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hurtle
to rush violently; move with great speed: The car hurtled down the highway.
to fling, throw violently
dormant
lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive, as in sleep; torpid: The lecturer's sudden shout woke the dormant audience.
refract
To deflect (light, for example) from a straight path by refraction, to bend it.
To alter by viewing through a medium: "In the Quartet reality is refracted through a variety of eyes" (Elizabeth Kastor).
abate
to reduce in amount, degree, intensity, etc.; lessen; diminish: to abate a tax; to abate one's enthusiasm. to diminish in intensity, violence, amount, etc.: The storm has abated. The pain in his shoulder finally abated.
gnarled
Swollen and twisted from age or ailment like a tree with gnarls (lumpy, knotty protrusions)
exult/exultant
to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant: They exulted over their victory. Joyful
lush/lushly
(of vegetation, plants, grasses, etc.) luxuriant; succulent; tender and juicy.
characterized by luxuriant vegetation: a lush valley.
persistent
lasting or enduring tenaciously: the persistent aroma of verbena; a persistent cough.
constantly repeated; continued: persistent noise.
impair(ed)
to make or cause to become worse; diminish in ability, value, excellence, etc.; weaken or damage: to impair one's health; to impair negotiations.
gingerly
with great care or caution; warily.
infuriate
to make furious; enrage.
corrosive/corrode
Gradually destructive; steadily harmful:to wear away by gradual action as by a chemical.
slacken
1. to make or become less active, vigorous, intense, etc.
2. to make or become looser or less taut.
to grate/grating
to have an irritating or unpleasant effect: His constant chatter grates on my nerves.
2. to make a sound of, or as if of, rough scraping; rasp.
lynch
to put to death, esp. by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
surge
a strong, wavelike, forward movement, rush, or sweep: the onward surge of an angry mob. A sudden rush of motion.
aghast
adjective struck with overwhelming shock or amazement; filled with sudden fright or horror: They stood aghast at the sight of the plane crashing.
caravan
a group of travelers, as merchants or pilgrims, journeying together for safety in passing through deserts, hostile territory, etc.
2. any group traveling in or as if in a caravan and using a specific mode of transportation, as pack animals or motor vehicles: a caravan of trucks; a camel caravan.
tumultuous
tumultuously
tumult
riotousness; marked by disturbance and uproar: a tumultuous celebration.
2. raising a great clatter and commotion; disorderly or noisy: a tumultuous crowd of students.
laud
lauded
to praise; extol.
clutch
to seize with or as with the hands or claws; snatch: The bird swooped down and clutched its prey with its claws.
to grip or hold tightly or firmly: She clutched the child's hand as they crossed the street.
resilient
returning to the original form or position after being bent, compressed, or stretched.
recovering readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyant.
precision
accuracy; exactness: to arrive at an estimate with precision.
in unison
a process in which all elements behave in the same way at the same time; simultaneous or synchronous parallel action: to march in unison.
homely
lacking in physical attractiveness; not beautiful; unattractive: a homely child.
not having elegance, refinement, or cultivation.
proper or suited to the home or to ordinary domestic life; plain; unpretentious: homely food.
animation
liveliness; vivacity; spirit: to talk with animation.
an act or instance of animating or enlivening. gestures that make something lively
the state or condition of being animated.
the process of preparing animated cartoons.
evident
plain or clear to the sight or understanding: His frown made it evident to all that he was displeased. It was evident that the project was a total failure.
gawky
awkward; ungainly; clumsy , often because of long ungainly limbs
defy
defiant
to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly: to defy parental authority. to challenge (a person) to do something deemed impossible: They defied him to dive off the bridge. boldly resistant or challen
rural
characteristic of the country, country life
repose
the state of reposing or being at rest; rest; sleep.
peace; tranquillity; calm.
. to lie or rest on something.
reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.
2. reluctant or restrained.
heed
to give careful attention to:
listless
having or showing little or no interest in anything; languid; spiritless; indifferent: a listless mood; a listless handshake.
melancholy
a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression.
drowsy
drowsiness
half-asleep; sleepy.
2. marked by or resulting from sleepiness.
3. dull; sluggish.
4. inducing lethargy or sleepiness: drowsy spring weather.
thwart
to oppose successfully; prevent from accomplishing a purpose.
