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adage
n. an old saying that has come to be accepted as true; a proverb

Despite what that old adage says, I like to have my cake, eat it, and then have another piece.
camaraderie
n. good will and warm feelings among friends

The football players had a sense of camaraderie which made them an unbeatable team.
contend
v. to struggle with; to maintain or assert

Scientists contend the marine ecosystem is being destroyed at an alarming rate because of human pollution.
contention
n. a conflict or struggle; a point made in an argument
extraneous
adj. not necessary; irrelevant

The team received a penalty because there were two extraneous players on the field.
hubbub
n. noisy confusion; uproar

I couldn't hear a word he said over the general hubbub of the party.
meander
v. to follow a winding course; to wander aimlessly

During my vacation, I have no plans other than to meander through the mountains for days.
odoriferous
adj. having or giving off a smell
paraphernalia
n. personal belongings; equipment associated with a particular activity

Martha could easily spend hours in any store that specializes in cooking paraphernalia.
punctilious
adj. careful of and attentive to details, especially ones relating to good manners and behavior

My father was punctilious about having all of his ties lined up by color.
recuperate
v. to regain health or strength

Hopefully Jean will recuperate quickly and be able to leave the hospital soon.
regale
v. to entertain or delight

Before the concert starts, the comedian will regale the audience with jokes.
sedentary
adj. doing or requiring a lot of sitting

Many people become obese by overeating and living a sedentary life.
Spartan
adj. marked by simplicity and lack of luxury

As I entered the room, I was struck by how spartan the decoration was.
temporal
adj. relating to the everyday world as opposed to that which is spiritual or eternal

The monk's commitment requires him to ignore the temporal pleasures of the world.
wry
adj. turned or bent to one side in distaste or humor; amusing in a quiet but sharp way

When I asked Lauren "What's up?" she gave me this wry response - "The sky!"
Amorous
Expressing love or the state of being in love
Belittle
To present or speak of as unimportant or of little value
Censure
To blame or find fault with
2 a severe criticism or harsh judgement
Deem
To consider; to believe
Divulge
To make down something secret; to reveal
Exhorbitant
Exceeding normal bounds; greater or more than seems reasonable
Expostulate
To argue earnestly in an attempt to dissuade or show strong disapproval
Fateful
Having great or significant conseqences
Ingrate
An ungrateful person
Injunction
An order or command
2 a court order prohibiting someone from doing something
Moribund
Close to death; in a dying state
Motif
A theme or idea in a work of art or literature that id developed or repeated
Subsidize
To support by giving financial aid
Sumptuous
Extravagantly splendid or costly; luxurious
Voluble
Characterized by a ready flow of words; talkative
Apropos
Adj. Fitting the occasion; suitable or apt.
Ascendancy
N. Controlling influence; domination.
Assess
V. To analyze and determine the nature, value, or importance of.
Assessment n.
Aver
V. To declare positively; to state as the truth.
Concede
V. 1. To admit to be true, often reluctantly.
2. To grant or let have.
Deficient
Adj. Lacking.
Deficiency n.
Dogma
N. An unproven principle or belief held to be true.
Dogmatic adj. Overly positive and assertive about something that cannot be proved.
Embody
V. 1. To put an idea into a form that can be seen.
2. To make part of a system; incorporate.
Impart
V. 1. To make known; disclose.
2. To bestow.
Oratory
N. The art of public speaking.
Orator n. A public speaker.
Oratorical adj.
Propagate
V. 1. To reproduce.
2. To cause to reproduce.
3. To foster the spread of.
Propagation n.
Proponent
N. Someone who proposes or supports an idea; an advocate.
Rudimentary
Adj. 1. Not yet fully developed; basic.
2. Elementary.
Sojourn
N. A visit or temporary stay.
V. To stay for a while.
Vociferous
Adj. Making one's feelings known in a loud way.
callow
(adj.) inexperienced

New to the police force, the callow detective was not prepared for his first case.
contemporary
(n.) existing or occurring at the same time.

While young people tend to prefer contemporary music, the older generation prefers music from the 1970's and the 1980's.
cynical
(adj.) skeptical.

After being dumped by his girlfriend, Jack was cynical about dating other women.
despot
(n.) A ruler with absolute power

The young prince killed everyone who challenged his authority and became the despot of his country.
enunciate
(v.) to pronounce clearly.

When Will was intoxicated, he was hard to understand because he did not enunciate his statements.
impediment
(n.) obstacle.
impoverish
(n.) to make poor.

When my parents lost their jobs and became impoverished, the bank foreclosed on our home.
indolent
(adj.) lazy.

Jackson lost his job because he was an indolent employee who did nothing but sleep at his desk all day.
sagacious
(adj.) wise.

Wise and full of insight, the sagacious leader would live on to better the world.
secular
(adj.) worldly

Since Bill was not a spiritual man, he went out of his way to attend a university with a secular focus.
speculate
(n.) to make guesses.

Since I do not know Jim and Karen, I cannot speculate on the reasons behind their divorce.
strife
(n.) conflict.

If the two countries do not put their strife to rest, they will cause the deaths of thousands of citizens.
venerate
(n.) to show respect

Many people attend religious services to venerate God.
voracious
(adj.) ravenous.

In the jungle, there are many voracious animals that will eat anything they can catch.
wane
(n.) to get smaller or dimmer

If Colin is not winning a game, his interest will wane to the point he no longer wants to play.

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