10th Grade Cards for Langhorne, PA, USA

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abjure
v. renounce upon oath; abandon forever
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abstract
a. theoretical; not concrete; not applied or practical; difficult to understand
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abstruse
a. obscure; profound; difficult to understand.
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accretion
n. growth or increase in size by gradual external addition, fusion, or inclusion
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acerbic
a. sour or bitter in taste; harsh or corrosive in tone
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acquiesce
v. assent; accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively
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acrimonious
a. bitter and sharp in language, tone, or manner
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acrimony
n. animosity, sharp or bitter hatred
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adroit
a. skillful and adept under pressing conditions
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adumbrate
v. give hint or indication of something; disclose partially or guardedly; overshadow; shade
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aesthete
n. one who professes great sensitivity to the beauty of art and nature
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agnostic
n. one who is skeptical of existence of a god or any ultimate reality
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altruism
n. the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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altruistic
a. unselfishly generous; concerned for others
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ambidextrous
a. capable of using either hand with equal ease
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ambulatory
a. able to walk; formed or adapted for walking; not stationary
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amorphous
a. formless; lacking shape or definition
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anachronism
n. an artifact that belongs to another time
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analogous
a. comparable in certain respects; similar or alike
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anathema
n. solemn curse; someone or something regarded as a curse
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anodyne
n. source of relaxation or comfort; medicine that relieves pain
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aphasia
n. loss of speech due to injury or illness
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aphorism
n. definition or concise statement of principle; tersely phrased statement of truth or opinion
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apostrophe
n. text character used to mark the possessive or to show the omission of letters or numbers
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ascetic
a. leading a life of self-discipline and self-denial; austere
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assignation
n. a secret rendezvous (especially between lovers)
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assonance
n. the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
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astringent
a. causing contraction; having the effect of drawing tissue together; stern or austere
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augury
n. sign of something coming; art or practice of foretelling events by signs or omens
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auspicious
a. attended by favorable circumstances; marked by success; prosperous
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austere
a. strict or severe in discipline; severely simple and unornamented
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autonomous
a. self-governing; not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent
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axiom
n. self-evident truth requiring no proof
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baleful
a. portending evil; harmful in intent or effect.
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banal
a. obvious and dull; commonplace; lacking originality
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beleaguer
v. besiege or attack; harass; surround with troops
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bellicose
a. warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; showing or having impulse to be combative
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bemused
a. confused; lost in thought; preoccupied
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benighted
a. in a state of intellectual or moral ignorance, typically owing to a lack of opportunity
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bevy
n. large group; a group of animals or birds, especially larks or quail
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bilk
v. defraud or cheat; frustrate or disappoint; evade or escape from
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blasphemous
a. characterized by profanity or cursing
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blithe
a. gay; joyous; carefree and lighthearted
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bombastic
a. pompous; using inflated language; high-sounding but with little meaning
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bonhomie
n. a disposition to be friendly and approachable (easy to talk to)
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breach
n. breaking of contract or duty
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broach
v. introduce; bring up for discussion or debate; announce
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burgeon
v. grow forth; send out buds; grow or develop rapidly
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calumny
n. false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; slander
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capacious
a. capable of containing a large quantity; spacious or roomy
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capitulate
v. surrender; end all resistance; give up; go along with or comply
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capricious
a. fickle; impulsive and unpredictable; apt to change opinions suddenly
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celerity
n. swiftness of action or motion; speed
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censorious
a. critical; addicted to censure; severe in making remarks on others, or on their writings or manners; implying or expressing censure
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chalice
n. goblet; bowl-shaped drinking vessel; large drinking cup, often having stem and base
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chary
a. cautious; sparing or restrained about giving
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chicanery
n. mean or unfair artifice to obscure truth; deception by trickery or sophistry
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choleric
a. hot-tempered; easily angered; bad-tempered; expressing anger
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circumlocution
n. indirect or roundabout expression; evasion in speech or writing
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circumspect
a. carefully aware of all circumstances; cautious
