abjure

to recant, retract, forswear -- usually under pressure

antebellum

belonging to the period before war -- particularly the American Civil War

incognito

concealed identity

benevolent

good-hearted; kindly

anachronistic

chronologically misplaced

inauspicious

unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future

vociferous

clamorous, conspicuously loud

deter

to discourage or prevent from doing

demotic

of or pertaining to the people; common; popular

sanguine

n., a blood red color
adj., confidently optimistic and cheerful

ubiquitous

being everywhere at once; omnipresent

zephyr

a gentle wind

laconic

speaking or writing sparingly; brief and to the point; crisp

disdain

n., disrespect; scorn; contempt
adj., to look with scorn on

transient

adj., impermanent, temporary, fleeting; n., one who only stays for a short time

sumptuous

involving large outlay or expense; costly; luxurious; rich

surreptitiously

stealthily; sneakily

efface

to eliminate evidence of; destroy; overshadow; erase

mitigate

to soften, alleviate, lessen

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