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mirth

great merriment

dirge

funeral hymn

impotent

powerless

burgeoning

growing

pejorative

derogatory

staid

somber, serious

vacillate

to waver; to sway indecisively

pestilent

exceedingly harmful

quintessence

the purest essence or form of something; the most typical example

sardonic

bitterly sarcastic

abet

assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing

jaundice

Prejudice; bias; a yellowish discoloration of the skin

nefarious

extremely wicked

umbrage

a feeling of anger caused by being offended

rotund

round

rancor

a feeling of deep and bitter anger and ill-will

paragon

a model of excellence or perfection

pugnacious

ready and able to resort to force or violence

rapacious

excessively greedy and grasping

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

providence

the guardianship and control exercised by a deity

ambivalent

characterized by a mixture of opposite feelings or attitudes

scruples

principles or beliefs

quotidian

occurring daily; commonplace

disparage

express a negative opinion of

guile

shrewdness as demonstrated by being skilled in deception

hiatus

a gap, opening, break

veneer

coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

kudos

an expression of approval and commendation

portents

signs

sodden

wet through and through

boorish

ill-mannered

arcane

secret; mysterious

placebo

something presented as a drug, but having no actual effect

drone

to talk on and on in a dull way

destitute

extremely poor

alacrity

eagerness, speed

quagmire

a swamp; a difficult or inextricable situation

taciturn

habitually reserved and uncommunicative

acerbic

harsh or corrosive in tone

acrid

harsh or corrosive in tone

derogatory

expressive of low opinion, insulting

capricious

impulsive and unpredictable

pungent

causing a sharp sensation; stinging, biting

fetid

foul-smelling; putrid

paltry

contemptibly small in amount

satiate

to satisfy

choleric

quickly aroused to anger

boisterous

violently agitated and turbulent

admonish

To caution or advise against something; to scold

wane

grow smaller

resolute

determined; firm; unwavering

petulant

easily irritated or annoyed

nemesis

enemy, something causes misery or death

fiasco

a complete failure

modicum

a small or moderate or token amount

usury

excessive charging of interest

untenable

incapable of being held or defended

penury

poverty

prolific

abundantly productive

utilitarian

useful, practical

panacea

hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases

missive

letter

florid

flowery, ornate

fervor

passion; enthusiasm

abomination

an action/person that is vicious or vile

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

insipid

lacking interest or significance

abysmal

very bad

adroit

skillful

tenacity

persistent determination

obsequious

attentive in an ingratiating or servile manner

indomitable

unconquerable

hegemony

domination over others

pugnacious

eager to fight, combative

derelict

(n) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected; (adj) abandoned or neglected

anathema

a person or thing detested or loathed

dearth

scarcity

provenance

place or source of origin

accolades

approval, praise

raze

to level to the ground; demolish

entourage

the group following and attending to some important person

vigilant

carefully observant or attentive

hedgehog

a small brown European animal with stiff parts like needles, (called spines), covering its back

maudlin

overly sentimental

soporific

sleep inducing

mollify

to soften in temper

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