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  1. Rue
    • regret, sorrow
    • bitter herb used medicinally
  2. equivocal
    • undecided, ambivalent
    • open to multiple interpretations, often with the intent to deceive or mislead; of uncertain or dubius nature
  3. verisimilar
    probably, likely, or appearing to be true
  4. hoodwink
    to deceive or trick, especially using a misleading or false appearance
  5. misanthrope
    one with hate or distrust of humankind
  6. teetotaler
    one who abstains totally from alcohol
  7. apathetic
    • showing or feeling little emotion
    • without interest or concern; indifferent
  8. pedantic
    excessively, narrowly, often ostentatiously focused on formal rules or book learning; unimaginative
  9. indelible
    • permanent; impossible to remove, erase, or wash away
    • memorable, unforgettable, making a lasting impression
  10. scotch
    to put an end to
  11. coda
    something that concludes, finishes, or rounds out, often with a summary of what has gone before
  12. homogeneous
    similar in kind; composed of similar or uniform parts
  13. fatuous
    complacently foolish or silly
  14. inveterate
    • established through long practice or precedent
    • habitiual or ingrained
  15. permeable
    capable of being permeated or penetrated; porous so as to admit liquid
  16. philanthropic
    of, related to, characterized by, involved with, or providing charitable or humanitarian aid or assistance
  17. ostracize
    to exclude; to exile from a group by general consent
  18. propagate
    • to multiply or breed; to pass traits to offspring
    • to extend or spread to a greater area or number
    • to foster wider knowledge or spread word of; to publicize
  19. fidelity
    • the state or quality of being faithful or loyal
    • accuracy or exactness
  20. abstain
    to refrain or hold oneself back
  21. inhibit
    • to prevent, prohibit, or forbid
    • to restrain, dampen, hold back, or check
  22. facetious
    • joking or jocular (often inappropriately), not meaning to be serious
    • intended to be humorous, rather than serious
  23. ingenuous
    lacking in cunning, guile, or wordliness; straightforward, candid, frank.
  24. affable
    pleasant and easy to talk to; approachable
  25. adhere
    • to stay attached, stick to
    • to be devoted in support or allegiance
    • to remain committed to
  26. slack
    • negligent, careless, or lax; slow, sluggish, lacking energy; lacking tautness or tightness; weak; innactive, not busy
    • to become slack, to loosen or make slower
    • to shirk or evade work; to be careless or inattentive in doing
  27. diverge
    • to turn aside from a path or course; to branch off from a single point
    • to differ in opinion, form, or character
  28. frequent
    • happening often
    • to visit
  29. fringe
    a margin, periphery, or outer edge
  30. egress
    • the act of going out or exiting
    • an exit or way out
  31. ascend
    • to move or slope upward; to rise from a lower level or station
    • to go back in time or genealogical progression
    • to become king or queen
  32. laudable
    praise worthy
  33. rent
    • having been torn; violently lacerated; or wrested from
    • a tear or opening created by rending
    • a rift or break in relations
  34. volatile
    widely varying fickle, inconsistant, or even prone to violent
  35. aseptic
    • free from or protecting against infection by pathogenic microorganisms
    • without animation or emotion
  36. skullduggery
    deceitful, underhanded, unscrupulous behavior
  37. predilection
    a preference or paritality for something
  38. divestiture
    • the act of divesting (opposite of investing), or stripping someone of property
    • the sale or liquidation of assets
  39. prologue
    an introduction, esp to a poem, play, novel
  40. gossamer
    extreemely light, delicate, or sheer
  41. dormant
    lying asleep or as if asleep; inactive
  42. grate
    to shred by rubbing against an abrasive surface; to cause to make a harsh sound through grinding; to persistently annoy
  43. gratuitous
    • done, given, or obtained without payment; unearned
    • unwarranted, unjustified, uncalled-for
  44. hegemony
    dominance or influence of one group or force over others
  45. rift
    • a narrow fissure in rock
    • a break in an interpersonal relationship
  46. grievous
    • causing great pain, suffering, or grief
    • serious, dire, severe, or extremely harmful; oppressive, burdensome
  47. ephemeral
    • short-lived or lasting only a brief period
    • lasting only one day
  48. aspersion
    • a false, derogatory claim meant to injure someone's reputation
    • the act of making such a claim
    • a sprinkling with water, especially as part of a religious ceremony
  49. halcyon
    • calm, peaceful, or tranquil
    • prosperous or wealthy
  50. sanction
