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1

Ditto

a similar thing; a duplicate.

2

Mangle

severely mutilate, disfigure, or damage by cutting, tearing, or crushing.

The car was mangled almost beyond recognition.

mutilate, maim, disfigure, damage, injure, crush

3

Stink

have a strong unpleasant smell.

The place stank like a sewer.

stink, stank, stunk

4

Bicker

argue about petty and trivial matters.

Whenever the phone rings, they bicker over who must answer it.

quarrel, argue, squabble, wrangle, fight, dispute.

5

Stoop

1. v. bend one's head or body forward and downward.

He stooped down and reached toward the coin.

2. n. a porch with steps in front of a house or other building.

We sat on the front stoop and watched the passers-by.

6

Sinister

Giving the impression that something harmful or evil is happening or will happen.

There was something sinister about that murmuring voice.

menacing, threatening, ominous, forbidding, baleful, frightening. alarming, disturbing, disquieting, dark.

7

Promontory

a point of high land that juts out into a large body of water

headland

8

Rampart

a defensive all of a castle or walled city, having a broad top with a walking way and typically a stone parapet.

The castle's stony ramparts.

9

Impervious

not allowing fluid to pass through.

An impervious layer of basaltic clay.

impermeable, impenetrable, impregnable, waterproof

10

Pommel

a rounded knob on the end of the handle of a sword, dagger, or old-fashioned gun.

11

Musty

having a stale, moldy, or damp smell.

A dark, musty library filled with old books.

 

12

Taint

1. n. a trace of a bad or undersirable quality or substance.

The taint of corruption that adhered to the regime.

2. v. contaminate or pollute

The air was tainted by fumes from the cars.

13

Prance

1. n. (of a horse) move with high springy steps.

The pony was prancing around the paddock.

2. n. (or a person) walk or move around with ostentatious, exaggerated movements.

She pranced around the lounge impersonateing her favorite pop starts.

14

Rascal

a mischievous or cheeky person, especially a child or man (typically used in an affectionate way)

 

15

Cramp

1. n. a painful, involuntary contraction of muscle or muscles, typically caused by fatigue or strin.

He suffered severe cramps in his foot.

2. v. restrict or inhibit the development of

Tighter rules will cramp economic growth.

 

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Morbid

characterized by or appealing to an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease.

He had long held a morbid fascination with the horrors of contemporary warfare.

ghoulish, macabre, unhealthy, gruesome, unwholesome

17

Amicable

(of relations between people) having a spirit of friendliness; without serious disagreement or rancor.

There will be an amicable settlement of the disput.

18

Stifle

1. make (someone) unable to breathe properly

Those in the streets were stifled by the fumes.

suffocate, choke, asphyxiate, smother, gag

2. v. restrain (a reaction) or stop oneself acting on (an emotion)

She stifled a giggle.

19

Perchance

by some chance; perhaps

We dare not go ashore lest perchance we should fall into some snare.

20

Throb

beat or sound with a strong, regular rhythm; pulsate steadily.

The war drums throbbed.

21

Broom

a long-handled brush of bristles or twigs used for sweeping.

Mops and brooms.

22

Guffaw

 n. v. a loud and boisterous laugh

He guffawed at his own punch line.

Both men guffaw at the remark.

23

Bile

anger; irrtability

That topic is sure to stir up plenty of bile.

24

Wean

accustom (someone) to managing without something on which they have become dependent or of which they have become excessively fond.

The doctor tried to wean her off the sleeping pills.

25

Unctuous

(of a person) excessively or ingratiatingly flattering; oily.

He seemed anxious to please but not in an unctuous way.

sycohantic, ingratiating, obsequious, fawning

26

Clasp

grasp (something) tightly with one's hand.

He clasped her arm.

grasp, grip, clutch, hold tightly

27

Clutch

grasp or seize (something) tightly or eagerly.

He stood clutching a microphone.

28

Caprice

a sudden and unaccountable change of mood or behavior.

Her caprices had made his life impossible.

 

29

Luxuriant

(of vegetation) rich and profuse in growth; lush.

Forests of dark, luxuriant foliage.

30

Bleat

(of a sheep, goat, or calf) make a characteristic wavering cry.

The lamb was bleating weakly.

31

Canter

a three-beat gait of horse or other quadruped between a trot and a gallop

He kicked his horse into a canter.

32

Squint

look at someone or something with one or both eyes partly closed in an attempt to see more clearly or as a reaction to strong light.

The bright sun made them squint.

33

Qualm

an uneasy feeling of doubt, worry, or fear, especially about one's own conduct; a misgiving.

Military regimes generally have no qualms about controlling the press.

misgivings, doubts, reservations, second thoughts.

 

34

Verdant

(of countryside) green with grass or other rich vegetation

A deep, verdant green.

 

35

Hamlet

a small settlement, generally one smaller than a village.

36

Ting

a sharp, clear ringing sound, such as when a glass is struck by a metal object.

37

Banter

the playful and friendly exchange of teasing remarks.

There was much singing and good-natured banter.

38

Spoor

1. n. the track or scent of an animal

They searched around the hut for a spoor.

2. v. follow the track or scent of (an animal or person)

Take the spear, he set off to spoor the man.

39

Cathartic

providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis

Crying is a cathartic release.

40

Precipitous

1. dangerously high or steep

The precipitous cliffs of the North Atlantic coast.

2. (of an action) done suddenly and without careful consideration

Precipitous intervention.