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absolution
a pardon, release from consequences, remission of sin
accusation
a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame; state of being accused
acquit
to relieve from a charge of fault or crime, declare not guilty, settle, discharge, as a debt, behave
adduce
bring forward; cite
affirmation
positive assertion, the assertion that something exists or is true, confirmation of truth or validity
affront
insult openly, meet face to face; an insult, contemptuous treatment
antiquate
to make obsolete, old fashioned, or out of date by replacing with something newer or better, to design or create in an antique style, cause to appear antique
apathetic
indifference
appease
to bring to a state of peace, quiet, contentment; pacify, soothe, satisfy, allay, assuage.
bafflement
confusion, bewilderment, frustration
beneficent
doing good, kindly in action or purpose
botanist
plant scientist, a botanical expert
candid
frank, open, impartial
censure
blame, reproof; to blame, reprove
chisel
cutting tool, usually a bar of steel with an edge across the main axis
coarse
rough, harsh, unrefined; indecent, gross
commendation
praise, commitment
complacency
self-satisfaction; obligingness, willingness to please
comprehensive
complete, inclusive
compromise
meeting halfway, coming to terms by giving up part of a claim; expose to risk or suspicion
condescend
stoop, deign, patronize, be gracious
conformed
complied, adapted to rule, pattern custom, etc
crescendo
increase in loudness
cynically
skeptical of or sneering at goodness, given to showing up human weakness, seeing the more unworthy motive in others, shameless in showing or admitting motives more commonly concealed
dapper
neat and precise, esp. in dress
decry
cry down, disparage
deference
respect for another, respectful submission, courteous regard
delimit
assign boundaries, demarcate, mark the limits of
denounce
speak violently against, accuse, give notice to withdraw from
dilatory
delaying, slow
discerning
distinguishing
disparage
speak slightingly of, bring into disrepute
docile
willingness to obey, easily taught
dogmatic
asserting opinions with arrogance, usually implies stubbornness
dormant
not acting, in a state of suspension
drake
male duck; dragon
enervate
weaken, deprive of vigor
engender
to cause to exist or to develop
equivocal
to lie, to deceive; subject to two or more interpretations and usually used to mislead or confuse; of uncertain nature or classification
ewe
a female sheep
exorcise
to expel and evil spirit by adjuration; to get rid of something troublesome, menacing, or oppressive
exotic
introduced from another country; not native to the place where found, strikingly, excitingly, or mysteriously different or unusual, archaic
expedient
suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance, characterized by concern with what is opportune; especially governed by self-interest
explicate
to give a detailed explanation of, to develop the implications of, analyze logically
extenuation
the act or state of lessening the magnitude or seriousness of especially by partial justification; a partial excuse
extolled
praised
fanfare
a showy outward display, a short and lively sounding of trumpets
filly
a young female horse usually of less than four years; a young woman
forestall
to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading persons to raise prices, to get ahead of, to obsolete, to exclude, hinder or prevent by prior occupation or measures
fragmentary
consisting of fragments, incomplete
furrow
to make or form furrows, grooves, wrinkles, or lines
glutton
one given habitually to greedy and voracious eating and drinking
gratuitous
not involving a return benefit, compensation, or consideration, given unearned or without recompense, free, not called for by the circumstances
guffaw
loud or boisterous laugh
hackneyed
trite, overused, cliche
heed
attention, notice; to pay attention
heterogeneous
consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents
hibernate
to pass the winter in a torpid or resting state; to be or become inactive or dormant
immaterial
not consisting of matter, of no substantial consequence
immune
free, exempt, not susceptible or responsive
impairs
damage or make worse by or as if by diminishing in some material respect
imperils
endanger
impounds
to shut up in or as if in a pound, to seize and hold in the custody of the law, to take possession of
inanimate
not endowed with life or spirit
indict
to charge with a fault or offense
industrious
persistently active, constantly, regularly, or habitually occupied, diligent, zealous
inhibit
