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Convivial


adj.
1. Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable. See Synonyms at social.
2. Merry; festive: a convivial atmosphere at the reunion.

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Animus

n
1. intense dislike; hatred; animosity.
2. motive, intention, or purpose, disposition.
3. (Psychology) (in Jungian psychology) the masculine principle present in the female unconscious.

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Vapid


adj.
1. Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest; dull: vapid conversation.
2. Lacking taste, zest, or flavor; flat: vapid beer.

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Parochial

adj.
1. Of, relating to, supported by, or located in a parish.
2. Of or relating to parochial schools.
3. Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook; provincial: parochial attitudes.

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Saunter

intr.v.
To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll.
n.
1. A leisurely pace.
2. A leisurely walk or stroll.

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Sanctimonious

adj.
Feigning piety or righteousness.
Affecting piety or making a display of holiness.


"a solemn, unsmiling, sanctimonious old iceberg that looked like he was waiting for a vacancy in the Trinity" (Mark Twain).

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Antediluvian

adj.
1. Extremely old and antiquated. See Synonyms at old.
2. Bible Occurring or belonging to the era before the Flood.

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Affability


adj.
1. Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
2. Gentle and gracious: an affable smile.

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Loath


adj.
Unwilling or reluctant; disinclined: I am loath to go on such short notice.

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Repine


intr.v.
1. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
2. To yearn after something: Immigrants who repined for their homeland.

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Approbation


n
1. An expression of warm approval, commendation; praise.
2. official recognition or approval.
3. an obsolete word for proof.

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Minatory


adj.
Of a menacing or threatening nature; minacious.

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Superintend


tr.v.
To oversee and direct; supervise.

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Quadrille


n.
1. A square dance of French origin composed of five sections and performed by four couples.
2. Music for this dance in 6/8 and 2/4 time.


a meeting of four or more persons; a band, troop, or company; a dance performed by four couples, 1773; a group of four horsemen, 1738; a square dance.

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Apprise


tr.v.
To give notice to; inform: "apprised us of our rights."

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Disavow


vb
1. (tr) to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for

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Flagitious


adj.
1. Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
2. Infamous; scandalous: "That remorseless government persisted in its flagitious project" (Robert Southey).

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Calumniate


tr.v.
To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about. malign. slander.

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Indenture


n.
1. A contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term. Often used in the plural.
2.
a. A document in duplicate having indented edges.
b. A deed or legal contract executed between two or more parties.
c. An official or authenticated inventory, list, or voucher.
3. Indentation.
tr.v.
1. To bind into the service of another by indenture.

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Manumit


tr.v.
To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate.

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Desuetude


n
1. the condition of not being in use or practice; disuse: "those ceremonies had fallen into desuetude."

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Peregrination

v.intr.
To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot and with the suggestion of a roundabout route.
v.tr.
To travel through or over; traverse.

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Meritorious


adj
1. praiseworthy; showing merit

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Abrogation


tr.v.
To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

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Recapitulate

1. to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize.
2. to repeat (ancestral evolutionary stages) during embryonic development or during a life cycle.
v.i.
3. to sum up statements or matters.

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Praetorian

adj.
venal, corruptible.
Characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality.

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Talion


n.
A punishment identical to the offense, as the death penalty for murder.
Retaliation.

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Condole

v.
1. to express sympathy with a person suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief (usu. fol. by with).

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Travail


n.
1. Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil.
2. Tribulation or agony; anguish.
3. The labor of childbirth.
intr.v.
1. To work strenuously; toil.
2. To be in the labor of childbirth.

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Contrive


1. to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent: to contrive a means of escape.
2. to bring about by a plan, scheme, etc.; manage: He contrived to gain their votes.
3. to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).

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Droll


adj
1. amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical, whimsically humorous; waggish.

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Accost


tr.v.
1. To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request. Confront boldly.
2.to approach with a greeting, question, or remark.
3.To solicit for sex
n.
1.a greeting

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Epigrammatic

Adj. 1. terse and witty and like a maxim

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Bestir


tr.v.
To cause to become active; rouse: "finally bestirred himself to look for work."

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Clout

n.
1. a blow with the hand or a hard object
2. power or influence, esp in politics

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Drivel

v.intr.
1. To slobber; drool.
2. To flow like spittle or saliva.
3. To talk stupidly or childishly.
n.
1. Saliva flowing from the mouth.
2. Stupid or senseless talk.

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Acquiesce


intr.v.
To consent or comply passively or without protest. (usu. foll. by in or to)

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Benefaction


n
1. the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity
2. the donation or help given

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Encumber


1. to impede or hinder; hamper.
2. to block up or fill with superfluous or obstructive things.
3. to weigh down; burden.
4. to burden with obligations, debt, etc.

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Edifying

Adj. 1. enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"

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Vitreous

Adj.
1. of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, or glossiness: "vitreous china."

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Lascivious


adj.
1. Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
2. Exciting sexual desires; salacious.

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Patrician

n.
1. A person of refined upbringing, manners, and tastes.
2. A member of an aristocracy; an aristocrat.
3. A member of one of the noble families of the ancient Roman Republic, which before the third century b.c. had exclusive rights to the Senate and the magistracies.

adj.
1.aristocratic.
2.oligarchic and often antidemocratic or nonpopular: patrician political views.

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Precarious

Adj.
1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain: "a precarious livelihood."
2. dangerous because insecure or unsteady.
3. based upon insufficient evidence.
4. dependent on the will of another.

