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Presumptuous

adj. unwarrantedly or inpertinently bold; forward; rude arrogant, over confident

Ornery

adj. ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper

Mercantile

adj. engaged in trade or commerce

Scalded

v. (past tense) burned or affected painfully with or as if with hot liquid or steam

Impersonation

n. to assume the character or appearance of; pretend to be

Decapitate

v. to cut off the head of, behead

Beseeching

v. (present tense) imploring urgently; begging eagerly for

Warrant

n. authorization, sanction, or justification

Jutted

v. (past tense) stuck out

Veneer

n. a thin surface layer of wood; the exterior appearance

Bona Fide

adj. made, done, presented, etc., in good faith; without deception or fraud; authentic true

Etiquette

n. conventional requirememts as to social behavior

Involuntary

adj. independent of one's will; not by one's own choice, forced

Deliberately

adv. carefully weighed or considered; intentionally

Consolation

n. comfort, solace

Assuage

v. to make milder or less severe; relieve; ease
to soothe, calm, or mollify

Indigenous

adj. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native

Fractious

adj. unruly; readily angered, peevish, irritable

Ramshackle

adj. loosely made or held together

Hone

n. a tool used to sharpen things
v. to sharpen something; to make more acute or perfect

Rudiments

n. the elements or first principles of a subject

Obstreperous

adj. resisting control or restraint in a difficult manner; unruly

Prerogative

n. an exclusive right, privilege, etc., limited to a specific person or to persons of a particular category

Venerable

adj. commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity

Elucidate

v. to make clear; explain

Temerity

n. reckless boldness; rashness

Impertinence

n. disrespectful behavior or language; rudeness; insolence

Duress

n. compulsion by threat or force; coercion; constraint

Purloin

v. to take dishonestly; steal; filch; pilfer;
to commit theft; steal

Persevere

v. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement

Commissioned

v. gave an order for; to authorize

Melancholy

n. a gloomy state of mind
adj. depressed, mournful

Configuration

n. the relative disposition or arrangement of the parts or elements of a thing

Perpetually

adv. continually forever; eternally

Forage

n. food for horses or cattle; the seeking or obtaining of such food
v. to wander or go in search of provisions

Fester

v. to form pus; to putrefy or rot
n. a sore

Presage

n. something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication

Contradiction

n. assertion of the contrary or opposite; denial; a statement that denies another or itself and is logically incongruous

Indictment

n. any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame

Oppression

n. the feeling of being heavily burdened, mentally or physically, by troubles, adverse conditions, anxiety, etc.

Vindicated

v. cleared, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like; justify

Mutual

adj. having the same relation each toward the other

Vigorous

adj. strong, active, robust; energetic; forceful; powerful in action or effect

Permeate

v. to pass into or through every part of

Vengeance

n. infliction of injury, harm, humiliation, or the like, on a person by another who has been harmed by that person; violent revenge

Noble

adj. of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy.

Avenged

v. evened the score, retaliated

Impunity

n. exemption from punishment

Connoisseur

n. a person with knowledge, training, expertise, especially in the fine arts

Virtuoso

n. a master musician with ability, technique, or personal style

Imposture

n. the act of instance of engaging in deception under an assumed name or identity

Vintages

n. the yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season

Motley

adj. consisting of haphazard assortment of different kinds (even to the point of incongruity)
n. a medley

Absconded

v. ran away with, escaped with funds or possessions belonging to another

Catacombs

n. underground cemetery consisting of chambers or tunnels with recesses for graves.

