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fulsome
insincere, buttery, soapy, excessively
two strings to one's bow
idiom: two means of achieving one's aim
lush
luxurious, elaborate
destitution
extreme proverty
ponder
to consider carefully
supplication
earnest prayer
decadence
decay
on tenter hooks
in a state of anxiety
penance
atonement for sin
ascetic
one who practices self-denial and devotion
desultory
occurring by chance, disconnected
disciple
follower
metamorphosis
change
the fat is in the fire
the mischief is done
bonafide
genuine
salvation
deliverance from ruin
materialism
attention to wordly things and neglect of spiritual needs
nurture
to nourish, support
nirvana
freedom from care and pain, buddist heaven
like Ceasar's wife
above suspicion
juxtapose
to place side by side
plight
predicament, dangerous situation
covert
secret, hidden
cope
to be a match for, to be able to handle
incompatibility
lack of harmony
plea bargain
to agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge so as to avoid trial for a more serious offense
incapacitated
disabled, made unfit
fabricate
to lie, concoct
connubial
related to marriage
demur
to object
appellation
A NAME, TERM, CODE UNDER WHICH INFORMATION PERTAINING TO A SPECIFIC ENTITY WILL BE FOUND (HEADING IN AACR2)
in apple pie order
in neat order, good condition
escalation
an increase, intensification
indifference
lack of concern
potential
possible
cumulative
accumulated
recondite
secret, hidden, obscure
apple polishing
trying to gain favor by gifts or flattery
palliate
alleviate
delude
to fool
prelude
introduction
chimerical
visionary, imaginary, fantastic
acknowledge
admit
the Draconian Code
a very severe set of rules
heterogeneous
dissimilar
gamut
range
perspicacious
acutely perceptive, shrewd
analogous
comparable, similar
maladjusted
poorly adjusted, disturbed
the distaff side
women
phenomenon
unusual occurrence
mortality
death
decade
ten years
susceptible
easily affected
neurotic
suffering from a nervous disorder
on the qui vive
on the alert
pedagogue
teacher
enunciate
to utter, proclaim
inordinate
excessive
irascible
irritable
introspective
looking into one's own feelings
to get one's back up
to become angry
perpetuate
to cause to continue
mandate
an authoritative order or command
compensatory
serving to pay back
neutralize
to counteract; also, to offset.
catastrophic
disastrous
to bring home the bacon
to earn a living
anthropologist
an expert in the study of the races, beliefs, customs etc of mankind
artifact
an object made by hand, rather than a thing as it occurs in nature
bizarre
odd, peculiar, strange, weird
fetish
an object that is thought to have magic powers
inanimate
lifeless
to get down off a high horse
to act like an ordinary person
imperative
necessary, compulsary
imprudent
unwise, note careful
prohibition
the act of forbidding certain behavior
taboo
forbidden by custom or rligious practice
taint
contamination, undesirable substance that spoils something
the first water
of the best quality, the greatest
abhor
to detest, to despise
absurd
ridiculous
bigot
a person who is intolerant of other people or ideas
contemptuous
expressing a feeling that someting is worthless
universal
present everywhere
dyed-in-the-wool
set in one's ways
vulnerable
capable of being injured
entreaty
appeal, plea
tradition
custom that has been handed down
originate
begin, arise
inviolable
safe from destruction
blue chip
a highly valuable asset, stock or property.
