt
DECORUM
1. appropriateness of behavior or confuct; propierty
2. the conventions or requirements of polite bhavior
3. the appropriateness of an element of an artistic or literary work, such as style or tone, to its paticular circumstance or to the composition as a whole
PALTRY
lacking in importance or worth
STILE
steps for crossing a fence or wall; a vertical member of panel or frame, as in a door or window sash
SOLICITUDE
1. the state of being caring or concerning, as for the well-being of another
2. a cause of anxiety or concern.
INDOLENT
1. disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy
2. causing little or no pain, as a tumor
3. slow to heal, grow, or develop, as an ulcer; inactive
PLIANT
capable of plying or bending; readily yielding to force or pressure without breaking; flexible, pliable, lithe, limber, plastic; easily influence for good or evil; tractable
MANOR
the land belonging to a lord or nobleman or so much land as a lord or great personage kept in his own hands, for the use and subsistence of his family
DUCTILITY
the property of a metal which allows it to be drawn into wires or filaments; easily molded or shaped
CHAISE
any of various light, open carriages, often with a collapsible hood, esp. a two-wheeled carriage drawn by a horse
SCRUPULOUS
principled; conscientious and exact; painstaking
CAPRICE
an impulsive change of mind; a sudden, umpredictable action
PHAETON
a light, four-wheeled open carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses
DIFFIDENCE
being timid or shy
APPROBATION
an expression of warm approval; praise; official approval
CORPULENT
having a large bulky body
GLIB
marked by ease and informality
PELISSE
a long cloak or coat made of fur or lined or trimmed with fur
PORTENTOUS
of, realting to, or constituting something that foreshadows a coming event
VOLUBLE
easily rolling or turning
DEBAUCHERY
extreme indulgence in sensuality
LANGUID
drooping or flagging from or as if from exhaustion
ABJECT
sunk to or existing in a low state or condition
AVID
desirous to the point of greed: urgently eager
POTATIONS
a usually alcoholic drink or brew
FLORID
very flowery in style
TENEMENT
a run-down, low rent apartment
IRRESOLUTE
uncertain how to act or proceed
SULTRY
very hot and humid
LOATH
unwilling to do something contrary to one's ways of thinking
DRAY
a vehicle used to haul goods
AUDACITY
bold or arrogant disregard of normal restraints
RUSK
hard crisp bread originally used as ship's stores
PALTRY
inferior, trashy, cheap
TORPOR
apathy, dullness; netal and motor inactivity
FATUITY
something foolish or stupid
FERAL
untamed, or suggestive of a wild beast
CAUSTIC
marked by incisive carcasm
FORTUITOUS
ocurring by chance
QUINTESSENCE
highly concentrated essence of something in its purest form; the most typical example or representative
SAMOVAR
an urn with a spigot at its base used especially in Russia to bil water for tea
INCONGRUOUS
lacking congruity; not harmonious; out of place
ANEMIC
having a condition in which the blood is deficient in red blood cells, in hemoglobing, or in total volume; lacking vigor/energy
PHANTASMAGORIA
an exhibition or display of optical effects and illusions
BOOR
a rude or insensitive person
EPILOGUE
a short addition or concluding section at the end of a literary work, often dealing with the future of its characters
EXCULPATE
to clear of guilt or blame
CONFLAGRATION
a large destructive fire
OBSEQUIOUS
full of or exhibiting servile compliance, fawing (brown noser)
PROFLIGATE
given over to dissipation; dissolute; wildly extravagant
SCHISMATIC
of, relating to, or engaging in schism
DISSIMILATION
the act or process of making or becoming displaced or changed; disguised; feigned; appeared
FERRET
to drive out
EFFACE
to erase or make indistict by or as if by rubbing; wipe out
INEXORABLE
not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; unyielding
CONCOMITANT
existing or occurring concurrently; accompanying; attendant
DEFERENCE
submission or courteous yielding to the opinion wises or judgement of another
PATHOS
a quality that arouses feelings of pity, sympathy, tenderness, or sorrow
SURREPTITIOUSLY
performed, made or acquired by secret, clandestine, or stealthy means
PAROXYSM
a sudden outburst of emotion or action
CONJECTURE
inference based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; to guess
AFFABLE
easy to speak to; amiable
DEJECTION
the state of being depressed; melancholy
RAKE
immoral person
STULTIFY
to render useless or ineffectual; cripple
LOUSE
any of numberous small, flat-bodied, wingless biting or sucking insects of the order Anoplura, many of which are external parasites on various animals including man
CASUISTRY
the determination of right and wrong in questions of conduct or conscience by the application of general principles of ethics
PEREMPTORILY
putting an ed to all debate or action
PROPENSITY
an innate inclination; tendency
COUNTENANCE
appearance, esp. the expression of the face.
