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Chagrin
A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event

To her chagrin, the party ended just as she arrived.
Permeate
To spread or flow throughout; pervade

An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration.
Enervate
serious weakening and loss of energy

He continued to watch his dog get torn apart by the pack of wolves despite the inevitable enervation.
Ardor
Fiery intensity of feeling

The Eagles showed more ardor for the chance to play in the Super Bowl than the Raiders.
flourish
To do or fare well

No village on the road failed to flourish
Corsair
A pirate, especially along the Barbary Coast

Even during peaceful times, the man lived like a corsair.
Tinge
To affect slightly, as with a contrasting quality

The buildings in the picture all had a tinge of white along some of the edges.
Obliterate
To eliminate or get rid of completely without leaving a trace

The bombs obliterated the small houses along the banks of the river.
Evoke
To call to mind by naming, citing, or suggesting

The songs that were played on the radio evoked some old childhood memories.
Unison
The act or an instance of speaking the same words simultaneously by two or more speakers.

All of the cast in the play spoke in unison.
Comb
To move though or pass across with a raking action

The hunters combed the edge of the forest.
Sidled
To move sideways

They sidled through the narrow passageway and into the secret chamber.
Seething
to be in a state of rapid agitated movement

The dirty, neglected shed was seething with insects and rodents.
Ignominy
Great personal dishonor or humiliation

The ignominy of being forgotten and left behind crushed him.
Incur
To become liable or subject to as a result of one's actions; bring upon oneself

His actions incurred the anger of his friend.
Penchant
A definite liking; a strong inclination

Many people in the southern US had a penchant for discriminating against blacks during the nineteenth century.
Exasperated
greatly annoyed

I was exasperated when my team failed to beat one of the worst teams in the league.
Intonation
A manner of producing or uttering tones, especially with regard to accuracy of pitch

I tried to keep my intonation as normal as possible when I gave the speech, but I couldn't.
Alacrity
Cheerful willingness; eagerness

I was shocked at the alacrity he displayed while admitting to the crime.
Decipher
to interpret the meaning of

You can easily decipher of this poem, but that doesn't take anything away from its meaning.
Convey
To communicate or make known

I conveyed your message to your son a short while ago.
Saunter
To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll.

The team sauntered out after halftime confident and in no hurry whatsoever.
Harangue
a ranting speech or writing

The director was haranguing the actors with different pieces of advice, and the actors got annoyed.
Temerity
Foolhardy disregard of danger; recklessness

He had the temerity to tell his father that he failed the test not because he didn't study for the test but because the questions didn't make sense.
Abate
To reduce in amount, degree, or intensity

The point guard's shooting percentage abated significantly in the second half.
Remorse
bitter regret

I killed my father, but I still feel no remorse, no shame, and no pity.
Skirted
To pass around rather than across or through

As they skirted the densest part of the forest, they thought about what animals lurked within it.
Stipulate
To lay down as a condition of an agreement

Her employers stipulated that she was not allowed to leave the house unless she told them where she was going.
Fathom
comprehend

It is almost impossible to fathom the number of blood cells it would take to create a sphere as large as the earth.
Pretext
false reason

Can we find a pretext for refusing the invitation?
Volition
The power or faculty of choosing; the will

He joined the army on his own volition.