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abstraction

an impractical idea; not realistic

anachronism

error in chronology; something or someone that is not in the right historical time

convivial

pleasant; friendly

encomium

text expressing high praise

euphemism

the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be harsh

garish

showy or elaborate

hinterland

the remote or less developed parts of a country

indomitable

unconquerable

inexorable

unalterable; not to be persuaded

iniquity

wickedness; immorality

perversity

corrupt; rejecting of what is right

propound

propose; to put forward a suggestion

vitiate

to corrupt or weaken

aperture

an opening

arboreal

living in trees; of or relating to trees

circumscribe

to limit; to draw a line around

desuetude

a state of disuse

emanate

to issue or spread out; to originate from; be produced by

laconic

using very few words; brief

parquet

ground floor of a theatre

passé

out of date

perambulator

baby carriage

prosaic

lacking poetic beauty; unromantic; prose

spectral

of or like a ghost; spooky

stint

to supply an inadequate amount of a person's fixed period of work

weal

a red, swollen mark left on flesh by a blow or pressure

uncanny

strange or mysterious

iridescent

shining like a rainbow

overwrought

very nervous or excited

artifice

a trick or clever stratagem

imperturbable

marked by extreme calm; passive

incessant

not stopping

garrulous

talking a lot; pointlessly or annoyingly talkative

pervade

to be prevalent throughout

depreciation

disapproval

incarnate

to give bodily form to; made human

despotic

tyrannical; dictatorial

ineffable

indescribable in words

obsequiously

in an eagerly submissive way

supplication

begging

tumid

swollen

languid

weak; listless

vile

morally despicable; repulsive

dismantle

to take to pieces; divest

homage

reverential regard

burnished

polished

lissome

moving with graceful ease; limber

pomp

vain display

reiterate

to repeat

inanition

starvation

turbid

not clear; clouded

severance

a breaking off

unplumbed

not explored in depth

lintel

horizontal; weight-bearing support above a door or window

coppice

a thicket of small trees or shrubs

bedeviled

tormented maliciously

sporadic

happening at irregular intervals

anonymity

the state of being unknown

expatriates

those who have taken up residence in a foreign country

avant-garde

unorthodox or daring

quorum

a chosen group

prelude

a preliminary to an action

affront

an offense to one's dignity; to offend/make ashamed

allude

to contain a casual or indirect reference

assent

to agree

apathetic

having or showing little or no emotion

celerity

swiftness; speed

inscrutable

not easily understood; mysterious

munificence

extreme generosity

officious

objectionably aggressive in offering help; forwardness

propensity

a natural inclination or tendency

prostrate

to lay flat

retrogression

the act of moving backward; passing from complex to simple

torpor

inactivity

unctuous

oily; fatty

acquisition

the act of acquiring something

aesthetic

pertaining to a sense of beautiful; love of beauty

deliberated

carefully studied

garner

to gather

impede

hinder; obstruct

indefatigable

untiring

interloper

a person who interferes or meddles in others affairs

mandate

a command from a superior court or official to a lower one

physiognomy

the practice of judging character from the face

precipitous

extremely/dangerously steep

repartee

a quick, witty reply

requiem

a song of mourning

waning

to decline in power

arbiter

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue

blithe

cheerful, lighthearted, casual, unconcerned

connoisseur

an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste

convulsive

affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions

impetuous

impulsive

languor

tiredness; lack of energy

potable

suitable for drinking

sepulcher

a tomb; burial place

sylvan

of forest; wooded; covered in or full of trees

unpremeditated

not prepared or planned in advance

verdurous

freshly green

vernal

pertaining to spring

visage

the appearance conveyed by a person's face

corporeal

material or physical rather than spiritual

evanescent

disappearing like a vapor

inculcate

instill by repeated teaching

interfused

combined by mixing

intermitted

stopped at intervals

oppression

held by persecution

paranormal

of psychic phenomena

prerogative

special right or power; a privilege

repression

the act of being held back

sinuous

winding in and out; supple or graceful

sordid

nasty; vulgar; corrupt

supernatural

beyond the observable world

vindication

the act of avenging .

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