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malediction

the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)

diluvial

relating to a flood

spartan

marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

decorous

characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct

fecundity

the state of being fertile

dyspeptic

irritable as if suffering from indigestion

mawkish

Excessively and objectionably sentimental

sphinx

an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret

siren

a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive

finicky

exacting especially about details

modality

a particular method or procedure

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"

contrived

showing effects of planning or manipulation

suffrage

the right to vote

summarily

without delay or formality

primacy

the state of being first in importance

splice

joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together

mar

a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

mettle

the courage to carry on

finesse

delicate skill

condone

overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse

blazed

to burn or shine brightly

subsume

consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle

toupee

a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness; wig

requiem

a Mass celebrated for the dead

frieze

a decorative band running across the upper part of a wall

arabesque

Islamic art/geometric patterns that are repeated over and over

despot

a cruel and oppressive dictator

tyranny

oppressive government

liberality

the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament

entreat

to beg

hoodwink

to mislead by a trick, deceive. opposite of disabuse.

poignant

deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell

ruffian

a cruel and brutal fellow

dolt

a person who is not very bright

ironclad

without flaws or loopholes. inflexibly entrenched and unchangeable

veneer

coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood

gnaw

become ground down or deteriorate

trudge

to walk in a heavy-footed way

plod

to walk heavily or slowly; to work slowly

mince

walk daintily

stride

walk with long steps

impetuous

rash, impulsive

foment

try to stir up public opinion

squelch

to suppress; to crush completely;

aqueduct

a structure that carries water over long distances

bacterium

a microbe

garnishment

A court order attaching a debtor's property or wages to pay off a debt

florid

elaborately or excessively ornamented

churlish

rude

impartial

unbiased; neutral

touchy

sensitive; irascible

preempt

head off; forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant

superintend

watch and direct

sneer

smile contemptuously

arboreal

living in trees

sidereal

of or relating to the stars or constellations

ostracism

exclusion from a group

veneration

profound respect

ambivalent

having mixed or contradictory feelings about something

demagogue

person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people;

fidget

to move restlessly

regale

to entertain or delight

consternation

fear resulting from the awareness of danger

stark

severe or bare; complete or extreme

ornate

rich in decorative detail

waft

moved gently by wind or waves

flail

to wave or swing vigorously; to thrash

insolent

boldly rude or disrespectful

lackluster

lacking luster or shine; lacking in vitality or force or conviction. uninspired.

grievous

bad or very severe

vehement

characterized by great force or energy

feckless

not fit to assume responsibility "effect-less"

foolhardy

reckless; bold without judgment

gavel

a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge

lint

fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers

gristle

cartilage, especially when present in tough, inedible tissue in meat

colander

bowl-shaped strainer

glib

marked by an ease in speaking or writing that often shows lack of concern or sincerity

profundity

intellectual depth

peremptory

leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal

precept

a rule of conduct or action; a writ or warrant;

notoriety

unfavorable fame

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