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copious
abundant; plentiful
tenacious
tough; stubborn; not letting go
surreptitious
done or acting in a secret, sly manner
voracious
an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; eager to consume great amounts of food
officious
ready to serve; eager in offering unwanted services or advice
spurious
not genuine; false
onerous
troublesome or oppressive; burdensome
gregarious
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
pious
devout or virtuous; holy
scrupulous
careful of small details; honest; conscientious
attrition
a gradual reduction or weakening; a rubbing away
edification
enlighten; instruct
ablution
a cleansing with water or other liquid, especially as a religious ritual; the liquid used in such an act
elocution
the art of public speaking
writhe
to cause to twist or bend; to suffer acutely, as in pain or embarrassment
pedestrian
ordinary; moving on foot
carrion
dead or rotting flesh
pinion
bind the wings so as not to fly; confine
kismet
fate
ambivalence
indecision; experiencing contradictory emotions
deploy
to arrange strategically
cavalier
casual; carefree and nonchalant; arrogant disregard; n, a gallant gentleman
egg
to encourage or incite to action
mete
to distribute by or as if by measure; allot
nullify
to make useless; cancel; undo
embroil
to involve in argument or hostile action; to throw in disorder
waffle
to speak or write evasively
ascribe
to attribute to a specific cause, source, or origin
enhance
to improve; to intensify
impair
to cause to diminish, as in strength, value, or quality
terse
brief and to the point; concise
coerce
to force someone by threatening or physically overpowering him
diverse
different; varied
abate
to reduce
abide
to remain; continue; stay; endure
gambit
to take a risk for some advantage
jaunt
a short pleasure trip
frank
straightforward; open and sincere in expression
lithe
bending easily and gracefully
aesthetic
having to do with artistic beauty
gullible
easily cheated or fooled
mawkish
excessively and objectionably sentimental
raffish
cheaply vulgar in apprearance or nature; tawdry; disreputable
continuum
a continuous whole without clear division into parts
travail
strenuous physical or mental labor or effort; the labor of childbirth
intrepid
fearless; bold
languid
lacking energy; weak; showing little interest in anything
exodus
a mass departure
influx
a mass arrival or incoming; a continuous coming
abash
to make ashamed or uneasy
incessant
continuing without interruption; nonstop
latent
laying hidden or undeveloped; potential
eloquent
extremely expressive in speech, writing, or movement
diffident
lacking self-confidence; timid
malcontent
dissatisfied with existing conditions
eminent
standing out, renowned; distinguished; prominent
wince
to flinch; to shrink back or start aside, as from a blow or pain
prudent
cautious; discreet; exercising good judgment
augment
to make or become greater
embullience
enthusiastic; bubbling with excitement
rhetoric
the art or study of using language effectively and persuasively; over-elaborate language
dogmatic
characterized by an authoritative, often arrogant, assertion of opinions or beliefs
philippic
a verbal denunciation characterized by harsh, insulting language; a tirade
pendemic
widespread; general
idyllic
charming in a rustic way; naturally peaceful
cryptic
having an ambiguous or hidden meaning
choleric
hot-tempered; quick to anger
peccadillo
a slight or trifling sin; a minor offense
emphatic
forcibly expressive
logistics
the management of the details of an operation
circumspect
cautious; heedful of situations and potential consequences
abstract
difficult to understand; impersonal; theoretical
defunct
dead or inactive; having ceased to exist
succinct
brief and to the point; concise and terse
palpable
capable of being touched or felt
accountable
expected to answer for one's actions; responsible, liable, answerable
ostensible
apprearing as such; offered as genuine or real
pliable
receptive to change; easily persuaded or controlled; easily bent or twisted
adroit
skillful; deft
bauble
a small, inexpensive trinket
skullduggery
trickery; underhandedness
ancillary
helping; providing assistance; subordinate
sedentary
characterized by or requiring much sitting; accustomed to little exercise
cursory
rapid and superficial; performed with haste and scant attention to detail
predatory
victimizing or destroying others for one's own gain; pillaging
symmetry
exact correspondence of form on opposite sides of a dividing line
tawdry
gaudy and cheap in appearance or nature
