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Preclude
To make impossible, as by action taken in advance; prevent
Visage
Appearance
Enmity
Deep-seated, often mutual hatred.
Prescient
Having knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight.
Tumultuous
chaotic, confused, riotous
Ponder
To reflect or consider with thoroughness and care
Guru
A personal spiritual teacher.
Repose
The act of resting or the state of being at rest.
Derisive
Mocking; jeering.
Bamboozle
To take in by elaborate methods of deceit; hoodwink.
Pallor
Extreme or unnatural paleness.
Menagerie
A collection of live wild animals on exhibition.
Dichotomy
Division into two usually contradictory parts or opinions
Impious
Lacking reverence; not pious.
Zealous
Filled with or motivated by zeal; fervent
Rhapsody
Exalted or excessively enthusiastic expression of feeling in speech or writing.
Refute
To prove to be false or erroneous; overthrow by argument or proof
Craven
cowardly
Pristine
Remaining in a pure state
Fortuitous
Happening by accident or chance.
Laconic
short, concise, curt, brusque
Cynical
Believing or showing the belief that people are motivated chiefly by base or selfish concerns; skeptical of the motives of others
Secular
Worldly rather than spiritual.
Imperative
Impossible to deter or evade; pressing
Defiant
boldly resisting
Monotonous
dull, repetitive, boring
Affront
To insult intentionally, especially openly.
Proponent
One who argues in support of something; an advocate.
Moribund
Approaching death; about to die
Evasive
vague, ambiguous, elusive, hard to pin down
Effeminate
Having qualities or characteristics more often associated with women than men.
Gauntlet
An onslaught or attack from all sides
Emaciated
Physically haggard
Furtive
surreptitious, sneaky, secret, sly
Ineluctable
Not to be avoided or escaped; inevitable:
Genial
Having a pleasant or friendly disposition or manner.
Articulate
Characterized by the use of clear, expressive language
Lacerate
To rip, cut, or tear.
Abhor
To regard with horror or loathing; detest:
Reminisce
To recollect and tell of past experiences or events.
Idolatry
Blind or excessive devotion to something.
Usury
The practice of lending money and charging the borrower interest, especially at an exorbitant or illegally high rate.
Abscond
To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
Elude
To evade or escape from, as by daring, cleverness, or skill
Inscrutable
Difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable.
Obsequious
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
Bemuse
To cause to be bewildered; confuse
Ennui
boredom
Voracious
Consuming or eager to consume great amounts of food; ravenous.
Primordial
Being or happening first in sequence of time; original.
Capricious
Characterized by or subject to whim; impulsive and unpredictable.
Languish
To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
De Facto
In reality or fact; actually.
Chagrin
A keen feeling of mental unease, as of annoyance or embarrassment, caused by failure, disappointment, or a disconcerting event
Tantamount
Equivalent in effect or value
Gamut
A complete range or extent
Dismember
To cut, tear, or pull off the limbs of.
Incentive
Something, such as the fear of punishment or the expectation of reward, that induces action or motivates effort.
Semblance
An outward or token appearance.
Precarious
Dangerously lacking in security or stability
Recuperate
To return to health or strength; recover.
Obviate
To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.
Kowtow
To show servile deference
Melee
Confused, hand-to-hand fighting in a pitched battle.
Palatial
Like a palace, as in large and fancy:
Placid
Undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm or quiet
Nostalgic
A bittersweet longing for things, persons, or situations of the past.
Repast
A meal
Acute
Extremely sharp or severe; intense
Ephemeral
Lasting for a markedly brief time, short-lived
Immolate
To kill as a sacrifice.
Wanton
Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
Reprimand
To reprove severely, especially in a formal or official way.
Sublime
Characterized by nobility; majestic
Devoid
Completely lacking; destitute or empty
Propagate
To cause (an organism) to multiply or breed.
Disseminate
To spread abroad
Thwart
To prevent the occurrence, realization, or attainment of
Contrite
Feeling regret and sorrow for one's sins or offenses; penitent.
Beguiled
To deceive by guile; delude.
Facade
An artificial or deceptive front
Fraternize
hang out, socialize, associate
Stupefy
To dull the senses or faculties of.
Replete
complete, full, supplied
Admonition
Mild, kind, yet earnest reproof.
Discern
To perceive with the eyes or intellect; detect.
Perceptive
Having the ability to perceive; keen in discernment
Devious
Not straightforward; shifty
Impunity
Exemption from punishment, penalty, or harm.
Brusque
Abrupt and curt in manner or speech; discourteously blunt.
Copious
Yielding or containing plenty, Ample
Discordant
Disagreeable in sound; harsh or dissonant
De jure
According to law; by right
Incongruous
Lacking in harmony; incompatible
Conundrum
A paradoxical, insoluble, or difficult problem; a dilemma
Agile
Characterized by quickness, lightness, and ease of movement; nimble.
Insidious
Working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy manner
Scrupulous
Conscientious and exact; painstaking.
Surreptitious
secret, sneaky, furtive
Belligerent
Inclined or eager to fight; hostile or aggressive
Tangible
Discernible by the touch; palpable
Vehement
fervent, passionate, intense
Pervasive
Having the quality or tendency to pervade or permeate
Polarize
To cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions.
Tacit
Unspoken.
Malevolence
evil, wickedness
Finite
Having bounds; limited
Zoomorphism
Use of animal forms in symbolism, literature, or graphic representation.
