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egalitarian
equal; believed in equality
catholic
encompassing all
fetid
rotten, putrid
estranged
separated; alienated
incongruous
dissimilar, not matching
circuit
closed circular line around an area; circumference
sluice
artificial channel for directing or controlling the flow of water
nuisance
annoyance
aerie
nest of a large bird of prey
trappings
outward decorations; ornaments (as an outward sign of rank)
rancorous
vengeful, resentful, bitter
abate
lessen, weaken
slake
satisfy (thirst); quench; sate
stanza
division of a poem (composed of two or more lines)
disparate
different, incompatible
sanctimonious
falsely pious or self righteous
martial
pertaining to marriage
chromatic
relating to or having a lot of color
grievance
cause of complaint; complaint
append
attach
provision
act of providing; something provided; preparatory measure; provisions: necessary supplies
hilarity
great laughter
unearth
dig up; discover (facts) by careful searching
depreciate
to lessen in value
vain
full of self-admiration; conceited; without rest; unsuccessful
disavowed
disclaimed
esteemed
honored, respected
semblance
outward appearance; guise
attest
testify; bear witness
besiege
to attack, to surround on all sides
regenerate
to renew, regrow
finagle
wheedle; wangle; trick
juxtapose
place side by side
sadistic
inclined to cruelty
morbid
obsessed with death
mangle
tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure
meticulous
very careful, observany
fluency
smoothness of speech
conjoined
joined or fused together
sterile
empty, infertile
impinge
to interfere or restrict
proscenium
part of stage in front of curtain; front arch of a stage
mangy
shabby; wretched; suffering from mange; of bad appearance
effervescence
inner excitement or exuberance; showing high spirits
morgue
mortuary; place where bodies are kept before burial or cremation
symbolizing
acting as a symbol of
fresco
painting on wet plaster (usually fresh)
outburst
an angry outcry or speech
bon
good
egotism
tendency to speak or write of oneself excessively; conceit; self-importance
urchin
mischievous child (usually a boy)
undermine
weaken, compromise
chant
tune (melody) in which a number of words are sung on the same note
demotic
of or pertaining to the people
fluke
unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck
anguish
acute pain; extreme suffering
harping
tiresome dwelling on a subject
hostage
person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy
waif
a pitiful or homeless child
catharsis
a release of emotions
amazon
a female warrior
remorse
deep regret for wrongdoing; guilt; self-reproach
apiculture
bee-keeping
laborious
difficult, arduous
escapade
prank; flighty conduct; reckless adventure that disobeys rules
cagey
clever, shrewd
torpor
lassitude, enervation
disapprobation
disapproval; condemnation
vex
annoy; distress
denuded
stripped
denotation
meaning; distinguishing by name
secluded
isolated, alone
mealymouthed
indirect in speech (when something unpleasant must be said); hypocritical; evasive
heyday
time of somebody's greatest popularity
credo
set of beliefs
unadorned
plain, without decoration
depravity
moral corruption
slither
slip or slide
executioner
person administering capital punishment
draft
first rough form; conscription; draught
purport
intention; purpose; meaning
beneficial
having good or positive effects
chronology
time line
debutante
young woman making formal entrance into society
comity
courtesy; civility
flaunting
showing off
gentile
one who is not Jewish
stamina
power of endurance; strength; staying power
material
made of physical matter; unspiritual; important
luster
shine, gloss or sparkle
dispelled
removed; made to disappear
legacy
gift made by a will; something handed down from an ancestor
paramour
illicit lover
superficial
on surface only, without depth or substance
toss
throw lightly; move or lift (the head) with a sudden motion; flip (a coin) to decide something
lout
buffoon, fool
transpire
become known; be revealed; happen; give off (watery waste matter) thorough pores
underling
subordinate, follower
limbo
region near heaven or hell where certain souls are kept; prison (slang)
menangerie
collection of wild animals on exhibition; zoo
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