GGM: A Life - Gerald Martin

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disconsolate

unhappy

veritable

true, as a statement or tale

curlew

bird

conoisseur

a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art

decisive

settling an issue; producing a definite result

assert

state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully

sinister

giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen

consecrate

to make or declare sacred

trinity

a group of three people or things

cliché

a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought

enigma

something mysterious, puzzling

convent

a school, esp. one for girls, attached to and run by such a community

paradigm

an example serving as a model; pattern

paragon

a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality

demagogue

a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument

foray

a raid

proletariat

workers or working-class people, regarded collectively

squander

waste (something, esp. money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner

magnanimous

very generous or forgiving, esp. toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself

nonchalant

of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm

falangism

the Spanish Fascist movement that merged with traditional right-wing elements in 1937 to form the ruling party

cencorship

the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts

edifice

a building, esp. a large, imposing one

alias

used to indicate that a named person is also known or ; false or assumed identitymore familiar under another specified name

incarnation

a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality

ramshackle

(esp. of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair

avant-garde

new and unusual or experimental ideas, esp. in the arts, or the people introducing them

troubadour

a poet who writes verse to music

pout

(of a person's lips) be pushed forward in such a way

effervescent

(of a liquid) giving off bubbles; fizzy

retrospect

when looking back on a past event or situation

suffuse

gradually spread through or over

venerate

regard with great respect; revere

progenitor

a biologically related ancestor, originator

resignation

the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable

subjective

based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions

motif

a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition

telluric

of the earth as a planet

myopia

lack of imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight

unequivocal

leaving no doubt; unambiguou

truce

an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time

bipartisan

nvolving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other's policies

oligarchy

a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution

desecrate

treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate

landslide

1. the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff. 2. an overwhelming majority of votes for one party in an election

intrepid

fearless; adventurous

paramilitary

(of an unofficial force) organized similarly to a military force

inimitable

so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique

hinterland

an area surrounding a town or port and served by it

vehement

showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense

subversive

in opposition to a civil authority or government

implicit

implied though not plainly expressed; very closely connected with

improvise

produce or make (something) from whatever is available

decadence

moral or cultural decline, esp. after a peak or culmination of achievement

jaunt

a short excursion or journey for pleasure

inkling

a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint

gratuitous

uncalled for; lacking good reason

connivance

willingness to secretly allow or be involved in wrongdoing, esp. an immoral or illegal act

enterprise

a project or undertaking

concoct

create or devise

reconstitute

change form; reconstruct; restore

adherent

someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas

itinerary

a planned route or journey

infer

deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements

manifest

clear or obvious to the eye or mind

auspicious

conducive to success; favorable

grandiose

impressive or magnificent in appearance or style, esp. pretentiously so

perfidious

deceitful and untrustworthy

pedigree

the recorded ancestry

approbation

approval or praise

recourse

a source of help in a difficult situation

fallacy

a mistaken belief, esp. one based on unsound argument

equanimity

mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation

rudimentary

limited to basic principles

obliterate

destroy utterly; wipe out

abett

encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong

proclivity

a tendency to choose or do something regularly

agglutination

The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process

obdurate

stubborn

epitaph

a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died

amidst

surrounded by; in the middle of

forte

a thing at which someone excels

mollify

reduce the severity of (something); soften

vindicate

clear (someone) of blame or suspicion

exorcism

the expulsion or attempted expulsion of an evil spirit from a person or place

sporadic

occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered

puerile

childishly silly and trivial

insouciance

casual lack of concern; indifference

upbraid

find fault with (someone); scold

fortnight

a period of two weeks

adversity

difficulties; misfortune

inebriate

make drunk; intoxicate

penumbra

any area of partial shade; An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree

needless to say

as is self-evident or to be expected

coup d'état

coup

sectarian

denoting or concerning a sect or sects: group with different religious beliefs

expropriate

(esp. of the state) take away (property) from its owner

enclave

surround and isolate; make an enclave of

ostentatious

showy

dogmatic

inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true

sabotage

deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), esp. for political or military advantage

garble

reproduce (a message, sound, or transmission) in a confused and distorted way

embezzle

to steal property entrusted to one's care

stump something up

(Brit.) ,(informal) pay a sum of money

gringo

a white person from an English-speaking country (used in Spanish-speaking regions, chiefly Latin America)

supersonic

involving or denoting a speed greater than that of sound.

insurgent

rising in active revolt; rebels

foolhardy

recklessly bold or rash

supplant

replace

speculate

form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence

knack

an acquired or natural skill at performing a task

sordid

dirty; arousing moral distaste and contempt

putrefy

(of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell

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