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aloof (uh LOOF)

distant, reserved in manner; uninvolved

ambiance (AM bee uns)

mood, feeling; general atmosphere

arduous (AHR joo us)

hard, difficult, tiresome

askew ( uh SKEW)

to one side; crooked; awry; a sidelong look of contempt

asunder (uh SUN dur)

in separate parts; apart from each other in position

austere (aw STEER)

stern, as in manner; without excess, unadorned, severely simple and plain

ballistics (buh LISS ticks)

the study of the dynamics or flight characteristics of projectiles

beleaguer (be LEE gur)

to besiege; beset, surround, harass

bludgeon (BLUD jun)

a short heavy, thick club that has one end larger than the other

bulwark (BULL wurk)

a defensive wall; something serving as a principle defense

cacophony (kuh KAFH uh nee)

harsh sounds

cerebral (suh REE brul)

of or relating to the brain; an intellectual person

chattel (chattel)

an item of personal, movable property; slave

connoisseur (kahn uh SUR)

an expert, particularly in matters of art and taste

coterie (KOH tuh ree)

a circle of close associates or friends

cranny (KRAN ee)

a small opening as in a wall or rock face.

cubism (KYOO biz um)

a style of art in which the subject matter is portrayed by geometric forms, especially cubes.

dulcet (DULL set)

melodious, soft, soothing

efface (uh FACE)

to rub away

evade (ee VADE) to elude or avoid by cunning; to flee from a pursuer


expunge (ex PUNGE)

to remove; to delete; to erase

forbear (for BAYR)

to refrain from; to abstain; to be patient or tolerant

girth (girth)

the distance around something; to encircle; to secure with a band that encircles the body of an animal

histrionic (his tree AHN ik)

overly dramatic, theatrical

impede (im PEED)

to obstruct or interfere with; to delay

incite (en SIGHT)

to arouse to action

incongruous (in KAHN grew us)

not appropriate, unsuited to the surroundings; not fitting in

lament (la MINT)

to express sorrow or regret; to morn

lassitude (LAS uh tood)

listlessness; torpor; weariness LINK: Lazy Dude

migratory (MY gra tory)

roving, wandering, nomadic

milieu (mill you) environment or surroundings


opportune (AHP ur tune)

occurring or coming at a good time

porcine (PORE sein)

reminiscent of or pertaining to a pig; resembling a pig

procrastinate (PRO cras tuh nate)

to put off until a later time

quixotic (kwik SAHT ik)

idealistic and totally impractical

reminisce (rem uh NISS)

the act of practice of recalling the past

roster (raw ster)

a list of names; especially of personnel available for duty

trenchant (TREN chunt)

cutting, incisive, having a sharp point; caustic, sarcastic

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