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  1. abrogate,(v.) to repeal, cancel, declare null and void
  2. abstruse,(adj.) extremely difficult to understand
  3. acclamation,(n.) a shout of welcome; an overwhelming verbal vote of approval
  4. aesthetic,(adj.) pertaining to beauty; sensitive or responsive to beauty
  5. affront,(n.) an open or intentional insult; a slight; (v.) to insult to one's face; to face in defiance , confront
  6. ambient,(adj.) completely surrounding, encompassing
  7. amenity,(n.) that which is pleasant or agreeable
  8. aperture,(n.) an opening, gap, hole; orifice
  9. askance,(adj.) with suspicion, distrust, or disapproval
  10. asperity,(n.) roughness, severity; bitterness or tartness
  11. attenuate,(v.) to make thin or slender; to weaken or lessen in force, intensity, or value
  12. Beatific,(adj.) blissful; rendering or making blessed
  13. Behemoth,(n.) a creature of enormous size, power, or appearance
  14. benign,(adj.) gentle, kind; forgiving, understanding; having a favorable or beneficial effect; not malignant
  15. Blandishment,(n.) anything designed to flatter or coax; sweet talk, apple-polishing
  16. bucolic,(adj.) characteristic of the countryside. rural; relating to shepherds and cowherds, pastoral
  17. burnish,(v.) to make smooth or glossy by rubbing, polish; (n.) gloss, brightness, luster
  18. cabal,(n.) a small group working in secret
  19. Cacophonous,(adj.) harsh-sounding, raucous, discordant, dissonant
  20. calumniate,(v.) to slander; to accuse falsely and maliciously
  21. canard,(n.) a false rumor, fabricated story
  22. captious,(adj.) excessively ready to find fault; given to petty criticism; intended to trap, confuse, or show up
  23. cavil,(v.) to find fault in a petty way, carp; (n.) a trivial objection or criticism
  24. charlatan,(n.) one who feigns knowledge or ability; a pretender, impostor, or quack
  25. chary,(adj.) extremely cautious, hesitant or slow; reserved
  26. Chicanery,(n.) trickery, deceptive practices or tactices, double-dealing
  27. cognizant,(adj.) aware, knowledgeable, informed; having jurisdiction
  28. collusion,(n.) secret agreement or cooperation
  29. Consign,(v.) to give over to another's care, charge, or control; to entrust, deliver; to set apart for a special use
  30. contrite,(adj.) regretful for some misdeed or sin; plagued by a sense of guilt
  31. Coup,(n.) a highly successful stroke, masterstroke, tour de force, act, plan, or stratagem; a sudden takeover of power or leadership
  32. cynosure,(n.) the center of attraction, attention, or interest; something that serves to guide or direct
  33. decimate,(v.) to kill or destroy a large part of
  34. decorous,(adj.) well behaved, dignified, socially proper
  35. defunct,(adj.) no longer in existence or functioning, dead
  36. deign,(v.) to think it appropriate or suitable to one's dignity to do something
  37. delectable,(adj.) delightful, highly enjoyable,; deliciously flavored, savory; (n.) an appealing or appetizing food
  38. deprecate,(v.) to express mild disapproval; to belittle
  39. desiccated,(adj.) thoroughly dried out; arid and uninteresting
  40. detritus,(n.) loose bits and pieces of material resulting from disintegration or wearing away; fragments that result from any destruction
  41. dilettante,(n.) a dabbler in the arts; one who engages in an activity in an ameteurish, trifling way; (adj.) superficial
  42. discomfit,(v.) to frustrate, thrawt, or defeat; to confuse, perplex, or embarrass
  43. dissidence,(n.) a difference of opinion; discontent
  44. ebullient,(adj.) overflowing with enthusiasm and excitement; boiling, bubbling
  45. eclectic,(adj.) drawn from different sources; (n.) one whose beliefs are drawn from various sources
  46. efficacy,(n.) the power to produce a desired result
  47. engender,(v.) to bring into existence, give rise to, produce; to come into existence
  48. epicurean,(adj.) devoted to the pursuit of pleasure; fond of good food;comfort and ease; (n.) a person with discriminating taste
  49. espouse,(v.) to take up and support; to become attatched to, adopt; to marry
  50. ethereal,(adj.) light, airy, delicate; highly refined; suggesting what is heavenly
  51. Euphemism,(n.) a mild or inoffensive expression used in place of harsh or unpleasant one; a substitute
  52. facade,(n.) the front of a building; a surface appearance
    Fenrile,(adj.) feverish; pertaining to or marked by fever; frenetic
    Fetish,(n.) an object believed to have magical powers; an object of unreasoning devotion or reverence
    Flaccid,(adj.) limp, not firm; lacking vigor or effectiveness
    Foible,(n.) a weak point, failing, minor flaw
    Forgo,(v.) to do without, abstain from, give upfraught,(adj.) full of or loaded with; accompanied by
  53. Gainsay,(v.) to deny, contridict, controvert; to dispute, oppose
    Ghoulish,(adj.) revolting in an unnatural or morbid way
    Gregarious,(adj.) living together in a herd or group; sociable, seeking the company of others
  54. hapless,(adj.) marked by a persistent absence of good luck
  55. Imminent,(adj.) about to happen, threatening
    Impeccable,(adj.) faultless, beyond criticism or blame
    Impecunious,(adj.) having little or no money
    Imperturbable,(adj.) not easily excited; emotionally steady
    Importune,(v.) to trouble with demands; to beg for insistently
    Improvident,(adj.) not thrifty, failing to plan ahead
    Incongruous,(adj.) not in keeping, unsuitable, incompatible
    Increment,(n.) an enlargement, increase, addition
    Inexorable,(adj.) inflexible, beyond influence; relentless, unyielding
    Iniquity,(n.) wickedness, sin; a grossly immoral act
