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commensurate

equal in extent; of the same size; Corresponding in size or degree; proportionate: a salary ~ with my performance. Measurable by a common standard; commensurable.; [Late Latin commēnsūrātus : Latin com-, com- + mēnsūrātus (from past participle of mēnsūrāre, to measure, from Latin mēnsūra, measure; see measure).]

ethereal

like a spirit or fairy; unearthly light; heavenly; unusually refined; Ex. She has an ~ beauty; CF. ether: upper air

archaic

antiquated; no longer used; belonging to the past; N.

longevity

long life; long duration

pan

criticize harshly

quintessence

purest and highest embodiment; perfect example; apotheosis; most essential element; Ex. ~ of wit; ADJ. quintessential; CF. fifth essence [Latin quīnta, feminine of quīntus, fifth + Latin essentia, essence; see essence.]

scanty

meager; insufficient

unseemly

unbecoming; not proper in behavior; indecent; Ex. leave with ~ haste

rebuff

reject bluntly; snub; beat back; Ex. She -ed his invitation; N.

pulverize

crush or grind into very small particles; from Late Latin pulverizāre, from Latin pulvis, pulver-, dust

canny

shrewd in money matters; thrifty

influx

flowing into

overwrought

nervous or excited; extremely agitated; hysterical; wrought-up; CF. wrought: made or done

clientele

body of customers; The clients of a professional person or practice considered as a group.; A body of customers or patrons: a restaurant's clientele.

patent

obvious; easily seen; open for the public to read; of or protected by a ~; Ex. ~ to everyone; N.[from Latin patēns, patent-, open, present participle of patēre, to be open.]

wane

decrease in size or strength (after being full); grow gradually to an end; Ex. The moon waxes and ~ every month; N.

fetter

shackle; restrict the freedom of; N. chain or ~ for the foot of a prisoner; CF. foot

regeneration

spiritual rebirth; Ex. ~ of the prisoners; V. regenerate: give or obtain new life; reform spiritually

pedagogy

teaching; art of education

jubilation

rejoicing; great joy

mete

measure; distribute; administer; Ex. ~ out justice/punishment

pulmonary

pertaining to the lungs; [Latin pulmōnārius, from pulmō, pulmōn-, lung.]

rift

narrow opening in a large mass; break in a friendly relation; Ex. through a rift in the clouds; OP. reconcilation

exonerate

acquit; exculpate; free from blame or guilt; [from Latin exonerāre, exonerāt-, to free from a burden : ex-, ex- + onus, oner-, burden.]

untoward

unexpected and adverse; unfortunate or unlucky; Ex. ~ encounter; adv. -ly; n. -ness

ramp

slope; inclined plane or roadway (connecting two levels)

juncture

crisis; point in time; joining point; joint; act of joining

perspicuous

(of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand; Ex. ~ comments

devoid

empty; lacking

prefigure

be a sign of; foreshadow

indicative

suggestive; implying; serving to indicate

denigrate

blacken; defame; [Latin dēnigrāre, dēnigrāt-, to blacken, defame : dē-, de- + niger, nigr-, black.]

lexicon

dictionary; A stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style; a vocabulary: the ~ of surrealist art.

sober

serious; solemn; not drunken; abstemious or temperate; V: make or become sober

bode

foreshadow; portend; # To be an ome# Archaic. To predict; foretell.n of: heavy seas that boded trouble for small craft.; # Archaic. To predict; foretell.; [Middle English boden, from Old English bodian, to announce.]

reparation

compensation (for loss or wrong); amends; Ex. make ~ for the damage; CF. repair

odious

arousing strong dislike; hateful(causing hatred); vile; N. -dium

maraud

move in search of plunder; Ex. -ing army

meager

scanty; inadequate

ceremonious

marked by formality; extremely formal and polite; CF. ceremony: conventional social courtesy

vapid

lacking liveliness; dull and unimaginative; insipid and flavorless; Ex. ~ lecture

propitiate

appease; conciliate; make peaceful; ADJ. -tory; Latin propitiāre, propitiāt-, from propitius, propitious.

fledgling

inexperienced; N: young bird that has acquired wing feathers and is learning to fly; inexperienced person

immaculate

spotless; flawless; absolutely clean; [from Latin immaculātus : in-, not; see in-1 + maculātus, past participle of maculāre, to blemish (from macula, spot).]

