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acolyte
a person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; one who attends or assists, a follower
bibulous
given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks; highly absorbent
coalesce
to grow together; to unite to form a whole
covert
not openly acknowledged; secret
declaim
to recite something in the style of a public speech; to speak in a loud, theatrical way
delineate
to describe vividly and in detail; to draw an outline of; to represent a drawing
demagogue
a leader who seeks power by appealing to people's emotions and prejudices by making false claims and promises
encomium
an expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute
obdurate
resistant to persuasion; inflexible; persistent in wrongdoing
prescience
foresight; knowledge beforehand of events
protagonist
a chief character in a drama or story
sedulous
completed with careful perseverance; diligent
trenchant
expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive
utopia
a place or state of perfect social and political conditions
valedictory
a farewell address, especially one given at a graduation ceremony; of or relating to such a farewell address
absolve
to clear from guilt, or to free from a promise or a responsibility
adumbrate
to foreshadow in an indirect way; to outline in a sketchy way; to partially disclose
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
aspersion
a defamatory expression; slander
coadjutor
one who works with another, usually in a subordinate position; an assistant
congenital
existing at or dating from birth; being an essential characteristic
elan
a lively spirit with a distinctive style
germane
pertinent and fitting
hiatus
an interruption or gap in space, continuity, or time
immure
to confine within or as if within walls; to imprison
ineluctable
not to be avoided or changed; inevitable
internecine
marked by slaughter; mutually destructive; relating to conflict within a group
invoke
to appeal to earnestly; to cite in justification
prototype
a person or thing that serves as an example of its kind; an original
quadrennial
occurring every four years; lasting four years
amalgam
an alloy of mercury and other metals; a mixture of different elements
antediluvian
very old or old fashioned
apothecary
one who prepares and sells ointments, drugs, and similar items for medicinal purposes
ascetic
refraining from self indulgence; a person who practices self denial
beneficent
doing or producing good
charlatan
one who falsely claims knowledge or ability
denizen
an inhabitant, resident, or frequenter of a place
doyen
a senior memberof a group, especially one who is highly respected; the oldest example of a category
flora
plants considered as a group in a particular area or era
imbibe
to consume by drinking; to absorb or take in mentally
nostrum
a medicine or remedy whose effectiveness has not been proven
obviate
to prevent or make unnecessary; to get rid of
perennial
lasting indefinitely or recurring; a plant that lives three or more years
putative
commonly accepted or supposed; assumed to exist
savant
a person with detailed knowledge in a specialized field