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abnegate

to deny oneself things; to reject; to renounce

preceptor

teacher, pedagogue, school principal

enshroud

cover as if with a shroud

unctuous

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

scurrilous

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

munificent

extremely generous, lavish

indefatigable

tireless; untiring; showing no sign of getting tired

wizened

shriveled; withered; wrinkled

vitriolic

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

pejorative

tending to make worse; expressing disapproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling

obstreperous

noisily and stubbornly defiant

lachrymose

given to tears or weeping; causing to shed tears; mournful, lugubrious

eschew

avoid and stay away from deliberately

ninnyhammer

a fool or simpleton; ninny.

flibbertigibbet

a silly, flighty, or excessively talkative person.

catachresis

misapplication of a word, especially in a mixed metaphor, strained or paradoxical use of words either in error (as 'blatant' to mean 'flagrant') or deliberately (as in a mixed metaphor: 'blind mouths')

erotema

rhetorical question

dereliction

a tendency to be negligent and uncaring

propinquity

nearness in place or time; kinship

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

effluvia

outpouring of gases or vapors, odorous fumes given off by waste

detumescence

diminishing or lessening of swelling

insouciant

not concerned; free from care

recreancy

cowardice; cowardly giving up

deluge

flood, fill or cover completely, usually with water

glutton

a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess

heresy

an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred

sanctimonious

Feigning piety or righteousness

wend

to travel; to go on one's way or direct one's way

wean

to withdraw from any type of habit

lien

the right to take another's property if an obligation is not discharged

slake

(v.) to satisfy, relieve, or bring to an end; moderate or lessen (e.g. anger)

feint

a deliberately deceptive movement; a pretense; to make a deceptive movement; to make a pretense of

drone

speaking in a monotonous tone; a continuous low humming sound

molt

to shed hair, skin, or an outer layer periodically

drawl

a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels

spurn

reject with contempt

prone

(adj.) lying face down; inclined, likely

glean

to collect bit by bit; to gather with patient labor

loll

to act in a lazy manner; to lounge; to recline, droop

foil

to defeat; to keep from gaining some end; a thin sheet of metal; a light fencing sword; a person or thing serving as a contrast to another

hew

to shape or cut down with an ax; to hold to

ansate

having a handle or hand-like shape

ingratiate

(v.) to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)

brummagem

not genuine : spurious; also : cheaply showy : tawdry

flagrant

extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable

exploit

a notable achievement

simper

(v.) to smile or speak in a silly, forced way; (n.) a silly, forced smile

filial

of or like a son or daughter

umbradge

offsense, annoyance, resentment

novitiate

someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

reprobate

(n.) a depraved, vicious, or unprincipled person, scoundrel; (adj.) wicked, corrupt, or unprincipled; (v.) to disapprove of, condemn

raillery

(n.) good-humored ridicule; teasing

depredation

the act of preying upon or plundering

adumbrate

to sketch out in a vague way

imperious

arrogantly domineering or overbearing

harbinger

foreshadow or presage, forerunner

arrant

out-and-out; shameless, blatant

bent

determined; natural talent or inclination

descry

catch sight of (something distant)

tendentious

intended to promote a particular point of view, doctrine, or cause; biased or partisan

vitiate

to weaken, debase, or corrupt; to impair the quality or value of

excoriate

to denounce sharply; to tear or wear the skin off

fell

cruel; deadly

insular

isolated; narrow or provincial (on an island)

din

terrible, noisy disturbance

prevaricate

to lie

deprecate

to disapprove regretfully, to belittle, to express mild disapproval

iniquity

an evil or wicked act, an unjust act

flippant

Lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy, showing inappropriate levity

turpitude

depravity, moral corruption

noisome

offensive or disgusting; foul-smelling; harmful or injurious

prolix

tediously wordy

anathema

an object or person of intense dislike; a curse or strong denunciation

mordant

biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh

martinet

someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

palliate

to make less serious; ease

propitious

presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious

exscind

to cut out cut away

extenuate

to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses

extol

praise, glorify, or honor

extralegal

not regulated or sanctioned by law, outside the law

extricate

to free from entanglements or difficulties; to remove with effort

forage

the act of searching for food and provisions

forbear

to refrain from; to abstain

forfeit

a penalty for a fault or mistake that involves losing or giving up something

sophomoric

immature and overconfident; conceited

denotation

the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression

ethos

beliefs or character of a group

pastiche

piece of literature or music imitating other works

oeuvre

the complete work of an artist, composer, or writer

gamut

the whole range or extent

corpus

the main part of an organ or other bodily structure

serendipity

accidental good fortune

caveat

a warning or caution to prevent misunderstanding or discourage behavior

leitmotif

a dominant or recurring theme

ontology

the metaphysical study of the nature of being and existence

induction

reasoning from detailed facts to general principles

dystopia

imaginary place where living conditions are dreadful

stratagem

a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end

raison d'être

reason or justification for existing

cause célèbre

any controversy that attracts great public attention

gambit

to take a risk for some advantage

oracularly

prophetic

epitome

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

nadir

lowest point

acme

The highest point

dudgeon

sullen resentment or anger

ratiocination

methodical and logical thinking

nobless oblige

noble's obligation, claim to be noble the must act with nobility

putative

thought-to-be

sagacious

shrewd; wise

sanguine

confidently optimistic and cheerful

detrimental

harmful

ne plus ultra

the state of being without a flaw or defect, perfection, acme

anthropogenic

Human-induced changes on the natural environment

cognomen

family name; any name, especially a nickname

apologia

a formal defense or justification.

injunction

an authoritative command or order

dictum

A formal or authoritative statement

ethereal

of the heavens; celestial; airy; delicate; intangible

protean

exceedingly variable; readily assuming different forms or shapes

seraphic

angelic; sweet

lampoon

a written satire used to ridicule or attack someone

Lothario

rake; seducer; lover

epicurean

(adj.) devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food;comfort and ease; (n.) a person with discriminating taste

arbitrary

Unreasonable; based on one's wishes or whims without regard for reason or fairness

remunerative

profitable

languid

Slow, sluggish, listless, weak, drooping, withoug energy

frenetic

frenzied, highly agitated

doleful

filled with or evoking sadness

septic

putrefaction; infection

equity

fairness, a condition in which people receive from a relationship in proportion to what they give to it

prolix

tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length

ancillary

subordinate or supplementary,serving as an aid or accessory; auxiliary

periphrasis

a style that involves indirect ways of expressing things

fanciful

not based on reason; unrealistic

ornateness

Overly decorated

circumlocution

an indirect way of expressing something

jingoism

extreme (sometimes chauvinistic) patriotism, often favoring an aggressive, warlike foreign policy

qualifying

to reduce from a general to a particular or restricted from. describe. possible- explaining the meaning of

coinage

the act of inventing a word or phrase

lionization

the behavior that treats someone as a celebrity, either respectfully honoring or fawning adoration

transcend

to rise above or beyond, exceed

marginalization

Groups lacking desirable traits are excluded from society. These groups include poor, uneducated, undesirable color and language. These groups will stay on the margin of acceptance by society unless there is social intervention.

foreground

n. That part of a landscape or picture situated or represented as nearest the spectator. foremost

avid

enthusiastic; extremely interested

gawkiness

awkward; ungainly; clumsy.

undemonstrative

unwilling to show feelings or affection

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