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regal

royal, kinglike; fit for a king

imperial

like an emperor; related to an empire; CF. imperialism

fathom

to understand

reverential

respectful

antipodes

opposite sides (of the earth)

dichotomies

divisions into two parts

bifurcations

divided into two branches

filial

pertaining to a son or daughter

avuncular

being or relating to an uncle

symbiotic

a close relationship of mutual dependence

mellifluous

sweetly flowing to the ear

avid

ardent; showing enthusiasm

zealous

filled with enthusiasm, fervent

hidebound

strongly opinionated; stubborn, obdurate, obstinate, intractable, dogmatic, willful

resolve

determination, firmness of purpose

euphony

a pleasing sound

acclaim

to praise

esteem (v)

to have great regard for

panegyrize

to praise highly

abstemious

holding back from eating or drinking too much

alimentary

relating to food and nourishment (heath, matters)

delectable

delicious

epicurean

having to do with relishing the pleasure of eating and drinking (delights, meals)

palatable

pleasing to taste buds, delicious

voracious

greedy, gluttonous

chary

cautious

conscientious

scrupulous; through and careful; Ex. conscientious worker

gingerly

very careful

wary

cautious, careful

fleeting

short-lived, ephemeral, evanescent

itinerant

traveling from place to place, wandering about

peripatetic

moving or walking about; itinerant (constant movement that could get tedious)

transitory

fleeting

antediluvian

antiquated; extremely ancient

covert

secret, hidden

charlatan

a fraud , one who claims to know something that he does not, a quack

raconteur

a skillful storyteller

frivolous

not serious, silly, trivial (questions, complaints)

discerning

mentally quick and observant; having insight (audiences)

acrid

bitter, harsh

convalesce

recover health after illness; recuperate

delusion

A false belief or opinion (wishful thinking at times)

imprudent vs impudent

rash careless vs rude/disrespectful

indigent

poor & impoverished (do not get confused with indignant)

intimate

to suggest; to hint at

obtuse

stupid; not clear or precise (person, questions)

hardy

robust

lofty

very high; grand and noble (goals and dreams)

opportunist

one who takes advantage of every opportunity, whether or not it is moral to do so

rigor

strictness or severity; harsh and tough (winter)

saturate

to wet or soak completely (saturate the wall with ads)(saturated/wet field)

glacial

very cold or slow moving like a glacier, cold or hostile

aviary

an enclosed space for birds

insuperable

unable to overcome, insurmountable (dream team)

pitfall

unseen danger, risk, or drawback (in a plan)

replete

overflowing with (violence)

respite

a period of rest or relief, repose

aplomb

Self-confident assurance; poise

axiom

a maxim, wise saying

cavalier

arrogant, showing lack of respect toward someone or something

compunction

rueful, contrition, regret

heretic

iconoclast

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