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aberrant
markedly different from an accepted norm
abstruse
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
accede
yield to another's wish or opinion
accolade
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
acquiesce
to agree or express agreement
adjuration
a solemn and earnest appeal to someone to do something
affidavit
written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
allusion
passing reference or indirect mention
alluvium
clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down
amalgamation
the combination of two or more commercial companies
animus
a feeling of ill will arousing active hostility
anodyne
capable of relieving pain
antiquarian
of or relating to antiques or antiquities
aphorism
a short pithy instructive saying
apotheosis
model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal
apposite
being of striking appropriateness and pertinence
appropriation
a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
apropos
very appropriate to a particular situation
arriviste
a person who has suddenly risen to a higher economic status but has not gained social acceptance of others in that class
aspersion
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
atavistic
relating to or characterized by reversion to something ancient or ancestral
bacchanalian
used of riotously drunken merrymaking
bedlam
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
bedraggled
limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud
beguile
attract; cause to be enamored
benevolent
showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity
bequeath
leave or give by will after one's death
bereft
sorrowful through loss or deprivation
besmirch
charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone
blithe
carefree and happy and lighthearted
bohemian
a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
boorish
ill-mannered and coarse and contemptible in behavior or appearance
brazen
unrestrained by convention or propriety
broil
cook under a broiler
brusque
marked by rude or peremptory shortness
cacophonous
having an unpleasant sound
cadaverous
of or relating to a cadaver or corpse
canonise
treat as a sacred person
capitulate
surrender under agreed conditions
carouse
engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking
carrion
the dead and rotting body of an animal; unfit for human food
cavalier
given to haughty disregard of others
celestial
of heaven or the spirit
chide
censure severely or angrily
chimera
a grotesque product of the imagination
cipher
a secret method of writing
coercion
the act of compelling by force of authority
cogitate
consider carefully and deeply; reflect upon; turn over in one's mind
compunction
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
concentric
having a common center
conflagration
a very intense and uncontrolled fire
contrition
sorrow for sin arising from fear of damnation
convivial
occupied with or fond of the pleasures of good company
countermand
a contrary command cancelling or reversing a previous command
debauchery
a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
debutante
a young woman making her debut into society
denizen
a plant or animal naturalized in a region
denouement
the outcome of a complex sequence of events
deprecate
express strong disapproval of; deplore
de rigueur
required by etiquette or usage or fashion
derivative
resulting from or employing derivation
despoil
destroy and strip of its possession
detriment
a damage or loss
didactic
instructive (especially excessively)
diffident
lacking self-confidence
diminution
the act of decreasing or reducing something
discernible
perceptible by the senses or intellect
disconcerting
causing an emotional disturbance
dour
harshly uninviting or formidable in manner or appearance
dulcet
pleasing to the ear
dystopian
of or pertaining to or resembling a dystopia
ebullient
joyously unrestrained
ecclesiastical
of or associated with a church (especially a Christian Church)
edifice
a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
effete
affected, over-refined, and ineffectual.
effluvium
a foul-smelling outflow or vapor (especially a gaseous waste)
egregious
conspicuously and outrageously bad or reprehensible
elysian
being of such surpassing excellence as to suggest inspiration by the gods
emissary
someone sent on a mission to represent the interests of someone else
engender
cause or give rise to (a feeling, situation, or condition)
ensconce
establish or settle (someone) in a comfortable, safe place
err
to make a mistake or be incorrect
ersatz
an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
erudite
having or showing profound knowledge
eschew
avoid and stay away from deliberately; stay clear of
esurient
devouring or craving food in great quantities
ethereal
characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air
euphonious
(of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident
evanescence
the event of fading and gradually vanishing from sight
evince
give expression to
exalted
of high moral or intellectual value; elevated in nature or style
expedite
speed up the progress of; facilitate
extemporaneous
with little or no preparation or forethought
fastidious
giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
febrile
of or relating to or characterized by fever
felicity
state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy
fervid
characterized by intense emotion
firmament
the heavens or sky
foist
to force onto another
foray
a sudden short attack
fricative
of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
frolicsome
given to merry frolicking
fugacious
lasting a very short time
funereal
suited to or suggestive of a grave or burial
furtive
secret and sly or sordid
gainsay
take exception to
gallant
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
gamut
a complete extent or range: "a face that expressed a gamut of emotions"
garner
assemble or get together
garret
floor consisting of open space at the top of a house just below roof; often used for storage
garrulous
full of trivial conversation
glib
artfully persuasive in speech
gravitas
formality in bearing and appearance
grisly
shockingly repellent; inspiring horror
halcyon
idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity
haptic
of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch
harbinger
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
harlot
a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
haughty
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
hirsute
having or covered with hair
humbug
pretentious or silly talk or writing
hyperbole
extravagant exaggeration
iconoclast
someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions
idiosyncrasy
a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
imbue
inspire or permeate with (a feeling or quality)
immolate
offer as a sacrifice by killing or by giving up to destruction
incommodious
uncomfortably or inconveniently small
incongruous
lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
incredulous
not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving
indignant
angered at something unjust or wrong
ineluctable
impossible to avoid or evade:"inescapable conclusion"
inexorable
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
insensate
devoid of feeling and consciousness and animation
intangible
incapable of being perceived by the senses especially the sense of touch
interpose
introduce
intransigent
impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, reason
introspection
the contemplation of your own thoughts and desires and conduct
