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annihilate
destroy utterly
aggravate
make worse or more severe
fulminate
to explode, erupt, shout violently
nemesis
agent of retribution, a just punishment
consternation
amazement adn terror, dismay
mercury
messenger, carrier of news
garrulous
talkative
emanate
to flow or issue forth
instigate
provoke, incite
prostration
a falling down in worship, exhaustion
mentor
a wise, trusted adviser
malapropism
blunder in choice of words
exemplify
to serve as an examle of
contemplate
meditate upon, gaze at, to intend or plan
protean
highly versatile, readily taking numerous forms
adumbrate
to outline in a vague way; to foreshadow
construe
to interpret,explain
alacrity
lively willingness, briskness
insurrection
armed uprising or rebellion
felicitous
fortunate, aptly chosen, happily conceived
chagrin
shame,vexation, humiliation
predilection
preconceived preference or partiality
calumny
slander,false and malicious statements
stentorian
very loud or powerful
perspicacity
mental penetraion, discernment
allegory
story in which characthers are symbolic
ecclesiastical
pertaining to church or clergy, especially as an established institution
ballet
style of dancing, (a kind of)dance performance
dilemma
a predicament, agonizing choice
fecundity
fruitfulness, productiveness
prerogative
privilege, right
symmetry
balance, correspondance of parts
odious
hateful, offensive
enigma
a puzzle, mystery or perplexing situation
curator
custodian of a museum or art collection
erudition
learning, scholarly knowledge
traumatic
painful, resulting from violent physical injury or emotoinal shock
denouement
outcome, solution (of a story of play)
fatuous
complacently stupid or silly
immolation
(act of) sacrificing or being sacrificed
fastidious
daintily refined, very discriminating
propensity
natural tendency, bent
coincide
to mathc exactly,occupy the same timeor place
imperial
majestic,befitting an emperor
altruistic
unselfishly concerned for others
incentive
stimulus, that which stirs one to do or be
fetish
something worshiped for its magical power
covenant
solemn agreement or compact
innovation
new method or custom, major change
astute
shrewd, crafty, keen of mind
collaborate
to work together, cooperate
incubus
nightmare, depressing burden
disparage
to belittle, speak slightingly of
aggressive
assertive, vigorously active, quick to attack
cynical
scornfully distrustful
propriety
conformity to accepted standards of behavior, rightness or suitability
arrogant
haughty,overbearingly proud
amenity
a pleasing way or custom
captious
fault-finding, hard to please
cavil
to quibble,find fault furviously
virtuoso
person especially skilled in one of the fine arts
authentic
genuine, entitled to acceptance
criterion
basis or standard for judgment
hyperbole
exaggeration for rhetorical effect
amalgamate
to combine, unite, fuse
integrity
moral soundness, uprightness
nonchalance
indifference, unconcern
optimism
tendency to take the most hopeful view
restitution
restoration, reparation
coalition
combination or alliance (especailly of opposingparties and usually temporary)
voluptuous
giving delight to the senses
capitulate
surrender on certain terms
pertinacity
stubborn perseverance
extenuate
make less serious, diminish
mitigate
lessen, make milder
intuition
instinctive knowledge
obsolete
outmoded, out of use
onerous
burdensome, oppressive
pessimism
tendency to expect the worst
ribald
coarsely mocking, scurrilous
rapacity
violence or greed, eagerness for plunder
adulterate
to cheapen or debase with inferior or harmful ingredients
abrogate
to abolish, annul, do away with
amortize
to write off a debt by regular payments
surfeit
excess,disgust from excess
vicissitude
irregular change, ups and downs
stultify
to render absurd or useless
cumulative
tending to increase or accumualte
didactic
morally instructive
hibernate
to spend the winter(in a resting state)
effect
to bring about, accomplish
connive
to approve of or secretly aid the wrongdoing of another
alleviate
to lessen, lighten, relieve
sagacity
shrewdness, sound judgement
despondent
dejected, despairing
pacify
to make calm,appease
deter
to restrain through fear or doubt, hinder or discourage
clement
mild, merciful
dogmatic
unduly positive, dictatorial
indigenous
native, characteristic of a specific region
reputable
well thought of, respected
mundane
earthly, commonplace
indigent
needy, poor
condone
to excuse by seeming to overlook, treat as if trivial