49 terms

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imprecate
wish harm upon; invoke evil upon
precarious
dangerously lacking in security or stability; subject to chance or unknown conditions
protrude
to stick out or project
unobtrusive
not undesirably noticeable or blatant; inconspicuous
intervene
get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; be placed or located between other things or extend between spaces and events; occur between other event or between certain points of time
venue
the scene or setting in which something takes place; a locale; place for large gatherings, as a sports stadium
crucify
to put to death by nailing or binding the hands and feet to a cross; to treat with gross injustice; persecute; torment; torture
crux
the basic, central, or critical point or feature
crusade
any of the medieval military expeditions undertaken by European Christians to recapture the Holy Land from the Muslims; a vigorous campaign in favour of a cause
congregate
to bring or come together in a group, crowd, or assembly
gregarious
inclined to associate with others, fond of company; sociable
cohabit
to live together as husband and wife without being married; to coexist, as animals of different species
habitual
being such by force of habit; established by long use; usual
inhibition
something that restrains, blocks, or suppresses; conscious or unconscious restraint of a behavioral process, a desire, or an impulse
prohibitive
so high or burdensome as to discourage purchase or use; so likely to win as to discourage competition
proclaim
shout publicly/forth
proceed
go forward
repel
push back
record
bring back to mind
redeem
buy back
retrogressive
tending to step/move backwards
retroactive
influencing or applying to a period prior to enactment
retrovirus
any of a family of single-stranded RNA viruses having a helical envelope and containing an enzyme that allows for a reversal of genetic transcription - the KEY ASPECT - from RNA to DNA rather than the usual DNA to RNA, the newly transcribed viral DNA being incorporated into the host cell's DNA strand for the production of new RNA retroviruses: the family includes the AIDS virus and certain oncogene-carrying viruses implicated in various cancers
secure
away from/free from care
seduce
lead apart
secede
to withdraw formally from an alliance, federation, or association, as from a political union, a religious organization, etc.
segregate
to separate or set apart from others or from the main body or group; isolate
sedition
incitement of discontent or rebellion against a government; any action, esp. in speech or writing, promoting such discontent or rebellion
subtract
draw from under
subsidy
financial assistance given by one person or government to another in support of an enterprise regarded as being in the public interest
substratum
an underlying layer; a foundation or groundwork - plural: subtrata
subterfuge
evasion, fleeing in secret; a deceptive stratagem or device
superimpose
put over/on top
superfluous
that exceeds what is sufficient; of which there is more than enough; excessively abundant or numerous
superannuated
too old to be useful; outmoded; obsolete
supremacist
a person who believes he is better or higher than others in rank
surcharge
an extra charge
transgress
to go beyond the limits imposed by a law, command, etc.; violate; infringe
traverse
to pass or move over, along, or through
travesty
an exaggerated or grotesque imitation, such as a parody of a literary work; a debased or grotesque likeness—literally, to dress beyond
ultraconservative
very conservative
ultramodern
very advanced in design; characterized by latest, up-to-date ideas, style, or techniques
contortionist
one who can twist his or her body into odd postures, especially an acrobat capable of twisting into extraordinary positions
distort
to twist out of a proper or natural relation of parts; misshape; 2. to give a false or misleading account of; misrepresent; 3. to cause to work in a twisted or disorderly manner; pervert
extort
to obtain from another by coercion or intimidation. 2. Wrest (money, promises, etc.) from a person by force
retort (v)
to reply to, usually in a sharp or retaliatory way; 2. to return (an accusation, epithet, etc.) upon the person uttering it; 3. to answer (an argument or the like) by another to the contrary
retort (n)
a severe, incisive, or witty reply, esp. one that counters a first speaker's statement, argument, etc.
torsion
act of twisting; stress caused by twisting forces exerted on a body
tortuous
full of twists or curves; winding, as a tortuous