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Contract 2 Level M

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amnesty
the act or authority (such as a government) by which pardon is granted to a large group of individuals
calligraphy
artistic, stylized, or elegant handwriting or lettering
corpulent
having a large bulky body; obese
elucidate
to make clear or plain, especially by explanation; clarify
exigencies
sudden unforeseen crises that require immediate action; emergencies
implacable
impossible to pacify; cannot be pleased or satisfied
masochistic
deriving pleasure or sexual gratification from being abused or dominated
pernicious
working in a hidden and usually injurious way; exceedingly harmful
sporadic
recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances
spurious
plausible but false; intended to deceive
anachronism
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred; a person who seems to be displaced in time; who belongs to another age
calumny
malicious gossip; a false statement made to injure another person's reputation
credence
believability; the attitude that something should be accepted as true
emolument
wages or fees received for employment
exonerate
pronounce not guilty of criminal charges
implicit
implied though not directly expressed; inherent in the nature of something
masticate
grind and knead; chew (food)
placate
soothe; comfort; appease; pacify
stipend
a sum of money allotted to defray expenses for some specific purpose
vagary
an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant action or notion
amortize
to extinguish a debt or mortgage gradually by paying on the principal and interest
capricious
determined by chance, impulse, or whim rather than reason; changeable
culpable
guilty; deserving blame or censure as being wrong or evil or injurious
empirical
derived from experiment and observation rather than theory; proven scientifically
expiate
make amends for; correct; remedy
imprecate
wish harm upon; put a curse on
matriculate
to enroll as a member of a college or university
polyglot
(adj) having a command of many languages (n) one who speaks many languages
strident
conspicuously and offensively loud; in a harsh, grating, or rasping voice
variegated
having a variety of colors
analogous
similar in some respects, though otherwise dissimilar; showing a likeness that permits comparison or permits one to draw an analogy
carrion
the dead and rotting body of an animal
cursory
hasty and without attention to detail; not thorough; superficial
emulate
strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
expostulate
discuss; argue; debate; reason with
impunity
exemption or freedom from punishment or loss
matrix
an enclosure within which something originates or develops
precursor
an indication of the approach of something or someone; forerunner
stringent
strict; rigid; harsh
vascular
relating to vessels that conduct and circulate fluid
ancillary
relating to something that is added but is not essential
cataclysm
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; a catastrophe
dearth
scarcity; lack of sufficient amount of something
enamored
marked by foolish fondness; inflamed with love; fascinated
extant
still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost; alive
incarcerate
lock up in jail; imprison
maudlin
effusively or insincerely emotional; tearfully sentimental
pristine
immaculately clean and unused; completely free from dirt or contamination; pure; unspoiled
sublimate
direct energy or urges into useful activities;make more refined and socially acceptable
vaunt
show off; brag; boast; extravagant self-praise
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