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abeyance
a state of inactivity or suspension
buttress
a projecting structure that supports a wall or building; anything that supports or protects; to support or strengthen
commensurate
corresponding in size, degree, or amount; proportionate; or equal value
dilatory
slow to act or respond; delaying, tardy
ecumenical
univesal; inclusive, especially concerning religious matters
facade
the front or face of a building; a superficial appearance; an illusion
gargoyle
a grotesque stone figre used as a decorative feature on a building or as an ornament; a spout projecting
moot
to debate, suggest, or discuss; deprived of significance; irrelevant
pinnacle
a tall, slender, pointed top; peak; the highest point of acheivment
requiem
a funeral mass or service; a musical composition honoring the dead
sacrosanct
highly sacred or holy; not to be violated
sensuous
coming from or acting on the senses; producing an agreeable effect on teh senses
tenet
a principle or belief held to be true, especially by members of an organization
transcend
to go above the limits of; to exceed or surpass
venue
the scene or locale of any action or event; the place of an alleged crime
arbiter
one whose decisions are accepted as final; a judge
conclave
a private meeting or secret assembly
concomitant
accompanying; occupying or existing at the same time
coterie
an intimate or exclusive group;a clique
demur
to raise objections; to withhold one's approval or agreement
entice
to lead or persuade by arousing desire or hope; allure
flaunt
to parade or display conspicuously or boldly
genteel
polite, elegant,stylish; sometimes overly so
graphic
evoking a sharp mental picture; vivid; concerning the pictorial arts, as drawing, painting,etc.
inimical
expressing hositily or unfreindly intent; having adverse or harmful effects
inordinate
beyond what is ordinary or reasonable in amount or scope; excessive
ludicrous
provoking or describing laughter because of absurdity; rediculous
oligarchy
government by a small, elite group
redoubtable
worthy of respect; formidable
repugnant
highly distasteful; offensive; repulsive
archives
public or institutional recods, especially historical documents that are preserved; the place where such records are kept
chattel
an item of property that can be moved, as distinct from real estate; a human being considered as property
commodious
having plenty of space to move around freely; roomy
conflagration
a large, disastrous fire
limbo
a place or state of neglect, oblivion or transition
lineage
line of descent; ancestry
listless
indifferent, spiritless; showing a lack of motivation or interest
metropolis
an important city, especially one regarded as the center of a particular activity
perfunctory
done in a routine way. without care or particular interest
pristine
like new; spotless; free of dirt and decay
ramshackle
loosely made; appearing ready to collapse; dilapidated
sequester
to set apart; to seclude; to seize, especially by legal authority
subversive
planning to undermine or overthrow an established order; to undermine the morals, authority, or allegiance of
terminus
the final destination or goal of a journey or endeavor; the finishing point
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous;deadly; full of hate; bitter or spiteful
autocratic
exercising sole or complete control; dictatorial; one who exercises total control; a domineering person; absolute rule by a single person
caustic
capable of destroying tissue by chemical action; corrosive
debilitate
to impair the strength of, to enfeeble
duplicitous
marked by deception; deceit in speech or actions, deliberate deception
emissary
a representative sent on a special errand
felicitous
happily suited to an occasion or situation; appropriate and graceful; marked by happiness or good fortune; pleasant; charming
forthright
direct; straightforward; frank
impecunious
being habitually without money; poor
jaundiced
of an unhealthy yellow appearance; affected by jealousy, resentment, or hostility
mercenary
serving merely for money or gain; greedy; a soldier who fights for whoever pays him
notorious
well known for a particular quality or trait, often an unfavorable one
oust
to eject from a position or place, to drive out of use; dismissal from a position
parsimonious
excessively sparing or frugal; penurious
pejorative
having negative or unpleasant associations; belittling
precept
a general principle or rule of action
bereft
derived of or lacking something that is wanted or needed
criterion
a standard or rule by which something is judged, or criticized
deride
to laugh at in scorn or contempt; to ridicule
