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abjure
v: to renounce or reject solemnly; to recant; to avoid
adumberate
v: to foreshadow vaguely or intimate; to suggest or outline sketchily; to obscure or overshadow
anathema
n: a solemn or ecclesiastical (religious) curse; accursed or thoroughly loathed person or thing
anodyne
adj/n: soothing, something that assuages or allays pain or comforts
apogee
n: farthest or highest point; culmination; zenith
apostate
n: one who abandons longheld religious or political convictions
apotheosis
n: deification, glorification to godliness, an exalted example, a model of excellence or perfection
asperity
n: severity, rigor; roughness, harshness; acrimony, irritability
asseverate
v: to aver, allege, assert
assiduous
adj: diligent, hard-working, sedulous
augury
n: omen, portent
bellicose
adj: belligerent, pugnacious, warlike
calumniate
v: to slander, make a false accusation; calumny means slander, aspersion
captious
adj: disposed to point out trivial faults, calculated to confuse or entrap in argument
cavil
v: to find fault without good reason
celerity
n: speed, alacrity; think accelerate
chimera
n: an illusion; originally, an imaginary fire-breathing she monster
contumacious
adj: insubordinate, rebellious; contumely means insult, scorn, aspersion
debacle
n: rout, fiasco, complete failure; my first attempt at a souffle was a total debacle
denouement
n: an outcome or solution; the unraveling of a plot
descry
v: to discriminate or discern
desuetude
n: disuse: after years of desuetude, my french skills were finally put to use
desultory
adj: random; aimless; marked by a lack of plan or purpose: her desultory performance impressed no one.
diaphanous
adj: transparent, gauzy
diffident
adj: reserved, shy, unassuming: lacking in self-confidence: surprisingly, the CEO of the corporation had been a diffident youth
dirge
n: a song of grief or lamentation: we listened to the slow, funereal dirge
encomium
n: glowing and enthusiastic praise; panegyric, tribute, eulogy
eschew
v: to shun or avoid: she chose to eschew the movie theater, preferring to watch dvds at home
excoriate
v: to censure scathingly, to upbraid
execrate
v: denounce, feel loathing for, curse, declare to be evil
exegesis
n: critical examination, explication
expiate
v: to atone or make amends for: pia zadora has expiated her movie career by good works and charity
extirpate
v: to destroy, exterminate, cut out, exscind
fatuous
adj: silly, inanely foolish: i would ignore such a fatuous comment
fractious
adj: quarrelsome, rebellious, unruly, refractory, irritable
gainsay
v: to deny, dispute, contradict, oppose
heterodox
adj: unorthodox, heretical, iconoclastic
imbroglio
n: difficult or embarrassing situation
indefatigable
adj: not easily exhaustible; tireless, dogged
ineluctable
adj: certain, inevitable
inimitable
adj: one of a kind, peerless
insouciant
adj: unconcerned, carefree, heedless
inveterate
adj: deep rooted, ingrained, habitual
jejune
adj: vapid, uninteresting, nugatory; childish, immature, puerile
lubricious
adj: lewd, wanton, greasy, slippery
mendicant
n: a beggar, supplicant
meretricious
adj: cheap, gaudy, tawdry, flashy, showy; attracting by false show
minatory
adj: menacing, threatening (reminds you of the Minotaur, a threatening creature)
nadir
n: low point, perigee
nonplussed
adj: baffled, bewildered, at a loss for what to do or think
obstreperous
adj: noisily and stubbornly defiant, aggressively boisterous
ossified
adj: tending to become more rigid, conventional, sterile, and reactionary with age; literally, turned into bone
palliate
v: to make something seem less serious, to gloss over, to make less severe or intense
panegyric
n: formal praise, eulogy, encomium; panegyrical means expressing elaborate praise
parsimonious
adj: cheap, miserly: a parsimonious person parses out his money with great difficulty
pellucid
adj: transparent, easy to understand, limpid
peroration
n: the concluding part of a speech; flowery, rhetorical speech
plangent
adj: pounding, thundering, resounding
prolix
adj: long-winded, verbose; prolixity means verbosity: mikhail gorbachev is famous for his prolixity
propitiate
v: to appease; to conciliate; propitious means auspicious, favorable
puerile
adj: childish, immature, jejune, nugatory
puissance
n: power, strength; puissant means powerful, strong: the senator delivered a puissant speech to the convention
pusillanimous
adj: cowardly, craven
remonstrate
v: to protest, object
sagacious
adj: having sound judgment; perceptive, wise; like a sage
salacious
adj: lustful, lascivious, bawdy
salutary
adj: remedial, wholesome, causing improvement
sanguine
adj: cheerful, confident, optimistic
saturnine
adj: gloomy, dark,, sullen morose
sentenious
adj: aphoristic or moralistic; epigrammatic, tending to moralize excessively
stentorian
adj: extremely loud and powerful
stygian
adj: gloomy, dark
sycophant
n: toady, servile, self seeking flatterer; parasite
tendentious
adj: biased; showing marked tendencies
timorous
adj: timid, fearful, diffident
tyro
n: novice, greenhorn, rank amateur
vitiate
v: to corrupt, debase, spoil, make ineffective
voluble
adj: fluent, verbal, having easy use of spoken language

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