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opposition to the withdrawal of state support from an established organization or church
a group active in the invention and application of new techniques in a given field, especially in the arts
of or relating to arbitrary and rigid devotion to the routine of administrative procedure.
His coworkers were getting tired of his constant bureaucratic behavior.
to grow and flourish
I added another piece of music to my ever burgeoning stack of sheet music.
to surrender under specified conditions.
He immediately capitulated when I threw in the abundant amount of money.
feeling of mental unease caused by failure, disappointment, or disconcerting event.
Much to his chagrin, the audience hated his play.
a description of qualities or peculiarities
The characterization the author put in the protagonist made all the girls fall head over heels for him.
He was so characterless that his date ran out on him halfway through.
lasting for a long period of time or marked by frequent recurrence.
The chronic illness made her bed-ridden.
of, relating to, or dependent on incidence.
"It was a very circumstantial improvement that you made" said the teacher.
to surround or enclose; to go around or bypass
The police signaled the oncoming traffic to circumvent the area.
one versed in the study of ancient greek and latin.
The classicist traveled all over Europe trying to uncover more information on the Greeks and Romans.
to honor the memory of with a ceremony
The family held a funeral to commemorate the loss of their soldier.
to be pledged or obligated in doing something
He committed myself to stay away from social networks until he finished his homework.
a person without noble rank or title.
The commoners in the Old World were often very poor.
something, such as a set of data, which is composed from several sources or materials.
My friend made a compilation of her favorite songs.
exhibiting a desire or willingness to please; cheerfully obliging.
She was complaisant when asked to do the chores.
involvement as an accomplice in a crime
His complicity in the crime earned him a year in jail.
an acknowledgement or admission
The bank was forced to make concession to avoid bankruptcy.
inference or judgment; guesswork
Her conjectures were proven right when the evidence was found.
one that authorizes another to act as a representative
All of the constituents from each state voted whether or not to pass the bill.
a dispute, especially a public one, between two sides with opposing views
The controversy between the two friends grew worse and worse.
a dilemma or difficult problem
The student was stuck in a conundrum. She couldn't decide whether to stay home and continue studying or to take a break and go to the party.
a binding agreement; a compact.
The pilgrims all signed the covenant stating they wouldn't cause any trouble.
an ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions
He was known to be cordial in public but was notable in the family for being a curmudgeon.
scornful of the motives, virtue, or integrity of others.
His cynical actions were finally put to a stop when the police arrived.
The thought of having to move to a new home was no longer daunting to him after having moved several times already.
On maps, different colors are used to delineate the territories of countries and states
a dabbler in an art or a field of knowledge
I thought he was an expert when it came to art. Unfortunately he turned out to just be a dilettante when we went to the art gallery.
smaller; less in amount
The portions of food at the restaurant were slowly diminishing to save money.
extremely small in size;tiny
You will find thought that these huge looking pools on their racks in the garden centers look quite diminutive once installed in the ground.
using or marked by tact and sensitivity in dealing with others
Your answers are always very diplomatic.
As the coffin was being transported from the carriage to the burial ground, a dirge began to play.
to perceive or comprehend
The purpose of the study is to discern patterns of criminal behavior.
keenness of insight and judgment
His lack of discernment led to his unwise choice of partners for a major project.
damage in reputation; to cause to be doubted or distrusted
He was discredited in the eyes of historians because his book contained many inaccurate facts about history.
not straight-forward; crafty
He claims disingenuously to have supported the plan from the beginning.
to deter from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation
My friend was dissuaded from buying the product after hearing a customer's complaint about it.
something that distracts the mind; something that relaxes or entertains
The unfavorable weather diverted us from going outside that day.
creating disagreements or discord
There are many divisive issues these days such as abortion.
to repair; to falsify in such a way as to make favorable to oneself; to adulterate
I went to the doctor's office for a yearly checkup.
The little girl at a glance appeared to be sweet and kind, but once you get to know her, she is a dour and rude child.
unrestrained or excessive in emotional expression; gushy
The teacher showered the student with effusive praise.
affirming, promoting, or characterized by belief in equal political, economic, social, an civil rights for all people.
Some people say that there is still a difference between how much a woman gets paid and how much a man gets paid. Others say it is egalitarian.
express at greater length or in greater detail
The employee elaborated on his proposal about ways to increase the company's profit.
group or class of persons or members of such a group or class, enjoying superior intellectual, social, or economic status.
The high-class restaurants were full of rich elites.
the belief that certain persons or members of certain classes or groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their perceived superiority, as in intellect, social status, or financial resources.
