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1

Febrile

Feverish

2

Wheedle

to influence or try to persuade (a person), esp. by charming or flattering him or her, in order to gain (something):
trying to wheedle her into lending me the car; He tried to wheedle some more money from her

3

Solicitous

anxious or concerned:
She was solicitous about my health.

4

Antechamber

a chamber or room that serves as a waiting room and entrance to a larger room or an apartment;
anteroom.

5

Inchoate

just beginning to exist or appear:
a child's inchoate social awareness

6

Impecunious

having little or no money;
penniless.

7

obsequious

characterized by or showing servile complaisance or deference;
fawning:
an obsequious bow.
servilely compliant or deferential:
obsequious servants.
obedient;
dutiful. The waiter gave an obsequious bow to the duchess.

8

verbatim

in exactly the same words;
word for word:
He quoted the president's speech verbatim.

9

Inscrutable

Incomprehensible

10

Forlorn

miserable, as in condition or appearance:
a forlorn little cabin in the mountains.

11

Brusque

blunt

12

Imbroglio

a bitter, complicated disagreement:
embroiled in an imbroglio.
a complicated and perplexing state of affairs.

13

to demur

to object

14

to disoblige

to refuse or neglect to oblige;
act contrary to the desire or convenience of;
fail to accommodate.
to give offense to;
affront:
to be disobliged by a tactless remark.
to cause inconvenience to;
incommode:
to be disobliged by an uninvited guest.

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corroborative

to support by giving proof; confirm:
corroborated my account of the accident.

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to supplicate

to request or beg for something deeply and humbly (from someone):
[no object]the thousands supplicating for a chance at jobs.
[~ + object]to supplicate the authorities.

17

apocryphal

of doubtful authenticity:
an apocryphal account of his relationship with the president

18

troglodyte

a person of prehistoric times who lived in a cave.
a person of primitive or brutal character.
an extremely old-fashioned or conservative person.

19

to contrive

to plan with great cleverness;
figure out;
invent:
They managed to contrive a means of escape.
[~ + to + verb] to bring about by a plan, scheme, etc.;
find a way to do something, esp. by scheming:
He contrived to gain their votes.

20

abstruse

hard to understand;
recondite;
esoteric:
abstruse theories.
[Obs.]secret;
hidden.

21

insensate

not able to feel things:
insensate rocks.
without emotional sensitivity;
cold:
a harsh, insensate boss.

22

festoon

n. [countable]
a string or chain of flowers, leaves, ribbon, etc., hung in a curve between two points.

v. [~ + object]
to adorn or decorate with or as if with festoons:
to festoon a hall.

23

tendril

a threadlike stem of climbing plants that twines round another body, so as to support the plant.
something thin and curly like smoke rising upward:
thin tendrils of smoke rising from his pipe.

24

hypnopaedia

the learning of lessons heard during sleep

25

to vitrify

to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance

26

incandescent

glowing or white with heat:
an incandescent lamp bulb.
extremely bright;
brilliant:
incandescent wit.

27

aphid

a tiny insect that sucks the sap from the stems and leaves of various plants.

28

contemptuous

showing or expressing contempt;
scornful:

29

heed

v. [~ + object]
to give careful attention to:
to heed a warning.

n. [uncountable]
careful attention;
notice:
Take heed my warnings.

30

sedulous

diligent in application or attention;
persevering;
assiduous.
persistently or carefully maintained:
sedulous flattery.

31

affable

easy to approach and to talk to; friendly:
courteous and affable neighbors.
showing warmth and friendliness;
pleasant:
an affable smile.

32

pizzazz

energy;
vitality;
vigor:
They worked with increased pizazz.
Informal Termsattractive style;
dash;
excitement:
She brought some pizazz to the drab office.

33

convalescence

to recover to health

34

indigent

needy, poor, impoverished

35

requital

to make repayment

36

sagacity

wisdom

37

importunate

urgent or persistent in solicitation, sometimes annoyingly so.
pertinacious, as solicitations or demands.
troublesome;
annoying:
importunate demands from the children for attention.

38

pathos

the quality or power in life or art of causing a feeling of pity or compassion.

39

derigueur

strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion

40

highfalutin

pretentious, pompous e.g. highfalutin jargon

41

obstinate

firmly or stubbornly unwilling to change one's purpose, opinion, or course of action:
Our neighbors were so obstinate they refused to evacuate their house even during the flood.

42

chatelaine

the mistress of a castle.
the mistress of an elegant or fashionable household.
a hooklike clasp or a chain for suspending keys, trinkets, scissors, a watch, etc., worn at the waist by women.
a woman's lapel ornament resembling this.

43

fastidious


overly particular, critical, or demanding;
hard to please:
a fastidious eater.
requiring or having excessive care or delicacy:
fastidious attention to detail.

44

egregious

outrageously bad

45

syllogism

a deductive inference consisting of two premises and a conclusion, all of which are categorial proposition

46

parvenu

a person who has recently or suddenly acquired wealth, importance, position, or the like, but has not yet developed the conventionally appropriate manners, dress, surroundings, etc.

47

opprobrium

disgrace or reproach brought on by shameful conduct.
the cause of such disgrace or reproach.
criticism;
reproach;
scorn.

48

penitentiary

prison

49

apostasy

abandonment of one's religious faith or of something that one was once loyal to, as a political party.

50

dipsomaniac

alcoholic