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25 terms

CMS Wordmasters 8-3

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sheen
N. A shine; a lustre; a brightness
reverberate
(v) to re-echo, resound; to reflect or be reflected repeatedly; to repeat in a series of vibrations
importunate
adj. Urgent in character, request, or demand; extremely demanding, insistent
supplicant
adj. asking humbly and earnestly; praying for forgiveness (not necessarily religious)
N. one who makes a request humbly and earnestly, a petitioner, suitor, a beggar
constrain
V. to confine, inhibit, or hold back by force or necessity
lugubrious
adj. mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
contumely
n. insolent reproach or abuse; insulting or offensively contemptuous language or treatment; scornful rudeness
raze
V. to tear down, destroy completely; to cut or scrape off or out
diaphanous
adj. very sheer and light; almost completely transparent
antecedent
adj. going before; preceding;
N. the word a pronoun replaces; an occurrence or event preceding another
foment
(v.) to promote trouble or rebellion; to apply warm liquids to, warm
imperious
(adj.) able to act in an authoritative manner; overbearing, arrogant; seeking to dominate; pressing, compelling
demagogue
n. an orator who appeals to the passions and prejudices of his audience; a leader who uses his follows emotions to manipulate
whet
v. to sharpen, put an edge on; to make keen or eager
clamorous
adj. Conspicuously and offensively loud; urgent in complaint or demand
nicety
N. subtlety; precision; minute distinction; fine point
ricochet
v. to rebound at least once from a surface; reflect back; spring back
evanescent
(adj.) vanishing, soon passing away; light and airy, like a vapor
precursor
N. an indication of the approach of something or someone; a person who comes before someone or something else; the things necessary for an event to occur
disseminate
V. to spread the seeds of something; to scatter; to make widely known
fawning
adj. attempting to win favor by flattery;
V. exhibit affection as a dog; to seek favor or attention by flattering
hoi polloi
N. the common people; the masses; the rank and file
obliterate
V. do away with completely, without leaving a trace; reduce to nothingness
dolorous
adj. showing sorrow or pain
relic
n. a memento; something of historic interest that has survived from the past