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abortive

(adj.) filing to produce the intended result; unsuccessful, ineffective

bruit

(v.) to spread a report or rumor

contumelious

(adj.) (of behavior) scornful and insulting; impolite

dictum

(n.) proclamation, command, saying, phrase

ensconce

(v.) to establish or settle in a comfortable, safe or secret place

iconoclastic

(adj.) characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions

in medias res

(adv.) into the middle of a narrative, into the midst of things

internecine

(adj.) destructive to both sides in a conflict

maladroit

(adj.) ineffective, clumsy, awkward

maudlin

(adj.) self-pityingly or tearfully sentimental; overemotional, lachrymose

modulate

(v.) exert a modifying or controlling influence on, vary the strength, tone or amplitude; adjust

portentous

(adj.) threatening, warning, bombastic, pompous

prescience

(n.) the power to foresee the future

quid pro quo

(n.) exchange, trade

salubrious

(adj.) health, beneficial, pleasant, agreeable

saturnalian

(adj.), characterized by riotous or unrestrained revelry or licentiousness

touchstone

(n.) standard, benchmark, exemplar

traumatic

(adj.) disturbing, shocking distressing

vitiate

(v.) to spoil or impair the quality or efficiency of

waggish

(adj.) humorous in a playful or mischievous manner

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