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adjunct

connected or attached to in a dependent, subordinate, or auxiliary manner, but not an inherent part of

macabre

horrible; grim

farcical

absurd; ridiculously clumsy

debonair

carefree and self-confident in manner; elegant and gracious

penchant

a strong liking

deplete

to use up gradually

chicanery

the use of tricks or clever talk to deceive or evade

feisty

aggressive; lively; energetic

mitigate

to make less severe; to become milder

gull

to cheat; to fool or hoax

nadir

lowest point

equivocal

ambiguous; intentionally vague

genealogy

family history

impervious

incapable of being affected

filial

of, relationg to, or befitting a son or daughter

daub

to paint coarsely or unskillfully

admonish

to warn; to caution in counsel

obeisance

a bow or similar gesture expressing deep respect

cache

a concealed store of goods or valuables

affliction

anything causing great suffering

mendicant

a beggar

aphorism

a concise statement of a truth or principle

oscillate

to swing or move back and forth like a pendulum

delete

to take out; to remove

oust

to drive out; to expel; to deprive

impermeable

not permitting passage (especially of fluids)

paean

a fervent expression, or song, of joy or praise

imperturturable

not easily excited, even under pressure

lax

careless or negligent

palpable

obvious; capable of being touched or felt

pariah

a social outcast

fluent

able to express oneself easily and clearly

cavort

to leap about in a sprightly manner; to romp

pedagogue

a schoolteacher

melee

a noisy, confused fight

ensue

to follow as a result

desecrate

to damage a holy place; to treat with irreverence

personification

a person or thing that represents an idea

bias

a prejudiced view (either for or against); a preference

aloof

reserved; distant

gyrate

to rotate quickly; to spiral

fiat

an official order

fidelity

faithfulness

rambunctious

unruly; uncontrollable

hilarity

gaiety; joviality

genocide

the deliberate destruction of a group of people

zaftig

having a full, shapely figure

predilection

a preference twoard someone or something

faux

artificial; false; not genuine

foray

a surprise attack

conjecture

a judgement or opinion based on little or questionable evidence; a guess

allocate

to distribute, allot, or designate

gratis

free; without charge

materialistic

wanting material possessions

belabor

to work at something beyond practicality; to overstress

progeny

offspring; children

quintessential

the most typical; ideal

rudimentary

basic; not refined or well developed

monolithic

massive, uniform, and solid

manifesto

a public declaration of policies or intentions

tantamount

of essentially equal value or significance

subversive

in opposition to authority or government

conducive

tending to cause or bring about

amenable

agreeable; responsive to suggestion or advice

stricture

a restraint or limit

sedentary

characterized by or requiring sitting; motionless

influx

an inward flow

rigorous

severe; relentless; harsh

patina

a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use

placebo

a fake drug used in the testing of medication

junta

a military group ruling a country after seizing power

pinnacle

a peak or climax

mollify

to reduce, soothe, or calm

perjury

lying under oath

plaintive

expressing sorrow; mournful

impasse

a problem or predicament with no obvious resolution

wunderkind

one who excels in a difficult field at an early age

acumen

ability to discern or discriminate; shrewdness

nanotechnology

the use of single atoms and molecules to construct microscopic devices

notarize

to certify legally

piquant

a strong, stimulating taste

malodorous

having an offensive odor

pungent

a sharp taste; acrid

erroneous

incorrect; mistaken

concurrent

happening at the same time

negligible

of little importnace; insignificant

renege

to break a promise or obligation; to revoke

precept

a rule of action; a principle to live by

visage

a face; a facial expression

irrevocable

impossible to retract or revoke; irreversible

confute

to argue or point out error

meritorious

deserving of an award or honor

mezzanine

the lowest balcony in a theatre; a partial story between main stories in a building

tribulation

an affliction, trouble, or difficult experience

recumbent

resting or lying down

dynasty

a succession of rulers from the same family or group

purport

to claim; to have or to give the false impression of being

forte

an area of expertise or strength

kleptomania

a continual urge to steal regardless of economic motive

renown

state of being well known and honored; fame

ineffable

too sacred or great to be described; indescribable

fortitude

strength in adversity

botch

to ruin through clumsiness; to bungle

perennial

lasting indefinitely

brinkmanship

pushing dangerous situations to the edge of a disaster rather than conceding

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