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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

coalition

a combination, union, or merger for some specific purpose

decadence

decline, decay or deterioration; a condition or period of decline or decay; excessive self-indulgence

elicit

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

expostulate

to attempt to dissuade someone from some course or descision by earnest reasoning

hackneyed

used so often as to lack freshness or originality

hiatus

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

innuendo

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

intercede

to plead on behalf of someone else; to serve as a third party or go-between in a disagreement

jaded

wearied, worn-out, dulled (in the sense of being satiated by excessive indulgence)

lurid

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

meritorious

worthy, deserving recognition and praise

petulant

peevish, annoyed by trifles, easily irritated and upset

prerogative

a special right or privelege; a special right or privilege; a speacial quality showing excellence

provincial

pertaining to an outlying area; local; narrow in mind or outlook, countrified in the sense of being limited and backward; of a simple, plain design that originated in the countryside; a person with a narrow point of view; a person from an outlying area; a soldier from a province or colony

simulate

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

transcend

to rise above or beyond, exceed

umbrage

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

unctuous

excessively smooth or smug; trying too hard to give an impression of earnestness, sincerity, or piety, fatty, oily; pliable

ameliorate

v. to improve, amend, make better

aplomb

n. poise, assurance, composture

bombastic

adj. pompous, inflated, overblown in language

callow

adj. without experience, raw, not fully developed

drivel

n. saliva flowing from the mouth, foolish. v. to let saliva flow from mouth, slaver

epitome

n. summary, model

exhort

v. to urge strongly, implore

ex officio

adj., adv. by virtue of holding a certain office

infringe

v. to violate, encroach, intrude

ingratiate

v. to cozy up to, curry favor with

interloper

n. an intruder, trespasser

intrinsic

adj. essential, inherent, organic

inveigh

v. express strong disapproval, rail

lassitude

n. lack of energy, fatigue

millennium

n. a period of one thousand years or great joy

occult

adj. mysterious, magical, supernatural

permeate

v. to spread through, penetrate

precipitate

v. to cause or bring about suddenly, provoke. n. moisture. adj. reckless

stringent

adj. strict, severe, tough, urgent

surmise

v. to guess, to think, infer. n. inference

Abominate

(v.) To have an intense dislike or hatred for

Acculturation

(n.) The modification of the social patterns, traits, or structures of one group or society by contact with those of another; the resultant blend

Adventitious

(adj.) Resulting from chance rather than from an inherent cause or character; accidental, not essential; (medicine) acquired, not congenital

Ascribe

(v.) To assign or refer to (as a cause or source), attribute

Circuitous

(adj.) Roundabout, not direct

Commiserate

(v.) To sympathize with, have pity or sorrow for, share a feeling of distress

Enjoin

(v.) To direct or order; to prescribe a course of action in an authoritative way; to prohibit; to urge someone

Expedite

(v.) To make easy, cause to progress faster, speed up

Expiate

(v.) to make amends, make up for; to avert

Ferment

(n.) A state of great excitement, agitation, or turbulence; (v.) to be in or work into such a state; to produce alcohol by chemical action

Inadvertent

(adj.) Resulting from or marked by lack of attention; unintentional, accidental

Nominal

(adj.) Existing in name only, not real; too small to be considered or taken seriously

Noncommittal

(adj.) Not decisive or definite; unwilling to take a clear position or to say yes or no

Extort

(v.) Blackmail

Proclivity

(n.) A natural or habitual inclination or tendency (especially of human character or behavior)

Sangfroid

(n.) Composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances

Seditious

(adj.) Resistant to lawful authority; having the purpose of overthrowing an established government

Tenuous

(adj.) Thin, slender, not dense; lacking clarity or sharpness; of slight importance or significance; lacking a sound basis, poorly supported

Vitriolic

(adj.) bitter, sarcastic; highly caustic or biting (like a strong acid)

Wheedle

(v.) To use coaxing or flattery to gain some desired end

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