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lynch
to kill someone by hanging them by the neck, even though they have not been proved guilty of any crime
modulate
To change the style, loudness, etc. of something such as your voice in order to achieve an effect or express an emotion.
penchant
A liking for, an enjoyment of, or a habit of doing something, especially something that other people might not like.
pertinent
Relating directly to the subject being considered.
presuppose
To accept that something is true before it has been proved.
promiscuous
demonstrating or implying an undiscriminating or unselective approach; indiscriminate or casual.
putative
Generally thought to be or to exist, even if this may not really be true.
radial
Spreading out from a central point.
rationale
the set of reasons that something such as a plan or belief is based on
conceptualize
To form an idea or principle in your mind.
splice
To join two pieces of rope, film, etc. together at their ends in order to form one long piece.
supersede
To replace something, especially something older or more old-fashioned.
synergy
the extra energy or effectiveness that people or businesses create when they combine their efforts
tracing
A copy of a drawing or pattern made by drawing over it through a piece of thin, transparent paper.
traverse
To move or travel through an area.
abridge
To make a book, play, or piece of writing shorter by removing details and information that is not important.
adjure
To ask or order someone to do something.
blanch
To turn pale, for example because you are shocked.
coterie
A small group of people with shared interests, often one that does not want other people to join them.
daedal
Ingenious and complex in design or function; intricate.
deism
The belief in a single god who does not act to influence events, and whose existence has no connection with religions, religious buildings, or religious books, etc.
duplicity
Dishonest talk or behaviour, especially by saying different things to two people.
extirpate
To remove or destroy something completely.
fallacy
An idea that a lot of people think is true but is in fact false.
finesse
Great skill or style.
fledgling
A young bird that has grown feathers and is learning to fly.
immaterial
Not important, or not relating to the subject you are thinking about.
jargon
Special words and phrases that are used by particular groups of people, especially in their work.
leitmotif
a tune that is repeated several times in a piece of music and represents a particular character or situation; something that is seen or heard very many times and so becomes a typical feature of a place, time, or person
listless
Having no energy and enthusiasm and unwilling to do anything needing effort.
conformist
behaving in a way that most people think is correct or suitable
nonplussed
so surprised and confused that you do not know what to do or say
pachyderm
A group of large mammals that includes elephants, rhinoceroses, and hippopotamuses.
paroxysm
A sudden and powerful expression of strong feeling, especially one that you cannot control.
proselytize
To try to persuade someone to change their religious or political beliefs or way of living to your own.
pungent
Describes a very strong smell or taste, sometimes one that is unpleasantly strong.
putrefy
To decay, producing a strong, unpleasant smell.
salubrious
Describes a place that is pleasant, clean, and healthy to live in.
satrap
A subordinate bureaucrat or official
serried
Pressed closely together, usually in lines.
supple
Bending or able to be bent easily; not stiff.
surcease
To bring or come to an end; stop.; Cessation.
syllogism
a statement that consists of three facts, the third of which is proved by the first two
transfix
To make a person or animal unable to move or stop looking at something because they are so interested, surprised, or frightened.
transitory
Lasting for only a short time.
tumid
Swollen; distended. Used of a body part or organ.; Overblown; bombastic
zealot
A person who has very strong opinions about something, and tries to make other people have them too.
ad nauseam
If someone discusses something __ __, they talk about it so much that it becomes very boring.
maintain
To declare to be true; affirm
aggrieved
Unhappy and angry because of unfair treatment.
antediluvian
before the great flood, ancient
canard
a false story or piece of information, especially one that is intended as a joke or to make someone stop respecting someone
cortege
A slowly moving line of people or cars at a funeral.
descry
to catch sight of; To discover by careful observation or scrutiny; detect:
distend
(usually of the stomach or other part of the body) to swell and become large (as if) by pressure from inside.
drowsy
feeling that you want to sleep
dupe
To deceive someone, usually by making that person do something that they did not intend to do.
eject
To force someone to leave a particular place.
epicene
Belonging to both sexes, or characteristic of the opposite sex.
evince
To make something obvious or show something clearly.
extravagant
Spending too much money, or using too much of something.
fauna
All the animals that live wild in a particular area.
feckless
Weak in character and lacking determination.
flicker
if a flame or light flickers, it does not burn evenly, or it goes on and off
fustian
A thick, rough cotton cloth that lasts for a long time.; pompous or pretentious speech or writing
gainsay
To refuse to accept something as the truth.
galvanize
To cause someone to suddenly take action, especially by shocking or exciting them in some way.
gestalt
a whole thing that is different from all its parts, and has qualities that are not present in any of its parts by themselves
gleeful
happy and excited, often because of someone else's bad luck
hidebound
Having fixed opinions and ways of doing things and not willing to change or be influenced, especially by new or modern ideas.
imbroglio
An unwanted, difficult, and confusing situation, full of trouble and problems.
incisive
Expressing an idea or opinion in a clear and direct way that shows good understanding of what is important.
ineffable
Causing so much emotion, especially pleasure, that it cannot be described.
infamy
The quality of being famous for something considered bad.
instructive
giving useful information about something
intrepid
Extremely brave and showing no fear of dangerous situations.
inundate
To give someone so much work or so many things that they cannot deal with it all.
irreverent
Not showing the expected respect for official, important, or holy things.; Critical of what is generally accepted or respected; satirical
lecherous
(especially of men) showing a strong sexual interest in someone.
lope
(of a person or animal) to run taking long, relaxed steps.
luscious
Having a pleasant sweet taste or containing a lot of juice.; Having strong sensual or sexual appeal; seductive.; Richly appealing to the senses or the mind
miasma
An unpleasant fog that smells bad.
milieu
The people, physical, and social conditions and events that provide the environment in which someone acts or lives.
muckraking
The activity, especially by newspapers and reporters, of trying to find out unpleasant information about people or organizations in order to make it public.
muse
To think about something carefully and for a long time.
mélange
A mixture, or a group of different things or people.
officious
Too eager to tell people what to do and having too high an opinion of your own importance.
onus
if the __ is on someone to do something, it is their responsibility or duty to do it
orderly
correctly or tidily arranged or organized
paralogism
A fallacious or illogical argument or conclusion.
pathos
The power of a situation, piece of writing, work of art or person to cause feelings of sadness, especially because of sympathy.
pique
A feeling of anger, especially caused by damage to your feeling of being proud of yourself.
protean
often changing and becoming very different
quibble
To argue about, or say you disapprove of, something that is not important.
quisling
A person who helps an enemy that has taken control of his or her country.
raffish
Not following usual social standards of behaviour or appearance, especially in a careless and attractive way.
rebuff
To refuse to accept a helpful suggestion or offer from someone, often by answering in an unfriendly way.
sardonic
Showing little respect in a humorous but unkind way, often because you think that you are too important to consider or discuss a matter.
senescent
Growing old; aging.
sequacious
(of a person) lacking independence or originality of thought.; slavish