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awe-inspiring; worthy of honor; commanding or evoking of respect
Synonyms: awesome, brave, courageous,
I have no doubt that the candidate is redoubtable and will gain everyones vote.
authorative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
The sanction against the football program was finally lifted after 2 years.
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes human vice through humor
Synonyms: parody, mockery
The Simpsons is a satire of the stereotypical American family.
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
His girlfriend was shocked when she saw the squalid kitchen with squirmy worms crawling over the food.
to take the place of; supersede; replace
The supply of phones will soon be supplanted with iphones.
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
After being and drinking in the sun all day, I always am torpid and want to go to bed.
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; widespread
Synonyms: all-over, everywhere, omnipresent, pervasive,ubiquitary, universal, wall-to-wall
The bites from the ubiquitous mosquitos are inevitable in the rain seasons.
sophisticated; refind; elegant
Urban neighborhoods do not have very urbane houses.
to defame; to characterize harshly
Synonyms: bad-mouth, blister, censure, denounce, disparage,
Lindsey Lohan is being vilified for her drug addictions.
to state as a fact; to declare or assert
Avery averred that she was a lesbo to her family.
to provide support or reinforcement
Bob's thought that he was becoming bald was bolstered when he found all of his hair in the sink.
departing from norms or convention
Synonyms:aberrant, abnormal, anomalous, capricious
The eccentric style of the clothing store made it go out of business.
characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
The country accent is endemic of Texas.
tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
Evanescence made their name from the word evanescent because their music has completely disappeared.
greatly emotional or zealous
The fireman was very fervent as he escaped from the fire.
happening by accident or chance; fortunate
It was fortuitous that my fortune of winning the lottery came true.
relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
In german class it was completely not germane that it was taught by a chinese person.
pompous speech or expression
Synonyms: boastful, claptrap, eloquence, fustian,grandiosity, magniloquence, orotundity, rant,turgidity
I prefer a more informal style, so I was a bit put off by grandiloquence of the author's writing
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
Synonyms: clichéd, conventional, corny, everyday,
I am really tired of the hackneyed use of the word homeboy.
calm and peaceful
The hawk looked very halcyon as he flew over the mountains.
devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses
Hank fondly remembered his years of hedonism when all that mattered was getting head.
the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
Synonyms: authority, command, leadership, power,predominance
I hope Obama's hegemony over our country will soon be over.
given to intense or excessive devotion to something
After winning American Idol, he found that some fans were weirdly idolatrous towards him.
revealing no emotion
It is important to remain impassive when playing poker.
marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
Synonyms: assured, complacent, hard as nails
I couldn't believe he was so imperturbable even though we were surrounded by the cutest puppies.