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perpendicular

n., a sheer rock surface; (adj.), at right angles to a line or plane

capacious

adj., big enough to contain a large quantity

tacit

adj., understood or implied without being stated openly; not spoken (silent)

convalescence

n., gradual return to good health after an illness or medical treatment; period spent recovering

salient

n., a part of a front, line, or fortification that projects outward into enemy-held territory or toward the enemy

droll

adj., amusing in a wry or odd way

contentious

adj., causing or likely to cause disagreement and disputes between people with differing views; argumentative

prodigious

adj., great in amount, size, or extent; very impressive or amazing

inveigle

v., to charm or entice somebody into doing something that he or she would not otherwise have done

consternation

n., a feeling of bewilderment and dismay, often caused by something unexpected; shocked dismay

rhetorical

n., a question asked for effect that neither expects nor requires an answer

formidable

adj., difficult to deal with or overcome; inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength, or ability; causing fear, dread, or alarm

indignant

adj., angry or annoyed at the unfairness or unreasonableness of somebody or something

genial

adj., having a kind and good-natured disposition or manner; pleasantly mild and warm so as to be conducive to life and growth

inure

v., to make somebody used to something unpleasant over a period of time, so that he or she no longer is bothered or upset by it

deign

v., to do something in a way that shows that you consider it a great favor and almost beneath your dignity to do it

chronic

adj., always present or recurring; repeatedly doing something or behaving compulsively; habitual

inane

adj., having little sense or importance; silly or unintelligent; empty, insubstantial, or void

conniver

n., someone who plans secretly to do something (wrong or illegal); someone who pretends not to know about or do nothing to stop a wrongful or illegal act (showing encouragement or consent)

eloquence

n., the ability to speak forcefully, expressively and persuasively

anarchy

n., a situation in which there is a total lack of organization or control

indiscriminately

adv., making no careful distinctions or choices; random, haphazard, or confused

venerable

adj., worthy of respect as a result of great age, wisdom, remarkable achievements, or similar qualities

insidious

adj., slowly and subtly harmful or destructive

inebriate

v., to cause somebody to become drunk or intoxicated; to make excited or exhilarated (drunk)

suppleness

n., capable of bending, stretching, and moving with ease, fluidity, and grace; adaptable and responsive in grappling with problems or dealing with new challenges (agreeable)

discern

v., to see something that is not very clear or obvious; to understand something that is not immediately obvious

enmity

n., the extreme ill will or hatred that exists between enemies

undulation

n., a sinuous or wavy motion; wave

effulgence

n., brightness or a brilliant light radiating from something

paganism

n., the belief in a religion that is not one of the world's main religions; believing in an ancient polytheistic or pantheistic religion; nonreligious

delirious

adj., irrational as a temporary result of a physical condition; extremely excited or emotional

irresolute

adj., unsure and unable to make decisions

continuity

n., the fact of staying the same, of being consistent throughout, or of not stopping or being interrupted

decalogue

n., ten commandments (the 10 laws given by God to Moses, according to the Bible)

amiably

adv., friendly and pleasant to be with

idiosyncratic

adj., a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is peculiar to an individual or group (odd or unusual)

ludicrous

adj., utterly ridiculous because of being absurd or unsuitable

reverie

n., a state of idle and pleasant contemplation; daydream

erratic

adj., not predictable, regular, or consistent; often changing direction and not following any definite course; unpredictable

sultriness

n., oppressively hot and damp; giving a suggestion of underlying passion and sensuality

eccentric

adj., unconventional, especially in a whimsical way; (odd way)

tentative

adj., said or done in a slow, hesitant and careful way, revealing a lack of confidence

turbid

adj., opaque and muddy as when particles and sediment are stirred up; dense and cloudy or dark; foggy; confused and muddled

throng

n., a large crowd of people or objects

emissary

n., an agent or representative sent on a particular mission; a secret agent or spy

transcend

v., to go beyond something in quality or achievement; to exist above and apart from the material world

infinitesimal

adj., very small in number, amount, or degree

sinecure

n., a job or position that provides a regular income but requires little or no work

