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mettle

strength, courage (n)

ukase

an unjust ruling (n)

malefactor

someone who does wrong (n)

curtail

to reduce length/duration time of (v)

prevail

to prove to be stronger and in the position of greater influence and power (v)

clamber

to climb in a clumsy/heavy manner (v)

declivity

a downward slope, as of ground (n)

ineffectual

not effective, not production the desired result (adj)

obscure

not clear; to hide/conceal (adj/verb)

compulsion

a strong feeling/desire that is difficult to ignore (n)

brawl

a noisy fight (n)

trample

to step heavily and noisily (v)

vile

very bad; filthy; foul (adj)

absolve

to be released from consequences of actions (v)

flagrant

very obvious and contrary to standards of conduct/morality (adj)

libation

a liquid offering (n)

derisive

showing contempt/ridicule in mean or mocking way (adj)

flog

to whip or hit (v)

diffidently

in a shy manner (adv)

enact

to put into law (v)

myriad

many; a huge number (adj/n)

atheist

someone who does not believe in God or gods (n)

presume

to accept true even though there is not proof, on the grounds that it is likely (v)

hasty

done in a rushed manner due to lack of time (adj)

rectify

to fix; correct (v)

malice

desire to inflict injury, harm, suffering (n)

acquit

to relieve from a charge, fault, crime (v)

docile

easily managed, teachable (adj)

brazen

bold and without shame (adj)

vindictive

having/showing strong and unreasonable desire for revenge (adj)

tempestuous

tumultuous, strong turbulent or conflicting emotion (adj)

tremulous

characterized by trembling from weakness, fear (adj)

calamity

a great misfortune/disaster (n)

aphorism

a terse saying embodying a general truth (n)

lament

to feel or express sorrow and regret for (v)

tacit

understood w/o being openly expressed; implied (adj)

loquacious

tending to talk much or freely; chattering (adj)

recalcitrant

resisting authority and control; not obedient/compliant (adj)

didactic

designed or intended to teach; making moral observations (adj)

inextricable

impossible to disentangle/separate (adj)

abate

to lessen; reduce in amount, degree, intensity (v)

abhor

to regard with extreme aversion; detest utterly (v)

abominable

hateful, detestable, loathsome (adj)

achromatic

not colorful, unable to emit/ transmit/ receive light without separating into colors (adj)

acrimonious

angry and bitter (adj)

pliant

flexible (adj)

furtive

sly, stealthy (adj)

ebullience

zestful enthusiasm (n)

mirage

an optical illusion of a sheet of water appearing in a desert/hot road; something unreal or imagined (n)

quandary

state of uncertainty or indecision as to what to do (n)

amorphous

w/o determined shape (adj)

convalesce

to recover after sickness, physical and mental (v)

dictum

an authoritative declaration (n)

impertinence

rudeness (n)

prodigal

n) one who is wasteful and extravagant
adj) acting in wasteful and extravagant manner

aberration

deviation from the norm (n)

abundant

plentiful (adj)

acquiesce

to give in to one's request (v)

obliterate

to destroy (v)

feeble

weak due to sickness or old age (adj)

rebut

to refute by evidence/argument; to oppose (v)

fallacy

deceptive, misleading, false notion or belief (n)

implore

to beg urgently (v)

concession

the act of grating something as true/correct (n)

induction

when you build a case point by point and come to your conclusion at the end (n)

concur

to agree with; to happen at the same time (v)

condolence

an expression of sorrow/sympathy (n)

condone

to regard something that is wrong in a tolerant way (v)

confiscate

to take somebody's property; to seize (v)

congruent

consistent w/ something else (adj)

intonation

pitch of voice, such as rise and fall (adj)

extemporaneous

impromptu; planned but unscripted (adj)

amplification

expansion of statement; to restate ideas (n)

ideogram

written symbol representing an idea directly (n)

jargon

specialized/technical language of a trade/profession (n)

paramount

chief of importance/impact (adj)

benevolent

showing kindness/goodwill (adj)

diligent

showing persistent and hardworking effort in doing something (adj)

inquisitive

curious (adj)

reticent

shy, silent, uncommunicative (adj)

efflorescence

period of greatest prosperity, productivity; time and process of budding/ unfolding of blossoms (n)

gesticulate

to show, express, direct through movement (v)

pallid

lacing color/ brightness; pale in complexion; lacing vigor or strength (adj)

discursive

tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects (adj)

crumple

to gather something into small wrinkles/ folds (v)

petulant

moved to or showing sudden impatient irritation esp. over a small or insignificant event/annoyance (adj)

perfunctory

performed merely as a routine duty; done in a hasty/superficial manner (adj)

boisterously

rough and noisy; noisily jolly or rowdy; unrestrained (adv)

illusion

false/ misleading impression of reality (n)

oppressive

unjustly harsh; tyrannical (adj)

tumult

violent/ noisy commotion (n)

incredulous

skeptical; disinclined/indisposed to believe (adj)

susurration

a soft rusting sound; whisper; murmur (n)

jeer

to abuse vocally; taunt/mock (v)

mutinous

unruly, rebellious, disobedient (adj)

tirade

long angry speech, usually w/ a lot of criticism (n)

festoon

n) string/chain of flowers, foliage, ribbon, etc.
v) to adorn with _______

abyss

a deep gorge of unending awfulness (n)

avid

eager for, dedicated to, enthusiastic about (adj)

sinewy

lean and muscular (adj)

saunter

walk at leisurely pace; stroll (v)

demure

reserved, modest, shy (adj)

fervor

great intensity of emotion; intense heat (n)

corpulent

excessively fat (adj)

parried

deflected/warded off; avoided (v)

myopia

nearsightedness (n)

sniveling

to sniffle; complain/whine tearfully (v)

ululation

howling (n)

multitudinous

existing, occurring, or present in great numbers (adj)

cynicism

remark made by a person who believes only in human selfishness (n)

befouled

to make filthy; speak ill of (v)

propitiatingly

to make favorable inclined; conciliate (adv)

inscrutably

incapable of being investigated/analyzed (adv)

pax

period in history marked by absence of major wars (n)

inimical

tending to harm, unfriendly (adj)

incantation

a series of words said as a magic spell/charm (adj)

ensconce

to settle securely/snugly; to cover/shelter (n)

diddle

to cheat; swindle, hoax (v)

cordon

a line of people/ships stationed to guard (n)

crepitate

to make a crackling sound; crackle (v)

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