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Hue

A shade of color

Relinquish

To surrender or release

Tributary

A stream flowing into a larger river; making additions or producing supplies

Mystical

Having a spiritual sense or importance beyond human understanding

Staple

A basic or principal item, esp. of food; principal

Maneuver

To direct through a series of movements; to manipulate into a desired position

Ramshackle

About to fall apart or fall down

Internecine

Pertaining to conflict within a group; mutually destructive

Hearten

Encourage; give strength

Sluggish

Lazy; lacking energy

Orchestrate

To arrange so as to achieve a desired effect

Verbiage

Excessive wordiness

Pristine

Remaining in a pure state

Scoff

To make fun of; to ridicule

Inoculate

To inject something, GDP. A medicine, into in order to create immunity

Defame

To attack a person's reputation; to slander

Opaque

Not letting in light; unintelligible

Vigorous

Energetic; forceful; strong and healthy

Partisan

A strong, often militant, supporter

Mausoleum

A huge tomb

Monarch

One who rules a state, usually for life and by hereditary right

Nadir

The lowest point; the bottom

Bequeath

To pass down to; to hand down, esp. In a will

Resuscitate

To revive, esp. From apparent death or unconsciousness

Fallacy

A false notion, esp. One based on incorrect reasoning

Polemic

A controversial argument, esp. Attacking a particular opinion

Hearsay

Rumor; gossip

Bellow

To yell very loudly; to shout

Vagrant

A person who wanders from place to place, GDP. One who lives on the streets and constitutes a public nuisance

Indigenous

Native, occurring naturally

Inert

Unable to move or respond; sluggish

Pandemic

General, widespread; a very widespread disease

Nascent

Coming into being; being born

Brazen

Showing shameless, insolent boldness; made of brass

Harbinger

Someone or something that indicates what is to come

Stalwart

Firm and resolute; having imposing physical strength

Ledger

A book for keeping financial records

Assiduous

Diligent; hard-working; constant

Quarantine

Enforced isolation to prevent the spread of disease; to isolate for such purpose

Harrowing

Very distressing; painful

Abet

To encourage, assist, or support, usually in wrongdoing

Obscure

Lacking light; dim; dark

Immaculate

Perfectly clean

Office

A duty or function assigned to someone

Repository

A place where things are kept for safekeeping

Verdant

Green

Incite

To provoke and urge on; yo encourage to act, esp. Ina hostile action

Indisposed

Slightly ill; unwilling

Inveterate

Established for a long time; habitual

Husband

To use sparingly; to conserve

Admonish

To warn so a fault can be corrected or a danger avoided

Commute

To change a punishment to one less severe

Meager

Lacking in quantity or vigor; scanty

Disparage

To speak in a disapproving or slighting manner; to belittle

Neural

Pertaining to a nerve, the nervous system, or the brain

Refuse

Garbage

Prosperity

Wealth; good fortune

Engulf

To swallow up; overwhelm

Saturate

To soak or fill to the capacity

Invalidate

to cancel; deprive of legal importance; nullify

Wreak

To inflict; to cause (something bad)

Auditory

Relating to the sense of hearing

Muse

To meditate; to consider thoughtfully

Disdain

A feeling of contempt

Grovel

To beg; to lower oneself to please another

Delegate

To entrust to another person; a person authorized to act as the representative of another

Retrospect

The consideration of past events

Utopia

An ideally perfect place

Ponder

To think over with great care

Intervene

To come between two things

Ineffable

Incapable of being expressed

Imposing

Impressive by virtue of size, power, or manner

Vanguard

The leading position in army or fleet; the leading position in a movement or trend

Calamity

An event causing extreme trouble and misery

Irony

A use of words in which the intended meaning is very different from the literal sense; an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs, esp. one that actually suggests a lesson about human folly

