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acknowledge
to accept or admit the existence or truth of something (2) to show that you have seen someone or that you recognize themto them
allegory
a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one
annul
to declare invalid (an official agreement, decision, or result) (2) to declare (a marriage) to have had no legal existence
anthology
a collection of poems or other pieces of writing (2) a published collection of songs or musical compositions issued in one album.
antiquated
old-fashioned or outdated
arcane
understood by few; mysterious or secret
artifact
an object made by a human being, typically one of cultural or historical interest
artisan
a worker who has special skill and training, especially one who makes things by hand
assimilate
(1) take in (information, ideas, or culture) and understand fully (2) to take in and use food or other nutrients
bleak
(of a situation or future prospect) not hopeful or encouraging (2) (of an area of land) lacking vegetation and exposed to the elements (3) (of the weather) cold and miserable
candor
the quality of being open and honest; frankness
capacity
the maximum amount that something can contain. (2) the ability to do something
caption
a title or brief explanation appended to an article, illustration, cartoon, or poster. (2) a piece of text appearing on a movie or television screen as part of a movie or broadcast.
cession
the formal giving up of rights, property, or territory by a state
compromise
a way of solving a problem in which both parties accept that they cannot have everything they want (2) (verb) to settle a dispute by mutual concession (3) (verb) weaken (a reputation or principle) by accepting standards that are lower than is desirable
consistency
the ability to remain the same in behaviour, attitudes, or qualities (2) the way in which a substance, typically a liquid, holds together; thickness
delineate
to describe something very exactly (2) to decide or show the exact limits of something (3) to show a line or border, for example on a map
distinction
a difference between two things (2) the excellent qualities, skills, or features that someone or something has (3) recognition of outstanding achievement, such as on an examination
document
a piece of written, printed, or electronic matter that provides information or evidence or that serves as an official record. (2) (verb) to record (something)
droll
funny in an unusual way
duplicity
dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone
effusive
expressing feelings of gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained manner
elude
to evade or escape from (a danger, enemy, or pursuer), typically in a skillful or cunning way (2 to) fail to be remembered or understood (3) (of a goal) to fail to be attained
erratic
changing often or not following a regular pattern, such that it is difficult to know what will happen next
exclaim
to say something suddenly and loudly, especially in surprise, anger, or pain
extraneous
not relating to the subject or situation that you are dealing with
exude
(of a person) to display (an emotion or quality) strongly and openly (2) to discharge (moisture or a smell) slowly and steadily
faculty
a department or group of departments in a university (2) all the teachers in a university, college, or school (3) a natural physical or mental ability that most people have
formidable
very impressive in size, power, or skill and therefore deserving respect and often difficult to deal with
fray
(of a fabric, rope, or cord) unravel or become worn at the edge (2) (of a person's nerves or temper) show the effects of strain. (3) (noun) a situation of intense activity
incongruous
not in harmony or keeping with the surroundings or other aspects of something
intrepid
not afraid to do dangerous things
invulnerable
impossible to defeat, harm, or damage
irony
a form of humor in which you use words to express the opposite of what the words really mean (2) a strange, funny, or sad situation in which things happen in the opposite way to what you would expect
laud
to praise someone or something
lethal
sufficient to cause death (2) harmful or destructive
liability
the state of being responsible for something, esp. by law (2) a thing for which someone is responsible, esp. a debt or financial obligation (3) a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to cause embarrassment or put one at a disadvantage
misconstrue
to understand something wrongly
moderate
neither very great nor very small in amount, size, strength, or degree (2) reasonable and avoiding extreme opinions or actions (3) (verb) to make or become less extreme, intense,
neutral
not helping or supporting either side in a conflict, disagreement (2) having no strongly marked or positive characteristics or features (3) (noun) an impartial or unbiased country or person
optimistic
hopeful about the future and tending to expect that good things will happen (2) involving an overestimate
ornate
decorated with complicated patterns or shapes (2) using unusual words and complicated sentences
parody
an artistic work that copies a serious work in a humorous way
partial
not complete (2) favoring one side in a dispute above the other (3) biased (4) having a liking for
passive
accepting or allowing what happens or what others do, without active response or resistance
pedantic
giving too much importance to details and formal rules
pinnacle
the most successful point; the culmination (2) the top of a very high mountain (3) a tall thin pointed piece of stone or rock
pique
a feeling of irritation or resentment resulting from an insult
prohibitive
(of a price or charge) excessively high; difficult or impossible to pay (2) (esp. of a law or rule) forbidding or restricting something (3) (of a condition or situation) preventing someone from doing something
prosperity
the state of being successful in material terms; flourishing financially
radical
new and very different from the usual (2) relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough (3) advocating or based on thorough or complete political or social reform
random
made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious decision
rational
based on or in accordance with reason or logic
rationale
the set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief
rebuke
express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions
resignation
an act of retiring or giving up a position (2) the acceptance of something undesirable but inevitable
sophisticated
knowing and understanding a lot about a complicated subject (2) knowing a lot about things such as culture, fashion, and the modern world (3) complicated and advanced in design
transcend
to be or go beyond the range or limits
transient
lasting only for a short time; impermanent
transition
the process of changing from one situation, form, or state to another (2) to undergo or cause to undergo a process or period of transition
ultimate
being or happening at the end of a process; final (2) being the best or most extreme example of its kind
urbane
polite, refined, and often elegant in manner
utilitarian
designed to be useful rather than attractive (2) attitudes or principles are based on the belief that something is morally right if it helps a majority of people
vital
very important, necessary, or essential (2) full of energy and life (3) necessary to keep you alive
volatile
(a situation that) can suddenly change or become more dangerous (2) (of a liquid or substance) can easily change into a gas
wistful
having or showing a feeling of vague or regretful longing
wrath
very great anger