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assurance

a pledge; freedom from doubt, self-confidence

asylum

an institution for the care of children, elderly people, etc. ; a place for safety

console

to comfort; the keyboard of an organ; a control panel for an electrical of mechanical device

dilate

to make or become larger of wider; to expand upon

dross

refuse, waste products

dwindle

to lessen, diminish

flippant

lacking in seriousness; disrespectful, saucy

immunity

resistance to disease; freedom from some chaange of obligation

institure

to establish, set up; an organization for the promotion of learning

liability

a deby; something disadvantageous

preposterous

ridiculous, senseless

pugnacious

quarrelsome, fond of fighting

rabid

furious, violently intense, unreasonably extreme; mad; infected with rabies

realm

a kingdom; a region or field of study

rejuvenate

to make young again; to make like new

remunerate

to reward, pay, reimburse

sparse

meager, scant; scattered

stearling

genuine, excellent; made of silver of standard fineness

venture

a risky or daring undertaking; to expose to danger; to dare

warp

to twist out of shape; an abnormality

auxillary

giving assistance or support; a helper, aid

candid

frank, sincere; impartial; unposed

cubicle

a small room or compartment

drudgery

work that is hard and tiresome

envoy

a representative of messenger

escalate

to elevate; to increase in intensity

expedient

a means to an end; advantageous, usefull

feign

to pretend

flair

a natural wuality, talent, or skill; a distinctive style

grievous

causing sorrow or pain; serious

heterogeneous

composed of different kinds, diverse

horde

a vast number; a throng

impel

to force, drive forward

incedulous

disbelieving, skeptical

inscribe

to write or engrave; to enter a name on a list

monologue

a speech by one actor; a long talk by one person

prognosis

a forecast of the probable course and outcome of a disease or situation

rasping

with a harsh, gating sound; a harsh sound

repugnant

offensive, disagreeable, distasteful

scuttle

to sink a ship by cutting hole in it; to get rid of something in a decisive way; to run hastily, scurry; a pail

adept

thoroughly skilled; an expert

aspire

to have ambitious hopes or plans, strive toward a higher goal, desire earnestly; to ascend

bleak

bare, dreary, dismal

chide

to blame; scold

despicable

worthy of scorn, contemptible

diminutive

small, smaller than most others of the same type

emancipate

to free from slavery; to release or liberate

erroneous

incorrect, containing mistakes

exploit

to make use of, develop; to make improper use of for personal profit; a feat, dead

extemporaneous

made of delivered on the spur of the moment

impair

to make imperfect, damage, harm

invincible

not able to be defeated, unbeatable

languid

drooping; without energy, sluggish

mire

mud; wet, swampy ground; a tough situation; to get stuck

obtrusive

forward; undesirably prominent; thrust out

preamble

an introduction to a speech of a piece of writing

render

to cause to be come; to perform; to deliver officially; to process, extract

rugged

rough, irregular; severe, stern; strong; stormy

skeptical

inclined to doubt; slow to accept something as true

skipshod

untidy in dress, personal habits, etc. ; careless, sloppy

brevity

shortness

comport

to conduct or bear oneself, behave; to be in agreement

concise

expressing much in a few words

demure

sober or serious in manner, modest

depreciation

a lessening in value; a belittling

deteriorate

to lower in quality or value; to wear away

divulge

to tell, reveal; to make public

enlightened

free from ignorance and false ideas; possessing sound understanding

forestall

to prevent by acting first

garble

to distort in suck a way as to make unintelligible

proponent

one who puts forward a proposal; one who supports a cause of belief

quaver

to shake, tremble; to trill

recoil

to spring back, shrink; the act of springing back

recoup

to make up for; regain

reek

an unpleasant smell; to give off unpleasant smells; to give a strong impression

squander

to spend foolishly, waste

staccato

detached or disconnected in sound or style

relentless

unyielding, harsh, without pity

rivulet

a small stream

stature

a law

appreciable

sufficient to be noticed or measured

autocratic

absolute in power of authority

blanch

to remove the color from; to make or turn pale; to parboil

blasphemy

an act, utterance, or writing showing contempt for something sacred

brawny

strong, muscular

concerted

planned or performed in cooperation with others

contend

to fight, struggle; to compete; to argue

humane

kind, merciful

illustrious

very famous, distinguished

intolerable

unbearable

irreverent

disrespectful

laborious

not easy, requiring hard work; hardworking

lithe

bending easily, limber

maltreat

to abuse, use roughly or crudely

ponder

to consider carefully, reflect on

subversive

intended to undermine or overthrow; one who advocates or attempts to undermine a political system

synthetic

made or put together by people; something artificial

temperate

mild, moderate

venomous

poisonous; spiteful, mean

wily

sly, shrewd, cunning

ad infinitum

endlessly

apportion

to divide and give out in shares

bona fide

genuine; sincere

buoyant

able to float easliy; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful

clique

a small, exclusive group of people

concede

to admit as true; to yield, submit

congenial

getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant

lofty

very hight; noble

migration

a movement from one county or region to another

perceivve

to be aware of through the senses, observe; to grasp mentally

perverse

inclined to go against what is expected; stubborn; turned away from what id good and proper

prelude

an introduction; that which comes before or leads off

rancid

stale, spoiled

rustic

counrty-like; simple, plain; awkward; one who lives for the country

sever

to separate, divide into parts

sordid

wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish

untentable

not capable of being held or defeated; impossible to maintain

versatile

able to do things well; capable of many uses

vindicate

to clear from hint or change of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition; to justify

wane

to lose size, strength, or power

annex

to add to, attach; to incorporate; an attachment or addition

cleave

to cut or spit open; to cling to

cordial

in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; a liqueur

cornerstone

the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element

debacle

an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure

devitalize

to make weak or lifeless

embroil

to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion

exonerate

to clear from a charge or accusation

glib

ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere

haphazard

by chance, not planned; lacking order

improvise

to compose of perform without preparation; to construct from available materials

incite

to rouse, stir up, urge on

influx

a coming in, inflow

pallor

a extreme or unnatural paleness

pedigree

a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something

precipitous

very steep

profuse

very abundant; given or flowing freely

reconcile

to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign

shackle

to put into chains; a chain, fetter

threadbare

shabby, old and worn

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