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ad infinitum
adv. endlessly
apportion
v. to divide and give out in shares
bona fide
adj. genuine; sincere
buoyant
adj. able to float easily; able to hold things up; cheerful, hopeful
clique
n. a small, exclusive group of people
concede
v. to admit as true; to yield, submit
congenial
adj. getting on well with others; agreeable, pleasant
lofty
adj. very high; noble
migration
n. a movement from one country or region to another
perceive
v. to be aware of through the sense, observe; to grasp mentally
perverse
adj. inclined to go against what is expected; stubborn; turned away from what is good and proper
prelude
n. an introduction; that which comes before or leads off
rancid
adj. stale, spoiled
rustic
adj. country-like; simple, plain; awkward; n. one who lives in the country
sever
v. to separate, divide into parts
sordid
adj. wretchedly poor; run-down; mean or selfish
untenable
adj. not capable of being held or defended; impossible to maintain
versatile
adj. able to do many things well; capable of many uses
vindicate
v. to clear from hint or charge of wrongdoing; to defend successfully against opposition; to justify
wane
v. to lose size, strength, or power
annex
v. to add to, attach; to incorporate; n. an attachment or addition
cleave
v. to cut or split open; to cling to
cordial
adj. in a friendly manner, hearty; cheery; n. a liqueur
cornerstone
n. the starting point of a building; a fundamental principle or element
debacle
n. an overwhelming defeat, rout; a complete collapse or failure
devitalize
v. to make weak or lifeless
embroil
v. to involve in a conflict or difficulty; to throw into confusion
exonerate
v. to clear from a charge or accusation
glib
adj. ready and fluent in speech; thoughtless, insincere
haphazard
adj. by chance, not planned; lacking order
improvise
v. to compose or perform without preparation; to construct from available materials
incite
v. to rouse, stir up, urge on
influx
n. a coming in, inflow
pallor
n. an extreme or unnatural paleness
pedigree
n. a list of ancestors, family tree; the history or origins of something
precipitous
adj. very steep
profuse
adj. very abundant; given or flowing freely
reconcile
v. to restore to friendship; to settle; to resign (oneself)
shackle
v. to put into chains; (n., usually pl.) a chain, fetter
threadbare
adj. shabby, old and worn