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Test of Time

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Terminus
The final point; the end.
Gables
A triangular, usually ornamental architectural section, as one above an arched door or window.
Dormer
A window set vertically into a small gable projecting from a sloping roof.
Turret
A small tower or tower-shaped projection on a building.
Luxuriant
Characterized by rich or profuse growth.
Intractable
Difficult to mold or manipulate
Formidable
Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder
Bemuse
To cause to be engrossed in thought.

To cause to be bewildered; confuse.
Countenance
Appearance, especially the expression of the face
Mercurial
Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile
Credulous
Disposed to believe too readily; gullible.
Prodigious
Extraordinary; marvelous

Impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
Burnished
Polished, made shiny by rubbing.
Sumptuous
Exceptionally rich and luxurious
Settee
A long wooden bench with a back.
Snifter
Slang for a small portion of liquor.
Magnanimous
Noble and generous, high minded, unselfish
Flourish
A showy or stylishly ornament, decoration
Teeming
Abundantly filled with especially living things.
Admonish
Warn, caution, repremand
Impetuous
Acting with great energy, eagerness, or impatience
Impudent
Disrespectful in bold and cocky way
Supple
Flexible
Tacit
Not spoken communication
Adroitly
Skillfully, smoothly, and efficiently
Titter
A nervous giggle.
Prone
Stretched out face downward
Maelstrom
Violently powerful whirlpool
Salient
Standing out, attracting attention, easily seen, noticeable
Conversant
Familiar, as by study or experience
Antebellum
Belonging to the period before a war, especially the American Civil War.
Primordial
Primitive, original, or ancient, primeval
Stodgy
Dull, unimaginative, and commonplace.
Staid
Proper, conservative, strait laced, uptight
Dour
Severe, stern, gloomy
Deftly
In a quick, smooth, and skillful way
Ardent
Displaying or characterized by strong enthusiasm or devotion; fervent

Burning; fiery.
Thrash
To beat with or as if with a flail, especially as a punishment.
Slovenly
Messy, untidy, unclean
Sanguine
Cheerful, confident, optimistic
Putrid
Stinking, foul, rotten, fetid, malodorous, rancid
Fastidious
Possessing or displaying careful, meticulous attention to detail.

Difficult to please; exacting.

Excessively scrupulous or sensitive, especially in matters of taste or propriety. meticulous.
Tome
Large weighty book (scholarly)
Decrepit
Weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use. See Synonyms at weak.
Ludicrous
Hilarious, ridiculous
Supine
Lying on the back or having the face upward.
Innocuous
Having no adverse effect; harmless.
Redolent
Giving off a smell or odor
Coquette
A woman who makes teasing sexual or romantic overtures; a flirt.
Torpor
A state of mental or physical inactivity or insensibility.
Protracted
Lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.
Despondent
Feeling hopeless and extremely discouraged; did pairing
Contrite
Filled with regret, sorrow, or guilt, penitent, remorseful
Inane
One that lacks sense or substance
Conciliatory
Trying to overcome distrust and regain friendship and goodwill
Gibbous
More than half but less than fully illuminated. Used of the moon or a planet.
Avant-garde
Experimental, new and different, innovative, unorthodox
Paragon
A model of excellence or perfection of a kind; a peerless example
Astute
Having or showing shrewdness and discernment, especially with respect to one's own concerns.
Discern
To detect with eyes and other senses, recognize mentally
Capacious
Able to contain a large quantity, roomy, large, commodious
Balustrade
A rail and the row of balusters or posts that support it, as along the front of a gallery.
Ruse
A crafty trick or plot designed to mislead
Baize
An often bright-green cotton or woolen material napped to imitate felt and used chiefly as a cover for gaming tables.
Tumbler
A flat-bottomed glass having no handle, foot, or stem.
Andiron
One of a pair of metal supports used for holding up logs in a fireplace.
Capricious
Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable, arbitrary.
Eddie
A current, as of water or air, moving contrary to the direction of the main current, especially in a circular motion.
Cantankerous
Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
Threadbare
So frayed that the threads show, old and worn out, shabby
Exploit
1. (n) daring, brilliant or heroic action
2. (v) selfish using
3. (v) to use productivity
Vestibule
A small entrance hall or passage between the outer door and the interior of a house or building.
Olfactory
Of or pertaining to the sense of smell
Lumber
To move in a heavy or clumsy way
Insufferable
Difficult or impossible to endure; intolerable.
Aquiline
Curved or hooked like an eagle's beak
Brusque
Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
Prudent
Wise in handling practical matters; exercising good judgment or common sense.
Penchant
A definite liking; a strong inclination.
Tarnation
The act of damning or the condition of being damned.
(Used to express anger or annoyance.)
Glutton
A person who eats or consumes immoderate amounts of food and drink.
Voracious
Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.
Automaton
A self-operating machine or mechanism, especially a robot.
Clandestine
Kept or done in secret, often in order to conceal an illicit or improper purpose.
Sycophant
A servile self-seeker who attempts to win favor by flattering influential people.
Toady
A person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; a sycophant.
Impertinent
improperly forward or bold: rude or inappropriate
Presciently
With or as if with knowledge of what is to come, with foresight
Degradation
A lowering in dignity or honor, disgrace, act of debasing
Jaded
Worn out; wearied from too much of something
Purloin
To steal, often in a violation of trust.
Ambivalent
Uncertain, indecisive, having conflicting feelings
Knell
To ring slowly and solemnly, especially for a funeral; toll.
Ominous
Menacing; threatening
Gobbledygook
Unclear, wordy jargon; abstract and circumlocutory language that is intentionally hard to understand
Heretofore
Up to the present time; before this; previously.
Redoubtable
Arousing fear or awe; formidable.
Worthy of respect or honor.
Commodious
Spacious; roomy.
Idiosyncrasy
A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
Ponderous
Having great weight, bulky, dull and boring
Bereft
Deprived of or lacking something needed, wanted, or expected

