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indelible
lasting impression; unerasable
deference
humble submission and respect
outset
start of something
probity
goodness; integrity; honesty
idiosyncrasy
peculiarity; eccentricity; distinctive
ambivalent
mixed feelings; equivocal
ossify
turned into bones
plaintive
mournful; sad
currency
popularity; acceptance

eg: the term has gained new currency
moribund
dying; expiring; declining
immemorial
very old; ancient
abate
subside; alleviate;
maelstrom
a powerful whirlpool in sea or river; turbulence;
eg: a maelstrom of violence
stricture
constrains; restrictions; or criticism
benediction
blessing; prayer
abject
extremely bad/unpleasant; self-abasing
corroborate
confirm or give support to a theory/finding; endorse
coddle
treat in an indulgent/ overly protected way

eg coddle the children
corporeal
relating to a person's body; bodily; carnal
eg: bring Satan into corporeal existence
lugubrious
mournful; looking/sounding sad, dismal
posture
to pose; to take a position in order to create a desired effect
covetous
desire possession of others
rapacious
excessively covetous; insatiable in desiring things
parquetry
method of decoration on the floor
gargoyle
a grotesque carved animal or human face used to spout water
fresco
type of painting on wall
indomitable
impossible to subdue/defeat
inexorable
impossible to stop/prevent
palpable
tangible; touchable; perceptible

opposite- subtle
licentiousness
promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters
carp
find fault/complain continually

carping;carper
staid
sedate; respectable; unadventurous
largesse
generosity in bestowing money/gift unto others
bespeaks
to indicate; be evidence of
cipher
a disguised way of writing a code; encode
recapitulation
summarizing and restating the main points of the argument
colonnade
a row of columns supporting a roof/arcade
awash
covered /flooded with water
ken
one's range of knowledge/sight

such determination is beyond my ken
profundity
deep insight; great depth of knowledge; or could be great depth of emotion

profundity of her misery
ascendancy
occupation of a dominant position; dominance; supremacy
eg: the ascendanry of good over evil
gaffe
a blunder, faux pas, an unintentional remark causing embarrassment

eg: I made an unforgivable social gaffe at work
incendiary
designed to cause fires; exciting

eg: incendiary grenade; incendiary theory
pejorative
expressing contempt or disapproval; disparaging

eg:his remarks were too pejorative for daytime radio
amenable
agreeable; compliant; easily persuaded; responsive

eg: amenable child; cancer amenable to treatment
interminable
endless; eternal; incessant

eg: the interminable silence was finally broken by her baby's crying
tendentious
expressing to promote a pt. of view esp controversial one

eg:tendentious reading of history
schism
a split/division between 2 opposing parties due to differences in belief/opinion; rift

eg: schism between father and son
demur
objection (n); raise doubt/show reluctance (v)

eg: they accepted without demur; he demurred when the suggestion was made
hapless
unfortunate; unlucky
bungle
to mishandle; mismanage; blunder

eg: they bungled the robbery
spleen
bad temper; spite
vacuous
lack of intelligence; inane (silly)
repose
rest, relaxation (in repose);
deliquescent
becoming liquid
dissemble
conceal one's true feelings/motives; hoodwink; disguise
superintend
be responsible for management/arrangement
terrestrial
growing on earth, in soil; not aquatic
preside
be in charge of a place /situation; be in position of authority

eg: to preside over
divest
rid of something that you no longer want (investment); deprive of a certain quality
arboreal
relating to trees
table (v)
postpone consideration of

eg: table the issue
antonym: consider
slight
small figure; minor; inconsequential; insult ; snub
eg: slight consequence; he had been slighted
espouse
adopt/support a cause/ belief
commingle
mix/blend
arbitrate
to judge; to referee
ready (secondary meaning)
quick wit
mock
imitate scornfully
entreat
ask someone earnestly to do something

eg: his friends entreated him not to go
familial
relating to family

eg: a familial Christmas dinner
oblique
slanting; indirect/inexplicit; sidelong

eg: an oblique line; an oblique reference; an oblique glance
sidelong
indirect; sideways
surreptitious
secret; clandestine

eg: they began a surreptitious affair
circumspect
chary; wary; cautious

eg: they were very circumspect in their statement
reliquaries
a container for holy relics
relinquish
renounce; give up

eg: relinquish control over the company
cauterize
burn skin / flesh of a wound with heat/caustic substance to prevent infection/stop bleeding
emend
make corrections / improvements to (a text)
pontificate
preachify; dogmatize; (lecture annoyingly)
convalesce
recuperative, recover from illness/operation
abeyance
in remission; suspension; a state of dormancy

eg: matters were held in abeyance
martinet
a strict disciplinarian , esp; in armed forces
emaciate
make abnormally weak/thin
ruminate
think deeply about something

eg: we ruminated on the nature of existence
caveat
warning; caution
vestibule
lobby; entrance hall
jamb
sidepost or surface of door/window frame
cannibalize (secondary meaning)
to use machine as a source for spare parts for another; to use other's creative work in one's own art;

eg: high culture should cannibalize mass culture