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diaphanous

(adj) so fine or gauzy in texture as to be transparent or translucent

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venerable

(adj) worthy of respect or reverence because of age, status, dignity, or character

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august

(adj) inspiring awe or reverence; venerable

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lurid

(adj) glowing through haze; sensational

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inscrutable

(adj) not easily understood or deciphered; completely obscure or mysterious; enigmatic

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spectral

(adj) ghostly

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pall

(n) cloth covering for a casket; dark or gloomy covering

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sententious

(adj) fond of spouting maxims or proverbs; given to pompous or trite moralizing

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emissary

(n) an agent dispatched on a mission

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lugubrious

(adj) deeply mournful or gloomy

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drollery

(n) quaint or wry humor; a wry remark or tale or picture

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recrudescence

(n) breaking out afresh; recurrence, usually of something unpleasant

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alacrity

(n) eager readiness or willingness. adj: alacritous

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obliquely

(adv) coming from an angle; indirectly

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connubial

(adj) having to do with marriage

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consternation

(n) great shock or surprise; dismay

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interlocutor

(n) a person taking part in a conversation

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rimy

(adj) frosty

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prodigiously

(adv) enormously, extremely, greatly

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conciliate

(vt) win over, make friendly, placate

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countenance

(n) facial expression; a look of approval

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vicariously

(adv) through a substitute or representative

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intimate

(vt) hinty, imply

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commiserate

(vt) sympathize with, console, pity

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imperiously

(adv) in a commanding manner

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livid

(adj) black and blue, as though bruised; enraged

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vivacious

(adj) full of animation, spirited, lively

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exonerate

(vt) to free from guilt or blame

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scrutiny

(n) close examination or inspection

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trenchant

(adj) keen, incisive; forceful, vigorous

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imprecate

(vt) to invoke evil or a curse upon (someone)

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beacon

(n) a lighthouse; someone or something that offers warning or guidance

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assail

(vt) to attack with vigor

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expectorate

(vi) to expel phlegm through coughing; to spit

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terse

(adj) brief and to the point, concise, succinct; brusque, curt

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presentiment

(n) foreboding, a sense of impending misfortune

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regale

(vt) to entertain agreeably or delightfully, to entertain a feast

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congenial

(adj) agreeable or suitable in nature; compatible

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venerate

(vt) to revere, to feel or show deep respect for

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erudition

(n) learning acquired through books or study

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ignominious

(adj) disgraceful, shameful

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reticence

(n) hesitation; a disinclination to speak

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vicious

(adj) malicious, spiteful

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sanctify

(vt) to make holy

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sagacious

(adj) keenly perceptive or discerning, wise

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candid

(adj) honest and frank; unbiased, fair (candor - (n))

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ostentatiously

(adv) with showy display

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corroborate

(vt) to confirm

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felicitous

(adj) happy, appropriate, fitting

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obstinacy

(n) stubbornness

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supercilious

(adj) coolly or patronizingly haughty

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condescend

(vi) to act as though coming down from a superior position

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stipulate

(vt) to set as a condition

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scrupulous

(adj) conscientiously honest; rigorously exact

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pervade

(vt) to fill completely

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affinity

(n) close relationship, connection; natural liking or attraction

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mortify

(vt) humiliate; to punish or control through self-denial

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confound

(vt) to throw into confusion

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cogitate

(vi) to think seriously and deeply (about); ponder

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peremptory

(adj) absolutely settled; admitting no discussion or refusal; final

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formidable

(adj) exciting fear, dread, or awe

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emasculate

(vt) to castrate; deprive of strength, force, vigor, or virility

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abet

(vt) to encourage, assist, or support, esp. in wrongdoing

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compunction

(n) a twinge or prick of conscience; remorse

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beguile

(vt) to deceive or delude; charm or divert; pass (time) pleasantly

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obsequious

(adj) showing too great willingness to serve or obey; servile; fawning

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aggrandize

(vt) to make greater or grander

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tenuous

(adj) lacking a sound basis; flimsy

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adjunct

(n) something added but not essential

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fulminate

(vi) to issue a severe threat or denunciation, to inveigh [+ against]

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inundate

(vt) to overwhelm as with a flood

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insidious

(adj) working or spreading harmfully in a subtle or stealthy way; treacherous; beguiling but harmful

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exacerbate

(vt) to increase the severity of; to aggravate

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inveterate

(adj) confirmed by habit, habitual; firmly established by tradition or custom, deep-rooted

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harrow

(vt) cause mental distress; torment

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usurp

(vt) seize by force something to which one has no right

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emulation

(n) rivalry to equal or surpass; imitation of someone admired

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mettle

(n) quality of character; courage; ardor

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portentous

(adj) ominous; marvelous, amazing; overly important, significant

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auspicious

(adj) promising, favorable

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harbinger

(n) herald; person or thing announcing what is to come

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dirge

(n) funeral hymn; song or poem expressing grief or mourning

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dolorous

(adj) sorrowful and sad; mournful; painful

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obsequious

(adj) overly eager to please or obey; fawning; servile

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jocund

(adj) cheerful, genial, gay

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carouse

(vi) drink alcohol heavily; revel

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hitherto

(adv) up to this point

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besmirch

(vt) soil, sully, bring to dishonor

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culumniate

(vt) slander cf calumny (n)

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dalliance

(n) idle flirtation; frivolous action; trifling with a matter

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behoove

(vt) be necessary for or incumbent upon (it behooves you to...)

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importune

(vt) trouble with requests or demands; entreat persistently. cf importunity (n)

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parley

(vi) confer, esp with an enemy. (n) conference

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adieu

(n) farewell, good-bye (bid adieu)

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peruse

(vt) read carefully; study

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vouchsafe

(vt) be kind or gracious enough to give or grant

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carrion

(n) decaying flesh of a dead body

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paragon

(n) model of excellence or perfection

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wanton

(adj) unrestrained in behavior, in self-indulgence, in cruelty or malice

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buffet

(vt) strike, beat, knock about

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