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posit

v. assume as a fact; put forward as a basis of argument

2

gainsay

v. deny, dispute

3

wax

v. increase in extent, to grow/become

4

broach

v. raise for discussion (sensitive or difficult subject)

5

peruse

v. read thoroughly, casually

6

prevaricate

v. speak or act in an evasive way [he seemed to ____ when journalists asked pointed questions]

7

declaimer

v. speak/ write for oratorical effect, make formal speech

8

aver

v. state/assert to be the case [he ___ed that he was innocent]

9

prattle

v. talk at length in a foolish/inconsequential way [she began to __ on about her visit] n. [childish __]

10

bloviate

v. talk at length, inflated and empty way

11

cohere

v. unite; be logically consistent [__ with their beliefs]

12

stentorian

adj. loud and powerful voice [a __ delivery]

13

verge

n. brink [_ of tears] v. approach [despair __ing on suicidal]

14

acrostic

n. composition in which letters in each line form a word or words

15

semantics

n. interpretation of meaning of word or sentence [let's not argue about __]

16

engender

v. arouse, breed, bring about [I like to __ success in my students by providing them with resources ]

17

limn

v. depict, describe in painting/words [her earlier works __ed violance]

18

preternatural

ad. Beyond what is normal or natural; supernatural

19

archetypal

ad. Classic, standard, stereotypical; paradigmatic

20

sentient

adj. able to perceive things or feel things

21

analogous

adj. comparable in certain aspects

22

precipitous

adj. dangerously steep. (of a worsening situation) sudden and dramatic

23

fateful

adj. decisive, significant, typically disastrous implications [a ___oversight]

24

prodigious

adj. extraordinary in size, amount, degree // __ research grant

25

persnickety

adj. fussy placing too much emphasis on minor details

26

torrid

adj. hot

27

unbridled

adj. released from restraint

28

capacious

adj. roomy, spacious

29

tangential

adj. slightly connected, digressing [__ remarks]

30

peripatetic

adj. walking or travelling about, based in various places for short periods of time [ the __ nature of military life]

31

chimerical

adj. wildly fanciful, imaginary

32

paroxysm

n. a sudden intense expression of a particular emotion or activity [a __ of weeping/ anger]

33

sojourn

n. a temporary stay

34

legion

n. a vast host, multitude [these scientific errors were ___]

35

jitney

n. bus, vehicle carrying passengers for low fare

36

interstice

n. intervening space esp a very small one [current __itial position in the American discourse of race]; crevice, gap

37

peregrination

n. journey

38

ream

n. large quantity of smthg (__of paper); clear out or remove (material) from something

39

surfeit

n. overflow, plethora [a ___ of drugs in the neighborhood]

40

trajectory

n. path

41

osmosis

n. process of gradual/ unconscious assimilation of ideas, knowledge

42

augur

n. prophet; v. predict

43

prerogatives

n. rights, privileges exclusive to group //its my __ to stop the bullshit

44

deluge

n. sever flood, great quantity of smthg arriving at the same time [a ___ of funding]

45

gamut

n. the complete range/scope of s [the whole __ of human emotion] ; scale

46

catapulted

v. bombard, chuck

47

relegate

v. consign or dismiss to an inferior rank or position [you’re _____ed to a secondary position]

48

extrapolate

v. estimate, infer from known information

49

portend

v. foreshadow; predict; augur, indicate

50

lumber

v. move in a slow heavy awkward way [he __ed away