Ingenuous

Innocent; naive

Meritorious

Deserving reward or praise

Prodigy

One with exceptional talents

Fidelity

Strict faithfulness to vows or promises; exact correspondence with fact

Primeval

Relating to the beginning of the first world ages

Verisimilitude

Resemblance to the truth

Rout

An overwhelming defeat; a disorderly retreat or flight following a defeat; to defeat overwhelmingly

Presumptuous

Excessively forward or overconfident

Translucent

Letting light through, but no visual details

Defunct

Having ceased to exist or live

Jetsam

Cargo or equipment thrown overboard to lighten a ship in distress; discarded material washed ashore

Embellish

To decorate; to add ornamental or fictitious details to

Malicious

Spiteful

Acquiesce

To agree without protest

Gambit

A calculated, risky opening move

Pretext

An excuse; a strategy intended to conceal something

Endorse

To give approval or support to

Flotsam

Wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the sea

Recalcitrant

Marked by stubborn defiance of authority or guidance

Gingerly

Very carefully; cautiously

Discrete

Individually distinct or separate

Prevaricate

To speak or write evasively in order to avoid telling the truth

Prodigious

Wonderful; amazing; very big

Impregnable

Invincible; unconquerable

Modulate

To adjust or regulate

Megalomania

A condition marked by delusional fantasies of power, wealth, or omnipotence

Ingenious

Inventive, cunning, clever

Grudge

To be reluctant to give or admit

Concurrent

Happening at the same time; acting together

Mesmerize

To hypnotize or spellbind

Convalesce

To recover from illness; to recuperate

Implore

TO ask for unrgently; to beg

Incandescent

Shining; glowing from within

Rhapsody

A state of great happiness

Pentinent

Feeling regret

Polymath

one who knows a great deal about several different fields

Incense

To make angry; to enragw

Mortal

Subject to death; causing death

Eloquent

Articulate; convincing and effective in speech

Prediclection

A special liking ofr something; a preference

Macabre

Suggesting the horror of death

Tourniquet

A device, usually an enciricling bandage, used to cut off the flow of blood

Itinerary

A route or proposed rout for a journey

Brawn

Muscles; strength

Idiom

A style or manner of expression peculiar to an indicidual or a group

Averse

Opposed, reluctant; repelled

Hodgepodge

Mixture; combination

Anterior

Placed before or in front; earlier

Sedentary

Sitting down most of the time

Mammoth

Very large; of clumsy or unwieldy size

Evanescent

Fading from sight; transient

Postulate

To assume as true, esp. as a precondition in a chain of reasoning

Pariah

A social outcastS

hoddy

Inferior or cheap

Pernicious

Very harmful or destruct

Rvel

To delight, to enjoy

Exhaustive

Thorough

predatory

Characterized by robbing or exploiting others; l

Hogwash

worthless or false speech or writing

Virulent

Extremely infectious or harmful; bitterly hostile

Extraneous

Not an essential part of; unimportant

ADvent

A coming or an arrival, esp. of something very importatn

Concoct

To invent; to create by combining ingredients, as in cooking

T

Accost

To approach and speak to, usually aggressively

Luminescent

Emitting light not derived from hear, e. g. through chemical reaction

Circuitous

Being or taking a roundabout, lengthy course

Kudos

Glory; fame

Litany

A long repetitive recitationGri

Grime

Dirt; mud

Coalesce

To grow together; to merge into a single body

Effusive

Overflowing; excessively emotionalImp

Impetuos

Characterized by sudden emotion, enrgy

Expanse

A large amount of something spread out

Displace

To take the place of

Heady

intoxicating; exhilarating

Mishap

An unlucky or unfortunate accident

Mendacious

Lying; false, esp. habitually

Prodigal

Exceedingly or recklessly wasteful

Proscribe

To prohibit or forbid; to denounce

Foreboding

A sense of impending evil, esp. one without definite cause

Serene

Calm and peaceful

Spontaneous

Occurring naturally or without forethought

Propagate

To multiply or reproduce; to transmit; to extend to a wider area

Infer

To reason or conclude from evidence

Bolster

To support or strengthen

Vacuous

Lacking substance or intelligence

Visceral

Instinctive; relating to the internal organs

Mutilate

To disfigure by damaging irreparably

Subservient

Subordinate in function; obsequious

Insouciant

Calm and untroubled; carefree; indifferent

Precursor

Someone or something that comes before another and announces or suggests what is to come

Ruminate

To ponder at length

Obscene

Offensive to accepted standard of decency or modesty

Accolade

An award or honor; a sign of great respect

Suffrage

The right to vote

Manifold

Of many kinds; numerous and varied

Acclimate

To make comfortable in a new environment; to adapt to

Impostor

A person using a false identity

Echelon

A level within an organization

Quiescent

Inactive, often suggesting a temporary state

Marquee

A sign over the entrance to a public building

Affront

An open insult, usually intentional

Bestow

To present or give (used with "on")

Deign

To stoop to a level considered beneath one's dignity

Leviathan

Something enormous and powerful; a sea monster

Gaudy

Characterized by tasteless or showy colors

Obsolescent

Becoming out-of-date; going out of use

Feisty

Irritable; quarrelsome; full of spirit

Onerous

Burdensome, hard to bear

Threadbare

Old and worn out

Metamorphosis

A transformation, as by magic; a marked change in appearance or function

Renege

To fail to carry out a promise

Humbug

Something done to trick or deceive

Counsel

Advice or guidance; to give guidance to

Adhere

To stick to; to be a firm follower

Iniquity

Extreme immorality or injustice; wickedness

Obituary

A newspaper account of a person's death, usually including biographical information

Sleuth

A detective

Fecund

Producing offspring; fruitful; intellectually productive

Progeny

Children or descendants

Proficient

Very skillful, esp. through training

Lurid

Causing shock or horror; tastelessly vivid; glowing like fire through a haze

Grueling

Exhausting

Farce

A comedy based on crudely humorous, unlikely situations; something absurd or ridiculous, as an obvious pretense

Prognosis

The anticipated progress of recovery

Avocation

A hobby

Impinge

To have an effect on something, esp. a negative one; to encroach

Cavalcade

An order of events; a procession

Facade

Outward appearance; the face of a building

Emphatic

Done or expressed with force

Hallmark

Any mark or symbol of genuineness or high quality

Propaganda

The propagation of a belief, a cause, or information reflecting the views and interests of those advocating the belief; material reflecting such a belief or cause

Acrid

Harsh; sarcastic; bitter to the taste

Abide

To tolerate

Disconsolate

Extremely unhappy; seemingly beyond comforting

Lugubrious

Sad or mournful, esp. in a way that seems exaggerated or ridiculous

Dogmatic

Arrogantly asserting unproved principles

Alienate

To make unfriendly or hostile

Ascertain

To discover with certainty, as through examination

Ulterior

Lying beyond what is evident, revealed, or claimed

Subterfuge

A sneaky or devious method for avoiding difficulty or unpleasantly

Vernacular

Informal speech; native language

Rebuke

To criticize sharply

Affluence

Wealth

Camaraderie

Loyalty; a warm, friendly feeling among members of a group

Regimen

A set of rules, usually followed for therapeutic effect

Doctrine

A set of principles (religious, political, etc.); a rule of law, esp. as established by precedent

Effrontery

Bold and insulting behavior

Terse

Without unnecessary words; succinct

Jilt

To reject or cast off

Cantankerous

Bad-tempered; quarrelsome

Berate

To scold severely and at length

Vantage

A position that gives a wide view

Redress

To set right; to remedy

Arable

Suitable for growing crops (of land)

Explicate

To give a detailed, usually learned explanation or analysis

Claustrophobia

Fear of confined spaces

Indefatigable

Tireless, unceasing

Advocate

To speak in support of something

Tract

An area of land or water; a brief written work, usually on a religious or political topic

