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accessory
additional; added or non essential item of dress or equipment; accomplice, aid in crime
acrid
bitter and hot to the taste; irritation
aesthetic
relating to principles of beauty and taste, and of art
affront
insult openly, meet face to face; an insult, contemptuous treatment
amortization
an act or instance of amortizing a debt or other obligation, the sums devoted to this purpose
annulment
cancellation of agreement or contract
apparel
clothe; clothing
aroma
sweet smell, peculiar charm
avian
of or pertaining to birds
barge
capacious, flat bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; to move clumsily, bump into things, collide
bovine
of or pertaining to cows; stolid, dull; a bovine animal
caricature
likeness exaggerated or distorted to appear ridiculous
carping
characterized by fussy or petulant faultfinding, querulous
cataclysm
any violent upheaval, esp on of social or political nature; an extensive flood, deluge; sudden and violent physical action producing changes on the earth's surface
comatose
lacking alertness or energy, affected with or characterized by a state of deep unconsciousness
compliance
consent, the act of yielding to do so as asked, conformity
concave
hollow, rounded inwards
connoisseur
critical expert in matters of taste, or art; the best in any field
connote
imply, mean in addition to the chief meaning
constricting
compressing, squeezing
copious
plentiful, full, abundant
counteract
neutralize or hinder
credible
believable; worthy
decadence
marked by decay or decline, characterized by or appealing to self indulgence
decrepit
wasted and weakened by or as if by the infirmities of old age; impaired by use or wear; fallen into ruin or disrepair; run down
deferment
the act of delaying or postponing
deficient
lacking in some necessary quality or element; not up to a normal standard or complement; mental patient
defy
to resist attempts at; to challenge to combat
degradation
decline to a low, destitute, or demoralized state; moral or intellectual decadence
deluge
flood; an overwhelming amount or number; inundate, overwhelm
depict
to represent by or as if by a picture
derivative
a word formed by derivation; lacking originality
determinant
an element that identifies or determines the nature of something or that fixes or conditions an outcome; a square array of numbers; gene
devolved
to pass from one person or entity to another; to pass by transmission or succession; to come by or as if by flowing down; to degenerate through a gradual change or evolution
disgruntled
ill-humored or discontented, usu used as a participial adjective
dissent
difference of opinion; to withhold assent
distress
offered for sale at a loss; to subject to great strain or difficulties; to cause to worry or be troubled; to mar deliberately to give an effect of age
elaborateness
the condition or being planned or carried out with great care; marked complexity, fullness of detail, ornateness
emancipation
to free from restraint, control, or the power or another
emit
to throw or give off or our; to send out; to issue with authority; especially to put into circulation [money]
entrepreneur
one who organizes, manages, and assumes the risks of a business or enterprise
epilogue
a concluding section that rounds out the design of a literary work; a speech often in verse addressed to the audience by an actor at the end of a play; the concluding section of a musical composition
evocative
evoking or tending to evoke an esp. emotional response
exacerbate
to make more violent, bitter, or severe
expedient
suitable for achieving a particular end in a given circumstance, characterized by concern with what is opportune; especially governed by self-interest; a temporary means to an end
expedite
to execute promptly; to accelerate the process or progress of; speed up
exploited
to make use of meanly of unjustly for one's own advantage; to make productive use of; deed, act, especially a notable or heroic one
extolled
praised
far-fetched
brought from a remote time or place; not easily or naturally deduced or introduced
foliage
a representation, aggregate, or cluster or leaves, flowers, and branches for architectural ornamentation
forge
to move forward slowly and steadily, to move with a sudden increase of speed and power; to form by heating and hammering; to make or imitate falsely
gallant
showy in dress or bearing; nobly chivalrous and often self sacrificing; splendid, stately, spirited, brave; a young man of fashion; to pay court to a lady; to manipulate in a modish manner
geriatric
of or relating to the process of aging; being old and outmoded; a branch of medicine that deals with the problems and diseases of old age and aging people; an aged person
gullibility
the quality of being easily duped or cheated
idol
a representation or symbol of an object of worship; a likeness of something; an object of extreme devotion
illusive
illusory, seeming
implacable
not capable of being appeased, significantly changed, or mitigated
impoundment
the state or act of being seized and retained in legal custody
improvise
to compose, recite, play, or sing extemporaneously, without preparation; to make, invent, or arrange offhand; to fabricate out of what is conveniently on hand
incite
to move to action, stir up, spur on, urge on
indictment
the action or the legal process of accusing of a wrongdoing; a formal written statement framed by a prosecuting authority and found by a jury charging a person with an offense; an expression of strong disapproval
inferno
a place or state that resembles or suggests hell; intense heat
ingenious
showing or calling for intelligence, aptitude, or discernment; marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution
innate
inborn
intrinsic
belonging to the essential nature or constitution of a thing
introvert
a reserved or shy person
