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an enemy or opponent
Anxious or fearful about the future
An inherent ability, as for learning; a talent
Paying close attention; alert or observant
To force to leave a country or place by official decree; exile
A usually improvised structure set up, as across a route of access, to obstruct the passage of an enemy or opponent
A usually temporary structure set up to restrict or control the movement of people or conveyances
Something that serves as an obstacle; a barrier:
To engage in a false display of confidence or aggression in order to deceive or intimidate someone
To deceive or intimidate (someone) by a false display of confidence or aggression
Being or containing water that is somewhat salty but less salty than sea water
To wave or flourish (something, often a weapon) in a menacing, defiant, or excited way
The boundary line of a circle.
A condition of turbulent motion.
An agitated disturbance
Civil disturbance or insurrection; disorder.
1. To prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking.
2. To devise, using skill and intelligence; contrive
Easy to notice
Attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticeable
To twist, wrench, or bend out of proper or natural shape
To cause to deviate from what is normal, proper, or accurate
Marked by or given to artful subtlety and deceptiveness.
Executed with or exhibiting ingenuity.
Delicately pleasing; pretty or cute:
Skill in deception; guile.
Skill or adeptness in execution or performance; dexterity.
A flat surface on which money is counted, business is transacted, or food is prepared or served.
Games A piece, as of wood or ivory, used for keeping a count or a place.
An imitation coin; a token.
A piece of money.
The scattered remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble or wreckage.
Carelessly discarded refuse; litter.
Geology An accumulation of relatively large rock fragments
Biology The fragmented remains of dead or damaged cells or tissue.
Bold resistance against an opposing force or authority
Contemptuous disrespect for the authority of another
Quick and skillful; adroit
1. The place to which one is going or directed.
2. The ultimate purpose for which something is created or intended.
3. Archaic An act of appointing or setting aside for a specific purpose.
a. To make smaller or less; reduce or lessen. See Synonyms at decrease.
b. To detract from the authority, reputation, or prestige of: "Her upper-class perfection ... somehow diminished me" (Shirley Abbott).
2. To cause to taper.
3. Music To reduce (a perfect or minor interval) by a semitone.
1. To become smaller or less.
2. To taper.
1. To regard or treat with haughty contempt: critics who disdained the writer as a hack. See Synonyms at despise.
2. To consider or reject (doing something) as beneath oneself: disdained receiving an award from the organization; disdained to attend the ceremony.
A feeling or show of contempt and aloofness; scorn.
1. Causing gloom or depression; dreary: dismal weather; took a dismal view of the economy.
2. Characterized by ineptitude, dullness, or a lack of merit: a dismal book; a dismal performance on the cello.
3. Obsolete Dreadful; disastrous.
To break up, drive away, or cause to disappear:
to listen secretly to what other people are saying
very bad and easily noticed
a glowing piece of coal or wood from a fire
: to become known or apparent
: to become known or regarded as something
: to rise or appear from a hidden or unknown place or condition : to come out into view
to hold the complete interest or attention of (someone)
the state of being very annoyed or upset
to cause (someone) to feel very happy and excited
1. To be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver
2. To speak hesitatingly; stammer
3.a. To move unsteadily or haltingly; stumble
b. To become weak, ineffective, or unsteady, especially in performance
1. The ability or action of imagining or anticipating what might happen in the future.
2. Care in providing for the future
1.a. The quality of having a pleasant odor.
b. A sweet or pleasant odor; a scent.
2. A substance, such as a perfume or cologne, designed to emit a pleasant odor.
Characterized by, acting with, or suggesting stealth or a desire to avoid discovery; surreptitious
extremely tiring and demanding.
enjoyment or vigor in doing something; zest
style of artistic execution.
the state or process of living in a particular place.
a place in which to live; a house or home.
be quick to do something.
move or travel hurriedly.
cause (something) to happen sooner than it otherwise would.
move forward or make progress, especially when circumstances make this slow or difficult.
the average interval of time between vehicles moving in the same direction on the same route.
catch fire or cause to catch fire.
arouse or inflame (an emotion or situation).
decorate (a page or initial letter in a manuscript) with gold, silver, or colored designs.
be about to happen.
(of something bad) loom.
assuming power or authority without justification; arrogant and domineering.
talk rapidly and excitedly but with little sense.
