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Veritable
Being in fact the thing named and not false, unreal, or imaginary
Scavenger
One who collects or salvages garbage or junk
Beau gest
a graceful or magnanimous gesture
Anneal
to make (as steel or glass) less brittle by heating and then cooling
Salad days
time of youthful inexperience or indiscretion; also: an early flourishing period: heyday
Posthaste
with all possible speed
Modicum
a small portion: a limited quantity
Kindred
of a similar nature or character: like
Melange
a mixture often of incongruous elements
Orientate
to acquaint with an existing situation or environment
Propagate
to foster growing knowledge of, familiarity with, or acceptance of (as an idea or belief): publicize
Cognizable
capable of being judicially heard and determined
Approbation
commendation, praise
Chockablock
1: brought close together
*2: very full
Livid
1: discolored by bruising: black-and-blue

2: ashen, pallid

3: reddish

*4: very angry : enraged
opine
: to state as an opinion
In his review, Malcolm opined that it was good to see the band returning to the formula that had worked so well for their first album.
ramshackle
*1 : appearing ready to collapse : rickety

2 : carelessly or loosely constructed
The properties were separated by a ramshackle wooden fence that was just barely held together with chicken wire.
propensity
: an often intense natural inclination or preference
"My brother has a propensity for exaggeration," said Daniella, "so you should probably take his claims with a grain of salt."
hierophant
1 : a priest in ancient Greece; specifically : the chief priest of the Eleusinian mysteries

2 *a : a person who explains : commentator
b : a person who defends or maintains a cause or proposal : advocate
"Very few women can be coerced into spending $4,000 for green leather trousers embroidered with silver petals . . . simply because some fashion hierophant declares it a trend." (Cathy Horyn, The New York Times, March 30, 1999)
incandescent
1 a : white, glowing, or luminous with intense heat
*b : marked by brilliance especially of expression
c : characterized by glowing zeal : ardent
The professor was dazzled by Tia's incandescent prose, which was infinitely more sophisticated than that of the other students in the introductory history course.
puckish
: impish, whimsical
Ellen found Gabe's puckish antics quite appealing when they first started dating, but now she wishes he would be more serious.
titivate
: to make or become smart or spruce
"Work could undoubtedly be done on the show to titivate it for Broadway -- but the score will remain a problem, if not a liability." (Clive Barnes, The New York Post, August 13, 2000)
treacle
1 : a medicinal compound formerly in wide use as a remedy against poison

2 a chiefly British : molasses
b : a blend of molasses, invert sugar, and corn syrup used as syrup

*3 : something (as a tone of voice) heavily sweet and cloying
The film is engaging for about an hour, but then it nose-dives into sentimental treacle and never recovers.
subreption
: a deliberate misrepresentation; also : an inference drawn from it
Shareholders have filed a class action lawsuit against the company for its subreption of earnings and losses.
buttress
1 : a projecting structure of masonry or wood for supporting or giving stability to a wall or building

*3 : something that supports or strengthens
decorous
: marked by propriety and good taste : correct
etiolate
*1 : to bleach and alter the natural development of (a green plant) by excluding sunlight

2 a : to make pale
b : to deprive of natural vigor : make feeble
heliolatry
: sun worship
durable
: able to exist for a long time without significant deterioration; also : designed to be durable
garrulous
1 : pointlessly or annoyingly talkative

*2 : wordy
impeccable
1 : not capable of sinning or liable to sin

*2 : free from fault or blame : flawless
postlude
*1 : a closing piece of music; especially : an organ voluntary at the end of a church service

2 : a closing phase (as of an epoch or a literary work)
hors de combat
adjective or adverb

: out of combat : disabled
malaise
1 : an indefinite feeling of debility or lack of health often indicative of or accompanying the onset of an illness

*2 : a vague sense of mental or moral ill-being
tawdry
: cheap and gaudy in appearance or quality; also : ignoble
feuilleton
1 : a part of a European newspaper or magazine devoted to material designed to entertain the general reader

2 : a work of fiction printed in installments

*3 : a short literary composition often having a familiar tone and reminiscent content