awesome
inspiring, weird
debris
ruins, fragments
dispersed
scattered, spread, broken up
eruption
bursting out
puny
weak, unimportant
as broad as it is long
it makes very little difference
obliterate
erase, wipe out
deplorable
sad, pitable
initiate
start, set going
conflagration
great fire
rue
regret
blow hot and cold
swing for and against something
congenial
sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
hoard
hide, store, accumulate
sage
wise man, philosopher
aegis
shield, protection, sponsorship
detriment
injury, damage, hurt
in the doldrums
in a board or depressed state
longevity
long duration of life
imbibe
drink
virile
masterful, manly
senile
infirm, weak from old age
doddering
trembling, shaking
burn the midnight oil
study or work late into the night
lathargic
lazy, indifferent
prevalent
prevailing, common, general
paramount
supreme, foremost
remiss
careless, negligent
hostile
antagonistic, angry
to split hairs
to make fine distinctions
rebuke
criticize, reproach, reprimand
aversion
strong dislike, opposition
evince
show plainly, exihibit
vogue
fashion
superficial
on the surface, slight
to strike while the iron is hot
to take an action at the right moment
jettison
throw overboard, discard
inevitable
sure, certain, unavoidable
lucrative
profitable
tussle
a rough struggle
instrinsic
esssential, natural, inborn
once in a blue moon
on a very rare occasion
acute
sharp, keen, severe
gist
essence, main point
transient
passing, short-lived, fleeting
terse
concise, brief, compact
cogent
forceful, convincing, persuasive
sleep on it
postpone a decision while giving it some thought
pinnacle
summit, peak, top, crown
array
arrangement, system
obscure
unknown, lowly, unclear
ardent
Passionate; strong devotion
culminate
reach the highest point
to break the ice
to make a beginning, to overcome stiffness between strangers
constrict
limit, bind, squeeze
prodigy
marvel, phenomenon
bereft
deprived of
exultation
triumphant joy
falter
stumble, hesitate, waver
loaded for bear
to be well prepared
vitriolic
biting, burning
invective
insulting, abusive speech
besmirch
soil, stain, dim the reputation
voluminous
bulky, large
retrospect
looking backward
to bring down the house
to cause great enthusiasm
egotist
a vain, conceited person
humility
humbleness, modesty, meekness
pungent
sharply stimulating, biting
inveterate
habitual, firmly established
adamant
unyielding, inflexible
to pull one's weight
to do a fair share of the work
vulnerable
open to attack, susceptible
bedlam
confusion, uproar
cacophony
discord, harsh sound, dissonance
exploit
profit by, utilize
Propinquity
nearness in time or space
a white elephant
a costly and useless possession
disgruntled
unhappy, displeased
infallible
exempt from error, right
panacea
cure-all
eradicate
wipe out
impede
interfere, block, hinder
lock, stock, and barrel
entirely, completely
sedate
quiet, still, undisturbed, sober
equanimity
evenness of mind, composure
compatible
hormonious, well-matched
serenity
peacefull repose
revere
honor, respect, admire
a feather in one's cap
something to be proud of
irrational
unreasonable, absurd
avarice
greed, passion for riches
insatiable
cannot be satisfied
Nadir
lowest point
moribund
dying, at the point of death
out on a limb
in a dangerous or exposed position
Lithe
graceful
obese
very fat person
adherent
backer, supporter
bliss
happiness, pleasure
pathetic
sad, pitiful, distressing
on the spur of the moment
on impulse, without thinking
exhort
urge strongly, advise
apathy
lack of interest, unconcern
fracas
noisy fight, brawl
inebriated
drunk, intoxicated
adversary
opponent, enemy, foe
a fly in the ointment
some small thing that spoils or lessens the enjoyment
indolent
lazy
gusto
enthusiasm, enjoyment, zest
garrulous
talkative, wordy
Banal
trivial, meaningless from overuse
platitude
commonplace or trite saying
to take French leave
to go away without permission
pique
fit of resentment
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
atypical
nonconforming
nondescript
undistinctive; ordinary; ordinary-looking; Ex. nondescript fellow in a crowd
wane
decrease, decline
in the arms of Morpheus
asleep
extinct
no longer existing
idyllic
simple,peaceful
galvanize
excite or arouse to activity
encumbrance
burden, handicap, load
gaudy
showy, flashy
forty winks
a short nap
condescend
stoop, lower oneself
candor
frankness, honesty
mortify
embarrass, humiliate
jocose
humorous, merry
malign
embarrass, humiliate
from pillar to post
from one place to another
omnipotent
almighty, unlimited in power or authority
zenith
summit, top, prime
fledgling
little known, newly developed
peremptory
absolute, compulsory, binding
precedent
