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agrarian
having to do with farming or agriculture
burgeon
to grow and expand rapidly; to flourish
cataclysm
a sudden and violent change; a catastrophe
culinary
having to do with cooking
denigrate
to attack the reputation of; to criticize in a derogatory manner
gourmet
aperson who likes fine food and is a good judge of its quality
grandiloquent
using lofty or pompous speech or expression
hybrid
the offspring od two animals or pkants or different species or varieties; anything that is of mixed origin or composition
manifold
having many different kinds, forms, or parts
palatable
accepting or pleasing; especially to the sense of taste
panacea
soemthing tha is supposed to cure all ills or difficulties; a cure-all
plebian
of or pertaining to the common people; common; unrefined
scourge
somethign thtat causes great pain and suffering; a social evil
stalemate
a halt in a struggle because both sides are equally strong and neither side will give in; a deadlock
temperate
mild, moderate; restrained
aftermath
a consequence or result, often a negative one
aphorism
a short statement of truth or principle; an adage
catharsis
a releasing of the emotions, often through the arts, taht brings out spiritual renewal or a relieving of tension
cohort
a group that is moving or working together; one who assists another, especially in a dubious act or criminal activity; an accomplice
culpable
deserving blame or censure
diabolical
devilish; wicked or evil
enormity
the state or quality of being immoderate, monstrous, or outrageous; the state of quality of being huge, immense
gibe
to utter taunting, sarcastic words
innocuous
harmless; unlikely to offend
necessitate
to require; to make necessary
odyssey
a long, adventurous journey; an intellect or spiritual quest
partisan
a strong supporter or advocate; an armed fighter opposed to an occupying army
posterity
a person's descendants; future generations
premeditated
fully planed beforehand; deliberate
scurrilous
vulgar; coarsely abusive
adjunct
something or someone joined or added to something else but not essentially a part of it
belie
to give a false impression of; to contradict
carnage
great destruction of life; slaughter
dilemma
a problem that seems to have no satisfactory solution; a difficult choice
diverse
differeing from one another; having various or distinct parts
eradicate
to get rid of; uproot
flout
to ignore in a disrespectful or scornful way
foment
to stir up, to rouse; to instigate
insurrection
an open revolt against legal authority; a rebellion
mandatory
ordered by an authority; required
mitigate
to make or become less serious or severe; to ameliorate
pretext
an effort to conceal the real intention or state of affairs; an excuse
singular
denoting a single person or thing, contratsed to more than one; extraordinary; exceptional; strange or unusual
somnolent
tending to cause sleepiness; drowsy
stalwart
strong; sturdy; firm; resolute
aberration
a departure from the norm or what is considered right, natural, or normal; flaw or defect;
the failure of a mirror or lens to reproduce an image in focus
antiquated
grown old; out-of-date
celestial
of or relating to the skies or heavens; heavenly, divine; of the finest or highest kind
certitude
the state of being certain of the truth or rightness of something
disburse
to distribute something orpay out money, especially from a public or other fund
galaxy
a vast cluster of stars and other matter, billinos of which make up the known universe; a group of brilliant or notable people or things
intractable
hard to manage, tame, or control; stubborn; not easily cured
juncture
a joining or coming together; the place where such aconnection occurs; a point in time made critical by the timing of the circumstances
juxtapose
to place side by side
maelstrom
a large and violent whirpool or something resmebling a whirlpool; a place or state of great turmoil or confusion
optimum
best or most favorable
pillory
to expose to public scorn or contempt
proliferate
to grow, expand, or mulitply at a rapid rate
remiss
negligent; careless; lax
titanic
marked by great strength, size, or influence
abominate
to hate or loathe intensly; disagreeable and unpleasant
abridge
to shorten in duration or extent; to diminish
animosity
intense ill will
auspicious
favorable, promising
beleaguer
to besiege; to surround with an army; to surround with troubles, harass
confidant
a person to whom secrets are told
constituent
one of the parts that make up a whole; a voter represented by a particular official
iniquitous
unjust; wicked
inure
to adjust and accept unpleasant or undesirable conditions
inveigh
to complain or protest strongly
predecessor
a person or thing that has held a position or office before another
sabotage
