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  1. Encomium
    formal expression of praise;lavish tribute
  2. Coherent
    Holding or sticking together; making a logical whole
  3. Belabor
    To work on excessively; to thrash soundly
  4. Eschew
    To avoid;shun;keep away from
  5. Acquisitive
    Able to get and retain (may apply to material things or knowledge); concerned with acquiring wealth or property
  6. Arrogate
    To take or claim without right
  7. Emulate
    To imitate with the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
  8. Banal
    Hackneyed, trite, commonplace
  9. Excoriation
    A strong denunciation; that act or state of stripping or wearing of the skin
  10. Conjeal
    To change from liquid to solid; to thicken
  11. Carping
    Tending to find fault, especially in a naggy, ill-natured spirit; petty nagging criticism
  12. Substantiate
    To establish by evidence, prove; to give concrete or substantial form to
  13. Temporize
    To stall or act evasively in orger to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision
  14. Largesse
    generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
  15. Tenable
    Capable of being defended or held
  16. Insatiable
    So great or demaning it cannot be satisfied
  17. Reconaissance
    Survey made for military purposes, any kind of inspection or careful examination preliminary to action
  18. Germane
    Relevant, appropriate, appropos
  19. Ramify
    To divide and spread out like branches; to seperate into divisions
  20. Intransigent
    Refusing to compromise, irreconcilable
  21. Taciturn
    Habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
  22. Invidious
    Offensive, hateful; tending to cause bitterness and resentment; rebellion
  23. Devious
    Straying or wandering a straight or direct course or way, roundabout; done or acting in a underhanded or shifty way
  24. Gambit
    In chess, an opening move that involves a risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
  25. Halcyon
    Calm, peacful, happy, golden
  26. Avid
    Desirous of something to the point of greed (usually with an unfavorable connotation); urgently eager
  27. Accost
    To approach and speak to first
  28. Incendiary
    Deliberately setting or causing fires; one who deliberatly causes fire, rebellion.
  29. Animadversion
    A comment indication strong criticism or dissaproval
  30. Covenant
    Solemn agreement between two or more parties
  31. Brackish
    Having a salty taste and therfore unpleasant to drink
  32. Histrionic
    Pertaining to actors and their methods; designed to produce a desired effect.
  33. Celerity
    Swiftness;rapidity of motion
  34. Suppliant
    Asking humbly and earnestly; one who does so
  35. Propound
    To put forward, propose, suggest for consideration
  36. Propriety
    The state of being proper, appropriateness
  37. Overt
    Open, not hidden, easily recognizable
  38. Undulate
    To move in waves or with a wavelike motion appearance or form
  39. Sacrilege
    Improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
  40. Talisman
    An object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers
  41. Myopic
    Nearsighted, lacking a broad realistic view of a situation or problem
  42. Summarily
    Without delay or formality; brief, decisive manenr
  43. Pejorative
    Tending to make worse; expressing dissaproval or disparagement
  44. Maelstrom
    A whirpool or great size and violence; a situation resembling such
  45. Distraught
    Very much agitated or upset as a result of emotional or mental conflict
  46. Credence
    Belief, mental acceptance
  47. Feckless
    Lacking in spirit and strength; ineffectual, weak; irresponsible; unreliable
  48. Decry
    To condemn, express strong dissaproval
  49. Articulate
    To pronounce distinctly; to express well in words
  50. Derogatory
    designed to belittle or degrade
  51. Cavort
    To romp or prance around exuberantly
  52. Dissemble
    To disguise or conceal; deliberately give a false impression
  53. Eulogy
    a formal statement of praise
  54. Exhume
    To remove from a grace; to bring to light
  55. Evince
    To display clearly, to make evident
  56. Verdant
    Green in tint or color; immature in experience or judgement
  57. Verbiage
    Language that is too wordy or inflated in proportion to the sense or content
  58. Murky
    Dark and gloomy, obscure; lacking in clarity and precision