    • (positive meaning) official or authoritative permission or authorization; support or encouragement; to approve or authorize officially; to support or tolerate by showing approval
    • (negative meaning) a penalty meant to force compliance; a military or economic measure adopted by several nations and meant to coerce another nation violating international law; to penalize, especially for a violation of international law
  51. complaisant
    agreeable eager, to please, obliging
  52. ubiquitous
    existing or present everywhere; constantly encountered or widespread
  53. distend
    • to extend
    • to swell or extend from internal pressure
  54. vacillate
    • to hesitate or waver in forming an opinion or make a decision
    • to fluctuate or oscillate
  55. perfidy
    • the quality or state of being disloyal; treachery; faithlessness
    • an act of disloyalty
  56. derivative
    • not orginal, secondary, or copied
    • derived
  57. fracas
    a noisy, loud quarrel, brawl or disturbance
  58. explicit
    • fully and clearly expressed without leaving anything to implication
    • fully developed or defined
    • forthright and unambiguous in expression
  59. presumptuous
    overstepping the bounds of what's right or proper; inappropriately forward or taking liberties
  60. extraneous
    • irrelevant, unrelated, not pertinent
    • nonessential, not vital
    • coming from outside
  61. slight
    • to treat as unimportant or make light of
    • to treat with disdain or discourteous inattention
    • to do inattentively or negligently; an instance of being slighted
    • slim or delicate of body
    • small in size, extent, or quantity
    • trifling, trivial, or unimportant
    • lack strength or substance; flimsy
  62. vigor
    active strength or energy; vitality
  63. transparent
    • permitting the passage of light, sheer enough to see through
    • frank, candid, and free of deceit or pretense
    • obvious; readily seen or understood
    • open with regards to methods or practices especially in business
  64. pristine
    • belonging or related to the original, earliest condition; primitive
    • remaining in a pure, unspoiled state, untouched by civilization
    • clean as if new
  65. confound
    • to confuse, perplex, or stump; to throw into disorder
    • to mix up, fail to notice difference
    • to refute, prove wrong, or put to shame
  66. console
    • to comfort, alleviate someones grief, suffering, or sense of loss
    • a cabinet (such as for television) designed to stand on the floor
    • the control unit of a computer, elecrical system, vehicle, etc.
  67. discrete
    • separate or distinct; an individual thing
    • consisting of unconnected individual parts; not continuous
  68. specious
    • deceptive in attraction or allure
    • falsely appearing true, genuine, or plausible
  69. approbation
    • official approval
    • commendation, praise; a warm expression of approval
  70. concur
    to agree, cooperate, or coincide
  71. nadir
    • the lowest point
    • a point on the celestial sphere, opposite the zenith and below the observer
  72. tractability
    • capacity of being led, controlled, or taught; docility
    • malleability; ease of being handled or worked with
  73. impermeable
    not permeable; preventing passage through or into itself
  74. denunciation
    • public codemnation or censure
    • an accusation of a crime
  75. lackluster
    without luster or brilliance; dull
  76. foment
    to foster or promote the development of; to incite or rouse
  77. deference
    submission to or due respect for superiors or elders
  78. veracity
    conformity or adherence to the truth or accuracy
  79. diffuse
    • dispersed, spread out
    • wordy and poorly organized
  80. innocuous
    • harmless or without negative effect
    • unlikely to offend or inspire a strong reaction; insipid or bland
  81. audacious
    • recklessly bold
    • insolent or contemptuous of rules
    • original and spirited
  82. exculpate
    to clear from a charge or guilt
  83. abate
    to reduce in degree, amount, or intensity
  84. obstinate
    stubbornly sticing to an attitude, opinion, purpose, or course, against argument or persuasion; difficult to control, subdue, or remedy
  85. prodigious
    • impressive or extraordinary in bulk, amount, or degree; enormous
    • marvelous, elicting amazement
  86. stolid
    unemotional or impassive
  87. alleviate
    to mitigate, lessen, or make bearable
  88. Levy
    • to impose and collect (such as a tax)
    • to draft troops into military service
    • to declare and wage war
  89. exacerbate
    to make more severe, violent, or bitter; to aggravate, intensify or inflame
  90. covert
    • not openly done, acknowledged, or avowed; veiled
    • sheltered or covered
  91. apprise
    to inform, tell or give notice to
  92. recalcitrant
    stubbornly resisting or defying authority or guidance