distinctive

clearly different from others of the same kind

transpose

reverse the order or position of; # To reverse or transfer the order or place of; interchange. To put into a different place or order: transpose the words of a sentence. See synonyms at reverse.

momentum

quantity of motion of a moving body; impetus; moving force

sibylline

prophetic; oracular; N. sibyl: woman prophet (in the ancient world)

serrated

having a sawtoothed edge; Ex. ~ leaf; [Latin serrātus, saw-shaped, from serra, saw.]

cohere

stick together

wistful

sadly thoughtful (because of desires or memories); sadly pensive; vaguely longing; [From obsolete wistly, intently.]

gamely

in a spirited manner; with courage; Ex. fight ~ against a superior boxer; ADJ. game; In a plucky manner; spiritedly.

spurn

reject disdainfully; scorn; Ex. She ~ed all offers of help.

conservatoire

school of the fine arts (especially music or drama); glass-enclosed area; CF. conservancy

malcontent

person dissatisfied with existing state of affairs; discontented person; ADJ: discontented

killjoy

grouch; spoilsport; one who intentionally spoils the pleasure of others; One who spoils the enthusiasm or fun of others.

discourse

serious speech, writing, or conversation; formal discussion (either written or spoken); conversation; V.

bifurcated

divided into two branches; forked; from Latin bifurcus, two-pronged : bi-, two; see bi-1 + furca, fork.]

qualms

uneasy feelings; misgivings; uneasy fears especially about matters of conscience; Ex. I have no ~ about giving this assignment to Helen.

fusion

union; coalition; V. fuse

clarion

shrill, trumpetlike sound; kind of trumpet used in former times; Loud and clear: a ~ call to resistance.

traverse

go through or across

cherubic

angelic; innocent-looking; N. cherub; CF. seraph: winged angel of the highest order

decomposition

decay; V. decompose: decay; break and separate into simple parts

industrious

diligent; hard-working; N. -try

metallurgical

pertaining to the art of removing metals from ores; N. -gy : science that deals with extracting metals from ores; [New Latin metallūrgia, from Greek metallourgos, miner, worker in metals : metallon, a mine, metal + -ourgos, -worker (from ergon, work).]

dutiful

(duteous) (of people or their behavior) respectful; obedient (filled with a sense of duty)

indices

signs; indications; Ex. ~ of a student's potential; CF. index: something that reveals or indicates; sign; Ex. cost-of-living index

disband

dissolve; disperse; (of a group) break up and separate; Ex. The club has ~ed.

supposititious

assumed; counterfeit; hypothetical; Substituted with fraudulent intent; spurious.

despot

tyrant; harsh, authoritarian ruler; CF. despotism

topple

become unsteady and fall down

apprise

inform; To give notice to; inform: ~ed us of our rights.

tardy

slow; sluggish; not on time; late; Ex. ~ arrival

sheer

pure; thin and transparent; very steep

optician

maker and seller of eyeglasses

deposition

testimony under oath; deposing; dethroning

aseptic

preventing infection; having a cleansing effect; Free of pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical instruments. # Using methods to protect against infection by pathogenic microorganisms: aseptic surgical techniques.

farce

broad comedy; mockery; humorous play full of silly things happening; ADJ. farcical

acrid

bitter (to the taste or smell); sharp; bitterly pungent

raconteur

story-teller; one who tells stories with wit and skill; One who tells stories and anecdotes with skill and wit.

reduce

diminish; bring to a weaker or more difficult condition; demote; lower in rank; separate into components by analysis; Ex. ~ed to the ranks; Ex. ~ the house to rubble; N. reduction

scholarly

full of learning; erudite; like a scholar; Ex. ~ journal

cohesion

tendency to keep together

epoch

period of time

canard

unfounded false rumor; exaggerated false report

toss

throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something

phalanx

formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears; group of men packed together (for attack or defense)

bar

railing in a courtroom; legal profession; vertical line dividing a staff into equal measures; Ex. prisoner at the ~; V: shut in or out with ~s; forbid; exclude; CF. barrister

lineaments

features especially of the face; distinctive shape or contour of the face; CF. line; A distinctive shape, contour, or line, especially of the face.; A definitive or characteristic feature. Often used in the plural: "the gross and subtle folds of corruption on the average senatorial face are hardly the ~ s of virtue" (Norman Mailer).

validate

make valid; confirm; ratify

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