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acolyte
a person who assists in some religious services by carrying out minor duties; a follower
bibulous
given to the consumption of alcoholic drinks
coalesce
to grow together to unite to form a whole
covert
not openly acknowledged
declaim
to recite something in the style of a public speech, to speak in a loud theatrical way
delineate
to describe vivildy and in detail
demagogue
a leader who seeks power by appealing to people's emotions and prejudices and by making false claims and promises
encomium
an expression of warm and enthusiastic praise; a tribute
obdurate
resistant to persuasion; inflexible
prescience
foresight; knowledge beforehand of events
protagonist
the chief character in a drama or story
sedulous
completed with careful perseverance; diligent
trenchant
expressed with vigor and penetrating insight; keenly perceptive
utopia
a place or state of perfect social and political conditions
valedictory
a farewell address, especially one given at a graduation ceremony
absolve
to clear guilt, or toe free from a promise of a responsibility
adumbrate
to foreshadow in an indirect way
apothegm
a short, instructive saying
aspersion
a defamatory expression; slander
coadjutor
one who works with another, usually in a subordinate position; an assistant
congenital
existing at or dating from birth, being an essential characteristic
elan
a lively spirit with a distinctive style
germane
pertinent and fitting
hiatus
an interrruption or gap in space, continuty or time
immure
to confine within or as if within walls, to imprison
ineluctable
not to be avoided or changed, inevitable
internecine
marked by slaughter, mutually destructive
invoke
to appeal to earnestly
prototype
a person or thing that serves as an example of its kind, an original
quadrennial
occuring every four years
amalgam
an alloy of mercury and other metals
antediluvian
very old or old fashioned
apothecary
one who prepares and sells ointments, drugs, and similar items for medicinal purposes
ascetic
refraining from self-indulgence
beneficent
doing or producing good
charlatan
one who falsely claims knowledge or ability
denizen
an inhabitant, resident, or frequenter of a place
doyen
a senior member of a group,, esp. one who is highly respected
flora
plants considered as a group in a particular area or era
imbbibe
to consume by drinking
nostrum
a medicine or remedy whose effectiveness has not been proven
obviate
to prevent or make unneccesary, to get rid of
perennial
lasting indefinitely or recurring; a plant that lives three or more years
putative
commonly accepted or supposed; assumed to exist
savant
a person with detailed knowledge in a specialized field
approbation
an expression of approval, praise
benighted
existing in a state of moral cultural or intellectual darkness
bourgeois
MIDDLE CLASS
credo
STRONG HELD BELIEF
empirical
EXPERIENCE
OBSERVATION
eschew
SHUN
expatiate
ELABORATE, speak/write DETAIL
iconoclast
one who ATTACKS BELIEFS
indigence
EXTREME POVERTY
laaudable
PRAISEWORTHY
mandate
CLEAR COMMAND
ostensible
APPARENT
recalcitrant
STUBBURNLY DEFIANT
regurgitate
EXPEL FROM STOMACH

REPEAT MINDLESSLY
risible
PROVOKING LAUGHTER
archaic
EARLIER TIMES
carouse
NOISY
chicanery
CLEVER DECEPTION
contentious
MARKED BY ARGUMENT
dissemble
conceal with intent to DECEIVE
egregious
BAD
execrate
DETESTABLE
fealty
FAITHFULNESS
microcosm
MINIATURE WORLD
paroxysm
VIOLENT ACTION
pecuniary
MONEY
rectitude
HIGH MORAL CHARACTER
stratagem
CLEVER SCHEME
stultify
TO WEAKEN
vendetta
BLOODY FEUD
actuate
TAKE ACTION
brackish
mixture of water and seawater
cognitive
REMEMBERING
dissertation
LENGTHY DISCUSSION OF TOPIC
dolorous
PAIN MISERY SORROW
endemic
pecuiliar to a certain place
fecund
OFFSPRING PRODUCTION
genealogy
HISTORY OF FAMILY
inebriated
result of IMBIBING ALCOHOL
insidious
DECEPTIVE