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affable
easy to speak to
ineffable
beyond description; taboo
dictatorial
like a dictator
diction
choice of words in writing
dictum
an authoratative expression of opinion
ditty
a simple song
edict
a decree or proclamation issued by an authority
indict
to accuse
indite
to write, compose
interdiction
a prohibition
jurisdiction
control and authority
malediction
a curse
valediction
a bidding farewell
gloss
an explanation of a difficult expression in a text
polyglot
a person who knows serveral languages well
acclamation
enthusiastic approval
clamor
a loud outcry, especially in protest
declaim
to speak loudly or passionately
forensic
referring to legal proceedings or formal debate or rhetoric
forum
a public meeting or any situationfor open discussion
lingo
unfamiliar language
lingua franca
a language used by people who do not speak a common tongue
linguist
a person who speaks several languages
circumlocution
the use of many words when few would do
colloquium
a meeting for discussion, academic setting
locution
a word or expression
loquacious
very talkative
proverbial
well known, notorious
verbatim
word for word
verbose
wordy, using excessive words
apogee
the point in its orbit when a planet is farthest from the earth; highest point
geocentric
referring to the center of the earth in measurement or observation, considering the earth as the center of a planetary system
perigee
the point in its orbit when a planet or satellite is nearest the earth
inter
to bury
terra cotta
referring to the color of the clay
terrestrial
pertaining to the earth and its inhabitants
exhume
to dig out of the ground
humus
rich, dark organic material formed by deay of natural stuff
mountebank
a windler, trickster
paramount
of chief importance, primary
promontory
a high ridge of land jutting into a body of water
pastoral
referring to the life in open country or to fields for farming or grazing
repast
a meal
rustic
typical country life and people, simple, rough
rusticate
to go to the country
ANIMUS
HATRED
equanimity
composure and calm in stressful conditions
pusillanimous
cowardly
ehter
the heavens, highly flammable liquid anesthetic
ethereal
spirit like in delicacy, heavenly
diaphanous
allowing light to show through, delicate
epiphany
a revelatory manefestation of a divine being, a flash of understanding of the true nature of something
phantasm
a phantom, apparition
sycophant
a flatterer seeking favors or gain
aspiration
strong desire for achievment
dispirited
dejected, discouraged
hyperbole
an exaggeration
hyperborean
far north, Arctic, very cold
hyperventilation
the condition of taking abnormally fast, deep breaths
vent
an outlet, to utter, to express
fervid
full of intense passion or zeal
effervescent
bubbling up fro a liquid, very excited
conflagration
a large destructive fire
flagrant
shockingly evident
inflammatory
arounsing strong emotion
flamboyant
colored or decorated in a showy way
incendiary
designed or intended to cause a fire
incense
to infuriate, to enrage
caustic
able to burn or eat away, sarcastic
cauterize
to burn with a hot iron or chemical to destroy abnormal tissure, stop infection, bleeding
pyre
a pile of wood for burning a corpse
pyrotechnic
a display of fireworks
pyromania
a compulsion to set things on fire
scintilla
a very small amount
scintillate
to give off sparks
confluence
the flowing together of two or more elements
effluent
a stream or over flow from a larger body of water
flux
a flow
dehydrate
to remove water or moisture
hydrology
the study of water and its effects on the earth, atmosphere
cormorant
a dark, hook billed sea bired, a greedy person
marinade
a liquid often seasoned with spices or herbs to flavor mear or fish for a period of time b4 booking
nauseate
to cause queasiness
nave
the long central part of a church
pontiff
a pope or bishop
pontificate
to speak with pompous authority
undulate
to have or to cause the have a wavy motion
redound
to reflect or come back either favorably or unfav
redundant
exceeding what is needed
inundate
to submerge or overflow with water
insubordinate
not submissive to authority
inordinate
excessive
ordain
to confirm priestly authority upon
ordinance
a command or order
apostle
a leader or teacher of a new faith
stolid
showing or appearing to feel no emotion
epistolary
pertaining to letter-writing or contained in letters
rectify
to set right
recititude
moral uprightness, correctness of behavior
constellation
a group of fixed stars, brilliant gathering
stellar
pertaining to the starts
asterisk
a star shaped figure used to indicate an omission or footnote
astral
of or from the stars
cosmology
the study of the whole universe
cosmopolite
a person at ease in any part of the world