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plagiarize
(v) to use and pass off as one's own ideas or writings of another; to appropriate for use as one's own passages and ideas from another.
probity
(n) complete honesty; integrity; uprightness in one's dealings
aspire
(vb) to desire strongly; to have great ambition; to yearn or to seek after
bamboozle
(vb) to deceive by trickery; to hoodwink; to dupe
hoodwink
(vb) to deceive; to take in by deceptive means
boycott
(n) 1) refusal to buy to or from or deal with a person, business, or nation esp. as a from of protest 2) a refusal to buy or use a product or service
(vb) to act toghether in refusing to use, buy from or deal with esp, as an expression of protest
cower
(vb) to cringe in fear; to crouch or draw back, as from fear of pain, to shrink or tremble as from someone's anger, threats or blows
deign
(as intransitive verb): to condescend; to be willing to do something that one considers beneath his/her dignity
divulge
(v) to reveal something (private)
eclectic
(adj) made up of what is selected from various sources
fallacy
(n) a misleading belief
empirical
(adj) depending on experience or observation alone
rail
(vb) to utter a bitter complaint
palpable
(adj) plainly seen, heard, perceived
cosmic
(adj) vast, relating to the universe
exult
(v) to shoe or feel a triumphant joy
debacle
(n) an overwhelming defeat or rout; a stunning, runious collapse or downfall
bildungsroman
(n) a novel that deals with the development or education or maturing of the main character
hypothetical
(adj) assumed; supposed; based on, involving, or having the nature of a hypothesis
hypocritical
(adj) pretending to be what one is not; pretending to be more pious or more virtuous than one really is
in lieu of
(adj) instead of
insiduous
(adj) treacherous
vivacious
(adj) full of life and animation; spirited; lively
tremulous
(adj) quivering, trembling shaking, unsteady
earthy
(adj) simple, natural, hearty (2) coarse; unrefined
proliferate
(vb) to grow rapidly; to produce or to create in great number; to multiply rapidly
cliche'
(n) an expression or idea that has become trite or is no longer fresh
prescribe
(vb) to banish; to outlaw; to forbid
succor
(n) help aid relief
(vb) to give assistance to in time of need or distress
meander
(vb) to wander without pattern or plan; to wander aimlessly or idly; to take a winding course
iridescent
(adj) having, shifting, rainbow-like colors
oxymoron
(n) a figure of speech in which opposite or contrary ideas or terms are combined
plaintive
(adj) mournful, woeful, expressing sorrow or melancholy
exobitant
(adj) excessive; extravagant; going beyond what is reasonable or fair
impart
(vb) to make known or to share; to reveal;to tell (2) to give, to give a share or portion of
presentiment
(n) a foreboding; having the feeling that something, esp of an unfortunate or evil nature, is about to occur
blandishment
(n); a flattering or ingratiating remark or act, meant to persuade (usually used plural)
magnanimous
(adj) noble in mind; high-souled esp in overlooking injury and insult
copious
(adj) very plentiful; abundant
lacerate
(vb) to tear jaggedly; to amngle (something soft, like flesh) 2) to wound or to hurt esp. one's feelings, deeply
peremptory
(adj) admitting no argument or discussion; dictatorial; imperious; dogmatic
importune
(vb) to urge or to entreat persistently or repeatedly' to trouble with requests or demands
inopportune
(adj) coming at a bad or inconvenient time
portmanteau
(n) a large stiff leather suitcase with a two-hinged compartment (it opens like a book into two compartments)
inscrutable
(adj) enigmatic;unfathomable; that cannot be easily understood
portmanteau word
(n) a word formed by merging the sounds and meanings of two different words; a word that is a combination of two other words in form and meaining (ex smog, chortle)
doleful
(adj)mornnful; full of sadness or sorrow; melancholy
salubrious
(adj) healthy; wholesome; promoting health or well being
pique
(n) resentment at being slightled; ruffled pride; a fit of displeasure
draconian
(adj) harsh; severe
chauvinism
(n) 1) fanatical patriotism; militant devotion to and glorification of one's country 2) prejudiced belief in the superiority of one's own group, gender, or kind
promethean
(adj)boldly creative
Achilles's heel
(n) a seemingly small but actual mortal weakness
mercurial
(adj) 1) volatile; quick and changeable in temperament 2) having the characteristics of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness and thievishness attributed to Mercury
bacchanal
(n) 1) drunken or riotous celebration 2) reveler
Babel
(n) a confusion of noise and sounds
In the Bible, a city (now thought to be Babylon) in Shinar where construction of a tower intended to reach heaven was ended when the builders were unable to understand each other's language
stentorian
(adj): very loud
titanic
(adj) huge; colossal; having great size or stature
Titan
(n) 1) originally, one of a family of giants, the children of Uranus and Gaea who sought to rule heaven and were overthrown by Zues; now, person of colossal size, strenght, or acheivement
lothario
(n) playboy; a seducer of women (character in play by Nicholas Rowe, "The Fair Penitent)
Procrustean
(adj) exhibiting merciless disregard for individual differences. Procrustes, a mythical Greek giant, who stretched or shortened captives to make them fit his beds.
