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acerbic
1. bitter or sour to the taste.
2. Biting or stinging in tone; sarcastic.
canard
a groudless report or story, often one made up deliberately to deceive.
debonair
Elegant in appearance and charming in manner.
deign
to lower oneself in one's own estimation; to condescend.
dotage
mental deterioration associated with advacned age.
foist
to impose something unwanted or unneeded on an unwilling recipient.
insipid
1. tasteless
2. lacking excitement; uninteresting
misconstrue
to misunderstand or misinterpret
narcissism
excessive admiration of oneself.
overweening
1. excessively proud.
2. lacking restraint; immoderate
paean
a hymn of joy, praise, or appreciation
repartee
conversation marked by quick and witty verbal exchanges.
repine
to express deep sadness or discontent; to long for somehting lost.
satorial
relating to clothing, especially tailored clothing.
svelte
slender and graceful; having sleek lines.
anachronism
1. The placing of some person or thing out of its proper historical place.
2. A person or thing that is or seems to be out of its proper time in history.
apiary
a place where bees are raised for their honey
archetype
1. the original model from which others ar emade or developed.
2. Patterns of myth and ritual that occur repeatedly in diverse cultures throughout time.
carcinogen
a substance that causes ancer
checkered
marked by frequent changes of situation; full of ups and downs.
cornucopia
1. a goat's horn, or a straw container shaped like it, filled with produce form the harvest; a horn of plenty.
2. An enormous store; an abundance
devolve
to pass on or be passed on to.
equitable
fair to all concerned
exigencies
demands;requirements
fatalism
the belief that fate determines everything and one cannot influence the outcome of particular events.
gustatory
relating to the sense of taste
minutiae
small details
motley
composed of many different kinds or types; diverse.
prospectus
a printed statement, given to potential buyers, describing a business or investment opportunity.
vernal
of or relating to the spring.
apocalyptic
involving or predicting disastrous, uncontrollable events.
concatenation
a joining or linking together of elements
convulse; convulsion
1. to shake or cause to shake suddenly and violently
2. an abnormal, strong, and uncontrollable muscle seizure
2. a violent disturbance
decree
an order or decision which, according to its author, must be obeyed.
expatriate
one who leaves his or her country to live elsewhere
fetid
smelling very bad; stinking.
holocaust
1. a catastrophic event resulting in widespread loss of life
2. widespread destruction caused by fire.
infraction
a violation or breaking of a rule.
insouciance
freedom from concern; lighthearted lack of awareness.
minion
a slavish follower, attendant, or supporter.
sanguinary
1. involving much bloodshed or killing.
2. bloodthirsty; cruel
staccato
broken up into short, sharp bursts
sybaritic
marked by extravagant pleasure and luxry.
thespian
an actor or actress
verisimilitude
the quality of appearing true; depicting realism.