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remnant
remainder
chagrin
embarrassment
fecund
fertile
bandy
exchange
Pulchritude
beauty
antecede
precede
natation
swimming
Coterie
clique
craven
cowardly
mulish
stubborn
Inimcal
adverse,hostile
ANODYNE
soothing
Burgeoning
budding
onus
burden; responsibility
sycophant
a yes-man
turpitude
depravity; baseness
Prosaic
not challenging
prodigal
lavish, wasteful
Ambience
Atmosphere, environment
riposte
swift retort
abeyance
suspended action
impudence
impertinence; insolence
lachrymose
tearful, weeping
intimation
clue, suggestion
conundrum
a puzzle
NUMISMATICS
coin collecting
Categorical
Without Qualifications
brave
face courageously
antiquated
old-fashioned; outdated
limn
paint portray
coalesce
combine; fuse
loquacious
adj. extremely talkative
refrain
abstain from; resist
Conventional
typical, customary, commonplace
Sordid
unethical or dishonest
AUSPICE
protection or support
Prevaricate
to lie; mislead
Fetid
foul smelling; putrid
SANGUINE
ruddy; cheerfully optimistic
PERSPICACIOUS
shrewd, astute, keen-witted
Intrepid
fearless; resolutely courageous
empirical
based on experience
trepidation
fear, trembling, agitation
eschew
shun; abstain from
Irascible
Easily made angry
Censure
to criticize harshly
REMONSTRATE
to protest, object
facetious
joking; unserious; humorous
Refractory
stubborn or unmanageable
odoriferous
giving off an odor
Benign
Kind and gentle, mild.
explicit
fully and clearly expressed
im-
not (impossible- not possible)
Décolleté
Having a low-cut neckline
temperate
not extreme in behavior
assent
agree; accept; N. assessment
PALLID
lacking color or liveliness
cloying
distasteful (because excessive); excessively sweet or sentimental; V. cloy: become unpleasant through too much sweetness or excess
Derogatory
Insulting, tending to damage.
Dissident
disagreeable; one who disagrees
Castigation
Severe criticism or punishment
HOMOGENEOUS
of a similar kind
Conciliatory
overcoming distrust or hostility
annotate
comment; make explanatory notes
apostate
appropriate; pertinent; relevant; apropos
Enigma
to puzzle, a mystery
prolix
tiring because too long
soporific
inducing, encouraging sleep; excruciatingly boring
vilify
v. to defame, characterize harshly
pristine
characteristic of earlier times; primitive; unspoiled
exigent
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
Reprobate
a person without moral scruples
lethargic
deficient in alertness or activity
amenity
Pleasantness resulting from agreeable conditions "he discovered the ___ of reading at an early age"
treatise
article treating a subject systematically and thoroughly
specious
seemingly reasonable but incorrect; misleading (often intentionally)
misanthrope
one who hates mankind; misanthropist
syncopation
temporary irregularity in musical rhythm
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent
chary
adj: wary; cautious; sparing
--- investors weren't burned by the dot-com bust
portentous
self-important or pompous; of momentous and ominous significance
elocution
art of clear expressive speaking
indefatigable
not easily exhaustible; tireless; dogged
substantiation
giving facts to support (statement)
incredulous
withholding belief; skeptical; showing disbelief
limpid
adj. transparent, serene, clear and simple in style, untroubled
accretion
growth in size, increase in amount
exculpate
to clear from blame, prove innocent
perspicuous
(of something) plainly expressed; easy to understand;
Incognito
With identity concealed, using an assumed name
epaulet
adornment consisting of an ornamental cloth pad worn on the shoulder
agenda
items of business at a meeting
ICONOCLAST
one who opposes established beliefs, customs, and institutions
dilute
make (a liquid) less concentrated; reduce in strength; Ex. dilute the influence of the president
ramification
branching out; subdivision; one branch of a system; one of the results following from an action or decision; Ex. ramifications of a business/the decision
luminous
adj: characterized by brightness and the emission of light
atavism
the reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence.
Blowhard
a very boastful and talkative person
emollient
(adj/n) having the quality of softening or soothing the skin / a preparation that softens the skin
Felicity
pleasing and appropriate manner or style; happiness. The genteel lady strolled in the park with perfect BLANK; gracious and well-dressed.
Abrogate
to abolish or invalidate by authority
blues
state of depression or melancholy; style of slow, mournful music (evolved from southern Black American songs)
suave
smoothly gracious or polite; blandly ingratiating
lambaste
to censure; to excoriate; to berate
implicate
show that smb has a share
provident
wisely frugal, economical in planning for the future
avarice
n - greed, esp. for wealth
credulous
adj. tending to believe too readily, gullible
Volubility
Marked by a ready flow of speech.
Peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal
cabal
a clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue
jettison
(v.) to throw goods overboard to lighten a vehicle; to discard
n piebald
of different colors; mottled; spotted in different colors (esp. in black and white); Ex. piebald horse; CF. pie+bald
doctrinaire
Inflexibly committed to a doctrine or theory without regard to its practicality; dogmatic
minion
1. a highly dependent person
2. an idol
Nepotism
favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)
frugality
a tendency to be thrifty or cheap
Retinue
group of attendants iwth an important person
rebus
a representation of words by symbols or pictures whose names resemble the intended words (e.g., "Pictionary")
martial
associated with war and the armed forces
cavalcade
a procession of people traveling on horseback
lout
noun
an clumsy or aggressive man or boy : drunken -.
presumptuous
adj - overstepping due bounds; taking liberties
lunge
make a quick forward dive or reach; thrust
attenuate
to reduce in force or degree, to weaken
gastronomy
the art and practice of choosing and preparing and eating good food
irreparable
not able to be corrected or repaired; impossible to repair
Sidereal
of or relating to the stars or constellations
TALON
claw of an animal, especially a bird of prey
enfranchise
(v) to set free, liberate; to endow with rights
didacticism
teaching or intending to teach a moral lesson.
subdue
to conquer; to bring under control or into submission; to reduce in intensity, volume, force
breach
a lapse, gap, or break, as in a fortress wall. To break or break through
n behoove(behove)
be suited to; be incumbent upon; be right and necessary; Ex. It behooves one to do.
chicanery
the use of tricks or clever talk to deceive or evade
gravamen
the essence or most serious part of a complaint or accusation
GARBLE
to distort in such a way as to make unintelligible
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