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absolve
to set free from an obligation or the consequences of guilt
adroit
having or showing skill, cleverness, or resourcefulness in handling situations
aggregate
to collect or gather into a mass or whole
altercation
a noisy heated angry dispute; noisy controversy
arboretum
a place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes
arduous
marked by great labor or effort
aria
striking solo performance
bask
to lie in or expose oneself to a pleasant warmth or atmosphere
botanist
a specialist in botany or in a branch of botany
brawny
strong, powerful, muscular
brazen
sounding harsh and loud like struck brass
breach
to leap out of water
bucolic
relating to or typical of rural life
buoyant
cheerful, having positive indications
burgeon
to grow and expand rapidly
cajole
to persuade with flattery or gentle urging esp. in the face of reluctance
catalyze
bring about, inspire
choreographer
one who arranges or directs the movements of, usually for dances
cloying
disgusting or distasteful by reason of excess; excessively sweet or sentimental
cogitate
to meditate deeply or intently
congenial
pleasant; agreeably suited to one's nature, tastes, or outlook
consternation
amazement or dismay that hinders or throws into confusion
constrain
to force by imposed stricture, restriction, or limitation
convent
a local community or house of a religious order or congregation; especially an establishment of nuns
copious
plentiful; full of though, information, or matter
corrugated
having ridges or grooves
cryptic
having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning
curators
one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit
dally
to waste time
defeatist
one who readily accepts or expects resignation to defeat
deficiency
an amount that is lacking or inadequate
delinquency
a debt on which payment is overdue
despondent
feeling or showing extreme discouragement, dejection, or depression
deviant
one who is eccentric, deviates from the accepted norm
diffuse
being at once verbose and ill-organized
dinghy
a small boat carried on or towed behind a larger boat as a tender or a lifeboat
disclose
to make known or pu blic
divest
to rid oneself from a burden or responsibility
editorial
article that specifically gives the opinions of the editors or publishers, as opposed to object news reporting
elevate
to lift up; raise; to improve morally, intellectually, or culturally
eloquent
marked by forceful and fluent expression, usually writing or speech
enfranchise
to set free; to give the right to vote
fallacious
tending to deceive or mislead
finale
the close or termination of something
furrowed
characterized by furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines in
glider
an aircraft similar to an airplane but without an engine
granary
a region producing grain in abundance
grandiose
characterized by affectation of grandeur or splendor or by absurd exaggeration
gullible
easily duped or cheated
headstrong
subborn
hermit
one that retires from society and lives in solitude
hypothesis
an interpretation of a practical situation or condition taken as the ground for action
incompetence
ineptitude, inadequacy
industriousness
the quality of being persistently active or consistently diligent
inebriated
intoxicated; exhilarated or confused by or as if by alcohol
insight
the act or result of apprehending the inner nature of things or of seeing intuitively
intern
an advanced student or graduate usually in a professional field gaining supervised practical experience
jubilant
exultant, overjoyed
limber
agile, nimble, having a supple and resilient quality
lithe
easily bent or flexed; characterized by flexibility and grace
lumbering
clumsy, awkward
magnanimous
showing or suggesting nobility of feeling and generosity of mind
mellifluous
having a smooth rich flow
mellow
to make or become warm and relaxed
menagerie
a place where animals are kept and trained esp. for exhibition
mendicant
beggar
migratory
wandering, migrating
miniscule
tiny, very small in magnitude or amount
mirage
an optical effect that is sometimes seen at sea, in the desert, or over a hot pavement
molested
harassed, disturbed
molt
to shed hair, feathers, shell, horns, or an outer layer periodically
mope
to move slowly or aimlessly
mundane
worldly; characterized by the practical, transitory, and ordinary
nurtured
nourished, raised; usually connotes growing up with motherly love and protection
observant
keen, perceptive, mindful
odious
exciting or deserving hatred or repugnance
orphaned
deprived by death of one or usually both parents
paltry
meager
pantomime
the art or genre of conveying a story by bodily movements only
paradoxically
inclined to being contrary to common belief
pariah
outcast
parsimonious
frugal to the point of stinginess
pedestrian
a person traveling on foot
pensively
suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
perforated
having a hole or perforations
perturbation
a disturbance of motion, course, arrangement
petulant
insolent or rude in speech or behavior
plausible
appearing worthy of belief
plaint
flexible
polemical
having aggression characterized by attack or refute of the opinions or principles of another
port
harbor; a place where ships may ride secure from storms
poultry
domesticated birds kept for eggs or meat, namely chicken
proficiency
advancement in knowledge or skill
prolix
marked by of using an excess of words
prophetic
foretelling events; like a prophet
quaint
marked by beauty or elegance
reap
to harvest; gather, acquire
relic
an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr
rendezvous
a place appointed for assembling or meeting
renegade
a deserter from one faith, cause, or allegiance to another
retain
to keep in mind or memory; to hold or keep in possession
revenue
the gross income returned by an investment; profit
rhetorical
asked merely for effect with no answer expected
roving
not restricted as to location or area
rummage
to engage in an undirected or haphazard search.
salve
an unctuous adhesive substance for application to wounds or sores
sanctuary
a retreat, haven, or shelter
savory
pleasing to the sense of taste
sequester
to set off or apart; to separate, isolate
serenade
a complimentary vocal or instrumental performance
shortcoming
deficiency, defect
sleigh
an open usually horse-drawn vehicle with runners for use on snow or ice
slothful
indolent; lazy
slough
to plod through or as if through mud
sodden
heavy with or as if with moisture or water
somnolent
of a kind likely to induce sleep
squabble
a noisy altercation or quarrel usually over trifles
succinct
marked by compact precise expression without wasted words
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
supple
readily adaptable or responsive to new situations
swindler
one who obtains money or property by fraud or deceit
tavern
an establishment where alcoholic beverages are sold to be drunk on the premises
tepid
lukewarm; lacking in passion, force, or zest
timid
lacking in courage or self-confidence
tranquilized
sedated
trite
hackneyed or boring from much use; not fresh or original
urchin
a mischievous youngster
vagabond
one who wanders moving from place to place without a fixed home
vicariously
experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another
wallow
to roll oneself about in an indolent or ungainly manner
wean
to detach from a source of dependence
winsome
generally pleasing and engaging often because of a childlike charm and innocence