  59. Propinquity
    Nearness in place or time
  60. Intractable
    Hard to manage, stubborn, not responsive to discipline
  61. Piquant
    Stimulating to the taste or mind;spicy, pungent
  62. Utopian
    Founded upon or involving a visionary view of an ideal world; impractical
  63. Nefarious
    Wicked, depraved, devoid of moral standards
  64. Viscous
    Having a gelatinous or gluey quality, and thus tending to stick or adhere rather than to flow
  65. Unwonted
    Not usual or expected; not in character
  66. Primordial
    Developed or created at the very beggining;most ancient times
  67. Frenetic
    Frenzied;frantic highly agitated
  68. Dissaray
    Disorder, confusion
  69. Atrophy
    wasting away of body organ or tissue
  70. Asseverate
    To affirm earnestly and with emphasis
  71. Consummate
    Complete, perfect, of the highest quality; to bring to a state of completion or perfection
  72. Glean
    To gather something with difficulty bit by bit
  73. Grouse
    Type of game bird; complain or grumble
  74. Bastion
    Fortified place;stronghold
  75. Exigency
    Urgeny, pressing demand
  76. Flotsam
    floating debris
  77. Concord
    State or agreement or harmony
  78. Prepossesing
    Having a favorable impression; pleasing
  79. Recumbent
    Lying in a reclined position
  80. Incarcerate
    To imprison
  81. Mordant
    Having a bitter or penetrating quality; sarcastic in a bitter way
  82. Pussillanimous
    Cowardly, shameful, lacking in courage
  83. Nettle
    A prickly or stinging plant; arouse displeasure
  84. Stratagem
    Scheme to outwit or decieve
  85. Incumbent
    Obligatory; required
  86. Pecuniary
    Consisting or relating to money
  87. Jocular
    Jolly, hummorous
  88. Ludicrous
    Ridiculous; amusingly absurd
  89. Delinate
    To portray; sketch; describe accurately, vividly
  90. Hallow
    To make or set apart as hold or sacred
  91. Emend
    To free from errors
  92. Figment
    A product of the imagination
  93. Fiat
    Arbitrary order or decree (gov. authority).
  94. Esoteric
    Intended only for a select few, private.
  95. Acuity
    Keeness in senses; sharpness
  96. Garner
    To recquire as a result of effort for later use
  97. Fecund
    Fruitful in offspring; intelluctually productive
  98. Enervate
    To weaken or destroy strength of
  99. Depraved
    Brought to state of evil or corruption
  100. Mundane
    Earthly, worldly; practical or material affairs
  101. Penchant
    Strong attraction or inclination
  102. Ubiquitous
    Existing everywhere
  103. Reputed
    Having widespread belief or acceptance
  104. Malediction
    Curse, expression of hatred and condemnation
  105. Overweening
    Conceited, presumptuous
  106. Sophistry
    Reasoning that seems clever but is actually a fallacy
  107. Nuance
    Subtle or slight variation (color, meaning, value)
  108. Sumptuous
    Costly, rich, maginificent
  109. Ignominy
    Public shame and disgrace
  110. Idiosyncrasy
    A peculiarity that serves to indentify or distinguish
  111. Complicity
    Partnership in wrongdoing
  112. Inane
    Silly, empty of meaning or value
  113. Agnostic
    One who believes that nothing is known about the existence of god; a doubter
  114. Indictment
    Formal act of accusation
  115. Equity
    State or quality of being just or fair, or impartial
  116. Abject
    Degraded, wretched, brought to low or deplorable state
  117. Diatribe
    Bitter a prolonged verbal attack
  118. Intermittent
    Stopping and beginning again
  119. Derelict
    Abandoned or neglected
  120. Effigy
    Crude image of a despised person (dummy form)
  121. Indubitable
    Certain; not to be doubted or denied
  122. Travesty
    Grotesque and ridiculing imitation
  123. Surveillance
    To keep watch over
  124. Meretricious
    Attracting attention in a course or vulgar way
  125. Neophyte
    Beginner in anything
  126. Sylvan
    Pertaining to forests; often in a literary or poetic sense
  127. Moot
    Open to dissagreement and debate; doubtful
  128. Perspicacious
    Keen in observing and understanding
  129. Testy
    Easily irritated
  130. Plenary
    Full; complete in all aspects
  131. Motif
    Principal idea or feature (literary or musical work)
  132. Prestigious
    Having a favorable reputation; standing high in the opinion of the general public; commanding respect
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