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abet

assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing

abominate

to have an intense dislike or hatred for

adulation

praise or flattery that is excessive

amorphous

having no definite form or distinct shape

anomalous

Abnormal, irregular, departing from the usual

approbation

The expression of approval or favorable opinion, praise; official approval

assuage

to make easier or milder, relieve; to quiet, calm; to put an end to, appease, satisfy, quench

aura

(n.) that which surrounds (as an atmosphere); a distinctive air or personal quality

austere

severe or stern in manner; without adornment or luxury, simple, plain; harsh or sour in flavor

autonomy

self-government, political control

avarice

A greedy desire, particularly for wealth

aver

To affirm, declare confidently

bedlam

a state or scene of uproar and confusion

bizarre

Extremely strange, unusual, atypical

blazon

to adorn or embellish; to display conspicuously; to publish or proclaim widely

bovine

Resembling a cow or ox; sluggish, unresponsive

buttress

to support, prop up, strengthen; a supporting structure

cajole

to coax, persuade through flattery or artifice; to deceive with soothing thoughts or false promises

callow

Without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers

carnage

large-scale slaughter or loss of life

castigate

to punish severely; to criticize severely

circuitous

roundabout, not direct

commiserate

To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress

concoct

to prepare by combining ingredients, make up (as a dish); to devise, invent, fabricate

corroborate

to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify

covert

hidden, disguised, purposefully kept secret; sheltered, secluded; a sheltered place, a hiding place

deleterious

harmful, injurious

deplete

to use up as a result of spending or consumption; to diminish greatly

dilatory

Tending to delay or procrastinate, not prompt; intended to delay or postpone

disavow

to deny responsibility for or connection with

disconcert

to confuse; to disturb the composure of

disconsolate

(adj.) deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation

drivel

(n.) saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; (v.) to let saliva flow from the mouth

dun

(v.) to demand insistently, especially in payment of a debt; (n.) a creditor; (adj.) dark, dull, drab, dingy

egregious

(adj.) conspicuous, standing out from the mass (used particularly in an unfavorable sense)

elicit

to draw forth, bring out from some source (such as another person)

ennui

(n.) weariness and dissatisfaction from lack of occupation or interest, boredom

enthrall

(v.) to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison

epitome

A summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality

equanimity

calmness, composure, refusal to panic

equitable

(adj.) fair, just, embodying principles of justice

erudite

scholarly, learned, bookish, pedantic

expedite

to make easy, cause to progress faster

expostulate

(v.) to attempt to dissuade someone from some course of decision by earnest reasoning

expurgate

To remove objectionable passages or words from a written text; to cleanse, purify

extraneous

coming from the outside, foreign; present but not essential, irrelevant

flout

(v.) to mock, treat with contempt

foment

(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm

gauche

awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy

grandiose

grand in an impressive or stately way; marked by pompous affectation or grandeur, absurdly exaggerated

grisly

Frightful, horrible, ghastly

hackneyed

used so often as to lack freshness or originality

heinous

very wicked, offensive, hateful

hiatus

a gap, opening, break (in the sense of having an element missing)

hypothetical

Based on an assumption or guess; used as a provisional or tentative idea to guide or direct investigation

imperious

overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling

implicit

implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in

impugn

(v.) to call into question; to attack as false

inauspicious

unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future

infraction

a breaking of a law or obligation

innuendo

a hint, indirect suggestion, or reference (often in a derogatory sense)

inscrutable

incapable of being understood; impossible to see through physically

insular

narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

irresolute

(adj.) unable to make up one's mind, hesitating

lassitude

Weariness of body or mind, lack of energy

lurid

causing shock, horror, or revulsion; sensational; pale or sallow in color; terrible or passionate in intensity or lack of restraint

megalomania

a delusion marked by a feeling of power, wealth, talent, etc., far in excess of reality

motley

showing great variety; composed of different elements or many colors; a jester's costume; a jester

noncommittal

not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no

occult

mysterious, magical, supernatural

onus

(n.) something that is heavy or burdensome (especially an unwelcome responsibility); a stigma; blame

paraphrase

to restate in other words; a statement that presents a given idea in new language

peculate

To steal something that has been given into one's trust; to take improperly for one's own use

penury

extreme poverty; barrenness, insufficiency

perceptive

having sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation

perfidy

(n.) faithlessness, treachery

permeate

To spread through, penetrate, soak through

pernicous

harmful, destructive, lethal

petulant

peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

politic

prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient

precept

a rule of conduct or action

precipitate

(v.) to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height, to give distinct form to

pretentious

done for show, striving to make a big impression; ambitious

prolific

abundantly productive; abundant, profuse

propensity

a natural inclination or predilection toward

prosaic

(adj.) dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; characteristic of prose, not poetic

querulous

peevish, complaining, fretful

recapitulate

To review a series of facts; to sum up

remonstrate

To argue or plead with someone against something, protest against, object to

salutary

beneficial, helpful; healthful, wholesome

sanctimonious

(adj.) making a show of virtue or righteousness; hypocritically moralistic or pious, self-righteous, canting, holier-than-thou

scintillating

sparkling, twinkling, exceptionally brilliant (applied to mental or personal qualities)

scurrilous

(adj) coarsely abusive, vulgar or low (especially in language), foul-mouthed

sepulchral

funereal, typical of the tomb; extremely gloomy or dismal

simulate

to make a pretense of, imitate; to show the outer signs of

sinecure

a position requiring little or no work; an easy job

sleazy

Thin or flimsy in texture; cheap; shoddy or inferior in quality or character; ethically low, mean, or disreputable

soporific

(adj.) tending to cause sleep, relating to sleepiness or lethargy; (n.) something that induces sleep

squeamish

inclined to nausea; easily shocked or upset; excessively fastidious or refined

susceptible

Open to; easily influenced; lacking in resistance

thwart

to oppose successfully; to prevent, frustrate

torpid

slow and apathetic

tortuous

(adj.) winding, twisted, crooked; highly involved, complex; devious

transient

(adj.) lasting only a short time, fleeting; (n.) one who stays only a short time

transmute

To change from one nature, substance, or form to another

umbrage

Shade cast by trees; foliage giving shade; an overshadowing influence or power; offense, resentment; a vague suspicion

unwieldy

not easily carried, handled, or managed because of size or complexity

vulnerable

open to attack; capable of being wounded or damaged; unprotected

wheedle

to use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

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