Customs of behavior
in the lap of the gods
out of one's own hands
wheedle
coax, persuade, cajole
rustic
countrified, unpolished
jubilant
joyful, in high spirits
decorum
politeness, correct behavior
charlatan
pretender, fraud
Achilles heel
weak spot
Heresy
unbelief, dissent, lack of faith
prudent
wise, cautious
ostensible
outward, pretended, seeming
fervid
intense, enthusiastic, passionate
spurious
false, counterfeit, specious
cold shoulder
to disregard or ignore
propagate
produce, multiply, spread
anomaly
irregularity, abnormality
innocuous
harmless, mild, innocent
surfeit
excess, superabundance
milieu
environment; atmosphere; Ex. restraurant with a pleasant ambience; ADJ. ambient: completely surrounding; Ex. ambient temperature
without rhyme or reason
making no sense
strident
shrill, harsh, rough
Concomitant
accompanying
lassitude
weariness, fatigue
deleterious
bad, harmful
efficacy
power of authority
swan song
final or last
dissent
differ, disagree, protest
ferment
uproar, agitation, turmoil
attenuated
weakened, thinned
arbiter
judge
incumbent
morally required
to get the sack
to be discharged or fired
profound
deep, intense
alleviate
make easier, lighten
prodigious
extraordinary, enormous
expedite
carry out promptly
celerity
speed, rapidity
ivory tower
isolated from life; not in touch with life's problems
Usurp
seize, annex, grab
paltry
petty, worthless
condone
excuse, pardon
trivial
of little importance, insignificant
bizarre
fantastic, odd
menial
humble, degrading
venerable
respected, worshiped
extraneous
foreign, not belonging
ambiguous
vague, undefined, not specific
succinct
brief, concise
the writing on the wall
an incident or event that shows what will happen in the future
archaic
out of date
emulate
rival
Facetious
comical, humourous, witty
rabid
fanatical, furious, mad
salubrious
healthful, wholesome
on the bandwagon
joining with the majority
complacent
self-satisfied
somber
gloomy, sad
debilitate
weaken
Impetuous
impulsive
occult
secrete, mysterious, supernatural
to hit the nail on the head
to state or guess something correctly
discreet
careful, cautious, prudent
foment
stir up, instigate
glean
gather, collect
quarry
something hunted or pursued
slovenly
disorderly, carelessly
on the dot
exactly on time
abjure
renounce, abstain from
reproach
rebuke, reprimand
penitent
regretful, confessing guilt
Evanescent
fleeting, passing, momentary
Tantamount
equivalent, identical
to take under one's wing
to become responsible for
propensity
disposition, inclination, bent
wary
watchful, shrewd
allay
calm, soothe
connoisseur
expect (a...)
deter
hinder, discourage
out of one's depth
in a situation that is too difficult to handle
site
location
vigil
wakeful watching
cumbersome
unwieldy, burdensome
interrogate
question
divulge
disclose, reveal
to take a leaf out of someone's book
to imitate or follow the example
Fluctuate
shift, alternate
Unmitigated
unrelieved, as bad as can be
commodious
large, spacious
antiquated
out-of-date, obsolete
disheveled
disorderly fight between two or more people
brass tacks
the real problem or situation
tenacious
tough, stubborn
facade
front, superficial appearance
asinine
silly, stupid
grimace
facial expression of disgust
calumny
false accusation, slander
hook, line and sinker
completely, all the way
pittance
small amount
au courant
up-to-date
fastidious
particular, choosy
noisome
foul, unwholesome
unkempt
untidy, neglected
lily-livered
cowardly
parable
a moralistic story
whimsical
humorous, witty
lampoon
ridicule
countenance
tolerate, approve
sanctimonious
hypocritically religious
to pull up stakes
to quite a place
Equanimity
calmness, self-control
Effrontery
boldness
nonentity
one of no importance
flabbergasted
astounded
debacle
ruin, collapse
to raise Cain
to cause trouble, make a fuss
vivacious
lively, gay
gaunt
thin, haggard
Mien
appearance, bearing
hirsute
hairy
refute
prove wrong or false
to leave no stone unturned
to try one's best, to make every effort
pensive
thoughtful, reflective
whet
stimulate or shock by an electric current; stimulate by shock; shock into action; stir up; coat with rust-resistant zinc by using electricity
stupor
daze, insensible condition
wince
draw back, flinch
cliche
a commonplace phrase
tongue in one's cheek
not to be sincere
genre
a certain form
candid
frank, open, honest
unsavory
disagreeable, offensive, morally bad
degrade
lower
Venial
pardonable, forgivable
keep a stiff upper lip
keep up courage, stand up to trouble
epitome
person or thing that embodies or represents the best
dexterity
mental or physical skill
grotesque
strange, bizarre, fantastic
compassion
sympathetically cheerful and cheering; kindly.
