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Asperity
Sharpness or harshness of manner.
Roughness of surface; unevenness
Bane
A person or thing that destroys or causes harm
Imbue
To fill completely with a feeling or idea; to inspire
Penchant
A strong attraction or leaning.
Rudiment
Basic principle or skill
An undeveloped or beginning stage.
Adjudicate
To judge
Countenance
Exprression on a person's face.
Support or approval
Expedite
To speed up a process; facilitate.
Gratuitous
Not called for; unnecessary
Without charge; free
Percedent
An act, statement, that may serve as an example of justification for a later one
Inalienable
Not able to be taken or given away.
Indiscriminate
Not marked by carful distinctions; haphazard.
Intercede
To act or plead on another's behalf; to try to smooth the differences between two parties.
Malign
To say negative and unfair things; slander.
Perpetrate
To commit as a crime or another antisoical act.
Rancor
A deep long-held feeling of hattred or bitterness.
Accolade
An expression of approval or respect for special merit; an award.
Adamant
Not yeilding; firm
Adulate
To flatter or idolize
Assiduous
Diligent and persistent.
Chary
Exercising caution; hesitant.
Endow
Provide with a quality thing or a gift of money.
Ephemeral
Lasting a very short time.
Ingratiate
To work to gain the favor of someone.
Pantheon
A group of people held in high esteem for their great achievements.
Tutelage
Protection or guardianship.
Acrimony
Bitterness of temper and manner or hostility.
Ambivalent
Having mixed feelings about something or someone.
Cessation
A stopping either final or temporary.
Emaciated
Very thin or wasted away ususally due to lack of nourishment; scrawny.
Enclave
A region or community enclosed within a larger territory.
Exacerbate
To make more sever, bitter, to produce.
Inexorable
Not to be persuaded, stopped, or move by plea; relentless.
Poignant
Painfully moving,affectingm or touching.
Proselytize
To convent someone to a faith, belief, or cause.
Ameliorate
To make better; improve.
Berate
To citicize vigorously.
Circumvent
To avoid through craftiness
Compunction
A feeling of unseasiness or anxiey caused by gilt.
Condone
To overlook without punishment
Diminutive
Very small
Euphemism
A polite term used to avoid directly naming something considered offensive
Infirmity
Physical or mental weakness
Repast
Food and drink; meal
Servitude
A lack of freedom; forced labor.
Castigate
To punish by criticizing sharply; to berate.
Colloquial
Characterized by informal language.
Epitaph
The words craved on a tombstone in memoery of the deceased.
Inter
To put in a grave; to bury
Lacerate
To tear or cut roughly.
Largesse
Act of giving generously; gift
Omnivorous
Easting all kinds of food both animal and vegetable
Permeate
To spread throughout; to pass through
Rendition
An interpretation or trnaslation; performance.
Resurgence
A rising again to life, use, acceptance, or prominence; revival
Stipend
Regualr and fixed amount of pay for work done or to help over living or work expenses.
Subservient
Serving or acting in a subordinate manners; servile.
Permeate
To spread throughout; pass through
Resurgence
A rising again to life, use, acceptance, or prominence, revival
Stipend
Regular and fixed amount of pay
Subservient
Serving or acting in a lower manner.
Beset
Sourround or attack repeatedly.
Cede
To give up or transfer by a formal agreement
Circuitous
Roundabout; indirect
Desultory
Proceeding or carried out in an aimless way.
Galvanize
To excite or arouse action.
Implement
A tool or instrument
Vanguard
Leading or forward position in a movement
Constrain
Confine or hold back by force or necessity.
Flotilla
Fleet of boats or small ships
Gossamer
Thin sheer fabric or fine filmu substance
Incur
To bring upon oneself something undesirable
Ligquidate
convert into money
to get rid of
Misnomer
A name that does not fit.
Onerous
Oppressive
Pnademonium
State of great confusion or uproar.
Axiom
Statement that requires no proof because its truth is obvious.
Churlish
Lacking good manners.
Derivative
Something that grows out of or result from an earlier form or condition.
Disparage
To critizine in a negative manner.
Dissipate
To break up and spread out thinly as to disappear.
