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abeyance
not happening until later or being used at the present time
abnegation
the act of giving up something, especially something you would like to keep
abrogate
to officially get rid of a law or political arrangement, often without the agreement of the other people, groups etc. involved
abscond
to escape from a place where you are being kept as a punishment (2) to suddenly leave a place and take something with you that does not belong to you
acidulous
sharp-tasting; sour (2) bitter or cutting remarks or tone
acuity
the ability to see or think very clearly and quickly
adage
a well-known phrase that says something about life and human experience
apotheosis
the perfect example of something (2) the elevation of someone to divine status
astringent
an astringent substance or liquid makes your skin drier or helps to stop a cut from bleeding (2) an astringent taste is one that is strong and bitter (3) an astringent remark is one that criticizes someone severely
asunder
apart
azure
bright blue
ballast
a substance such as water, sand, or metal that is carried in ships or large balloons to help them remain steady
berate
to talk to someone in an angry way because he or she has done something wrong
bowdlerize
to remove the parts of a book, film, or play that are likely to offend people, with the result that it is not as good
calumny
a comment about someone that is not fair or true and is intended to damage his or her reputation
cardinal
a priest with a very senior position in the Roman Catholic Church, below that of the pope
carnage
a situation in which there is a lot of death and destruction (2) a situation that is difficult or full of problems
chide
to criticize someone, or to speak to him or her in an angry way because you think his or her behavior is wrong
clout
the authority to make decisions, or the power to influence events (2) a hard hit with your hand
conceit
a conceited attitude or way of behaving (2) a clever and unusual idea or way of comparing things, especially in poetry
conglomeration
a collection of many different types of things
connubial
relating to marriage
credence
if an idea gains credence, people become more likely to believe it (2) to believe that something is true (3) to make people think that something is likely to be true
creed
a set of religious beliefs (2) a set of beliefs about how people should live or behave
daub
to spread a wet substance such as paint on a surface in a careless way
discursive
including information that is not relevant to the main subject
effrontery
behavior that is rude or that shows a lack of respect
emollient
designed to make your skin softer or less painful (2) intended to make you calmer or less angry
epicure
someone who enjoys good food and drink
excise
a tax that a government charges on services used and goods sold inside its country
excoriate
to criticize (someone or something) very harshly
exigent
needing immediate help or action
expurgated
published after someone has removed parts that he or she considers unsuitable or offensive
extricate
to get someone out of a difficult or unpleasant situation (2) to get someone or something out of a place, when doing so is difficult or dangerous
facet
an aspect of something such as a situation or someone's character (2) one of the flat sides of a jewel
feint
a movement that you pretend to make, especially to trick an opponent in a sport or fight
fluster
to make someone feel confused, embarrassed, or nervous
fulsome
praising or thanking someone a lot, especially in a way that does not seem sincere
halcyon
very happy and peaceful or successful
harbinger
a sign that something will happen soon, often something bad
hoax
a trick in which someone deliberately tells people that something bad is going to happen or that something is true when it is not
imbibe
to drink something (2) if you imbibe ideas, feelings, or qualities, you experience them and are influenced by them
imponderable
something that is impossible to judge or calculate exactly
infernal
used for emphasizing how unpleasant or annoying someone or something is (2) relating to hell (=the place where bad people are sometimes believed to go when they die)
interloper
someone who is in a place or group but is not wanted by the other people there
juncture
a stage in a process or activity
limpid
transparent, or clear
malediction
a magical word or phrase uttered with the intention of bringing about evil (2) a curse
manifold
of many different kinds
nascent
beginning or formed recently
nepotism
the practice of using your power and influence to give jobs to people in your family instead of to people who deserve to have them
nuptial
concerning marriages or weddings
odious
very unpleasant
pejorative
a pejorative word, phrase etc. expresses criticism or a bad opinion of someone or something
perjury
the crime of lying when you give evidence in a court of law
pittance
an amount of money that is so small that it seems unfair
portent
a warning or warnings about the future
prevaricate
to avoid saying or doing something because you want to cause a delay or hide the truth
remuneration
payment or other rewards that you get for your work
sate
to fill (someone) with food so that no more is wanted
skulk
to move around or to wait somewhere in a secret way, especially because you are going to do something bad
specious
seeming to be true but in fact wrong
stipend
money paid regularly to someone
stipulate
to say what is allowed or what is necessary
succor
to help someone
surrogate
someone or something that replaces another person or thing as their representative
thespian
an actor
tinder
dry wood, grass etc. used for lighting fires
trepidation
fear, or nervousness
truculent
easily annoyed and always ready to argue or fight
truncated
made shorter, especially by having the end or top removed
undulate
to move gently up and down in the shape of waves on the sea
vagary
an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion
vicissitude
changes and unexpected difficulties
voyeur
someone who gets sexual pleasure by watching other people take off their clothes or have sex, usually secretly