Adamant
stubbornly unyielding
Amid
Surrounded by; in the middle of.
Anomaly
Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
Succinct
Characterized by clear, precise expression in few words; concise and terse
Posterity
Future generations.
Desultory
aimless, random, haphazard
Insinuate
To introduce or otherwise convey (a thought, for example) gradually and insidiously.
Incessant
Continuing without interruption.
Docile
Ready and willing to be taught; teachable.
Fortnight
A period of 14 days; two weeks.
Euthanasia
The act or practice of ending the life of an individual suffering from a terminal illness or an incurable condition, as by lethal injection or the suspension of extraordinary medical treatment.
Augment
To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity.
Ardor
Intense feelings, passion
Demure
Modest and reserved in manner or behavior, shy
Ambiguity
Doubtfulness or uncertainty as regards interpretation.
Oblivious
Lacking all memory; forgetful.
Competent
Properly or sufficiently qualified; capable
Lament
To express grief for or about; mourn
Respite
A usually short interval of rest or relief.
Gallant
Smartly or boldly stylish; dashing.
Rancor
Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will.
Abet
To approve, encourage, and support
Caliber
Degree of worth; quality
Somber
Dark; gloomy.
Futile
pointless, useless, ineffective
Ubiquitous
Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent
Revere
To regard with awe, deference, and devotion
Precedent
An act or instance that may be used as an example in dealing with subsequent similar instances
Aversion
dislike, hatred, loathing
Vicarious
Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another.
Pugnacious
Combative in nature; belligerent.
Exalted
Elevated in rank, character, or status. Noble
Slothful
Disinclined to work or exertion; lazy
Paramour
A lover, especially one in an adulterous relationship
Perjury
The deliberate, willful giving of false, misleading, or incomplete testimony under oath.
Belated
Having been delayed; done or sent too late
Progressive
A person who actively favors or strives for progress toward better conditions, as in society or government.
Insolent
Presumptuous and insulting in manner or speech; arrogant.
Frivolous
Unworthy of serious attention; trivial.
Lucrative
Producing wealth; profitable
Senile
Of, relating to, or characteristic of old age.
Anthropomorphize
To ascribe human characteristics to things not human
Indolent
Disinclined to exert oneself; habitually lazy.
Avatar
The incarnation of a Hindu deity, especially Vishnu, in human or anima form.
Dexterity
Skill and grace in physical movement, especially in the use of the hands.
Solicitous
Anxious or concerned
Manifesto
A public declaration of principles, policies, or intentions, especially of a political nature.
Hyperbole
A figure of speech in which exaggeration is used for emphasis or effect
Impromptu
spontaneous, improvised, unplanned
Emanate
To come or send forth, as from a source
Apparition
ghost, specter
Stoic
One who is seemingly indifferent to or unaffected by joy, grief, pleasure, or pain.
Virtuoso
A person with masterly skill or technique in the arts.
Recede
To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark
Ascend
climb, rise
Impartial
Not partial or biased; unprejudiced.
Insouciant
Marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.
Haggard
Appearing worn and exhausted; gaunt.
Balderdash
Nonsense.
Inert
still, motionless, lifeless
Regimentation
To put into systematic order; systematize.
Erudite
Knowledgeable
Depravity
Moral corruption or degradation.
Altruistic
Unselfish concern for the welfare of others; selflessness.
Auspicious
Attended by favorable circumstances; propitious.
Impulsive
Inclined to act on impulse rather than thought.
Meticulous
Extremely careful and precise
Commodity
Something useful that can be turned to commercial or other advantage
Austere
Severe or stern; somber and grave
Simian
Relating to, characteristic of, or resembling an ape or a monkey.
Derisive
Mocking; jeering.
Moiety
A part, portion, or share.
Retribution
Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment.
Lethargy
A state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy.
Cantankerous
Ill-tempered and quarrelsome; disagreeable
Maudlin
over-sentimental, sappy, weepy
Ludicrous
Laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity or incongruity.
Ominous
Menacing; threatening
Indolence
Habitual laziness; sloth.
Slander
Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation.
Bedlam
A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion.
Tyranny
A government in which a single ruler is vested with absolute power.
Sagacious
wise, learned, clever, perceptive
Coy
Affectedly and usually flirtatiously shy or modest.
Beckon
To signal or summon, as by nodding or waving.
Verisimilitude
Something that has the appearance of being true or real.
Innocuous
Having no adverse effect; harmless
Gesticulate
To make gestures especially while speaking, as for emphasis.
Elicit
To bring or draw out (something latent); educe
Futile
Having no useful result.
Vapid
Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull.
Adroit
able, nimble, skillful
Infinite
Having no boundaries or limits
Relent
To become more lenient, compassionate, or forgiving.
Volatile
Inconstant; fickle; changing
Emblematic
Of, relating to, or serving as an emblem; symbolic.
Exuberant
Full of unrestrained enthusiasm or joy.
Intuitive
Known or perceived through intuition.
Servile
Of or suitable to a slave or servant
Fervid
Marked by great passion or zeal
Tumultuous
noisy and disorderly
Imbue
To inspire or influence thoroughly; pervade:
Divulge
To make known (something private or secret).
Derogatory
Disparaging; belittling
Inebriate
To make drunk; intoxicate
Assuage
lessen, alleviate, ease, soften
Perilous
Full of or involving peril; dangerous.
Procure
To get by special effort; obtain or acquire:
Inscrutable
Difficult to fathom or understand; impenetrable.

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