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disrepute
n. state of not being reputable
flout
v. show contempt for
antithesis
opposite view
contentious
adj. controversial
diffuse
adj. widespread
flaccid
adj. floppy
flippant
adj. playfully annoying
captious
adj. hard to please
dictum
"n. watchword, saying"
amenable
adj. open to persuasion
disavow
v. claim not to have knowledge of
foible
n. small weakness
askance
"adj. sideways, at an angle"
dispassionate
adj. emotionless
countervail
v. act against with equal force
diffidence
n. state of not caring
anterior
adj. at the front of
hypothetical
adj. existing only in theory
grievous
adj. outrageous
clamor
n. the yell of a crowd
cull
v. kill a proportion of the population of
feral
adj. like a wild animal
abate
v. reduce
counteract
v. act in opposition to
dilapidated
"adj. old, falling apart"
goad
v. tease
anarchist
n. one who believes in lawless society
fecund
"adj. fertile, able to produce offspring"
trajectory
"path through the air, a course"
actuate
v. set in motion
diatribe
n. stream of angry words
antagonism
n. state of hostility
espy
to see from afar
effulgent
adj. shining brightly
excavate
v. dig out
anachronism
thing or behavior that is out of its time
embezzle
v. steal money entrusted to you
accretion
n. growth
enfranchise
v. allow to vote
clairvoyant
able to see the future
retaliate
"v. repay evil with a similar evil, to pay back in kind"
euphemism
n. polite substitute for an unacceptable statement
transmute
"v. change, transform"
prolific
adj. producing in large quantities or with great frequency
undermine
v. subvert in an underhand way
sinecure
n. job with few responsibilities
infamous
"adj. ill-famed, notorious, disreputable"
effervescent
"adj. bubbly, lively"
duress
n. state of unwillingness
extrude
v. draw out through a shaped hole
castigate
scold; inflict severe punishment on; censure or criticize harshly
divisive
adj. apt to divide things
antiseptic
adj. killing germs
bilk
"v. rip off, cheat"
panoply
n. impressive array
prostrate
adj. lying face down
inarticulate
adj. finding it hard to speak
anthology
n. collection of texts eg poetry
debacle
n. embarrassing episode
becalm
v. cause to become immobile
conformist
n. one who conforms to rules
blandish
"persuade through flattery, cajole"
defamatory
"adj. insulting, libellous"
deplete
"v. reduce or lessen, as by use, exhaustion, or waste"
consanguineous
adj. being a blood relative
inquisitor
n. one who conducts a formal investigation
interpose
v. place between
usury
n. the practise of lending money for profit
laudatory
adj. praising
seminal
"influential, at the beginning of a trend or movement"
jocular
adj. in a jokey spirit
paradigm
n. example
behemoth
n. enormous monster
emollient
adj. soothing
travesty
n. outrageous injustice