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innuendo
n. statement that implies something bad indirectly
solicitous
adj. 1. showing care or interest 2. (archaic) eagerly wanting
lexicon
n. 1. all words used in a particular language or subject 2. dictionary
juxtaposition
the placing of one (esp. contrasting) thing next to another
irreverence
n. having or showing a lack of respect
raze
v. destroy down to ground level
laggard
n. lazy person, one who lags behind
uncanny
adj. 1. strange or mysterious, especially in an unsettling way 2. beyond normal, supernatural
negligent
adj. careless
militate
have a serious effect (in preventing sth or making it less likely to happen)
microcosm
n. small-scale view of the world
strident
adj. harsh, grating
toady
flatterer, sycophant
tangential
only touching slightly; divergent (from previous line or course)
judicious
wise in judgment, prudent
modicum
n. small amount of something espec. something good or desirable
infusion
n. introduction as if by pouring
negligible
adj. too small or unimportant to be worth considering
sacrosanct
adj. sacred
mettle
ability, determination (in competition, dealing with difficulties etc.)
saccharine
excessively sweet or sentimental; resembling sugar
misnomer
n. wrongly applied name
ostensible
appearing true but (possibly) not so
legerdemain
sleight of hand; prestidigitation
penitent
adj. wishing to atone for sins