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surmise
"v. estimate, guess"
veneer
n. thin surface layer
reticence
n. the quality of habitually keeping silent or being reserved in utterance
seclusion
n. solitude
indiscriminate
"adj. unselective, promiscuous"
wry
"adj. crooked, bent"
tutelage
"education, training or guardianship"
specious
adj. dubious under an attractive surface
subtle
adj. so slight as to be difficult to detect; difficult to understand; clever
incongruous
"adj. inconsistent, inappropriate, out of character"
stultify
"render useless or ineffectual, to cripple; make to seem stupid or ridiculous"
convalesce
v. get better after a disease or injury
stagnant
"adj. not flowing: said of water, as in a pool"
tyro
n. beginner
Sybarite
n. one dedicated to a life of pleasure
torrid
adj. unpleasantly hot
vernal
adj. To do with Spring
plausible
"adj. seeming likely to be true, though open to doubt"
incite
v. rouse to a particular action
intricate
"adj. involved, complex, having many interrelated parts"
skeptic
n. one who doubts any statements
surrogate
n. one who takes the place or responsibilities of another
surfeit
n. too much
procrastinate
v. put off till tomorrow or till a future time
supercilious
"adj. arrogant, snobbish"
solvent
adj. possessing enough money to survive
transgress
v. cross the boundaries of
supplant
v. take the place of in a position of power
swarthy
adj. dark-skinned
longevity
n. unusually prolonged life
peripheral
"adj concerned with the non-central, irrelevant"
scrutinize
v. examine closely
indifferent
"adj. without interest or concern, apathetic"
vigilant
adj. carefully watching
tranquil
"adj. calm, peaceful"
obliterate
"v. cause to disappear, destroy"
orator
n. one who delivers an elaborate or formal speech
expurgate
v. change the tone of a text by removing words
meander
v. wind and turn while proceeding in a course
minute
"adj. extremely small, insignificant"
ponderous
"adj. unusually weighty or forcible, massive, unwieldy"
subterranean
adj. existing under the ground
pomposity
n. the quality of being grandiose or elevated in tone
symmetry
n. relative proportion and harmony
potent
adj. powerful
indict
v. find and declare chargeable with crime
predecessor
adj. an incumbent of a given office previous to another
jubilation
"n. exultation, feeling of joy"
sanction
adj. to approve authoritatively
tyranny
n. the arbitrary or unjust execution of absolute power
temporal
to do with time
pedestrian
"n/adj. one who journeys on foot, commonplace, dull"
vulnerable
adj. susceptible (esp. to being wounded)
indulgent
"permissive, lenient"
squander
"v. spend/use money, time or resources wastefully"
initiate
"v. begin, to instruct in the principles of"
vernacular
n. popular way of speaking
indolence
adj. laziness
surmount
v. conquer
subterfuge
n. secretive plotting
legacy
"n. a bequest, anything handed down from the past"
volatile
"adj. changeable, unstable"
sophistry
n. subtly deceptive reasoning
Spartan
"adj. of Sparta, having few luxuries"
stringent
"adj. rigorous, strict"
resonance
the vibration of soundwaves in a medium
oblivion
n. the state of having passed out of the memory or of being utterly forgotten
integrity
n. uprightness of character and soundness of moral principle
voluble
adj. talkative
invalid
adj. one who is disabled by illness or injury
objective
"adj. representing facts as they are, impartial"
squalid
"adj. dirty, unpleasant"
opaque
"adj. impervious to light, not transparent"
transitory
adj. lasting only for a short while
prudent
"wise in practical matters, cautious, careful or exercising good judgment or common sense"
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