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absolute trust
(noun): unadulterated, pure reliance on the integrity, veracity, or justice of another.
substantive
substantial; essential; pertaining to the substance; substantial; considerable
thematic
of a theme; relating to a unifying motif or idea
ample
enough; abundant; spacious
apparent
evident; easily seen or understood; appearing as such
aromatic
(adj.) fragrant; spicy; sweet-smelling
astute
(adj.): shrewd; keen in judgment; cunning.
pity
(noun): That which arouses compassion; misfortune.
placate
pacify; bring peace to; conciliate; appease
platonic
purely spiritual; theoretical; without sensual desire
plausible
conceivably true; having a show of truth but open to doubt; specious
plethora
(noun): a state of excessive fullness; superabundance; excess.
pluck
(noun): confidence or strength in the face of difficulty or danger; courage.
polar
of a pole; characterized by opposite extremes
polarity
state of having two opposite qualities
nullify
make invalid; make null; invalidate
obdurate
stubborn; unyielding; obstinate
obstinate
stubborn; hard to control or treat
onslaught
vicious assault; fierce attack
ordain
decree or command; grant holy orders; predestine; install as a minister, priest, or rabbi.
intermediary
acting as a mediator
intrepid
(adj.) very brave; dauntless; bold
jab
poke abruptly with something sharp; punch with short blows
ostentatious
showy & pretentious so as to attract attention
ostracize
to exclude from society; to banish.
overt
open to view; public; not secret
parched
extremely dry; very thirsty
patriarch
father and ruler of a family or tribe
patronize
support; act superior toward; treat in a condescending manner; be a customer of
avantgarde
group of artists whose work is based on the newest ideas and methods
backslide
revert (to bad habits)
base
contemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality
beguile
(verb): to deceive, delude; mislead.
proselytize
(induce someone to) convert to a religion or belief
protocol
diplomatic etiquette; ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats; first copy of a treaty before its ratification
unbridled
violent; uncontrolled
uncanny
strange; mysterious
unconscionable
unscrupulous; not guided by conscience; excessive; beyond reason;
uncouth
boorish; clumsy in speech or behavior; outlandish
underlying
lying below; fundamental
undermine
weaken gradually; sap; dig a mine beneath
understate
state with less truth than seems warranted by the facts
unequivocal
plain; clear; obvious
unfetter
liberate; free from chains
vulgar
of the common people; deficient in refinement; not refined; coarse
vying
contending
unilateral
one-sided; involving or affecting only one side
vile
despicable; unpleasant; disgusting;
vindictive
disposed to revenge; vengeful; out for revenge; spiteful; intended to cause harm; malicious
virtuoso
highly skilled artist
vitriolic
causing sharp pain to the mind; caustic; corrosive; sarcastic; of vitriol
vogue
popular fashion
volley
simultaneous discharge of a number of shots
voluminous
having great volume; bulky; large
protract
prolong; lengthen in time; draw out
proviso
stipulation; condition in an agreement
prowess
(noun): courage and strength.
proximity
nearness
prudent
exercising sound judgment; habitually careful to avoid errors.
pry
inquire impertinently (someone else's private affairs); use leverage to raise or open something; prize.
punctilious
minutely attentive (perhaps too much so) to fine points; stressing niceties of conduct or form
pungent
stinging; acrid; sharp in taste or smell; (of speech or writing) caustic
punitive
punishing
puny
tiny; weak; insignificant
purge
remove or get rid of something or someone unwanted; eliminate; free from blame or guilt; cleanse or purify
purse
pucker; contract (lips) into wrinkles.
purveyor
furnisher of foodstuffs; caterer.
putrid
decayed and foul-smelling; foul; rotten; decayed.
quell
suppress; put an end to; put down forcibly; extinguish; quiet.