iota
a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
jackanapes
someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous
jape
a humorous anecdote or remark intended to provoke laughter
jocund
full of or showing high-spirited merriment
kitsch
excessively garish or sentimental art; usually considered in bad taste
lachrymose
showing sorrow
laconic
brief and to the point; effectively cut short
lacrimation
shedding tears
lament
express grief verbally
latent
potentially existing but not presently evident or realized
levity
feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness
loquacious
full of trivial conversation
lugubrious
excessively mournful
malady
impairment of normal physiological function affecting part or all of an organism
malign
having or exerting a malignant influence
maxim
a saying that is widely accepted on its own merits
menagerie
a collection of live animals for study or display
meretricious
tastelessly showy
miasma
unhealthy vapors rising from the ground or other sources
misanthrope
someone who dislikes people in general
missal
(Roman Catholic Church) a book containing all the prayers and responses needed to celebrate Mass throughout the year
modicum
a small or moderate or token amount
moniker
a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
moribund
(of a person) at the point of death / (of a thing) in terminal decline; lacking vitality or vigor
morose
showing a brooding ill humor
moxie
fortitude and determination
myopic
lacking foresight or scope
nadir
an extreme state of adversity; the lowest point of anything
necessitate
make (something) necessary as a result or consequence
nexus
a connected series or group
nicety
conformity with some esthetic standard of correctness or propriety
obsequious
attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery / obedient or attentive to an excessive or servile degree
ode
a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter
ostentatious
intended to attract notice and impress others
ostracise
expel from a community or group
outcrop
the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land
parable
a short moral story (often with animal characters)
paragon
an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
paramour
a lover, especially the illicit partner of a married person
parsimonious
excessively unwilling to spend
patronage
the business given to a commercial establishment by its customers
pedantic
excessively concerned with minor details or rules; overscrupulous
pedantry
The ostentatious display of academic knowledge, or undue attention paid to minor details or formal rules
perfunctory
(of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort
pernicious
having a harmful effect, especially in a gradual or subtle way
peroration
the concluding part of a speech, typically intended to inspire enthusiasm in the audience
personification
representing an abstract quality or idea as a person or creature
pith
the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience
platitude
a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful
poignancy
a quality that arouses emotions (especially pity or sorrow)
precocious
appearing or developing early
priapic
resembling or being a phallus
profligate
recklessly wasteful
propensity
a disposition to behave in a certain way
proxy
a person authorized to act for another
pugnacious
Eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight
quip
witty remark
quixotic
not sensible about practical matters; idealistic and unrealistic
rancid
(used of decomposing oils or fats) having a rank smell or taste usually due to a chemical change or decomposition
rapacious
aggressively greedy or grasping: rapacious landlords
rarefied
(of air, especially that at high altitudes) of lower pressure than usual; thin. OR distant from the lives and concerns of ordinary people.
ratify
approve and express assent, responsibility, or obligation
rebus
a puzzle where you decode a message consisting of pictures representing syllables and words
recalcitrant
stubbornly resistant to authority or control
recondite
difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
reductive
characterized by or causing diminution or curtailment
rejoinder
a quick reply to a question or remark (especially a witty or critical one)
replete
filled to satisfaction with food or drink
requiem
a song or hymn of mourning composed or performed as a memorial to a dead person
retrospective
concerned with or related to the past
riff
a jazz ostinato; usually provides a background for a solo improvisation
ringlet
a small ring
rococo
fanciful but graceful asymmetric ornamentation in art and architecture that originated in France in the 18th century
saccharine
overly sweet
sanction
official permission or approval
sardonic
disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking
savant
someone who has been admitted to membership in a scholarly field
scrofulous
afflicted with scrofula
seditious
in opposition to a civil authority or government
self-deprecating
conscious of your own shortcomings
semantics
the meaning of a word, phrase, sentence, or text
sidle
move unobtrusively or furtively
slovenly
negligent of neatness especially in dress and person; habitually dirty and unkempt
sodden
wet through and through; thoroughly wet
soliloquy
a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections
solipsism
(philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
sonorous
full and loud and deep
specious
plausible but false
spectral
resembling or characteristic of a phantom
spinster
an elderly unmarried woman
spurious
intended to deceive
stanza
a fixed number of lines of verse forming a unit of a poem
strident
being sharply insistent on being heard
subversive
in opposition to a civil authority or government
suffuse
cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
supercilious
having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
superfluous
more than is needed, desired, or required
surreptitious
marked by quiet and caution and secrecy; taking pains to avoid being observed
sybarite
a person addicted to luxury and pleasures of the senses
sycophant
a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage
timorous
timid by nature or revealing timidity
tome
a (usually) large and scholarly book
transgression
the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
trepidation
a feeling of alarm or dread
triumvirate
a group of three men responsible for public administration or civil authority
trope
language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense
unimpeachable
free of guilt; not subject to blame
unperturbed
free from emotional agitation or nervous tension
unscrupulous
without scruples or principles
upshot
a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
vacuous
devoid of significance or point
vainglorious
feeling self-importance
vapid
lacking significance or liveliness or spirit or zest
veracity
unwillingness to tell lies
verdant
characterized by abundance of verdure
vernacular
being or characteristic of or appropriate to everyday language
vertiginous
having or causing a whirling sensation; liable to falling
vestibule
a large entrance or reception room or area
vociferous
conspicuously and offensively loud; given to vehement outcry
waylay
wait in hiding to attack
whimsical
determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason
whimsy
an odd or fanciful or capricious idea
yawp
make a raucous noise
zealot
a fervent and even militant proponent of something
zephyr
a slight wind (usually refreshing)
zenith
the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected