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Beatific

(adj.) blissful; rendering or making blessed

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Behemoth

(n.) a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance

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Blandishment

(n.) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing

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Cacophonous

(adj.) harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant

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Chicanery

(n.) trickery, deceptive practices or tactices, double-dealing

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Consign

(v.) to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use

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Coup

(n.) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership

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Euphemism

(n.) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute

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Fenrile

(adj.) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic

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Gainsay

(v.) to deny, contridict, controvert; to dispute, oppose

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Imminent

(adj.) about to happen, threatening

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Innate

(adj.) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in

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Loath

(adj.) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined

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Manifest

(adj.) clear, evident to the eyes or mind; (v.) to show plainly, exhibit, evince; (n.) a list of cargo and/or passengers

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Minutiae

(pl. n.) small or trivial details, trifling matters

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Moratorium

(n.) a suspension of activitiy; an offical waiting period; an authorized period of delay

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Nostrum

(n.) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness

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Pariah

(n.) one who is rejected by a social group or organization

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Visionary

(adj.) not practical, lacking in realism; having the nature of a fantasy or dream; (n.) one given to far fetched ideas; a dreamer or seer characterized by vision or foresight

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Wizened

(adj.) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)

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abstruse

(adj.) extremely difficult to understand

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affront

(n.) an open or intentional insult; a slight; (v.) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance , confront

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canard

(n.) a false rumor, fabricated story

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captious

(adj.) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up

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cognizant

(adj.) aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction

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contrite

(adj.) regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt

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cynosure

(n.) the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct

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decorous

(adj.) well behaved, dignified, socially proper

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deign

(v.) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something

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desiccated

(adj.) thoroughly dried out; arid and uninteresting

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efficacy

(n.) the power to produce a desired result

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engender

(v.) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence

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ethereal

(adj.) light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly

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facade

(n.) the front of a building; a surface appearance

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ghoulish

(adj.) revolting in an unnatural or morbid way

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incongruous

(adj.) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible

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machination

(n.) a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some end

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mesmerize

(v.) to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch

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opprobrium

(n.) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach

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putative

(adj.) generally regarded as such; reputed; inferred

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aesthetic

(adj.) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty

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defunct

(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead

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discomfit

(v.) to frustrate, thrawt, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass

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espouse

(v.) to take up and support; to become attatched to, adopt; to marry

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fetish

(n.) an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence

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gregarious

(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others

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hapless

(adj.) marked by a persistent absence of good luck

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impeccable

(adj.) faultless, beyond criticism or blame

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importune

(v.) to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently

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interpolate

(v.) to insert between other parts or things; to present as an addition or correction

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irreparable

(adj.) incapable or being repaired or rectified

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laconic

(adj.) concise, using few words

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languish

(v.) to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect

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mendacious

(adj.) given to lying or deception; untrue

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nadir

(n.) the lowest point

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omnipresent

(adj.) present in all places at all times

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perfunctory

(adj.) done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm

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plaintive

(adj.) expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy

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requite

(v.) to make suitable repayment, as for a kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate

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tantamount

(adj.) equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect

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Abrogate

(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void

Synonyms: annul, revoke Antonyms: renew, ratify

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Ambient

(adj.) completely surrounding, encompassing

Synonyms: - Antonyms: -

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Asperity

(n.) roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness

Synonyms: rigor, harshness Antonyms: mildness, blandness, softness, lenience

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Burnish

(v.) to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; (n.) gloss, brightness, luster

Synonyms: (v.) shine, buff Antonyms: (v.) dull, abrade

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Cabal

(n.) a small group working in secret

Synonyms: ring, gang, plot, conspiracy Antonyms: -

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Delectable

(adj.) delightful, highly enjoyable; deliciously flavored, savory; (n.) an appealing or appetizing food or dish

Synonyms: (adj.) scrumptious Antonyms: (adj.) repugnant, repulsive, distasteful

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Deprecate

(v.) to expres mild disapproval; to belittle

Synonyms: deplore, frown upon Antonyms: smile on, approve

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Detritus

(n.) loose bits and pieces of material resulting from disintegration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction

Synonyms: wreckage, ruins, rubble Antonyms: -

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Ebullient

(adj.) overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling

Synonyms: exhilarated, elated Antonyms: gloomy, morose, sullen, apathetic, blasé

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Eclectic

(adj.) draw from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources

Synonyms: (adj.) selective, synthetic, pick-and-choose Antonyms: (adj.) uniform, monolithic

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Flaccid

(adj.) limp, not firm; lacking vigor or effectiveness

Synonyms: soft, flabby; Antonyms: hard, solid

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Impecunious

(adj.) having little or no money

Synonyms: impoverished, indigent Antonyms: affluent, wealthy, prosperous, rich

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Inexorable

(adj.) inflexible, beyond influence; relentless, unyielding

Synonyms: ineluctable, obdurate Antonyms: avoidable, yielding, pliant

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Moribund

(adj.) dying, on the way out

Synonyms: obsolescent; Antonyms: thriving

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Necromancer

(n.) one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic, especially communication with the dead; in general, a magician or wizard

Synonyms: sorcerer, conjurer Antonyms: -

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Onerous

(adj.) burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty

Synonyms: weighty; Antonyms: light, easy, undemanding, untaxing

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Rife

(adj.) common, prevalent, widespread, happening often, full, abounding; plentiful, abundant, replete

Synonyms: - Antonyms: devoid of, lacking

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Rudiments

(n. pl.) the parts of any subject or discipline that are learned first; the earliest stages of anything

Synonyms: basics, fundamentals Antonyms: -

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Sequester

(v.) to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody

Synonyms: segregate, isolat, closet Antonyms: -

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Winnow

(v.) to get rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; to remove the chaff from the wheat by blowing air on it; to blow on, fan

Synonyms: sift, strain, filter, sort Antonyms: -

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amenity

(n.) that which is pleasant or agreeable

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aperture

(n.) an opening, gap, hole; orifice

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dissidence

(n.) a difference of opinion; discontent

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epicurean

(adj.) devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food;comfort and ease; (n.) a person with discriminating taste

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improvident

(adj.) not thrifty, failing to plan ahead

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iniquity

(n.) wickedness, sin; a grossly immoral act

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inviolable

(adj.) sacred; of such a character that it might not be broken, injured, or profaned

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mutable

(adj.) open to or capable of change; fickle

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nascent

(adj.) just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence

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obeisance

(n.) a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; homage

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panegyric

(n.) formal or elaborate praise; a tribute

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pillory

(n.) a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule

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pittance

(n.) a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion

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presage

(v.) to foreshadow and point to a future event; to predict; (n.) a warning or indication of the future

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progeny

(n.) descendants, offspring, children, followers

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promulgate

(v.) to explain or issue officially; to make known far and wide

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rectitude

(n.) uprightness, righteousness; correctness

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restive

(adj.) restless, hard to manage, balky

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seraphic

(adj.) angelic, heavenly, celestial

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subsist

(v.) to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to persist or continue

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