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abject
mean, despicable; outcast
absurdity
silly, contrary to reason
anachronistic
mistake of time, by which something is put in the wrong period; something out of keeping with the time
anarchists
revolutionaries, aiming at a society with no government, in which each man should be a law to himself
angst
a feeling of dread, anxiety, or anguish
anguish
great mental or bodily pain
annihilated
reduced to nothing, destroyed, nullified
atrophied
wasted away, became useless
audacious
bold, daring; insolent
belittle
cause to appear small, make small; regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate
bereft
deprived
blatant
tastelessly conspicuous, offensively noisy, clamorous, loud, brazenly obvious
blemish
to mar, spoil; disfigurement, stain, defect
brazen
made of brass, forward, shameless or impudent; facing boldly (an accusation)
candid
frank, open, impartial
carcass
dead body; original skeleton
censors
supervisor of morals; one who examines plays, books, news, etc. before publication
cherished
treat with affection, protect, encourage
clamor
loud shouting; outcry, noise; shout; call noisily
commemorating
to celebrate, keep in memory by ceremony, to serve as a memorial or reminder of, to make an honorable mention
commune
have intimate intercourse of thoughts or feelings, to converse or talk together; to partake of the Eucharist
compassionate
deeply sympathetic
competent
having suitable or sufficient skill, knowledge, experience, etc. for some purpose, properly qualified; adequate but not exceptional
concede
admit, grant; yield
concourse
crowd, a flocking together
condole
to grieve with; offer sympathy
concise
brief, in a few words, to the point
consummate
of the greatest perfection or completeness; complete, finish
contaminant
substance of thing that infects
contrite
sorrowing for wrong-doing
correlate
bring into mutual relation; either of two things or words necessarily implying the other
current
in circulation or general use; going on, not yet superseded, contemporary, fluent, running; body of water or air in motion, tendency, drift, transmission of electricity through a conductor
decisive
being able to decide, determined, being resolved
delegates
people designated to act for or represent another or others
delinquent
failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation, wrongful, illegal or engaging antisocial behavior
denigrate
to speak damagingly of, criticize, defame, disparage, blacken
deride
to scorn by laughing or making fun of
dermatologist
skin doctor
desolate
solitary; neglected, barren, dismal, forlorn
dignitary
holder of high office
disarrays
disorder, confusion
dissipated
scatter, clear away, waste, squander, disappear
domineer
to act imperiously, tyrannize
dumbfound
confound into silence
ebbed
the flowing back of the tide; decline, flow back
edified
improve morally
ellipse
an oval
embark
put, go, engage, involve, board, go on a journey
embellishments
adornments
embezzler
one who steaks money or property entrusted to his care
enthralling
entrancing, absorbing
equitable
fair, reasonable, just
err
make mistakes, be wrong, sin
exacerbating
aggravate, embitter, make worse
exalted
praised, raised up, made noble
exasperate
irritate, enrage, intensify, make worse
exhibitionist
one who shows off excessively; usually referring to one who shamelessly bares their naked body in public
extraneous
added from without, not naturally belonging
farce
comedy, play meant only to excite laughter, absurd and futile proceeding
fatuous
silly, foolish
fervent
hot, glowing, ardent, intense
fledging
young bird just fledged
florid
flowery, ornate
fodder
dried food for horses, cattle
forgo
go without, give up
forlorn
forsaken, desperate
gargoyle
grotesque water spout, usually seen on cathedrals
genealogy
account of descent from an ancestor, pedigree, study of such
grave
serious; carve, clean, hole dug for dead body
hem
border of a piece of cloth; sew, confine, shut in.
hermit
person living in solitude, usually due to religious practices
hiatus
temporary respite, gap, break between two vowels
homely
plain
idolize
make an idol of, love or venerate to excess
illegible
not eligible
incompetence
not competent, not adequate, not useful at all
inept
absurd, out of place, irrelevant, fatuous
inflammation
morbid process affecting part of the body with heat, swelling, and redness
ingenue
artless young girl, young actress
insensate
stupid, foolish, without sense
insightful
perceptive, displaying insight
instigate
to urge, provoke, start, goad, impel
intuitive
insightful, full of intuit
kid
baby goat; to hoax; messing around
languor
faintness, want of energy or interest, tender mood, softness of atmosphere
lexicon
dictionary
libelous
full of libel written, published, statement damaging to a person's reputation
loathed
unwilling; to abhor
loitering
to hang about, waste time on the way
malign
hurtful; to slander, misrepresent
malignance
ill will, being virulent
mesmerized
hypnotized
meticulous
overly particular about details; detail oriented; careful
mimic
to imitate ludicrously, or closely; imitated, feigned, esp to amuse; one skilled at imitation
monotonous
lacking variety
narrative
account or story
obsequious
servile, fawning
opportunist
one who waits for a favorable time or condition; one who calculates before making a move to seek the best opportunity
orators
skillful speaker, speechmaker
orotund
round, full, musical, pompous, grandiloquent
outlandish
queer, extravagantly strange
paramount
supreme
parasite
self interested, animal or plant living in or on another; referring to someone who always takes but does not give; a leech
penitent
affected by a sense of guilt; one that repents of sin
pert
forward, saucy
philanthropic
characterized by a love of mankind, practice of doing good to one's fellow men
pincers
tool for gripping
plummeted
plunged, sinking or falling at a rapid speed
poacher
an illegal hunter
poised
place or hold in a balance or steady position, hover; very self assured, dignified; teetering or wavering; suspended in midair
proliferate
reproduce by budding or cell division, increase in numbers rapidly and excessively; multiplication
propagate
reproduce or breed, spread by sowing, breeding, multiplying
radicals
of a root, fundamental, thorough; politician desiring thorough reforms; one or describing one who is not of the political or social mainstream
rant
talk, preach, in a loud and angry way
recanted
withdraw a statement, opinion
rectify
put right, purify, change from alternate to direct current
remit
forgive, slacken, give up
remorseful
regretful, repentant
reneged
renounce, back out, deny, disown; break rule [cards]
renounce
give up, cast off fail to follow suit
reproached
scold, rebuke
repulse
drive back, recant
rustic
rural, of or related to country folk, of rude manufacture; country-man, peasant; one who is unrefined, new to the city and the city way of life
seizure
a seizing, sudden illness
servile
slavish, without independence, like a slave
snared
noose used as a trap; catch something by such means
solitary
alone, single; hermit
sophomoric
lacking sophistication
stagnant
motionless, ceasing to flow
stoic
philosopher holding virtue to be the highest good and teaching indifference to pleasure and pain; person of great self control
stratifies
arrange; layers
subtle
ingenious, clever, acute, crafty, tenuous
superfluous
extra, unnecessary
suppress
put down, restrain, keep or withdraw from public
talon
claw
taxidermist
one who stuffs animals for display
tenure
the holding of an office or position
throng
crowd
trivial
trifling, commonplace, of little importance
turbulence
riot, commotion; irregular motion of the atmosphere
undermined
to injure or destroy by insidious activity or imperceptible stages; to attack by secret or underhand means; to weaken or cause to collapse by removing underlying support.
vacillation
wavering in indecision
vapid
flat, dull, insipid, savorless
verbose
overly wordy
whittler
one who cuts, trims, or shapes by carving off bits with a knife; an aimless diversion
winsome
attractive, charming
zealot
fanatic, someone with a lot of zeal.