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to abrogate
to nullify
to absolve
to loosen or to set free (esp. from obligation/guilt)
abstruse
difficult to comprehend
alliteration
the repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
aquiline
eagle-like
arrayed
arranged
attrition
the act of weakening or exhausting by constant harassment, abuse, or attack
to aver
to declare positively, or verify to be true
to balk
to stop and refuse to proceed
to bamboozle
to hoodwink
to beguile
to deceive
to brood
to dwell gloomily
cacophony
harsh, discordant group of sounds
calliope
instrument resembling organ w/ series of whistles sounded by steam
carapace
a bony/disguising shell or shield
carrion
dead flesh unfit for food, rotting flesh
cartographer
map maker
charlatan
fraud/faker
to chortle
to laugh or chuckle
contusion
bruise
to cower
to shrink away in fear
craven
defeated
decorum
good taste in conduct or appearance
to deign
to stoop
dilatory
intended to cause delay
to divulge
to make public
droll
having an odd humor
eclectic
selecting what appears to be best in various systems/beliefs
to enervate
to lessen the vitality or strength of (mentally or physically)
enigma
someone or something hard to understand/explain
entomologist
one who studies insects
erratic
unpredictable
estuary
water passage where the tide meets a river current esp.: arm of the sea at the lower end of a river
to expunge
to obliterate, remove from a list
euphemism
inoffensive expression substituted for offensive/unpleasant expression
fallacy
false belief
fastidious
difficult to satisfy or please
fetish
an object of fixation/obsession
fissure
narrow opening
flask
bottle usually holds alcohol
fledgling
immature or inexperienced person
forage
food for grazing animals
to gestate
to conceive and gradually develop
to glean
to gather information or material bit by bit
glib
smooth-talker, superficial, fast talking, nonchalant
to grovel
to creep with the body prostrate in token of subservience or abasement
granivorous
feeding on seeds or grain
gruesome
ghastly, grisly
to hector
to bully
to hone
to sharpen/intensify
indigenous
occurring naturally in a particular region or environment
to ingratiate
to gain favor by deliberate effort
intrepid
characterized by resolute fearlessness, fortitude, and endurance
jaded
abused
junket
trip or journey
legerdemain
sleight of hand
limpid
clear and simple in style
littoral
of, relating to, situated or growing on or near a shore (esp. of the sea)
lurid
causing horror or revulsion
malevolent
having, showing, or arising from intense often vicious ill will, spite or hatred
malleable
capable of being shaped/altered
marsupial
animals with an abdominal pouch used for carrying young
to molt
to shed/cast off
mote
may, might
neologism
meaningless word coined by a psychotic, new word or expression
obtrusive
impertinent
oenophile
lover of wine
omniscient
having infinite awareness, all-knowing
overt
open to view
panache
flamboyance in style or action
penultimate
next to last
penury
severe poverty
perusal
something carefully studied, read
pervade
to diffuse throughout something
pince-nez
eyeglasses clipped to the nose by a spring
pensive
suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
ploy
devised or contrived move
plumage
feathers
precocious
exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually young age
to preen
to dress or smooth oneself, gloat
presage
foreshadowing
progeny
descendents, successors, followers
propitious
favorable
punctilious
careful
quandary
state of perplexity/doubt
rampant
rearing upon hind legs with forelegs extended
recondite
concealed
to repudiate
to refuse to accept or acknowledge
sacrosanct
most sacred or holy
salacious
salty, suggestive
sartorial
of or relating to a tailor or tailored clothes
savanna
tropical/subtropical grassland with scattered trees
scoliosis
lateral curvature of the spine
serendipity
finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for
seriatim
in a series
simian
ape-like
sluice
floodgate
sojourn
a temporary stay
solstice
The shortest and the longest day of the year
spartan
plain and simple
spurious
false, fake
stiletto
long thin italian dagger
strident
harsh high pitched wailing
to sully
to soil
svelte
thin and graceful
Sybaritic
one who lives in luxury
Tabor
small drum usually accompanied by a fife
Taxonomy
classification
Tic
unconscious quirk of behavior or speech
Tremulous
easily shaken or disordered, exceedingly sensitive
Tumult
commotion, riot
Ubiquitous
widespread
Undulate
having a wavy surface, edge or markings
Vacillate
fluctuate, oscillate, hesitate
Venality
open to corrupt influence/bribery
Verbatim
word for word
Voracious
ravenous
Wry
twist
immutable
not capable of or susceptible to change
equanimity
with even mind
sage
wise through reflection and experience
castigated
chasten, punish
caul
the inner fetal membrane of higher vertebrates especially when covering the head at birth
facade
front of a building
to supplicate
to ask humbly and earnestly of
suppliant
humbly imploring
pyre
pile of material to be burned
to batten
to grow prosperous especially at the expense of another
augury
omen
citadel
stronghold
to scant
to give little attention to
chaplet
a wreath to be worn on the head
compunction
anxiety arising from awareness of guilt
to allay
to calm
epitome
summary of a written work
ethos
the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution
pallid
pale
to lustrate
to purify ceremonially
expedient
resource
clairvoyant
able to see beyond the range of ordinary perception
pestilence
contagious or infectious epidemic disease that is virulent and devastating
parricide
one that murders his or her father, mother, or a close relative
insolence
pride
infamy
disgrace
garnered
collected, accumulated
to rankle
to cause anger, irritation, or deep bitterness
comport
behave
malediction
curse
levity
lack of steadiness
execrable
wretched