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clairvoyant
n. having foresight; fortuneteller
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cogent
a. reasonable and convincing; based on evidence; forcefully persuasive
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cognate
a. related by blood; having common ancestor; related or analogous in nature, character, or function
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complicity
n. participation; involvement as partner or accomplice, especially in crime or other wrongdoing
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concave
a. hollow; curved like inner surface of sphere
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conciliatory
a. making or willing to yield, or to make concessions
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concord
n. agreement of opinions; harmonious state of things
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concordance
n. agreement of opinions
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Confluence
n. a place where things merge or flow together (especially rivers)
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congenital
a. present at birth; inborn; innate
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conscientious
a. wishing to do what is right, especially to do one's work or duty well and thoroughly; diligent; responsible; reliable
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constituent
n. component or part; citizen, voter
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construe
v. make sense of; assign a meaning to
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contrite
a. feeling or expressing pain or sorrow for sins or offenses
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convalescence
n. gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
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convoluted
a. coiled around; highly involved; intricate
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copious
a. plentiful; containing plenty; affording ample supply
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corporeal
a. bodily; of a material nature; tangible
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cosmopolitan
a. sophisticated; of worldwide scope
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cupidity
n. greed; excessive desire, especially for wealth
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cursory
a. casual; brief or broad; not cautious, nor detailed
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dearth
n. scarcity; shortage of food; famine from failure or loss of crops
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debauch
v. corrupt; seduce from virtue
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debilitate
v. make weak; enfeeble; impair the strength of
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declivity
n. downward slope, as of a hill
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decry
v. express strong disapproval of; disparage
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definitive
a. final; complete; precisely defined or explicit
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defunct
a. dead; no longer in use or existence
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deleterious
a. having harmful effect; injurious; having quality of destroying life; noxious; poisonous
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delineate
v. portray; depict; draw or trace outline of; sketch out
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denude
v. strip (something) of its covering, possessions, or assets; make bare
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desultory
a. aimless; haphazard; at random; not connected with subject
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dexterous
a. skillful in the use of the hands; having mental skill
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diaphanous
a. so thin as to transmit light
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diatribe
n. thunderous verbal attack
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dictum
n. a formal pronouncement from an authoritative source
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differentiate
v. set apart; distinguish; perceive or show difference in or between
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diffidence
n. lack of self-confidence
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disburse
v. expend, as from a fund
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discretionary
a. having or using the ability to act or decide according to your own discretion or judgment
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discursive
a. tending to depart from main point or cover a wide range of subjects
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disgorge
v. bring up and expel from throat or stomach; vomit; discharge or pour forth contents
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divination
n. successful conjecture by unusual insight or good luck
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doctrinaire
a. unable to compromise about points of doctrine; unyielding
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dour
a. stubbornly unyielding; marked by sternness or harshness
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ebullient
a. showing excitement; overflowing with enthusiasm
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effervescent
a. used of wines and waters; charged naturally or artificially with carbon dioxide
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effluvia
n. waste; foul-smelling outflow or vapor
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egregious
a. notorious; conspicuously bad or shocking
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emollient
n. having softening or soothing effect, especially to skin
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endemic
a. prevailing among a specific group of people or in a specific area or country
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enjoin
v. direct or impose with urgent appeal; order with emphasis
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ephemeral
a. short-lived; enduring a very short time
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epitome
n. representative or perfect example of a class or type; brief summary, as of a book or article
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epochal
a. highly significant or important especially bringing about or marking the beginning of a new development or era
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equivocal
a. open to two or more interpretations and often intended to mislead
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equivocate
v. lie; mislead; attempt to conceal the truth
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errant
a. wandering; deviating from an appointed course, or from a direct path; roving; irregular in motion
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eschew
v. avoid; refuse to use or participate in; stand aloof from
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ethereal
a. light as air; heavenly; unusually refined
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euphemism
n. mild expression to replace offensive, unpleasant, or embarrassing one
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euphoria
n. feeling of great happiness and well-being, sometimes exaggerated
