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C 801-1000

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undefined, object
copy deck
constrict
to make smaller and narrower
turbulence
commotion or wild disorder
occidental
western
tally
to count; add
prohibitive
forbidding; so great as to discourage purchase or use
besmirch
to make filthy or dirty
warble
to sing with trills or other musical embellishments
brink
extreme edge
mariner
sailor; seaman
unseemly
not decent or proper
grit
minute rough particles, as of sand or stone; strength of character; to clamp together
ritual
a ceremonial act; a customary procedure
realm
a region; a kingdom
egotism
self-conceit; selfishness
prurient
tending to have or cause lustful thoughts
blunder
to move carelessly
staid
serious and settled; sedate
catastrophe
disaster; sudden misfortune
titillate
to excite or stimulate pleasurably, often erotically
blanket
applying to all conditions or instances
fanfare
a showy public display
hoi polloi
the common people
asunder
apart
factitious
produced artificially; not genuine
dastardly
cowardly and malicious
ethereal
delicate; soft; airy; intangible
impair
to make worse; to damage
locus
a place that is the center of great activity or concentration
levy
to impose or collect, usually taxes
temporal
relating to time
camouflage
concealment by disguise; to conceal
cardiac
relating to the heart
complaisant
showing a desire to please; cheerfully obliging
genealogy
the science or study of family descent
plumb
to investigate carefully
motion
a formal proposal
noisome
disgustingly offensive; foul
maternal
characteristic of a mother
elysian
heavenly or delightful
plutocracy
government by the wealthy
wangle
to get by persuasion, influence, etc.
duel
a prearranged combat between two persons
bibliophile
one who loves books
divest
to strip, as of clothes; to deprive, as property or rights
ambulatory
of or for walking; capable of walking
jugular
of the neck or throat
ignoramus
an ignorant and stupid person
genre
a kind, or type
dispel
to rid one's mind of; to drive away by scattering
domineer
to rule over arbitrarily or tyrannically
egress
going out; the right to go out or exit
sylvan
characteristic of woods or forests
filigree
delicate ornamental work made of twisted wire
surreal
characterized by the non-rational, often through unexpected juxtapositions of images
ligature
something that unites or bonds
karma
destiny; in Hinduism and Buddhism: the total effect of a person's conduct in successive phases of existence, believed to influence individual destiny
nuptial
pertaining to marriage; a wedding
fop
a man who is preoccupied with his clothes and manners
paleontology
the study of fossils of life forms from the past
discriminate
to make a clear distinction
crop
to cut or bite the ends off; to trim
import
a significance
spoils
things acquired as the result of winning a conflict
jingoism
an extreme patriotism
jocular
characterized by joking
champ
to bite at a (horse's) bit repeatedly and restlessly; to be restless
furtive
characterized by secretive behavior
unguent
an ointment for soothing or healing
maladroit
awkward; clumsy; bungling
coy
bashful; shy; quiet; pretending to be shy
caesura
a break or pause
drowsy
sleepy; sluggish
pretentious
claiming dignity or importance, esp. when undeserved
libation
a beverage
accretion
a slow accumulation
mosaic
an image created by the assembly of many small colored pieces
levitate
to rise or cause to rise and float in the air
deviate
to depart from the norm
creed
a system of beliefs, principles, or opinions
prolix
wordy and tedious
cliche
an overused expression
scythe
a long-handled, bladed instrument used for harvesting crops
warren
an enclosed space in which rabbits breed or are numerous
ocular
relating to the eye or sense of sight
condign
deserved (usu. of punishment)
debase
to make lower in value, quality or character
occasion
to cause; to provide an appropriate opportunity for
marrow
the soft tissue that fills the cavities of most bones; the innermost, essential part
pendent
hanging down; dangling
debilitated
showing impairment of energy or strength
iota
a very small quantity; a bit
quench
to put out; to suppress
categorical
absolute; without any condition
carrion
dead and decaying flesh
sprightly
lively; animated; energetic
flightly
unstable or easily excited
brook
to tolerate
nomenclature
a specialized list of terms, words or names
corporeal
relating to the body; of a material nature
contemporary
of the same time or period
moot
debatable; of academic interest only
impart
to give a portion of; to make known
emend
to correct
plenipotentiary
a person authorized to act for his or her government; having full powers
herpetology
