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113 terms

GGM: A Life - Gerald Martin

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disconsolate
unhappy
veritable
true, as a statement or tale
curlew
bird
conoisseur
a person who is especially competent to pass critical judgments in an art
decisive
settling an issue; producing a definite result
assert
state a fact or belief confidently and forcefully
sinister
giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen
consecrate
to make or declare sacred
trinity
a group of three people or things
cliché
a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought
enigma
something mysterious, puzzling
convent
a school, esp. one for girls, attached to and run by such a community
paradigm
an example serving as a model; pattern
paragon
a person or thing regarded as a perfect example of a particular quality
demagogue
a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument
foray
a raid
proletariat
workers or working-class people, regarded collectively
squander
waste (something, esp. money or time) in a reckless and foolish manner
magnanimous
very generous or forgiving, esp. toward a rival or someone less powerful than oneself
nonchalant
of a person or manner) feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm
falangism
the Spanish Fascist movement that merged with traditional right-wing elements in 1937 to form the ruling party
cencorship
the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts
edifice
a building, esp. a large, imposing one
alias
used to indicate that a named person is also known or ; false or assumed identitymore familiar under another specified name
incarnation
a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality
ramshackle
(esp. of a house or vehicle) in a state of severe disrepair
avant-garde
new and unusual or experimental ideas, esp. in the arts, or the people introducing them
troubadour
a poet who writes verse to music
pout
(of a person's lips) be pushed forward in such a way
effervescent
(of a liquid) giving off bubbles; fizzy
retrospect
when looking back on a past event or situation
suffuse
gradually spread through or over
venerate
regard with great respect; revere
progenitor
a biologically related ancestor, originator
resignation
the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable
subjective
based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or opinions
motif
a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition
telluric
of the earth as a planet
myopia
lack of imagination, foresight, or intellectual insight
unequivocal
leaving no doubt; unambiguou
truce
an agreement between enemies or opponents to stop fighting or arguing for a certain time
bipartisan
nvolving the agreement or cooperation of two political parties that usually oppose each other's policies
oligarchy
a small group of people having control of a country, organization, or institution
desecrate
treat (a sacred place or thing) with violent disrespect; violate
landslide
1. the sliding down of a mass of earth or rock from a mountain or cliff. 2. an overwhelming majority of votes for one party in an election
intrepid
fearless; adventurous
paramilitary
(of an unofficial force) organized similarly to a military force
inimitable
so good or unusual as to be impossible to copy; unique
hinterland
an area surrounding a town or port and served by it
vehement
showing strong feeling; forceful, passionate, or intense
subversive
in opposition to a civil authority or government
implicit
implied though not plainly expressed; very closely connected with
improvise
produce or make (something) from whatever is available
decadence
moral or cultural decline, esp. after a peak or culmination of achievement
jaunt
a short excursion or journey for pleasure
inkling
a slight knowledge or suspicion; a hint
gratuitous
uncalled for; lacking good reason
connivance
willingness to secretly allow or be involved in wrongdoing, esp. an immoral or illegal act
enterprise
a project or undertaking
concoct
create or devise
reconstitute
change form; reconstruct; restore
adherent
someone who supports a particular party, person, or set of ideas
itinerary
a planned route or journey
infer
deduce or conclude (information) from evidence and reasoning rather than from explicit statements
manifest
clear or obvious to the eye or mind
auspicious
conducive to success; favorable
grandiose
impressive or magnificent in appearance or style, esp. pretentiously so
perfidious
deceitful and untrustworthy
pedigree
the recorded ancestry
approbation
approval or praise
recourse
a source of help in a difficult situation
fallacy
a mistaken belief, esp. one based on unsound argument
equanimity
mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation
rudimentary
limited to basic principles
obliterate
destroy utterly; wipe out
abett
encourage or assist (someone) to do something wrong
proclivity
a tendency to choose or do something regularly
agglutination
The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process
obdurate
stubborn
epitaph
a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died
amidst
surrounded by; in the middle of
forte
a thing at which someone excels
mollify
reduce the severity of (something); soften
vindicate
clear (someone) of blame or suspicion
exorcism
the expulsion or attempted expulsion of an evil spirit from a person or place
sporadic
occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered
puerile
childishly silly and trivial
insouciance
casual lack of concern; indifference
upbraid
find fault with (someone); scold
fortnight
a period of two weeks
adversity
difficulties; misfortune
inebriate
make drunk; intoxicate
penumbra
any area of partial shade; An area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree
needless to say
as is self-evident or to be expected
coup d'état
coup
sectarian
denoting or concerning a sect or sects: group with different religious beliefs
expropriate
(esp. of the state) take away (property) from its owner
enclave
surround and isolate; make an enclave of
ostentatious
showy
dogmatic
inclined to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true
sabotage
deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), esp. for political or military advantage
garble
reproduce (a message, sound, or transmission) in a confused and distorted way
embezzle
to steal property entrusted to one's care
stump something up
(Brit.) ,(informal) pay a sum of money
gringo
a white person from an English-speaking country (used in Spanish-speaking regions, chiefly Latin America)
supersonic
involving or denoting a speed greater than that of sound.
insurgent
rising in active revolt; rebels
foolhardy
recklessly bold or rash
supplant
replace
speculate
form a theory or conjecture about a subject without firm evidence
knack
an acquired or natural skill at performing a task
sordid
dirty; arousing moral distaste and contempt
putrefy
(of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell