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apocryphal
Of dubious authenticity or origin; spurious
arcane
Understood by only a few; mysterious
convene
1. To summon or cause to assemble
2. To gather or assemble; to meet formally
expedient
1. Useful for some purpose; convenient
2. Concerned primarily or exclusively with serving one's own interest
exude
1. To flow out slowly; to ooze or exit.
2. To give forth; to exhibit in abundance.
gesticulate
To motion enthusiastically with the body or limbs
inperturbable
Calm and assured
increment
An increase, addition or gain, often by regular, consecutive amounts
levity
Excessive frivolity; a lack of seriousness; joking
mortify
To embarrass or humiliate
periphery
The area around the edges; the outermost part
raconteur
One who tells stories withskill and wit
reiterate
To say or do over again; to repeat
subterfuge
A deceptive scheme or strategy
vacillate
1. To move back and forth from lack of balance; waver
2. To alternate indecisevely between opinions or courses of action.
accoutrements
Equipment or accessories
aggrieved
Feeling or expressing a sense of injustice, injury or offense.
choleric
Easily anagered; quick-tempered
comport
1. To behave or conduct oneself
2. To be in accord or agreement
disconcert
To disrupt the self-possession or confidence of; to perturb or fluster
fauna
Animals of a region or period, considered as a whole
interpose
To place or come between; to intervene or interrupt.
maraud
To roam in search of plunder
modicum
A small amount
opulent
Having or exhibiting great wealth or abundance.
patrician
noun: A member of the nobility

adj: Of noble birth; showing refinement of taste or manners
phlegmatic
Not given to action or reaction; sluggish or calm in temperament.
propensity
A natural inclination or tendancy
therapeutic
Relating to the treatment of a disease; contributing to general well-being.
utilitarian
Relating to usefulnees rather than beauty; practical
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
1. A religious painting, especially one revered by the Eastern Christian churches
2. A symbol or image whose form suggests its meaning.
3. 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
1. Extremely large in bulk, quantity, or degree
2. Causing amazement or wonder
regimen
A regulated program, especially one designed to improve or maintain health.
stellar
Of or related to a star
stoic
One seemingly indifferent to pleasure or pain
vibrant
1. Full of life or vigor
2. Bright or vivid
3. Quivering or vibrating
zealous
Very enthusiastic; fervant; passionate on behalf of someone or something.
autonomy
The quality or state of being self-governing; independence
circumspect
Cautious and pruent; heedful of consequences
composure
Calmness of mind or bearing; self-control
edifice
1. A large, imposing structure or building
2. A complex structure or 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
1. To teach or train in the fundamentals
2. To instill or teach from a partisan point of view
interim
noun: An interval of time between events
adj: Belonging to or taking place between events; temporary
mausoleum
A large and impressive tomb
pillage
To rob or plunder
reverie
1. The condition of being lost in thought
2. A daydream
thrall
A loss of one's ability to act freely; a state over which one appears to have no control.
abstruse
Difficult to understand
accrue
To arise or increase as a natural result or growth, usually used with "to" or "from"
acquiesce
To accept as inevitable; to cmoply passively
besmirch
To stain or tarnish; to make dirty
explicit
Fully and clearly expressed, leaving nothing merely implied.
histrionic
Purposely affected; theatrical
impropriety
1. The quality or state of being improper or unsuitable
2. Something that is improper
inveigle
1. To lure or trick into doing something
2. To obtain by flattery or trickery
penitent
Sorry for having done wrong
probity
Honesty; trustworhtiness; adherence to virtue
purport
To give or present the often false impression of being someone or intending something
repercussion
An unforeseen 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
1. Having an unpleasant look, taste or smell.
2. Morally offensive
anathema
Someone or something that is intensely disliked, cursed or shunned.
assuage
1. To satisfy
2. To lesson or reduce the intensity of
avuncular
Like a benevolent uncle; famliar and indulgent.
convivial
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
Begining to exsit; emerging.
perspicacious
Clear-sighted; shrewd
philistine
noun: One who is indifferent to or disdainful of intellectual values

adj: Smugly ignorant of artistic or intellectual qualities.
propitious
Tending to favor or assist; encouraging
archipelago
1. A large group of islands
2. A body of water containing a large number of islands
careen
1. To rush headlong, often with a swerving or luching motion.
2. To cause to lean or tip to one side
cavalier
Showing an offhand or carefree disregard; arrogant
contiguous
Sharing a boundry; being very close or in contact; adjacent
correlate
To connect related thins; to bring things into proper relation with one another.
