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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: a crowd of people; specifically : rabble
2a : disturbance
b archaic : fuss
3: a fashionable gathering
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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
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1: a state of wild confusion or disorderly retreat
2a : a disastrous defeat : debacle
b : a precipitate flight
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a : to disorganize completely : demoralize
b : to put to precipitate flight
c : to defeat decisively or disastrously
2: to drive out : dispel
smattering
1: superficial piecemeal knowledge
2: a small scattered number or amount
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
decorum
1: literary and dramatic propriety : fitness

2 : propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance

3 : orderliness

4 plural : the conventions of polite behavior
deface
1: to mar the appearance of : injure by effacing significant details
2: impair
3 obsolete : destroy
4. to efface, obliterate, or injure the surface of, as to make illegible or invalid
devious
1a : wandering, roundabout
b : moving without a fixed course : errant
2: out-of-the-way, remote
3a : moving away from a right, accepted, or common course
b : not straightforward : cunning
ecstatic
very happy or excited
egregious
1. archaic : distinguished
2: conspicuous; especially : conspicuously bad :
eminent
1: standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : conspicuous
2: jutting out : projecting
3: exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : prominent
fickle
: changing often

: changing opinions often

: marked by lack of steadfastness, constancy, or stability : given to erratic changeableness
font
1a : a receptacle for baptismal water
b : a receptacle for holy water
c : a receptacle for various liquids
2: source, fountain
3. an assortment or set of type or characters all of one style and sometimes one size
insulate
1: to add a material or substance to (something) in order to stop heat, electricity, or sound from going into or out of it,
2: to prevent (someone or something) from dealing with or experiencing something : to keep (someone or something) separate from something unpleasant, dangerous, etc.
3 : to place in a detached situation : isolate; especially
4: to separate from conducting bodies by means of nonconductors so as to prevent transfer of electricity, heat, or sound
lode
1. ( British) : waterway
2: an ore deposit
3.: something that resembles a lode : an abundant store a vein like deposit, usually metalliferous.
4. any body of ore set off from adjacent rock formations.
5.a rich supply or source.
peer (noun)
1. a person who belongs to the same age group or social group as someone else
2. : a member of the British nobility
3. one that is of equal standing with another
4. : equal; especially : one belonging to the same societal group especially based on age, grade, or status
5:archaic : companion
pacify
1 a : to allay the anger or agitation of : soothe
b : appease, propitiate
2 a : to restore to a tranquil state : settle
b : to reduce to a submissive state : subdue
peer ( verb)
1. to look narrowly or curiously; especially : to look searchingly at something difficult to discern
2: to come slightly into view : emerge partly
promenade
1: to take or go on a promenade
2: to perform a promenade in a dance
3. : to walk about in or on
protocol
1: an original draft, minute, or record of a document or transaction

2a : a preliminary memorandum often formulated and signed by diplomatic negotiators as a basis for a final convention or treaty
b : the records or minutes of a diplomatic conference or congress that show officially the agreements arrived at by the negotiators