invaluable
valuable beyond estimation; priceless
inverse
something of a contrary nature or quality; opposite in order, nature, or effect
jingoist
one characterized by jingoism; extreme chauvinism or nationalism marked by a belligerent foreign policy
livid
discolored by bruising; reddish, ashen, pallid, enraged
locomotive
of or relating to travel
luminous
emitting or reflecting usually steady, suffused, or glowing light; bathe in or exposed to steady light
mellifluous
having a smooth rich flow; filled with something that sweetens
memoir
an official note or report; a narrative composed from personal experience; autobiography, biography
merge
to plunge or engulf in something; to cause to combine, unite, or coalesce; to blend gradually by stages that blur distinctions; combined into one
meticulous
overly particular about details; detail oriented; careful
mimic
to imitate ludicrously, or closely; imitated, feigned, esp to amuse; one skilled at imitation
mire
to cause to stick fast in or as if in wet, muddy ground; to cover or soil with mud; entangle
misconstrue
misunderstand, misapprehend
modified
moderated, changed to make basic or fundamental changes in, often to give a new orientation to or to serve a new end
monorail
a single rail serving as a track for a wheeled vehicle; a vehicle traveling on such
nebulous
indistinct, vague, like mirage
negligent
not taking prudent care; marked by a carelessly easy manner
nomad
wanderer
nonentities
something that does not exist or exists only in the imagination
nurture
to supply with nourishment; educate; foster
peevish
perversely obstinate; querulous in temperament or mood
piscine
or, relating to, or characteristic of fish
pivotal
or, relating to, or constituting a pivot; crucial
planar
relating to, or lying in a plane; two dimensional
prenatal
occurring, existing, or performed before birth; providing or receiving prenatal medical care
prig
one who offends or irritates by observance of proprieties as of speech or manners in a pointed manner or to an obnoxious degree; thief
privation
an act or instance of depriving; lack of what is needed for existence
provincial
limited in outlook; lacking the polish or urban society; of or relating to a decorative style marked by simplicity, informality, and relative plainness
puerile
juvenile, childish, silly
radical
of a root, fundamental, thorough; politician desiring thorough reforms; one or describing one who is not of the political or social maintstream
raving
talking wildly or irrationally; ravishing; irrational, incoherent, wild, or extravagant utterance or declamation
reed
to mill around; any of various tall grasses with slender often prominently jointed stems that grow esp in wet areas; one easily swayed or overcome; a person or thing too weak to rely on
relish
to be pleased or gratified by; to appreciate with taste and discernment; pleasing or zestful flavor; a strong liking; a condiment
repressed
characterized by or subject to restraint
restitution
an act of restoring or a condition of being restored; a making good of or giving an equivalent for some injury; a legal action serving to cause restoration of a previous state
resurgence
a rising again into life, activity, or prominence
salvage
to rescue or save especially from wreckage or ruin; compensation paid for saving a ship or its cargo from the perils of the sea or for the lives and property rescued in a wreck; something extracted as valuable or useful
satire
a literary work holding up human vices and follies to ridicule or scorn; trenchant with, irony, or sarcasm used to expose and discredit vice or folly
savor
to have a specified smell or quality; to give flavor to; to have experience of
score
to keep a record or account of by or as if by notches in a tally
scrutiny
searching look; close watch; surveillance
sedentary
settled; donig or requiring much sitting; permanently attached
senescent
the state of being old
silo
a trench, pit, or esp a tall cylinder usually sealed to exclude air and used for making and storing silage
simian
monkey; ape; of, relating to, or resembling monkeys or apes
sporadic
occurring occasionally, singly, or in scattered instances
spurn
a kick, a stumble, disdainful rejection; to tread sharply or heavily upon
stagnation
the state of being motionless
steadfast
firmly fixed in place; not subject to change; firm in belief, determination, or adherence; loyal
stifle
to kill by depriving of oxygen; to cut off; the joint next above the hock in the hind leg of a quadruped corresponding to the human knee
stigmatize
to describe or identify in opprobrious terms; to mark with stigmata; to brand
stymie
to present an obstacle to; stand in the way of
subjectivity
characteristic of or belonging to reality as perceived rather than as independent of mind; not objective; being partial, seeing only one side
tardy
an instance of being late; moving slowly; delayed beyond the expected or proper time
tepid
lukewarm, lacking in passion, force, or zest
tolerant
inclined to allow without prohibiting or opposing; marked by forbearance or endurance
toxic
of, relating to, or caused by a poison or toxin; poisonous
unsparing
not merciful or forbearing; not frugal
urn
a vessel that is typically an ornamental vase on a pedestal and that is used for various purposes; a closed vessel usually with a spigot for serving a hot beverage
valid
having legal efficacy or force; well grounded or justifiable; executed with the proper legal authority and formalities
verbose
overly wordy
vexed
debated or discussed at length; to bring trouble, distress, or agitation to ; to irritate or annoy by petty provocations; to shake or toss about; puzzle, baffle
virulent
marked by a rapid, sever, and malignant course
zest
an enjoyably exciting quality; keen enjoyment; a piece of the peel or of the thin outer skin of an orange or lemon used as flavoring