Esoteric
Not generally known or understood - familiar to only a small number of people.
Vagary
Departure from the normal whim or unpredictable action.
Agrarian
Having to do with farming
Burgeon
To grow and expand rapidly
Flourish
Cataclysm
Sudden and violent change
Denigrate
Attack the reputation of.
Grandiloquent
Using lofty or pompous speech or expression.
Manifold
Having many different kinds, forms, and parts.
Palatable
Pleasing to the sense of taste.
Panacea
Cure-all.
Scourge
Social evil
Aphorism
Short statement of truth
Catharsis
Realeasing of the emotions often through the arts that brings about the spiritual renewal or relieving of tension.
Cohort
A group that is moving or working together
One who assists another especially in a criminal activity.
Culpable
Dserving blame or censure.
Diabolical
Evil or wicked.
Gibe
Utter taunting, sarcastic words.
Scurrilous
Vulgar; coarsely abusive.
Belie
To give false impression of
Carnage
Slaughter.
Eradicate
To get rid of
Flout
To ignore in a disrespectful way
Foment
To stir up, to rouse, to instigate.
Insurrection
Rebellion
Mitigate
To make or become less serious or severe
Pretext
An effort to conceal the real intention or state of affairs.
Somnolent
Tending to cause sleepiness
Stalwart
Strong, sturdy.
Aberration
Departure from the norm; flaw or defect
Antiquated
Out of date; growing old.
Certitude
State of being certain of the truth of something
Juncture
Joining or coming together; connection occurs.
Maelstorm
Large and violent whirlpool
Pillory
To expose to public scorn or contempt
Proliferate
To grow, expand,multiplying at a rapid rate.
Abominate
To hate or loathe
Animosity
Intense will
Beleaguer
Surround with an army
Constituent
One of the parts that makes up a whole.
Iniquitous
Unjust; wicked
inure
To adjust to and accept unpleasent conditions
Inveigh
To complain or protest strongly
Scathing
Harshly critical
Transpire
To become apparent; come to light.
Banal
Lacking freshness trite
Bemuse
To confuse or bewilder
Cognizant
Fully aware; taking notice
Conundrum
Riddle whose answer is a play on words.
Puzzle or problem that is difficult to solve
Evanescent
Short-lived
Grandiose
Impressive because of large size or scope.
Intransigent
Refusing to compromise or change one's position on an issue.
Panache
Dahs or flamboyance in style or action.
Picayune
Petty concern
Promontory
High point of land that juts out into water.
Aggregate
sum total
Allocate
Set aside for a specidic puropse
Decorum
Suitable, proper behavior or speech.
Defunct
No longer existing or functioning.
Halcyon
Calm,peacful, and happy.
Hyperbole
Extravagant exaggeration
Ruminate
Ponder
Temerity
Reckless boldness without regard to danger or opposition.
Winnow
Seperate and remove what is undesirable and leav what is desirable
August
Inspiring great respect or admiration;noble
Auspices
Protection, support, or guidance.
Cavil
To criticize unimportant things; quibble
Curator
A person in charge of an exhibition; overseer of a museum or library.
Gamut
Entire range of something
Ineffable
Incapable of being expressed in words.
Mellifluous
Sweetly flowing; pleasent to the ear.
Mien
Person's manner or expression.
Amenable
willing to take advice
Dearth
Shortage
Demoralize
Destory the morals of someone.
Ebullient
Bubbling with enthusiasm or hight spirits.
Fatuous
Foolish
Harbinger
Person or thing that is a symbol of what is to come.
Incumbent
One who occupies an office or position.
Neophyte
A beginner.
Preogrative
Speical right limited to a person, group or office; privilege
Accost
Approach and speak to in an aggressive way.
Avarice
Greed for wealth.
Bilk
Cheat out of what is due.
Consummate
Extremely skilled; perfect
Credulous
Willing to believe things with only slight or no evidence.
Fortuitous
Happening by lucky chance; accidental
Hypothetical
Based on something that is not actual but assumed or supposed.
Incoherent
Not connected;rambling
Pleasantry
An agreeable, causal remark
Qualm
Feeling of uneasiness as to weather what one is doing is right or wise; a misgiving