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imperious
adj. domineering, marked by arrogant assurance
ember
n. a small piece of glowing coal or wood at the end of a fire
jurisprudence
adj. the science or philosophy of law
preoccupied
adj. absorbed in thought; engrossed
addendum
n. a supplement; something added at the end of a book or document
bicker
v. to quarrel over something petty
verbiage
n. excessive wordiness
palpitate
v. to beat rapidly; to shake or flutter
renounce
v. to give up (e.g., a title), esp. formally
monograph
n. a scholarly book on a narrow subject
harridan
n. a hag; a shrew; a witch
protrude
v. to thrust forward or out
parry
v. to deflect an attack
pontificate
v. to speak pompously and at length
montage
n. a composite elements, esp. pictures, placed closely next to one another
lumber
v. to move clumsily
faze
v. to disturb; disconnect
terrestrial
adj. relating to the Earth
equine
adj. characteristic of a horse
pall
v. to lose attractiveness; to become boring
mutable
adj. subject to change; prone to frequent change; inconstant
custodian
n. caretaker
superannuated
adj. retired or ineffective because of advanced age
saccharine
adj. overly or sickeningly sweet
extrovert
n. an outgoing person
barter
v. to trade without using money
stout
adj. of a heavy build; firm, stubborn; bold, brave
cow
v. to frighten with threats or a show of force
meddlesome
v. interfering; bothersome
corporeal
adj. relating to the body; of a material nature
pale
v. to decrease in relative importance
augur
v. to predict
prepossessing
adj. impressing favorably
hoi polloi
n. the common people
indubitable
adj. certain; indisputable (literally "not doubtable")
animadversion
n. strong criticism; a critical remark
bogus
adj. not real; fake
coiffure
n. a hairstyle
tack
n. a course of action, esp. one differing from a previous course
score
v. to make cuts or lines on
atavistic
adj. reverting to past traits, esp. to traits absent for a long time
cackle
v. to laugh or chatter with shrill, broken sounds resembling a hen
illustrious
adj. well0known and very distinguished
sapient
v. to trade without using money
Spartan
adj. hardy, frugal and highly disciplined; not lavish or luxurious
integrity
n. moral or artistic honesty; strength of character
ghastly
adj. terrible; horrible
decrepit
adj. lacking strength because of old age
sallow
adj. of a sickly yellowish hue
thicket
n. a dense growth of shrubs or underbrush
carnal
adj. relating to physical, esp. sexual desires
bangle
n. bracelet; jewelry
induct
v. to place formally in office; to admit as a member
raillery
n. light, good-natured ridicule or satire
foray
n. a sudden raid; an initial attempt, esp. outside one's usual field
warble
v. to sing with trills or other musical embellishments
parable
n. a short story with a moral or religious theme
vertex
n. highest point; summit
faction
n. a group within a larger group, usually one that produces dissent
incendiary
adj. causing or capable of causing fire; stirring up trouble
fickle
adj. unreliable in faith; changing in affections
reign
v. to rule, as by a monarch; to be prevalent; n. the period of rule
tremulous
adj. shaking; fearful
flummox
v. to confuse or perplex
maraud
n. to raid; to invade for plunder
tableau
n. a striking, dramatic scene or picture
verdant
v. green
contrite
adj. feeling sorry for what one has done
quarry
n. a hunted bird or animal; prey
credence
n. belief; mental acceptance as true or real
oblation
n. an offering
disburse
v. to pay out money
tout
v. to solicit customers; to praise or recommend highly
pachyderm
n. a large, thick-skinned mammal (e.g. rhino, hippo, elephant)
depraved
adj. corrupt; morally bad
hellion
n. rascal; troublemaker
motley
adj. having elements of great variety; composed of many colors
genteel
adj. refined in manner; polite, often in an affected or exaggerated manner
leer
v. to look at lustfully; to ogle
reprise
n. a recurrence or resumption of an action; v. to repeat
conciliate
v. to overcome or try to overcome distrust or hatred through friendly acts
precipice
n. a cliff; the edge of a dangerous situation
iota
n. a very small quantity; a bit
scandalmonger
n. a person who spreads shocking gossip
thwart
v. to prevent or frustrate
arid
adj. dry and barren; not interesting
bridle
v. to restrain
gaunt
adj. thin and bony; appearing exhausted
calligraphy
n. the art of beautiful handwriting
jar
v. to make a harsh sound; to shake by sudden impact
sow
n. to scatter (seed) for growing; to spread
beseech
v. to plead; to beg
chattel
n. a movable item of personal property; a slave
mediate
v. to resolve (arguments or disputes) by working with the conflicting parties
albeit
adv. although
precipitous
adj. resembling a cliff; extremely steep
nugatory
adj. having no importance; invalid
curator
n. a person in charge of a museum
missive
n. a written message
avatar
n. an embodiment, as of a quality or concept

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