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privy
adj. (followed by `to') informed about something secret or not generally known; hidden from general view or use;
feigned
adj. not genuine
quiver
noun. a shaky motion; verb. shake with fast, tremulous movements;
snobbish
adj. characteristic of those who incline to social exclusiveness and who consider other people inferior
parcel
verb. make into a wrapped container; cover with strips of canvas; divide into parts
riotous
adj.unrestrained by convention or morality; characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination
glimpse
noun. a brief or incomplete view; a vague indication; a quick look;
scorn
noun. open disrespect for a person or thing; lack of respect accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike; verb. reject with contempt; look down on with disdain
flabby
adj. out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
foul
adj disgustingly dirty; characterized by obscenity; highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
abortive
adj. failing to accomplish an intended result
sorrow
noun. an emotion of great sadness associated with loss or bereavement; sadness associated with some wrong done or some disappointment;
elation
noun. a feeling of joy and pride; an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
ragged
adj. having an irregular outline; worn out from stress or strain; being or dressed in clothes that are worn or torn
commute
noun. a regular journey of some distance to and from your place of work;
epigram
noun. a witty saying
slender
adj. being of delicate or slender build; small in quantity;having little width in proportion to the length or height; very narrow;
eyesore
noun. something very ugly and offensive
reproach
noun. a mild rebuke or criticism; disgrace or shame;verb. express criticism towards
scarce
adj. deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand; not enough; hard to find; adv. by a small margin
supercilious
adj. expressive of contempt; having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy
effeminate
adj. having unsuitable feminine qualities
swank
adj. imposingly fashionable and elegant; noun. elegance by virtue of being fashionable; verb. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
leverage
noun. investing with borrowed money as a way to amplify potential gains (at the risk of greater losses); strategic advantage; gruff
husky
adj. muscular and heavily built; deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion;
fractious
adj. unpredictably difficult in operation; easily irritated or annoyed
harsh
adj. sharply disagreeable; rigorous; severe; unkind or cruel or uncivil; unpleasantly stern
wistful
adj. showing pensive sadness
porch
noun. a structure attached to the exterior of a building often forming a covered entrance
sweep
verb. clean with a broom; smooth gliding motions;
fragile
adj. vulnerably delicate; easily broken or damaged or destroyed; lacking solidity or strength and liable to break
ajar
adj. slightly open
divan
noun. a long backless sofa (usually with pillows against a wall);
murmur
noun. a low continuous indistinct sound; often accompanied by movement of the lips without the production of articulate speech;
totter
verb. move without being stable, as if threatening to fall;move unsteadily, with a rocking motion; walk unsteadily
stun
verb. make senseless or dizzy by or as if by a blow;overcome as with astonishment or disbelief;
tribute
noun. something given or done as an expression of esteem; payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence
gay
adj offering fun and gaiety; full of or showing high spirited merriment; bright and pleasant; promoting a feeling of cheer; brightly colored and showy;
start
verb. move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
carriage
noun. a vehicle with wheels drawn by one or more horses; a machine part that carries something else; characteristic way of bearing one's body;
wan
adj. lacking vitality as from weariness or illness or unhappiness; abnormally deficient in color as suggesting physical or emotional distress;
languid
adj. lacking spirit or liveliness
fasten
verb. attach to; cause to be firmly attached; become fixed or fastened; make tight or tighter
awe
noun. an overwhelming feeling of wonder or admiration; a profound emotion inspired by a deity;
hulking
adj. of great size and bulk
utterly
adv. completely and without qualification; used informally as intensifiers
wink
noun. closing one eye quickly as a signal; a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
ferocious
adj. marked by extreme and violent energy
fervent
adj. extremely hot; characterized by intense emotion
infinitesimal
adj. infinitely or immeasurably small; noun.(mathematics) a variable that has zero as its limit
complacency
noun. the feeling you have when you are satisfied with yourself
linger
verb. take one's time; proceed slowly; remain present although waning or gradually dying; leave slowly and hesitantly
dusk
noun. the time of day immediately following sunset;
extemporizing.
compose, perform, or produce something such as music or a speech without preparation; improvise.
devoid
adj. completely lacking; completely wanting or lacking
subdued
adj. quieted and brought under control; lacking in light; in a softened tone;restrained in style or quality
flutter
verb. flag the wings rapidly or fly with flapping movements; wink briefly; move back and forth very rapidly;beat rapidly
gaiety
noun. a festive merry feeling; a gay feeling
stable
noun. a farm building for housing horses or other livestock;
startle
noun. a sudden involuntary movement; verb. to stimulate to action; move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm
shrill
adj. being sharply insistent on being heard; having or emitting a high-pitched and sharp tone or tones;
stroll
noun. a leisurely walk (usually in some public place); verb.walk leisurely and with no apparent aim
vigil
noun. the rite of staying awake for devotional purposes (especially on the eve of a religious festival); a period of sleeplessness; a purposeful surveillance to guard or observe
veranda
noun. a porch along the outside of a building (sometimes partly enclosed)
wicker
noun. work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches);
settee
noun. a small sofa; a long wooden bench with a back
feeble
adj. lacking strength; pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness; lacking physical strength or vitality; lacking strength or vigor
ether
noun. the fifth and highest element after air and earth and fire and water; was believed to be the substance composing all heavenly bodies
contributory
adj. tending to bring about; being partly responsible for
smirk
noun. a smile expressing smugness or scorn instead of pleasure; verb. smile affectedly or derisively
bloom
noun. a rosy color (especially in the cheeks) taken as a sign of good health;
inflect
verb. change the form of a word in accordance as required by the grammatical rules of the language; vary the pitch of one's speech
rotogravure
noun. printed material (text and pictures) produced by an intaglio printing process in a rotary press;
peremptorily
adv. in an imperative and commanding manner
libel
noun. a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person;
stale
adj. showing deterioration from age; lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new; no longer new; uninteresting;