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  1. Moratorium
    • 1. Law.An authorization to a debtor, such as a bank or nation, permitting temporary suspension of payments.An authorized period of delay in the performance of an obligation.
    • 2. A suspension of an ongoing or planned activity: a moratorium on the deployment of a new weapon.
  2. frac·tious; adj
    • 1. Inclined to make trouble; unruly.
    • 2. Having a peevish nature; cranky.[From FRACTION, discord (obsolete).]
  3. im·passe (ĭm'păs') n
    • 1.A road or passage having no exit; a cul-de-sac.
    • 2.A situation that is so difficult that no progress can be made; a deadlock or a stalemate:reached an impasse in the negotiations.
  4. rife
    • 1. .In widespread existence, practice, or use; increasingly prevalent.
    • 2. Abundant or numerous.[Middle English, from Old English rȳfe .]
  5. o·nus (ō'nəs) n
    • 1.A difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity; a burden or obligation.
    • 2. A stigma.Blame.
    • 3. The burden of proof: The onus was on the defense attorney.[Latin.]
  6. bon·ho·mie (bŏn'ə-mē') n.
    A pleasant and affable disposition; geniality.
  7. ran·cor (răng'kər) n.
    Bitter, long-lasting resentment; deep-seated ill will. See synonyms at enmity
  8. gad·fly (găd'flī') n
    .A persistent irritating critic; a nuisance.One that acts as a provocative stimulus; a goad.Any of various flies, especially of the family Tabanidae, that bite or annoy livestock and other animals.
  9. grandstander
    someone who performs with an eye to the applause from spectators in the grandstand

    "an invaluable gadfly or an insufferable grandstander — terms not always mutually exclusive on Capitol Hill.“
  10. harrowing;
    adjective
    Extraordinarily painful or distressing: agonizing, anguishing, excruciating, tormenting,torturous. See pain/pleasure.
  11. sem·i·nal (sĕm'ə-nəl)
    • 1. Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
    • 2. Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.
    • 3. Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development: a seminal idea in the creation of a new theory.[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēminālis, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed. See semen.]
  12. This implies that Mr. Issa’s spokesman holds the seminal job in the office, or that the nation’s governance is, in fact, all about “me,” meaning Mr. Issa.)

    1. Of, relating to, containing, or conveying semen or seed.
    2. Of, relating to, or having the power to originate; creative.
    3. Highly influential in an original way; constituting or providing a basis for further development: a seminal idea in the creation of a new theory.[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin sēminālis, from sēmen, sēmin-, seed. See semen.]
    3!
  13. in·cum·bent (ĭn-kŭm'bənt)
    • Adjective
    • 1. Imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory: felt it was incumbent on us all to help.
    • 2. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else: incumbent rock strata.
    • 3. Currently holding a specified office: the incumbent mayor.

    • noun
    • 1. A person who holds an office or ecclesiastical benefice: The incumbent was reelected to another term.
  14. According to an internal report, White House officials had urged Representative Joe Sestak of Pennsylvania — through former President Bill Clinton — not to challenge the incumbent, Arlen Specter.


    Adjective
    1. Imposed as an obligation or duty; obligatory: felt it was incumbent on us all to help.
    2. Lying, leaning, or resting on something else: incumbent rock strata.
    3. Currently holding a specified office: the incumbent mayor.
    noun
    1. A person who holds an office or ecclesiastical benefice: The incumbent was reelected to another term.
    noun, 1!
  15. subpoena
    a writ ordering a person to attend a court; to summon (someone) with a subpoena or to require (a document or other evidence) to be submitted to a court of law.
  16. au·gur (ô'gər)
    • noun
    • 1. One of a group of ancient Roman religious officials who foretold events by observing and interpreting signs and omens.
    • 2. A seer or prophet; a soothsayer.v., -gured, -gur·ing, -gurs.

    • Transative Verb
    • 1. To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell. See synonyms at foretell.
    • 2. To serve as an omen of; betoken: trends that augur change in society.v.intr.
    • 3. To make predictions from signs or omens.
    • 4. To be a sign or omen: A smooth dress rehearsal augured well for the play.[Middle English, from Latin.]
  17. But Ronald F. Pollack, executive director of Families USA, a liberal-leaning consumer group, welcomed the appointment, saying “it augurs well for the implementation of health care reform.”

    Transative Verb 1. To predict, especially from signs or omens; foretell. See synonyms at foretell.2. To serve as an omen of; betoken: trends that augur change in society.v.intr.3. To make predictions from signs or omens.4. To be a sign or omen: A smooth dress rehearsal augured well for the play.[Middle English, from Latin.]
    2!
  18. ef·fi·gy
    (ĕf'ə-jē) n., pl., -gies
    A crude figure or dummy representing a hated person or group.A likeness or image, especially of a person.
  19. pre·car·i·ous (prĭ-kâr'ē-əs) adj
    • 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
    • 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued" (Christopher Brooke).
    • 3.Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.Archaic. Dependent on the will or favor of another.
  20. pe·tard (pĭ-tärd')
    • n.A small bell-shaped bomb used to breach a gate or wall.
    • A loud firecracker.
  21. subtilize \SUHT-l-ahyz\,
    • verb:
    • 1. To make (the mind, senses, etc.) keen or discerning.
    • 2. To elevate in character.
    • 3. To make thin, rare, or more fluid or volatile; refine.
  22. pre·car·i·ous (prĭ-kâr'ē-əs)
    • adj.
    • 1. Dangerously lacking in security or stability: a precarious posture; precarious footing on the ladder.
    • 2. Subject to chance or unknown conditions: "His kingdom was still precarious; the Danes far from subdued" (Christopher Brooke).
    • 3. Based on uncertain, unwarranted, or unproved premises: a precarious solution to a difficult problem.Archaic. 4. 4. Dependent on the will or favor of another.
  23. hu·bris (hyū'brĭs)
    1. n.Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance: "There is no safety in unlimited technological hubris" (McGeorge Bundy).

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