Itinerant

Traveling from place to place, esp. for work

Acrimony

Bitter, sharp hostility in speech or behavior

Incoherent

Not sticking together; not logically connected

Moratorium

Suspension of activity; authorized delay

Provenance

Place or source of origin

Melancholy

Sad, esp. a lingering or habitual state of mind; persistent sadness

Downtrodden

Badly and unfairly treated; oppressed

Affable

Friendly; easy to talk to

Disseminate

To scatter widely; (of information) to make known

Panacea

A cure-all or an all-purpose solution

Dire

Warning of or having terrible consequences

Blight

A plant disease; something that impairs growth, progress, or prosperity

Concur

To agree

Moribund

Approaching death; nearly obsolete

Cordial

Warn and friendly; polite and respectful

Engender

To beget; to cause; to promote

Phlegmatic

Having a calm, sluggish temperament ; unemotional

Solicitous

Showing great concern for or attention to another ; anxious or concerned

Recede
To go back to withdraw

Laudable

Worthy of praise

Burgeon

To sprout or grow rapidly


Halcyon

Calm ; peaceful

Allegory

A literary work in which the characters represent abstract ideas ; a symbolic representation

Hubris

Excessive pride

Apogee

The highest point; the farthest point in a satellites orbit

Sully

To dirty or tarnish, esp. By disgracing

Ensue

To happen subsequently

Catharsis

Purging of the emotions

Choleric

Easily angered; bad tempered

Mnemonic

Pertaining to or assisting the memory

Equivocal

Capable of multiple interpretations; unclear

Reprehensible

Deserving to be severely criticized

Banish

To drive away; to force to leave place by official decree

Sullen

Showing silent anger and unwillingness to be to pleasant to people

Putrid

In a foul state, as of decaying flesh; rotten

Epitome

a representative example of a type

Assimilate

To take in as one's own; to absorbabsorb

Robust

Strong and dull of health

Congenial

Suited to one's needs or nature ; friendly; sympathetic

Elaborate

Detailed; carefully thorough

Defer

t delay ; to out off

Transient

Passing with time; remaining only briefly

Hemorrhage

To bleed profusely; to lose rapidly and in great quantity

Opportunist

One who takes advantage of every opportunity

Precarious

Dangerously insecure or unstable

Germane

Fitting and appropriate

Allege

To assert to be true,e so. Without or before proof

Reticence

The quality or state of being silent or uncommunicative

Inculcate

To teach or impress by frequent repetition p; to instill

Burnish

To polish

Inordinate

Excessive, unrestrained

Abdicate

To willingly give up the position of king queen, etc

Extricate

To remove from an entanglement or difficulty

Crevice

A crack or narrow fissure

Austere

Stern or severe in appearance; without luxury

Manifest

Obvious; very clear; evident

Voracious

Devouring; extremely hungry

Repose

Relaxation; a state of rest

Abrade

To wear down a surface by or as if by scraping

Hoodwink

To deceived ; to mislead

Bondage

Slavery; servitude

Premonition

A sense of a future event; a warning in advance

Dismay

To destroy courage or resolutin

Posterity

Future generations

Magnanimous

Generous; noble in mind

Improvident

Not preparing for the future; incautious

Sanguine

Optimistic, cheerful

Impoverished

Without money; deprived of natural resources

Diffident

Lacking self-confidence; timid; shy

Tenor

The general character or meaning of something

Excruciating

Severely painful

Repel

To drive or force back; to drive off

Surly

Sullen and rude

Coax

To persuade or obtain by pleading or flattery

Sinecure

A paid position that requires little or no work

Venerable

Worthy of honor and respect by reason of dignity, age, etc.

