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adage
(n.) a proverb, wise saying
churlish
(adj.) lacking politeness or good manners; lacking sensitivity; difficult to work with or deal with; rude
discordant
(adj.) disagreeable in sound, jarring; lacking in harmony, conficting
excerpt
(n.) a passage taken from a book, article, etc.; (v.) to take such a passage; to quote
laggard
(n.) a person who moves slowly or falls behind; (adj.) falling behind; slow to move, act, or respond
plaudits
(pl. n.) applause; enthusiastic praise or approval
avowed
(adj. pl.) declared openly and without shame, acknowledged
enterprising
(adj.) energetic, willing and able to start something new; showing boldness and imagination
frugal
(adj.) economical, avoiding waste and luxury; scanty, poor, meager
invalidate
(v.) to make valueless, take away all force or effect
venerate
(v.) to reguard with reverence, look up to with great respect
wanton
(adj.) reckless; heartless, unjustifiable; loose in morals; (n.) a spoiled, pampered person; one withlow morals
audacious
(adj.) bold, adventurous, recklessly daring
grapple
(n.) an iron hook used to grab and hold; (v.) to come to grips with, wrestle with, fight with
myriad
(adj.) in very great numbers; (n.)a very great number
prodigious
(adj.) immense, extraordinary in bulk, size, or degree
willful
(adj.) stubbornly self-willed; done on purpose, deliberate
perspective
(n.) a point of view or general standpoint from which different things are viewed, physically or mentally; the appearance to the eye of various objects at a given time, place, or distance
annul
(v.) to reduce to nothing; to make ineffective or inoperative; to declare legally invalid or void
frivolous
(adj.) of little importance, not worthy of serious attention; not meant seriously
ornate
(adj.) elaborately decorated; showily splendid
oust
(v.) to remove, drive out of a position or place
solicitous
(adj.) showing concern or care; fearful or anxious about someone or something
staid
(adj.) serious and dignified; quite or subdued in character or conduct
disdain
(v.) to look upon with scorn; to refuse scornfully; (n.) a feeling of contempt
epitaph
(n.) a brief statement written on a tomb or gravestone
facetious
(adj.) humorous, not meant seriously
plausible
(adj.) appearing true, reasonable, or fair
volatile
(adj.) highly changeable, fickle; tending to become violent or explosive; changing readily from the liquid to the gaseous state
proximity
(n.) nearness, closeness
abashed
(adj., part.) embarrassed or ashamed
finesse
(n.) delicate skill; tact and cleverness; (v.) to accomplish something by cleverness, good judgment, or skillful evasion
forthright
(adj., adv.) frank, direct, straight forward
genial
(adj.) cordial, pleasantly cheerful or warm
ostracize
(v.) to exclude from a group, banish, send away
pseudonym
(n.) a pen name, name assumed by a writer
excise
(v.) to remove by cutting; (n.) an indirect tax on the manufacture, sale, or distribution of a commondity or service
haggard
(adj.) thin, pale, and careworn as a result of worry or suffering; wild-looking
menial
(adj.) lowly, humble, lacking importance or dignity; (n.) a servant who does the humble and unpleasant tasks
tawdry
(adj.) showy and flashy but lacking in good taste
jaunty
(adj.) lively, easy, and carefree (in manner); smart or trim (in appearance)
parry
(v.) to ward off, evade, avoid; (n.) a defensive movement in fencing and other sports
crony
(n.) a very close friend, pal, chum
avail
(v.) to be of use or benefit to; to make use of; (n.) use, benefit, or value
enmity
(n.) hatred, ill-will
fervent
(adj.) very earnest, emotional, passionate; extremely hot
nullify
(v.) to make of no value or consequence, cancel, wipe out
stoical
(adj.) self-controlled, not showing feeling in response to pleasure or pain
bludgeon
(n.) a short club used as a weapon; (v.) to strike with a heavy club; to use force orstron arguments to gain some point
capitulate
(v.) to end resitance, give up, surrender
encroach
(v.) to advance beyond the usual or proper limits, trespass
impunity
(n.) freedom from punishment
prodigy
(n.) something wonderful or marvelous; something monstrous or abnormal; an unusual feat; a child or young person with extraordinary ability or talent
recluse
(n.) a person who leads a life shut up or withdrawn from the world