    Innate,(adj.) natural, inborn, inherent; built-in
    Interpolate,(v.) to insert between other parts or things; to present as an addition or correction
    Inure,(v.) to toughen, harden; to render used to something by long subjection or exposure
    Inviolable,(adj.) sacred; of such a character that it might not be broken, injured, or profaned
    Irreparable,(adj.) incapable or being repaired or rectified
  56. Laconic,(adj.) concise, using few words
    Languish,(v.) to become weak, feeble, or dull; to droop; to be depressed or dispirited; to suffer neglect
    Loath,(adj.) unwilling, reluctant, disinclined
    Luminous,(adj.) emitting or reflecting light, glowing; illuminating
  57. Machination,(n.) a crafty, scheming, or underhanded action designed to accomplish some end
    Mandate,(n.) an authoritative command, formal order, authorization; (v.) to issue such an order
    Manifest,(adj.) clear, evident to the eyes or mind; (v.) to show plainly, exhibit, evince; (n.) a list of cargo and/or passengers
    Mendacious,(adj.) given to lying or deception; untrue
    Mesmerize,(v.) to hypnotize, entrance; to fascinate, enthrall, bewitch
    Minutiae,(pl. n.) small or trivial details, trifling matters
    Moratorium,(n.) a suspension of activitiy; an offical waiting period; an authorized period of delay
    Moribund,(adj.) dying, on the way out
    Mutable,(adj.) open to or capable of change; fickle
  58. Nadir,(n.) the lowest point
    Nascent,(adj.) just beginning to exist or develop; having just come into existence
    Necromancer,((n.) one who claims to reveal or influence the future through magic
    Nostrum,(n.) an alleged cure-all; a remedy or scheme of questionable effectiveness
  59. Obeisance,(n.) a deep bow or other body movement indicating respect or submission; homage
    Obsequious,(adj.) marked by slavish attentiveness; excessively submissive
    Obtuse,(adj.) blunt, not coming to a point; slow or dull in understanding; not causing a sharp impression
    Omnipresent,(adj.) present in all places at all times
    Onerous,(adj.) burdensome; involving hardship or difficulty
    Opprobrium,(n.) disgrace arising from shameful conduct; contempt, reproach
    Oscillate,(v.) to swing back and forth with a steady rhythm; to fluctuate or waver
  60. Paltry,(adj.) trifling, insignificant; mean, despicable; inferior, trashy
    Panegyric,(n.) formal or elaborate praise; a tribute
    Pariah,(n.) one who is rejected by a social group or organizationParoxysm,(n.) a sudden outburst; a spasm, convulsion
    Pedantry,(n.) a pretentious display of knowledge; overly rigid attention to rules and details
    Penitent,(adj.) regretful for one's sins or mistakes. (n.) one who is sorry for wrongdoing
    Peregrination,(n.) the act or traveling ; an excursion, especially on foot or to a foreign country
    Peremptory,(adj.) having the nature of a command that leaves no opportunity for debate, denial, or refusal
    Perfunctory,(adj.) done in a superficial or halfhearted manner; without interest or enthusiasm
    Pillory,(n.) a device for publicly punishing offenders; a means for exposing one to public contempt or ridicule
    Pittance,(n.) a woefully meager allowance, wage, or portion
    Plaintive,(adj.) expressive of sorrow or woe, melancholy
    Presage,(v.) to foreshadow and point to a future event; to predict; (n.) a warning or indication of the future
    Progeny,(n.) descendants, offspring, children, followers
    Promulgate,(v.) to explain or issue officially; to make known far and wide
    Putative,(adj.) generally regarded as such; reputed; inferred
  61. Rebuff,(v.) to snub; to repel, drive away; (n.) a curt rejection, a check
    Reconnoiter,(v.) to engage in reconnaissance; to make a preliminary inspection
    Rectitude,(n.) uprightness, righteousness; correctness
    Redolent,(adj.) fragrant, smelling strongly; tending to arouse memories or create an aura
    Refulgent,(adj.) shining, radiant, resplendent
    Requite,(v.) to make suitable repayment, as for a kindness, service, or favor; to make retaliation, as for an injury or wrong; to reciprocate
    Restive,(adj.) restless, hard to manage, balky
    Rife,(adj.) common, prevalent, widespread, happening often; full, abounding; plentiful, abundant
    Rudiments,(n.) the parts of any subject that are learned first; the earliest stages of anything
  62. Sequester,(v.) to set apart, separate for a special purpose; to take possession of and hold in custody
    Seraphic,(adj.) angelic, heavenly, celestial
    Shambles,(n.) a slaughterhouse; a place of mass bloodshed; a state of complete disorder and confusion
    Shibboleth,(n.) a word, expression, or custom that distinguishes a particular group of persons from all others, a commonplace saying or truism
    Sporadic,(adj.) occurring at irregular intervals, having no set plan or order
    Subsist,(v.) to have existence; to remain alive, manage to make a living or maintain life; to persist or continue
  63. Tantamount,(adj.) equivalent, having the same meaning, value, or effect
    Tyro,(n.) a beginner, novice; one with little or no background or skill
  64. Unremitting,(adj.) not stopping, maintained steadily, never letting up, relentless
  65. Vacillate,(v.) to swing indecisively from one idea or course of action to another; to waver weakly in mind or will
    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
    Vituperative,(adj.) harshly abusive, severely scolding
  66. Winnow,(v.) to get rid of something unwanted, delete; to sift through to obtain what is desirable; to blow on, fan
    Wizened,(adj.) dry, shrunken, and wrinkled (often as the result of aging)

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