repugnant
distasteful, repulsive
to throw the book at someone
to give the maximum punishment
acme
peak
copious
ample, plentiful
vehemently
violently, eagerly, passionately
depict
portray
naive
unworldly, unsophisticated
terra firma
solid, firm land
perfidious
treacherous, false
covet
want, envy, wish
ingratiate
win confidence, charm
penury
poverty
ignominious
humiliating, disgraceful
in seventh heaven
the highest happiness or delight
confront
come face to face with
antipathy
dislike, distaste, hate
servile
slavish, submissive
volition
willpower, choice
sojourn
temporary stay
to tighten one's belt
to get set for bad times or poverty
austere
simple, unadorned, hard
felicitous
happy
halcyon
peacful, calm
tenable
supportive, defendable
superfluous
excessive, surplus
off the beaten track
not usual, out of the ordinary
motivate
inspire, stimulate, provoke
rationalize
use or give a reason other than the real one
Therapy
healing or curing process
nascent
beginning to exist or develop
Iconoclast
image-breaker, attacker of beliefs
a square peg in a round hole
an able man in the wrong job
Erudite
very scholarly
phobia
persistent fear
germane
appropriate, in close relationship to
vertigo
Dizziness
conductive
leading, helpful
to upset the apple cart
to overturn or disturb a plan or intention
glib
smooth of speech
homogenous
same or uniform
malleable
capable of being shaped or formed
legerdemain
sleight of hand, deceptive adroitness
trend
general direction
by hook or by crook
any way at all, at any cost
stagnant
motionless, dull, inactive
fatal
deadly, disastrous
passe
outmoded, old-fashioned
procrastinate
delay, put off
facet
one side or view of person or situation
to get up on the wrong side of the bed
to be in a bad mood
foist
pass as genuine
stigmatize
to mark with a disgrace
capitulate
surrender, make terms
audacity
boldness, darin
tantalize
tease or torment by offering something good, but not deliver
castles in the air
a dream about some wonderful future
retort
to answer, reply
reticent
silent or reserved
tacit
understood, implied, not stated
chicanery
trickery, underhandedness
docile
easy to manage
to maintain the status quo
to keep things as they are
saga
heroic story
belated
late, delayed
decrepit
broken down, worn out
imperturbable
calm, steady, serene
vacillate
hesitate, fluctuate
a sacred cow
a person or thing that can not be criticized
staunch
strong, trusty, firm
opprobrium
scorn, insult
Machiavellian
governed by opportunity, not principled
unconscionable
without conscience, unreasonable
pandemonium
disorder, uproar
through thick and thin
in spite of all sort of difficulties
flay
strip off skin, scold harshly
demeanor
conduct, bearing
delineation
sketch, description in words
vindicate
absolve, justify
Heinous
hatefully, evil
to take by storm
to make a fast impression
turpitude
vileness, evil wickedness
infraction
violation
callous
unfeeling
redress
to right a wrong, remedy
vituperation
blame, abuse
to be in fine fettle
to be in high spirits, of feeling well
rhetoric
exaggeration
clique
small, exclusive group of people
extol
praise highly
mentor
counselor, coach, tutor
facile
easily accomplished or attained
to live in a fool's paradise
to be happy without a real basis
cant
insincere or almost meaningless talk
umbrage
resentment, offense
magnanimous
generous, noble
vilify
malign, slander
Elucidate
to make clear
the sum and substance
the heart or substantial part
vapid
uninteresting, dull
unwieldy
bulky, difficult to handle
proximity
Nearness
lassitude
weak
vitiate
destroy the use or value
on pins and needles
to be on edge, jumpy
augment
enlarge, increase
fatuous
foolish, silly, inane
contort
twist violently
repertoire
works that an artist is ready to perform
imperceptible
extreme slight or gradual
to have at one's fingertips
to have thorough knowledge, to have ready
Curry
to seek favor by flattery
pall
cease to please, become dull
Succulent
juicy
satiety
excess, overly full, surfeit
instrinsic
within itself, inherent
a pretty kettle of fish
a mess, troubles
potpourri
medley, mixture
sanction
endorse, certify
denote
indicate, show, mean
allude
hint, suggestion, inference
insidious
sly, seductive, treacherous
the acid test