Tending to produce conformity by violent or unreasonable means.
pate
(n) the human head; the skull
fortnight
(n) two weeks
mendacious
(adj) lying; untruthful; false; untrue
mendacity
(n) lies; untruthfulness
wraith
(n) 1) spirit or ghost of a dead person; 2) an apparition of a living person that appears as a portent just before that person's death 3) something shadowy and unsubstantial
ascertain
(vb) to find out with certainty; to discover with certainty, as through examination or experimentation
avarice
(n) greed for riches; cupidity
stationary
(adj) not moving or moveable; fixed or still; unchangin; not migratory or itinerant
(do not confuse with stationery - paper on which you write letters "e" mnemonic
resonant
(adj) 1) strong and deep in tone; resounding (a resonant voice) 2) continuing to sound in the ears or memory; echoing (resonant words of exhortation)
mollify
(adj): to calm in temper or feeling; to soothe; to soften
pungent
(adj) 1) affecting the organs of taste or smell with a sharp; acrid sensation20 penetrating, biting or caustic (pungent satire) 3) to the point; sharp 4) pointed (a pungent leaf)
wrath
(n) forceful, often vindictive anger 2) punishment or vengeance as a manifestation of anger 3) divine retribution for sin
assassin
(n) one who murders by surprise attack, esp. one who carries out a plot to kill a prominent person
extrapolate
(adj) to infer or to estimate by extending or projecting known information
adage
(n) a traditional saying; a proverb
stentorian
(n) extremely loud (Stentor in the Iliad had "the voice of 50 men"
onerous
(adj) troublesome or bothersome; oppressive; burdensome
ad hoc
(adj) concerned or dealing with a specific purpose (also: improvised or impromptu)
gingerly (adv)
(adv) cautiously; with great care or delicacy
(adj) careful; cautious
imminent
—adj.
1. likely to occur at any moment; impending: Her death is imminent.
eminent
1. high in station, rank, or repute; prominent; distinguished: eminent statesmen.
precarious
(adj)1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure: a precarious livelihood.
2. exposed to or involving danger; dangerous; perilous; risky: the precarious life of an underseas diver.
infallible
—adj.
1. absolutely trustworthy or sure:
canny
—adj.
1. careful; cautious; prudent: a canny reply.
2. astute; shrewd; knowing; sagacious: a canny negotiator.
3. skilled; expert.
uncanny
—adj.
1. having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary
discreet
—adj.
1. judicious in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
discrete
—adj.
1. apart or detached from others; separate; distinct: six discrete parts.
formidable
—adj.
1. causing fear, apprehension, or dread: a formidable opponent.
2. of discouraging or awesome strength, size, difficulty, etc.; intimidating: a formidable problem.
gargoyle
—n.
1. a grotesquely carved figure of a human or animal.
guerrilla
—n.
a member of a band of irregular soldiers that uses guerrilla warfare, harassing the enemy by surprise raids, sabotaging communication and supply lines, etc.
guru
n.
1. Hinduism.a preceptor giving personal religious instruction.
2. an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader.
3. any person who counsels or advises; mentor:
hypocrisy
n.,
—pl. -sies.
