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nepotism
Favoritism shown to family or friends by one in power
begrudge
to resent another's success; to envy
mandarin
an influential person; a member of an elite group
glutinous
gluey; sticky
enmity
deep-seated hostility, often mutual
declaim
to speak in a dramatic, impassioned, or blustering manner
imbue
to inspire or influence
gaff
a pole with a large hook on one end
quaff
to drink in large quantities; to gulp
bibliophile
a lover of books
gird
to prepare for an event or an action
daunt
to make afraid; to discourage
flux
a state of continual change or movement
hovel
a wretched living place; an open shed
cadaverous
of or like a corpse; pale, gaunt, thin
gothic
of the middle ages; of or relating to a mysterious. grotesque, and desolate style of fiction
penury
extreme poverty
egress
an exit; a means of going out
felicity
happiness; bliss
despot
a dictator with absolute power
beget
to produce; to make happen
educe
to draw or bring out
glean
to collect bit by bit; to gather with patient labor
chafe
to wear or irritate, often through rubbing or friction
effrontery
shameless boldness
imbibe
to drink (especially alcohol)
feign
to pretend
desist
to stop; discontinue
allude
to hint at, to refer to indirectly
elite
the choice members or best of a group
bilk
to scam, cheat, or swindle; to thwart
homily
a sermon
demise
death; a ceasing to exist
emit
to send out; to give forth, as in sound or light
decadence
a moral deterioration (immorality)
aghast
feeling great dismay or horror
granary
a storehouse for grain
choleric
easily angered
impede
to hinder, obstruct
qualm
a feeling of uneasiness
lampoon
a written satire used to ridicule or attack someone
narcissistic
conceited; having excessive self-love or admiration
eradicate
to wipe out; to destroy
fabricate
to concoct; to make up a story in order to deceive
ghastly
horrible; frightful
fallible
capable of error
blatant
obvious; to conspicuous
dawdle
to waste time
affiliate
an associate; partner
fawn
to act slavishly submissive
calumny
a false and malicious accusation
berate
to scold or rebuke severely and at length
minion
a fawning, servile follower
desolate
lonely; forlorn; uninhabited; barren
bane
the cause of ruin, harm, distress, or death
pacify
to calm down
garble
to mix up or distort
prevaricate
to lie
filtch
to steal
neophyte
a beginner
flagrant
glaringly bad; outrageous
patrician
an aristocrat
emissary
one sent on a special mission to represent others
kindred
having similar origin, nature, or character
fracas
a loud quarrel or fight
lacerate
to tear (flesh) jaggedly
futile
useless; pointless
immaculate
spotless; percect
gait
manner of walking
carp
to complain or to find fault in a petty or nagging way
query
to ask; inquire
queue
a line of people or vehicles
nefarious
very wicked; notorious
genesis
beginning; origin
facade
a deceptive outward apperance; a misrepresentation