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antidote

n. a cure for a disease or poison

hover

v. to float as if suspended; to be in a state of uncertainty

munificent

adj. generous

refuge

n. a shelter or sanctuary

prudent

adj. marked by careful planning; discreet

misanthrope

n. one who hates or mistrusts mankind

opulence

n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance

oasis

n. a fertile place in a desert due to the presence of water; any place or thing offering relief from difficulty or dullness

optimum

adj. the most favorable point or condition

austere

adj. stern or severe in appearance; without luxury

galvanize

v. to rouse; stir; spur

ebullient

adj. in high spirits; boiling or seeming to boil

flux

n. flow; continuous change or movement

succumb

v. to give in or yield

turbid

adj. cloudy, muddy; in a state of turmoil

lycanthrope

n. a werewolf

averse

adj. opposed, relutant; repelled

liberal

adj. generous; giving freely

peruse

v. to read carefully

obligatory

adj. legally or morally required

increment

n. an increase in quantity; v. to increase

cadence

n. a rhythmic beat

antithesis

n. a direct contrast; opposition

grimace

n. a facial expression that shows disapproval or pain; v. to make such an expression

coherent

adj. logically consistent and orderly

glower

v. to frown; to glare with anger

pungent

adj. sharp to the smell or taste

cursory

adj. superficially done; performed rapidly

derogatory

adj. belittling; tending to diminsh

complicity

n. association or participation in a wrongful act

prim

adj. overly proper; precise to the point of affection; prudish

seemly

adj. proper or fitting with respect to established customs

brandish

v. to display with menace

anterior

adj. placed before or in front; earlier

carp

v. to complain; to seek fault, esp. over unimportant matters

repast

n. a meal

trepidation

n. strong fear or dread marked by trembling or hesitancy

admonish

v. to warn so a fault can be corrected or a danger avoided

impetus

n. an impelling or originating force

rescind

v. to take back or cancel

miasma

n. a noxious or poisonous atmosphere

tortuous

adj. winding, twisted

baroque

adj. fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate

propriety

n. good manners; proper behavior

sacrosanct

adj. very sacred, holy, or inviolable

quaff

v. to drink quickly or with enthusiasm

prostrate

adj. lying face down, esp. as asign of humility or worship; physically or emotional exhausted

transient

adj. passing with time; remaining only briefly

eke out

v. to add to with difficulty; to make just enough to continue

chicanery

n. deception by trickery

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