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Factious

causing disagreement

Ignoble

dishonorable; shameful

Boor

a rude or impolite person

Aegis

a shield; protection (has a silent A)

Perspicacity

keeness of judgement

Fervent

eager; earnest

Rectify

to make right; to correct

Enervate

to weaken

Besiege

to overwhelm; to surround and attack

Ephermeral

lasting only a brief time

Altuism

a concern for others; generosity

Carrion

decaying flesh

Amorphous

shapeless; formless; vague

Opulent

rich, luxurious, wealthy

Impotent

powerless, lacking strength

Antithesis

an exact opposite; an opposite extreme

Maelstrum

whirlpool; turbulence; agitated state of mind

Emendation

a correction

Chagrin

embarrasment; a complete loss of courage

Bauble

a showy but useless thing

Diaphanous

very sheer and light

Labyrinth

a maize; a complicated network of winding passages

Gloat

to look at or think about with great satisfaction

Impediment

a barrier; abstruction

Bestial

savage; brutal

Effete

worn out; barren

Shard

a fragment

Bland

mild; tasteless; dull

Nihilism

a total rejection of established laws

Maxim

a brief expression of a general truth, principle, or rule of conduct

Pedestrian

ordinary or dull

Bona fide

in good faith

Adventituous

accidental; nonessential

Fecund

fertile, productive

Deviate

to turn aside from a course; to stray

Obfuscate

to confuse; to bewilder

Impale

to pierce with a sharp stake through the body

Extenuate

to lesson seriousness by providing partial excuses

Parochial

local; narrow; limited

Glower

to stare angrily

Edify

to improve someone morrally

Ambiguous

open to more than one interpretation

Cataclysm

a violent change

Optimum

best; most favorable; ideal

Importune

to ask persistently; to beg

Fortuitous

happening by chance or accident

Recapitulate

to summarice; to repeat briefly

Perfunctory

done without care in a routine fashion

Baroque

overly decorated

Hedonism

persuit of pleasure, especially of the senses.

Obloquy

strong disapproval; a bad reputatoin resulting from public criticism

Debade

a complete failure; a total collapse

Quasi

resembling; seeming; half

Besmirch

to make dirty; to stain

Imperative

extremely necessary, vitally important

Sacrosanct

extremely holy

Sadistic

deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others

Demeanor

behavior; manor of conducting oneself

Facetious

comical; juculor

Flippant

disrespectful; shallow; lacking in seriousness

Imprecation

a curse

Non sequitur

Something that does not follow logically

Sanguine

cheerful; optimistic

Bowdlerize

to remove offensive passages of a play, novel, etc.

Impair

to weaken; to cause to become worse

Panegyric

an expression of praise

Quandary

a puzzling situation; a dilemma

Ebullient

enthusiastic

Deference

respect; consideration

Nebulous

hazy; vague; uncertiann

Rakish

dashingly stylish and confident

Elegy

a sad or mornful poem

pedantic

tending to show off one's learning

Antipathy

an intense dislike

Elucidate

to make clear

Imminent

likely to happen; threatening

Banal

common, ordinary

Obdurate

stubborn; hardhearted

Peruse

to read carefully; to scrutinize

bedlam

a noisy uproar; a scene of wild confusion

Affluence

wealth; richness

Aariot

skilllful; clever

macroscopic

visible to the naked eye

Fatuous

foolish

Bovine

pertaining to cows or cattle

Ferret

to search or drive out

Affectation

a phony attitude

Knell

a sound made by a bell, often rung slowly for a death or funeral

Dichotomy

a division into two parts

Callow

young and inexperienced

Laconic

using few words; short; concise

Quiddity

an essential quality

Patent

eveident or obvious

Devide

to ridicule; to mock

Cencure

to criticize sharply

Gambol

to frolic

Immolate

to kill someone as a sacrifice victim, usually by fire

Recondile

difficult to understand; profoud

Martinet

a strict disciplinarian; taskmaster

Quagmire

a difficult or inextricable situation; a swamp

Gibe

to scoff; to ridicule

Agape

open-mouthed; surprised

Carcinogen

causing cancer

Oltactory

pertaining to smell

Imperious

domineering; naughty

Grotesque

absurd; disterted

Neologism

a new word or expression

Hackeyed

commonplace; overused

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