quench
assuage or satisfy (thrust); slake; douse or extinguish; put out; suppress
repress
hold back (the natural expression of); restrain; crush; oppress
reprieve
postponement or cancelation of a punishment; temporary stay
reprimand
reprove severely; rebuke
bereavement
state of being deprived of something valuable or beloved; state of being bereaved or bereft
bereft
deprived of (something valuable); lacking
berserk
mad with violent anger; frenzied; madly excited
bicker
quarrel
bizarre
(adj.) odd in appearance; grotesque
blast
(noun): a blight or blighting influence (anything that withers hopes). Used as an interjection.
prohibitive
so high as to prohibit purchase or use; tending to prevent the purchase or use of something; prohibiting; inclined to prevent or forbid
propagate
increase in number by producing young; multiply; spread
propellant
substance which propels or drives forward
propensity
natural inclination
proponent
supporter; backer; opposite of opponent
propriety
fitness; quality of being proper; correct conduct; conformity to prevailing customs and usages
blemish
mar; spoil the beauty or perfection of; flaw or defect (that spoils perfection)
blunt
having a dull edge; abrupt and frank in speech or manner; brusque
brick
(noun): a solid person, thought, or idea.
brim
uppermost edge of a cup; projecting rim (as on a hat)
brink
edge (at the top of a cliff)
bulge
protruding part; swelling of a surface
bulk
size or volume (esp. when very large); main part
buoyant
(adj.) tending to float; light of spirit; cheerful
cadaverous
(adj.) gaunt; haggard; corpse-like
cadet
student at a military school
candid
(adj.) frank; unprejudiced; outspoken
carnage
destruction of life; slaughter; killing of large numbers of people or animals
carnal
fleshly; sensual; concerning the desires of the body
carnivorous
meat-eating
amplify
increase in size or effect; expand; broaden or clarify by expanding; intensify; make stronger
amputate
cut off part of body; prune
anon
(interj.): immediately; (adv.) at another time.
carpe diem
"seize the day"; a Latin phrase implying that one must live for the present moment, for tomorrow may be too late.
catalyst
agent which brings about a chemical change while it remains unaffected and unchanged
categorical
without exceptions; made without any doubt in mind; unqualified; absolute
chuck
(noun) a familiar term of endearment, derived from chick.
collected
composed; calm; self-possessed
comeback
retort; quick clever reply; return to former status
commiserate
(verb) to sympathize; to feel or manifest pity for.
pseudonym
pen name; fictitious name assumed by an author
pugnacity
combativeness; disposition to fight.
puissant
powerful; strong; potent
pulverize
crush or grind into very small particles
pummel
pommel; beat or pound with fists
compunction
(noun): self-reproach for wrong-doing; a sense of guilt.
contrite
(adj.): broken in spirit because of a sense of sin; penitent; sorry.
craven
(adj.): lacking in courage; cowardly.
credential
evidence concerning one's authority; written proof of a person's position
curry
(verb): to seek favor by flattery or servanthood.
damn
condemn; criticize severely; condemn to everlasting punishment; doom; bring to ruin
daze
stun as with a blow or shock; bemuse; benumb
defenestration
(noun): the act of throwing out a window.
deferential
(adj.): very respectful; courteous.
didactic
(adj.): intended to teach; instructive.
eventual
happening at last as a result
exorbitant
(adj.) extravagant; excessive in price; unreasonable
expeditiously
(adverb): accomplished with dispatch; quickly, speedily.
tirade
long angry denunciatory speech; diatribe; harangue; extended scolding; denunciation
affable
(adj). easy to talk to; amiable
exquisite
delicate; very finely made; extremely beautiful
flit
(verb): to fly or move rapidly; dart; skim; flutter.
frugal
(adj.) costing little; spending little; meager; scanty
furrow
long shallow trench made by a plow; deep wrinkle in the skin
furtive
(adj.) stealthy; sly; done in secret; clandestine
grapple
(verb): to take hold of; seize, grasp, or make fast.