Aperture

n. an opening, such as a hole, gap or slit; in a camera the opening to allow light to enter and expose the picture

Obstinate

adj. stubbornly adhering to an attitude, opinion, or course of action

Palavering

n. idle chatter, talk, intended to beguile or charm

Demise

n. death; the end of existence or activity; termination

Forswearing

v. renouncing or repudiating under oath

Paraphernalia

n. equipment; tools used in a particular way

Ritual

n. the body of ceremonies or rites used in a place of worship; custom; traditional

Perfunctory

adj. done routinely and with little interest or care

Interminably

adj. seeming to be without end; endlessly

Ominous

adj. foreboding; threatening; boding evil; with and air or danger or fear

Parsimonious

adj. stingy; frugal; miserly; penny pinching

Avaricious

adj. greedy; rapacious; materialistic

Monasticism

n. having to do with a monastery; a way of life in which one lives apart from the world in simple, secluded, prayerful existence

Distraught

adj. deeply agitated, as from emotional conflict

Craven

adj. characterized by great fear; cowardly

Insolent

adj. rude; disrespectful; imprudent

gnarled

adj. contorted; knotted; convoluted; twisted as in the the roots of trees; bent, disfigured as in arthritic hands

Perverse

adj. wicked; evil; with unreasonable intent

Vex

v. aggravate; annoy; frustrate

Hubris

n. excessive pride

Vivacious

adj. full of life; animated; spirited; effervescent

Cuckold

n. the husband of an unfaithful wife

Libation

n. the pouring of a liquid offering as a religious ritual. Informal: A beverage, especially an intoxicating beverage

Precipitous

adj. of the nature of or characterized by precipices; extremely or impassably steep

Forfeit

n. a fine; penalty. Something to which the right is lost, as for commission of a crime or misdeed, neglect of duty, or violation of a contract. v. to lose or become liable to lose, as in consequence of crime, fault, or breach of engagement

Fray

n. a fight, battle, or skirmish; competition or contest, especially in sports. A noisy quarrel or brawl. v. to wear (sloth, rope, etc) to lost, raveled threads or fibers at the edge or end; cause to ravel out; to cause strain on (something); upset; discompose

Rapier

n. small sword. especially of the 18th century, having a narrow blade and used for thrusting

Augment

v. to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase

Pernicious

adj. causing insidious harm or ruin; ruinous; injurious; hurtful; deadly fatal

Inauspicious

adj. boding ill; ill-omened; unfavorable

Presage

something that portends or foreshadows a future event; an omen, prognostic, or warning indication. Prophetic significant; augury. v. to portend, foreshadow

Nuptial

adj. of or pertaining to marriage or the marriage ceremony;of, pertaining to, or characteristic of mating or the mating season of animals. n. usually plural, a wedding or marriage

Motif

n. a recurrent thematic element in an artistic or literary work; a dominant theme or idea

Lamentable

adj. regrettable; unfortunate

Carrion

n. 1. dead and putrefying flesh. 2. rottenness; anything vile

Wanton

adj. 1. reckless; heartless; malicioius 2. without reason or excuse 3. not moral; not chaste 4. frolicsome; playful

Rogue

n. 1. a dishonest or unprincipaled person; a scoundrel; a rascal 2. a mischievous person; a scamp 3. animal with a savage nature that lives apart from the herd

Slain

past tense verb of "to slay" 1. kill with violence 2. (slang use) to greatly amuse

Ebb

n. the glowing back of the tide as the water returns to the sea. 2. a point or state of decline as with an emotion. v. 1. to flow back, decline, or decay.

Wretched

adj. 1. unhappy, unpleasant or of low quality

Absolved

v. past tense - (used especially in religion or law) Freed from guilt, blame or responsibility for something.

Pestilence

n. 1. a deadly epidemic or disease. 2. Something regarded as harmful.

Obsequies

n. funeral rites or ceremonies.

Hierarchy

n. 1. a sustem in which people or things are arranged according to their importance.

Corruption

n. Dishonest practices like bribery.

Primacy

n. the state of being the most important thing; chief.

Rhetoric

n. 1. Speech or writing which is intended to be effective and persuasive. 2. language which sounds good but is not sincere or has no real meaning.

Sonnet

n. a fourteen line poem written in iambic pentameter with a fixed rhyme scheme.

Autonomy

n. the right of a group of people to govern itself, or to organize its own activities

Enmity

n. a geeling of bitter hatred; ill will

Juxtaposition

n. placement of things which are not similar next to each other for contrast. There is a verb form of this word as well

Exotic

adj. unusual and often exciting because of coming (or seeming to come) from a distant, especially tropical country.

Peruse

v. to read through something, especially in order to find the part you are interested in.

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