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atavism

recurrence

adumbrate

to foreshadow vaguely

abeyance

suspension

adjure

to command solemnly, to beseech

brazier

large metal container in which coal or charcoal is burned

aegis

auspices, protection; breastplate

chimerical

unreal, imaginary

attenuate

to weaken

bugaboo

imaginary monster, boogeyman

ablution

the ritual washing of a priest's hands or of sacred vessels

apothegm

a short, pithy, instructive saying, aphorism

caparison

horse decorative covering

andiron

metal support for fireplace logs

abnegate

to deny oneself

codicil

a supplement to a will

cozen

to be false to, to be dishonest with, to cheat

auscultation

the act of listening to sounds arising within organs (as the lungs) as an aid to diagnosis and treatment

abjure

to renounce, to disavow

aplomb

with great cool and composure

abrogate

to annul, to abolish by authoritative action

contumely

insult, rudeness compounded of haughtiness and contempt

captious

faultfinding

contemn

disdain, scorn

braggadocio

bluster, vain and empty boasting

bumptious

offensively self-assertive

circumspect

heedful of potential consequences, discreet

abut

to border on

afferent

a nerve carrying a message toward the central nervous system.

ecad

a plant which has supposedly adapted to its environment

avouch

to declare openly and bluntly, to affirm

adduce

to offer evidence for

arroyo

a watercourse in an arid region

acrid

sharp and harsh

animus

disposition; animosity, ill will

daud

to knock

casuistry

argumentation that is specious or excessively subtle and intended to be misleading; moral philosophy based on the application of general ethical principles to resolve moral dilemmas.

accede

to express approval or give consent, to give in

blandishment

cajolery, flattery intended to persuade

concordat

covenant, written agreement

astringent

sour or bitter, causing contraction

caduac

a casualty

acidulous

somewhat acid or harsh

cynosure

something that provides guidance; something that strongly attracts attention

apposite

apt

dastard

a despicable coward

deliquescent

becoming liquid by absorbing moisture from the air

demotic

common, pertaining to the people, an ancient Egyptian script

demur

a formal objection to an opponent's pleadings

denigrate

belittle; slander

denotation

indication

depredation

plundering, pillaging, ravaging

descant

a decorative musical accompaniment (often improvised) added above a basic melody

descry

spy, catch sight of

desideratum

requirement, necessity

desuetude

disuse, inactivity

desultory

purposeless

detraction

petty criticism

diaphanous

gauzy, sheer

disclaim

renounce a legal claim or title to

discursive

rambling, meandering; reaching a conclusion through reason instead of intuition

disquisition

elaborate or explanatory essay

dissemble

feign, pretend

doff

remove, take off

doggerel

a comic verse of irregular measure

dolorous

showing sorrow

dross

worthless or dangerous material, impurity

ebullient

exuberant

effulgent

beaming

egress

going out, exit, exodus, emergence

elegy

lament for the dead

emolument

compensation

encomium

formal expression of praise

endue

endow

enjoin

give instructions to

equable

temperate

equanimity

composure

evince

express

eviscerate

remove the contents of

exchequer

treasury

excoriate

condemn, decry

execrate

to loathe, to curse

exigency

crisis

exiguous

scanty

expatiate

elaborate

expiate

atone

expostulate

To reason earnestly with someone in an effort to dissuade or correct; remonstrate

expurgate

censor

extemporaneous

impromptu

extirpate

to eradicate

factious

dissenting with majority opinion

factitious

artificial, not produced naturally

factotum

servant

fain

disposed, inclined, prepared, gladly

fealty

allegiance, loyalty

febrile

feverish

fervid

intensely emotional, impassioned

fiat

court decree, edict

flotilla

US Navy fleet

foment

agitate, try to stir up public opinion

frieze

architectural ornament with all the people on it in a band

froward

headstrong

fructify

bear fruit

fulcrum

the pivot about which a lever turns

fulminate

to explode with a loud noise; detonate; to issue denunciations or the like

fulsome

suck-uppy

functionary

a worker, official

gadfly

a persistently annoying person

gainsay

to challenge

gamester

a merry, frolicsome person

garrulous

chatty, gabby

gasconade

bragging, an instance of bragging

germinal

containing seeds of later development

gibbet

gallows

gloaming

dusk, twilight

harrow

cultivator, tiller, pulverizer of soil

hawser

large heavy rope for nautical use

hegira

a journey by a large group to escape from a hostile environment

hermitage

the abode of a hermit

hibernal

wintry

homily

a sermon

hoyden

tomboy

hummock

a small natural hill

hustings

the activities involved in political campaigning

hyperborean

of or pertaining to the region beyond the North wind, or to its inhabitants

hypothecate

to believe, especially on uncertain or tentative grounds

iconoclast

a destroyer of images used in religious worship

igneous

produced under conditions involving intense heat

ignominious

disgraceful

imbrue

drench

imbue

diffuse though, permeate

immolate

offer as a sacrifice by killing or giving up to destruction

impalpable

unfeelable

impecunious

not having enough money to pay for necessities

impenitent

unrepentant, unremorseful

imperious

domineering, overbearing, dictatorial

importune

beg persistently and urgently

imprecate

damn, wish harm upon

imprimatur

a license to print, formal and explicit approval

impute

attribute or credit to

incarnadine

flesh-colored, of a carnation or pale red color

inchoate, incipient

not fully formed; at an initial stage

inexorable

not to be persuaded or moved by entreaty

iniquitous

sinful, ungodly

insidious

beguiling but harmful, intended to entrap

insouciant

careless, heedless

insuperable

insurmountable

integument

an outer protective covering like skin or a rind

interment

burial

internecine

conflict within a group or organization, mutual slaughter

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