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adjacent
near, next to, adjoining
hurtle
to rush violently, dash headlong; to fling or hurl forcefully
interminable
endless, so long as to seem endless
dynasty
a powerful family or group of rulers that maintains its position or power for sometime
available
ready for use, at hand
entrepreneur
a person who starts up and takes on the risk of a business
hazard
risk, peril [v.] to expose to danger or harm; to gamble
plague
an easily spread disease causing a large number of deaths; a widespread evil; to annoy or bother
drone
a loafer, idler; a buzzing or humming sound; a remote-control device; a male bee; [v.] to make a buzzing sound; to speak in a dull tone of voice
indulge
to give into a wish or desire, give oneself up to
literate
able to read or write; showing an excellent educational background; having knowledge or training
oration
a public speech for a formal occasion
hostile
unfriendly; unfavorable; warlike, aggressive
inflict
to give or cause something unpleasant, impose
mortify
to hurt someone's feeings deeply; to cause embarrassment or humiliation; to subdue or discipline by self-denial or suffering
scurry
to run quickly; scamper, hurry
anecdote
a short account of an incident in some's life
counterfeit
an imitation designed to deceive; [adj.] not genuine, fake, [v.] to make an illegal copy
dominate
to rule over by strength or power, control; to tower over, command due to height
fallible
capable of being wrong, mistaken, or inaccurate
grim
stern, merciless; fierce, savage, cruel
makeshift
a temporary substitute for something else; [adj.] crude, flimsy or temporary
pending
waiting to be settled; [prep.] until
snare
to trap, catch; [n.] a trap or entanglement
fluster
to make or become confused, agitated, or nervous; [n.] a state of confusion or agitaion
nurture
to bring up, care for, train, nourish; [n.] rearing, training, upbringing
perjury
the act of swearing to a lie
prior
earlier, former
wrath
intense anger
incentive
a reason for doing something; something that stimulates action
legible
easily read
onslaught
a violent attck; a sudden rush of something
prudent
cautious, careful, showing good sense
remnant
a small part remaining behind
flounder
to thrash about in a clumsy or ineffective way
gruesome
horrible, revolting, ghastly
ordeal
a difficult or painful experience, a trial
persist
to continue steadily in a course of action, refuse to stop or be changed; to last, remain
quibble
to evade or belittle a point by twisting words or raising minor objections; [n.] a petty objection
regal
royal, kinglike; fit for a king
hospitable
offering friendly or generous treatment to guests; open to anything new or strange
lavish
overly generous, extravagant; abundant; [v.] to spend or give freely or w/o limit
notorious
widley known b/c of bad conduct
surplus
an amount beyond what is required, excess; [adj] more than what is needed or expected
veto
the power to forbid or prevent; [v.] to prohibit, reject
innumerable
too many to count; w/o number
mar
to spoil, damage, injure
mull
to think about, ponder; to grind or to mix; to heat and flavor w/ spices
stalemate
a situation in which further action by either of two opponents is impossible; [v.] to bring to a standstill
wilt
to become limp and drooping [as a flower], wither; to lose strength and vigor