acts that intentionally damage, hinder, or seek to discredit; to engage in intentionally damaging acts
sadistic
taking pleasure in causing pain
scathing
harshly critical
transpire
to become apparent; to come to light; to happen or occur
aura
a distinctive atmosphere or feeling that seems to surround someone or something in a distinctive appearance or impression
banal
lacking freshness; trite
bemuse
to confuse or bewilder
cognizant
fully aware; taking notice
conundrum
a riddel whose answer is a play on words; a puzzleor problem that is difficult or impossible to solve
evanescent
short-lived; staying temporarily
factotum
a helper or assistant with a wide range of duties and responsibilties
grandiose
impressive bcause of large size or scope; characterized by the pretense of grandeur or absurd exaggeration
induce
to influence or persuade; to bring about; to cause
intransigent
refusing to compromise or change one's position on an issue
laudatory
full of praise
panache
dash or flamboyance in style or action
picayune
petty or insignificant; concerned with trifling matters
predilection
an inclination; prefernce
promontory
a high point of land that juts out into water
aggregate
a group of things gathered into a whole; sum total
allocate
to set aside fora specific purpose; to allot; to distribute according to a plan
augur
to predict future events, especially from omens; to give promise of
bastion
a fortified area or position; a person, place, or thing that is a source of strength; something that is considered a stronghold
decorum
suitable, proper behavior or speech
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
disarray
a lack of order; confusion
halycon
calm, peaceful, and happy; prosperous
homily
a lecture, usually long, on how to behave morally
hyperbole
extravagent exaggeration
importune
to plead for persistently
jurisdiction
legal authority to govern or control
ruminate
to think over again abd again; to ponder; the act of pondering; reflection
temerity
reckless boldness without regard to danger or opposition
winnow
to separate and remove what is undesirable and leave what is desirable; to blow away the chaff from the grain
acoustic
relating to sound or hearing
assemblage
a collection or gathering of people or things; a fitting together of parts
august
inspiring great respect or admiration; noble
auspices
protection, support, or guidance; patronage
cavil
to criticize unimportant things; to quibble; a minor criticism
curator
a person in charge of an exhibition; an overseer of a museum or library collection
extant
still existing; not lost or destroyed
gamut
the entire range of something
ineffable
incapable of being expressed in words
mellifluous
sweetly flowing; pleasant to the ear
mien
a person's manner, appearance, or expression; bearing
nonpareil
a person or thing without an equal; having no equal, superb
patina
a green flim that forms on copper exposed to the elements; a beautiful surface finish, the result of age and proper care
rapt
fully absorbed; engrossed; filled with deep pleasure; enraptured
resuscitate
to revive from unconsciousness or apparent deathl to revive or restore to health or vigor
amenable
responsive; willing to be controlled or to take advice
ascribe
to attribute to a source or a cause
charisma
a special quality in a person that inspires devotion or fascination in others
dearth
scarcity; a shortage
demoralize
to destroy the morals or morale of someone; to weaken the spirit or courage of someone
ebullient
bubbling with enthusiasm or high spirits
entrepeneur
an individual who manages and takes the risk of a business
fatuous
foolish; silly; stupid
harbinger
a person or thing that is a symbol of what is to come
homogeneous
of a similar kind or nature; uniform throughout
incumbent
one who occupies an office or position; currently in office; resting upon as a duty or obligation
matriarchy
a society that is headed by a female
neophyte
a beginner; a novice
prerogative
a special right limited to a person, group, or office; a privilege
sibling
one of two or more people who have the same parents; brother or sister
accost
to approach and speak to in an aggressive or challenging way
avarice
greed for wealth
bilk
to cheat out of what is due
consummate
extremely skilled; complete or perfect; to bring to a satisfactory conclusion; to complete
conversant
having knowledge or experience; well-informed
credulous
willing to believe things with only slight or no evidence; easily convinced
euphoria
a feeling of great happiness or well-being
fortuitous
happening by licky chance; accidental; lucky or fortunate
hypothetical
based on something that is not actual but assumed or supposed
incoherent
not connected; confused; rambling
minuscule
very small in size or importance
pleasantry
an agreeable, casual remark
procrastinate
to put off until later