2. to frustrate or baffle (a plan, purpose, etc.).
writhe
writhing
to twist the body about, or squirm, as in pain, violent effort, etc.
perplexity
perplex
perplexing
to cause to be puzzled or bewildered over what is not understood or certain; confuse mentally: Her strange response perplexed me.
gleaming
gleam
bright with a steady but subdued shining; "from the plane we saw the city below agleam with lights"; "the gleaming brass on the altar";
A brief beam or flash of light: saw gleams of daylight through the cracks.
perpetual
continuing or enduring forever; everlasting.
2. lasting an indefinitely long time: perpetual snow.
3. continuing or continued without intermission or interruption; ceaseless: a perpetual stream of visitors all day.
eddy
eddying
a current at variance with the main current in a stream of liquid or gas, esp. one having a rotary or whirling motion.
2. a small whirlpool.
3. any similar current, as of air, dust, or fog.
to move or whirl in eddies.
recess
temporary withdrawal or cessation from the usual work or activity.
2. a period of such withdrawal.
3. a receding part or space, as a bay or alcove in a room.
4. an indentation in a line or extent of coast, hills, forest, etc.
5. recesses, a secluded or inner area or part: in the recesses of the palace.
sullen
showing irritation or ill humor by a gloomy silence or reserve.
2. persistently and silently ill-humored; morose.
cleft
a space or opening made by cleavage; a split.
2. a division formed by cleaving.
3. a hollow area or indentation: a chin with a cleft.
reciprocate
to give, feel, etc., in return.
to make a return, as for something given.
exude
to come out gradually in drops, as sweat, through pores or small openings; ooze out.
–verb (used with object) 2. to send out, as sweat; emit through pores or small openings.
3. to project or display conspicuously or abundantly; radiate: to exude cheerfulness.
domesticate
to convert (animals, plants, etc.) to domestic uses; tame.
2. to tame (an animal), esp. by generations of breeding, to live in close association with human beings as a pet or work animal and usually creating a dependency so that the animal loses its ability to live in the wild.
to accustom to household life or affairs.
incinerate
to burn or reduce to ashes; cremate.
antagonize
to make hostile or unfriendly; make an enemy or antagonist of: His speech antagonized many voters.
parasite
an organism that lives on or in an organism of another species, known as the host, from the body of which it obtains nutriment.
2. a person who receives support, advantage, or the like, from another or others without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
recede
to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
2. to become more distant.
to draw back or withdraw from
fallacious
fallacy
logically unsound: fallacious arguments.
2. deceptive; misleading:
a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.: That the world is flat was at one time a popular fallacy.
ponder
to consider something deeply and thoroughly; meditate (often fol. by over or upon).
–verb (used with object) 2. to weigh carefully in the mind; consider thoughtfully: He pondered his next words thoroughly.
sham
something that is not what it purports to be; a spurious imitation; fraud or hoax.
pretended; counterfeit; feigned: sham attacks; a sham Gothic façade.
lurch
an act or instance of swaying abruptly.
2. a sudden tip or roll to one side, as of a ship or a staggering person.
corrupt
guilty of dishonest practices, as bribery; lacking integrity; crooked: a corrupt judge.
2. debased in character; depraved; perverted; wicked; evil: a corrupt society.
coax
to attempt to influence by gentle persuasion, flattery, etc.; cajole: He coaxed her to sing, but she refused.
revive
to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew: to revive old feuds. to refresh
2. to restore to life or consciousness: We revived him with artificial respiration.
flickering
To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
To burn unsteadily or fitfully.
discreet
discreetly
considerate in one's conduct or speech, esp. with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.
esteemed
esteem
To regard with respect; prize. See Synonyms at appreciate.
To regard as; consider: esteemed it an honor to help them.
audacious
audacity
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
boldness or daring
inquisitive
given to inquiry, research, or asking questions; eager for knowledge; intellectually curious: an inquisitive mind.
2. unduly or inappropriately curious; prying.
flummoxed
To confuse; perplex.
purloin
to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer.
–verb (used without object) 2. to commit theft; steal.
ingenious
characterized by cleverness or originality of invention or construction: an ingenious machine.
