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acquiesced

v. agreed

articulate

adj. speaking clearly

ascetic

adj. self denial with self discipline, usually related to the devout religious

beleaguered

adj. to be surrounded by troops

cavorting

v. to prance or dance about

condolences

n. sympathy

covey

n. a small flock/group

crevice

n. a crack

disdain

n. a feeling of contempt

draught

n. a sip

elaborately

adv. with great detail

gesticulate

v. to speak using great hand gestures

haggard

adj. having an exhausted, worn appearance

incredulously

adv. showing great disbelief

insolently

adv. rudely, disrespectfully

languor

n. lack of spirit

morsel

n. a small piece

parapet

n. a low protective wall

paroxysm

n. a sudden attack

patronize

v. to look down on

perfunctory

adj. carried out with minimal effort; forced or fake

pestilence

n. evil

precipitous

adj. steep

raucous

adj. harsh, loud

refute

v. to reject

remorse

n. a feeling of deep regret

ritual

adj. ceremonial

ruse

n. a trick; a crafty strategy

senile

adj. characterized by old age

simultaneously

adv. at the same time

spasmodically

adv. randomly

supple

adj. flexible

swaggering

adj. an over-confident, arrogant way of walking

vehement

adj. violent

vex

v. to irritate or annoy

abhorrent

adj. inspiring disgust

admonish

v. to reprimand firmly

affable

adj. good natured

allude

v. to suggest

prolific

adj. plentiful

benign

adj. harmless

calamity

n. a disaster

castigate

v. to reprimand severely

caustic

adj. abrasive, bitter

conglomerate

n. a corporation made up of many parts

crux

n. a decisive point

culpable

adj. deserving blame

demeanor

n. attitude/behavior

derision

n. scornful mockery

despondent

adj. in low spirits from loss of hope or courage

dormant

adj. inactive

dubious

adj. doubtful or suspect

echelon

n. a level or rank in society

flippant

adj. disrespectful

foreboding

n. to act as a warning of something bad that may happen in the future

fruition

n. the realization of a plan; an accomplishment

futile

adj. pointless

genial

adj. cheerful

grapple

v. to struggle without weapons

imperative

adj. important

innocuous

adj. not harmful or offensive

irrefutable

adj. impossible to deny

jocular

adj. humorous/playful

kinetic

adj. relating to or resulting from motion

lechery

n. offensive sexual desire

luminary

n. a person who inspires

malignant

adj. harmful

misogynist

n. a man who hates women

morose

adj. sullen, gloomy, ill-tempered

nefarious

adj. wicked/criminal

persecution

n. consistent harassment of others due to ethnicity, gender or religion

precarious

adj. dangerous/uncertain

quell

v. to put an end to

rebuke

v. to express sharp disapproval

resonate

v. to suggest images

revel

v. to get great pleasure from

seethe

v. to be filled with intense but unexpressed anger

serenity

n. a state of being calm

tirade

n. a long angry speech

trepidation

n. a fear about something that may happen in the future

wrath

n. extreme anger

adversity

n. misfortune

baleful

adj. harmful, deadly, evil

boisterous

adj. rough/rowdy

chide

v. to scold/reprimand

choleric

adj. hot tempered; easily angered

dexterity

n. skill with hands, body or mind

dirge

n. a funeral hymn

disparage

v. to say bad things about someone or something

dissembler

n. one who conceals one's true feelings, motives or thoughts

distraught

adj. upset or anxious

enmity

n. hatred; ill will

fickle

adj. changeable; inconstant

grave

adj. serious, somber, solemn

heretic

n. one who does not believe in the teachings of the church

impute

v. to blame or attribute

inauspicious

adj. not favorable; unlucky

inundation

n. flood, overflow

mar

v. to damage or scar

martial

adj. warlike, military

meager

adj. poor, inadequate

pensive

n. deeply thinking in a serious way; thoughtful; reflective

penury

n. extreme poverty

perjure

v. to lie while under oath

privy

adj. having knowledge of something private

prostrate

v. to lie flat with face usually downward

quarantine

n. isolation to prevent the spread of an infectious disease

rancor

n. bitter hatred or ill will

sallow

adj. sickly yellow

scourge

n. a whip
v. to whip

sullen

adj. gloomily silent

wean

v. to stop a child or young animal from nursing on mother's milk

aberrations

n. deviations from a normal state

acrimonious

adj. bitter; nasty

adamant

adj. inflexible

affluent

adj. wealthy

alleged

adj. suspected

analogous

adj. similar/alike

apoplectic

adj. extremely angry; furious

apparel

n. clothing

assuage

v. to ease or satisfy; take away

auspicious

adj. favorable

beadle

n. a minor church official

benevolence

n. an act of kindness

brevity

adj. short in length

chattel

n. a slave

chiffarobe

n. a dresser; bureau

contemptuous

adj. scornful; hateful

cynical

adj. negative

demur

v. to raise doubts; to voice opposition

denunciation

n. the act of accusing

detention

n. the act of being kept in a temporary custody

devoid

adj. empty

diminutive

adj. tiny; small

discernible

adj. apparent; visible

domicile

n. a home

eccentric

adj. weird; odd

edification

n. personal enlightenment

elucidate

v. to make clear

elusive

adj. hard to grasp or find

entailment

n. back taxes

erratic

adj. inconsistent

exodus

n. mass departure

expunge

v. to erase

fluctuations

n. constant change

foray

n. a sudden attack or raid

formidable

adj. causing fear; awe inspiring

fractious

adj. unruly; cranky

frivolous

adj. trivial; silly; childish

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