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annihilate
v. 1. to destroy (someone or something) completely; 2. to defeat (someone) completely
brood
v. 1. to sit on or incubate (eggs); 2. to think anxiously or gloomily about; to ponder; to dwell gloomily on a subject
coercion
n. 1. use of force or intimidation to obtain compliance; 2. the force or the power to use force to gain compliance
communal
adj. 1a. characterized by collective ownership and use of property; 1b. participated in, shared, or used equally by members of a group or community
contingency
n. 1. an event (as an emergency) that may but it not certain to occur; 2. something that is liable to happen as a result of something else
contort
v. to twist in a violent manner; to twist into or as if into a strained shape or expression
dank
adj. wet and cold in a way that is unpleasant
degradation
n. 1. the act or process of damaging or ruining something; 2. the act of treating someone or something poorly or without respect
demure
n. 1. reserved, modest, quiet and polite; 2. affectedly or artificially modest, reserved or serious; coy
dingy
adj. dirty, unclean; shabby, squalid
embolden
v. to instill with courage; to make (someone) more confident
engulf
v. to flow over and enclose or cover; overwhelm
ephemeral
adj. 1. lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory; 2. lasting by one day
exult
v. to show or feel a lively or triumphant joy; rejoice exceedingly; be highly elated or jubilant
gyrate
v. 1. to revolve around a point or axis; 2. to oscillate with or as if with a circular or spiral motion
haphazard
adj. marked by lack of plan, order, or direction
interminable
adj. 1. seeming to have no end; wearisomely protracted
intrigue
v. 1. to arouse the interest, desire, or curiosity of; 2. to get, make, or accomplish by secret scheming; to cheat or trick
irrepressible
adj. impossible to hold back, stop, or control
jettison
v 1. to drop (something) from a moving ship, airplane, etc.;2. to get rid of (something); to reject (something, such as a plan or idea)
knoll
n. a small round hill; mound
magnanimity
n. 1. loftiness of spirit enabling one to bear trouble calmly, to disdain meanness and pettiness, and to display a noble generosity; 2. a magnanimous act
masochistic
adj. 1. gratified by pain, degradation, deprivation, etc. inflicted upon oneself either by one's own actions or the actions of others; 2. tending to be self-destructive; 3. tending to find pleasure in self-denial, submissiveness, degredation, etc.
mitigate
v. 1. to cause to become less harsh or hostile; mollify; 2. to make less severe or painful; alleviate
mull
v. 1. to grind or mix thoroughly; pulverize; 2. to consider at length; ponder--often used with over
needle
v. to tease or torment; to incite to action by repeated gibes
perversely
adv. 1. done with a wilful determination to go against what is expected or desired; 2. persistently or obstinately wrong
precocious
adj. 1. showing early development; 2. exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age
presumptuously
adv. done or made without permission, right, or good reason
rapt
adj. 1. transported with emotion; 2. wholly absorbed; engrossed
solemn
adj. 1. marked by the observance of established form or ceremony; 2a. awe-inspiring; sublime; 2b. marked by a grave sedateness and earnest sobriety; 2c. somber, gloomy
tumultuous
adj. 1. loud, excited and emotional; 2. marked by violent or overwhelming turbulence or upheaval
undulate
v. 1. to form or move in waves; fluctuate; 2. to rise and fall in volume, pitch or cadence; 3. to present a wavy appearance .
virtuoso
n. 1. an experimenter or investigator or one with specialized knowledge especially in the arts and sciences; savant; 2. one skilled in or having a taste for the arts; 3. one who excels in the technique of an art, esp. a highly skilled musical performer; 4. a person who has great skill at some endeavor