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exuberant
(n. exuberance)

adj. lively, happy, and full of good spirits

paraphrase

v. to restate in different words; to summarize

cadre

n. a core group of trained, highly skilled people capable of training others

mediocre

adj. ordinary to inferior in quality; not standing out from the average

pallet

n. a narrow, hard bed or straw-filled mattress

conjecture

n. an inference or conclusion based on incomplete evidence

antediluvian

adj. very old; outdated

cue

n. a hint

bazaar

n. a market consisting of a street lined with shops; a place where miscellaneous items are sold

engender

v. to beget; to cause; to promote

chronology
(adj. chronological)

n. arrangement of events in time

derelict

adj. abandoned; negligent

confide
(adj. confidential; n. confidant)

v. to tell something in secret

finesse

n. subtle skill in performance or in handling a situation

testy

adj. irritable; touchy

unequivocal

adj. very clear; definite

dictum

n. an authoritative, often formal, pronouncement

abstract
(n. abstraction)

adj. without reference to specific instance or concrete existence; theoretical;
v. to remove

spontaneous
(n. spontaneity)

adj. occurring naturally or without forethought

exhaustive

adj. thorough

dismantle

v. to take apart

amplify
(n. amplification)

v. to make larger

carte blanche

n. unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion

proscribe
(n. proscription)

v. to prohibit or forbid; to denounce

cardinal

adj. of main importance; principal

cumbersome

adj. clumsy or difficult to manage

ridicule
(adj. ridiculous)

v. to make fun of

effrontery

n. bold and insulting behavior

agape

adj. wide open

cerebral

adj. pertaining to the brain; intellectual

freelance

adj. without long-term commitment to any employer

dual

adj. composed of two parts

conscript

v. to draft compulsorily, esp. into military service; n. a draftee

cascade

n. a waterfall or series of small waterfalls; a succession of stages, processes, or units

figurehead

n. a person with apparent but no real authority

aboveboard

adj. without dishonesty or concealment

abrade
(n. abrasion; adj. abrasive)

v. to wear down a surface by or as if by scraping

glut

n. an oversupply

stimulate

v. to rouse or excite to action or increased action; to spur on

depict
(n. depiction)

v. to represent; to portray

nondescript

adj. lacking distinction or individual character

illuminate
(n. illumination)

v. to light up

maim

v. to cripple; mutilate; disable

postscript

n. additional information added to the end of a letter or other document

complaisant
(n. complaisance)

adj. showing a desire to please; cheerfully obliging

nocturnal

adj. occurring at night

ascribe

v. to attribute to a specific source

fractious

adj. disruptive or irritable

quid pro quo

n. an equal exchange or substitution

sentinel

n. one who keeps watch

genocide

n. killing of a whole national or ethnic group

scour

v. to wash by scrubbing vigorously

florid

adj. flushed with rosy color; over decorated

zeitgeist

n. the trend or spirit of the times

segregate

v. to separate into groups or parts

hallmark

n. any mark or symbol of genuineness or high quality

remunerate
(n. remuneration)

v. to pay or compensate

accommodate
(adj. accommodating)

v. to oblige; to provide a service or favor; to fit

bolster

v. to support or strengthen

momentous

adj. of extreme importance

impalpable

adj. that which cannot be felt by touching; not easily understood

incumbent

adj. necessary or obligatory; n. a person who currently holds a particular position

yelp

n. a sharp cry expressing pain

interloper

n. one who interferes with the affairs of others; a meddler

pulverize

v. to crush; to grind into powder or dust

de facto

adj. actual or effective, esp. when without legal authority; in fact

ligament

n. connective tissue, joining bones or supporting internal organs

exasperate

v. to make very impatient; to annoy greatly

elicit
(n. elicitation)

v. to draw out; to invoke

incongruous

adj. lacking agreement; incompatible

decorum
(adj. decorous)

n. polite behavior

dilate
(n. dilation)

v. to make wider; to expand

contemporary

adj. of the same time or period

knell

v. to ring in a slow, solemn way;
n. the sound of a bell, esp. of one rung at a funeral; an omen of death, failure, etc

encrouch

v. to infringe; to intrude; to trespass

ovation

n. enthusiastic and lengthy applause

demagogue
(n. demagoguery)

n. a leader who obtains power by appealing to the emotions and passion of the people

foment

v. to stir up negative feelings, exp. those tht lead to violent action

goad

v. to prod or urge, as if with a pointed stick;
n. a long stick used to prod animals; something used to urge on

tantalize
(adj. tanalizing)

v. to torment or tease by showing something desirable while keeping it out of reach

cordial

adj. warm and friendly

adorn

v. to add beauty; to decorate

scribe

n. a professional copyist of manuscripts and documents, esp. in ancient times

fastidious

adj. not easy to please; very critical or discriminating

purport

v. to claim, esp. falsley

circumscribe

v. to define the limits of

foliage

n. leaves

complacent
(n. compleacence)

adj. too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied

etiquette

n. the forms of behavior or polite society

morbid
(n. morbidity)

adj. gruesome; awful

inhibit
(n. inhibition)

v. to hold back

subjective
(n. subjectivity)

adj. based on personal experience or feeling not from external evidence

ensue

v. to happen subsequently

heinous

adj. extremely wicked; abominable

urbane
(n. urbanity)

adj. sophisticated

induce

v. to influence, esp. by persuasion; to bring about; to infer by inductive reasoning

debonair

adj. easy and carefree in manner

etymology

n. the study of origins of words

stoic
(n. stoicism)

adj. apparently indifferent to joy, grief, pleasure, or pain

plethora
(adj. plethoric)

n. an excessive amount

stanch

v. to stop the flow of something

evoke
(adj. evocative)

v. to call forth or call to mind

staunch

adj. strongly loyal

manuscript

n. a book or other document written by hand; an author's original copy of a document submitted for publication

ad infinitum

adj. lasting forever; continuously

aberration
(adj. aberrant)

n. a departure from what is right, true, correct

diurnal

adj. daily; ocurring during the daytime

eon

n. a long period of time

hallucination
(v. hallucinate)

n. a false perception of reality; a delusion

brooch

n. large, decorative pin

forfeit

v. to surrender or be forced to surrender

palette

n. a board which an artist can hold while painting and on which colors can be mixed; the range of colors in a particular painting or by a particular artist

giddy

adj. dizzy; lightheaded

embryonic
(n. embryo)

adj. not yet developed; at an early stage

mosaic

n. an image created by the assembly of many small colored pieces (ex. tiles)

dauntless

adj. incapable of being intimidated

crony

n. a long-time friend or close companion

bristle

v. to react in an angry or offended manner

gallant
(n. gallantry)

adj. brave and noble

skeptical
(n. skeptic)

adj. tending to question or doubt

temporal

adj. relating to time

duel

n. a prearranged combat between two persons

toddle

v. to walk with short, unsteady steps, like a child

pittance

n. a small amount, esp. of money

temporize

v. to act evasively in order to gain time

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