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attain
to succeed in achieving something after trying a long time
canine
relating to dogs
cacophonous
a loud unpleasant mixture of sounds
imprudent
someone's behavior is not sensible or carefully thought out
berate
formal to speak angrily to someone because they have done something wrong
mock
to laugh at someone or something and try to make them look stupid by saying unkind things about them or copying them
wizardry
impressive ability at something or an impressive achievement
tonic
making you feel happier or healthier
maritime
relating to the sea or ships
balk
to stop someone or something from getting or achieving what they want; to not want to do or try something
overwrought
very upset, nervous, and worried
redoubtable
someone who is redoubtable is a person you respect or fear
drone
someone who has a good life but does not work to earn it or give anything back to society; a male bee that does not work
quip
clever and amus remarks
loathe
to hate someone or something very much
pithy
if something that is said or written that is intelligent and stingily stated, without wasting any words.
defeatist
someone who believes that they will not succeed
rhapsodize
to talk about something in an eager, excited, and approving way
grotesque
you say that something is so unnatural, unpleasant and exaggerated that it upsets or shocks
orientation
the type of activity or subject that a person or organization seems most interested in and gives most attention to
subliminal
affecting your mind in a way that you are not conscious of
mosaic
a pattern or picture made by fitting together small pieces of colored stone, glass etc
dismember
to cut a body into pieces or tear it apart
avid
doing something as much as possible
motley
a group of people or things that are very different from each other and do not seem to belong together
static
not moving, changing, or developing
invert
to put something in the opposite position to the one it was in before, especially by turning it upside down
authoritative
an account is respected because the person who wrote it knows a lot about the subject
friction
disagreement and argument between people
braggart
someone who is always talking too proudly about what they own or have done
congeal
a liquid becomes thick or solid
malevolent
person wants to harm other people
aptitude
a natural ability or skill, especially in learning
robust
a person who is strong and healthy
lachrymose
often crying
erode
rock or soil etc. cracks and breaks os that it is gradually destroyed; to gradually reduce something such as someone's power or confidence
complaisant
willingness to do what pleases other people
beget
to cause something or make it happen; old use to become the father of a child
dispel
to make something go away, especially a belief, idea, or feeling
surmount
to succeed in dealing with a problem with a problem or difficulty
stigma
a strong feeling in society that being in a particular situation or having a particular illness is something to be shamed of
verge
to be at the point where something is about to happen
inundate
to receive so much of something that you cannot easily deal with it all; to receive so much of something that you cannot easily deal with it all
epic
long book, poem, or film, whose story extends over a long period of time or tells of great events
wistful
thinking sadly about something you would like to have but cannot have, especially something that you used to have in the past
definitive
a agreement, statement etc is one that will not changed
synoptic
providing a general overview
prowess
great skill at doing something
aloof
unfriendly and deliberately not talking to other people
atrocity
an extremely cruel and violent action, especially during a war
crabbed
literary writing which is crabbed is small, untidy, and difficult to read
frigid
extremely cold
anthropomorphic
the belief that animals or objects have the same feelings and qualities as human
malign
to say unpleasant things about someone that are untrue
alleviate
to make something less painful or difficult to deal with
receptive
willing to consider new ideas or listen to someone else's opinions
wrench
to twist and pull something roughly from the place where it is being held
deflect
if someone or something that it turns in a different direction
attribute
a quality or feature, especially one that is considered to be good or useful
mellifluous
voice or piece of music sounds pleasantly smooth
craftiness
good at getting what you want by clever planning and by secretly deceiving people
pulverize
to crush something into a powder; to completely defeat someone.
incorporate
to include something as part of a group, system, plan etc.
tightwad
someone who hates to spend or give money
dubious
not sure whether something is good or true
bantering
friendly conversation in which people make a lot of jokes with and amusing remarks about each other
epigram
a short saying or poem which expresses an idea in avery clever and amusing way
rigid
methods, systems etc are very strict and difficult to change
bustle
to move around quickly, looking very busy
pique
a feeling of being annoyed or upset, especially because someone has ignored you or insulted you
desolate
to make someone feel very sad and lonely
impropriety
improper behavior
categorical
a statement is a clear statement that something is definitely true or false
dappled
marked with spots of color, light, or shade
conjecture
to form an idea or opinion without having much information to base it on
solitude
when you are alone, especially when this is what you enjoy
subpoena
a written order to come to a court of law and be a witness
mincing
(disapproving, of a way of walking or speaking) very delicate, and not natural.
gruel
gruel is a food made by boiling oats with water or milk
tenure
the legal right to live in a house or use a piece of land for a period of time
sibling
a brother or sister
convention
behavior and attitudes that most people in a society consider to be normal and right
cynical
unwilling to believe that people have good, honest, or sincere reasons for doing something
descant
discuss fully
dilapidated
a building, vehicle etc is old and is very bad condition
resurge
starts something again that quickly increases in influence, effect, etc
affliction
something that causes pain or suffering especially a medical condition
scapegoat
someone who is blamed for something bad that happens, even if it is not their fault
bilk
informal to cheat someone, especially by taking their money
tender
to formally offer or show something to someone
perfunctory
a action which is done quickly, and is only done because people expect it.
practitioner
someone who regularly does a particular activity
beam
a line of light shining from the sun, a lamp etc; a long heavy piece of wood or metal used in building
alias
used when giving giving someone's real name, especially an actor's or criminal's name, together with another name they use
ameliorate
formal to make a bad situation better or less harmful
fleck
small marks on a surface, or objects that look like small marks