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Sycophantic

Adj. 1. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery.
bootlicking, fawning, obsequious, toadyish

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Garrote

n., v.
1. a method of execution in which an iron collar is tightened around a person's neck until death occurs.
2. the collarlike instrument used for this.
3. strangulation or throttling, esp. in the course of a robbery.
4. a cord or wire used for strangling.
v.t.
5. to execute or stangle with the garrote.

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Muckrake

vb
to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures

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Incommode

v.
1. to inconvenience or discomfort; disturb; trouble.

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Hew


vb
1. to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
2. (often foll by: out) to shape or carve from a substance
3. (tr; often foll by away, down, from, off, etc) to sever from a larger or another portion
4. (often foll by: to) US and Canadian to conform (to a code, principle, etc)

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean?

1. dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain.
2. dangerous because insecure or unsteady.
3. based upon insufficient evidence.
4. dependent on the will of another.

Precarious

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

1. to impede or hinder; hamper.
2. to block up or fill with superfluous or obstructive things.
3. to weigh down; burden.
4. to burden with obligations, debt, etc.

Encumber

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

to seek out and expose scandal, esp concerning public figures

Muckrake

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Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to strike (something, esp wood) with cutting blows, as with an axe
2. to cleave, to carve
3. to conform (to a code, principle, etc)

Hew

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Seclude


vb (tr)
1. to remove from contact with others
2. to shut off or screen from view, make private.

54

Which word means:


menacing or threatening?

Minatory

56

Which word means?

1. An expression of warm approval, commendation; praise.
2. official recognition or approval.

Approbation

61

Which word means:

Unwilling or reluctant?

Loath

63

Which of your words mean:

Feigning piety or righteousness.

Sanctimonious

65

Which one of your vocabulary words mean:

To consent or comply passively or without protest

Acquiesce

66

Which word means:

1. To be discontented or low in spirits; complain or fret.
2. To yearn after something.

Repine

73

Which of your words mean:

1. Easy and pleasant to speak to; approachable.
2. Gentle and gracious.

Affability

79

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

to inconvenience or discomfort; disturb; trouble.

Incommode

80

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?


the act of doing good, esp by giving a donation to charity

Benefaction

81

Which word means:

A leisurely stroll?

Saunter

82

Which word means:

Narrowly restricted in scope or outlook.

Parochial

83

Which of your words mean:

1. intense dislike; hatred; animosity.
2. motive, intention, or purpose, disposition.

Animus

89

Which of your words mean:

Extremely old and antiquated.

Antediluvian

90

Which of your words mean
1.Fond of feasting, drinking, and good company; sociable.
2. Merry; festive.

Convivial

92

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to plan with ingenuity; devise; invent.
2. to bring about by a plan, scheme, etc.; manage
3. to plot (evil, treachery, etc.).

Contrive

93

Which one of your words mean:
Lacking liveliness, animation, or interest

Vapid

95

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical.

Droll

96

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

To talk stupidly or childishly.


Drivel

98

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?


To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about. malign. slander.

Calumniate

99

Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery.

Sycophantic

101

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. the condition of not being in use or practice; disuse.

Desuetude

102

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement

Edifying

103

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?


n.
1. A contract binding one party into the service of another for a specified term.
2.
a. A document in duplicate having indented edges.
b. A deed or legal contract executed between two or more parties.
c. An official or authenticated inventory, list, or voucher.


Indenture

106

Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1.aristocratic.
2.oligarchic and often antidemocratic or nonpopular

Patrician

107

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. Characterized by extremely brutal or cruel crimes; vicious.
2. Infamous; scandalous.

Flagitious

108

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

of the nature of or resembling glass, as in transparency, brittleness, hardness, or glossiness:

Vitreous

109

Which one of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to remove from contact with others
2. to shut off or screen from view, make private.

Seclude

110

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

terse and witty and like a maxim

Epigrammatic

111

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

n., v.
1. a method of execution in which an iron collar is tightened around a person's neck until death occurs.
2. the collarlike instrument used for this.
3. strangulation or throttling, esp. in the course of a robbery.
4. a cord or wire used for strangling.

Garrote

112

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?


1. Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
2. Exciting sexual desires; salacious.

Lascivious

114

Which of your following words mean the following?

A punishment identical to the offense.
Retaliation.

Talion

115

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

To oversee and direct; supervise.

Superintend

117

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

venal, corruptible.

Praetorian

118

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to express sympathy with a person suffering sorrow, misfortune, or grief

Condole

119

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. a blow with the hand or a hard object
2. power or influence, esp in politics

Clout

121

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. praiseworthy; showing merit

Meritorious

122

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?


To cause to become active; rouse

Bestir

123

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to review by a brief summary, as at the end of a speech or discussion; summarize.
2. to repeat during embryonic development or during a life cycle.

Recapitulate

125

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. Work, especially when arduous or involving painful effort; toil.
2. Tribulation or agony; anguish.
3. The labor of childbirth.

Travail

127

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. To approach and speak to boldly or aggressively, as with a demand or request.

Accost

132

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

To abolish, do away with, or annul, especially by authority.

Abrogation

133

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

tr.v.
To free from slavery or bondage; emancipate.

Manumit

137

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

1. to deny knowledge of, connection with, or responsibility for

Disavow

138

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

A square dance composed of five sections and performed by four couples.

Quadrille

141

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

To give notice to; inform.

Apprise

149

Which of your vocabulary words mean the following?

To journey or travel from place to place, especially on foot and with the suggestion of a roundabout route.

Peregrination