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nash o random vocab 00

nash o random vocab 00
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escutcheon
a flat protective covering (on a door or wall etc) to prevent soiling by dirty fingers
onerous
not easily borne
borne
brought into existence
bygone
past events to be put aside
bumptious
offensively self-assertive
valediction
the act of saying farewell
oblivion
the state of being disregarded or forgotten
accrue
grow by addition
voracious
excessively greedy and grasping
imponderable
difficult or impossible to evaluate with precision
tenacious
stubbornly unyielding
pittance
an inadequate payment
dejected
affected or marked by low spirits
dupe
a person who is tricked or swindled
indefatigable
showing sustained enthusiastic action with unflagging vitality
obscure
not clearly understood or expressed
harebrained
very foolish
proliferation
growth by the rapid multiplication of parts
litigation
a legal proceeding in a court
sanguine
confidently optimistic and cheerful
tractable
easily managed (controlled or taught or molded)
abrasive
sharply disagreeable
invidious
containing or implying a slight or showing prejudice
exhorting
urge on or encourage especially by shouts
lament
regret strongly
contemporaries
all the people living at the same time or of approximately the same age
rancorous
showing deep-seated resentment
philanthropist
someone who makes charitable donations intended to increase human well-being
emphatic
forceful and definite in expression or action
harbinger
an indication of the approach of something or someone
linchpin
a central cohesive source of support and stability
anthracite
a hard natural coal that burns slowly and gives intense heat
rhapsodize
say (something) with great enthusiasm
ubiquitous
being present everywhere at once
shrewd
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence
embroiled
deeply involved especially in something complicated
obsolete
no longer in use
subsume
contain or include
subordinate
rank or order as less important or consider of less value
newfangled
of a new (often outrageous) kind or fashion
reciprocating
moving alternately backward and forward
interstice
small opening between things
igneous
like or suggestive of fire
contrive
come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort
spurn
reject with contempt
befuddled
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
occult
supernatural forces and events and beings collectively
celestial
of heaven or the spirit
diplomat
a person who deals tactfully with others
tactful
showing skill and sensitivity in dealing with people
epoch
highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era
flabbergasted
as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
sobriquet
a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
hymn
a song of praise (to God or to a saint or to a nation)
prestige
a high standing achieved through success or influence or wealth etc.
copious
large in number or quantity (especially of discourse)
discourse
talk or hold forth formally about a topic
entourage
the group following and attending to some important person
luminary
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
niche
a position particularly well suited to the person who occupies it
marred
having the surface damaged or disfigured
ascetic
practices self denial as spiritual discipline
protégé
a person who receives support and protection from an influential patron who furthers the protege's career.
keen
very penetrating and clear and sharp in operation
transient
(physics) a short-lived oscillation in a system caused by a sudden change of voltage or current or load
intermittent
stopping and starting at irregular intervals
dynamo
generator consisting of a coil (the armature) that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet (the field magnet) causing a current to flow in the armature
befit
accord or comport with
tenet
a religious doctrine that is proclaimed as true without proof
vindicate
clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof