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1

Reveler

a person who is enjoying themselves in a lively and noisy way.

The city's traditional Labor Day bash usually attracts more than 100,000 revelers.

2

Lustily

in a strong, healthy, vigorous way; heartily

Fans cheered lustily.

3

Dexterous

demonstrating neat skill, especially with the hands.

Dexterous accordion playing.

deft, adept, adroit, agile, nimble, skillfu.

4

Fodder

food, especially dried hay or feed, for cattle and other livestock.

5

Etch

1. engrave (metal, glass, or stone) by coating it with a protective layer.

The metal is etched with a dilut acid.

2. cut or carve (a text or design) on a surface.

Her initials were etched on the table.

6

Enfold

surround, envelop

He shut off the engine and silence enfolded them.

engulf, envelop

7

Whisker

1. a long projecting hari or bristle growing from the face or snout of many mammals.

2. a very small amount.

They won the election by a whisker.

8

Befoul

make dirty; pollute

They befoul our water with mining.

9

Headlong

1. with the head foremost. head first

He fell headlong into the tent.

2. in a rush; with reckless haste.

A headlong dash through the house.

 

10

Gallop

the fastest pace of a horse or other quadruped, with all the feet off the ground together in each stride.

The horse broken into a furious gallop.

11

Retch

make the sound and movement of vomiting.

The sour taste made her retch.

 

12

Valiant

possessing or showing courage or determination.

She made a valiant effort to hold her anger in check.

13

Avarice

extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

 

14

Sloop

a one-masted sailboat with a fore-and-aft mainsail and a jib.

15

Nonplus

surprise and confuse (someone) so much that they are unsure how to react.

Diane was nonplussed by such an odd question.

16

Redoubt

a temporary or supplementary fortification, typically square or polygonal and without flanking defenses.

 

17

Barbican

the outer defense of a castle or walled city, especially a double tower above a gate or drawbridge.

18

Quay (key)

a concrete, stone or metal platform lying alongside or projecting into water for loading and unloading ships.

 

19

Arbor

a shady garden alcove with sides and roof formed by trees or climbing plants trained over a wooden framework

20

Granary

a storehouse for threshed grain

21

Stead

the place or role that someone or something should have or fill (used in referring to a substitute)

You wish to have him superseded and to be appointed in his stead.

22

Crone

an old woman who is thin and ugly.

 

23

Supersede

take the place of; supplant

The older models have now been superseded.

24

Bodice

the part of a woman's dress (excluding sleeves) that is above the waist.

25

Portcullis

a strong, heavy grating sliding up and down in vertical grooves, lowered to block a gateway to a fortress or town.

26

Postern

a back or side entrance

A small postern door.

27

Wince

give a slight involuntary grimace or shrinking movement of the boday out of or in anticipation of pain or distress.

He winced at the disgust in her voice.

28

Contrive

create or bring about (an object or a situation) by deliberate use of skill and artifice

His opponents contrived a crisis.

 

29

Presage

(of an event) be a sign or warning that (something, typically something bad) will happen

The outcome of the game presaged the coming year.

portend, augur, foreshadow, foretell, prophesy

30

Stud

decorate or augment (something) with many studs or similar small objects.

A dagger studded with precious diamonds.

31

Hyperbole

exaggerated statements or claims not meant to be taken literally.

exaggeration, overstatement, rhetoric.

32

Tantalize

1. torment or tease (someone) with the sight or promise of something that is unobtainable.

Such ambitious questions have long tantalized the world's best thinkers.

2. excite the senses or desiries of (someone)

She still tantalized him.

 

33

Trample

tread on and crush

The fence had been trampled down.

 

34

Sunder

split apart.

His father and he were sundered by religious differences.

35

Taboo

n. v. adj.

a social or religious custom prohibiting or forbidding discussion of a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing.

Traditional societies taboo female handling of food during this period.

 

36

Hawk

carry around and offer (goods) for sale, typically advertising them by shouting.

Street traders were hawking costume jewelry.

peddle, sell, tout, vend

37

Shudder

(of a person) tremble convulsively, typically as a result of fear or revulsion.

I shuddered with horror

38

Slack

1. not taut or held tightly in position; loose

A slack rope.

2. (of business) characterized by a lack of work or activity; quiet

Business was rather slack.

39

Jovial

cheerful and friendly.

She was in a jovial mood.

40

Bespeak

(of an appearance or action) suggest; be evidence of

The attractive tree-lined road bespoke money.