a severe test
propriety
suitability, correctness
advent
the coming of an important event
impious
lacking respect, irreverent
proffer
offer for acceptance
spate
rush, flood
a blind alley
a direction that leads nowhere
shibboleth
pet phrase, slogan
bogus
counterfeit, fake
substantiate
confirm, ratify
nutritive
having nourishing properties
raucous
harsh, shrill
to twist around one's finger
to control completely
quandary
doubt, dilemma
callous
hardened, unfeeling
expedient
advisable, fit
negligible
inconsiderable
blase
indifferent, not responsive to excitement
to do one's heart good
to make one feel happy or better
ennui
Boredom
comely
beautiful, handsome
frenetic
frantic, frenzied
artifice
strategy, trickery
diversity
variety, change
worth one's weight in gold
extremely valuable, very useful
qualm
twinge of conscience
expurgate
remove objectionable parts or passages
begrudge
to be resentful or reluctant
artless
innocent, naive
gratuity
tip
to make the best of a bad bargain
to change or go along with a poor situation
manifest
evident, obvious
delve
dig, do research
capricious
fanciful, whimsical
Requisite
requirement
replenish
to fill again, to restock
to make ends meet
to manage on a given income
roster
a list of names
stunted
held back in growth
atrophy
waste away
maim
disable, cripple
ameliorate
to make better or more tolerable
to burn the midnight oil
to study or work until very late
cynic
skeptic
unctuous
affectedly emotional
benevolent
kindly, charitable
subservient
servile, obsequious
iniquity
injustice, to do wrong
to lay one's cards on the table
to talk frankly
largess
gift, liberality
criterion
model, standard, test
repent
regret, desire to make amends
mollify
pacify, appease
mercenary
motivated by desire for gain
a bolt from the blue
a great surprise
pariah
social outcast
aloof
distant, apart, reserved
pragmatic
practical, based on experience
vestige
trace, evidence
guise
manner, appearance, mien
to tell tales out of school
to reveal harmful secrets
nullify
abolish, cancel
deluge
to flood
futility
uselessness
carnage
slaughter
to build upon sand
to have a poor base
libel
degradation by writing or publishing
defamatory
damaging character by false reports
plaintiff
accuser
canard
a made-up sensational story
a pretty kettle of fish
a messy situation
reputed
believed
frail
delicate, weak
potent
powerful, strong, intense
excoriate
criticize severely
devout
religious
to toe the mark
to obey or stick to a rule or policy
diminutive
tiny, small
profuse
overflowing, abundant
dulcet
sweet or melodious to the ear
impromptu
offhand, spur of the moment
Malevolent
ill-intensioned
to be under a cloud
to be in temporary trouble
wistful
wishful
raiment
dress, clothing
Brigand
robber, bandit
corpulent
fleshy, obese, excessively fat
rail
scold, use abusive language
to flog a dead horse
to continue to make an issue of something that is over
raconteur
a skilled storyteller
sullen
ill-humored
rift
a split, an opening
emissary
an agent
ruminate
ponder, reflect upon
the die is cast
an unchangeable decision has been made
taut
tense, keyed up, on edge
livid
pale
martinet
strict disciplinarian
yen
strong desire, strong longing
bagatelle
a trifle
a cat's paw
a person used as a tool or dupe
callow
youthful, inexperienced
appalled
dismayed, shocked
penchant
a strong leaning in favor
decapitate
behead
termangent
a scolding woman, a shrew
coup de grace
the finishing stroke
ascertain
discover, find out about
dormant
resting, asleep
burgeoned
flourished, grew
potentate
ruler
disseminate
spread, scatter
straight from the shoulder
in a direct, open way
derived
descended from
prerogative
an exclusive right or power
nepotism
favoritism toward relatives
dearth
scarcity, lack
internecine
involving conflict within a group, mutually destructive
tyro
beginner, novice
sophistry
false reasoning or argument
factitious
sham, artificial
encomium
high praise
obloquy
disgrace, shame, dishonor
to draw in one's horns
to become cautius
hyperbole
exaggerated figure of speech
minificent
generous
prevarication
deviation from the truth
charism
quality of leadership inspiring enthusiasm
genocide
planned destruction of an entire people
to throw cold water
to discourage a plan or idea