qualm
a feeling of uneasiness as to whether what one is doing is right or wise; a migiving
stigma
a mark of shame or disgrace; to give a bad name to
asperity
sharpness or harshness of manner; roughness of surface; uneveness
bane
a person or thing that destroys or causes harm; causing destruction or ruin
buffoon
a preson who attempts to be funny; a clown; a fool
doleful
mournful or full of sorrow; causing grief
extrovert
a person whose attention is focused on others and what is going on arounf him or her, rather than to his or her own feelings
garish
excessively bright and flashy; tastelessly glaring
hierarchy
a group or system in which positions or power are ranked, usually from lowest to highest
imbue
to fill completely with a feeling or idea; to inspire
instigate
to stir up orurge on; to provoke
penchant
a strong attraction or leaning
rambunctious
behaving in a wild and unruly manner
repertiore
the list of pieces an actor, musician, etc. is ready to perform; the skills accomplishments of a person or group
rudiment
a basic principle or skill; an undeveloped or beginning stage
undermine
to weaken or ruin by degrees; to attack by indirect, secret, or underhanded means
unremitting
not stopping or slowing down; constant
adjudicate
to hear and decide judicially; to judge
centennial
a 100th anniversary or its celebration
countenance
a person's face; the expression on a person's face; support or approval
disgruntle
to make dissatisfied; to put in a bad mood
equilibrium
a state of balance
expedite
to speed up a process; to facilitate
gird
to encircle, bind, or surround; to get ready for action; to brace
gratuitous
not called for; unnecassary; without charge, free
illusory
unreal or imagined; deceiving
implacable
incapable of being placated, soothed, or significantly changed; relentless
luminary
a source of light, especially from the sky, such as the sun or moon; a person who is well-known for her or his achievements; a celebrity
manifesto
a public statement explaining the intentions, motives, or views of an individual or group
mesmerize
to fascinate or hypnotize
precedent
an act, statement, etc. that may serve as an example or justification for a later one
spurious
not genuine; false
curtail
to cut short or reduce
discriminate
to makeor recognize clear distinctions; to treat in a less or more favorable way
espionage
the act of spying, especially a government spy obtaining secrets of another government
inalienable
not able to be taken or given away
incarcerate
to confine or put into prison
indignity
an insult to one's pride; offensive or humiliation treatment
indiscriminate
not marked by careful distinctions; haphazard
infamous
having a very bad reputation; notorious; disgraceful, vicious
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 about; slander
perpetrate
to commit, as a crime or another antisocial act
rampant
threateningly wild, without restraint or control; widespread
rancor
a deep, long-held feeling of hatred or bitterness
reparation
a mending or repair; a making up or payment for a wrong or damage done, espceially in the case of an international war
smattering
superficial, scattered knowledge; a small amount
accolade
an expression of approval or respect for special merit; an award
adamant
not yielding; firm
adulate
to flatter or admire excessively; to idolize
altercation
a loud and determined dispute; a noisy quarrel
annals
a historical recordof events; often arranged in a yearly sequence
assiduous
diligent and persistent
chary
excercising caution; hesitant
clique
a small, exclusive group; a group hld together by like interests or purpose
decrepit
worn-out with use; broken-down
endow
to provide with a quality, a 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
perverse
turned away from what is right; wicked; stubbornly opposing what is right or reasonable; obstinate
tutelage
instruction, protection, or guardianship
acrimony
bitterness or sharpness of temper, manner, or speech; hostility
affinity
attraction for someone or something with which one feels a closeness or kinship
ambivalent
haveing mixed, often opposing, feeling about someone or something; indecisive
cessation
a stopping, either final or temporary
emaciated
very thin or wasted away, especialy from lack of nourishment; scrawny
enclave
a distinct region or community enclosed within a lrger territory
engender
to bring into being; to produce
exacerbate
to make more sever, bitter, or violent
illicit
not allowed, improper, or unlawful
indigenous
naturally living or growing in a certain area; native
inexorable
not to be persuaded, stopped, or moved by entreaty or plea; relentless
infatuated
filled with excessive, shallow, or foolish love or desire
insatiable
never satisfied; greedy
poignant
painfully moving, affecting, or touching
proselytize