effrontery
a boldness that is offensive because of its lack of tact; audacity
espouse
to advocate or embrace, especially a cause or idea
hypocrisy
the practice of pretending to believe or value things or ideas that one does not, falseness; a person who pretends to be what he or she is not or to have principles he or she does not possess
impending
about to occur; imminent
incensed
filling with wrath; enraged
pertinent
relating to the matter at hand; relevant
promulgate
to proclaim or make known
proscribe
to forbid as harmful; to prohibit
redress
to correct or compensate for a wrong; something that makes up for a wrong
regime
a form of rule or government
retribution
something given in repayment, especially punishment; recompense
substantiate
to verify or confirm by presenting evidence
aegis
protection, sponsership
bauble
a showy, ornamental object with little practical use; a trinket
complaisant
willing to please; agreeable
consolidate
to join together; to unite; to strenghten or make firm
depredation
the act of plundering or destroying; also, the loss or damage that results
epiphany
a sudden understanding of the meaning, essence, or reality of something
moratorium
a waiting period or temporary an on activity
pendulous
hanging loosely or swinging freely
portend
to be a sign of; to indicate what will happen
pragmatic
concerned with practical solutions rather than abstract theory
reprieve
to delay or suspend punishment; a relief or respite, especially when temporary
stentorian
extremely loud or powerful in sound
tenure
the condition of holding property, an office, or a position; also the period during which it is held
unilateral
done or carried out by one of two or more parties rather than in concert with others
viable
capable of living, growing, or developing; capable of success; workable
ambidextrous
able to use both hands with equal skill
antipathy
a consistent aversion or dislike
deletrious
hurtful; injurious
excoriate
to criticize severely; to berate
extrapolate
to estimate or infer by projecting from or expanding upon known information
grisly
horrible to contemplate or look upon; grim and ghastly
idiosyncrasy
a peculiar characteristic, habit, or manner that distinguishes a person
impute
to assign blame or credit; to attribute or ascribe
maladroit
lacking judgement or skill; bungling or clumsy
negate
to deny or refute the existence or truth of; to make ineffective or invalid
passe
no longer in fashion; out moded
pedagogue
a teacher of children or youth; sometimes one who is dogmatic or overly formal; of or relating to the science or art of teaching
preponderance
the greater part; superiority in size, importance, or strength
propound
to put forward for consideration; to propose
stance
the way a person stands; the position of a person's feet; a position regarding politics or ideas; point of view
altruism
the putting of others' well-being ahead of one's own; unselfishness
concurrent
taking place at the same time; simultaneous
context
the circumstances in which something exists or occurs; the surroundings of a word or phrase in a spoken or written passage
crass
lakcing delicacy or sensitivity; gross
cuisine
style of cooking
debase
to lower the quality, or status of; to devalue
enjoin
to direct or command; to forbid or prohibit
extemporaneous
composed or performed on the spur of the moment, with little or no planning
genesis
an origin, creation, or beginning
libation
a liquid, usually wine, especially when poured as an offering or drunk as part of a ceremony
malaise
a vague feeling of uneasiness or unwellness
platitude
a thought or remark that is dull or trite
reconcile
to reestablish an amicable relationship; to bring to quiet submission; to bring into harmony or agreement
sunder
to break or force apart; to sever
travail
activity that is arduous and burdensome, toil; suffering or anguish
amity
peaceful relations; freindship
animadversion
a critical or hostile comment
antithetical
being in direct and outspoken opposition; the direct contrast of one thing with another; the exact opposite
bellicose
inclined to quarrel; combative; warlike
bucolic
of or relating to country life, rustic; pastoral
craven
utterly lacking courage; willing to give up or capitulate
exalt
to raise in rank, wealth, or honor; to praise highly; glorify
impugn
to attack as false; to call into question
introspective
inclined to look inward and examine one's thoughts and feelings
metier
work or activity for which one is particularly suited
penurious
marked by extreme poverty; stingy; lacking generosity
privation
an instance or condition or extreme hardship; a lack of comfort
sobriquet
a nickname
tantamount
