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  1. temporary inactivity, cessation, or suspension
    abeyance
  2. a cleansing with water or other liquid, esp. as a religious ritual
    ablution
  3. hard to understand
    abstruse
  4. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body
    adroit
  5. a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation, as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely”
    aphorism
  6. inclined; disposed; given; pron
    apt
  7. great warmth of feeling; fervor; passion
    ardor
  8. an appointment for a meeting, esp. a lover's secret rendezvous
    assignation
  9. insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth
    avarice
  10. indecent; lewd; obscene
    bawdy
  11. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious
    bellicose
  12. to soil; tarnish; discolor
    besmirch
  13. a woman's bedroom or private sitting room
    boudoir
  14. to grow or develop quickly; flourish
    burgeoning
  15. to engage in a drunken revel
    carouse
  16. capable of burning, corroding, or destroying living tissue
    caustic
  17. characterized by, done in, or executed with secrecy or concealment, esp. for purposes of subversion or deception; private or surreptitious
    clandestine
  18. a feeling of uneasiness or anxiety of the conscience caused by regret for doing wrong or causing pain; contrition; remorse
    compunction
  19. a destructive fire, usually an extensive one
    conflagration
  20. artfully or affectedly shy or reserved; slyly hesitant; coquettish
    coy
  21. displaying the effect of excessive indulgence in sensual pleasure
    debauched
  22. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish
    droll
  23. selecting or choosing from various sources
    eclectic
  24. a castrated man, esp. one formerly employed by Oriental rulers as a harem guard or palace official
    eunuch
  25. pretended; sham; counterfeit
    feigned
  26. strikingly bold or brilliant; showy
    flamboyant
  27. a minor weakness or failing of character; slight flaw or defect
    foibles
  28. causing fear, apprehension, or dread
    formidable
  29. taken, done, used, etc., surreptitiously or by stealth; secret
    furtive
  30. a simultaneous or continuous discharge of firearms
    fusillade
  31. to bend the knee or touch one knee to the floor in reverence or worship
    genuflect
  32. the remote or less developed parts of a country; back country
    hinterland
  33. lacking variety; boring; dul
    humdrum
  34. the quality of condition of being without skill or aptitude for a particular task or assignment; maladroit
    ineptitude
  35. inertness, esp. with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness
    inertia
  36. of or pertaining to conflict or struggle within a group
    internecine
  37. annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome
    irksome
  38. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd
    lascivious
  39. bending readily; pliant; limber; supple; flexible
    lithe
  40. gruesome and horrifying; ghastly; horrible
    macabre
  41. generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness
    magnanimous
  42. to chew
    masticate
  43. taking or showing extreme care about minute details; precise; thorough
    meticulous
  44. wealth, riches, or affluence
    opulence
  45. a film or incrustation, usually green, produced by oxidation on the surface of old bronze and often esteemed as being of ornamental value
    patina
  46. ostentatious in one's learning
    pedantic
  47. to pass into or through every part of
    permeates
  48. a deadly or virulent epidemic disease
    pestilence
  49. brief, forceful, and meaningful in expression; full of vigor, substance, or meaning; terse; forcible
    pithy
  50. utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute
    profligate
  51. a landing place, esp. one of solid masonry, constructed along the edge of a body of water; wharf
    quay
  52. the pure and concentrated essence of a substance
    quintessential
  53. he ninth month of the Muslim calendar during which a daily fast is rigidly enjoined from dawn until sunset
    ramadan
  54. having a pleasant odor; fragrant
    redolent
  55. a simultaneous or successive discharge of artillery, bombs, etc
    salvo
  56. of, characteristic of, or resembling a serpent, as in form or movement
    serpentine
  57. he state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern
    solicitude
  58. morally ignoble or base; vile
    sordid
  59. foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy
    squalid
  60. to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master
    subjugate
  61. full of juice; juicy
    succulent
  62. entailing great expense, as from choice materials, fine work, etc.; costly
    sumptuous
  63. reckless boldness; rashness
    temerity
  64. inactive or sluggish
    torpid
  65. subject to parching or burning heat, esp. of the sun, as a geographical area
    torrid
  66. an act of anointing, esp. as a Medical treatment or religious rite
    unction
  67. to seize and hold (a position, office, power, etc.) by force or without legal right
    usurped
  68. a state of indecision or irresolution; hesistant
    vacillation
  69. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably
    wanton

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