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archaic
related or belonging to an earlier time
carouse
to take part in noisy, often drunken, merrymaking
chicanery
clever deception through the use of misleading or confusing words or acts
contentious
causing or marked by argument or conflict
dissemble
to conceal with an intent to deceive
egregous
conspicuously bad; flagrant
execrate
to utterly abhor; to denounce as detestable
fealty
faithfulness; allegiance
microcosm
a small system that operates or develops likea larger system; a miniature world
paroxysm
a sudden, violent, and uncontrollable action or occurrence
pecuniary
having to do with money
rectitude
high moral character
stratagem
a clever scheme for gaining an end
stultify
to render useless or ineffectual; to weaken
vendetta
a blood feud; a prolonged and bitter feud
actuate
1. to cause to put into mechanical motion
2. to cause to take action
brackish
1. made up of a mixture of fresh water and seawater; salty water
2. having an unpleasant taste
cognitive
relating to mental processes such as awareness, remembering, and reasoning
dissertation
a lengthy, usually written discussion of a topic, often for a college or university degree
dolorous
causig or marked by pain, misery, or sorrow
endemic
widespread or peculiar to a certain place or among a certain people
fecund
1. producing or capable of producing many offspring
2. intellectually or artistically productive; creative
genealogy
the history of a family and how its members are related to one another; also the study of such family histories
inebriated
deprived of good sense and judgement; especially as the result of imbibing alcohol
insidious
1. seemingly harmless while actually being dangerous; treacherous or deceptive
2. spreading harmfully in a subtle or gradual way
interloper
one who intrudes on or interferes in the affairs of others
precursor
a person or thing that comes before and indicates the approach of another; a forerunner
presentiment
a feeling that something is about to occur
ramification
an outgrowth of a simple idea or plan; a resulting development or consequence
torpor
a state of mental or physical sluggishness or inactivity
abjure
to renounce formally
amorphous
without a definite shape, boundary, or character
animus
1. an attitude or spirit within a person that strongly influences him or her
2. deep-seated ill will
dichotomy
division into two distinct parts or groups
exemplar
an example or model, especially an ideal one
herculean
of extraordinary size, power, or difficulty
inchoate
not fully formed or realized
invidious
likely to cause resentment or animosity
melange
a mixture of dissimilar materials
nefarious
very wicked
nihilism
a viewpoint that denies any meaning of life
ratify
to approve, confirm, or verify
subsume
to encompass in a larger or more comprehensive group; to include
variegated
varied as to form, type, or color
vitiate
to impair or weaken
aborigine
an original inhabitant, especially one displaced by later settlers
abrogate
to put an end to; to abolish or repeal
appurtenance
an item of equipment; an accessory
bivouac
1. a temporary camp or shelter
2. to stay in such a camp
cetacean
a member of the order of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins, and porpoises
decry
to criticize strongly; to denounce
desuetude
a state of disuse
leviathan
anything that is of enormous size
mawkish
1. excessively sentimental
2. having an unpleasant, sikly sweet taste
misapprehend
to fail to understand correctly
parochial
1. limited or narrow in scope or outlook
2. of or related to a church parish
purvey
to be in the business of supplying goods, especially good or provisions, for use
recourse
1. a turning to someone or something for aid
2. a source of help or support
replete
well supplied; full
waive
to give up as a right; to forgo