3a : a code prescribing strict adherence to correct etiquette and precedence (as in diplomatic exchange and in the military services)
b : a set of conventions governing the treatment and especially the formatting of data in an electronic communications system
4: a detailed plan of a scientific or medical experiment, treatment, or procedure
quash
1: to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely
2. to nullify especially by judicial action
ratify
1: to make (a treaty, agreement, etc.) official by signing it or voting for it
2. : to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely
sage (adjective)
1a : wise through reflection and experience
b archaic : grave, solemn
2: proceeding from or characterized by wisdom, prudence, and good judgment
sage (noun)
1: one (as a profound philosopher) distinguished for wisdom
2a : a European perennial mint (Salvia officinalis) with grayish-green aromatic leaves used especially in flavoring meats;broadly : salvia
b : the fresh or dried leaves of sage
3: sagebrush
4: a light grayish green
sanction (noun)
1: a formal decree; especially : an ecclesiastical decree
2 a obsolete : a solemn agreement : oath
b : something that makes an oath binding
3 : the detriment, loss of reward, or coercive intervention annexed to a violation of a law as a means of enforcing the law
4 a : a consideration, principle, or influence (as of conscience) that impels to moral action or determines moral judgment
b : a mechanism of social control for enforcing a society's standards
c : explicit or official approval, permission, or ratification : approbation
5 : an economic or military coercive measure adopted usually by several nations in concert for forcing a nation violating international law to desist or yield to adjudication
sanction (verb)
1. : to make valid or binding usually by a formal procedure (as ratification)
2: to give effective or authoritative approval or consent to
serpentine (adjective)
1: of or resembling a serpent (as in form or movement)
2: subtly wily or tempting
3a : winding or turning one way and another
b : having a compound curve whose central curve is convex
serpentine (noun)
1. : something that winds sinuously ,
2. a mineral or rock consisting essentially of a hydrous magnesium silicate usually having a dull green color and often a mottled appearance
shroud (noun)
1 obsolete : shelter, protection

2 : something that covers, screens, or guards: as
a : one of two flanges that give peripheral support to turbine or fan bedding
b : a usually fiberglass guard that protects a spacecraft from the heat of launching

3: burial garment : winding-sheet, cerement

4 a : one of the ropes leading usually in pairs from a ship's mastheads to give lateral support to the masts
b : one of the cords that suspend the harness of a parachute from the canopy
shroud (verb)
1 a archaic : to cover for protection
b obsolete : conceal
2 a : to cut off from view : obscure
b : to veil under another appearance (as by obscuring or disguising)
3 : to dress for burial
staunch ( adjective)
1a : watertight, sound
b : strongly built : substantial
2: steadfast in loyalty or principle
stanch (verb)
1 : to check or stop the flowing of also : to stop the flow of blood from (a wound)
2archaic : allay, extinguish
3a : to stop or check in its course
b : to make watertight : stop up
swaddle
to wrap (someone, especially a baby) tightly with a blanket, pieces of cloth, etc.
tenement
1: any of various forms of corporeal property (as land) or incorporeal property that is held by one person from another
2: dwelling
3 a : a house used as a dwelling : residence
b : apartment, flat
wayward
: tending to behave in ways that are not socially acceptable
: not going or moving in the intended direction given to resisting authority or another's control
: given to resisting control or discipline by others
zephyr
1a : a breeze from the west
b : a gentle breeze
2: any of various lightweight fabrics and articles of clothing
a gentle, mild breeze.
2.(initial capital letter) Literary. the west wind.
3.any of various things of fine, light quality, as fabric, yarn, etc.
abyss
1: the bottomless gulf, pit, or chaos of the old cosmogonies
2 a : an immeasurably deep gulf or great space
b : intellectual or moral depths
aureole
1 a : a radiant light around the head or body of a
representation of a sacred personage
b : something resembling an aureole
2: radiance, aura
3: the luminous area surrounding the sun or other bright light
when seen through thin cloud or mist : corona
4: a ring-shaped zone around an igneous intrusion
authorize
1.: to establish by or as if by authority : sanction : to give power or permission to (someone or something)
2: to invest especially with legal authority : empower : to give legal or official approval to or for (something)
3: archaic : justify
beeline (verb)
to go quickly in a straight direct course
beeline (noun)
a straight direct course
brood (verb)
1.a : to sit on or incubate (eggs)
b : to produce by or as if by incubation : hatch
2 :of a bird : to cover (young) with the wings
3: to think anxiously or gloomily about : ponder
1. : to sit quietly and thoughtfully : meditate
2 hover, loom
3a : to dwell gloomily on a subject
b : to be in a state of depression
brood (noun)
1. : the young of an animal or a family of young; especially : the young (as of a bird or insect) hatched or cared for at one time
2: a group having a common nature or origin
3: the children of a family
brood (adjective)
kept for breeding
cavil
to raise trivial and frivolous objection, : to complain about things that are not important
elicit
1.: to draw forth or bring out (something latent or potential)
2: to call forth or draw out (as information or a response) , to get (a response, information, etc.) from someone
exult
1. obsolete : to leap for joy
2: to be extremely joyful : rejoice
3 : to feel or show great happiness,
4: to say (something) in a very excited and happy way
fervent
1. : very hot : glowing
2: exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous : felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings
foment
1: to promote the growth or development of : rouse, incite
2 : to cause or try to cause the growth or development of (something bad or harmful)
highhanded
not having or showing any interest in the rights, opinions, or feelings of other people arbitrary, overbearing
hinterland
1: a region lying inland from a coast
2a : a region remote from urban areas
b : a region lying beyond major metropolitan or cultural centers, : an area that is not close to any cities or towns : a remote region
impassion
to arouse the feelings or passions of
impassioned
: filled with passion or zeal : showing great warmth or intensity of feeling
larder
1. : a place where food is stored : pantry
2: a supply of food
pensive
1. : musingly or dreamily thoughtful
2: suggestive of sad thoughtfulness
prim (verb)
1: to give a prim or demure expression to, to draw up the mouth in an affectedly nice or precise way.
2: to dress primly
prim (adjective)
formally precise or proper, as persons or behavior; stiffly neat.
profound ( adjective)
1a : having intellectual depth and insight
b : difficult to fathom or understand
2a : extending far below the surface
b : coming from, reaching to, or situated at a depth : deep-seated
3a : characterized by intensity of feeling or quality
b : all encompassing : complete
profound (noun)
archaic
: something that is very deep; specifically : the depths of the sea
recur
1: to have recourse : resort
2: to go back in thought or discourse
3 a : to come up again for consideration
b : to come again to mind
4: to occur again after an interval : occur time after time
siphon (noun)
1.: a bent tube used to move a liquid from one container into another container by means of air pressure

