36 terms

days 9-16

avid (adj.)
cajole (v.t.)
rudimentary (adj.)
elementary, basic
enhance (v.t.)
nuance (n.)
slight variation in meaning, tone, appearance, etc.
loathe (v.t.)
hate/dislike greatly/abhor
reprimand (v.t.)
show sharp disapproval/scold severely
lackluster (adj.)
caustic (adj.)
sarcastic/biting/stinging/causing a burning or stinging sensation
wrest (v.t.)
take by force/seize
infamous (adj.)
having an exceedingly bad reputation/evil
jostle (v.i.&t.)
shove hard/vie for an advantage or a position/come into rough contact with while moving
dupe (n.)
person easily tricked
incipient (adj.)
just beginning to exist/in the very initial stage
inadvertent (adj.)
heedless/inattentive/due to an oversight or neglect
ominous (adj.)
threatening/menacing/serving as an (evil) omen
tremulous (adj.)
repudiate (v.t.)
reject the validity or authority of/disown (e.g., a child)
cessation (n.)
bristle (v.i.)
stiffen with fear or anger/have one's hair stand up
euphemism (n.)
a less offensive term/saying something in a less direct way (to make it sound less bad)
mundane (adj.)
incongruous (adj.)
incompatible/lacking in harmony/not in agreement/inconsistent
condolence (n.)
pity/expression of sympathy
stipulate (v.t.&i.)
specify conditions/require by contract/make an express demand or provision in an agreement
alacrity (n.)
briskness/lively action/eagerness/swiftness/speed/celerity
disdain (n.)
belligerent (adj.)
hostile/warlike/aggressive/inclined or eager to fight/combative
intimidate (v.t.)
overawe/daunt/fill with fear
feint (n.)
false attack/deceptive action to divert attention from one's real purpose
to beard the lion in his den
visit or oppose a person on his own grounds
crocodile tears
insincere tears (crocodiles were said to cry while eating their prey)
to carry the day
win the approval of the majority/win a majority of votes
skid row
disreputable part of town, inhabited be derelicts and people "on the skid"
to go up in smoke
come to no practical result,the intended result comes to naught
to thrown down the gauntlet
challenge someone