40 terms

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affront
insult; offense; intentional act of disrespect; V: insult or hurt the feelings of intentionally
allay
to calm or pacify, set to rest; to lessen or relieve
cacophonous
harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
complicity
involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
defunct
no longer existing or functioning
deprecate
to express strong disapproval of
disarray
disorder, confusion; to throw into disorder
dissidence
a difference of opinion; discontent
ebullient
overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
eclectic
made up of a variety of sources or styles
effrontery
shameless boldness, impudence
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a small group
espouse
to take up and support; to become attached to, adopt; to marry
evince
to display clearly, to make evident, to provoke
exigency
urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency
facade
a deceptive outward appearance
foible
a minor weakness in character
fraught
full of or loaded with; accompanied by
indigent
needy, impoverished
jettison
to cast overboard; to discard
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
laconic
concise, using few words
ludicrous
ridiculous, laughable, absurd
minutiae
small or trivial details, trifling matters
murky
dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
pedantry
a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
penchant
a strong inclination or liking
pusillanimous
contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited
rebuff
to snub; to repel, drive away; a curt rejection, a check
redolent
fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
reputed
according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; alleged
rudiments
fundamentals, basics
sequester
to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
shambles
a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion, mess
substantiate
to establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
tantamount
equivalent in effect or value
travesty
a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex; to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion
unremitting
not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless