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abate

(v) to lessen in violence or intensity

decorum

(n) conformity to accepted standards of conduct; proper behavior

abhor

(v) to detest; to hate strongly

dole

(v) to distribute; to give out sparingly

gamut

(n) the whole range or extent

extrovert

(n) one who is outgoing; one who is energized rather than drained by interactions with others

droll

(adj) amusing in an odd or whimsical way

duplicity

(n) intentional deceit in speech or conduct

effigy

(n) a crude dummy or image representing a hated person or group

austere

(adj) stern; severe; plain

emulate

(v) to strive to be equal to; to imitate

sere

(adj) dry and withered

enhance

(v) to increase the value or beauty of something

contrite

(adj) feeling regret for having committed some wrongdoing

magnanimous

(adj) noble; generous in forgiving; free from petty feelings or acts

enunciate

(v) to state clearly and distinctly; to pronounce

collaborate

(v) to work with another toward a goal

impound

( v) to confine; to retain in legal custody

impeccable

(adj) faultless; without sin or blemish

evoke

(v)to summon forth

inane

(adj) without sense or meaning; silly

unctuous

(adj) exaggeratedly or insincerely polite

expatriate

(n) someone who chooses to live outside of, or renounce, his or her native country

frowzy

(adj) unkempt; slovenly in appearance

heinous

(adj) hatefully or shockingly evil

expound

(v) to explain in detail; to clarify

cajole

(v) to persuade with false promises and flattery

inscrutable

(adj) not easily understood; hard to fathom

balk

(v) to refuse stubbornly or abruptly; to stop short and refuse to go on

acrimony

(n) ill-natured, bitter hostility

dour

(adj) stern and ill-humored

exult

(v) to rejoice; to feel triumphant

omniscient

(adj) having unlimited knowledge; all-knowing

feasible

(adj) reasonable; capable of being carried out

fiasco

(n) a complete, ridiculous failure

me'tier

(n) the work one is especially suited for; one's specialty; an occupation

fluctuate

(v) to rise and fall; to vary irregularly

harry

(v) to annoy or harass

incognito

(adj) disguised; pretending not to be oneself

lethargy

(n) lack of energy; sluggishness

epistle

(n) a letter or literary composition in letter form

avid

(adj) enthusiastic; extremely interested

gadfly

(n) an irritating and persistent person

humility

(n) absence of vanity; humbleness

dolorous

(adj) exhibiting sorrow or pain

gargantuan

(adj) of huge or extraordinary size and power

arduous

(adj) difficult; requiring much effort

affable

(adj) friendly; agreeable; easy to talk to

gradiloquent

(adj) pompus or high-flown in speech

agrarian

(adj) concerning farms, farmers, or the use of land

grimace

(n) a facial expression of fear, disapproval, or pain

harangue

(n) a long, strongly expressed speech or lecture/ Syn: tirade

formidable

(adj) arousing fear or awe

sychophant

(n) a flatterer, one who fauns on others in order to gain favor/Syn.toady

explicit

(adj) clearly and openly stated; leaving nothing to the imagination

altercation

(n) a heated argument

lexicon

(n) a dictionary; a specialized vocabulary used in a particular field or place

hue

(n) a particular shade of a given color

galvanize

(v) to startle into sudden activity

sanction

(n) permission; support

hyperbole

(n) extreme exaggeration for effect and not meant to be taken literally

ominous

(adj) threatening; foreboding evil

audacity

(n) rude boldness; nerve

evince

(v) to demonstrate clearly; to prove

implacable

adj. unable to be appeased or pacified

exhort

(v) to urge on with stirring words

incarcerate

(v) to put into prison; to confine

incisive

(adj) sharp; keen; cutting straight to the heart of the matter

expedient

(adj) practical; providing an immediate advantage

pertinent

(adj) having to do with the subject at hand; relevant

inert

(adj) unable to act or move; inactive; sluggish

circumvent

(v) to get around; to bypass

clandestine

(adj) secret

acquit

(v)to find not guilty of a fault or crime

deprecate

(v)to express disapproval of

barrister

(n)lawyer (British)

adulation

(n) excessive praise or admiration

culinary

(adj) having to do with the kitchen or cooking

bawdy

(adj) indecent; humorously obscene

chastise

(v) to punish severely

jocose

(adj) joking, humorous

myriad

(n) very large number

latent

(adj) present, but not active; hidden

pernicious

(adj) destructive; deadly

frugal

(adj) thrifty; economical in money matters

levity

(n) lightness of disposition; lack of seriousness

hoax

(n) a practical joke; a trick

amicable

(adj) friendly; peaceable

obstreperous

(adj) aggressively boisterous; stubborn and defiant

enraptured

(adj) delighted beyond measure

marital

(adj) having to do with marriage

bask

(v) to expose oneself to pleasant warmth

genial

(adj) friendly; amiable

charlatan

(n) one who pretends to have knowledge in order to swindle others

mundane

(adj) commonplace; earthly and not spiritual

fickle

(adj) likely to change on a whim or without apparent reason

juggernaut

(n) a terrible, destructive, or irresistible force

naive

(adj) simple in outlook; not affected or worldly; especially innocent

nocturnal

(adj) having to do with the night; occuring at night

novice

(n) a beginner; one who is inexperienced

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