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to live or dwell in
not clearly visible or attracting attention; not conspicuous.
in a turned or twisted position or direction; wrong, out of the right or hoped-for course
A positive stress that energizes a person and helps a person reach a goal
to fear greatly
(n.) poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
become much greater in intensity or size or amount
(v.) to achieve, arrive at (The athletes strived to attain their best times in competition.)
to understand or to take hold of something tightly with the hands
cause to exist; produce
aplenty; in abundance; plentiful; abundant
to hold attention tightly, as if physically attached
(adj.) absolute; pure; easily seen through, as applied to cloth
a small piece of something
difficult to understand; profound
the guilty person
(v.) to make impossible, prevent, shut out
a limit below which a stimulus causes no reaction
a particular manner of speaking
to tease; to promise and then withhold never giving it.
a too costly victory
concise, using few words
extremely harsh and severe
an elaborate or prolonged lamentation; any tale of woe
great sorrow, grief, or misfortune
guide who explains to tourists the history and special features of a place
(n.) an agent or force inflicting vengeance or punishment; retribution itself; an unbeatable rival
thespian (adj. or n.)
pertaining to the drama or acting; actor
a terrible destructive or irresistible force or thing
excessively sentimental, overly self-pitying
to bully; to pester, usually through words.
calm, casual, cool and confident
skillful, expert in the use of the hands or mind
trickery or subterfuge
(v.) to object, to oppose or take exception to; (n.) an objection
indifferent; lacking concern, care or interest.
a person who has recently reached a position of power; a social climber
noun: a person who has suddenly become wealthy or celebrity, but not socially accepted as part of a higher class
Synonyms : arriviste , nouveau-riche , upstart
The theater was full of parvenus who each thought that they were surrounded by true aristocrats.
mutual understanding and harmony
no longer fashionable; out of date
(n.) a hiding place; something hidden or stored for future use
witty, skillful storyteller
a sudden attack by troops from a defensive position
(adj.) awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy
cold-blooded composure or coolness, especially in trying circumstances and under pressure
A person who serves as a connection between individuals or groups; a go-between
(n.) a representative or messenger (as of a government)
obligations of a son or a daughter
amusing in an odd way
a socially awkward or tactless act
in lieu of
in place of
a person whose unconventional or controversial behavior or ideas shock, embarrass, or annoy others
a private conversation between two people
a familiarity and ease with polite society
the ability to say and do the right thing in any situation; social competence
esprit de corps
feeling of union and common interest pervading a group; devotion to a group or to its ideals
Art or writing of a pretentious but shallow nature. Lacks value.
A person that appears to be a double of another person
broken and useless; no longer working or effective.
the defining spirit or mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time
delight in another person's misfortune
A novel or story whose theme is the moral or psychological growth of the main character.
(n.) a fortress that overlooks and protects a city; any strong or commanding place
A work of literature meant to ridicule a subject; a grotesque imitation.
Mix of incongruous parts; artistic work mix of elements that usually don't go together.