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hematology
study of blood or blood-forming organs
taciturn
silent or reserved
railed
complained angrily
awe
admiration or wonder
authority
expert
hallowed
sacred or respected
quaint
old-fashioned or charming
daunting
overwhelming or frightening
sacrosanct
holy or untouchable
cadence
rhythm
ballad
love song or other simple song
rancid
rotten
vacillated
moved back and forth
nascent
budding
balked
stopped short; refused to
vacuous
stupid
pacific
peacemaking or diplomatic
umbrage
offense
abase
humiliate
maelstrom
violent storm
feral
wild or untamed
saccharine
overly and falsely sweet
wallowed
indulged in excessively
zenith
high point
respiration
breathing
elegant
stylish or tasteful
tacit
unspoken or implied
nadir
low point
coagulate
clot
flinched
cringed
acclimated
adjusted or accustomed
meticulously
carefully or thoroughly
debacle
incident or misfortune
rancor
bitterness or resentment
abducted
kidnapped
hapless
unlucky or unsuccessful
ignominious
humiliating
epidemiology
study of the presence or absence of diseases
vapid
dull
harangue
lecture or rant
calamity
disaster
quell
subdue or suppress
palette
set of colors
malediction
curse
juxtaposition
side-by-side comparison
unctuous
fatty, oily
palliate
relieve
ravenous
starving or greedy
bemused
puzzled or absentminded
lush
luxuriant
fallacious
incorrect
rapport
personal connection
zephyr
light wind
knell
ring
genially
warmly or graciously
nebulous
vague
whimsical
unusual or fanciful
banal
ordinary or predictable
tantamount
roughly the same as
facile
simplistic
edict
law or decree
abdicate
abandon
laissez-faire
free of interference with freedom of choice
gourmand
food lover or connoisseur
kudos
praise
goad
provoke
calibrated
adjusted or set up
debunk
expose as untrue
neophyte
beginner
immersed
absorbed, focused
salve
soothe or heal
fecund
rich or lush
mandate
go-ahead or permission
wily
clever or cunning
variegated
multicolored or flecked
undulating
moving in waving or rolling fashion
diaphanous
sheer or see-through
cotour
high fashion
effacing
erasing or wiping out
effervescent
lively or bubbly
temerity
boldness or brashness
scent
odor
debauched
seduced, corrupted
viscous
thick or gooey
aberration
something that is odd or abnormal
panacea
a universal cure or remedy
recoiled
shrank away
murky
dark or muddy
cowering
crouching or trembling
harrowing
stressful or worrying
duster
a long coat
untenable
invalid or incorrect
rebuke
scolding or reprimand
veneer
mask or guise
sanguine
cheerful
comprehend
understand
manifold
numerous or various
razed
destroyed
utopia
ideal world
paradigm
example or model
sanctimoniousness
false respect
frustrated
annoyed or thwarted
laconic
short or to the point
abide
to put up with
calumny
lies
nocturnal
active at night
decorous
proper or polite
wistful
thoughtful or sad
bane
curse or great annoyance
excruciating
extremely painful
camaraderie
friendship or brotherhood
battery
set or series
query
question
effrontery
rudeness or disrespect
repudiate
deny
finite
limited
immeasurably
hugely or infinitely
noisome
harmful or nasty
predators
creatures that prey or feed on others
regurgitating
throwing up
organic
natural or living
angular
lean or bony
maverick
rebel
recalcitrant
defiant, resisting authority
quotidian
daily
scathing
searing
venerate
worship
utilitarian
functional, useful
behemoth
monster or giant
tenuous
feeble or flimsy
subsist
survive
effulgent
bright or beaming
terrestrial
earthly
obstreperous
unruly
larceny
theft
canny
sly
candor
openness or honesty
optic
relating to sight or the eye
paramount
of greatest importance
pummeled
pounded
veracity
truth
inflamed
ignited or sparked
ethereal
otherworldly
unique
one of a kind
luminescence
light
yoke
burden
bashful
shy
recapitulated
summed up
impecuniousness
poverty
dominion
power or authority
heinousness
wickedness or offensiveness
abjure
reject
caustically
sharply
pariah
outsider or reject
maudlin
weepy or overemotional
prostrate
horizontal
accentuated
drew attention
elaborate
complex or drawn out
parody
imitation or mockery
defiled
ruined or dirtied
defaced
spoiled
odious
horrible
fettered
chained
wrath
anger
bliss
pleasure or delight
berating
criticizing
abetted
assisted or supported
canvassed
patrolled
accessible
reachable
circuitous
winding or indirect
distaste
disgust
defamatory
insulting or slanderous
mawkish
overemotional
nominal
small or insignificant
maxim
saying
bard
poet
escargot
snails
vain
useless
legerdemain
trick or sleight of hand
vestiges
traces or remnants
verdant
green
parsimonious
stingy or miserly
cavorting
horsing around
bereft
lacking or without
melodious
beautiful or harmonious
medley
jumble or mix
benefactor
sponsor
deferential
respectful
accomodating
cooperative or helpful
imputing
accusing or blaming
impertinent
impolite or disrespectful
lenient
merciful
lulling
calming or quieting
beseech
beg or plead
void
emptiness
abnegation
self-denial
reflexively
without thinking
defer
submit or give in
correspondence
mail or communication
endangered
put at risk
accolades
praise or compliments
eternal
endless
immobile
fixed or motionless
vortex
whirlpool
deleterious
harmful
deliberately
carefully or slowly
flaccid
limp or flabby
refracted
bent rays of light
anguish
pain or agony
vicarious
lived or experienced through another person
accretion
buildup
pathology
irregularity or abnormality
novice
beginner
torpid
lazy
mendacious
false or misleading
impinge
intrude
abrogated
undone or canceled
mercurial
inconstant, changeable
seminal
formative or decisive
indoctrinated
taught the fundamentals
figurative
symbolic
oration
speech
sensuous
luscious or fleshy
pathos
sadness
tractable
obedient
blandishments
flattering words
vicissitudes
events or circumstances
tortuous
winding
licentious
immoral
abstaining
refraining or avoiding
delineated
defined or separated
catalog
list
cerebral
logical or intellectual
sensual
animal or carnal
demagoguery
leadership by false promises
sentient
conscious, aware
flagrantly
obviously or glaringly
incensed
angered
inarticulate
speechless or incoherent
sternum
breastbone
berated
criticized
abscond
run away
despised
hated
redoubtable
fearsome or mighty
implement
tool or instrument
rendering
leaving or causing to be
implacable
unyielding or rigid
liability
burden or danger

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