the stupid of lizards and amphibians
dapper
neat and trim in appearance
transcribe
to copy over, usually into a different form
tact
skill in dealing with others, esp. in difficult situations
malinger
to act sick in order to avoid work
effulgent
shining forth brilliantly
catacombs
a series of underground tunnels used for burial
glower
to frown; to glare with anger
relic
a surviving trace of a culture or period that no longer exists
convulse
to shake violently
grievous
causing sorrow or sadness; distressing; serious
odious
arousing strong dislike or disgust
zeitgeist
the trend or spirit of the times
denigrate
to disgrace a reputation; to blacken; to belittle
quest
a pursuit or search
coterie
a small, often exclusive group of people who associate with one another frequently
martyr
one chooses to die rather than to give up religious beliefs, or who suffers greatly to further a cause
sadistic
getting pleasure from inflicting physical or psychological pain
nimble
fast and light in motion
fatalistic
believing that all events are predestine and unavoidable
blazon
to display in a showy manner
muckraker
one who searches for and exposes misconduct in public life
clairvoyant
having the supposed power to see objects or events that cannot be perceived by the senses
mutable
subject to change; prone to frequent change; inconstant
philology
literary study, esp as it involves the editing of texts and the history of languages
prosaic
straightforward; lacking in imagination
ineluctable
unable to be avoided; inescapable
lope
to run or walk with an easy gait
nubile
marriageable
sapling
a young tree
dynasty
a succession of rulers or people in power from the same family
officious
interfering; trying to give unwanted advice
dawdle
to make more time than necessary; to move slowly and purposelessly
porcine
resembling or relating to pigs
masticate
to chew
entrepreneur
a person who starts and manages a business
propitiate
to appease or placate
quash
to suppress completely
impudent
rude, shameless
embezzle
to take money for one's own use, in violation of a trust
somber
dark and gloomy or dull
vainglorious
marked by vainglory; boastful
Herculean
of unusual size, power or difficulty
aphorism
a brief expression of a truth or general principle
imprecation
a curse
pert
trim and stylish in appearance; impudently bold
abstinence
the act of voluntarily doing without something
fiscal
relating to finance
lectern
a stand, usually with a slanted top, for holding the notes or book used by a speaker
bizarre
very odd in manner; grotesque; strange
augment
to make greater, in size, extent, or quantity
lackluster
lacking brightness or vitality
apocryphal
probably untrue or fake; of questionable authorship
loggerheads
engaged in a dispute
censorious
inclined to find fault; harshly critical
jackleg
not qualified for one's work; unscrupulous or lacking professional standards
deranged
mentally disturbed
banshee
in Celtic mythology, a female spirit who presages a death by wailing
acclaim
to praise enthusiastically, esp. publicly
necromancy
magic, esp. performed by supposed communication with the dead
quail
to draw back in fear; lose heart or courage
paragon
an example of perfection
harpy
a disagreeable, predatory woman
cosmology
the study of the universe; a theory or model of the universe
outlandish
strange; strikingly different
disbar
to expel from the legal profession
ignoble
of the common people
enclave
a country or other distinctly bounded area wholly surrounded by another area
pedestal
the base supporting a column, lamp, statue, etc
forum
a meeting that invites public participation; a medium for conducting a discussion
entomology
the study of insects
duplicity
deception; deceitfulness; double-dealing
philippic
a harsh verbal attack or denunciation
corporal
relating to the body
principal
of highest importance; chief
reverberate
to reecho
fruitless
without results; unprofitable
coin
to devise a new word or phrase
fodder
feed for livestock; a resource
expound
to explain in detail
duress
strain or hardship, often illegally applied
balk
to stop short and refuse to continue
tactics
methods used to gain an end, esp. military maneuvers
animus
a personal feeling of ill-will
entail
to have as a necessary result
stanch
to stop the flow of something
asylum
a place of safety
cherish
to hold in great affection
shear
to cut hair or wool from
diffuse
to spread around or scatter; widely scattered
philander
of a man, to engage in sexual affairs, esp. casually
refurbish
to make clean or bright again
jurisprudence
the science or philosophy of law
harlequin
a clown or buffoon
refulgent
shining radiantly
remunerate
to pay or compensate

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