equivalent to; the same as
throes
conditions of painful or difficult change, struggle, or turmoil
attentuate
to make or become thin; to lessen the amount, force, or value of
behemoth
something or someone of enormous size or power
disinter
to remove from a grave or tomb; to dig up
impinge
to go beyond desirable or established limits; to encroach; to come into contact with, especially forcefully
multifarious
having many forms; varied, versatile
oxymoron
a combination of words that seem to be contradictory
plenitude
an ample amount; an abundance
postulate
to assume as a fact based on the best available evidence; something assumed to be self-evident; a fundamental principle
prevail
to prove superior in power or strength; to remain in effect or use; to be current or widespread
putrefy
to become rotton or decayed, giving off a foul odor
salubrious
beneficial to health or well-being
succulent
fresh and juicy
tundra
flat, treeless plains of the artic regions
unequivocal
leaving no room for misunderstanding; unambiguous
vicissitudes
fluctuations in conditions; changes of fortune
amnesia
a loss of memory, usually caused by shock or injury; a gap in one's memory
appease
to bring to a state of peace or quiet; to pacify an adversary, often by making concessions
attrition
a gradual reduction in numbers or loss in strength; a weakening relulting from pressure or harassment
debacle
a sudden collapse, downfall, or failure
defoliate
to strip a plant of leaves, thereby damaging or destroying it
equestrian
having to do with horseback riding; one who rides on horseback
expunge
to obliterate or erase completely
hackneyed
commonplace; trite; lacking forcing or significance became of overuse
opprobrium
scornful treatment or contempt, especially as a result of disgraceful behavior
proviso
a statement that makes a condition, qualification, or restriction
sully
to soil, tarnish, or besmirch
tactile
relating to or perceptible by the sense of touch
upbraid
to scold or criticize severly; to find fault with
verdant
green with vegetation; covered with green plants
vertex
the point opposite and farthest from the base; summit
advent
a coming or arrival
blase
indifferent to what others might find pleasurable or exciting becuase of excessive indulgence or enjoyment; unconcerned
bravado
an ostentatious display of bravery; defiant or swaggering behavior
disparate
containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements; showing a marked difference or inequality
domicile
ones house or place of residence
fabricate
to make by putting parts together; to construct; to invent in order to deceive
itinerant
traveling from place to place; one who goes from place to place
lilliputian
extremely small or appearing to be so
phobia
a strong, irrational fear
proclivity
a strong inclination towards something
projectile
an object impelled with force or self-propelled through the air
queasy
causing nausea or tending to be nauseous; causing or experiencing uneasiness; squeamish
reciprocate
to exchange in kind; to repay
relegate
to put out of sight or mind; demote
vertigo
dizziness or a tilting, spinning sensation
betrothed
engaged to be married; a person to whom one is engaged to be married
blasphemy
an act or statement that shows disrespect or irreverence toward something considered sacred
cadence
a rhythm marked by a regular beat; the rising and falling of the voice in human speech
canon
a rule or principle that provides the norm for judgement; the works of a writer accepted as authentic
denouement
the outcome of a series or events; the resolution following the climax of the plot of a work of drama or fiction
edict
a statement or command having the force of law
enamor
to inspire with love; to captivate
insensate
lacking sensation or awareness; lacking sense or ability to reason; brutal; lacking feeling
renegade
a person who deserts one group or cuase for another; a traitor; a person who rejects lawful behavior
soliloquy
a pseech in which a character's thoughts are given verbal expression
stricture
a strong criticism; anything that restricts or limits
triumvirate
a group of three, especially one possessing great power or eminence
usurp
to seize and hold power or authority in an illegal or unjust manner
vestment
an outer garment, especially one indicating a role, rank, or office
votary
a person who is devoted to a cause or organization, especially one of a religious nature
archipelago
a large group of islands; a body of water containing a large number of islands
careen
to rush headlong, often with a swerving or lurching motion; to cause to lean or tip to one side(as a ship)
cavalier
showing an offhand or carefree disregard; arrogant
