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absolute trust

(noun): unadulterated, pure reliance on the integrity, veracity, or justice of another.

substantive

substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable

thematic

of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea

ample

enough; abundant; spacious

apparent

evident; easily seen or understood; appearing as such

aromatic

(adj.) fragrant; spicy; sweet-smelling

astute

(adj.): shrewd; keen in judgment; cunning.

pity

(noun): That which arouses compassion; misfortune.

placate

pacify; bring peace to; conciliate; appease

platonic

purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire

plausible

conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious

plethora

(noun): a state of excessive fullness; superabundance; excess.

pluck

(noun): confidence or strength in the face of difficulty or danger; courage.

polar

of a pole; characterized by opposite extremes

polarity

state of having two opposite qualities

nullify

make invalid; make null; invalidate

obdurate

stubborn; unyielding; obstinate

obstinate

stubborn; hard to control or treat

onslaught

vicious assault; fierce attack

ordain

decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi.

intermediary

acting as a mediator

intrepid

(adj.) very brave; dauntless; bold

jab

poke abruptly with something sharp; punch with short blows

ostentatious

showy & pretentious so as to attract attention

ostracize

to exclude from society; to banish.

overt

open to view; public; not secret

parched

extremely dry; very thirsty

patriarch

father and ruler of a family or tribe

patronize

support; act superior toward; treat in a condescending manner; be a customer of

avantgarde

group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods

backslide

revert (to bad habits)

base

contemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality

beguile

(verb): to deceive, delude; mislead.

proselytize

(induce someone to) convert to a religion or belief

protocol

diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratification

unbridled

violent; uncontrolled

uncanny

strange; mysterious

unconscionable

unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason;

uncouth

boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish

underlying

lying below; fundamental

undermine

weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath

understate

state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts

unequivocal

plain; clear; obvious

unfetter

liberate; free from chains

vulgar

of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse

vying

contending

unilateral

one-sided; involving or affecting only one side

vile

despicable; unpleasant; disgusting;

vindictive

disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious

virtuoso

highly skilled artist

vitriolic

causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol

vogue

popular fashion

volley

simultaneous discharge of a number of shots

voluminous

having great volume; bulky; large

protract

prolong; lengthen in time; draw out

proviso

stipulation; condition in an agreement

prowess

(noun): courage and strength.

proximity

nearness

prudent

exercising sound judgment; habitually careful to avoid errors.

pry

inquire impertinently (someone else's private affairs); use leverage to raise or open something; prize.

punctilious

minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form

pungent

stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic

punitive

punishing

puny

tiny; weak; insignificant

purge

remove or get rid of something or someone unwanted; eliminate; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify

purse

pucker; contract (lips) into wrinkles.

purveyor

furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer.

putrid

decayed and foul-smelling; foul; rotten; decayed.

quell

suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet.

quench

assuage or satisfy (thrust); slake; douse or extinguish; put out; suppress

repress

hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress

reprieve

postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay

reprimand

reprove severely; rebuke

bereavement

state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft

bereft

deprived of (something valuable); lacking

berserk

mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited

bicker

quarrel

bizarre

(adj.) odd in appearance; grotesque

blast

(noun): a blight or blighting influence (anything that withers hopes). Used as an interjection.

prohibitive

so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid

propagate

increase in number by producing young; multiply; spread

propellant

substance which propels or drives forward

propensity

natural inclination

proponent

supporter; backer; opposite of opponent

propriety

fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity to prevailing customs and usages

blemish

mar; spoil the beauty or perfection of; flaw or defect (that spoils perfection)

blunt

having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque

brick

(noun): a solid person, thought, or idea.

brim

uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat)

brink

edge (at the top of a cliff)

bulge

protruding part; swelling of a surface

bulk

size or volume (esp. when very large); main part

buoyant

(adj.) tending to float; light of spirit; cheerful

cadaverous

(adj.) gaunt; haggard; corpse-like

cadet

student at a military school

candid

(adj.) frank; unprejudiced; outspoken

carnage

destruction of life; slaughter; killing of large numbers of people or animals

carnal

fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body

carnivorous

meat-eating

amplify

increase in size or effect; expand; broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger

amputate

cut off part of body; prune

anon

(interj.): immediately; (adv.) at another time.

carpe diem

"seize the day"; a Latin phrase implying that one must live for the present moment, for tomorrow may be too late.

catalyst

agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged

categorical

without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute

chuck

(noun) a familiar term of endearment, derived from chick.

collected

composed; calm; self-possessed

comeback

retort; quick clever reply; return to former status

commiserate

(verb) to sympathize; to feel or manifest pity for.

pseudonym

pen name; fictitious name assumed by an author

pugnacity

combativeness; disposition to fight.

puissant

powerful; strong; potent

pulverize

crush or grind into very small particles

pummel

pommel; beat or pound with fists

compunction

(noun): self-reproach for wrong-doing; a sense of guilt.

contrite

(adj.): broken in spirit because of a sense of sin; penitent; sorry.

craven

(adj.): lacking in courage; cowardly.

credential

evidence concerning one's authority; written proof of a person's position

curry

(verb): to seek favor by flattery or servanthood.

damn

condemn; criticize severely; condemn to everlasting punishment; doom; bring to ruin

daze

stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb

defenestration

(noun): the act of throwing out a window.

deferential

(adj.): very respectful; courteous.

didactic

(adj.): intended to teach; instructive.

eventual

happening at last as a result

exorbitant

(adj.) extravagant; excessive in price; unreasonable

expeditiously

(adverb): accomplished with dispatch; quickly, speedily.

tirade

long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation

affable

(adj). easy to talk to; amiable

exquisite

delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful

flit

(verb): to fly or move rapidly; dart; skim; flutter.

frugal

(adj.) costing little; spending little; meager; scanty

furrow

long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin

furtive

(adj.) stealthy; sly; done in secret; clandestine

grapple

(verb): to take hold of; seize, grasp, or make fast.

procrastinate

(verb) to delay, to postpone action.

procurement

obtaining

prodigious

enormous; marvelous; extraordinary

profane

violate; desecrate (something holy); treat unworthily; be profane for; ADJ: secular; nonreligious; irreverent for holy things

gullible

(adj.) easily cheated or tricked; credulous

halfhearted

exhibiting little interest or enthusiasm

hamartia

(noun): tragic flaw; a weakness in character that leads the protagonist to his downfall.

herald

messenger; sign of something to come

hostage

person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy so that the other side will do what the enemy demands

hysteria

excessive or uncontrollable excitement

idyll

short poem idealizing rural life; simple happy period of life (in the country); scene from such a time

impart

grant a share of; make known

impeccable

(adj.) faultless; without sin or error

impediments

(noun): that which hinders; an obstruction.

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