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allocate

verb to set apart for a particular purpose; assign or allot

fastidious

adj. excessively particular, critical, or demanding

incognito

adj having one's identity concealed (masked, under an assumed name) to avoid notice

martinet

noun a person who demands strict adherence to rules

nemesis

noun a thing or person that a person cannot overcome; also an agent or act of retribution

nuance

noun a subtle expression of meaning or quality

piety

noun dutiful spirit of reverence or devotion

recapitulate

verb to review by a brief summary; to summarize

spinster

noun an older, childless woman who has never been married

vacuous

adjective without contents; empty; lacking in ideas, emotions, or intelligence

assuage

transitive verb to calm, ease, pacify

conundrum

noun a puzzle or confusing situation; a problem

dirge

noun a slow, solemn, mournful song, such as would be appropriate at a funeral

fickle

adjective whimsical, unpredictable, easily swayed

fractious

adjective irritable; difficult to control, quarrelsome

impious

adjective wicked, disrespectful; lacking reverence

marshal

verb to gather together and order appropriately

nebulous

adjective vague, hazy, or indistinct

solicit

verb to ask for; seek or inquire for trade or business

wax

verb grow or increase (like the moon waxing); assume a specified characteristic (wax poetic)

abscond

verb to leave suddenly and secretly, usually to avoid capture. Often includes taking someone or something along

chicanery

noun trickery or deception by wily words or actions

deleterious

adj damaging or harmful

disparity

noun the condition or fact of being unequal; difference or dissimilarity

irascible

adj. easily provoked to anger, irritable, short-tempered

perfunctory

adj. done routinely, with little interest or care

pernicious

adj. very destructive or deadly; causing great harm

supercilious

adj. haughtily disdainful or contemptuous, as a facial expression or a person

surreptitious

adj. stealthy, sneaky, secret

umbrage

noun offense, annoyance, displeasure

arduous

adjective requiring great exertion, effort or energy; difficult or strenuous

conflagration

noun a great and destructive fire

hedonist

noun a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification

ineffable

adjective inexpressible; not to be spoken because of its sacredness

lugubrious

adjective mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially in an exaggerated or affected manner

nefarious

adj. extremely wicked or villainous; heinous

peruse

verb to read or examine carefully and thoroughly

plethora

noun overabundance or excess; more than enough

staid

adjective prudently reserved in color and style, manner, or behavior

vestige

noun a mark, trace, or remaining evidence of something that is no longer there

annihilate

verb destroy, wipe out; to reduce to utter ruin or non-existence

deranged

adjective generic psychiatric term for a mental state involving a loss of contact with reality: insane, disarranged

hitherto

adverb until this time

intercourse

noun interactions or communications between persons or groups

malefactor

noun one who does ill toward another; someone who has committed an offense against the law

promontory

noun a high point of land or rock overlooking or projecting above surrounding areas (a cliff or mountain peak)

quagmire

noun a difficult or precarious situation from which extrication is almost impossible

quintessence

noun the pure essence of something; the perfect type or most typical instance

tyranny

noun unrestrained, oppressive power ; absolute, often cruel power

wangle

verb to bring about, accomplish or obtain by scheming or underhanded methods

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