to prohibit from doing something, restrain, to discourage from free or spontaneous activity, esp. through the operation of inner psychological impediments or of social controls
insidious
awaiting a chance to entrap, harmful but enticing, having a gradual and cumulative effect
insoluble
having or admitting of no solution or explanation, incapable of being dissolved in a liquid
invalidate
to weaken or destroy the cogency of
irrelevant
inapplicable, not having a connection with the matter at hand
kowtow
to show obsequious deference, fawn; to kneel and touch the forehead to the ground in token of homage, worship, or deep respect
lethargy
abnormal drowsiness; the quality or state of being lazy, sluggish, or indifferent
lexicon
dictionary
linguist
someone who studies the nature and structure of human speech
ludicrous
ridiculous, amusing or laughable through obvious absurdity, incongruity, exaggeration, or eccentricity; meriting derisive laughter or scorn as absurdly inept, false or foolish
mainstream
prevailing current or direction of activity or influence; to place in regular school classes
maze
confusing intricate network of passages, a state of bewilderment; to stupefy, daze, bewilder
monologue
a dramatic sketch performed by one actor; a literary composition written in the form of a soliloquy
mosaic
a surface decoration made by inlaying small pieces of variously colored material to form pictures or patterns
motive
something that causes a person to act; a recurrent phrase or figure that is developed through the course of a musical composition
mundane
worldly, characterized by the practical,transitory, and ordinary
mutinous
turbulent, unruly
obviates
to anticipate and prevent or make unnecessary
offend
sin, to transgress the moral or divine law, to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury
overrate
exaggerate, build up, overestimate
paranoia
a psychosis characterized by systematized delusions of persecution or grandeur usually without hallucinations; a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others
parody
a literary or musical work in which the style of an author or work is closely imitated for comic effect or in ridicule; a feeble or ridiculous imitation
partisan
a weapon of the 16th and 17th centuries with long shaft and broad blade; a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance; a member of a guerilla band operating within enemy lines
periodical
published with a fixed interval between the issues or numbers
perusal
examination, scrutiny
pride
the quality or state of being proud; a reasonable or justifiable self-respect; a company of lions
prologue
the preface or introduction to a literary work; and introductory or preceding event or development
protagonist
the principal character in a literary work; a leader, proponent, or supporter of a cause; a muscle that by its contraction actually causes a particular movement
ragtime
rhythm characterized by strong syncopation in the melody with a regularly accented accompaniment
rankle
to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness
reclusive
marked by withdrawal from society
relation
the act of telling or recounting; an aspect or quality that connects two or more things or parts as being or belonging or working together or as being of the same kind; the referring by a legal fiction of an act to a prior date as the time of its taking effect; a person connected by consanguinity or affinity
relegate
to send into exile; put out of sight or mind; to submit to someone or something for appropriate action
relevant
having significant and demonstrable bearing on the matter at hand
rendezvous
a place appointed for assembling or meeting; a place of popular resort; the process of bringing two spacecraft together
revive
to return to consciousness or life; become active or flourishing again
snub
blunt, stubby; to check or stop with a cutting retort; to check suddenly while running out especially by turning around a fixed object
stallion
an uncastrated male horse
stoicism
indifference to pleasure or pain
tangent
touching; diverging from an original purpose of course
tangible
capable of being perceived especially by the sense of touch; substantially real; capable of being precisely identified or realized by the mind
tolerate
to suffer to be or to be done without prohibition, hindrance, or contradiction; to put up with; to exhibit physiological tolerance for
tributary
a ruler or state that pays tribute to a conqueror; a stream feeding a larger stream or a lake
unaltered
unchanged
vapid
flat, dull, insipid, savorless
virulent
marked by a rapid, severe, and malignant course, extremely poisonous or venomous; full of malice
voluminous
consisting of many folds, coils, or convolutions; having or marked by great volume or bulk