2. cleverly inventive or resourceful: an ingenious press agent.
replenish
to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.: to replenish one's stock of food.
2. to supply (a fire, stove, etc.) with fresh fuel.
3. to fill again or anew.
parapet
Fortification. a. a defensive wall or elevation, as of earth or stone, in a fortification.
b. an elevation raised above the main wall or rampart of a permanent fortification.

2. any low protective wall or barrier at the edge of a balcony, roof, bridge, or the like.
astray
out of the right way; off the correct or known road, path, or route: Despite specific instructions, they went astray and got lost.
2. away from that which is right; into error, confusion, or undesirable action or thought: They were led astray by their lust for money.
palpitating
to pulsate with unusual rapidity from exertion, emotion, disease, etc.; flutter: His heart palpitated wildly.
2. to pulsate; quiver; throb; tremble.
shirk
to evade (work, duty, responsibility, etc.).
vex
to irritate; annoy; provoke: His noisy neighbors often vexed him.
2. to torment; trouble; distress; plague; worry: Lack of money vexes many.
gnash
to grind or strike (the teeth) together, esp. in rage or pain.
2. to bite with grinding teeth.
uncanny
having or seeming to have a supernatural or inexplicable basis; beyond the ordinary or normal; extraordinary: uncanny accuracy; an uncanny knack of foreseeing trouble.
2. mysterious; arousing superstitious fear or dread; uncomfortably strange: Uncanny sounds filled the house.
horde
a large group, multitude, number, etc.; a mass or crowd: a horde of tourists.
clamor
a loud uproar, as from a crowd of people: the clamor of the crowd at the gates.
2. a vehement expression of desire or dissatisfaction
pinnacle
a lofty peak.
2. the highest or culminating point, as of success, power, fame, etc.: the pinnacle of one's career.
3. any pointed, towering part or formation, as of rock.
4. Architecture. a relatively small, upright structure, commonly terminating in a gable, a pyramid, or a cone, rising above the roof
nimble
quick and light in movement; moving with ease; agile; active; rapid: nimble feet.
2. quick to understand, think, devise, etc.: a nimble mind.
plight
a condition, state, or situation, esp. an unfavorable or unfortunate one: to find oneself in a sorry plight.
potent
powerful; mighty: a potent fighting force.
producing powerful physical or chemical effects: a potent drug.
appalling
causing dismay or horror: an appalling accident; an appalling lack of manners.
ominous
describes something that seems to be a threat, evil or harmful; foreboding; threatening; inauspicious: an ominous bank of dark clouds.
menace
something that threatens to cause evil, harm, injury, etc.; a threat: Air pollution is a menace to health.
2. a person whose actions, attitudes, or ideas are considered dangerous or harmful: When he gets behind the wheel of a car, he's a real menace.
to utter or direct a threat against; threaten.
cower
to crouch, as in fear or shame.
foreboding
to have a strong inner feeling or notion of (a future misfortune, evil, catastrophe, etc.); have a presentiment of.
ghastly
shockingly frightful or dreadful; horrible: a ghastly murder.
unquenchable
Impossible to slake or satisfy: unquenchable thirst.
Impossible to suppress, put out, or destroy: unquenchable enthusiasm.
arouse
to stir to action or strong response; excite: to arouse a crowd; to arouse suspicion.
to awaken; wake up: The footsteps aroused the dog.
decrepit
weakened by old age; feeble; infirm: a decrepit man who can hardly walk.
2. worn out by long use; dilapidated: a decrepit stove.
besiege
to lay siege to. to attack from all sides
2. to crowd around; crowd in upon; surround: Vacationers besieged the travel office.
scholar
noun - a person who has a great depth of knowledge in their chosen field of interest
- a student
From Latin - schola = school
geocentric
- viewing or measuring using the earth as a central point
- the belief widely held that adjective- the earth was at the center of the universe, which was challenged by the discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo
drafty
adj. - in a current of air
- breezy, windy
heretic
noun - a person accused of heresy, of disagreeing with central beliefs or teachings of their religion or community
devise
verb - to create, plan, think
devastate
verb - to destroy, ravage, lay waste to
- "The girl was devastated by the tragic news." She felt emotionally destroyed.
accelerate
verb - to increase in speed or cause to increase in speed
collide
verb - to come together with violent force