2. the face or fcial features
HARBINGER
one that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; forerunner
AXIOM
a self evident or universally recognized truth; maxim
INURED
to make used to something undesirable; esp by prolonged sbjection; accustom
PERNICIOUS
tending to cause death or serious injure; deadly
2. causing great harm; destruction
ARBITER
one chosen or appointed to judge or decide a disputed issue; arbitrator
PRAGMATIC
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
PERFUNCTORY
acting with indifference; showing little interest or care
DISQUIETUDE
worried unease; anxiety
BOWER
rustic cottage or chamber; attractive dwelling or retreat
ZEUGMA
a construction in which a singleword, especially a verb or an adjective, is applied to two or more nounds when its sense is appropriate to only one of them or to both in different ways
PEJORATIVE
tending to make or become worse. disparaging; belitting
PITHY
precisely meaningful; forecful and brief
LETHARGY
a state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy
GARRULOUS
given to excessive and often trivial or rambling talk; tiresomely talkative
HERCULEAN
requiring the strength of Hercules; hence, very greaty, difficult, or dangerous
BOWDLERIZE
to expurgate prudishly. to modify, as by shortening or simplifying or by skweing the content in a certain manner
PANDEMONIUM
a very noisy place: wild uproar or noise
PANDER
to act as a go-between or liaison in sexual intrigues; function as a procurer
QUIXOTIC
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality. capricious; impulsive
CYNICAL
negative or pessimistic, as from world-wearines
STOIC
one who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
STIGMA
a mark or token of infamy, disgrace, or reproach: a small mark; a scar or birthmark
IMPEDE
to retard or obstruct the progress of
EXPEDITE
to speed up the progress of; accelerate
TANTALIZE
to excite by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach
GALVANIZE
to stiumlate or shock with an electric current
OSTRACIZE
to exclude from a group
LACONIC
using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise
DILATORY
intended to delay. tending to postpone or delay
AVER
to affirm positively; declare
FASTIDIOUS
possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail
INFERNAL
of or relating to a lower word of the dead
SCINTILLATING
brilliantly clever
APPELLATION
a name, title, or designation
PLIABLE
easily bent or shaped
MERCURAIL
quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
DIFFIDENT
lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid; reserved in manner
INDUCE
to infer by inductive reasoning; persuasive; to cause
BILATERAL
having or formed of two sides; two-sided
VIRAGO
a large, strong, courageous woman
PRECEPTOR
a teacher, an instructor
NOSTRUM
a quack rememdy
PEREGRINATION
travel (especially by foot)
PLATITUDE
lack of originality; triteness
PARAGON
a model of excellence of perfection of a kind; a peerless example
EXCORIATE
to tear or wear off the skin; abrade
AMENABLE
responsive to advice; authority, or suggestion; willing
REPINE
to be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret. to yearn after something
NEBULOUS
cloudy, misty or hazy
ODIOUS
arousing or meriting strong dislike, aversion, or intense displeasure
EXPIATE
to make amends; atone
CIRCUMLOCUTION
a roundabout expression
CAJOLE
to urge with gentle and repated appeals, teasking or flattery; wheedle
GAFFE
a socially awkward or tactless act
SUBROGATE
to substitue one person for another
CIRCUMSPECT
heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent
CONGRUENCE
agreement; harmony; conformity or correspondence
ERSTWHILE
in the past; at a former time; formerly
FORTNIGHT
a period of 14 days; two weeks
SATURNINE
melancholy or sullen
DERELICTION
willful neglect, as of dusty or principle. the act of abandoning; abandonment
ELYSIUM
a place or condition of ideal happiness
FLIPPANT
talkative; voluble. disrespectful levity; speaking with ease and rapidity
IGNOMINY
great personal dishonor or humiliation
PROSAIC
lacking in imagination and spirit; dull
LOQUACIOUS
very talkative; garrulous
EXTRICATE
to release from an entaglement or difficulty; disengage
EPHEMERAL
a markedly short-lived thing
LIVID
extremely angry; furious
RANKLE
to become sore or inflamed; fester
INSPIPID
lacking flavor or zest; not tasty
CAPRICIOUS
charaterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredicatble
ENVERVATE
to weakn or destory the strength or vitality of
COTERIE
a small, often select group of persons who associate with one another frequently
ENNUI
listlessness and dissastifaction resulting from lack of interest, boredom
MOOT
to discuss or debate
HISTRIONIC
excessively dramatic or emotional; affected
PROBITY
complete and confirmed integiry; uprightness
STENTORIAN
extremely loud
SUBLIME
characterized by nobitlity; majestic
TURGID
swollen or distended, as from a fluid; bloated
UMBRAGE
offense; resentment
WRY
dryly humorous; often with a touch of irony
TACITURN
habitually untalkative
DISSEMBLE
to make a flase show of; feign
DOGMA
an authoritative princple, belief, or statemnt of ideas or opinion, especially one considered to be absolutely true
APLOMB
self-confident assurance; pose
SURREY
a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having two or four seats
BLASPHEMY
the act of claiming for oneself the attributes and rights of God
DEMURE
modest and reserved in manner or behavior
PUERILE
belonging to childhood; juvenile. immature; childish
DISSIPATION
an amusement; a diversion
ANTEBELLUM
belonging to the period before a war, especially the American civil war
TRAVESTY
an exaggerated or grotesque imitation; such as a parody of a literary work