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1

embroider

decorate with needlework; ornament with fancy or fictitious details

2

espouse

adopt; support

3

extrapolation

projection; conjecture

4

flaunt

display ostentatiously

5

gambit

opening in chess in which a piece is sacrificed

6

hamper

obstruct

7

impassive

without feeling; imperturbable; stoical

8

incendiary

arsonist

9

inflammatory

likely to excite strong feelings, especially of anger; tending to arouse and excite the emotions; fiery

10

inundate

overwhelm; flood; submerge

11

languish

lose animation; lose strength

12

maladjusted

poorly adjusted; unable to adjust properly to the stresses of daily life

13

mire

entangle; stick in swampy ground

14

nascent

incipient; coming into being

15

oligarchy

government by a privileged few

16

panache

flair; flamboyance

17

perorate

to lecture, give a sermon, to speak formally

18

pliable

flexible; yielding; adaptable

19

presentiment

feeling something will happen; anticipatory fear; premonition

20

provident

having foresight, prudent, parsimonious, frugal

21

ramshackle

rickety; falling apart

22

relic

surviving remnant; memento

23

retribution

vengeance; compensation; punishment for offenses

24

schism

division; split

25

sobriety

moderation (especially regarding indulgence in alcohol); seriousness

26

stout

plump; stocky

27

swagger

behave arrogantly or pompously; strut or walk proudly

28

thunderstruck

struck with amazement, terror

29

tutelage

guardianship; training

30

vagary

an erratic, unpredictable action; idea; whim; wild notion

31

waif

homeless child or animal

32

acronym

a word created from the initials of other words

33

anesthetic

substance that removes sensation with or without loss of consciousness

34

astute

wise; shrewd; keen

35

bbesiege

surround with armed forces; harass (with requests)

36

callous

hardened; unfeeling

37

clasp

fastening device; firm grip

38

congenital

existing at birth

39

countervail

to counteract; to be useful or successful

40

dejected

lacking hope; in low spirits; depressed

41

distraught

upset; distracted by anxiety

42

embroil

throw into confusion; involve in strife; entangle

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espy

discover; to glimpse; to catch sight of

44

extricate

free; disentangle

45

fledgling

inexperienced

46

gamely

bravely; with spirit

47

haphazard

random; unsystematic; aimless

48

impeach

charge with crime in office; indict

49

incense

enrage; infuriate

50

inflated

exaggerated; pompous; enlarged (with air or gas)