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pudding

hot sweet dish

implacable

incapable of being pacified; impossible to appease; Ex. implacable enemy

ingenious

marked by inventive skill; clever; resourceful; N. ingenuity

outgoing

sociable; eager to mix socially with others

puerile

childish; immature; CF. puer: boy

pliant

flexible; easily influenced

insensate

without feeling; lacking sense; foolish

lumber

move heavily or clumsily; Ex. The bear lumbered through the woods; N: timber

whiff

puff or gust (of air, scent, etc.); short-lasting smell; hint; Ex. ~ of perfume/scandal

hieroglyphic

picture writing; ADJ.

frigid

intensely cold; cold in manner; Ex. frigid zone

manacle

restrain; handcuff; N.

colander

utensil with perforated bottom used for straining

pantomime

acting without dialogue; V.express or represent (something) by extravagant and exaggerated mime : the clown candidates ~ed different emotions.

welter

wallow (as in mud or high seas); lie soaked (as in blood); Ex. The victims weltered in their blood.

slovenly

untidy; careless in work habits; slipshod; N. sloven: one who is habitually untidy or careless

matriarch

woman who rules a family or larger social group

entice

lure; persuade to do (something wrong); attract; tempt

paramour

illicit lover

reprieve

postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay; V: postpone or cancel the punishment of

filigree

delicate ornamental lacelike metalwork

deterrent

something that discourages or deters

backslide

revert (to bad habits); N. reverter

metamorphosis

change of form; Ex. metamorphosis of caterpillar to butterfly; V. metamorphose: change by metamorphosis

caricature

distortion; burlesque

appurtenances

subordinate possessions; something added to a more important thing

animadversion

critical remark; V. animadvert: comment critically with disapproval

coercion

use of force to get someone to object; compelling; V. coerce

quell

suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet; Ex. ``Army Quells Rebellion'' in newspaper; CF. kill

studious

given to diligent study

antler

bony growth on the head of a deer

palpable

tangible; (of something bad) easily perceptible; obvious; Ex. palpable blunder

palatable

agreeable; pleasing to the taste

cremate

incinerate (a corpse); N. crematory, crematorium

tablet

small round piece of medicine; flat piece of stone or metal bearing an inscription; Ex. stone tablet on the wall

grunt

utter a deep guttural sound (as a pig does); N.

supine

lying on back; passive; inactive; Ex. The defeated pugilist lay supine; Ex. supine acceptance of the decision

engulf

surround and swallow up

annotate

comment; make explanatory notes

personify

represent (an inanimate object) as a person; be the embodiment or perfect example of; Ex. She is evil/patience personified; N. -ication

muster

gather; assemble (troops); Ex. ~ up one

cohabit

live together

coddle

treat gently; indulge excessively; pamper; mollycoddle; baby; cook in water just below boiling point; Ex. coddled eggs

acclimate

adjust to climate or environment; adapt

susceptible

impressionable; easily influenced; sensitive; having little resistance as to a disease; likely to suffer; receptive to; capable of accepting; Ex. susceptible to persuasion/colds; Ex. The agreement is not susceptible of alteration; N. susceptibility

crinkle

wrinkle

titular

of a title; in name only; nominal; having the title of an office without the obligations; Ex. titular head of the company

rebus

representation of words in the form of pictures or symbols; puzzle in which pictures or letters stand for words; Ex. ``R U 18'' is a rebus for ``Are you 18''.

rip

tear or be torn quickly and violently; Ex. The sail ripped under the force of the wind; N.

brim

uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat); Ex. The glass was full to the brim; V: be full to the brim

aesthetic

artistic; dealing with or capable of appreciating the beautiful (of a person or building); CF. aesthete; CF. aesthetics

schism

division into factions (esp. within a religious body); split

outfit

clothing or equipment for a special purpose; Ex. cowboy outfit

bookish

fond of books and reading

cuisine

style of cooking; Ex. French cuisine

moribund

dying; at the point of death; CF. death

upbraid

reprimand; severely scold

parody

humorous imitation; spoof; takeoff; travesty; V.

jovial

good-natured; merry; cheerful

encumber

burden; N. encumbrance

giddy

light-hearted; not serious; frivolous; dizzy; causing dizziness; Ex. giddy youth; Ex. giddy climb/height

implausible

unlikely (to be true); unbelievable; Ex. implausible alibi

drudge

do drudgery; N: person who drudges

suitor

man who is courting a woman

far-fetched

too improbable to be believed; implausible; Ex. far-fetched story

intimidate

frighten; N. intimidation

ventral

abdominal

utopia

ideal place, state, or society; ADJ. utopian

[dele]hazardous

dangerous

drastic

strong; violent and severe; Ex. drastic changes/measures

impinge

infringe; encroach; influence; touch; collide with; Ex. The effects are impinging on every aspect of our lives.