bantam

adj., overconfident and slightly aggressive; small in size

dispensation

n., exemption or release from a rule or obligation

insinuate

v., to hint at something unpleasant or suggest it indirectly and gradually; to introduce yourself gradually and cunningly into a position

implausibility

n., hardly likely to be true

burlesque

n., the mocking of a serious matter or style by imitating it in an incongruous (unsuitable) way

futility

n., lack of usefulness or effectiveness; an action that has no use, purpose, or effect; lack of importance, seriousness, or sensibleness

zestfully

adv., full of or showing lively enjoyment and enthusiasm

sanctity

n., the condition of being considered sacred or holy and entitled to respect and reverence

inevitable

adj., impossible to avoid or to prevent from happening

reticent

adj., unwilling to communicate much, talk a lot, or reveal all the facts

opulent

adj., characterized by an obvious or lavish display of wealth or affluence; in richly abundant supply

vagaries

n., an unpredictable or eccentric change, action, or idea

sobriety

n., abstinence from moderation in the use of alcohol or drugs; the quality of being serious and thoughtful; living sanely- no crazy stuff

whimsical

adj., imaginative and impulsive; slightly odd, old-fashioned, or playful; behaving in such a way as to be impossible to predict

pungent

adj., with a strong smell or powerfully sharp or bitter taste; expressed in or showing a witty and biting manner

refute

v., to prove something to be false or somebody to be in error through logical argument or by proving evidence to the contrary; to deny an allegation or contradict a statement without disproving it

aphorism

n., a succinct statement expressing an opinion or a general truth

hypocritical

adj., falsely claiming high principles

sententious

adj., expressing much in few words; inclined to moralize more than is merited or appreciated

gullible

adj., tending to trust and believe people and therefore easily tricked or deceived

novelty

n., a small inexpensive toy, ornament, piece of jewelry or trinket; the quality of being new, original, and different

multifarious

adj., including parts, things, or people of many different kinds

terminus

n., a point where something stops or reaches its end

duress

n., the use of force or threats to make somebody do something

cacophony

n., an unpleasant combination of loud, often jarring sounds

preposterous

adj., going very much against what is thought to be sensible or reasonable; outrageous or absurd

precarious

adj., dangerously unstable, unsteady, uncertain or insecure; unsafe

accolade

n., a sign or expression of high praise and esteem for somebody (recognition of someone's achievements)

austerity

n., severity of discipline, regime, expression, or design; severity or plainness; a saving, economy, or act of self-denial (against luxury)

rejoinder

n., a reply to something said (in a sharp, critical, angry way); retort

eunuch

n., a man or boy whose testicles have been removed or do not function

incredulous

adj., unable or unwilling to believe something or completely unconvinced by it

rueful

adj., feeling, showing, or causing regret (regretful); causing (inducing) people to feel pity

torpid

adj., lacking physical or mental energy

arch

adj., expressing playfulness, mischief, or shared humor in a knowing way; most extreme; most hostile

tumult

n., a violent or noisy commotion; a psychological or emotional upheaval or agitation

poignant

adj., causing a sharp sense of sadness, pity, or regret; particularly penetrating and effective or relevant; causing acute physical pain

incongruity

n., something that does not seem to fit in with or be appropriate to its context

decrepit

adj., in poor condition (old, overused, or not working efficiently); with strength lessened by the effects of age

innate

adj., relating to qualities that a person or animal is born with

impervious

adj., remaining unmoved and unaffected by other people's opinions, arguments, or suggestions; not allowing passage into or through something

animosity

n., a feeling or spirit of hostility and resentment

bellicose

adj., ready or inclined to quarrel, fight, or go to war

reprieve

v., to halt or delay somebody's punishment; to provide somebody with temporary relief from something harmful, (danger, pain)

cogitation

n., deep thought or consideration that somebody gives to a particular problem or subject

vagueness

adj., not clear in meaning or intention

tangible

adj., able to be touched or perceived through the sense of touch; capable of being understood and evaluated and is regarded as real

morale

n., the general level of confidence or optimism felt by a person or group of people (especially as it affects discipline and willingness)

forlorn

adj., lonely and miserable, as though deserted or abandoned; deprived of something

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