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Wordmaster Round 2, 8th gold 2014

Wordmaster gold words for round 2 of the 2013/2014 year.
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greenhorn
A beginner; someone new to a field or activity; newbie or novice; an inexperienced person, particularly with regard to the outdoors ("tenderfoot")
burnish
(v.) to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; polish, shine, buff, rub
1.(n.) gloss, brightness, luster. 2.the shine on a highly polished surface.
inscrutable
(Adj) Impossible to understand; impenetrable; not easily understood; mysterious; incapable of being seen through physically
synonyms:enigmatic, mysterious, unreadable, inexplicable, unexplainable, incomprehensible, impenetrable, unfathomable, unknowable;
opaque,
deference
(n.) courteous yielding to the wishes and ideas of another person; great respect marked by submission, as to a superior
foment
(v)1. incite, instigate, stir up, promote the growth of; 2. (Old )apply medicated liquid to a body part
synonyms: instigate, incite, provoke, agitate, excite, stir up, whip up, encourage, urge
vapid
(adj) offering nothing that is stimulating or challenging; Not lively; without spirit
synonyms: insipid, uninspired, colorless, uninteresting, feeble, flat, dull, boring, tedious, tired, unexciting, uninspiring, unimaginative, uninvolving, lifeless, tame, vacuous, bland, trite, jejune
patina
n. 1. a sheen on a surface resulting from age and use; 2. A green film that forms on copper exposed to the elements
cede
(v.) 1. to give up, surrender; 2. to hand over to another; relinquish possession or control over
synonyms: surrender, concede, relinquish, yield
protean
(adj.) - 1. Displaying considerable variety or diversity; able to do many different things 2. Readily assuming different shapes or forms.
versatile, adaptable, flexible, all-around, multifaceted,
effrontery
(n) shameless boldness, impudence; insolent or impertinent behavior, Flippant or insulting boldness
synonyms: cockiness, audacity, temerity, presumption, nerve, gall, impoliteness, disrespect, bad manners
whet
(v.) 1)To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone. 2)To make more keen; stimulate:
synonyms: sharpen, hone, strop, grind, file
(n). (old) It can be the item that increases your appetite
inchoate
(adj) in an initial stage; not fully formed; underdeveloped, unorganized; just beginning, rudimentary, incipient
cloister
(v.) 1. to confine; seclude
(n) 2. A covered walk along the inside walls of a building, usually looking out on a courtyard
a monastery or convent where religious people live and work.
(adj) 3. To shut away; secluded
encroach
Verb 1. intrude on(a person's territory a thing considered to be a right).:"rather than encroach on his privacy, she might have kept to her room."
pedestrian
Noun 1. a person walking along a road or in a developed area. (Adj.) 2. lacking inspiration or excitement; dull.:"disenchantment with their present, pedestrian lives." synonyms: walker, person on foot, dull, boring
chicanery
(noun) 1. the use of trickery to achieve a political, financial, or legal purpose.:"an underhanded person who schemes corruption and political chicanery behind closed doors." synonyms: trickery, deception, dishonesty
acquiesce
(v) 1. accept something reluctantly but without protest.:"Sara acquiesced in her decision." synonyms: agree, accept, approve
transient
(adj.) 1. lasting only for a short time; impermanent.:"a transient cold spell." (noun) 2. a person who is staying or working for a short time. Synonyms: short-term, brief, temporary
maverick
(noun) 1. an unorthodox or independent-minded person. (adj.) 2. unorthodox.:"a maverick detective." synonyms: free spirit, original, eccentric
incarcerate
(v) 1. imprison or confine.:"many are incarcerated for property offenses" synonyms: imprison, put in prison, hold, detain
tractable
(adj.) 1. (of a person or animal) easy to control or influence.: "tractable dogs that have had some obedience training." synonyms: obedient, submissive, doctile
finesse
(noun) 1. intricate and refined delicacy.: "orchestral playing of great finesse." (v) 2. (something) in a subtle and delicate manner.: "his third short, which he attempted to finesse, failed by a fraction." synonyms: skill, skillfulness, expertise
castigate
(v) 1. reprimand(someone) severely.: "he was castigated for not setting a good example." synonyms: schold, berate
peremptory
(adj.) 1. esp. of a person's manner or actions. insisting on immediate attention or obedience, esp. in a brusquely imperious way.: "Just do it!" came the peremptory reply." synonyms: arrogant, over-bearing
acumen
(noun) 1. the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions, typically in a particular domain.: "business acumen." synonyms: sharpness, cleverness, smartness, brains.