  93. derision
    ridicule, mockery, or scorn
  94. taciturn
    disinclined to speak by temperament
  95. blithe
    • lighthearted, carefree, joyous, or gaily cheerful
    • thoughtless, heedless, or without regard or consideration
  96. convoke
    to call (as a group of people) to a meeting
  97. impetuous
    • impulsive, characterized by sudden, passionate action
    • violent or forceful
  98. ponderous
    • of great weight; unwieldy due to heaviness and bulk
    • labored, dull, or lifeless
  99. flag
    • to signal, with or as with a flag
    • to fall off in energy, vigor, interest, or activity
    • to droop or hang loose
  100. somatic
    • pertaining to the body
    • relating to the wall of the body cavity
  101. fluke
    a stroke of good luck; a chance occurrence or accident
  102. doff
    • to take off or remove (as clothes);to tip or remove (one's hat) in greeting
    • to put aside or discard
  103. apocryphal
    of questionable authenticity or origin; spurious
  104. scurvy
    • a wasting disease caused by vitamin c deficiency
    • contemptible, despicable, or mean
  105. apposite
    appropriate, relevant, or apt
  106. squalid
    • foul, dirty, or wretched, as from extreme poverty or neglect
    • morally repulsive or sordid
  107. garrulous
    wordy; overly talkative and given to long, rambling, often trivial speech
  108. gambol
    to frolic, to skip or leap about playfully
  109. fulminate
    • to send out or issue with denunciation, invective, or condemnation
    • to explode
  110. salubrious
    promoting or conducive to health or well being
  111. abscission
    the act of cutting off
  112. gauche
    lacking in tact, sensitivity, or other social graces
  113. truculent
    • ferocious, cruel, or savage
    • deadly or destructive
    • scathing or harsh
    • belligerent or aggressive; disposed to fighting
  114. asperity
    • rigor or severity
    • roughness, unevenness or harshness, as of surface or sound
    • roughness or harshness of manner or temper
  115. finesse
    • skillful or adroit handling
    • refinement or delicacy or performance, skill, or workmanship
  116. germane
    relevant or closely related
  117. viscid
    having a sticky, adhesive, or viscous quality or consistency
  118. glib
    • fluent in speaking or writing to the point of insincerity or thoughtlessness
    • done with natural ease or offhand nonchalance
  119. requite
    • to repay or make return for; to reciprocate
    • to avenge
    • to recompense for a service, benefit, or injury
  120. grouse
    • to complain; grumble
    • a grievance, a persistent complaint
    • any of various types of plump, chickenlike game birds
  121. appreciable
    possible to see, measure, or estimate
  122. dilate
    • to cause to expand, to widen or enlarge
    • to speak or write at length on a subject
  123. subside
    • to sink to a lower or norml level
    • to become less agitated or active
  124. redundant
    • more than necessary; superfluous
    • excessively wordy or repetitive
  125. antipathy
    • an aversion, disliking, or distaste for
    • an object of dislike or aversion
  126. convoluted
    • having a great number of coils, loops, or folds
    • intricate or involved
  127. mitigate
    to moderate (the force, intensity, or strength of) or alleviate
  128. sangfroid
    self-possession or composure, especially under stress
  129. implosion
    forceful collapse inward
  130. condone
    to overlook, dismiss, or forgive (an offense)
  131. catalyst
    • something precipitating, provoking, or accelerating an action, event, or change
    • a substance that starts or speeds a chemical reaction
  132. intemperance
    • indulgence of passions or appetites
    • excessive drinking of alcohol
  133. stalwart
    strong or vigorous in mind, body or spirit
  134. augment
    to enlarge, make greater, more intense, or more numerous
  135. abridge
    to cut short, condense (especially of a written work)
  136. indifferent
    to state or quality of being indifferent, unconcerned
  137. verbose
    using more words than necessary, wordy
  138. squelch
    • to crush or sqash as if by trampling
    • to quell or suppress completely
    • to silence, as by a crushing remark
    • to emit a splashing, sucking sound
  139. emaciate
    wasted away, enfeebled, or made extremely thin
  140. extempore
    done, said, or composed with little or no preparation; unpremeditated
  141. forestall
    • to hinder or prevent in advance
    • to anticipate or deal with in advance
    • to buy up goods so as to drive up prices for resale
  142. analogous
    similar or related so that one can draw an analogy
  143. quiescence
    the state of being quiescent; tranquil restfulness or repose
  144. adulterate
    to make impure or corrupt by adding foreign or inferior materials or ingredients, particularly in preparation for sale.
