Power Plus Chapters 1-10

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camaraderie

n. rapport and goodwill

frangible

adj. fragile; easy to break

litany

n. any long, repetitive, or dull recital

moratorium

n. a suspension of activity; an authorized delay

zealous

adj. fervent; fanatical

desiccate

v. to dry out; to remove moisture

wrenching

adj. causing mental or physical pain

replete

adj. full; abundant

interminable

adj. tiresome and long; seemingly endless

arable

adj. suitable for cultivation of land

lugubrious

adj. mournful; gloomy

truncate

v. to shorten

ubiquitous

adj. occurring or seeming to occur everywhere; omnipresent

vernacular

n. everyday language

equanimity

n. composure; calmness

metamorphosis

n. a transformation or dramatic change

donnybrook

n. a fight; an uproar

nonchalant

adj. unconcerned; indifferent

vestige

n. a trace or evidence of something that once existed

interlocutor

n. someone who participates in a conversation

procrustean

adj. strictly disregarding individual differences or circumstances

Stygian

adj. dark and forbidding

sophistry

n. a deliberately deceptive or misleading argument

carte blanche

n. boundless authority; unlimited power to act

incantation

n. a chant; a recited magical spell

cosmopolitan

adj. worldly; sophisticated

rife

adj. abundant; prevalent

nomenclature

n. technical names or naming system in an art or science

brigand

n. a robber or bandit

contemptuous

adj. haughty; scornful

scapegoat

n. one who bears the blame for others

peremptory

adj. not allowing refusal or delay; imperative

atelier

n. an artist's or designer's workshop

axiom

n. a universal truth; an established rule

dulcet

adj. melodious; pleasing to the ear

usurp

v. to take over; to seize power

patronizing

adj. treating with condescension; acting superior

iniquity

n. an evil or wicked act

archaic

adj. no longer current or applicable; antiquated

vacillate

v. to waver; to sway indecisively

perspicacious

adj. keen; mentally sharp

abstemious

adj. using or consuming sparingly

talisman

n. magic charm or superstitious object for protection or luck

expurgate

v. to remove vulgar or objectionable material

pellucid

adj. transparent; clear

efficacious

adj. effective; producing the desired outcome

catharsis

n. a release of emotional tension

inundate

v. to overwhelm; to fill beyond capacity

revere

v. to regard with respect, awe, or adoration

internecine

adj. mutually destructive

risible

adj. relating to laughter; laughable

sybaritic

adj. marked by luxury or pleasure

crepuscular

adj. pertaining to twilight

kudos'

n. acclaim or praise

estrange

v. to alienate

intrinsic

adj. of or relating to a thing's basic nature; inherent

maxim

n. an established principle; a truth or rule of conduct

putrid

adj. rotten and foul smelling

servile

adj. submissive; slavish

apocryphal

adj. of questionable authenticity, but widely believed

consternation

n. alarming dismay or concern

anomaly

n. a deviation from the norm; an odd or peculiar occurrence

vitriolic

adj. harsh in tone; bitterly critical

preamble

n. a preliminary statement; an introduction

coterie

n. a small group of people who share interests and meet frequently

expiate

v. to make amends for

compendium

n. a list or collection of items

comprise

v. to include or consist of; contain

eidetic

adj. pertaining to extraordinary detailed and vivid recall

innocuous

adj harmless

foist

v. to pass off as genuine or valuable

plethora

n. an overabundance; excess

flippancy

n. disrespect

incongruous

adj. incompatible, unsuitable for the situation

disconcert

v. to frustrate; confuse

sectarian

adj. narrowly confined to a particular group

peregrination

n. travel by walking

accoutrement

n. an accessory item of dress or equipment

contrive

v. to plan cleverly; to devise

hubris

n.. overbearing pride; arrogance

platitude

n. an obvious remark; a cliche

venerate

v. to respect or revere

scullion

n. a servant of menial tasks

quotidian

adj. everyday; commonplace

prognosticate

v. to predict

antediluvian

adj. extremely old; antiquated

stringent

adj. restrictive; imposing demanding standarads

haughty

adj. condescendingly proud; arrogant

sanctimonious

adj. showing false piety or righteiousness

imbroglio

n. a difficult and embarrassing situation

gibberish

n. nonsense; unintelligible speech

inimical

adj. unfriendly; hostile; injurious

nexus

n. a link, tie or bond

coeval

adj. of the same time period

dilatory

adj. tending to delay or procrastinate

convoluted

adj. complicated; intricate

entreat

v. to earnestly request or petition

anecdote

n. a short account of an incident

incumbent

adj. obligatory; necessary

churlish

adj. boorish or vulgar

promulgate

v. to announce; to make known

staid

adj. showing dignity and often strait-laced propriety

livid

adj. extremely angry

lurid

adj. shocking; explicit

cogent

adj. convincing; reasonable

pander

v. to exploite weaknesses of others; to cater to the vices of others

otiose

adj. useless; futile

puerile

adj. childish; juvenile

aleatory

adj. dependent on luck or chance

asperity

n. roughness or harshness; severity

renunciation

n. rejection; refusal to acknowledge

unimpeachable

adj. unquestionable; beyond doubt

inveigh

v. to disapprove angrily; to protest

lionize

v. to assign great social importance to; to treat as a celebrity

allay

v. to relieve; to alleviate

vitiate

v. to corrupt morally; to contaminate

recalcitrant

adj. stubbornly resistant; showing opposition

exegesis

n. an explanation of a text; a critical interpretation

ameliorate

v. to make better; to improve

profligate

adj. wasteful and immoral

provocative

adj. tending to excite or stimulate

bumpkin

n. an unsophisticated, awkward person

toady

n. person who flatters for personal gain

culpable

adj. deserving blame or condemnation; guilty

hortatory

adj. encouraging; inciting

penultimate

adj. next to last

orotund

adj. full and rich in sound (in speech)

blithe

adj. carefree and lighthearted

soporific

adj. tending to induce sleep

pervasive

adj. permeating; spreading throughout

benign

adj. beneficial; favorable

frenetic

adj. wildly excited

recrimination

n. a counter-accusation

indecorous

adj. lacking good taste; improper

corroborate

v. to strengthen by adding evidence

majordomo

n. chief butler or assistant

untenable

adj. impossible to defend or justify

perambulate

v. to walk about; to stroll

veneer

n. a thin, attractive layer that conceals something common or coarse

timorous

adj. timid

luminous

adj. emitting light

circuitous

adj. indirect; roundabout

perquisite

n. a tip or payment in addition to regular wages

probity

n. integrity; respectability

polemical

adj. relating to controversy or argument

tacit

adj. indicated but not expressed; implied silently

largesse

n. generosity

indolent

adj. lazy

circumlocution

n. unnecessarily wordy or evasive language

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