misgivings

doubts

siren

apparatus for making sounds; womanlike creature

piecemeal

one part at a time; gradually; in stages; Ex. read a novel piecemeal

regimen

prescribed course of diet or exercise; prescribed diet and habits; Ex. daily regimen of a dancer

temporal

of time; not lasting forever; limited by time; temporary; secular; worldly

relegate

put into a lower or worse place; banish to an inferior position; delegate; assign; Ex. relegate the old furniture to the children's room; Ex. relegated to the second division

beatific

giving or showing bliss; blissful

arraign

charge in court; indict

inchoate

(of desire, wish, plan) recently begun; not explicit; at the beginning of development; rudimentary; elementary; Ex. inchoate mass

bridle

harness fitted about a horse's head (used to restrain); curb; check; V: put a bridle on; control or restrain; show anger

significant

expressing a meaning; important; Ex. significant smile; N. significance: importance; meaning; V. signify: denote; mean; signal; make known; matter; be significant

aloof

apart; not open in one's relationship with other people; reserved; ADV.

stratum

layer of earth's surface; layer of society; PL. strata

lounge

stand, sit, or lie in a lazy, relaxed way

lineage

descent; ancestry

pendant(pendent)

hanging down from something; pending; N: ornament (hanging from a necklace etc.)

modish

fashionable; conforming to the current fashion

circumvent

outwit; defeat by behaving more cleverly; outsmart; baffle; avoid; get around

livid

lead-colored; black and blue (as from a bruise); ashen; enraged; extremely angry

leery

(of someone) suspicious; wary; cautious

veracious

(of a person) truthful

vigil

keeping watch (during normal sleeping hours); Ex. all-night vigil

parlance

language; manner of speaking; idiom; Ex. in legal/common parlance

litany

supplicatory prayer; prayer in which the priest calls out and the people replies in the same words

offensive

attacking; insulting; distasteful; V. offend: violate; hurt the feelings of; N. offense: offending; violating of a moral or social code; crime; attack; Ex. first offense

stench

strong foul odor; reek; stink

incapacitate

disable; N. incapacity: lack of capacity

tramp

walk with a heavy step; travel on foot; N: vagrant; one who travels aimlessly about; long walk; sound of heavy walking

functionary

official (who performs a particular function)

rapacious

voracious; ravenous; taking everything one can; excessively grasping; plundering; subsisting on live prey; Ex. rapacious birds

simulate

feign; imitate

depose

dethrone; remove from office; give a deposition; testify

conduit

aqueduct; passageway for fluids

flighty

(esp. of a woman's behavior) capricious; often changing, esp. from one lover to another; impulsive

[dele]referendum

direct vote by all the people

worldly

engrossed in matters of this earth; not spiritual; of the material world

contrived

unnatural and forced; artificial; not spontaneous; Ex. The ending was rather contrived.

ethos

underlying character of a culture, group, etc.; character or ideas peculiar to a specific person, group, or culture; Ex. the company ethos

disjointed

disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin

hallowed

blessed; consecrated; Ex. hallowed ground; V. hallow: set apart as holy

ecologist

person concerned with the interrelationship between living organisms and their environment; person concerned with the detrimental effects of human civilization on the environment; CF. ecology

disclose

reveal; N. disclosure

weary

tired after long work; V.

encroachment

gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon

spoof

parody

noxious

harmful; CF. obnoxious

puzzle

baffle or confuse by a difficult problem; ponder over a problem in an effort to solve; clarify or solve by reasoning; Ex. puzzle out the answer; N.

reprove

censure; rebuke; N. reproof

paleontology

study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents

stout

rather fat; strong in body; sturdy; resolute; determined; strong in determination; Ex. stout stick/supporter

plebiscite

direct vote by the entire electorate (on an important issue)

circumlocution

indirect or roundabout expression (by using an uncecessarily large number of words esp. when trying to avoid answering a difficult question directly)

swarm

large group of insects moving in a mass; crowd of people or animals; V: move in a crowd or mass

culprit

one guilty of a crime

generality

vague statement; general statement which is not detailed; quality of being general; greater part; most; Ex. generality of peopleen

respite

time for rest; interval of relief; delay in punishment; reprieve

pragmatic

practical (as opposed to idealistic); concerned with practical worth or impact of something; Ex. pragmatic test of the skill

sledge

large sled drawn by work animals

seasonal

of a particular season; Ex. seasonal rise in employment

lag

move or develop more slowly; straggle; Ex. lag behind the rest; N.

tactful

careful no to cause offence; OP. tactless

unprecedented

having no previous example; novel; unparalleled

opiate

medicine to induce sleep or deaden pain; something that relieves emotions or causes inaction; sleep-producing drug containing opium

musky

having the odor of musk; N. musk: odorous substance secreted by an Asian deer

malediction

curse

fritter

waste (time or money on unimportant things)

brandish

wave around (a weapon); flourish

pugnacity

combativeness; disposition to fight; ADJ. pugnacious: (of people) belligerent; combative in nature

exasperate

vex; annoy or make angry (by testing the patience)

germinate

cause to sprout; sprout

memento

token; reminder of the past; keepsake; Ex. memento of your visit

reconnaissance

survey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)

oath

solemn promise; blasphemous use of sacred words to express strong feelings; swear-word; Ex. ``For Christ's sake''

thwart

block or hinder; baffle; frustrate

vehement

forceful; intensely emotional; with marked vigor; strong; N. vehemence

contraband

illegal trade; smuggling; smuggled goods; ADJ.

wrench

twist; pull; strain; Ex. He wrenched the gun out of her hands.

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