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genealogy

account of the descent of a person or family from an ancestor

cope

to deal with; to handle problems or difficulties

plaintive

mournful; melancholy; sad; sorrowful

benefactor

a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)

aloof

at a distance; unfriendly

agitation

a violent shaking; an emotional disturbance or excitement; the arousal of public interest in social or political issues

apparition

ghost; phantom

obsession

a preoccupation; an idea, feeling, or impulse that a person cannot escape

moors

a large, open area of land, often marshy with heather growing on it; to keep a boat in place with ropes or cables fastened to the shore; to fasten

palatial

like a palace; magnificent and grand

herald

messenger

emissary

someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else

citadel

(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place

defile

To make dirty, to desecrate, to pollute

garbs

clothing; outfit; to dress

retrieve

to get back; to recover

undergo

to endure; to experience

meditate

to think about deeply and quietly, reflect upon; to plan, intend

omen

a sign of something about to happen

devout

Deeply religious

sovereign

a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler

amity

friendship; peaceful relationship as between nations

potions

a liquid wiht special powers, especially one used as poison, medicine, or magic

prowess

superior strength, skill, courage, or daring

quest

the act of searching for something

medieval

relating to or belonging to the Middle Ages

hereditary

of or passed down by inheritance from an ancestor; transmitted from parent to child

chivalry

the medieval knight's code of ideal behavior, including bravery, loyalty, and respect for women

recede

pull back or move away or backward

havoc

great destruction; chaos

dexterity

skillfulness; expertness; talent

manifest

easy to see; obvious; to show; to reveal

fervent

ardent, showing great emotion, impassioned

inflammation

a redness and swelling in reaction to infection or injury

belligerent

aggressive; warlike

hideous

horrible; disgusting; repulsive; ugly

meander

to wander about, wind about; a sharp turn or twist

inconspicuous

attracting little attention

annals

records; history

epic

a long narrative poem telling of a hero's deeds

disperse

To scatter, spread far and wide

intact

whole, with no part missing; undamaged

landlocked

surrounded by land; cut off from the sea

negotiate

to settle by discussing; to arrange an agreement

replenish

to fill again; to resupply; to restore

docile

gentle; easy to manage; obedient

sinister

threatening trouble or bad luck; evil; disastrous

unscrupulous

dishonest; having no principles of right and wrong

seethe

to boil; to bubble and foam; to be excited or disturbed

arrogance

overbearing pride; a lack of regard for others

yearn

to long for or desire

kindle

to start a fire; ignite; arouse

spurn

reject with scorn, turn away

frivolous

silly; unimportant

smug

Overly self-satisfied, self-righteous

granular

containing grains or granules; grainy

flora

plants collectively, especially plants of a particular region or period; a treatise describing the plants of a region or time

metamorphosis

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

sector

The part of a circle that looks like a piece of pie. A sector is bounded by 2 radii and an arc of the circle.

carnivorous

flesh-eating

centrifugal

tending to move away from a center

upheaval

a sudden violent change; a forceful lifting up from underneath

sparse

not thick; thinly scattered; scanty

stagnant

(adj.) not running or flowing; foul from standing still; inactive, sluggish, dull

fauna

all the animal life in a particular region

attribute

to think of as coming from or belonging to a particular person or thing

infest

to spread or swarm in or over; to live in or on as a parasite

bizarre

odd; fantastic; grotesque; unusual

predatory

preying on others; tending to victimize or destroy others for one's own gain

humanoid

adj. resembling a human in appearance and behavior; n. a being that resembles a human; in science fiction, a humanlike creature from outer space

tolerate

to permit; to put up with; to recognize and respect

horde

a crowd; a swarm; a wandering group or tribe; to swarm or gather in a crowd

relevant

related to the matter at hand; pertinent

irony

the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; or, incongruity between what is expected and what actually happens

humanitarian

concerned with human welfare; a person devoted to helping humanity

conspiracy

n. secret planning (usually unlawful or harmful); a plot or secret plan

lethal

deadly; causing or capable of causing death

advocate

one who argues for a cause; a defender; to support; recommend

preposterous

contrary to nature, reason, or common sense; utterly absurd

manipulate

to operate or control with the hands; to handle; to control or influence dishonestly, unfairly, or shrewdly; to trick

ominous

threatening; foreboding; sinister

misconstrue

to misinterpret; misunderstand

culmination

the peak; the highest point; the climax; the end result

alleged

to claim or state without proof; unproven; questionable; so-called

uncanny

mysterious; strange; weird

plaintiff

a person who initiates a lawsuit; the complaining party

credentials

written evidence showing that a person has a right to a certain position or authority

larceny

theft; unlawful taking and carrying away of another's property

quorum

the minimum number of members needed at a meeting to make official decisions

cumbersome

clumsy; unwieldy; hard to handle

prospective

adj. probable; expected in the future

morbid

having an abnormal interest in the unwholesome; gruesome

superfuous

Extra, Surplus, Excessive

genial

favorable to growth or human comfort; kindly and friendly

hoax

an act that is intended to fool or deceive; something that has been established by fraudulent means

contempitble

despicable hateful low

obtuse

not sharp-edged or pointed; blunt; dull; slow to understand

ideally

perfectly; in theory

chronic

lasting a long time; constant; habitual

incomprehensible

impossible to understand; obscure

impertinent

disrespectful; rude and impolite; unrelated to a given topic

bland

soothing; mild; dull

pessimistic

expecting things to turn out badly; gloomy

malicious

harmful; mean; spiteful

diligent

hardworking;painstaking

gaudy

tastelessly cheap and showy; flashy

jovial

full of playful good humor; genial and jolly

extroverts

a person who is outgoing and interested in others

abhor

to feel hatred or disgust toward something; to loathe; to reject vehemently

quota

an allotment; a proportional share; a maximum number

congeniality

compatibility; friendliness; agreeableness; pleasantness

dupe

a person easily tricked or deceived; to deceive

tycoon

a powerful business person or industrialist; magnate

cynic

a person who believes that people act only from selfish motives; a scornful person

intimate

characterizing one's deepest nature; very close association; a close personal friend

implement

tool; instrument; to carry out; accomplish; fulfill

surmount

to overcome (a difficulty); to rise above; to be above or on top of

adversary

(n.) an enemy, opponent

wrangle

n. a noisy quarrel or brawl; v. to quarrel or bicker; to win or obtain by argument; to herd (livestock)

homage

something done or given to show respect or honor; an act of allegiance

precedent

an act that may be used as an example in the future

acknowledge

to admit; to recognize the rights or authority of; to express thanks for

objective

expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations.

elude

v. to escape from, as by daring or skill; to escape the understanding of

exploits

n. a bold or brilliant act; v. to use to full advantage; to make unfair use of

lax

loose or slack; relaxed; careless; not strict

defraud

to take away or deprive of a right or property by deceit; to swindle

solvent

able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance

incompatible

unable to agree or get along; conflicting; mismatched

ostracize

to shut out or exclude from a group; to banish

subsequent

later; coming after; following in time

addicted

given up to a habit or compulsion

evict

to force a person by law to leave a building the person has leased or rented; to force out, eject

radical

fundamental or basic or drastic change; extreme departure from the usual

formidable

hard to overcome or deal with; causing fear or awe

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