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Transcend:
v) to rise above or beyond, exceed
Simulate:
v) to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of
Provincial:
adj) pertaining to an outlying area; narrow minded or inexperienced, not gone out of a confined zone; local, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside
n) A person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony
Prerogative:
n) a special right or privilege; a special quality showing excellence
Petulant:
adj) peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset
Meritorious:
adj) worthy, deserving recognition and praise
Lurid:
adj) causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint
Jaded:
adj) wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satisfied by excessive indulgence)
Intercede
v) to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement
Innuendo:
n) a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)
Hiatus:
n) a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)
Hackneyed:
adj) cliché, lacking originality, overdone, used so often as to lack freshness or originality
Expostulate:
v) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or decision by earnest reasoning; to disprove someone/ persuade them not to do..
Elicit
v) to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)
Decadence
n) decline, decay, or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence
Coalition:
n) a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose
Assuage
v) to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench
Approbation
n) the expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval
Ameliorate
v) to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
Aplomb:
n) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
Bombastic:
adj) pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
Callow
adj) without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
Drivel:
n) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense, silliness, not well thought out;
v) To let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly
Epitome:
n) a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
Exhort
v) to urge strongly, advise earnestly
Ex officio:
adj, adv) by virtue of holding a certain office
Infringe
v) to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds
Ingratiate:
v) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)
Interloper
n) one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder
Intrinsic:
adj) belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
Inveigh:
v) to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
Lassitude:
n) weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
Millennium:
n) a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy
Occult:
adj) mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means;
v) To hide, conceal; eclipse
n) Matters involving the supernatural
Permeate:
v) to spread through, penetrate, soak through
Precipitate:
v) fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height; to give distinct form to;
Adj) characterized by excessive haste
n) Moisture; the product of an action or process
Stringent:
adj) strict, severe; rigorously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
Surmise:
v) to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess
n) Likely idea that lacks definite proof
Abominate:
v) to have an intense dislike or hatred for
Acculturation
n) the modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend
Adventitious:
adj) resulting from chance rather than from an ingerent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital
Ascribe
v) to assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute
Circuitous
adj) roundabout, not direct
Commiserate
v) to sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress
Enjoin
v) to direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit
Expedite
v) to make easy, cause to progress faster
Expiate
v) to make amends, make up for; to avert
Ferment
n) a state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence;
v) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action
inadvertent
adj) resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental
nominal
adj) existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously
noncommittal
adj) not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no
peculate
v) to steal something that has been giving into one’s trust; to take improperly for one’s own use
proclivity
n) a natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)
Sangfroid
n) composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances
Seditious
adj) resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government
Tenuous
adj) thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported
Vitriolic
adj) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)
Wheedle
v) to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end
Affable
adj) courteous and pleasant, sociable, easy to speak to
Aggrandize
v) to increase in greatness, power, or wealth; to build up or intensify; to make appear greater
Amorphous
adj) shapeless, without definite form; of no particular type or character; without organization, unity, or cohesion
Aura:
n) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality
Contraband:
n) illegal traffic, smuggled goods
Adj) illegal, prohibited
Erudite
adj) scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic
Gossamer
adj) thin, light, delicate, insubstantial;
n) A very thin, light cloth
Infer
v) to find out by reasoning; to arrive at a conclusion on the basis of thought; to hint, suggest, imply
Inscrutable:
adj) incapable of being understood; impossibly to see through physically
Insular
adj) relating to, characteristic of, or situated on an island; narrow or isolated in outlook or experience
Irrevocable:
adj) incapable of being changed or called back
Propensity
n) a natural inclination or predilection toward
Querulous
adj) peevish, complaining, fretful
Remonstrate:
v) to argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to
Repudiate
v) to disown, reject, or deny the validity of
Resilient
adj) able to return to an original shape or form; able to recover quickly
Reverberate
v) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly
Scurrilous
adj) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed
Sedulous:
adj) persistent, showing industry and determination
Sleazy
adj) thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable
Anomalous
adj) abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual
Aspersion:
n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
Bizarre
adj) extremely strange, unusual, atypical
Brusque
adj) abrupt, blunt, with no formalities
Cajole
v) to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises
Castigate:
v) to punish severely; to criticize severely
Contrive
v) to plan with ingenuity, invent; to bring about as the result of a scheme or plan
Demagogue
n) a leader who exploits popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
Disabuse:
v) to free from deception or error; set right in ideas or thinking
Ennui
n) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom
Fetter
n) a chain or shackle placed on the feet (often used in plural) anything that confines or restrains;
v) To chain or shackle; to render helpless or impotent
Heinous:
adj) very wicked, offensive, hateful
Immutable:
adj) not subject to change, constant
Insurgent
n) one who rebels or rises against authority;
Adj) rising in revolt, refusing to accept authority; surging or rushing in or on
Megalomania
n) a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality
Sinecure
n) a position requiring little or no work; an easy job
Surreptitious
adj) stealthy, secret, intended to escape observation; made or accomplished by fraud
Transgress
v) to go beyond a limit or boundary; to sin, violate a law
Transmute
v) to change from one nature, substance, or form to another
Vicarious
adj) performed, suffered, or otherwise experienced by one person in place of another
unctuous
adj) excessively smooth or smug; slimy, slick; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety;fatty, oily; pliable
umbrage
n) offense; shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade/cover; an overshadowing influence or power, resentment; a vague suspicion
scathing
adj) bitterly severe, withering, causing a great harm
precept
n) a rule of conduct or action
amnesty
n) a general pardon for an offense against a government, in general, any act of forgiveness or absolution
blazon
v) to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely
equitable
adj) fair, just, embodying principles of justice
fractious
adj)tending to be troublesome; unruly, quarrelsome, contrary; unpredictable
transient
adj)lasting only a short time, fleeting
n)one who stays only a short time
straitlaced
adj)extremely strict in regard to moral standards and conduct, prudish, puritanical
unwieldy
adj) not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity
scourge
v)to whip, punish severely
n)a cause of affliction or suffering; a source of severe punishment or criticism
vapid
adj) dull, uninteresting, tiresome, lacking sharpness, flavor, liveliness, or force
sepulchral
adj) funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal
soporific
adj)tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy
n)something that induces sleep
flout
v) to mock, treat with contempt
filch
v) to steal, especially in a sneaky way and in petty amounts
extricate
v) to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort
caveat
n) a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior
axiomatic
adj) self-evident, expressing a universally accepted principle or rule
aspersion
n) a damaging or derogatory statement; the act of slandering or defaming
autonomy
n) self-governement, political control
salutary
adj)beneficial, helpful;healthful, wholesome