  145. nabob
    • a person who is wealthy, prominent, or important
    • a provincial governor of India's Mogul empire (historical)
  146. cardinal
    of prime importance; chief, main
  147. puissance
    power, might
  148. erudite
    learned, knowledgeable, or scholarly
  149. diffident
    lacking self-cnfidence; shy, timid
  150. eschew
    to shun, avoid, or abstain from
  151. malleable
    • capable of being shaped or molded, as by a hmmar or pressure
    • susceptible to control or outside influence
    • adaptable to changing conditions
  152. savant
    learned person, scholar, sage; an idiot savant
  153. sedulous
    • diligent or persevering in effort or application
    • done or achieved through perseverance
  154. hallmark
    an outstanding or disntinguishing feature; a mark indicting quality or excellence.
  155. hapless
    unfortunate or unlucky
  156. sinecure
    a paid position or office requiring little or no work
  157. harrow
    • to disturb or torment
    • to prepare ground for planting with a harrow, designed to break up and even out plowed land
  158. exhaustive
    • thorough; not leaving anything out
    • tending to exhaust, exhausting
  159. haven
    • a place of comfort or rest, a sanctuary
    • a port or harbor
  160. clinch
    grab, hold; secure a goal (to "clinch the win")
  161. stymie
    to block, thwart, or stand in the way of
  162. enigma
    • a puzzling or inscrutable person, occurrence or situation
    • a puzzling or obscure text or speech
  163. welter
    • a confused jumble or mass
    • to become deeply involved or embroiled in something
    • to roll, writhe, or heave
  164. supplicate
    • to ask humbly of (someone); to beseech
    • to ask for something humbly, to pray for
  165. zealous
    fervent, filled with or motivated by passionate or excessive enthusiasm
  166. hyperbole
    extreme exaggeration, often used for effect as a figure of speech
  167. torried
    • parched, burning, intensely hot
    • passionate, ardent
    • fast, hurried
  168. idyll
    • a poem, either a short description of an idealized rural scene or a narrative dealing with romantic or heroic themes
    • a carefree, lighthearted experience or period; a romantic interlude
  169. travesty
    • a distorted, debased, grotesque, or inferior imitation or likeness
    • an exaggerated burlesque or imitation of a serious literary work, usually grotesquely incongruous
  170. turpitude
    • depravity, baseness, or vileness
    • a base act
  171. fervor
    • intensity or warmth of emotion
    • intense heat
  172. cacophony
    dissonance; jarring, harsh, or discordant sound
  173. fledge
    • to care for (as a young bird) until it is ready to fly
    • to cover with or as with feathers
    • to grow plumage needed for flight
  174. impassive
    not revealing, expressing, or betraying emotion
  175. impecunious
    penniless; without money
  176. warmonger
    one who advocates or attempts to incite war
  177. impede
    to hiinder or obstruct movement or progress
  178. abhor
    to hate, despise, regard with horror or repugnance
  179. prevaricate
    to equivocate, lie, or stray from the truth
  180. divulge
    to reveal or make known (a secret or confidence)
  181. precursor
    • one that precedes and announces or suggests another's approach
    • a forerunner or predecessor; one that precedes another
  182. attenuate
    • to make thin, slender, or small
    • to reduce in density or consistency; to rarefy
    • to lessen the force, value, numbers, or strength of
    • to reduce the intensity, vitality, or virulence of
  183. ostentatious
    given to excessive, pretentious, conspicuous display
  184. improbity
    dishonesty; lack of probity
  185. conversance
    familiarity; the state of being able to converse knowledgeably
  186. quandary
    state of perplexity, especially regarding how to proceed
  187. propriety
    • the quality of being proper or appropriate
    • plural: the customs and rules of polite society
  188. impudent
    insolent, boldly disrespectful
  189. dwindle
    to shrink or diminish until little remains
  190. impugn
    to challenge or attack as false or questionable
  191. capricious
    whimsical; governed by or subject to caprice or impulse
  192. inadvertent
    • accidental or unintentional
    • inattentive, not fully focused or taking heed
  193. recumbent
    • lying down or reclining, especially in repose
    • resting or idle
  194. impromptu
    done, said or composed on the spur of the moment; improvised
  195. abjure
    to renounce, recant, or repudiate, often solemnly or under oath
  196. refulgent
    radiant, resplendent; shining brilliantly

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