a : a tube bent to form two legs of unequal length by which a liquid can be transferred to a lower level over an intermediate elevation by the pressure of the atmosphere in forcing the liquid up the shorter branch of the tube immersed in it while the excess of weight of the liquid in the longer branch when once filled causes a continuous flow

b usually syphon : a bottle for holding aerated water that is driven out through a bent tube in its neck by the pressure of the gas when a valve in the tube is opened

2 : any of various tubular organs in animals and especially mollusks or arthropods that are used for drawing in or ejecting fluids
siphon (verb)
: to move (a liquid) from one container to another by using a siphon

: to take and use (something, such as money) for your own purpose
sirocco
1.a : a hot dust-laden wind from the Libyan deserts that blows on the northern Mediterranean coast chiefly in Italy, Malta, and Sicily
b : a warm moist oppressive southeast wind in the same regions
2: a hot or warm wind of cyclonic origin from an arid or heated region
sluice (noun)
1a : an artificial passage for water (as in a millstream) fitted with a valve or gate for stopping or regulating flow
b : a body of water pent up behind a floodgate
2: a dock gate : floodgate
3a : a stream flowing through a floodgate
b : a channel to drain or carry off surplus water
4: a long inclined trough usually on the ground; especially : such a contrivance paved usually with riffles to hold quicksilver for catching gold
sluice (verb)
1. : to draw off by or through a sluice
2a : to wash with or in water running through or from a sluice
b : to drench with a sudden flow : flush
3: to transport (as logs) in a sluice
steadfast
1. a : firmly fixed in place : immovable
b : not subject to change
2: firm in belief, determination, or adherence : loyal
torchbearer
1.: one that carries a torch
2: someone in the forefront of a campaign, crusade, or movement
trample
1. to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
2.to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
3.to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over):
4. to tread on another's feelings.to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
5.to domineer harshly over; crush:
6.to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out)
uproarious
1: marked by uproar
2: very noisy and full, : very noisy
3: extremely funny