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etymology 11

the history of a word; the study of word origins

cortege 11

a group of attendants; a retinue

solecism 11

a deviation or error in speech, manners, or deeds

demotic 11

relating to ordinary people

simian 11

related to or resembling an ape or monkey

impresario 11

an entertainment producer or manager

requisite 11

required; necessary

bulwark 11

a defensive wall or embankment

malaise 11

vague bodily or emotional discomfort or uneasiness

disingenuous 11

insincere; calculating

crescendo 11

a gradual increase in intensity, force, or volume

intransigent 11

uncompromising; refusing to moderate

dogged 11

unrelenting; persistent

condescending 12

displaying superiority; patronizing

bellicose 12

warlike; inclined to fight

physiognomy 12

facial features

epiphany 12

a revelation; sudden knowledge or insight

panacea 12

a cure-all; a remedy for all diseases

implicate 13

to involve or connect unfavorably

analgesic 13

a medication to reduce or eliminate pain

histrionics 13

exaggerated emotional behavior

noisome 13

disgusting; offensive to the senses

florid 13

rosy or red in color

moribund 13

near death; about to die

conflagration 13

a large, destructive fire

protege 14

a person under the guidance or training of another

virulent 14

extremely infectious or poisonous

artisan 14

a skilled manual worker; a craftsperson

boondoggle 14

an unnecessary, wasteful work or project

fiduciary 14

relating to the governing of property or estate on behalf of others

repugnant 14

offensive; repulsive

prominent 15

very noticeable or obvious

autonomy 15


puissance 15

power; might

appellation 15

name, title, or design

misanthrope 15

one who hates or mistrusts humankind

scion 15

descendant; heir

supercilious 15

contemptuous; arrogant

malevolent 15

having ill-will; wishing harm; evil

trenchant 16

effectively keen and forceful in thought or expression

bourgeois 16

relating to the middle class

paladin 16

a heroic champion or leader

arcane 16

known or understood by only a few; mysterious

mercurial 16

quickly changing; volatile

salubrious 16


vicissitude 16

a sudden change or shift in one's life or circumstances

matriculate 16

to admit or be admitted into a group or a college

Depravity 17

n. moral corruption; perversion.

Megalomania 17

n. having delusions of grandeur; an obsession with grandiose things.

Attribute 17

v. to relate to a particular cause; to ascribe.

Alimentary 17

adj. pertaining to food, nutrition or digestion.

Congenital 17

adj. dating from birth; inherent or natural.

Remuneration 17

n. compensation; payment.

Mutable 17

adj. subject to change.

Ethereal 17

adj. light or airy; intangible; heavenly.

Ascetic 17

n. a person who renounces material comforts and practices extreme self-denial.

Poignant 18

adj. very moving; touching.

Venial 18

adj. easily excused or forgiven.

Vituperative 18

adj. fault-finding; verbally abusive.

pundit 18

n. a critic

Propriety 18

n. proper behavior; appropriateness.

Goad 18

v. to urge forward; to prod.

Extricate 18

v. to release; to disentangle.

Superfluous 18

adj. unnecessary; excessive.

Transient 19

adj. remaining only a short time.

Fulsome 19

adj. offensively flattery; insincere.

Utilitarian 19

adj. useful; practical.

Schism 19

n. a separation or division.

Inchoate 19

adj. not yet complete; undeveloped.

Unwieldy 19

adj. not easily carried because of size, shape, or complexity.

Inveterate 19

adj. habitual; continuing.

Dissipate 19

v. to waste recklessly; to exhaust.

Echelon 20

n. a level of authority or responsibility; a rank.

Serendipity 20

n. a knack or faculty of making.

Punitive 20

adj. punishing; pertaining to punishment.

Discerning 20

adj. having keen perception.

Idyllic 20

adj. simple and carefree; delightfully serene.

Conundrum 20

n. a difficult problem.

Cerebral 20

adj. favoring intelligence over emotions or instinct.

analects 21

selections from a literary work

factotum 21

an employee with a variety of jobs or responsibilities

cognizant 21

fully informed; having knowledge of

febrile 21

pertaining to fever; feverish

apostasy 21

abandonment or one's principles, faith, or religious beliefs

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