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Varicose

Abnormally swollen and dilated

Contrived

Plan, devise, showing effects of planning or manipulation

Sanguine

cheerfully optimistic

Eddies

small whirlpools

Balks

hindrances, setbacks

sordid

Marked by grossness, vile, dirty

tableaux

a scene or event usually presented on stage by silent and motionless costumed participants

myriad

a large indefinite number

quailed

shrank back in fear; cowered

fathoms

measurement of depth in ocean [6 ft]

zealot

a person totally devoted to a purpose or cause

subsided

settled down; became less active or intense

hardship

something hard to endure

inviolate

not violated; kept sacred or unbroken

extinct

having died down; no longer in existence

gramophone

record player

pinchbeck

an alloy of copper and zinc that is used in cheap jewelry to imitate gold

deprecating

expressing disapproval

impending

about to happen

morsel

a small quantity of anything

intrigue

to plot secretly; to excite the interest of; a secret love affair

rash

too hasty in acting or speaking; reckless

faintest

week; feeble; timid; dim; indistinct

idealogical

ideas reflecting the social needs in a society or as an individual

susceptible

easily effected emotionally; admitting; allowing

sham

false; fake; fraud

irrational

lacking the power to reason; unreasonable

prodigious

wonderful, amazing; enormous, huge

fabled

mythical; legendary

grandiose

having grandeur; imposing; pompous and showy

skepticism

the doctrine that the truth of all knowledge must always be in question

unorthodox

not holding currently accepted opinions

loathing

to feel intense dislike or disgust for

puritanically

practicing or affecting strict religious or moral behavior

fanatically

unreasonably enthusiastic

demolished

to pull down or smash; to destroy; ruin

plume

feather

swarming

to be crowded

altercation

an angry or heated argument; quarrel

vivid

full of life; acting, daring; intense: said as of colors

anodyne

soothing

feats

a deed or an unusual daring or skill; exploit

amulets

something worn to protect against evil

intercommunication

mutual communication

thoroughfare

a public street open at both ends

din

a loud, continuous noise

pugnaciously

eager and ready to fight, quarrelsome

wallop

to beat or defeat soundly; to strike hard; a hard blow; a thrill

detached

not connected; aloof; disinterested; impartial

inured

to accustom to pain or struggle

fatalistic

the belief that all events are determined by fate and hence inevitable

bravado

pretended courage or feigned defiant confidence

denote

to indicate; to signify, mean

illiterate

uneducated; not knowing how to read or write

invective

a violent verbal attack

drab

a dull yellowish brown; dull, dreary

drawn

pulled out; disemboweled; tense, haggard

tremulous

trembling; quivering; fearful; timid

disdainful

to regard as beneath one's dignity; scorn; aloof contempt

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