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exacerbate
v. increase severity, violence, or bitterness of; aggravate
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excommunicate
v. oust or exclude from a group or membership by decree
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execrable
a. very bad; extremely inferiorl; intolerable; very hateful
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exorbitant
a. greatly exceeding bounds of reason or moderation; exceeding proper limits
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expurgate
v. clean; remove offensive parts of book
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exult
v. rejoice; feel extreme happiness
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facile
a. done or achieved with little effort or difficulty; ready or fluent
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fallacious
a. false; tending to mislead; deceptive
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farcical
a. broadly or extravagantly humorous; resembling farce
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fatuous
a. foolish or silly, especially in self-satisfied way
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fecund
a. capable of producing offspring or vegetation
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fervid
a. extremely hot; eager; impassioned; burning
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foible
n. moral weakness; failing; weak point; slight fault
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forestall
v. prevent by taking action in advance
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forte
n. particular skill; special talent
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fraught
a. furnished or equipped; sufficient to satisfy
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frenzied
a. madly excited; in state of hurry, panic or wild activity
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frivolous
a. lacking in seriousness; not serious; relatively unimportant
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gambol
v. dance and skip about in sport; leap playfully
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gamely
ad. bravely; in game manner; in willing and spirited fashion
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glower
v. look at with a fixed gaze; angry stare
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gnarl
v. make complaining remarks or noises under one's breath
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grandiose
a. impressive from inherent grandeur; large and impressive, in size, scope or extent
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gratuitous
a. given freely; unwarranted; granted without recompense; unearned
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gustatory
a. relating to sense of taste; relating to gustation
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hackneyed
a. repeated too often; over familiar through overuse
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harbinger
n. forerunner; an indication of approach of something or someone
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harbor
v. provide a refuge for; hide; give shelter to
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harrowing
a. agonizing; distressing extremely painful
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haughty
a. high; lofty; bold; arrogant; overbearing
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hearten
v. give encouragement to
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hermetic
a. sealed by fusion so as to be airtight
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hidebound
a. stubbornly conservative and narrow-minded
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hypothermia
n. subnormal body temperature
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ilk
n. a type of people or things similar to those already referred to
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imbue
v. inspire or influence thoroughly; stain or dye deeply or completely
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immutable
a. unable to be changed without exception; not mutable
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impasse
n. road or passage having no exit; deadlock
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impassive
a. without feeling; revealing little emotion or sensibility; not easily aroused or excited
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impertinent
a. improperly forward or bold; rude
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impetuous
a. marked by sudden and violent force; hasty; impulsive and passionate
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impound
v. shut up or place in an enclosure called a pound; gather and retain in a reservoir, basin, or pond
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impressionable
a. readily or easily influenced; suggestible; capable of receiving impressions; emotional
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impudent
a. improperly forward or bold; marked by casual disrespect
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incarnate
a. embodied in human form; invested with bodily nature and form
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incendiary
n. arsonist; bomb that is designed to start fires
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incense
v. enrage; infuriate; cause to be extremely angry
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inchoate
a. recently begun; imperfectly formed or developed; elementary
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incipient
a. beginning to exist or appear; in an early stage
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incongruous
a. not fitting; lacking in harmony or compatibility
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incredulous
a. difficult to believe; incredible; skeptical
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indefatigable
a. tireless; showing sustained enthusiastic action
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indelible
a. impossible to remove, erase, or wash away; permanent
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inestimable
a. beyond calculation or measure
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inexorable
a. not capable of being swayed; unyielding; implacable
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inextricable
a. not permitting extrication; incapable of being disentangled or untied
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infiltrate
v. pass into or through; penetrate with hostile intent
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infirmity
n. weakness; bodily ailment or weakness, especially one brought on by old age
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ingress
n. the act of entering
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innocuous
a. having no adverse effect; harmless
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insidious
a. spreading harmfully in a subtle manner; designed or adapted to entrap
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insolvent
a. bankrupt; unable to repay one's debts
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insular
a. of isolated people, especially having a narrow viewpoint
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integral
a. essential or necessary for completeness; entire
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interdict
