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arduous

difficult; burdensome

awry

1) crooked(ly); uneven(ly): 2)wrong; askew

baleful

sinister; threatening; evil; deadly

baroque

extravagant; ornate

behoove

to be advantageous; to be necessary

berate

to scold; to reprove; to reproach; to criticize

bereft

hurt by someone's death

biennial

1) happening every two years; 2) a plant that blooms every two years

blatant

1) obvious; unmistakable; 2) crude; vulgar

bombastic

pompous; wordy; turgid

burly

strong; bulky; stocky

cache

1) stockpile; store; heap; 2) hiding place for goods

calamity

disaster

cascade

1) waterfall; 2) to pour; to rush; to fall

catalyst

anything that creates a situation in which change can occur

chagrin

distress; shame

charisma

appeal; magnetism; presence

chastise

to punish; to discipline; to admonish; to rebuke

choleric

cranky; cantankerous

cohesion

the act of holding together

colloquial

casual; common; conversational; idiomatic

conglomeration

mixture; collection

connoisseur

expert; authority

consecrate

to sanctify; to make scared; to immortalize

craven

cowardly; fearful

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