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Shuck
To remove or discard; peel off
Amicable
Friendly or peaceable
Ignominious
Marked by shame or disgrace; deserving disgrace or shame; despicable; degrading
Surreptitious
obtained, done, made, etc., by stealth
Vanguard
A group of people leading the way in new developments or ideas.
Piquant
Agreeably pungent or sharp in taste or flavor; pleasantly biting or tart; agreeably stimulating, interesting, or attractive
Diadem
A jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty
Embankment
A wall or bank of earth or stone built to prevent flooding an area
Deft
Dexterous; nimble; skillful; clever
Exigent
Requiring immediate action or remedy; requiring much effort or expense; demanding
Prognathous
having a projecting lower jaw or chin.
Wane
to decrease in strength, intensity
Pensive
expressing or revealing thoughtfulness, usually marked by some sadness
Sublime
elevated or lofty in thought, language.
Feign
to represent fictitiously; put on an appearance of.
Mendacious
telling lies, esp. habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful
Encumber
to impede or hinder; hamper; to block up or fill with what is obstructive or superfluous
Torrent
a rushing, violent, or abundant and unceasing stream of anything.
Jubilant
showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant
Salubrious
favorable to or promoting health; healthful
Gingham
Yarn-dyed, plain-weave cotton fabric, usually striped or checked.
Subcutaneous
situated or lying under the skin, as tissue.
Gentrification
the restoration and upgrading of deteriorated urban property by middle-class or affluent people, often resulting in displacement of lower-income people
Pastiche
a literary, musical, artistic composition made up of selections from different works
Acquiescence
the act or condition of giving tacit assent; agreement or consent by silence or without objection; compliance
Emboss
to mold or carve in relief; to decorate with or as if with a raised design; to adorn; decorate; to cover with many protuberances; stud.
Ambulatory
Of, relating to, or adapted for walking; Capable of walking; not bedridden; Designed for or available to patients who are not bedridden
Repartee
a quick, witty reply.
Callow
lacking experience of life; immature
Mundane
lacking interest or excitement; dull.
Shoals
a place where a sea, river, or other body of water is shallow.
Unctuous
characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness; excessively or ingratiatingly flattering
Stalwart
firm, steadfast, or uncompromising
Diminutive
small; little; tiny
Palpable
capable of being touched or felt; tangible.
Prodigal
spending money or resources freely and recklessly; wastefully extravagant.
Macabre
gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible
Hovel
a small, very humble dwelling house; a wretched hut.
Furtive
characterized by stealth; surreptitious; expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty
Retch
to make the sound and movement of vomiting
Debilitate
To sap the strength or energy of; enervate
Vindicate
To clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting arguments or proof.
Demure
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior; affectedly shy, modest, or reserved
Malice
A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite
Commiserate
To feel or express sorrow or pity for; sympathize with.
Conical
Of, relating to, or shaped like a cone.
Bivouac
A temporary encampment often in an unsheltered area
Plume
A space in air, water, or soil containing pollutants released from a point source
Congeal
To solidify by or as if by freezing; to coagulate; jell
Eradicate
To get rid of as if by tearing up by the roots
Perfunctory
Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent or apathetic.
Vex
to irritate; annoy; provoke
Languid
(of a person, manner, or gesture) displaying or having a disinclination for physical exertion or effort; slow and relaxed.
Qualm
an uneasy feeling or pang of conscience as to conduct; compunction
Amenable
(of a person) open and responsive to suggestion; easily persuaded or controlled.
Impregnable
strong enough to resist or withstand attack; not to be taken by force, unconquerable.
Aesthetics
a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty, esp. in art.
Tremulous
characterized by trembling, as from fear, nervousness, or weakness.
Enamor
to fill or inflame with love, to charm or captivate
Provocation
something that incites, instigates, angers or irritates.
Tantamount
equivalent, as in value, force, effect, or signification
Blasphemous
uttering, containing, or exhibiting blasphemy; irreverent; profane
Drawl
to speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels; the speech or manner of speaking which involves lengthened or drawn-out use of vowels.
Intrinsic
belonging naturally; essential.
Predilection
preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something
Modicum
a small amount or portion
Lackadaisical
without interest, vigor, or determination; listless; lethargic
Nodule
a small mass of rounded or irregular shape, as a small abnormal knobby bodily protuberance
Sodden
soaked with liquid or moisture; saturated
Visceral
felt in or as if in the internal body; deep, instinctive, unreasoning
Dearth
Inadequate supply; scarcity; lack
Forlorn
Desolate or dreary; unhappy or miserable; as in feeling, condition, or appearance
Scimitar
a curved single edged sword of oriental origin
Marquee
A tall roof-like projection above a theater usually containing the name of a currently playing film or performer
Harbinger
Anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign
Liaison
An instance or means of communication between different units or groups of an organization
Alacrity
Promptness in response: cheerful readiness
Terse
neatly or effectively concise; brief; pithy (as in language)
Dour
Relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner of appearance
Stave
To break or crush something inward
Debauchery
Extreme indulgence in sensual pleasures
Pandemonium
A very noisy place; wild uproar or noise
Shrapnel
Fragments from an exploded artillery shell, mine, or bomb
Anomaly
Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
Undulate
To move in waves or with a smooth, wavelike motion
Garish
Marked by strident color or excessive ornamentation; gaudy.
Penchant
A definite liking; a strong inclination
Flit
To move about rapidly and nimbly
Lilt
A cheerful or lively manner of speaking, in which the pitch of the voice varies pleasantly.
Disquiet
To deprive of peace or rest; trouble.
Absolve
To pronounce clear of guilt or blame; to relieve of requirement or obligation
Retrospect
Contemplation of the past; a survey of past time, events
Fluctuate
To vary irregularly; to rise and fall in or as if in waves
Denigrate
to attack the character of
Lineage
Lineal descent from an ancestor; ancestry or extraction
Shanghai
To enroll or obtain (a sailor) for the crew of a ship by unscrupulous means, as by force or the use of liquor or drugs; to kidnap or steal.
Primordial
Constituting a beginning; giving origin to something derived or developed; elementary
Sarong
A garment consisting of a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body and tucked at the waist or under the armpits; traditionally worn in Southeast Asia and now in the west
Itinerant
traveling from place to place
Escarpment
a long, precipitous, cliff like ridge of land, rock, or the like commonly formed by the faulting or fracturing of the earth's crust.
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