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accede
v. agree or express agreement, take on duties or office
affidavit
n. written declaration made under oath, a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
alias
ad. as known or named at another time or place
anathema
n. a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine
anemone
n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
antarctic
n. the region around the south pole, at or near the south pole
apocryphal
a. of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
athlete
n. a person trained to compete in sports
barbiturate
n. organic compound having powerful soporific effect, overdose can be fatal
boatswain
n. ship,s officer in charge of equipment
cache
n. a secret store of valuables or money
cacophony
n. harsh discordant mixture of sounds
camaraderie
n. the quality of affording easy familiarity and sociability
cardsharp
n. a person who cheats at cards in order to win money
cavalry
n. a highly mobile army unit, troops trained to fight on horseback
choir
n. a family of similar musical instrument playing together
colloquialism
n. characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
colonel
n. a commissioned military officer in the army who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
conch
n. a large spiral shell, or the tropical snail-like sea creature that lives in it
cornet
n. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone, has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves
debauch
n. a wild gathering involving excessive drinking and promiscuity
demagogue
n. a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular passions and prejudices
dilate
v. add details, as to an account or idea, clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
diphtheria
n. a serious infectious disease that causes fever and difficulty in breathing and swallowing
draught
n. a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room
electoral
a. relating to or composed of electors, of or relating to elections
emollient
a. having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
epitome
n. a standard or typical example, a brief abstract (as of an article or book)
espouse
v. take in marriage, become involved with or support an activity or opinion
espresso
n. strong coffee, or a cup of this, made by forcing hot water through crushed coffee beans and served without milk
fatuous
a. stupid, not correct, or not carefully thought about
February
n. the month following January and preceding March
foliage
n. the leaves of a plant or tree, or leaves on the stems or branches on which they are growing
forte
a. a strong ability, something that a person can do well
foyer
n. a large entrance or reception room or area
grandiloquent
a. puffed up with vanity, lofty in style
hegemony
n. the dominance or leadership of one social group or nation over others
hierarchy
n. a series of ordered groupings of people or things within a system, the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
ignominious
a. (used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
inchoate
a. only partly in existence; imperfectly formed
isthmus
n. a narrow piece of land with water on each side that joins two larger areas of land
jewelry
n. an adornment made of precious metals and set with gems
knell
v. ring as in announcing death
larynx
n. an organ in humans and animals between the nose and the lungs that contains the muscles to create the voice or sounds
liable
a. held legally responsible, subject to legal action
library
n. a depository built to contain books and other materials for reading and study
maelstrom
n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
masonry
n. the bricks and pieces of stone that are used to make a building
mauve
n. pale purple colour, pale purple aniline dye
mayonnaise
n. a thick, white sauce made from oil, vinegar, and the yellow part of eggs, usually eaten cold
miniature
a. used to describe something that is a very small copy of an object
mischievous
a. deliberately causing harm or damage, naughtily or annoyingly playful
moot
v. think about carefully, suggest something for discussion
nadir
n. an extreme state of adversity, the lowest point of anything
neophyte
n. any new participant in some activity
noisome
a. offensively malodorous, very unpleasant and offensive
nuptial
a. belonging or relating to a marriage or to the state of being married
onomatopoeia
n. using words that imitate the sound they denote
ordnance
n. military supplies, especially weapons and bombs
orient
v. adjust to a specific need or market, make someone familiar with a new place
ostensibly
ad. in a way that appears or claims to be one thing when it is really something else
panacea
n. something that will solve all problems
parentheses
n. round brackets, the symbols that are put around a word, phrase, or sentence in a piece of writing
parliament
n. a legislative assembly in certain countries
penguin
n. short-legged flightless birds of cold southern, especially Antarctic regions
percolate
v. move slowly through a substance with very small holes in it
peremptory
a. not allowing contradiction or refusal, putting an end to all debate or action
pernickety
a. placing too much emphasis on minor details
perspire
v. sweat, pass liquid through the skin
phenomenon
n. any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
phlegmatic
a. showing little emotion, not emotional or excited about things
pollute
v. make an area or substance, usually air, water, or soil, dirty or harmful to people, animals, and plants
posthumous
a. occurring or coming into existence after a person's death
potable
a. clean and safe to drink, suitable for drinking
prerogative
n. a right reserved exclusively by a particular person or group, especially a hereditary or official right
pronunciation
n. the way a word or a language is customarily spoken, the manner in which someone utters a word
protean
a. taking on different forms, easily and continuously changing
puerile
a. of or characteristic of a child, displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
pulchritude
n. physical beauty, especially of a woman
quinoa
n. the seeds of a South American plant that are cooked and eaten as food
quixotic
a. not sensible about practical matters, idealistic and unrealistic
relevant
a. having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
respite
v. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
rural
a. of or relating to the countryside as opposed to the city, living in or characteristic of farming or country life
sanguine
a. confidently optimistic and cheerful, positive and hoping for good things
scissors
n. a device used for cutting materials such as paper, cloth, and hair, consisting of two sharp blades
segue
v. proceed without interruption in music or talk, change smoothly from one state or situation to another
sherbet
n. a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin
silicon
n. a tetravalent nonmetallic element, the most abundant element in the earth's crust that occurs in clay
sixth
a. coming next after the fifth and just before the seventh in position
squirrel
n. a small furry animal with a long tail which climbs trees and feeds on nuts and seeds
staid
a. serious, boring, and slightly old-fashioned
successful
a. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
suite
n. a set of connected rooms, especially in a hotel
supremacist
n. a person who advocates the supremacy of some particular group or race over all others
surfeit
n. the state of being more than full, the quality of being so overabundant that prices fall
synecdoche
n. a word or phrase in which a part of something is used to refer to the whole of it
temperature
n. the degree of hotness or coldness of a body or environment, he somatic sensation of cold or heat
tenet
n. one of the principles on which a belief or theory is based
timbre
n. a quality of sound that makes voices or musical instruments sound different from each other
triathlon
n. athletic contest consisting of three different events
truculent
a. defiantly aggressive, unpleasant and likely to argue a lot
verbiage
n. the manner in which something is expressed in words, overabundance of words
voluptuous
a. (of a woman's body) having soft, curved, sexually attractive body
yolk
n. the yellow, middle part of an egg
zephyr
n. a slight wind, usually refreshing
zoology
n. the branch of biology that studies animals