Many of the commoners were against the elitist belief.
tending to elude capture, perception, comprehension, or memory; difficult to define or describe
His dream was elusive.
to take (money, for example) for one's own use in violation of a trust.
The politician embezzled the people's tax money to buy his family luxury items.
identification with and understanding of another's situation, feelings, and motives
Her friend empathized with her.
relying on or derived from observation or experiment
The scientist collected empirical data.
to strive to equal or excel, especially through imitation
The designer emulated her favorite designer's logo with her own twist.
showing initiative and willingness to undertake new projects
As an enterprising young reporter, she covered many important stories.
a feeling of great happiness
He was quite euphoric when we found out he got an A on his test.
to increase the severity, violence, or bitterness of; to aggravate
Don't exacerbate the problem by talking back to your parents.
to make very angry or impatient; annoy greatly
He let out an exasperated sigh after waiting two hours to get his license.
freed from blame; freed from a responsibility or task
He was exonerated after he'd been proven innocent.
The sly child quickly conjured out a fabrication to get him and his friends out of trouble.
showing invention or whimsy in design; imaginative
The characters in the fairy tale all had fanciful names.
spectacular public display
The loud fanfare warned everyone that the queen was about to make her entrance.
a usually audible discharge of intestinal gas that may cause others to leave the room
His fart smelled so bad that everyone around him tried to subtly cover his/her nose.
the prevailing style or custom; manner or mode
The latest fashion trends can be seen on the runway.
to seek favor attention by flattery and obsequious behavior
The girls fawned over the idols as they walked past them.
lacking purpose or vitality; careless and irresponsible
"The fecklessness runs through the family," I thought after spending an entire day at their house. I had witnessed each person making careless mistakes throughout day.
language that uses figures of speech; metaphorical
The students were to analyze the different types of figurative language.
marked by disrespectful levity or casualness
The teacher was offended by his flippant remarks.
to reduce the length of; curtail or abridge
The meeting was foreshortened since the host had a tight schedule and didn't plan well.
happening by accident or chance; lucky or fortunate
When they were walking to school in the rain, it was fortuitous that they came across a store that sold umbrellas on sale.
concerning the topography of a specific region
Geographical boundaries include mountains and lakes.
seeking and enjoying the company of others; sociable
He is very gregarious around his friends
to prevent the free movement, action, or progress of.
Our plans were hampered due to the rain.
a messenger; to proclaim or announce
The herald announced to the crowd that the queen was coming.
one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions; one who destroys scared religious images
a figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily designates one thing is used to designate another, thus making an implicit comparison
having a moderate estimation of one's own talents; moderate or limited in size, quantity, or range; not extreme
to be characterized by a bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past
devious, misleading, or dishonest
"Please answer this question directly, rather than obliquely," the teacher said.
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning; kissing up
One minute he is noisy and arrogant, the next he is obsequious and sly.
a person or thing typifying a certain quality or idea; an embodiment or exemplification
disturbed greatly; uneasy or anxious
She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.
The airline gave out free drinks in an effort to placate angry travelers.
a trite or banal remark or statement, especially one expressed as if it were original or significant; saying something without actually meaning it
A common platitude is the greeting "How are you?"
serving as an omen or a warning of something
The black clouds and sudden thunder portend the upcoming storm.
dealing or concerned with facts or actual occurrences; practical
Children often come up with pragmatic solutions to their problems like "kiss it and make it go away, Mommy" or "I will pick up my room for a quarter!"
caught up in the romance of noble deeds and the pursuit of unreachable goals; idealistic without regard to practicality
a theatrical company or presentation that presents several works regularly; a store or stock of things available
the state or quality of being inclined to keep one's thoughts, feelings, and personal affairs to oneself
literary work in which human vice or folly is attacked through irony, derision, or wit
The Simpsons is a satire of the typical American family.
adhering or confined to the dogmatic limits of a sect or denomination; narrow-minded
He had a very sectarian view of life & religion.
proceeding from or taking place within a person's mind such as to be unaffected by the external world.
the act of sinking or lowering to a normal level; the act of becoming less agitated or active.
of, affecting, or being on or near the surface; concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious
the interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.
behavior exercising moderation and self-restraint especially with respect to eating or drinking
reduced to the quality of something of little significance or value or something commonplace
disorderly commotion or disturbance
The tumult outside my house was a combination of the lawn mower, the kids outside, and my neighbor's dog barking.
one that is expected to lose a contest or struggle, as in sports or politics; one that is at a disadvantage
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