sheen

N. A shine; a lustre; a brightness

reverberate

(v) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly; to repeat in a series of vibrations

importunate

adj. Urgent in character, request, or demand; extremely demanding, insistent

supplicant

adj. asking humbly and earnestly; praying for forgiveness (not necessarily religious)
N. one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor, a beggar

constrain

V. to confine, inhibit, or hold back by force or necessity

lugubrious

adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree

contumely

n. insolent reproach or abuse; insulting or offensively contemptuous language or treatment; scornful rudeness

raze

V. to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out

diaphanous

adj. very sheer and light; almost completely transparent

antecedent

adj. going before; preceding;
N. the word a pronoun replaces; an occurrence or event preceding another

foment

(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm

imperious

(adj.) able to act in an authoritative manner; overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling

demagogue

n. an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience; a leader who uses his follows emotions to manipulate

whet

v. to sharpen, put an edge on; to make keen or eager

clamorous

adj. Conspicuously and offensively loud; urgent in complaint or demand

nicety

N. subtlety; precision; minute distinction; fine point

ricochet

v. to rebound at least once from a surface; reflect back; spring back

evanescent

(adj.) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy, like a vapor

precursor

N. an indication of the approach of something or someone; a person who comes before someone or something else; the things necessary for an event to occur

disseminate

V. to spread the seeds of something; to scatter; to make widely known

fawning

adj. attempting to win favor by flattery;
V. exhibit affection as a dog; to seek favor or attention by flattering

hoi polloi

N. the common people; the masses; the rank and file

obliterate

V. do away with completely, without leaving a trace; reduce to nothingness

dolorous

adj. showing sorrow or pain

relic

n. a memento; something of historic interest that has survived from the past

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