to convert someone to a faith, belief, or cause
ameliorate
to make better; to become better; to improve
baleful
expressing hatred or evil; harmful, ominous
berate
to criticize vigorously; to scold vehemently
circumvent
to avoid through craftiness
compunction
a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety caused by guilt
condone
to overlook or accept without punishment; to pardon or excuse
diminutive
very small; tiny
euphemism
a polite term used to avoid directly naming something considered offensive or unpleasant
expendable
able to be used up and then discardedor replaced
heresy
the expression of shocking or unacceptable views
infirmity
physical or mental weakness or defect
profane
to treat with scorn or irreverence; disrespectful of sacred things; not connected with religion; worldly
recompense
to pay or compensate; payment, compensation
repast
food and drink; a meal
servitude
a lack of freedom; forced labor
castigate
to punish by criticizing sharply; to berate
lacerate
to tear or cut roughly
largesse
the act of giving generously; gifts
omnivorous
eating all kids of food, inclusing both animal and vegetable food; taking in everythign available
rendition
an interpretation or translation; a performance
resurgence
a rising again to life, use, acceptance, or prominence; a revival
subservient
serving or acting in a subordinate manner; servile
colloquial
characterized by informal language
epitaph
the words carved ona tombstone in memory of the deceased
exodus
a mass departure
inter
to put in a grave; to bury
obituary
a notive of someone's death, such as in a newspaper, usually with a brief summary of that person's life
permeate
to spread throughout; to pass through
stereotype
a generalization taht is used to characterize a person without acknowledging individual references
stipend
a regular and fixed amount of pay for work done ot to help cover living or work expenses
adjacent
near or next to; adjoining
beset
to surround or to attack repeatedly
cede
to give up or transfer, especially by treay of formal agreement
circuitous
roundabout; indirect
desultory
proceeding or carried out in an aimless or random way
galvanize
to excite or arouse action
implement
a tool or instrument; to carry out
inconsequential
lacking importance or worth; unable to make an impact; trivial
magnitude
greatness of size, power, or influence
materialize
to become real or actual; to appear in physical form, especially suddenly
muster
a gathering, usually of military forces; to summon or call forth; to gather
prohibitive
serving to restrain action or discourage use of
reminisce
to think or talk about one's past; the act of remebering; a recollection; suggestive of something else
vanguard
the leading or forawrd position in a movement
visionary
a person who is given to the ideas that are not currently realistic; a dreamer
cautionary
offering or serving as a warning
constrain
to confine, inhibit, or hold backby force or necessity; a restrictino or limitation
flotilla
a fleet of boats or small ships
gossamer
thin, sheer fabric resembling gauze; a fine, filmy substance made of strands of cobweb; as light and delicate as a cobweb
ignominious
marked by, deserving, or causing shame or disgrace
incur
to bring upon oneself something undesirable, such as a debt
liquidate
to settle the affairs of a business; to convert into cash
magnate
an important, often wealthy, person prominent in large industry or business
misnomer
a name that does not fit
onerous
burdensome; oppressive
pandemonium
a state or place of great confusion or uproar
quixotic
romantic and idealistic, but impractical
tenacious
holding fast; persistent in adhering to something valued or habitual
vestige
a trace of something that was once present
zephyr
a light, gentle breeze
attest
to declare or be evidence of something as true, genuine or accurate
axiom
a statement or principle that requires no proof because its truth is obvious
churlish
lacking good manners; rude, impolite
concoct
to make up, prepare, or invent
derivative
something that grows out of or results from an earlier form or condition
differentiate
to see the difference; to distinguish; to be or make different
disparage
to criticize in a negative, disrespectful manner
dissipate
to break up and spread out so thinly as to disappear; to scatter or be scattered; to spend or use foolishly
esoteric
not generally known or understood; familiar to only a relatively small number of people
olfactory
relating to the sense of smell
plethora
too great a number; an excess
refurbish
to make like newl to renovate
secrete
to produce and give off; to place so as to be hidden from view; to conceal
vagary
a departure from the normal, expceted course; a whim or unpredictable action
volatile
evaporating quickly; chaning readily; explosive; unpredictable