v. destroy by firepower, such as an enemy's line of communication
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interject
v. to insert between other elements
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interminable
a. being or seeming to be without an end; endless; tedious; continual
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interpolate
v. estimate the value of
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intractable
a. difficult to manage or govern; stubborn; unyielding
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intrinsic
a. relating to essential nature of a thing; inherent; built-in
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inundate
v. overwhelm; cover with water, especially floodwaters
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inviolable
a. secure from corruption, attack, or violation; unassailable
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iridescent
a. exhibiting or giving out colors like those of rainbow; gleaming or shimmering with rainbow colors
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jettison
v. throw overboard; eject from boat, submarine, aircraft, or spaceship
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jocular
a. humorous, amusing or joking; sportive; not serious
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juggernaut
n. overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path
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lachrymose
a. weeping or inclined to weep; tearful; showing sorrow
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lackadaisical
a. lacking purpose or zest; halfhearted; lacking spirit or liveliness
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laggard
a. slow; sluggish; wasting time
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lassitude
n. state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness
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liberation
n. the attempt to achieve equal rights or status
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limpid
a. clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry
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loquacious
a. talkative; given to continual talking; chattering
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machination
n. clever scheme or artful plot, usually crafted for evil purposes
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macrocosm
n. the whole universe or entire world; complex structure, such as society, considered as single entity that contains numerous smaller-scale structures
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maladroit
a. showing lack of skill; clumsy or awkward
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malediction
n. curse; evil speaking; utterance of curse or execration
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malodorous
a. foul-smelling; having bad or offensive odor
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megalomania
n. mental disorder with delusions of grandeur
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menagerie
n. collection of live wild animals on exhibition; enclosure in which wild animals are kept
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mendicant
n. beggar; religious friar forbidden to own personal property who begs for living
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meritorious
a. deserving reward or praise
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microcosm
n. small, representative system having analogies to larger system; miniature model of something
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militate
v. have force or influence; bring about an effect or change
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misconstrue
v. interpret incorrectly; misjudge; mistake the meaning of
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misrepresentation
n. a willful perversion of facts
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mollify
v. make less rigid or softer; calm in temper or feeling
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monochromatic
a. having only one color; viewing only one color, total color blindness
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monogamy
n. having only one spouse at a time
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monolith
n. a single great stone (often in the form of a column or obelisk)
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monologue
n. speech uttered by a person alone; dramatic soliloquy
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montage
n. photographic composition combining elements from different sources
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morbid
a. caused by disease; pathological or diseased; unhealthy or unwholesome
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mores
n. conventions; moral standards; accepted traditional customs
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mote
n. tiny piece of anything; very small particle
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motley
a. multi-colored; mixed; having elements of great variety
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mottle
v. colour with streaks or blotches of different shades
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multifaceted
a. having many facets or aspects
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mundane
a. belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly; concerned with commonplaces; ordinary
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munificent
a. very liberal in giving; showing great generosity
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myopic
a. nearsighted; lacking foresight; narrow minded
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nadir
n. lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically
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nefarious
a. very wicked; infamous by being extremely wicked
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negligent
a. careless; inattentive
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negligible
a. so small, trifling, or unimportant that it may be easily disregarded
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neologism
n. new or newly invented word or phrase
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neophyte
n. recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated
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nether
a. situated down or below; lying beneath, or in the lower part; having a lower position; lower; under;
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noisome
a. foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous
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noxious
a. harmful to living things; injurious to health
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nuptial
a. relating to marriage or wedding ceremony
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obdurate
a. hardened in wrongdoing or wickedness; not giving in to persuasion
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obliterate
v. destroy completely; do away with completely so as to leave no trace
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obsequious
a. slavishly attentive; attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery
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obtrusive
a. inclined to intrude or thrust one's self or one's opinions upon others; enter uninvited; forward; pushing; intrusive.
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occlude
v. block passage through
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officious
a. marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others
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omnipotent
a. all-powerful; having unlimited or universal power, authority, or force
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omnivorous
a. eating both plant and animal food; devouring everything; having interest in a variety of subjects
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opulence
n. extreme wealth; luxuriousness; abundance
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opulent
a. rich and superior in quality
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ornithologist
n. one who makes special study of birds
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oscillate
v. swing back and forth with a steady, uninterrupted rhythm; vibrate pendulum like; waver
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ostentatious
a. showy; pretentious; trying to attract attention
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ostracism
n. the act of excluding someone from society by general consent
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ostracize
v. exclude from community or group; banish by popular vote
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paleontology
n. study of prehistoric life; science of former life of the globe
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palisade
n. fortification consisting of a strong fence made of stakes driven into the ground
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palpable
a. tangible; easily perceptible; unmistakable
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panegyric
n. formal or high praise; formal eulogistic composition intended as public compliment
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pariah
n. social outcast; person who is rejected from society or home
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parsimony
n. extreme care in spending money; reluctance to spend money unnecessarily
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particular
a. special or more than usual
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partisan
a. one-sided; prejudiced; committed to a party
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paucity
n. scarcity; smallness of number; fewness
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peculation
n. the fraudulent appropriation of funds or property entrusted to your care but actually owned by someone else
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pedantic
a. marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points
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penchant
n. strong inclination; definite liking
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penitent
a. feeling or expressing deep regret for misdeeds
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penury
n. extreme poverty; lack of something; barrenness; insufficiency
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perfidious
a. tending to betray; disloyal; faithless
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perfidy
n. act of violating faith or allegiance; violation of a promise or vow, or of trust reposed; faithlessness; treachery
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perjure
v. knowingly tell an untruth in a legal court and render oneself guilty of perjury
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permeable
a. penetrable; porous; allowing liquids or gas to pass through
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perspicacious
a. having keen insight; mentally perceptive; astute
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perusal
n. reading carefully with intent to remember
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pestilence
n. any epidemic disease with a high death rate
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posthumous
a. happening after a person's death, as of child born after father's death
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prescient
a. perceiving the significance of events before they occur
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presentment
n. formal presentation of information to court;
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presumptuous
a. overconfident; going beyond what is right or proper; excessively forward
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pretentious
a. intended to attract notice and impress others; making unjustified claims; overly ambitious
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proclivity
n. inclination; natural tendency; readiness; facility of learning
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prodigious
a. impressively great in size, force, or extent; enormous
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progeny
n. one derived from another; offspring or descendant; result of creative effort, as product
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proliferation
n. rapid growth; spread; increase in size by reproduction
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propensity
n. natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection
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prosaic
a. dull and unimaginative; matter-of-fact; factual
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protagonist
n. principal character in a work of fiction; main character in a drama; leader of a cause; champion
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protean
a. versatile; able to take on many shapes; readily taking on varied shapes
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quadrilateral
n. four-sided polygon; having four sides
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querulous
a. habitually complaining; expressing complaint or grievance
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quiescence
n. a state of quiet (but possibly temporary) inaction
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rancid
a. having disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats
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raucous
a. harsh and rough-sounding; disturbing public peace; loud and rough
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ravage
v. bring heavy destruction on; devastate
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receptive
a. quick or willing to receive ideas, suggestions; capable of receiving
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rectitude
n. uprightness; moral virtue; correctness of judgment
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redress
n. remedy; compensation; act of correcting error or fault
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refute
v. disprove; prove to be false or incorrect
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reiterate
v. say, state, or perform again or repeatedly
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rejoinder
n. retort; comeback; answer to a reply
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remission
n. temporary moderation of disease symptoms; cancellation of a debt; lessening of intensity or degree
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replicate
v. duplicate, copy, reproduce, or repeat; fold over or bend back
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repose
n. relaxation; leisure; freedom from worry; peace of mind
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reprehensible
a. deserving blame; admonition; blameworthy
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reprise
n. musical repetition; repeat performance; recurrent action
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reproach
v. express disapproval or disappointment; bring shame upon; disgrace
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reprobate
n. person hardened in sin; person without moral scruples
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respire
v. breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
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respite
n. usually short interval of rest or relief; delay in punishment
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restive
a. impatient under restraint or opposition; resisting control; difficult to control
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retinue
n. following members; attendants accompanying high-ranking person
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retrograde
