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labile: changing rapidly; unstable

lacuna: gap; missing part

lambaste: attack verbally

lassitude: state or feeling of weariness, diminished energy, or listlessness

latent: present or potential but not evident or active; dormant; hidden

leaven: cause to rise, especially by fermentation; add a rising agent to

levee: 1. raised bank of a river; 2. morning reception held by a monarch

lien: right to sell property held as a security; legal hold on job etc.

limerick: humorous short verse; nonsense song or verse

limpid: clear, transparent or bright; calm, untroubled, and without worry

lint: flax; fine material made by scraping cotton or linen cloth; raw cotton that has been ginned and is ready for baling

liturgy: form of worship

loll: be lazy or idle; move, stand, or recline in relaxed manner

lope: gallop slowly; run or ride with steady, easy gait; travel an easy pace with long strides

lugubrious: mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to exaggerated degree

lumber: move heavily or clumsily; cut down timber of

luminary: celebrity; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in specific field

macerate: soften or break up by soaking; weaken

maculated: spotted

malapropism: comic misuse of word, especially by confusion with one of similar sound

malevolent: having or exhibiting ill will; wishing harm to others; malicious

malign: speak evil of; bad-mouth; defame

manipulative: serving, tending, or having the power to manipulate; performed by manipulation

mannered: artificial or affected; not natural; having or showing a certain manner

milk: white fluid secreted by the mammary glands of female mammals for the nourishment of their young

mince: cut into very small pieces; chop fine; suppress or weaken the force of

minion: loyal servant of another, usually more powerful being

minutiae: small details

misconstrue: interpret incorrectly; misjudge; mistake the meaning of

mitigation: making less severe

modest: humble; less ambitious; moderate

monolithic: constituting or acting as a single, often in rigid or uniform

muse: be absorbed in one's thoughts; consider or say thoughtfully

nadir: lowest point; point on sphere opposites zenith diametrically

nascent: incipient; coming into existence; emerging

neophyte: recent convert to a belief; one newly initiated

nexus: connection; tie; core or center

noisome: foul-smelling; offensive by arousing disgust; harmful or dangerous

nonplussed: confused

nostrum: patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable; quack medicine

obligate: compulsory

odometer: instrument to measure distance covered

orate: speak in a pompous manner

paean: song of praise or joy; loud and joyous song; song of triumph

palpate: medical term meaning to examine with the hands

panegyric: formal or high praise; formal eulogistic composition intended as public compliment

papyrus: ancient paper made from stem of plant

paranoia: psychological disorder by delusions; extreme, irrational distrust of others

parenthesis: remarks deviating from the main point

partiality: inclination; favorable prejudice or bias; special fondness

pastiche: imitation of another's style in musical composition or in writing

patronize: act as a patron to; support or sponsor

pedagogy: teaching; art of education; science of teaching

pedantic: marked by narrow focus on or display of learning, especially formal rules and trivial points

peer: gaze; stare; look searchingly; company with

perennial: lasting indefinitely long time; suggesting self-renewal; remaining active throughout all the time

personification: 1. represent something as a person; 2. a concrete example of

pertain: belong; have connection with, or dependence on

phenomenology: branch of science concerned with things as they are perceived; not directly derived from theory

picayune: insignificant; of little value

pied: having sections or patches colored differently and usually brightly; multicolored

pine: have desire for something or someone; yearn; grieve or mourn for

pique: sudden outburst of anger; state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity

pith: center; soft part of stem; essence

plaintive: expressing sorrow ;mournful or melancholy; sad

plaque: any flat, thin piece of metal, clay, ivory, or the like, used for ornament, or for painting pictures upon

platitude: dullness; insipidity of thought; commonplace statement; lack of originality

plausibility: believability

plodding: walking slowly and heavily; uninspired

pluck: pull or draw, especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something

posture: position or arrangement of the body and its limbs

prattle: speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly; talk artlessly and childishly

precipitate: rash; moving rapidly and heedlessly; speeding headlong; occurring suddenly

predilection: condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; preference

presage: foretell or predict; indicate or warn of in advance

prescience: ability to foretell future; knowledge of actions or events before they occur; foresight

pretension: advancing of a claim; assertion; a false or unsupportable quality

preternatural: being beyond normal course of nature; differing from natural

primordial: being or happening first in sequence of time; original; primary; fundamental

prohibitive: tending to discourage; prohibiting; forbidding

proliferate: grow rapidly; propagate; reproduce

prolixity: tedious wordiness; verbosity; great length; minute detail

prominent: conspicuous; immediately noticeable; sticking out; widely known

prone: inclined; lying face downward; having a tendency

propensity: natural inclination; tendency or preference; predilection

propitiate: make peace with; appease and render favorable

proximate: immediate; nearest

prudence: quality or state of being prudent; wisdom in the way of caution and provision; good judgment

prudish: narrow-minded; excessively concerned with morals

prune: cut away; trim; reduce

psychosis: severe mental disorder, with or without organic damage; any vital action or activity.

pugnacious: aggressive, ready to fight

pundit: authority on a subject; learned person; expert

purchase: act or an instance of buying; something bought

purist: conservative; one who insists on correct forms of language etc.

