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fledgling
a young bird that has just become able to fly,
someone or something that is getting started in a new activity
catalyst
a substance that causes a chemical reaction to happen more quickly,
a person or event that quickly causes change or action
patriarch
a man who controls a family, group, or government,
an official (called a bishop) of very high rank in the Orthodox Church
euphemism
a mild or pleasant word or phrase that is used instead of one that is unpleasant or offensive
foible
a minor fault in someone's character or behavior
repose
to lie at rest, to remain still or concealed,
a state of resting or not being active
specter
a ghost or spirit of a dead person
firebrand
a person who tries to get people to become angry and to do things for a political or social cause
impasse
a situation in which no progress seems possible
skulk
to move or hide in a secret way especially because you are planning to do something bad,
one that _______s,
a group of foxes
recede
to move back or away,
to grow less or smaller,
to cede back to a former possessor
wrangle
to argue angrily with someone,
to get (something) by clever methods or by persuading someone,
to control and care for (horses, cattle, etc.) on a ranch
spar
a stout pole,
to box with someone as a form of training or practice,
to argue with someone in a friendly way
haggle
to talk or argue with someone especially in order to agree on a price,
an act or instance of _____ing
crescendo
a gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music,
the highest or loudest point of something that increases gradually,
with an increase in volume —used as a direction in music
grovel
to kneel, lie, or crawl on the ground,
to treat someone with too much respect or fear in a way that shows weakness in order to be forgiven or to gain approval or favor
surge
to move very quickly and suddenly in a particular direction,
to suddenly increase to an unusually high level,
a sudden, large increase,
a sudden movement of many people,
a large wave of water
wan
looking sick or pale,
having a weak quality,
to grow or become pale or sickly
volatile
likely to change in a very sudden or extreme way,
having or showing extreme or sudden changes of emotion,
likely to become dangerous or out of control,
a chemical or compound that changes into a gas easily
flamboyant
having a very noticeable quality that attracts a lot of attention
venerable
old and respected,
valued and respected because of old age, long use, etc.
brazen
acting or done in a very open and shocking way without shame or embarrassment,
to face with defiance or impudence
eminent
successful, well-known and respected
trivial
not important
prodigious
amazing or wonderful, very impressive,
very big
Flair
natural ability to do something,
an unusual and appealing quality or style
disclose
: to make (something) known to the public
Restive
feeling bored or impatient while waiting for something to happen or change
Atrocity
a very cruel or terrible act or action
Incite
to cause (someone) to act in an angry, harmful, or violent way
: to cause (an angry, harmful, or violent action or feeling)
Dour
serious and unfriendly : silent and gloomy
Verve
great energy and enthusiasm
Deter
to cause (someone) to decide not to do something
: to prevent (something) from happening
Paltry
very small or too small in amount
: having little meaning, importance, or worth
Tyro
a person who has just started learning or doing something : a beginner or novice
Confiscate
appropriated by the government : forfeited
: deprived of property by confiscation
Subdued
not strong, loud, intense, etc.
Combustion
the act of burning
: a chemical reaction that occurs when oxygen combines with other substances to produce heat and usually light
Obscure
not well-known : not known to most people
: difficult to understand : likely to be understood by only a few people
: difficult or impossible to know completely and with certainty
Picayune
a Spanish half real piece formerly current in the South
: half dime
: something trivial
Deadlock
a situation in which an agreement cannot be made : a situation in which ending a disagreement is impossible because neither side will give up something that it wants
: a situation in which players, teams, etc., have the same score
Regress
an act or the privilege of going or coming back
: reentry
: movement backward to a previous and especially worse or more primitive state or condition
Florid
very fancy or too fancy
: having a red or reddish color
Magnate
a person who has great wealth and power in a particular business or industry
Stimulate
to make (something) more active : to cause or encourage (something) to happen or develop
: to make (a person) excited or interested in something
Grave
dig, excavate
: to carve or shape with a chisel : sculpture
: to carve or cut (as letters or figures) into a hard surface : engrave
Residue
: a usually small amount of something that remains after a process has been completed or a thing has been removed
: the amount of something valuable (such as an estate) that is left after all debts have been paid
Inhibit
to keep (someone) from doing what he or she wants to do
: to prevent or slow down the activity or occurrence of (something)
Callow
used to describe a young person who does not have much experience and does not know how to behave the way adults behave
Toady
: a person who praises and helps powerful people in order to get their approval
flotsam
floating pieces, parts, etc., from a ship that has been wrecked
Shirk
to avoid doing something that you are supposed to do
Aloof
: not involved with or friendly toward other people
: not involved in or influenced by something
: at a distance
Fugitive
running away to avoid being captured
: lasting a very short time
: a person who is running away to avoid being captured ; especially : a person who is trying to escape being arrested by the police
Interrogate
: to ask (someone) questions in a thorough and often forceful way
Scrupulous
: very careful about doing something correctly
: careful about doing what is honest and morally right
Presage
: something that foreshadows or portends a future event : omen
: an intuition or feeling of what is going to happen in the future
: to give or be a sign of (something that will happen or develop in the future)
Mortify
: to cause (someone) to feel very embarrassed and foolish
Foolhardy
: foolishly doing things that are too dangerous or risky
Gadabout
: a person who goes to many places and social events for pleasure
Embezzle
: to steal money that you have been trusted with
Shoddy
: a reclaimed wool from materials that are not felted that is of better quality and longer staple than mungo
: a fabric often of inferior quality manufactured wholly or partly from reclaimed wool
: poorly done or made
Caveat
: an explanation or warning that should be remembered when you are doing or thinking about something
Muse
: to think about something carefully or thoroughly
: to think or say (something) in a thoughtful way
Impecunious
having little or no money
Truant
a student who misses school without permission
Bandy
: to bat (as a tennis ball) to and fro
: to toss from side to side or pass about from one to another often in a careless or inappropriate manner
: exchange especially : to exchange (words) argumentatively
Myopic
a condition of the eye that makes it difficult to see objects that are far away
Surfeit
: an amount that is too much or more than you need
to feed, supply, or give to ------
: to indulge to satiety in a gratification (as indulgence of the appetite or senses)
Filch
to steal (something that is small or that has little value)
Sallow
: slightly yellow in a way that does not look healthy
Zealot
: a person who has very strong feelings about something (such as religion or politics) and who wants other people to have those feelings : a zealous person
Fawn
: to try to get the approval of an important or powerful person by giving that person praise, special attention, etc
: a young deer ; especially : a deer that is less than a year old
: a light brown color
Reticent
: not willing to tell people about things
Chaff
: the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain
: something comparatively worthless
: light jesting talk : banter
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