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Agrarian
Having to do with farming or agriculture
Burgeon
To grow and expand rapidly; to flourish
Cataclysm
A sudden and violent change; a catastrophe
Culinary
Having to do with cooking
Denigrate
To attack the reputation of; to criticize in a derogatory manner
gourmet
A person who likes fine foood and is a good judge of its quality
Grandiloquent
Using lofty or pompous speech or expression
Hybrid
1. The offspring of two animals or plants of different species or varieties
2. Anything that is of mixed origin or composition.
Manifold
Having many different kinds, forms, or parts.
Palatable
Acceptable or pleasing, especially to the sense of taste.
Panacea
Something that is supposed to cure all ills or difficulties; a cure-all.
Plebeian
Of or pertaining to the common people; common; unrefined.
Scourge
Something that cuases great pain and suffering; a social evil
Stalemate
A ahlt in a struggle because both sides are equally strong and neither side will give in; a deadlock
Temperate
Mile, moderate; restrained
Aftermath
A consequence or result, often a negative one.
Aphorism
A short statement of truth or principle; an adage
Catharsis
A releasing of the emotions, often througt the arts, that brings about spritual renewal or relieving of tension.
Cohort
1. A group that is moving or working together
2. One who assists another,especially in a dubious or criminal activity; an accomplice
Culpable
Deserving blame or censure
Diabolical
Devilish; wicked or evil
Enormity
1. The state or quality of being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous
2. The state or quality of being huge, immense
Gibe
To utter taunting, sarcastic words
Innocuous
Harmless; unlikely to offend
Necessitate
To require; to make necessary
Odyssey
1. A long, adventurous journey.
2. An intellectual or spiritual quest.
Partisan
1. A strong supporter or advocate
2. An armed fighter opposed to an occupying army
Posterity
A person's descendents; future generations
Premeditated
Fully planned beforehand; deliberate
Scurrilous
Vulgar; coarsely abusive
Adjunct
Something or someone joined or added to something else but not essentially a part of it.
Belie
To give a false impression of; to contradict
Carnage
Great destruction of life; slaughter
dilemma
A problem that seems to have no satrifactory solution; a difficult choice
Diverse
Differing from one another; having various or distinct parts
Eradicate
To get rid of; to uproot
Flout
To ignore in a disrespectful or scornful way
Foment
To stir up, to rouse; to instigate
Insurrection
An open revolt against legal authority; a rebellion
Mandatory
Ordered by an authority; required
Mitigate
To make or become less serious or severe; to ameliorate
Pretext
An effort to conceal the real intention or state of affairs; an excuse
Singular
1. Denoting a single person or thing, contrastd to more than one.
2. Extraordinary; exceptional
3. Strange or unusual
Somnolent
1. Tending to cause sleepiness
2. Drowsy
Stalwart
1. Strong; sturdy
2. Firm; resolute
Aberration
1. A departure from the norm or what is considered right, natural, or normal; a flaw or defect
Antiquated
Grown old; out-of-date
Celestial
1. Of or relating to the skies or heavens
2. Heavenly, divine; of the finest or highest kind.
Certitude
The state of being certain of the truth or rightness of something
Disburse
To distribute something or pay out money, especially from a public or other fund.
Galaxy
1. A vast cluster of stars and other matter, billions of which make up the known universe
2. A group of brilliant or notable people or things
Intractable
Hard to manage, tame or control; stubborn; not easily cured
juncture
1. A joining or coming together; the place where such a connection occurs
2. A point in time made made critical by the timing of the circumstances.
Juxtapose
To place side by side
Maelstrom
1. A large and violent whirlpool or something resembling a whrilpool.
2. A place or state of great turmoil or confusion
Optimum
Best or most favorable
Pillory
To expose to public socrn or contempt
Proliferate
To grow, expand, or multiply at a rapid rate.
Remiss
Negligent; careless; lax
Titanic
Marked by great strength, size, or influence
Abominate
To hate or loathe intensely
Abridge
To shorten in duration or extent; to diminish
Animosity
Intense ill will
Auspicious
Favorable, promising
Beleaguer
1. To besiege; to surround with an army
2. To suround with trouble; to harass
Confidant
A person to whom secrets are told
Constituent
1. One of the parts that make up a whole
2. A coter represented by a particular official
Iniquitous
Unjust; wicked
Inure
To adjust to and accept unpleasant or undesirable conditions
Inveigh
To complain or protest strongly
Predecessor
A person or thing that has held a position or office before another
Sabotage
Acts that intentionally damage. hinder, or seek to descredit
Sadistic
Taking pleasure in causing pain
Scathing
Harshly critical
Transpire
1. To become apparent; to come to light
2. To happen to occur
Aura
A distinctive atmosphere or feeling that seems to surround someone or something; a distinctive appearance or impression
Banal
Lacking freshness; trite
Bemuse
To confuse or bewilder
Cognizant
Fully aware; taking notice
Conundrum
1. A riddle whose answer is a play on words
2. A puzzle or problem that is difficult or impossible to solve
Evanescent
Short-lived; staying temporarily
Foctotum
A helper or assistant with a wide range of duties and responsiblities
Grandiose
1. Impressive because of large size or scope
2. Characterized by the pretense of grandeur or absurd exaggeration
Induce
1. To influence or persuade
2. To bring about; to cause
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise or change one's position on an issue
laudatory
Full of praise
Panache
Dash or flamboyance in style or action
Picayune
Petty or insignificant; concerned with trifling matters
Predilection
An inclination; preference
Promontory
A high point of land that juts out into water
Aggregate
A group of things gathered into a whole; sum total
Allocate
1. To set aside for a specific purpose; to allot
2. To distribute according to a plan
Augur
TO predict future events, especially from omens
Bastion
1. A fortified area or position; a person, place, or thing aht is a source of strength
2. Something that is considered a stronghold
Decorum
Suitable, proper behavior or speech
Defunt
No longer existing or functioning
Disarray
A lack of order; confusion
Halcyon
Calm, peaceful, and happy; prosperous
Homily
A lecture, usually long, on how to behave morally
Hyperbole
Extravagant exaggeration
Importune
To plead for persistently
Jurisdiction
Legal authority to govern or control
Ruminate
To think over again and again; to ponder
Temerity
Reckless boldness without regard to danger or opposition
Winnow
To separate and remove what is undesirable and leave what is desirable; to blow away the chaff from grain
Acoustic
Relating to sound or hearing
Assemblage
1. A collection or gathering of people or things
2. A fitting together of parts
August
Inspiring great respect or admiration; noble
Auspice
Protection, support, or guidance; patronage
Cavil
A minor criticism
Curator
A person in charge of an exhibition; an overseer of a museum or library collection
Extant
Still existing; not lost or destroyed
Gamut
The entire range of something
Ineffable
Incapable of being expressed in words
Mellifluous
Sweetly flowing; pleasant to the ear
Mien
A person's manner, appearance, or expression; bearing
Nonpareil
A person or thing without an equal
Patina
1. A green film that forms on copper exposed ot the elements
2. A beautiful surface finish, the result of age and proper care.
Rapt
1. Fully absorbed; engrossed
2. Filled with deep pleasure; enraptured
Resuscitate
To revive from unconsciousness or apparent death; to revive or restore ot health or vigor.
Amendable
Responsive; willing to be controlled or to take advice
ascribe
To attribute to a source or a cause
Charisma
A special quality in a person that inspires devotion or fascination in others
dearth
Scarcity; a shortage
Demoralize
To destroy the morals or morale of someone; to weaken the spirit or courage of someone
Ebullient
Bubbling with enthusiasm or high spirits
Entrepreneur
An individual who manages and takes the risk of a business.
Fatuous
Foolish; silly; stupid
Harbinger
A person or thing that is a symbol of what it to come
Homogeneous
Of a similar kind or nature; uniform throughout
Incumbent
One who occupies an office or position
1. Currently in office
2. Resting upon as a dury or obligation
Matriarchy
A society that is headed by a female
Neophyte
A beginner; a novice
prerogative
A special right limited to a person, group, or office; a privilege
Sibling
One of two or more people who have te same parents; brother or sister
accost
To approach and speak to in an aggressive or challenging way
avarice
Greed for wealth
Bilk
To cheat out of wat is due
Conssummate
Extremely skilled; complete or perfect
Conversant
Having knowledge or experience; well-informed
Credulous
Willing to believe things with only slight or no eveidence; easily convinced
Euphoria
A feeling of great happiness or well-being
Fortuitous
1. Happening by lucky chance; accidental
2. Lucky or fortunate.
Hypothetical
Based on something that is not actual but assumed or supposed.
Incoherent
Not connected; confused; rambling
Minuscule
Very small in size or importance
Pleasantry
An agreeable, casual remark
Procrastinate
To put off until later
Qualm
A feeling of uneasiness as to whether what one is doing is right or wise; a misgiving
stigma
A mark of shame or disgrace
accost
To approach and speak to in an aggressive or challenging way
avarice
Greed for wealth
Bilk
To cheat out of wat is due
Conssummate
Extremely skilled; complete or perfect
Conversant
Having knowledge or experience; well-informed
Credulous
Willing to believe things with only slight or no eveidence; easily convinced
Euphoria
A feeling of great happiness or well-being
Fortuitous
1. Happening by lucky chance; accidental
2. Lucky or fortunate.
Hypothetical
Based on something that is not actual but assumed or supposed.
Incoherent
Not connected; confused; rambling
Minuscule
Very small in size or importance
Pleasantry
An agreeable, casual remark
Procrastinate
To put off until later
Qualm
A feeling of uneasiness as to whether what one is doing is right or wise; a misgiving
stigma
A mark of shame or disgrace