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malediction
the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil (and usually serves as an insult)
diluvial
relating to a flood
spartan
marked by simplicity and lack of luxury
decorous
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
fecundity
the state of being fertile
dyspeptic
irritable as if suffering from indigestion
mawkish
Excessively and objectionably sentimental
sphinx
an inscrutable person who keeps his thoughts and intentions secret
siren
a woman who is considered to be dangerously seductive
finicky
exacting especially about details
modality
a particular method or procedure
ineluctable
impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"
contrived
showing effects of planning or manipulation
suffrage
the right to vote
summarily
without delay or formality
primacy
the state of being first in importance
splice
joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together
mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
mettle
the courage to carry on
finesse
delicate skill
condone
overlook; forgive; give tacit approval; excuse
blazed
to burn or shine brightly
subsume
consider (an instance of something) as part of a general rule or principle
toupee
a small hairpiece to cover partial baldness; wig
requiem
a Mass celebrated for the dead
frieze
a decorative band running across the upper part of a wall
arabesque
Islamic art/geometric patterns that are repeated over and over
despot
a cruel and oppressive dictator
tyranny
oppressive government
liberality
the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
entreat
to beg
hoodwink
to mislead by a trick, deceive. opposite of disabuse.
poignant
deeply affecting, touching; keen or sharp in taste or smell
ruffian
a cruel and brutal fellow
dolt
a person who is not very bright
ironclad
without flaws or loopholes. inflexibly entrenched and unchangeable
veneer
coating consisting of a thin layer of superior wood glued to a base of inferior wood
gnaw
become ground down or deteriorate
trudge
to walk in a heavy-footed way
plod
to walk heavily or slowly; to work slowly
mince
walk daintily
stride
walk with long steps
impetuous
rash, impulsive
foment
try to stir up public opinion
squelch
to suppress; to crush completely;
aqueduct
a structure that carries water over long distances
bacterium
a microbe
garnishment
A court order attaching a debtor's property or wages to pay off a debt
florid
elaborately or excessively ornamented
churlish
rude
impartial
unbiased; neutral
touchy
sensitive; irascible
preempt
head off; forestall by acting first; appropriate for oneself; supplant
superintend
watch and direct
sneer
smile contemptuously
arboreal
living in trees
sidereal
of or relating to the stars or constellations
ostracism
exclusion from a group
veneration
profound respect
ambivalent
having mixed or contradictory feelings about something
demagogue
person who appeals to people's prejudice; false leader of people;
fidget
to move restlessly
regale
to entertain or delight
consternation
fear resulting from the awareness of danger
stark
severe or bare; complete or extreme
ornate
rich in decorative detail
waft
moved gently by wind or waves
flail
to wave or swing vigorously; to thrash
insolent
boldly rude or disrespectful
lackluster
lacking luster or shine; lacking in vitality or force or conviction. uninspired.
grievous
bad or very severe
vehement
characterized by great force or energy
feckless
not fit to assume responsibility "effect-less"
foolhardy
reckless; bold without judgment
gavel
a small mallet used by a presiding officer or a judge
lint
fine ravellings of cotton or linen fibers
gristle
cartilage, especially when present in tough, inedible tissue in meat
colander
bowl-shaped strainer
glib
marked by an ease in speaking or writing that often shows lack of concern or sincerity
profundity
intellectual depth
peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal
precept
a rule of conduct or action; a writ or warrant;
notoriety
unfavorable fame