"he jabbered away to his friends"
fast, excited talk that makes little sense.
special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.
a form of language regarded as barbarous, debased, or hybrid.
push, elbow, or bump against (someone) roughly, typically in a crowd.
the action of jostling.
extend out, over, or beyond the main body or line of something.
a point that sticks out.
light or set on fire.
arouse or inspire (an emotion or feeling).
(of an emotion) be aroused.
a small hill or mound.
full of or shedding light; bright or shining, especially in the dark.
(of a color) very bright; harsh to the eye.
relating to light as it is perceived by the eye, rather than in terms of its actual energy.
(of a metal or other material) able to be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking.
easily influenced; pliable.
(of a ghost, spirit, or similar entity) appear in bodily form.
become actual fact; happen.
(of a river or road) follow a winding course.
a winding curve or bend of a river or road.
showing great attention to detail; very careful and precise.
a feeling of doubt or apprehension about the outcome or consequences of something.
the quantity of motion of a moving body, measured as a product of its mass and velocity.
the impetus gained by a moving object.
dull, tedious, and repetitious; lacking in variety and interest.
(of a sound or utterance) lacking in variation in tone or pitch.
a large number.
large numbers of people.
a large gathering of people.
assemble (troops), especially for inspection or in preparation for battle.
a formal gathering of troops, especially for inspection, display, or exercise.
collect or assemble (a number or amount).
give a spoken or written account of.
provide a spoken commentary to accompany (a movie, broadcast, piece of music, etc.).
not discovered or known about; uncertain.
keep from being seen; conceal.
giving the impression that something bad or unpleasant is going to happen; threatening; inauspicious.
looking or sounding bizarre or unfamiliar.
continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
continuing to exist or endure over a prolonged period.
relevant or applicable to a particular matter; apposite.
having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future.
latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.
the quantity determining the energy of mass in a gravitational field or of charge in an electric field.
a very steep rock face or cliff, typically a tall one.
in its original condition; unspoiled.
clean and fresh as if new; spotless.
put an end to (a rebellion or other disorder), typically by the use of force.
subdue or silence someone.
suppress (a feeling, especially an unpleasant one).
favoring a solitary life.
a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people.
recover from illness or exertion.
recover or regain (something lost or taken).
fill (something) up again.
restore (a stock or supply of something) to the former level or condition.
extremely distasteful; unacceptable.
in conflict with; incompatible with.
the restoration of something lost or stolen to its proper owner.
recompense for injury or loss.
deliberately destroy, damage, or obstruct (something), especially for political or military advantage.
the action of sabotaging something.
the state of being scarce or in short supply; shortage.
a title given to a reigning prince or similar dignitary.
a situation of hurried and confused movement.
the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.
a title given to a reigning prince or similar dignitary.
willing to talk and engage in activities with other people; friendly.
an informal social gathering.
an open carriage with facing side seats.
dark or dull in color or tone; gloomy.
oppressively solemn or sober in mood; grave.
an individual animal, plant, piece of a mineral, etc., used as an example of its species or type for scientific study or display.
an example of something such as a product or piece of work, regarded as typical of its class or group.
a sample for medical testing, especially of urine.
the ability to sustain prolonged physical or mental effort.
become less intense, violent, or severe.
(of water) go down to a lower or the normal level.
walk or behave in a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive way.
a very confident and typically arrogant or aggressive gait or manner.
denoting a coat or jacket cut with a loose flare from the shoulders.
a large or dense group of insects, especially flying ones.
(of insects) move in or form a swarm.
move somewhere in large numbers.
the art of disposing armed forces in order of battle and of organizing operations, especially during contact with an enemy.
an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end.
sparing in the use of words; abrupt.
(of a substance) allowing light, but not detailed images, to pass through; semitransparent.
strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way.
unpleasant to look at; ugly.
able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities.
keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.
(of a person) in need of special care, support, or protection because of age, disability, or risk of abuse or neglect.
(of a partnership) liable to higher penalties, either by convention or through having won one game toward a rubber.
pass or cause to pass easily or gently through or as if through the air.
a gentle movement of air.
shake with a quivering motion.
become unsteady or unreliable.
be undecided between two opinions or courses of action; be irresolute.
the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.
come safely through (a storm).
great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.
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