v. go backwards; decline to inferior state; degenerate
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rhetoric
n. art or study of using language effectively and persuasively; insincere language
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ribald
a. coarse or indecent; humorously vulgar or offensive
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sagacious
a. perceptive; shrewd; having insight
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salient
a. prominent or protruding; projecting outwardly; moving by leaps or springs
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sardonic
a. disdainful or ironically humorous; cynical; scornful and mocking
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satiate
v. satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself
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savant
n. scholar; man of learning or science; one eminent for learning
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scurrilous
n. obscene; indecent; expressing offensive reproach
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sedentary
a. requiring sitting; accustomed to sitting or to taking little exercise; living in one area, not migratory
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sentient
a. endowed with feeling and unstructured consciousness
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sequester
v. isolate; retire from public life; segregate; seclude
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seraphic
a. angelic; having sweet nature befitting an angel
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serrated
a. saw-like; having a row of sharp or tooth-like projections
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sobriquet
n. nickname; familiar name for person, typically shortened version of given name
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solicitous
a. worried or concerned; full of desire; expressing care or concern
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soliloquy
n. talking to oneself; act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to audience
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sonorous
a. having or producing full, loud, or deep sound; impressive in style of speech; easy to feel
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sophistry
n. argument for exercise merely; plausible but misleading argument; art or process of reasoning; logic
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sophomoric
a. immature; half-baked, like a sophomore
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soporific
a. sleep-causing; marked by sleepiness
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sportive
a. playful; relating to or interested in sports
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sprightly
a. lively; brisk; animated; vigorous; airy; gay
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stark
a. bare; complete or extreme
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stratagem
n. deceptive scheme; military maneuver designed to deceive or surprise enemy
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subpoena
n. written order to require appearance in court to give testimony
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succinct
a. brief or compact; by clear, precise expression in few words
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succulent
a. full of juicy; full of richness; highly interesting or enjoyable; delectable
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superannuated
v. declare to be obsolete
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supercilious
a. arrogant; feeling or showing haughty disdain; overbearing
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supplicant
n. someone who prays to God
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surmount
v. overcome or conquer; climb; place something above; be above or on top of
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surreptitious
a. secret; done or made by stealth, or without proper authority; made or introduced fraudulently
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swarthy
a. dark; dusky; naturally having skin of a dark color
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synopsis
n. a sketchy summary of the main points of an argument or theory
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synthesis
n. combining parts into a coherent whole; putting of two or more things togethe
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synthetic
a. artificial; involving or of the nature of synthesis as opposed to analysis
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tableau
n. striking and vivid representation; picture
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tawdry
a. cheap in nature or appearance; tastelessly showy; shameful or indecent
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temerity
n. boldness; rashness; foolhardy disregard of danger
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tempestuous
a. very stormy; turbulent; rough with wind; impassioned; violent
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tensile
a. capable of being stretched or extended; ductile
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toady
n. person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man
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transcription
n. a sound or television recording (e.g., from a broadcast to a tape recording)
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tremulous
a. marked by trembling, quivering, or shaking; timid or fearful; timorous
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turgid
a. swollen; distended; excessively ornate or complex in style or language
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undulate
a. having a wavy margin and rippled surface
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unfathomable
a. difficult or impossible to understand; difficult or impossible to measure
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unfrock
v. strip a priest or minister of church authority; remove from status as member of clergy
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unheralded
a. without warning or announcement
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unsolicited
a. not requested, welcome or invited
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unwarranted
a. having no justification; groundless; not guaranteed to be good, sound, or of a certain quality
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upbraid
v. severely criticize; reprimand; reprove sharply
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uproarious
a. characterized by loud, confused noise, or by noisy and uncontrollable laughter
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usurp
v. seize and hold power or rights of another by force or without legal authority
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veneration
n. religious zeal; willingness to serve God
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verbatim
ad. using exactly the same words; corresponding word for word
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verbose
a. wordy; using or containing a great and usually an excessive number of words
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verdant
a. green; full of juice in vegetation
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verity
n. truth, fact or reality, especially enduring religious or ethical truth
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vernal
a. related to spring; suggestive of youth; vigorous and fresh
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virile
a. marked by energy and vigor; manly; able to copulate, as for male
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vociferous
a. offensively loud; noisy; making outcry
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volley
n. flight of missiles; round of gunshots; tennis return made by hitting the ball before it bounces
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voluble
a. fluent; glib; talkative; marked by ready flow of speech
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voluminous
a. large in volume or bulk; large in number or quantity, especially of discourse
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voracious
a. ravenous; excessively greedy and grasping; devouring or craving food in great quantities
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waver
v. play or move to and fro; move one way and the other; swing; be unsettled in opinion