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shrewd
clever and probably accurate; good at judging people or situations
piety
religious devotion
candor
candid quality
fortitude
determination
insurmountable
too great to overcome
grotesque
distorted,misshapen,especially in a strange or disturbing way
incongruous
unsuitable or odd;
scathing
severly critical and scornful
heretical
heresy
aplomb
confident poise
poise
composure, calm self-assured dignity, especially in social situations
elegance
style and good taste; conciseness; grace and dignity
canvas
a type of painting
congregation
group of worshipers; members of same church
pastor
minister of church, in charge of congregation
flock
group of birds or sheep, goats..
barren
not fruiting
lambast
criticize strongly
court
try to gain, solicit
listless
weary and uninterested, lacking energy interest or the willingness to make effort
weary
tired
enrage
make somebody very angry
distress
mental suffering; hardship; danger or difficulty
surmount
overcome difficulty; get to top of something
congruous
appropriate to or suitable for a purpose or situation
puncture
to make or get hole; ruin somebody's confidence
recall
request to return product; revoke
revoke
formally cancel something
tumultuous
nosiy and unrestrained; confused and agitated
allege
assert something without proof
intoxicate
make drunk or stupefied
rehabilitate
help someone return to normal life; restore somebody to rank or rights; restore reputation
twilight
when Sun is below horizon; final period
frenzy
out-of-control behavior; burst of acitivity
forge
shape metal; establish with effort; move forward; make progress, forging past the runner on the inside
lachrymose
crying, sad
miraculous
extraodinary; able to perform miracles
deity
god or goddess
divine
having godlike nature; realize something; discover as if supernaturally
prevail
unbeaten and in control; win through; be normal, current thing; prevailed over his enemies, justice will prevail
acclaim
praise somebody lavishly; pronounce somebody to be something
indefatigable
untiring
redolent
aromatic; suggesting
famish
starve
molest
abuse somebody sexually
regal
royal
pester
annoy somebody constantly
resolute
possessing determination and purposefulness
resolution
determination, firmness of mind or purpose
purge
get rid of opponents( something undesired); free somebody from guilt or sin
lenient
not harsh, showing tolerance or mercy in dealing with crime or misbehavior
lust
sexual desire; eagerness, lust for power
clique
exclusive group
spontaneous
arising from internal cause; arising from impulse
modesty
unwillingness to draw attention to your own achievements or abilities
dwelling
home, living
mull
period of careful deliberation
pretentious
self-important and affected; ostentatious
conviction
conviction of crime; firmly held belief
seize
talk a hold of something; exploit something immediately
exploit
take advantage of somebody; use something for benefit
stymie
to hinder the process of
leaner
(lean), not fatty, lean meat; not productive
compulsory
forced, required
overture
prelude
candidacy
candidate status
flagrant
onfire; scandalous, very obvious in a bad way
scandalous
defamatory, causing public outrage or censure
precipitous
like precipice, done rashly
solvent
having enough money to cover cost
entitle
allow to claim
consensus
broad unanimity
deluge
heavy rain
balm
something that reduce pain
dormant
inactive
renown
widespread acclaim
abet
help somebody with something illegal
intellectual
relating to thinking; intelligent and knowledgeable; for intelligent people
sentimental
mawkish in feeling;appealing to tender feelings; expressing deep feeling
decisive
firm or determined
subliminal
subconscious, without awareness
neophyte
beginner, newcomer
astringent
a substance that contracts bodily tissues; causing contraction, tightening, stern, austere;speaking or writing in a matter that is critical and harmful in tone and content
adverse
negative; hostile; inimical; antagonistic
ruffian
rough person
hoodlum
ganster or criminal
dictum
a formal statement of either fact or opinion
cloy
too sugary; too sentimental or flattering
pithy
terse and full of meaning; concise
cloture
closing of debate in parliament or senate
versatile
having many use;changeable
arduous
laborious; difficult; strenuous
strenuous
tiring
hiatus
interval, break, period of rest
renegade
traitor; rebel
minute
extremely small; tiny
kindle
start burning; to ignite; to arouse, kindled her interest in ..