etymology
1. The history of a word
2. The science that studies such histories
frenetic
Wildly excited; frantic
kinetic
Relating to motion
presage
To foretell; to warn or indicate in advnace
pulverize
1. To crush or grind into dust or powder
2. To demolish
recondite
Difficult to understand; abstruse
repulse
1. to repel; to drive back
2. to reject in a cool or distant mannner
3. to disgust
seismic
1.Caused by or having to do with earhquakes
2. Having powerful and widespread effects
undulate
1. To form or move in waves
2. To have a wavelike appearance or motion
upheaval
1. a radicalor violent change
2. A forceful lifting or warping from beneath
betrothed
adj: Engaged to be married
noun: 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
1. A rhythm marked by a regular beat.
2. The rising and falling of the voice in human speech.
canon
1. A rule or principle that provides the norm for judgment.
2. The works of a writer accepted as authentic
denouement
1. The outcome of a series of events
2. The final 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
1. lacking sensation or awareness
2. Lacking sense or ability to reason
3. Brutal; lacking feeling
renegade
1. a person who deserts one group or cause for another; a traitor
2. A person who rejects lawful behavior
soliloguy
A speech in which a character's thoughts are given verbal expression.
stricture
1. A strong criticism
2. 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 garmet, especially one indicating a role, rank or office
votary
A person who is devoted to a cause or organization, especially one of religous nature
advent
A coming or arrival
blase
indifferent to what others might find pleasurable or exciting because of excessive indulgence or enjoyment; unconcerned.
bravado
An ostentatious display of bravery; defiant or swaggering behavior
disparate
1. containing ormade up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements.
2. Showing a marked difference or inequality
domicile
One's house or place of residence
fabricate
1. To make by putting parts together; to construct
2. to invent in order to deceive
intinerant
1. Traveling from place to place
2. One who goes from place to place
lilliputian
Extremely samll 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
1. Causing nausea or tending to be nauseous.
2. Causing or experiencing uneasiness; squeamish
reciprocate
To exchange in kind; to repay
relegate
1. To put out of sight or mind; demote
2. to assign for a decision or further action
vertigo
Dizziness or a tilting, spinning sensation
amnesia
1. a loss of memory, usually caused by shock or injury
2. a gap in one's memory
appease
1. to bring to a state of peace or quiet
2. to pacify an adversary, often by making concessions
attrition
1. a gradual reduction in numbers or loss of strength
2. a weakening resulting 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
expunge
to obliterate or erase completely
hackneyed
commonplace; trite; lacking force or significance because of overuse
opporbrium
scornful treatment or contempt, especially as a result of disgraceful behaviour
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 severely; to find fault with
verdant
green with vegetation; covered with green plants
vertex
the point opposite and farthest from the base; summit
attenuate
1. To make or become thin
2. To lessen the amount, force, or value of
behemouth
Something or someone of enormous size or power
disinter
To remove from a grave or tomb; to dig up
impinge
1. To go beyond desirable or established limits; to encroach.
2. 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
prevail
1. To prove superior in power and strength
2. To remain in effect or use; to be current or widespread
putrefy
To become rotten or decayed, giving off a foul odor
salubrious
Beneficial to health or well-being
succulent
Fresh and juicy
tundra
Flat, treeless plains of the arctic regions
unequivocal
Leaving no room for misunderstanding; unambiguous
vicissitudes
Fluctuations in conditions; changes in fortune
amity
Peaceful relations (particularly between nations); friendship
animadversion
A critical or hostile comment
antithetical
Being in direct and outspoken opposition
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 rais 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 thougths and feelings
metier
Work or activity for which one is particularly suited.
penurious
1. Marked by extreme poverty
2. Stingy; lacking generosity
privation
An instance or condition of extreme hardship; a lack of comfort
sobriquet
A nickname
tantamount
Equivalent to; the same as (used with "to")
throes
Conditions of painful or difficult change, struggle or turmoil
altruism
The putting of others' well-being ahead of one's own; unselfishness
concurrent
Taking place at the same time; simultaneous
context
1. The circumstances in which something exists or occurs
2. The surroundings of a word or phrase in a spoken or written passage
crass
Lacking delicacy or sensitivity; gross.
cuisine
Style of cooking
debase
To lower the quality, character or status of; to devalue
enjoin
1. To direct or command
2. 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
1. To establish an amicable relationship
2. To bring to quiet submission
sunder
To break or force apart; to sever
trevail
1. Activity that is arduous and burdensome; toil
2. Suffering or anguish
abeyance
A state (usually temporary) of inactivity or suspension
buttress
1. A projecting structure that supports a wall or building
2. Anything that supports or protects
commensurate
Corresponding in size, degree or amount; proportionate; of equal value
dilatory
Slow to act or respond; delaying, tardy
ecumenical
Universal; inclusive, especially concerning religous matters
facade
1. The front or face of a building
2. A superficial appearance; an illusion
gargoyle
A grotesque stone figure used as a decorative feature on a building or as an ornament; a spout projecting
moot
To debate, suggest or discuss
pinnacle
1. A tall, slender, pointed top; peak
2. The highest poing of achievement
requiem
A funeral mass or service; a musical composition honoring the dead
sacrosact
Highly sacred or holy; not to be violated
sensuous
1. Coming from or acting on the senses
2. Producing an agreeable effect on the 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
1. Evoking a sharp mental picture; vivid
2. Concerning the pictorial arts, as drawing, painting, etc.
inimical
1. Expressing hostility or unfriendly intent
2. 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; ridiculous
oligarchy
Government by a small, elite group
redoubtable
Worthy of respect; formidable
repugnant
Highly distasteful; offensive; repulsive
archives
Public or institutional records, especially historical documents that are preserved; the place where such records are kept
chattel
1. An item of property that can be moved, as distinct from real
2. A human being considered as property
commodious
Having plenty of space to move around freely; roomy
conflagration
A large, diastrous fire
limbo
A place or state of neglect, oblivion, or transition
lineage
LIne of descent; ancestory
listless
Indifferent, spiritless; showing 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
1. To set apart; to seclude
2. To seize, especially by legal authority
subversive
Planning to undermine or overthrow an established order
terminus
The final destination or goal of a journey or endeavor; the finishing point
virulent
1. Extremely harmful or poisonous; deadly
2. Full of hate; bitter or spiteful
autocratic
Exercising sole or complete control; dictorial
caustic
1. Capable of destroying tissue by chemical action; corrosive
2. Very sarcastic; sharp or biting
debilitate
To impair the strength of; to enfeeble
duplicitous
Marked by deception
emissary
A representative sent on a special errand
felicitous
1. Happily suited to an occasion or situation; appropriate and graceful
2. Marked by happiness or good fortune; pleasant; charming
forthright
Direct; straightforward; frank
inpecunious
Being habitually without money; poor
jaundiced
1. Of unhealthy yellow appearance
2. Affected by jealousy, resentment or hositility
mercenary
adj. Serving merely for money or gain; greety
noun. A soldier who fights for whoever pays him
notorious
Well known for a particular quality or trait, often an unfavorable one
oust
Tol eject from a position or place; to drive out of use
parsimonious
Excessively sparing or frugal; penurious
pejorative
Having negative orunplasant associations; belittling
precept
A general principle or rule of action
bereft
Deprived or lacking something that is wanted or needed
criterion
A standard or rule by which something is judged, ore critisized
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
impending
About to occur; imminent
incensed
Filled 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.
regime
A form or rule or government
retribution
Something given in repayment, especially punishment; recompense
substantiate
To verify or confirm by presenting evidence
eagis
Protection; sponsorship
bauble
A showy, ornamental object with little practical use; a trinket
complaisant
Willing to please; agreeable
consolidate
1. To join together; to unite
2. To strengthen 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 ban on activity
pendulous
Hanging loosely or swinging freely
portend
To be a sign of; to indicate what will happen
pragmatic
Concerned with practical soluitons rather than abstract theory
reprieve
To delay or suspend punishment
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 rahter than in concert with others
viable
1. Capable of living, growing, or developing
2. Capable of success; workable
ambidextrous
Able to use both hands with equal skill
antipathy
A consistent aversion or dislike
deleterious
Hurful; injurious
excoriate
To criticize severely; to berate
grisly
Horrible to contemplate or look upon; frim 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 judgment or skill; bungling or clumsy
negate
1. To deny or refute the existnec or truth of
2. 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
preponderance
The greater part; superiority in size, importance, or strength
propound
To put forward for consideration; to propose
stance
1. The way a person stands; the position of a person's feet
2. A position regarding politics or ideas; point of view
extrapolate
To estimate or infer by projecting from or expanding upon known information