1. a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess.
preclude
v.t.
1. to prevent the presence, existence, or occurrence of; make impossible
impunity
—n.
1. exemption from punishment.
2. immunity from detrimental effects, as of an action.
redress
—n.
1. the setting right of what is wrong: redress of abuses.
2. relief from wrong or injury.
serendipity
(n) accidental good fortune
introspection
(n) self examination of ones own feelings
introvert
(n) 1. a shy person.
extrovert
n.
1. an outgoing, gregarious person.
undulate
(v) to move in a wavy fashion
incognito
(n) a person who uses a false identity
assiduous
(adj constant in effort
stately
(adj) majestic
monolithic
(adj) characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability
monolith (n) 1. an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
defenestration
(n) the act of throwing something or someone out the window
exonerate
(v) to be free of guilt or blame
emulate
(v) to try to equal or excel by imitation
retribution
(n) something given or inflicted as a reward of something done (recompense )
catacombs
(n) underground burial place
jaunty
(adj) easy or sprightly in manner or bearing
referendum
(n); The practice of voting on measures already approved by a legislative body, public vote on an item for approval or rejection
Paroxysm
(n) a sudden violent outburst
feckless
(adj) ineffective, careless
consternation
(n) dismay
disconsolate
(adj) hopelessly unhappy
neophyte
(n) novice
vicarious
(adj) performed or done by one person in place of another
ignominy
(n) shameful action
corroborate
(v) to strengthen with evidence
aberration
(n) departure from what is right or true
cupidity
(n) greed for wealth or power
latent
(adj) lying hidden or undeveloped within a person or thing
foray
(v) to ravage
(n) sudden raid or first attempt in unfamiliar field
derisive (2)
(adj) mocking
(v) deride: to mock
patronize
(v) to sponsor or support, to talk down to, to go as a customer on a regular basis
subversive
(adj) tending to overthrow
refectory
(n) a room of refreshment, dining room
prodigious
(adj) amazing, of great size
deleterious
(adj) harmful
conundrum
(n) a dilemma
esprit de corps
(n) sense of unity of a group in a task
coup de grace
(n) death blow to end misery, decisive event
ephemeral
(adj) lasting a very short time
ebullient
(adj) high spirited
denizen
(n) an inhabitant
gregarious
(adj) fond of the company of others (social), live in flocks
invariable
(adj) constant
inevitable
(adj) unable to be avoided
deploy
(v) to spread out strategically
peripatetic
(adj) walking or traveling about
enmity
(n) a feeling of hostility
tenuous
(adj) weak
sepulcher
(n) a tomb
exhort
(v) to advise or urge
rejoinder
(n) a response
incredulous
(adj) skeptical
expedite
(v) to speed up progress of
expeditious
(adj) quick
promulgate
(v) to make known publically
irrevocable
(adj) not possible to be retracted
irreconcilable
(adj) impossible to settle
felicity
(n) state of being happy
fortitude
(n) mental or emotional strength in facing difficulty
impetuous
(adj) of pertaining to or characterized by a sudden action, rash
turgid
(adj) swollen, pompous
bulwark
(n) wall, protection against external change, protective person or thing
cache
(n) hiding place, what you hide
(v) to hide something
libation
n.
1. a pouring out of wine or other liquid in honor of a god.
2. the liquid poured out.
unwonted
(adj) not usual
panacea
(n) remedy for all illness
bovine
(adj) dull, cow
droll
(adj) amusing in an odd way
fop
(n) man excessively concerned about his appearance
dupe
(n) person who is easily fooled
epistolary
(adj) contained
restive
(adj)
1. impatient of control, restraint, or delay, as persons; restless; uneasy.
2. refractory; stubborn.
dissident
(n)n.
a person who disagrees as in opinion or attitude
ensconce
(v) to settle securely or snugly, to hide
oubliette
(n) secret dungeon with opening in the ceiling
machination
(n) crafty schemes; plots, act of creating a crafty scheme or plot
cryptic
(adj) mysterious in meaning; puzzling; ambiguous
malinger
(v) to pretend illness to avoid work or other duty
anarchy
(n) state of society without government or law
truncate
(v) to shorten by cutting off a part