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abet

to encourage, assist, aid, support (especially in something wrong or unworthy); hamper, hinder, impede, frustrate

aver

to affirm, declare confidently; assert, asseverate, avouch

blatant

noisy in a coarse, offensive way; obvious or conspicuous, especially in an unfavorable sense; flagrant, glaring, egregious, disagreeably loud

broach

to bring up or begin to talk about (a subject); to announce, introduce; to break the surface of the water, to turn sideways to the wind and waves; to pierce (a keg or cask) in order to draw off liquid; a spit for roasting; a tool for tapping casks

buttress

to support, prop up, strengthen; a supporting structure; bolster, reinforce, brace, shore up

carousal

noisy revelry or merrymaking (often with a suggestion of heavy drinking); drinking bout, drunken revel, binge

collate

to compare critically in order to note differences, similarities, etc... to arrange in order for some specific purpose; sort out, cross-check, rearrange

connoisseur

an expert; one who is well qualified to pass critical judgments, especially in one of the fine arts; authority, savant, pundit

disconsolate

deeply unhappy or dejected; without hope, beyond consolation; grief-stricken, inconsolable, comfort less

encumber

to weigh down or burden (with difficulties, cares, debt, etc...) to fill up, block up, hinder; overload, saddle, hamper, clog

foment

to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm; instigate, incite, stir up

grisly

frightful, horrible, ghastly; gruesome, gory, hideous

herculean

relating to Hercules; characterized by great strength; very hard to do in the sense of requiring unusual strength; mighty, powerful, arduous, onerous, colossal

impassive

showing no feeling or emotion; inanimate, motionless; motionless; stoical, unemotional, insensible

inauspicious

unfavorable, unlucky, suggesting bad luck for the future; unpropitious, unpromising, untimely

incontrovertible

unquestionable, beyond dispute; incontestable, indisputable, indubitable

nonplussed

puzzled, not knowing what to do, at a loss; perplexed, baffled, stumped, flabbergasted

opportune

suitable or convenient for a particular purpose; occurring at an appropriate time; timely, appropriate, felicitous

prolific

abundantly productive; abundant, profuse; fruitful, fecund, proliferous

rejoinder

a reply to a reply, especially from the defendant in a legal suit; answer, reply, response, riposte, retort

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