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aberration

something that differs from the norm

desiccated

dried up

travesty

an extremely poor imitation

macabre

having death as a subject; dwelling on the gruesome

potable

suitable for drinking

proffer

to offer for acceptance

libertine

one who lives an immoral life

effluvia

waste; odorous fumes given off by waste

hapless

unlucky

rapt

deeply absorbed

carp

to complain

paltry

small, worthless

lachrymose

tearful

arboretum

a place where trees and shrubs are displayed and studied

accretion

slow growth or increase in size

corroborate

to support with evidence

enmity

hatred, ill-will

irrevocable

incapable of being changed

fete

a party

curmudgeon

a grouch

prodigious

very large in bulk, size, or degree

torpid

inactive, lazy, slow

rancid

offensive in taste or smell

eclipse

to overshadow or make less important

prevaricate

to lie

forgo

to do without

proxy

a substitute

politic

shrewd and crafty in dealing with things

abstemious

sparing in use of food and drink

tortuous

having many twists and turns; highly complex

precarious

unstable, insecure

plebian

common, low class

polarize

to cause to divide into opposing groups

sycophant

one who seeks gain with flattery

illustrious

famous, highly regarded

sedulous

tireless, persistent

multifarious

mixed, varied

abbey

a monestery

demagogue

rabble-rousing leader

evanescent

fleeting

abscond

to sneak away and hide

fidelity

loyalty and devotion

ingenuous

innocent, candid, sincere

pallid

lacking color

restive

resistant, stubborn, impatient

talisman

a good luck charm

remuneration

payment for work done

placid

calm, peaceful

noxious

harmful; poisonous

kindle

to start a fire

prodigal

wastefully extravagant

procure

to obtain through special effort

exacerbate

to intensify, worsen

besmirch

to stain or tarnish

penurious

miserly, stingy

somnolent

half asleep

perplex

to puzzle, confuse

nonchalance

indifference; lack of concern; composure

utopia

ideal place, state, or society

covetous

eagerly desirous, greedy

abet

to assist or encourage, especially in wrongdoing

canny

shrewd, careful

licentious

immoral

mundane

ordinary, common

proclivity

a natural inclination or tendency

bilk

to cheat or defraud

covert

hidden

knotty

complex

nuance

something subtle

recumbent

reclining

verdant

lush in vegetation; green

adamant

inflexible, unwilling to change

convention

social or moral custom

meticulous

excessively careful; painstaking

facetious

not meant seriously

pejorative

insulting, derogatory

Insouciant

unconcerned

bellicose

hostile; eager to fight

Salubrious

healthy

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