Emulate

To copy someone; to imitate

Tandem

A relationship between two people or things involving cooperative action

Sequester

To move or set apart; to quarantine

Quinetessence

A pure substance or essence of something

Squander

To spend wastefully

Antiseptic

Free from germs; thoroughly clean

Contrite

Feeling sorry for what one has doen

Edifice

A building; architectural monument

Antithesis

Direct contrast; opposition

Improvise

To do without preparation

Deplete

To gradually use up

Amorphous

Without definite shape; shapeless; unorganized

Ubiquitous

Present everywhere

Recur

To repeat; to occur again

Malady

A disease; illness; sickness

Florid

Flushed with rosy color; overdecorated

Obstreperous

Noisily and stubbornly defiant

Nocturnal

Occurring at night

Primordial

Living or existing at the very beginning

Fastidious

Showing or acting with careful attention to detail; not easy to please; very critical or discriminating

Tranquil

Calm, unruffled

Forensic

Related to the law or debate

Regime

A government or form of government; the time when a particular government is in power

Incongruous

Lacking agreement; incompatible

Temperate

Consistent; moderate; without extremes

Quaint

Odd, esp. in an old-fashioned way

Unkempt

Sloppy; messy; unclean

Cacophony

A harsh, jarring sound

Bravura

A showy display

Purport

To claim, esp. falsely

Ferment

Excitement; agitation

Gangly

Awkwardly tall

Adage

A familiar saying; a proverb

Malaise

A vague feeling of physical discomfort or uneasiness

Pervade

To spread through or be present throughout

Lax

Careless; lacking firmness

Indignation

Anger aroused by something unjust or evil

Eon

A long period of time

Arcane

Understood only by a few

Nondescript

Lacking distinction or individual character

Mar

To damage

Docile

Easy to teach; submissive

Ambiance

Environment

Invoke

To call upon; to appeal to, as for confirmation; to summon

Quotidian

Daily; customary

Melange

A mixture; a hodgepodge

Beatific

Showing joy or saintliness

Succumb

To give in or yield

Mountebank

Someone who sells quack medicines; an impostor

Grimace

A facial expression that shows disapproval or pain; to make such an expression

Occult

Relating to the supernatural; beyond human comprehension; mysterious

Teeming

Overfilled; crowded; pouring out

Pedantic

Putting unnecessary stress on minor or purely academic knowledge

Mangle

To mutilate; to disfigure something by cutting or crushing

Respite

Temporary relief

Pandemonium

A situation of great confusion, esp. because of fear or anger

Urban

Relating to a city

Sweltering

Oppressively hot and humid

Explicit

Fully revealed or made clear

Candor

Frankness or sincerity of expression

Surmise

To infer something by intuition or with slender evidence; such an inference

Rectitude

Conduct according to moral principles

Trek

To travel or migrate, esp. slowly or with great difficulty

Aural

Perceived by the ear

Resonate

To echo

Quarry

A hunted bird or animal; prey

Clamor

A loud and continuous noise

Fluke

An accidental stroke of good luck

Predominant

Surpassing all others; most common

Insatiable

Incapable of being satisfied

Sedate

Calm; quiet

Nirvana

A place of ideal peace and harmony

Haggard

Appearing tired and thin, as from anxiety, disease, hunger, etc.

Collateral

Parallel; serving to support; of a secondary nature

Rural

Relating to the country or farming

Nuance

Variation of meaning; subtlety

Etymology

The study of origins of words

Mayhem

Deliberate injury of someone esp. maiming; a state of violent chaos

Alliteration

Repetition of initial consonants in several words in a phrase or line

Inception

Commencement; beginning; origin

Tout

To solicit customers; to praise or recommend highly

Acoustics

Science of sound; quality that makes a room easy or hard to hear in

Assail

To attack ; to assault

Lummox

A clumsy person

Abject

Of the lowest degree; bought low in condition

Xenophobia

Fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners

Palpable

Capable of being handled, touched, felt; easily perceived

Subvert

To corrupt; to overthrow completely