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abstemious
moderate, especially in eating and drinking
preponderance
superiority in weight, force, importance or influence
omnivorous
able to eat any kind of food
nominal
appearing in name only; negligible or of low amount
ado
trouble; fuss
abstruse
difficult to understand
surrogate
a substitute
hypocrisy
the pretense of having virtues or beliefs that one does not really have
diminution
a decrease or diminishing
autonomy
independence; self-government
debris
bits and pieces of rubbish
disposition
personality; temperament
deficient
lacking an essential quality; inadequate in amount or degree
mores
accepted rules or behavior
foster
to bring up or nurture
contrive
to bring about artificially
forge
to give form or shape to; to advance gradually
vice
an evil practice or habit
encompass
to surround; to include
covet
to desire strongly
obdurate
not easily moved to pity or sympathy
awry
away from the correct course; wrong; deviant
panoply
a splendid array; ceremonial dress with all accessories
brandish
to display with menace
facilitate
to make easier
ruthless
having no compassion or pity
commend
to express approval of
avid
having a passionate desire
modicum
a small quantity
cataclysm
a disastrous event, usually one that brings about a great change
ornate
highly, often excessively decorated
profuse
giving or pouring forth freely; generous
caveat
a warning
smirk
to smile in a self-satisfied or artificial way
blase
unimpressive by being too familiar; boring; indifferent
espouse
to give loyalty or support to; to adopt
cupidity
strong desire for wealth; greed
deprecate
to express disapproval of
blandishment
a flattering act of remark; allurement; enticement
reciprocate
to give something in return
earnest
showing deep sincerity; serious
gape
to open wide; to stare with the mouth open
reprimand
n. a severe, often formal, rebuke; v. to rebuke severely
vicarious
felt as if one were taking part in the experiences of another
gullible
easily deceived; credulous
apt
appropriate; having a natural tendencey
prattle
v. to talk idly or to babble; n. inconsequential talk
endow
to provide with material goods, talents, or qualities
altruistic
unselfish; benevolent; caring more for others than oneself
lament
v. to grieve; to regret deeply; n. a mournful song
effervescent
giving off gas bubbles; showing high spirits or excitement
abhor
to detest; to shrink from in disgust
defile
to corrupt; to desecrate or sully
effete
depleted of vitality; characterize by self-indulgence or decadence
enervate
to weaken
haunt
to visit often or continually
banter
good-humored teasing
relegate
to assign to an obscure place or condition; to send away
arrogate
to claim for one's self unjustly
tenacious
holding firmly; cohesive
salacious
lustful; obscene
sanctimonious
pretending holiness; hypocritically devout
prevail
to triumph over; to be or become most common
lambaste
to scold or criticize harshly; to beat or whip severely
dissuade
to discourage from a course of action
insinuate
to hint
feral
existing in a wild or untamed state
excise
to remove by, or as if by, cutting
clandestine
done in secret, esp. to conceal something improper
flummox
to confuse or perplex
conundrum
a riddle or puzzle, esp. one without a solution
prim
overly proper; precise to the point of affectation; prudish
emanate
to send forth; to come forth
heed
to pay attention to
colloquy
conversation, esp. a formal one
altercation
a heated or noisy argument
inclined
disposed; willing
soliloquy
a dramatic speech delivered by a character to himself
laity
all the people not belonging to a given profession, esp. the clergy
stifle
to suffocate or smother
baroque
fantastically over-decorated; gaudily ornate
nihilism
a belief that rejects all moral or religious values; the belief that the destruction of political or social institutions is necessary for future improvement
consummate
complete; supremely accomplished
check
to restrain or block
subjective
based on personal experience or feeling, not from external evidence
escapade
a reckless adventure
become
to be appropriate or suitable to; to look good with
proclivity
a natural or habitual tendency or inclination
imminent
impending; threatening; likely to happen
complacent
too pleased with oneself; self-satisfied
contiguous
sharing a common boundary; adjoining
querulous
inclined to find fault; complaining; full of complaint
bulwark
a wall or embankment used for a defensive fortification; something serving as a defense or safeguard, often figurative
scapegoat
one who takes blame
increment
n. an increase in quantity; v. to increase
intuition
instinctive knowledge, acquired without conscious reason
clique
exclusive group of people
canny
clever and cautious
attrition
gradual reduction
vocation
a regular occupation, esp. one for which as person is particularly suited
distend
to stretch out; to expand
adorn
add beauty; to decorate
vapid
lacking interest, animation, or flavor
prophecy
a prediction
outmoded
no longer in fashion
adjunct
something attached to another in a subordinate position
deadlock
a tie; a standstill
coiffure
a hairstyle
censure
to criticize severely
apathy
lack of emotion; lack of concern, esp. to matter of general importance
captious
critically faultfinding
connive
to cooperate secretly in wrongful action
allocate
to set apart for a special purpose; designate
pedagogy
the art or profession of teaching
kindle
to set on fire; ignite
impel
to push something into motion
avarice
excessive desire for wealth
brusque
abrupt and curt in manner
fortify
to make stronger
egalitarian
of the belief that all people should have equal rights
venal
capable of being bribed or corrupted
credence
belief; mental acceptance as true or real
archetype
the original pattern or model; a perfect example
facet
any number of sides or aspects
rapport
concord; trustful relationship; harmony

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