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Elite

admonish

v. to warn so a fault can be corrected or a danger avoided

commute

v. to change a punishment to one less severe

meager

adj. lacking in quantity or vigor; scanty

disparage

v. to speak in a disapproving or slighting manner; to belittle

neural

adj. pertaining to a nerve, the nervous system, or the brain

refuse

n. garbage

prosperity

n. wealth; good fortune

engulf

v. to swallow up; overwhelm

saturate

v. to soak or fill to capacity

invalidate

v. to cancel; deprive of legal importance; nullify

wreak

v. to inflict; to cause (something bad)

auditory

adj. relating to the sense of hearing

muse

v. to meditate; to consider thoughtfully

disdain

n. a feeling of contempt

grovel

v. to beg; to lower oneself to please another

delegate

v. to entrust to another person; n. a person authorized to act as the representative of another

retrospect

n. the consideration of past events

utopia

n. an ideally perfect place

ponder

v. to think over with great care

intervene

v. to come between two things

ineffable

adj. incapable of being expressed

imposing

adj. impressive by virtue of size, power, or manner

vanguard

adj. the leading position in army or fleet; the leading position in a movement or trend

calamity

n. an event causing extreme trouble and misery

irony

n. a use of words in which the intended meaning is very different from the literal sense; an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs, esp. one that suggests a lesson about human folly

proselytize

v. to convert from one faith or cause to another

heckle

v. to harass (a speaker) with questions or taunts

emaciated

adj. made thin unnaturally; abnormally thin due to starvation

insurrection

n. a rebellion

wallow

v. to roll about lazily, in or as if in water, snow, or mud; to revel

hygienic

adj. tending to promote or preserve health

subjugate

v. to bring under control; to conquer

boon

n. a welcome benefit

catalyst

n. something or someone that initiates a reaction, esp. without being involved in or changed by the consequences

plebeian

adj. common

penurious

adj. extreme or petty unwillingness to spend money

imbroglio

n. a confused misunderstanding or disagreement

albeit

adv. although

nostrum

n. a potion given as a medicine of doubtful effectiveness

obfuscate

v. to make difficult to understand; to make indistinct

parley

n. a discussion, esp. between enemies to resolve disputes

tactile

adj. of or related to the sense of touch

humid

adj. moist

jeer

v. to make fun of; n. mockery

suffuse

v. to spread through or over (as with light or color)

rubric

n. a category, class, title, or name

condolence

n. sympathy with another in sorrow

haphazard

adj. mere chance; accident

panegyric

n. elaborate praise, esp. in a formal, public setting

fervid

adj. extremely emotional; passionate

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