7th WordMasters List 3 (2014-15)

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acrid
1: sharp and harsh or unpleasantly pungent in taste or odor : irritating, : bitter and unpleasant in taste or smell
2: deeply or violently bitter :
cacophony
1. : harsh or discordant sound : dissonance
2; specifically : harshness in the sound of words or phrases, : unpleasant loud sounds
charlatan
1: quack
2, : a person who falsely pretends to know or be something in order to deceive people
3: one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : fraud, faker
cheeky
1. : insolently bold : impudent ,
2. : rude and showing a lack of respect often in a way that seems playful or amusing
chisel
a metal tool with a flat, sharp end that is used to cut and shape a solid material (such as stone, wood, or metal)
deplete
1: to use most or all of (something important) : to greatly reduce the amount of (something)
2: to empty of a principal substance
3: to lessen markedly in quantity, content, power, or value
downfall
1a : a sudden fall (as from power), : a sudden loss of power, happiness, success, etc.
b : a fall (as of snow or rain) especially when sudden or heavy
2: : something that causes failure,
dulcet
1: sweet to the taste
2: pleasing to the ear, : pleasant to hear
3: generally pleasing or agreeable
fray
1a : to wear (as an edge of cloth) by or as if by rubbing : fret
b : to separate the threads at the edge of
c.to wear out or into shreds
2: strain, irritate , to show signs of strain
3. a raveled place or worn spot (as on fabric)
harmony
1archaic : tuneful sound : melody
2a : the combination of simultaneous musical notes in a chord
b : the structure of music with respect to the composition and progression of chords
c : the science of the structure, relation, and progression of chords
3a : pleasing or congruent arrangement of parts : the combination of different musical notes played or sung at the same time to produce a pleasing sound, : a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things
b : correspondence, accord
c : internal calm : tranquillity
4a : an interweaving of different accounts into a single narrative
hew
1: to cut with blows of a heavy cutting instrument
2: to fell by blows of an ax
3: to give form or shape to with or as if with heavy cutting blows
listless
: characterized by lack of interest, energy, or spirit
loiter
1: to delay an activity with idle stops and pauses : dawdle
2a : to remain in an area for no obvious reason, : to remain in an area when you do not have a particular reason to be there, b : to lag behind
makeshift
: a usually crude and temporary expedient : substitute
mar
: to detract from the perfection or wholeness of : spoil, : to ruin the beauty or perfection of (something) : to hurt or damage the good condition of (something)

2archaic
a : to inflict serious bodily harm on
b : destroy
morose
1.having a sullen and gloomy disposition, : very sad or unhappy
2: marked by or expressive of gloom, of a person : very serious, unhappy, and quiet
rasp (verb)
1: to rub with something rough; specifically : : to rub (something) with a rough object or substance
2: to grate upon : irritate
3: to produce a grating sound, : to make a rough, harsh sound
4. scrape
rasp (noun)
1: a coarse file with cutting points instead of lines
2: something used for rasping
3a : an act of rasping
b : a scratchy sound, sensation, or effect
raspy
1: harsh, grating, : having a rough, harsh sound
2: irritable
rive
1a : to wrench open or tear apart or to pieces : rend, : to divide or split (something) especially in a forceful or violent way
b : to split with force or violence
2a : to divide into pieces
b : fracture : to become split : crack
riven
1.rent or split apart. 2.split radially, as a log.
roughhewn
1: to hew (as timber) coarsely without smoothing or finishing
2: to form crudely, to shape roughly; give crude form to.
rout -1 (noun)
1: a crowd of people; specifically : rabble
2a : disturbance
b archaic : fuss
3: a fashionable gathering
smattering
1: superficial piecemeal knowledge
2: a small scattered number or amount
rout -3
1 : to poke around with the snout : root
2: to search haphazardly
transitive verb
1a archaic : to dig up with the snout
b : to gouge out or make a furrow in (as wood or metal)
2 a : to force out as if by digging —usually used with out
b : to cause to emerge especially from bed
3 : to come up with : uncover
rout-4
1: a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat
2a : a disastrous defeat : debacle
b : a precipitate flight
rout -5
a : to disorganize completely : demoralize
b : to put to precipitate flight
c : to defeat decisively or disastrously
2: to drive out : dispel
smidgen
: a small amount : bit
splay (verb)
1: to cause to spread outward, to move (things, especially your legs, fingers, etc.) out and apart from each other
2: to make oblique : bevel
intransitive verb
1: to extend apart or outward especially in an awkward manner
2: slope, slant
splay (noun)
1: a slope or bevel especially of the sides of a door or window
2: spread, expansion
splay (adjective)
1: turned outward
2: awkward, ungainly
splice (verb)
1a : to unite (as two ropes) by interweaving the strands, to join ropes, wires, etc., by weaving or twisting them together,
b : to unite (as lengths of magnetic tape) by overlapping and securing together two ends
2: to unite, link, or insert as if by splicing, : : to join (pieces of film, magnetic tape, etc.) by connecting their ends together
3: to combine or insert (as genes) by genetic engineering
splice (noun)
1: a joining or joint made by splicing something,
2: marriage, wedding
sunder
1.to break apart or in two : separate by or as if by violence or by intervening time or space, :
2.to split apart (an organization, two people, etc.) especially in a violent way
intransitive verb : to become parted, disunited, or severed
toothsome
1a : agreeable, attractive
2 : of palatable flavor and pleasing texture : delicious , : having a pleasing taste