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abdicate
relinquish
abstain
decline to vote; refrain
acme
high point
adulterate
to make impure
aerie
nest
alto
person singing second-to-highest part in a four-part harmony
ambidextrous
able to use both hands with equal ease
ambivalence
simultaneous conflicting feelings
ameliorate
to improve
amulet
charm
apiary
place where bees are kept
articulate
clearly spoken; jointed
ascetic
of rigorous self-denial
bivouac
temporary military camp
blatant
offensively obvious
cant
insincere talk; slang; tilted
collusion
secret agreement
comestible
food
condolence
sympathy
cremate
burn to ashes
criterion
standard used in judging
curfew
time to be off the streets
curtail
reduce
depreciate
to decrease in value; belittle
dilettante
person who dabbles in the arts
disconcert
suddenly confuse
discursive
rambling
dismantle
take apart
dogmatic
asserted strongly but without proof
effervesce
give off bubbles; lively
elective
chosen by vote; optional
enormity
outrageous nature of
environs
surrounding areas
equitable
fair
eradicate
get rid of
exploit
to make full use of; to take unfair advantage of; a daring deed
expound
state in detail
facet
polished sides
facsimile
an exact copy
faction
group working against other groups; quarreling
fathoms
units of depth
feign
to pretend
fissure
split
fractious
unruly
frowzy
slovenly
garner
gather in
generic
inclusive
gesticulate
to make gestures
gibe
sneer
granary
building for storing grain
grotesque
wildly distorted
grueling
severely demanding
hemp
plant fiber used in rope
histrionics
theatrical behavior
homage
respect and honor
idiom
phrase not meant literally; style of speaking
impediment
obstacle
imperative
used in command
imperturbable
calm
impious
lacking reverence
imprecations
curses
improvident
wasteful
incapacitate
disable
incoherent
confused
indict
charge with a crime
infidelity
lack of faithfulness
inherent
that is a natural part of one(a person)
innovation
introduction of something new
inopportune
unsuitable
intermediary
go-between
interpolate
insert
intrigue
interests; plot
introvert
person preoccupied with his or her own thoughts
inveterate
habitual
ire
anger
lancet
surgeon's knife
legendary
famous in story
lionize
hold in great esteem
literate
educated; able to read and write
loquacious
talkative
magnitude
greatness
minion
loyal follower
moral
standards of behavior; spiritual rather than physical; having to do with right and wrong
neo-
a new form of
obligatory
required
octagon
eight sided figure
opiate
soothing drug
paean
song of praise
partake
eat one's share
pasteurize
destroy bacteria in
paucity
scarcity
philtre
love potion
pragmatic
practical
primordial
earliest
proclivity
inclination
progenitors
ancestors
proxy
a person authorized to act for another
psyche
mind
punctilious
exact
rebut
oppose by argument
recapitulate
restate briefly
recourse
source of help
relegate
dropped; assign
resilient
springy
revelry
merrymaking
sabotage
deliberate destruction
scapegoat
person who takes the blame for others
scathing
bitingly severe
scuttle
a coal bucket; to move quickly; to sink a ship deliberately
sibling
brother-sister
sinecure
easy and well paying job
slapstick
crude comedy
species
kinds of plants and animals
stalemate
deadlock
stamina
staying power
statutory
fixed by law
stipend
salary
strategic
to do with military planning
substantial
solid; large; wealthy
supplant
take the place of
tariff
tax on imports; scale of charges
tedium
monotony
temperate
neither hot nor cold
testimonial
token of esteem
tome
book
turnkey
jailer
twit
tease
ulterior
hidden; future or coming
ultimatum
final demand
untenable
indefensible
vainglorious
boastful
valedictory
farewell address
vegetate
lead a dull life
waft
is carried by air
wayward
willful
whimsical
full of odd notions
wizened
wrinkled