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Unpolished Gem Part 2

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tedium
dullness owing to length or slowness
intangible
assets that are saleable though not material or physical
vagaries
an unpredictable or erratic action
melodrama
an extravagant comedy in which action is more important than characterization
squander
spend thoughtlessly
catatonia
state of unresponsiveness to one's outside environment, usually including muscle rigidity, staring, and inability to communicate
summoned
called to come
haunt
a place regularly visited; a hang-out
scruffy
shabby and untidy
dumbfounded
as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise
bewildered
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
insufferable
intolerable; unbearable
depravities
corrupt, wicked state
nuisance
annoying
adamant
not capable of being swayed; unyielding; firm in opinion
allocated
measured out; distributed
veer
turn sharply
angst
anxiety; fear; dread
tertiary
third in succession
sterile
free from germs
flaunter
a show off
scruples
the ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
vicariously
indirectly, as, by, or through a substitute
evidentiary
pertaining to or constituting evidence
lament
regret strongly
platonic
marked by the absence of romance or physical attraction
interrogate
pose a series of questions to
barricade
a roadblock; or to put up a roadblock
pry
be nosey
construed
interpreted
ensured
make certain that something shall occur or be the case
frailty
weakness
hysterical
marked by excessive or uncontrollable emotion
laden
fill or place a load on
annihilate
kill in large numbers
skulking
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy
appendages
jointed structures such as wings, legs, or antennae
sedate
cause to be calm or quiet
impassioned
characterized by intense emotion
impoverished
poor enough to need help from others
proleteriat
working class
disenfranchised
deprived of the rights of citizenship especially the right to vote
kindred
group of people related by blood or marriage
solemn
serious; grave
incredulous
disbelieving, skeptical
legions
groups of up to 6,000 soldiers
melding
a combination of various things
miasma
a noxious or poisonous atmosphere
quagmire
marsh; difficult situation
listless
lacking zest or vivacity
whammy
a serious or devastating setback
rotund
excessively fat
sad-sack
a person regarded as extremely inept and clumsy
berets
type of cap
dexterity
skill in physical movement
in synch
in time
taffeta
a crisp smooth lustrous fabric
ciggies
slang for cigarettes
veritable
actual, true, real
petting
sexual touch
sedulous
diligent
abhorred
regarded with horror or loathing
mien
dignified manner or conduct
panacea
hypothetical remedy for all ills or diseases
improvise
compose on the spur of the moment; make-do
alleviate
make easier, relieve
delerious
crazed
anticipation
the act of predicting or expecting
cadaver
the dead body of a human being
pervert
a person whose sexual behavior deviates from the norm
paedophile
an adult who is sexually attracted to children
fornicating
having sex outside of marriage
perdition
damnation; ruin; hell
chivalry
courtesy towards women
proleterian
a member of the working class
stigma
a symbol of disgrace or infamy
whinged
to complain or protest, especially in an annoying or persistent manner
fuming
boiling over with anger
servitude
slavery, forced labor
automaton
someone who acts or responds in a mechanical or apathetic way
amnesiac
a person suffering from a loss of memory
impale
pierce with a sharp stake or point
scalpel
a thin, straight knife used in surgery
portal
A door, gate, or entrance
ricocheted
bounced from one or more surfaces
foetal
referring to a child before birth, while it's still being formed
squelched
subdued or overcome
exuberant
joyously unrestrained
shambles
a condition of great disorder
dishevelled
in disarray, disorder
ventured
to go some place new, possibly risky
nook and cranny
small, hidden place
nape
the back side of the neck
inconsolable
very sad; unable to be comforted
hideous
very ugly, offensive, shocking
disdainful
expressing extreme contempt
vibrant
full of life
cheeky
offensively bold
coax
persuade
didactic
instructive, designed to teach
badgering
nagging or bothering
slack jawed
an open-mouthed position with the jaw hanging loosely, indicating bewilderment or astonishment
trepidation
a feeling of alarm or dread
kiln
oven
enclosed
closed in
redress
to set right, remedy; relief from wrong or injury
gypped
cheated
oblivious
unaware
diminuative
very small
defied
openly resist or refuse to obey
pulverized
to grind or crush to powder
peripheral
on or near an edge or constituting an outer boundary
ploughed
To break and turn over
solvent
capable of meeting financial obligations
clamour
loud and persistent outcry
standing ovation
enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
precocious
talented beyond one's age
rivulets
little streams
epoch
period of time
bequeathed
handed down usually after death
eons
an extremely long time
cooties
slang for bugs; lice
absent mindedly
preoccupied; forgetful
fetid
having a bad odor
sooking
sulking; displaying dispelasure
crimps
someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers to pay off debts
crusade
a series of actions advancing a principle or tending toward a particular end
fermenting
undergoing a chemical change in which sugar changes to alcohol
tantrum
a display of bad temper
flailing
moving or waving about
thermal
rising current of warm air
incontinence
inability to hold urine
ingeniousness
inventiveness; the power of creative imagination
rummaged
searched; sorted through
outworker
a worker who does their work away from the main place of production