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Brusque
adj. aprupt, blunt, with no formalities
(bresk)
Demagogue
n. a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
('dem e gag)
Cajole
v. to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
(ke'jol)
Ennui
n. weariness and discontent from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
(an'we)
Anomalous
adj. abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
(e'nam e les)
Contrive
v. to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring bout as the result of a scheme or plan
(ken 'triv)
Arbiter
n. one having power to decide a matter at issue; a judge, umpire
('ar be ter)
Bizarre
adj. extremely strange, unusual, atypical
(bi 'zar)
Castigate
v. to punish severely; criticize severely
('kas te gat)
Aspersion
n. a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
(e 'sper zhen)
Disabuse
v. to free from deception or error, set right in ideas or thinking
(dis e 'byuz)
Vouchsafe
v. to give or furnish condescendingly; to grant
(vauch 'saf)
megalomania
n. a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
(meg e lo 'ma ne e)
surreptitious
adj. stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
(ser ep 'tish es)
transmute
v. to change from one nature, substance, or form to another; to transform
(tranz 'myut)
Immutable
adj. not subject to change, constant
(i 'myu te bel)
transgress
v. to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin; violate a law
(tranz 'gres)
heinous
adj. very wicked, offensie, hateful
('ha nes)
insurgent
n. one who rebels or rises against authority; adj. rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
(in 'ser jent)
fetter
n. a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural); anything that confines or restrains; v. to chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
('fet er)
sinecure
n. a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
('si ne kyur)
vicarious
adj. performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in plae of another
(vi 'kar e es)
Flout
v. to mock, treat with contempt
(flaut)
caveat
n. a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
('kav e at)
blazon
v. to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
('blaz en)
filch
v. to steal, especially in a sneaky way an in petty amounts
(filch)
fractious
adj. tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictible
('frak shes)
equitable
adj. fair, just, embodying principles of justice
('ek we te bel)
autonomy
n. self-government, politcal control
(o 'tan e me)
addendum
n. an addition or supplement designed to increase correctness, completeness, or currency
(e 'den dem)
amnesty
n. a gnereal pardon for an offense against a government; in general, any act of forgiveness
('am ne ste)
axiomatic
adj. self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
(ak se e 'mat ik)
extricate
v. to free from entanglements or difficulties; remove with effort
('ek stre kat)
soporific
adj. tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy, n. something that induces sleep
(sap e 'rif ik)
scathing
adj. bitterly severe, withering; causin great harm
('ska thin)
unwieldy
adj. not easily carried, handled, or managed beacuase of size or complexity
(en 'wel de)
vapid
adj. dull, uninteresting, tiresome; lacking in sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
('vap id)
prognosticate
v. to predict, especially on the basis of present indications or signs; for token
(prag 'nas te kat)
sepulchral
adj. funeral, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
(se 'pel krel)
salutary
adj. beneficial, helpful; healthy, wholesome
('sal ye ter e)
straitlaced
adj. extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct; prudish, puritanical
('strat last)
scourge
v. to whip, punish severely, n. a cause of afflication or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
(skerj)
precept
n. a rule or conduct or action
('pre sept)
transient
adj. lasting only a short time, fleeting; n. one who stays only a short time
('tran shent)
aggrandize
v. to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensity; to make appear greater
(e 'gran diz)
inscrutable
adj. impossible to see through physically; incapabl of being understood
(in 'skru te bel)
archetype
n. an original model after which similar things are patterned; a perfect or typical example
('ar ke tip)
erudite
adj. scholarly, learned; boorish, pedantic
('er yu dit)
infer
v. to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of though; to hint, suggest, imply
(in 'fer)
affable
adj. courteous and pleasant, socialable, easy to speak to
('af e bel)
amorphous
adj. shapeless, without definate form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
(e 'mor fes)
gossamer
ad. thin, light, delicate, insubstantial; n. a very thin, light cloth
('gas e mer)
aura
n. that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
('or e)
insular
adj. relating to, characteristic of, or situted on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
('in sye ler)
contraband
n. illegal traffic, smuggled goods; adj. illegal, prohibited
('kan tre band)
sleazy
dj. thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy, or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
('sle ze)
irrevocable
adj. incapable of being changed or called back
(i 'rev e ke bel)
sedulous
adj. persistent, showing industry and determination
('sej e les)
remonstrate
v. to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
(ri 'man strat)
retrench
v. to cut down, reduce in scope and cost
(ri 'trench)
inscrutable
adj. impossible to see through physically; incapabl of being understood
(in 'skru te bel)
archetype
n. an original model after which similar things are patterned; a perfect or typical example
('ar ke tip)
erudite
adj. scholarly, learned; boorish, pedantic
('er yu dit)
infer
v. to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of though; to hint, suggest, imply
(in 'fer)
affable
adj. courteous and pleasant, socialable, easy to speak to
('af e bel)
resilient
adj. able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
(ri 'zil yent)
reverberate
v. to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeadedly
(ri 'ver be rat)
querulous
adj. peevish, complaining, fretful
('kwer e les)
repudiate
v. to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
(re 'pyu de at)
propensity
n. a natural inclinatino or bent toward
(pre 'pen se te)
scurrilous
adj. coarsely, abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language -foul mouthed)
('sker e les)