contiguous
sharing a boundary; being very close or in contact; adjacent
correlate
to connect related things; to bring things into proper relation with one another
etymology
the history of a word; the science that studies such histories
frenetic
wildly excited; frantic
kinetic
relating to motion
presage
to foretell; to warn or indicate in advance
pulverize
to crush or grind into dust or powder; to demolish
recondite
difficult to understand; abstruse
repulse
to repel; to drive back; to reject in a cool or distant manner; to disgust
seismic
caused by or having to do with earthquakes
undulate
to form or move in waves; to have a wavelike appearance or motion
upheaval
a radical or violent change; a forceful lifting or warping from beneath
anathema
someone or something that is intensely disliked, cursed, or shunned
assuage
to satisfy, to lessen or reduce the intensity of
avuncular
like a benevolent uncle; familiar and indulgent
convival
sociable; concerned with good company and festivities
eclectic
combining elements from a variety of sources
epigram
a short, witty poem or saying
expound
to explain in detail; to set forth
intrinsic
relating to the essential nature of something; real or actual
inveterate
habitual or deeply rooted; persistent
mogul
a very powerful or wealthy person; a magnate
munificent
extremely generous; liberal in giving
nascent
beginning to exist; emerging
perspicacious
clear-sighted; shrewd
philistine
one who is indifferent to or disdainful of intellectual values; smugly ignorant of artistic or intellectual qualites
propitious
tending to favor or assist; encouraging
abstruse
difficult to understand
accrue
to arise or increase as a natural result or growth, usually used with to or from; to come as a regular addition
acquiesce
to accept as inevitable; to comply passively
besmirch
to stain or tarnish; to make dirty
explicit
fully and clearly expressed, leaving nothing merely implied
histrionic
purposely affected; theatrical; exaggerated displays of emotion, intended to produce an effect or response
impropriety
the quality or state of being improper or unsuitable; something that is improper
inveigle
to lure or trick into doing something; to obtain by flattery or trickery
penitent
sorry for having done wrong
probity
honesty; trustworthiness; adherence to virtue
purport
to give or present the often false impression of being someone or intending something
repercussion
an unforseen or indirect result or effect of an event
revelation
something that is made known or revealed, often coming as a surprise
surfeit
an overabundant supply; an excess
unsavory
having an unpleasant look, taste, or smell; morally offensive
autonomy
the quality or state of being self-governing; independence
circumspect
cautious and prudent; heedful of consequences
composure
calmness of mind or bearing; self-control
edifice
a large, imposing structure or building; a complex structure system built up over time, as if it were a real building
ensconce
to settle or place securely or snugly
environs
the area adjoining or surrounding a place
hapless
marked by the absence of good luck; unfortunate
heinous
shockingly evil or wicked
incognito
with one's identity concealed; unrecognized
indoctrinate
to teach or train in the fundamentals; to instill or teach from a partisan point of view
interim
an interval of time between events; belonging to or taking place between events; temporary
mausoleum
a large and impressive tomb
pillage
to rob and plunder
reverie
the condition of being lost in thought; a daydream
thrall
a loss of one's ability to act freely; a state over which one appears to have no control; slavery or bondage
atrophy
to waste away or fail to develop
efficacy
the power to bring about the desired result; effectiveness
emolument
salary or fees for work done; compensation
icon
a religious painting, especially one revered by the Eastern Christian churches; a symbol or image whoe form suggests its meaning; one who is idolized
incipient
beginning to exist or appear; in the first stage
inculcate
to impress upon or teach by frequent repetition
inestimable
too valuable or great to be measured
lackluster
lacking brightness or vitality; without spirit or enthusiasm
martinet
a strict disciplinarian
prodigious
extremely large in bulk, quantity, or degree; causing amazement or wonder
regimen
a regulated program, especially one designed to improve or maintain health
stellar
of or related to a star; outstanding or brilliant
stoic
one seemingly indifferent to pleasure or pain
vibrant
full of life or vigor; bright or vivid; quivering or vibrating
zealous
very enthusiastic; fervent; passionate on behalf of someone or something