Deprived of a loved one, bereaved
Obstreperous
Stubbornly resisting control, unruly, defiant, disorderly, intractable, recalcitrant.

Loud and unruly, boisterous, clamerous, vociferous
Impecunious
Lacking money; penniless.
Complacent
Contented to a fault; self-satisfied and unconcerned in an annoying way
Preening
Dressing and grooming oneself in an excessively careful way
Effeminate
Characterized by weakness and excessive refinement.
Fisticuffs
A fistfight.
Scintilla
A minute amount; an iota or trace.
Avarice
Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.
Epoch
A particular period of time known for its distinctive developments, remarkable characteristics, or noteworthy events
Somnolent
Sleepy, drowsy
Demimonde
A class of women kept by wealthy lovers or protectors.
Inamorata
A woman with whom one is in love or has an intimate relationship.
Virile
Masculine
Puerile
Immature; childish.
Fete dan
Any of various aquatic, chiefly marine mammals; including the whales, and dolphins
Ineffable
Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.
Shoal
Sandbar
Intrepid
Brave
Fetid
Having an offensive odor.
Cachinnation
Convulsive, loud laughter.
Imbibe
To drink alcoholic beverages.
Tedium
Tiresome, boring, tedious
Cimmerian
Very dark or gloomy.
Impassioned
Filled with passion; fervent
Rotundity
Quality of roundness or plumpness, as of an object or person
Refractory
Obstinately resistant to authority or control.
Wry
Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony.
Casuistry
Specious or excessively subtle reasoning intended to rationalize or mislead.
Specious
Deceptively attractive.
Bursar
An official in charge of funds, as at a college or university; a treasurer.
Officious
Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
Misanthropy
Hatred or mistrust of humankind.
Irascibility
Sudden anger or extreme annoyance, angry outburst, irritable fit
Rarefied
Highly refined or sublime nature, lofty and esoteric
Visceral
(belly) guided by gut or intuition
Benign
Of a kind and gentle disposition.
Exhort
To urge by strong, often stirring argument, admonition, advice, or appeal
Vexatious
Full of annoyance or distress; harassed.
Egress
The act of coming or going out; emergence.
Hector
Bully
Modulate
To adjust or adapt to a certain proportion; regulate or temper to fit circumstances
Harry
To disturb or distress by or as if by repeated attacks; harass
Stratagem
A clever, often underhanded scheme for achieving an objective.
Maunder
To talk incoherently or aimlessly.
Ruminate
Turn something over in the mind, contemplate
Arid
Dry, dull
Consternation
A state of paralyzing dismay from utter confusion
Brusque
Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
Lummox
A clumsy or stupid person.
Ineffable
Incapable of being expressed; indescribable or unutterable.
Requisite
Required, necessary
Wunderkind
A child prodigy
Comestible
Fit to be eaten
Genial
Easily excused or forgiven; pardonable
Veracity
Adherence to the truth; truthfulness
Fallacious
Containing or based on a fallacy
Timorous
Full of apprehensiveness; timid.