Lesson 57 Definitions

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acumen
mental sharpness
allegory
symbolical narrative; treatment of one subject under the guise of another
autocrat
a person with unlimited influence and authority (usually a negative word)
conjecture
an interference or conclusion drawn or deduced by surmise or guesswork
conspicuous
obvious, noticeable, attracting attention
domicile
home or residence, abode
excoriate
to strongly denounce or to censure
gaunt
very thin, emaciated, angular
incapacitate
to make incapable or unfit; to deprive of capacity
iridescence
the quality of exhibiting rainbow-like colors, brilliant appearance
licentious
lacking moral or sexual restraint, wanton
menagerie
a collection of live wild animals on exhibition, a varied mixture
nihilist
one who believes in total rejection of established laws and institutions
pastiche
a hodgepodge
plausible
seemingly acceptable, believable, or possible
profundity
profound knowledge, intellectual depth
refuge
shelter or place of protection
rivulet
a small stream, brook
serpentine
resembling a serpent, wily or tempting; diabolical
stoke
to stir up, to amply feed
stooped
bent forward from the middle of the back
temperate
exercising self-control
trowel
flat bladed hand tool used to work with mortar or to dig holes for plants
unwieldy
difficult to manage due to size
vivify
to make more lively