procrastinate
(verb) to delay, to postpone action.
procurement
obtaining
prodigious
enormous; marvelous; extraordinary
profane
violate; desecrate (something holy); treat unworthily; be profane for; ADJ: secular; nonreligious; irreverent for holy things
gullible
(adj.) easily cheated or tricked; credulous
halfhearted
exhibiting little interest or enthusiasm
hamartia
(noun): tragic flaw; a weakness in character that leads the protagonist to his downfall.
herald
messenger; sign of something to come
hostage
person who is kept as a prisoner by an enemy so that the other side will do what the enemy demands
hysteria
excessive or uncontrollable excitement
idyll
short poem idealizing rural life; simple happy period of life (in the country); scene from such a time
impart
grant a share of; make known
impeccable
(adj.) faultless; without sin or error
impediments
(noun): that which hinders; an obstruction.
indulge
yield to; gratify; allow oneself a special pleasure
inept
(adj.)clumsy; incompetent; not suitable
infest
inhabit in numbers large enough to be harmful
inhibited
(of a person) unable to express what one really feels
iniquitous
(adj.) wicked, unjust.
innate
(adj.) inborn; natural, not acquired
inquisitive
eager for knowledge; unduly curious
enlist
(cause to) join the armed forces; obtain (help, sympathy, or support)
enliven
make lively or spirited; animate
entourage
group of attendants; retinue
inscrutable
(adj.) mysterious; not able to be understood
insidious
(adj.) treacherous; crafty; more dangerous than is apparent
insolent
(adj.): presumptuously or defiantly offensive in language or manner; impudent.
kenning
(noun): a two or more word substitute for a noun used in Old English poetry to stretch rhythm and manipulate alliteration.
knack
special talent; art
knave
(noun): servant; a dishonest person; a rogue.
lag
move or develop more slowly; straggle
lethal
(adj.) causing death; deadly; fatal
lethargic
(adj.) sluggish; dull; drowsy
license
official or legal permission; latitude of action or speech; excessive freedom that causes harm or damage
linger
loiter or dawdle; be slow in leaving; delay going; continue or persist; be slow to disappear
lucid
(adj.) clear; easily understood; mentally sound
makeshift
temporary expedient or substitute (in the case of urgent need)
malevolence
(noun): an evil disposition or intent toward others; ill-disposed.
mangle
tear or cut to pieces; mutilate or disfigure
mannerism
distinctive behavioral trait; affected style in art (according to a set of styles)
maraud
move in search of plunder
dogmatic
(adj.) asserting opinions in a dictatorial way; positive; strongly opinionated.
dubious
(adj.) doubtful; vague; skeptical; questionable
ducky
(adj.): good, happy, fine.
eccentric
(adj.) odd; peculiar, unconventional, off-center
carte blanche
(noun): full authority to do what one thinks best.
castigation
punishment; severe criticism or disapproval
casualty
serious or fatal accident; person killed or wounded in an accident or battle
eclectic
(adj.): 1. Having broad views; liberal; 2. Selections from different sources or systems.
engulf
surround and swallow up
enigmatic
(adj.) puzzling; perplexing; mysterious
entreat
(verb): to solicit with importunity (with urgency and repetition).
margin
border; room; allowance beyond what is needed
marginal
of a margin; barely within a limit
masquerade
wear a mask or disguise; pretend
maw
(noun): stomach.
menial
suitable for servants; lowly; mean
fatuous
(adj.): stubbornly blind or foolish; idiotic.
feasible
(adj.) capable of being done; practicable; suitable
felicity
(noun): a state of great and well-founded happiness, comfort, and content.
modus operandi
(noun): the manner of operation.
naïve
(adj.) childlike; artless; lacking in worldly wisdom
nebulous
(adj.) cloudy; vague; indefinite
negligible
so small, trifling, or unimportant as to be easily disregarded
nemesis
someone seeking revenge; source of downfall or ruin