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fare
proceed or get along
cut a swath through
pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change : a tornado cut a two-mile long ~ through residential neighborhoods.
crestfallen
brought low in spirit
onerous
not easily borne, burdensome
vaunt
extravagant self-praise, show off
antithetical
sharply contrasted in character or purpose [from antithetos 'placed in opposition,' antitithenai 'set against.']
inextricable
not permitting extrication
immolation
killing or offering as a sacrifice
encephalitis
inflammation of the brain usually caused by a virus
virtuoso
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field, a musician who is a consummate master of technique and artistry
tinker
try to fix or mend
laggard
someone who takes more time than necessary
ebullition
an unrestrained expression of emotion; : from late Latin ebullitio(n-), from ebullire 'boil up'
constrict
become tight or as if tight, squeeze or press together
gimcrack
tastelessly showy, a showy but useless or worthless object.
compendious
briefly giving the gist of something, concise but comprehensive
irascible
characterized by anger, quickly aroused to anger [ from Latin irasci 'grow angry,' from ira 'anger.']
wastrel
someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
imposture
pretending to be another person
mercurial
liable to sudden unpredictable change, quick, changeable in character, fleeting
interstice
small opening between things
nefarious
extremely wicked [from Latin nefarius, from nefas, nefar- 'wrong' (from ne- 'not' + fas 'divine law' ) + -ous .]
detente
the easing of tensions or strained relations (especially between nations)
indigent
poor enough to need help from others
quaff
a hearty draft, to swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught
vaudevillian
a performer who works in vaudeville
substantiate
solidify, firm, or strengthen, establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts, to verify, confirm
connivance
(law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing, agreement on a secret plot
lamentable
bad, an archaic word for mournful
obviate
prevent the occurrence of, do away with
contrarian
person who takes contrary views
allude
make a more or less disguised reference to
papier mache
a malleable mixture of paper and glue, or paper, flour, and water, that becomes hard when dry : George was constructing a crocodile out of ~.
petulant
easily irritated or annoyed
grain
the direction or texture of fibers found in wood or leather or stone or in a woven fabric
flippant
showing inappropriate levity
shack
small crude shelter used as a dwelling, make one's home or live in
sublime
vaporize and then condense right back again, change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting, lifted up or set high, worthy of adoration or reverence
interstitial
of or relating to interstices
retainer
1 a thing that holds something in place : a guitar string retainer.; • an appliance for keeping a loose tooth, an orthodontic prosthesis, or orthodontically aligned teeth in place.; 2 a fee paid in advance to someone, esp. an attorney, in order to secure or keep their services when required.; 3 a servant or follower of a noble or wealthy person, esp. one that has worked for a person or family for a long time. {1 they're paid a ~ retaining fee, fee, periodic payment, advance, standing charge.} e.g. "I don't want to exhaust your retainer on ths."
arcane
requiring secret or mysterious knowledge
leer
a suggestive or sneering look or grin
gourmand
a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess
spurn
reject with contempt
importunate
expressing earnest entreaty
diametrical
characterized by opposite extremes
anemic
lacking vigor or energy
measly
contemptibly small in amount
dour
relentlessly severe, stern, or gloomy in manner or appearance : a hard, ~, humorless fanatic. See note at glum .
hovel
small crude shelter used as a dwelling, a small squalid or poorly constructed dwelling
cursive
written with the characters joined : ~ script.
lentil
round flat seed of the lentil plant, widely cultivated Eurasian annual herb grown for its edible flattened seeds that are cooked like peas and also ground into meal and for its leafy stalks that are used as fodder
concomitant
an event or situation that happens at the same time as or in connection with another, following as a consequence
tarry
leave slowly and hesitantly, be about, having the characteristics of pitch or tar
amble
a leisurely walk (usually in some public place)
legume
an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae, the seedpod of a leguminous plant (such as peas or beans or lentils)
unwitting
not aware or knowing, lacking information or knowledge
gamin
a homeless child who has been abandoned and roams the streets
lacerate
cut or tear irregularly
sobriquet
a familiar name for a person (often a shortened version of a person's given name)
small fry
a young person of either sex
rapprochement
the reestablishing of cordial relations [french. note the pronunciation]
fustian
pompous or pretentious talk or writing, a strong cotton and linen fabric with a slight nap
empyrean
inspiring awe, of or relating to the sky or heavens [ via medieval Latin from Greek empurios, from en- 'in' + pur 'fire.' ]
effervescent
marked by high spirits or excitement
dampen
make moist, lessen in force or effect, smother or suppress
verdant
characterized by abundance of verdure; (of countryside) green with grass or other rich vegetation.; • of the bright green color of lush grass : a deep, ~ green.
guttersnipe
a child who spends most of his time in the streets especially in slum areas
vulture
any of various large diurnal birds of prey having naked heads and weak claws and feeding chiefly on carrion, someone who attacks in search of booty
discursive
(of e.g. speech and writing) tending to depart from the main point or cover a wide range of subjects
bungalow
a small house with a single story
deference
a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard, a disposition or tendency to yield to the will of others
deference
a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard
eclectic
selecting or choosing from various sources; made up of what is selected from different sources; not following any one system, as of philosophy, medicine, etc., but selecting and using what are considered the best elements of all systems.
calisthenic
gymnastic exercises to achieve bodily fitness and grace of movement. [from Greek kallos 'beauty' + sthenos 'strength' + -ics .]
nap
the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave, a soft or fuzzy surface texture
palliate
provide physical relief, as from pain
motley
a collection containing a variety of sorts of things, having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly
immure
lock up or confine, in or as in a jail; enclose or confine (someone) against their will : her brother was ~ed in a lunatic asylum.; [Latin immurare, from in- 'in' + murus 'wall.']
pungent
sharp biting or acrid especially in taste or smell, capable of wounding

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