pyre: ceremonial fire

quack: untrained person who pretends to be a physician; charlatan

qualm: sudden feeling of sickness or faintness; sudden attack of illness

quell: extinguish; put down forcibly; suppress; pacify or quiet

quibble: minor objection or complaint; petty distinction

quisling: traitor

quixotic: idealistic without regard to practicality

quotidian: daily; routine

ready: (used of wit) quick

rebus: puzzle in which pictures give clues

reconnaissance: gain information about enemy; inspection or exploration of an area

rekindle: arouse again

renege: deny; go back on; fail to fulfill promise or obligation

rent: payment, usually of an amount fixed by contract

reproof: expression of blame or censure; censure for a fault; reproach

resilience: ability to recover quickly from illness, change, or misfortune; buoyancy

resolve: determination; formal expression by a meeting; agreed to by a vote

resuscitation: revival from unconsciousness

riveting: wholly absorbing one's attention

roster: list, especially of names

rue: feel regret, remorse, or sorrow for; mourn

sap: diminish; undermine the foundations; dig

sate: satisfy appetite fully; satisfy to excess

satiate: satisfy fully; overeat or eat immodestly; make a pig of oneself

savor: appreciate fully; enjoy or relish; have a distinctive flavor, smell, or quality

saw: 1. tool for cutting; 2. wise saying

scabbard: case for sword blade; sheath

score: act of getting point in a game or sport; facts about an actual situation

scotch: put an abrupt end to; block to prevent rolling or slipping

scurvy: fit or deserving to be despised; contemptible; worthless; mean; shabby

secure: free from fear, care, or anxiety; not have reason to doubt

sedulity: thoroughness; perseverance

sedulous: diligent; hardworking; persevering and constant in effort or application

seemly: proper; appropriate; of pleasing appearance; handsome

seine: large fishing net made to hang vertically in the water by weights at the lower edge and floats at the top

seminal: influential in original way; providing basis for further development; creative

sere: withered; old

serration: jagged edge

shard: fragment of brittle substance, as of glass or metal; piece of broken pottery, especially one found in archaeological dig

shirk: avoid or neglect duty or responsibility; malinger

sibyl: prophetess

sinewy: tough; strong and firm; possessing physical strength and weight

sinistral: left-handed (or counterclockwise)

skiff: small, light sailboat; small boat propelled by oars

slake: make less active or intense; satisfy thirst

slew: rotate or turn something about its axis; veer a vehicle; pivot

slight: almost no; very little; deliberate discourtesy

soliloquy: talking to oneself; act of a character speaking to himself so as to reveal his thoughts to audience

somatic: concerned with the body

squalid: dirty and demeaning

stanch: stop or check flow of liquid; stop flow of blood from wound

statute: law enacted by legislature; decree or edict, as of a ruler

steep: soak; make thoroughly wet

stickler: one who insists on something unyieldingly; something puzzling or difficult

stinting: holding back; limiting the supply (of supplies/money etc.)

stipple: cover with dots of paint etc.

stomach: principal organ of digestion; abdomen or belly; appetite for food; desire, especially for something difficult

strut: display in order to impress others; swagger; walk with a lofty proud gait

suborn: persuade to act unlawfully, especially to commit perjury

sullied: made dirty or impure

supplicant: person who requests or begs for something

syllogism: type of logical reasoning

symphony: large orchestra; harmony, especially of sound or color

synapse: junction between two nerve cells

syncopation: type of musical rhythm with missed beats

table: set resolution or proposal for future consideration; hold back to a later time

talon: claw of a bird of prey; part of lock that key presses to shoot bolt

tamp: to plug; press loose matter down tightly (e.g. pack explosives into a hole)

tare: 1. weed; 2. allowance made for container when weighing

tarnished: made dull; spoil (reputation)

taunt: reproach in a mocking, insulting, or contemptuous manner; make fun of , often in an aggressive manner

teetotalism: total abstinence from alcohol

temperate: restrained; self-controlled; moderate in degree or quality

tempers: moderates

tendentious: having or marked by a strong tendency

tender: offer formally; extend; propose a payment

toady: person who flatters or defers to others for self-serving reasons; yes man

torrid: passionate; hot or scorching; hurried or rapid

tortuous: marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting; not straightforward; circuitous

toy: (v) to play with

transcendental: supernatural; going beyond normal experience

travesty: comedy characterized by improbable situations; treatment aimed at making something appear ridiculous

trilogy: three-part novel; a set of three works with related subject

tutelary: serving as a guardian

umbrage: 1. shadow; 2. offence; sense of injury

undercutting: offering a lower price; undermining

undergird: support; strengthen

undermine: weaken by wearing away base or foundation; injure or impair; dig a mine or tunnel beneath

underwrite: write under something else; subscribe; assume financial responsibility for; guarantee against failure

unprepossessing: unattractive; unimpressive or unremarkable; dull and ordinary

usury: lending money at high interest rates

vagary: something unaccountable; freak

veneration: religious zeal; willingness to serve God

venturing: 1. hazarding; risking; putting forward; 2. going somewhere

veracious: true

verbiage: pompous array of words; overabundance of words

veritable: being without question; not counterfeit or copied; agreeable to truth or fact

vicissitude: change, especially in one's life or fortunes; regular change or succession of one thing to another; alternation

vitiate: weaken; sap energy

vulpine: like a fox

waffle: speak or write evasively; pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness

waft: cause to go gently and smoothly through air or over water

wag: move one way and the other with quick turns; shake to and fro; move in vibrating; cause to vibrate

wry: turned to one side; twisted; marked by humorous twist, often with a touch of irony

xenophobe: person afraid of foreigners

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