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Abyss
a deep immeasurable space
Aggrandize
to widen in space
to increase in size
agitator
political troublemaker whom upsets the status quo
ameliorate
to make or become better, or improve
anarchy
society without government or law
asceticism
rigorous self denial
bazaar
marketplace or department store
behemoth
any creator or thing of monstrous in size or paower
benign
a kindly disposition
a favorable outcome
blasphemous
uttering, containing, exhibiting irreverant/ profanity
bogged
to sink in
to be hindered or slowed
bondage
slavery or involutary servitude
callous
insensitive, hardened, indifferent
carcass
dead body
caricature
a picture exaggerating features of a person or thing
carte blanche
unconditional authority
blank check
cavalry
place of Jesus's crucifiction
a great ordeal with suffering
censure
an offical repremand
expression of disproval
circumspection
caution; careful observation
commonwealth
any group of persons joined together with a common interest
complacent
pleased
smug
unbothered
comomdity
something of use, advantage or value
conjurer
a person whom calls up spirits; sorcerer or sorceressq
crescendo
a gradual or steady increase in loudness or force

a peak in a speakers tone
critique
to view or discuss critically
cultivate
to promote or improve the growth of; to foster
cyclical
recurring in cycles
degenerate
to diminish in quality
deluge
overrun, overwhelm
demeanor
a way in which a person behaves
deplore
to disprove of
to regret deeply
despondent
feeling or showing complete hopelessness
despotic
pertaining to a ruler with absolute power; tyrainny
detractor
to draw away
to divert
diaspora
misplaced from one's homeland
digress
to deviate or wander away from the main topic
drone
a person who lives on the labors of others

to become dull
ecstatic
to be filled with excitement
empirical
derived from or guided by experience
encumbrance
a dependent person
enigmatic
perplexing, mysterious
puzzling
epoch
a particular period of history, especially one considered remarkable or noteworthy.
equilibrium
state of rest or balance
estrangement
to turn away in feeling or affection
exhibitionist
a person who behaves in ways intended to attract attention
exhortation
utterance, discourse
extraneous
inessential or not pertaining to topic at hand
falter
to hesitate
fineries
nice clothing or attire
flogged
to promote rigorously
to beat with a whip
futility
useless
lack of importance
gadfly
persistantly annoying person
galvanize
startle into sudden activity
to startle
gnarled
roughness or rugged
grandiose
more complicated or extravagent than necessary
grievous
causing great grief or sorrow
horrid
frightening or unpleasant
imperialism
policy of extending your rule over foreign countries
inapt
without aptitide or capacity
not capable
incommunicado
deprieved of any communication with others
inexplicable
unexplainable
impossible to understand
ingrained
deeply rooted
firmly fixed
insubordination
not summiting to authority
insurrection
the act or instance of rising in revolt or rebellion
jocular
jokingly
playfully
lackluster
lacking liveliness or spirit
lacking radiance
lamentably
regrettable or unfortunate
languish
to lose vigor or vitality
to lose spirit/ energy
linear
consisting of or using lines
maimed
impaired or made imperfect
majestic
having or showing lofty dignity
marginal
slight
minimal for requirements
mediocrity
average or not outstanding
melancholy
sad, depressive
gloomy state of mind
monotony
lack or variety
unvarying sound
moratorium
suspension of activity
an authorized delay
myopia
narrow-mindedness, intolerance
nimble
quick or light in movement
nostalgia
rememberance of an event
nullification
to make void
nutriment
anything that nurishes
promotes growth or development
obfuscation
to make obscure
to make confussing
objective
the goal of one's efforts
oblique
not straightforward
indirectly stated
ordinance
authoritative rule or law
ominous
foreboding, threatening
menacing
papist
insulting word for a catholic
follower of the pope
paradox
contradictory statement that somewhat represents the truth
parody
a satirical imitation
paternalistically
practice of managing or governing individuals
peevish
showing annoyance or bad mood
penchant
a strong inclination or liking for something
perplexing
confussing or troubling with uncertainty
perturbation
mental disturbance or agitation
phantasmagoric
fantastic imagery as found in dreams or the imagination
plaintive
expressing sorrow or meloncholy
plausible
having appearance of truth or reason

wellspoken or apparent
pompous
too grand in manner or speach
populace
the common people of a community
premeditation
speculating, arranging, plotting in advance
preponderance
superiority in weight force importance or influence
prodigious
wonderful or mavelous

abnormal or monstrous
profligate
utterly or shamelessly immoral
profundity
having great depth
proselytize
to introduce or convert one to one's own faith
prostrate
to overthrow or overcome
result to helplessness
provincial
person who lacks sophistication or broadmindedness
pundit
a learned person, expert or authority
purport
purpose or intention
rabble rouser
a person who stirs up the passions of the public, usually in their favor
rabid
furious or raging
irrationally extreme in opinion
raggedly
rough imperfect or faulty
repudiate
to cast off or disown
to reject in disproval
retaliate
to pay back
to return like for like
retroactive
operative with respect of past occurances
rhapsodic
extravagantly enthusiastic
rhetoric
the ability to use language effectively
rhythmical
having a flowing rhythm
ruffian
a tough lawless person
scarcity
insufficientcy or lacking of supplies
scintillating
sparkling or flashing
scrupulous
precise, exact, conscientious
secular
not connected to or pertaining to religion
sedition
rebellion against government
self actualize
finding ones full potential
senility
weakness or mental infirmaty
sheen
gleeming attire
shine
shirk
to avoid or neglect duty
shunted
to move or turn aside
sociological
dealing with the society
spectrum
a broad range of varied but related ideas
spurious
not genuine or authentic
squalid
foul or repulsive
status quo
existing condition
stodgy
dull graceless
old fashioned
stoic
One who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain
stringent
compelling, constraining
stymie
a problem with such difficulties as to discourage the solving of it
subconscious
operating in the mind below the conscious/ awareness
subjective
existing in the mind
subsequent
following in order
subsidiary
serving to assist
substantive
independent existance
subversive
in opposition with civil authorities or government
sultry
very humid or hot
emitting heat
suppress
to put an end to
to stop or arrest
surreal
having an oddly dreamlike quality
sustenance
means of liveliness
synopsis
breif summary or plot or events
tangible
touchable, palpable
taut
tightly wound
tedium
wearisome dull
tenacity
state of being tenacious
tethered
the extent of one's resources or abilities
timid
shy, quiet
topple
to tip over
trajectory
the path of a projectile
transcribed
to make an exact copy
transfiguration
metamorphosis
marked change in form
tremulous
timid. fearful
truculent
fierce, cruel, savagely brutal
unbilical
heavily dependent on a close relationship
undermine
to contradict one's authority
unendurable
intolerable
unfettered
to set free or keep from restrictions
unjust
unfair
unkempt
uncared for
utilitarian
having a useful function
viability
capable of living