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acclaim
applaud, receive with applause
adulation
admiration, devotion, servile flattery
adverse
opposed to; hostile; contrary to desire
amalgamation
soft mixture; combination of elements
ambiguous
of double meaning; doubtful; no clear in meaning
anecdote
very short story, dealing with a single incident, usually from personal experience
anitpathy
a natural dislike or aversion to something
apathetic
indifference
aria
air or rhythmical song in a cantata, opera, or the like
arid
parched, dry; empty, uninteresting
assiduous
persevering; hard working
augment
increase, enlarge
autonomous
free from government; independent; self-governing
avarice
greediness of wealth
ballad
narrative poem; a light, simple song, especially one of sentimental or romantic character, having two or more stanzas all sung to same melody
belligerent
waging war; warlike
benefactor
a person who confers a benefit, person who makes a bequest or endowment
blaring
roaring, loud, trumpet-like
bleak
cold and cheerless, exposed, originally pale
blithe
happy, gay
bolster
support, uphold; long pillow, pad, support
bombarded
to attack or batter with artillery fire, to assail vigorously
brawny
muscular, thick fleshed, full of strength
burrow
hole of a rabbit; bore, conceal oneself
bustling
noisily, busily
chastity
refraining from sexual intercourse, virtuous, virgin, free from obscenity
chauvinistic
biased devotion to any given group, attitude, or cause, zealous and aggressive patriotism or blind enthusiasm for military glory
circuitous
roundabout, not direct
cognizant
aware, knowledgeable, perceptive
consonance
accord or agreement, harmony
counterfeit
imitation, forgery; imitate with intent to deceive
daunting
frightening, intimidating, causing fear
deficiency
an amount that is lacking or inadequate
diatribe
long, angry speech; bitter criticism
diligent
hardworking, industrious, unremitting in effort
disapprobation
disapproval, condemnation
discern
to distinguish, make out, to perceive, recognize
disparity
lack of similarity or equality, difference
dissenters
those who dissent, from church, political party, or major opinion
dissonant
disagreeing or harsh in sound, discordant
elusive
hard to comprehend or define, tending to evade grasp or pursuit
empathetic
understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another
endemic
belonging or native to a particular people or country, characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment; restricted or peculiar to a locality or region
errant
traveling, straying outside the proper path or bounds, deviating from a standard
excursion
a going out of forth, deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course; on e complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes
exigent
requiring immediate aid or action
fallible
liable to be erroneous, capable of making a mistake
fastidious
having high and often capricious standards, difficult to please, having complex nutritional requirements
fealty
the fidelity of a vassal or feudal tenant to his lord, the obligation of such fidelity
fervor
intensity of feeling or expression, intense heat
flagellate
to drive or punish as if by whipping
flagrant
fiery hot, conspicuously offensive
fluc
a flowing of fluid from the body, a continued flow; to cause to become fluid
foolhardy
foolishly adventurous and bold
fortified
to make strong, to strengthen and secure by forts, to add mental or moral strength to
futile
useless, completely ineffective
gaunt
excessively thin and angular
glance
to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle; to make sudden quick movements; to touch on a subject briefly; to take a quick look at something
glower
to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger
gorge
to stuff to capacity, to consume greedily; a hawk's crop; a narrow passage through land; a primitive device used instead of a fishhook that consists of an object easy to swallow but difficult to eject; the line on the front of a coat or jacked formed by the crease of the lapel and collar
grandiloquent
pompous, or bombastic style, manner, or quality especially in language
grandiose
characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration
hidebound
having an inflexible or ultraconservative character, having a dry skin lacking in pliancy and adhering closely to the underlying flesh
imminent
ready to take place, hanging threateningly over one's head
implement
an article serving to equip, one that serves as an instrument or tool; to give practical effect to and ensure of actual fulfillment by concrete measures
implode
to burst inward
incessant
non-stop
incidental
being likely to ensue as a chance or minor consequence; minor items