arouse
stimulate, to evoke a feeling, repsonce, or desire; anger; wake up from sleep
turmoil
a great state of confusion, commotion, or disturbance; event causing confusion or disturbance
permeable
porous; allowing to pass through
fickle
changeable, capricious; unpredictable
judicious
to have or show sound judgment
labyrinth
maze
prescriptive
customary; adhering to regulations
adhere
obey; support; stick firmly
reverie
daydream, a state of idle and pleasant comtemplation
ingenue
unsophisticated girl
laggard
a lazy person
stamina
endurance
animosity
hostility
inquisitive
inquiring, eager for knowledge, an inquisitive youngster
implication
suggestion, inference
benefactor
donor, one who helps others
manifest
obvious; clear
motif
theme
predecessor
pervious holder of the job; ancestor; something replaced by something else
trivial
having little value; commonplace; unimportant
mentor
experience advisor and supporter
plausible
believable, without proof; persuasive
appeal
earnest or urgent request; attraction; earnestly request something (money);attract or fascinate somebody
grovel
behave in servile way; crawl; wallow
spiteful
full or or showing petty maliciousness
vindictive
looking for revenge; spiteful
petty
insignificant; narrow-minded; mean;subordinate
veer
change direction suddenly, change from one opinion to another
unwind
relax; uncoil, untangle
cope
handle something successfully, cope with
casual
chance or unpremeditated; superficial; lenient; indifferent;not formal
casualty
accident victim
nab
grab something; catch sombody( arrest)
deft
quick and skillful, clever
notorious
famous for something bad
trickle
move slowly or gradually
scandal
something causing public outrage
lyric
expressing personal feeling; song words
ensnare
trap in unpleasant situation
lure
entice somebody, to persuade somebody to go somewhere or do something by offering something tempting
entice
tempt by offering something attractive
vertigo
dizziness
baleful
harmful; malignant; detrimental
disparage
to belittle; to undervalue; criticize
savor
to receive pleasure from; to dwell on with delight
larceny
theft; stealing
surpass
exceed expectation; to go beyond; to outdo
arrogant
acting superior to others
infamous
having a bad reputation
deferential
yielding to the opinion of another
knead
to mix; to massage
provincial
regional; unsophisticated
bombast
pompous speech; pretentious words
denigrate
to defame; to disparage
scrupulous
having moral integrity; very precise
scrutinize
to examine closely; to study
accolade
a sign of approval or respect
denounce
to speak out against; to condemn
shady
dishonest
altercate
argue heatedly
dearth
scarcity
sectarian
someone dogmatic and intolerant; to be narrow minded or limited
appease
to satisfy; to calm
metamorphosis
change of form
anoint
to crown; to ordain
ordain
make religious appointment
effeminate
like a girl or woman
preclude
prevent something; to inhibi; to make impossible
lithe
to be limber or supple
gourmand
food lover
defensible
that which can be justified
foster
to encourage; to nurture; to support
atrophy
wasting away, as from lack of use; weaken; to wither; lessening of ability
finesse
the ability to handle situations with skill and diplomacy
obviate
to make unnecessary
curb
imposed limitation; a restraint
citadel
fortress; defender
dwell on
concentrate on something at length
devious
secretive and calculating; unfair or underhad; rambling
underhand
secret and dishonest;adj as well
corrode
like errode;undermine; destory progressively by chemical action
apocalypse
total destruction
devastate
damage severly; upset enormously
devastating
damaging; very upseeting
tot
little child; small amount
elusive
hard to find; hard to pin down; hard to remember
trauma
emotional shock; body injury
hysteria
emotional instability caused by trauma; state of extreme emotion; uncontrollable laughing or crying
albeit
even though
verge
edge
malaria
recurring illness transmitted by mosquitoes
embark
go or put on board
entail
have something as consequence
retention
keeping or holding of something; memory
bilateral
involving two groups; on both sides
coddle
be overprotective of somebody
tender
offer something; physically painful; with gente feeling; kind and sympathetic; fragile
opulence
wealth; fortune
harbor
port; place of refuge, any place that is safe and sheltered; shelter somebody
acerbic
bitter in taste and manner
crass
stupid or dull; thoughtless and vulgar
document
support a claim with evidence
effervesce
to be lively or excited; to produce tiny gas bubbles
sprun
a strong rejection; to push away by foot(kick)
partisan
biased supported; resistance fighter
cache
hidden supply; secret place for hiding things
fa├žade
deceptive appearance; face of building
conjure
to invoke; to cause to be, appear or become
rout
rabble; a retreat or terrible defeat; to dig up
rabble
unruly crowd, noisy and unruly crowd of people
allure
to attract; to entice; attraction; temptation; galmour
parody
amusing imitation; poor imitation
disperse
to scatter; to separate
ascetics
somebody who leads austere life
obtuse
blunt; dull; slow to understand
blunt
not sharp; frank or honest without sensitivity
maculate
stain somebody or something; make something or somebody impure
aghast
horrified; astonished
rend
tear something apart, rip; to split with violence; make a piercing sound
vigilant
watchful and alert,esp to guard against danger, difficulties or errors
intimate
close; cozy;closely connected; thorough
presumably
it is reasonable to suppose
presume
believing something to be true; take advantage;behave arrogantly or overconfidently
imminent
about to occur
urge
advise somebody strongly; advocate something earnestly
confiscate
take something away
foil
thwart somebody's success
resound
to be filled with reverberating sound
reverberating
echo; having continuing effect
deliberate
to consider carefully; intentional
rabid
furious, with extreme anger; intense
cascade
waterfall; to pour, hang, flow, fall or lie
clemency
showing mercy; mildness in weather
vagrant
homeless wanderer; homeless; wandering; random
tortuous
twisting and winding; intricate; devious
inundate
flood; to overwhelm
lament
be sad about something; to mourn or grieve; expression of grief
blatant
very obvious; noisy; crude; vulgar
biennial
happening every two years
authoritarian
acting as a dictator; demanding obedience
zenith
highest point; pointing straight up
materialism
focus on possessions
disdain
intense dislike; to look down upon; to scorn
demur
show reluctance; to object; misgiving
temper
to moderate; to bring to the proper condition by treatment
dither
to act indecisively; shiver
amiss
wrong, awry

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