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abide
put up with something or somebody unpleasant
acclaim
enthusiastic approval
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement
accord
agreement
adroit
skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends
affront
a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of an affront
advocate
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea, push for something
aggregate
gather in a mass, sum, or whole
ambiguous
unclear or doubtful in meaning; having more than one possible interpretation
tranquil
peaceful, calm
trite
commonplace; overused, stale
usurp
seize and take control without authority and possibly with force
veracity
filled with truth and accuracy
vex
be a mystery or bewildering to
vindicate
to avenge, to free from allegation
anachronistic
chronologically misplaced
colloquial
characteristic of informal spoken language or conversation
defer
to put off or delay
destitute
deprived of the necessities of life; lacking in
florid
elaborately or excessively ornamented flowers
impeccable
flawless or faultless
placid
pleasantly calm or tranquil
presage
noun. forsight, forshadows , an omen
quagmire
sticky situation
wanton
hard to control, undisciplined
bombastic
high sounding high flying infalated
clamor
a loud uproar as in a crowd of people
crescendo
to gradually increase in loudness
embellish
to beautify with ornamentation
encumber
to burden or weigh down
immerse
plunge into, place under liquid
incendiary
used to start a fire ( or adapted to) setting
noxious
physically harmful
nurture
to take care of, feed and protect
orthodox
in agreement with established or generally accepted beliefs or ways of doing things
callibrate
to adjust precicly for a particular purpose
candor
an honest and sincere and unreserved expresion
dirge
funeral music
linchpin
n. a central element that holds other parts together
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
sophomoric
immature and overconfident; conceited
stupefy
to make stupid, groggy or insensible
utilitarian
useful or productive
winsome
charming in a childlike or naive way
zenith
the highest point reached in the heavens by a celestial body
amiable
generally agreeable
ardor
feelings of great warmth and intensity
cognizant
knowedgable through personal experience
confound
to perplex, confuze, amaze
diffident
lacking self-confidence
eschew
to shun, avoid and stay away from deliberately
hedonist
someone motivated by desires for sensual pleasures
integral
essential to completeness
oblique
indirect in departing from the accepted or proper way
pert
flippantly cocky and assured
salve
cream ( lotion ointment)
artifact
a remaining piece from an extinct culture or place
aversion
a strong feeling or dislike
bilk
to defraud, cheat ( usually with $)
chide
to express dissapproval of
confidant
tell your secrets to person ( bff)
debunk
to expose the falseness
defile
to make foul, dirty unclean
frivolous
of little importance
inure
accustumed to hardship, to come into use
portent
sign, omen, forewarning
assail
launch an attack or assault on
atrophy
to waste away
circumscribe
to draw a circle around; to restrict
defamatory
injurious to the reputation
discern
to differentiate between two or more things
discretion
the trait of judging wisely and objectively
equanimity
steadiness of mind under stress
extraneous
not essential
fastidious
giving and careful attention to detail
grandiloquence
lofty, pompous language
inept
generally incompetent and ineffectual
innate
having from birth; occurring naturally rather than being learned
juxtaposition
the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
vivacious
lively, sprightly, full of energy
zealous
intensely devoted; eager; enthusiastic