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abortive

failing to accomplish an objective

accost

approach and speak to first

bereft

lacking

cajole

coax

caustic

sarcastically biting

appease

make calm

cogent

forcibly convincing

belligerent

given to hostile behavoir

detrimental

causing damage

conjugal

pertaining to marriage

consummate

complete

derogatory

disparaging

condolence

expression of sympathetic sorrow

destitute

expression of sympathetic sorrow

destitute

extremely poor

emaciated

thing and wasted

embellish

adorn

acrimonious

bitter tone

construe

interpret

adamant

firm in opinion

eminent

outstanding

enigma

something puzzling

pontificate

present opinions arrogantly

rhapsodize

speak in an extravagantly enthusiastic manner

desultory

aimless

myth

a traditional story telling the deeds of gods or heroes

eschew

take care to avoid

exonerate

prove blameless

dubious

suspect

fabricate

devise a deception

feasible

capable of being accomplished

euphemism

term used in place of one that is considered offensive

inadvertent

unintentional

evince

show clearly

feint

misleading movement

flagrant

extremely conspicuous

chagrin

embarrassment caused by failure

fortuitous

happening by chance

frugal

thrifty

gist

central idea

fraught

filled

goad

urge on

hapless

unfortunate

histrionic

overly dramatic

imminent

impending

harbinger

forerunner

heretic

one who dissents from accepted belief

impunity

immunity from punishment

inchoate

just beginning

epic

a long verse narrative recounting the adventures of heroes

incisive

cutting

indict

accuse of a crime

expatriate

one who has left his homeland to reside in another country

indigenous

native

pecuniary

pertaining to money

indigent

impoverished

innate

inborn

penance

self-imposed punishment for sin

inordinate

excessive

nebulous

cloudy

insatiable

not satisfiable

loath

reluctant

loathe

detest

incongruous

discordant

lucrative

profitable

melange

mixture of incongruous elements

incontrovertible

indisputable

mundane

common

nadir

lowest point

obliterate

destroy utterly

nettle

annoy

obsequious

servile

replete

filled to capacity

panacea

cure-all

in medias res

a narrative that begins in the middle of things

paragon

a model of excellence

paucity

scarcity

latent

hidden

laudatory

expressing praise

perfunctory

done routinely with little interest

premonition

anticipation of an event without conscious reasoning

raze

destroy completely

recant

publicly withdraw a belief

protean

readily assuming different shapes

relegate

assign to a position of oblivion

opulent

lavish

vicissitude

change

permeate

spread through

vigilance

alert watchfulness

reprehensible

deserving severe criticism

stymie

stand in the way of

supine

lying on the back

respite

interval of rest

revile

abuse verbally

salient

prominent

terse

concise

sanguine

optimistic

repugnant

loathsome

schism

division

literal

taking words in their primary sense

altruism

unselfish regard for the welfare of others

scion

descendant

corroborate

support with evidence

sedentary

doing much sitting

parsimonious

stingy

sinecure

job that involves little work and provides an income

analogous

similar

sporadic

occurring occasionally

pernicious

highly destructive

preclude

to make impossible

tainted

contaminated

advocate

one who defends a cause

temerity

reckless boldness

sumptuous

luxurious

trenchant

penetrating

peruse

study

transient

fleeting

ubiquitous

being everywhere

voluble

talkative

zenith

high point

adroit

skillfull

connubial

relating to marriage

coterie

intimate group with a common interest

ascetic

practicing strict self-denial

figurative

arising from the use of metaphorical figures of speech

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