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chronic

adj. - long-lasting; constant

petulance

n. - petty fretfulness; peevishness

propinquity

n. - nearness; proximity

obtrude

v. - to enter when not invited; to impose on others

piscatorial

adj. - pertaining to fishing

schizoid

adj. - characteristic of schizophrenia(split/ multiply personality disorder)

prototype

n. - original model; first example; paradigm; pattern

non sequitur

n. - a statement or conclusion that does not follow logically from what has gone before

parietal

adj. - of any wall-like structure in the body

predilection

n. - preference; liking; bias; tendency; penchant

dearth

n. - shortage; absence; lack

obtuse

adj. - dull; not having acute sensibility; blunt; dense

judicious

adj. - wise; careful; showing sound judgment; prudent

immaterial

adj. - insignificant; unimportant

rabble

n. - a tumultuous throng of vulgar, noisy people; a disorganized crowd

perspicuity

n. - clearness in expression; clarity

paroxysm

n.-spasmodic pain; sudden outburst of emotion

raillery

n.- banter; jesting language; goodnatured ridicule; good humored pleasantry

paradigm

n.- model; pattern to be copied; prototype

obsequious

adj. - subservient; servile; overly willing to obey; groveling

nocturne

n. - a piece of music designed to be played at night

tractable

adj. -easily led or controlled; docile

parity

n.-comparative equality; evenness; symmetry

peregrination

n. - the act of passing through any space; journeying; traversing; wandering

obstreperous

adj. - noisy; boisterous; rowdy; unruly

nonpareil

adj. - without equal

obelisk

n. -a slender 4-sided pillar, gradually tapering as it rises, having top in form of a pyramid

quintessence

n. - concentrated essence; purest concentrated form

aesthetic

adj. - showing an appreciation of beauty in nature or art; artistic

virtuoso

n. - one with masterly skill or technique in any field, as in the arts

narcissism

n. love of one's own body; egoism

obdurate

adj. callous; hardened; stubborn

plethora

n. an oversupply; excess; overabundance

quadrennial

adj. lasting four years; occurring once in four years

providential

adj. fortunate; lucky; favorable

malapropism

n. a humorous misuse of a word ( "a shrewd awakening")

obeisance

n. a gesture of respect such as bowing

whisk

v. to wipe, sweep, or brush with a light, quick whipping motion

quirk

n. a turn, twist, caprice; peculiarity; idiosyncrasy

atrophy

n. the emaciation or wasting of tissues, organs, or the entire body

pernicious

adj. causing much harm; highly injurious; deadly

onerous

adj. burdensome; troublesome; difficult; unpleasant

pyrography

n. the burning of designs on wood

vacuity

n. dullness of comprehension; lack of intelligence; stupidity

tithe

n. a tax of one-tenth

ramshackle

adj. tumbling down; shaky; out of repair

parochial

adj. narrow in viewpoint; limited; provincial; pertaining to a parish

ostentatious

adj. elaborately showy to impress others

trireme

n. an ancient warship with three rows of oars

ramification

n. a branching out; consequence; result

nihilism

n. disbelief in religion or moral principals

capitulate

v. to surrender; to cease resisting

pecuniary

adj. financial; monetary; fiscal

quiescent

adj. not aroused; inactive; tranquil; still

penurious

adj. stingy; miserly; poverty-stricken; needy

pragmatic

adj. concerned with practical values; sensible; basic

ordure

n. filth; excrement

nefarious

adj. abominable; wicked in the extreme; vicious; evil

copious

adj. abundant; plentiful

formidable

adj. arousing fear or dread; difficult to overcome

precursor

n. predecessor; forerunner; warning

nirvana

n. in Buddhism, the state of perfect blessedness; heaven; paradise; rapture; bliss

quandary

n. doubt; uncertainty; state of perplexity or difficulty; dilemma

platitude

n. a trite remark; a cliche

noctambulist

n. one who walks in his sleep

ordnance

n. -military weapons; artillery

pejorative

adj. -disparaging; downgrading; tending to make or become worse

neophyte

n. -a new convert; novice; beginner

rampant

adj. - widespread, unchecked growth; uncontrolled

punctilious

adj. - exact in formalities and details; precise

occidental

adj. -pertaining to parts of the earth west of Asia; western

panegyric

n. - a discourse in praise of a a person; formal praise

sporadic

adj. - occasional; intermittent; irregular

niggardly

adv. - stingy; miserly; greedy

pariah

n. - social outcast; outsider

prevaricate

v. - to be evasive; to deviate from the truth; to lie

immutable

adj. - never changing; inflexible

pique

n. - a fit of resentment; indignation

nimbus

n. - bright cloud around the head of a deity; a halo

garrulous

adj. - talkative; loquacious

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