ambulatory
of or for walking; capable of walking
idolatry
blind or excessive devotion to something
pecuniary
consisting of or relating to money
panorama
an unbroken view of a wide area
saga
a long story, often telling the history of a family
plethora
a state of excessive fullness; superabundance
gradient
a rate of inclination; a slope
adherent
a follower of a leader; supporter
vent
a means of escape or release; an outlet; a small hole
armament
military supplies and weapons; the process of arming for war
presentiment
a sense that something is about to occur; a premonition
corpulent
fat, obese
circumvent
to surround; enclose; bypass
atone
to make amends
devoid
entirely without; lacking
replete
full or supplied to the utmost; gorge
mammoth
huge; gigantic
baleful
threatening; hurtful; malignant; ominous
diminution
the act or process of diminishing; reduction
purblind
having poor vision; nearly or partly blind
ethereal
very light; airy; delicate; heavenly
lackadaisical
showing lack of interest; listless
bland
lacking flavor or zest; dull
cascade
a waterfall; anything resembling a waterfall
palisade
a fortification of timbers set in the ground; an extended cliff
fusillade
a rapid outburst or barrage
parable
a simple story illustrating a moral or religious lesson
paradigm
a pattern that serves as a model or example
patriarch
the leader of a family or tribe
maladroit
clumsy; inept
malaise
a vague feeling of bodily discomfort, as at the beginning of an illness
malice
a desire or intention to harm others or see them suffer
malodor
a bad odor
paragon
a model or pattern of excellence
strife
bitter conflict; quarrel; fight
appease
to soothe; to pacify or relieve by giving into
lampoon
a light, good-humored satire
boon
a timely benefit; a blessing
poltroon
a coward
brazen
bold, shameless; impudent; also like brass
conundrum
a dilemma; any problem or puzzle
covert
secret; hidden; concealed
bootleg
to smuggle; to make, sell, or transport for sale illegally
diatribe
a bitter verbal attack
offal
waste parts especially of a butchered animal; rubbish
parley
a conference, especially between enemies
fray
fight or scuffle; brawl
lambaste
to give a thrashing; scold
cataclysm
a violent upheaval or change
escapade
an adventurous unconventional act
eschew
to avoid or shun
ransack
to search thoroughly; pillage
camaraderie
comradeship; friendship
iconoclast
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions
sage
a person of wisdom and prudence
nemesis
an opponent that cannot be beaten or overcome
dolt
a stupid person
clone
an exact duplicate
carnivore
a flesh-eating animal
despot
an absolute ruler
courier
a messenger
specter
a ghost or phantom
mogul
a very rich or powerful person; a magnate
bovine
of, relating to, or resembling an animal such as an ox, cow or buffalo; solid; dull
supine
lying on the back with the face turned upward; inclined
asinine
silly; stupid
maritime
near the sea; concerning with shipping or navigation
sublime
impressive; inspiring awe; majestic
serene
clear; calm; tranquil
forebode
to predict or foretell
bombastic
high sounding; use of language without much real meaning
winnow
to rid of undesirable parts
spawn
to give rise to; to produce in large numbers
prodigious
enormous in size, quantity, degree; marvelous, amazing
boor
a rude person; someone that is unrefined
panache
dashing elegance of manner or style
forbearance
patience
agog
highly excited by eagerness
forthright
frank; going straight to the point
profound
intellectually deep or penetrating; reaching to, rising from, or effecting the depths of one's nature
fiasco
a complete or humiliating failure
doleful
sorrowful; melancholy
opaque
having no luster; dull; hard to understand
annals
descriptive record; history
tome
a large book
cataract
a large waterfall; a deluge; an eye abnormality
booty
loot; the spoils of war; goods or property seized by force; a valuable prize
animated
having life; alive; filled with activity, vigor, or spirit
jetsam
cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten an imperiled vessel; discarded odds and ends
portal
an entrance, door or gate
throng
a large group of people gathered closely together
barrage
a curtain of artillery fire; any overwhelming attack, as of words or blows
elite
the best or most skilled members of a group
fetter
to restrain; to hamper
torpid
dormant; inactive; lethargic
torrid
intensely hot; burning; passionate; rapid
pinguid
fat
dishevel
to make untidy; to disarrange the hair or clothing of
nettle
to irritate; vex
mottle
to mark with spots or blotches of different shades or colors