incited
to move to action, stir up, spur on, urge on
incorrigible
incapable of being corrected or amended, not reformable
indeterminate
not definitely or precisely determined or fixed
indifference
absence of compulsion to or toward one thing or another; a lesser degree of apathy
indispensable
absolutely necessary
innocuous
harmless, not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility
innovate
to introduce as or as if new, do something in a new way
insinuate
to introduce gradually or in a subtle, indirect or covert way, to enter gently, slowly, or imperceptibly, to ingratiate oneself
instigate
to goad or urge forward, provoke
integral
essential to completeness, formed as a unit with another part
integrate
to form, coordinate, or blend into a functioning or unified whole
intuit
to apprehend by intuition
irreverent
lacking proper respect or seriousness
jurisdiction
the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law, the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate, the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised
kudos
praise
labyrinth
maze
liable
obligated according to law or equity, exposed or subject to some usually adverse contingency or action
limbo
a suspended state of being
luminescent
the low-temperature emission of light
luxuriant
yielding abundantly, characterized by abundant growth, extravagantly rich and varied
manifold
marked by diversity or variety, rightfully so called for many reasons
melodramatic
appealing to the emotions, overly dramatic
mess
a place where soldiers or sailors regularly eat
murky
not clear, characterized by a heavy dimness or obscurity caused by or like that caused by overhanging fog or smoke, darkly vague or obscure
narcissistic
excessive love of one's own appearance
neophyte
a new convert
noisome
offensive to the sense and especially to the sense of smell
novelty
something new or unusual, a small manufactured article intended mainly for personal or household adornment
novice
a person admitted to probationary membership in a religious community; a beginner
nugatory
of little or no consequence, having no force
oblivion
the condition or state of being forgotten or unknown
obsolete
no longer in use or no longer useful; out of date
obtuseness
not pointed or acute, lacking sharpness or quickness of sensibility or intellect
omnipotence
an agency or force of unlimited power
oscillation
the act of swinging back and forth
panacea
cure-all
patronize
to adopt an air of condescension toward, to be a frequent or regular customer or client of
peripheral
surface, of, relating to, or being the outer part of the field of vision
permutation
often major or fundamental change based primarily on rearrangement of existent elements, the act or process of changing the lineal order of an ordered set of objects, an ordered arrangement of a set of objects
plodding
walking heavily or slowly, working laboriously and monotonously
podium
a platform especially for an orchestral conductor
portly
heavy or rotund of body
prepossessing
attracting favorable notice
proponents
those who argue in favor of something
publish
to disseminate to the public, to put out and edition, to make generally known
pulpit
an elevated platform or high reading desk used in preaching or conducting a worship service, the preaching profession
query
a question; to question
raconteur
story teller; one who excels at telling anecdotes
rambunctious
marked by uncontrollable exuberance, unruly
reclamation
restoration to use
redeemers
a person who redeems
refuse
to decline, to reject
refute
to prove wrong by argument or evidence, to deny the truth or accuracy of
regalia
royal or official clothing
resurrection
bringing back something out of use; raising from the dead
retribution
the dispensing or receiving of reward or punishment especially in the hereafter
rudimentary
fundamental, elementary, basic
satiating
satisfying
sinew
solid resilient strength, one dressed for use as a cord or thread, the chief supporting force
sloth
disinclination to action or labor, laziness, spiritual apathy or inactivity
sophisticated
worldly-wise, complicated or complex; having refined knowledge of the ways of the world cultivated especially through wide experience
subdue
to conquer and bring into subjection, to reduce the intensity or degree of, to bring under control especially by an exertion of the will
surreptitious
acting or doing something clandestinely
tactic
a device for accomplishing an end, of or relating to arrangement or order
tactile
perceptible by touch, tangible
tedious
tiresome because of length or dullness
tirade
a long, angry speech usually marked by intemperate, vituperative, or harshly censorious language