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20 terms

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atrophy
the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure; to waste away
complicity
(n.) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice
consummate
complete or perfect in the highest degree; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
delineate
to portray, sketch, or describe in accurate and vivid detail; to represent pictorially
effigy
a crude image of a despised person
esoteric
intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret
fecund
fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive
frenetic
frenzied, highly agitated
grouse
(n.) a type of game bird; a complaint; (v.) to complain, grumble
idiosyncrasy
a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify
indictment
any charge, accusation, serious criticism, or cause for blame
jocular
humorous, jesting, jolly, joking
moot
(adj.) of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic; open to discussion and debate, unresolved; (v.) to bring up for discussion; (n.) a hypothetical law case argued by students
nettle
a prickly or stinging plant; to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely
nuance
a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality), delicate gradation or shade of difference
perspicacity
keenness in observing and understanding
recumbent
in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting
reputed
(adj.) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation; (part.) alleged
stratagem
a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end
ubiquitous
present or existing everywhere