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n) the wasting away of a body organ or tissue; any progressive decline or failure;
v) to waste away

atrophy

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n) a fortified place, stronghold

bastion

3

n) a state of agreement, harmony, unanimity; a treaty, pact, covenant

concord

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adj) complete or perfect in the highest degree;
v) to bring to a state of completion or perfection

consummate

5

n) disorder, confusion;
v) to throw into disorder

disarray

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n) urgency, pressure; urgent demand, pressing need; an emergency

exigency

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n) floating debris; homeless, impoverished people

flotsam

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adj) frenzied, highly agitated

frenetic

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v) to gather bit by bit; to gather small quantities of grain left in a field by reapers

glean

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n) a type of game bird; a complaint;
v) to complain, grumble

grouse

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v) to imprison, confine, jail

incarcerate

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adj) obligatory, required;
n) one who holds a specific office at the time spoken of

incumbent

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adj) humorous, jesting, jolly, joking

jocular

14

adj) ridiculous, laughing, absurd

ludicrous

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adj) biting or caustic in thought, manner, or style; sharply or bitterly harsh

mordant

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n) a prickly or stinging plant;
v) to arouse displeasure, impatience, or anger; to vex or irritate severely

nettle

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adj) consisting of or measured in money; of or related to money

pecuniary

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adj) contemptibly cowardly or mean-spirited

pusillanimous

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adj) in a reclining position, lying down, in the posture of one sleeping or resting

recumbent

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n) a scheme to outwit or deceive an opponent or to gain an end

stratagem

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n) sharpness (particularly of the mind or senses)

acuity

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v) to portray, sketch or describe in accurate and vivid details to represent them pictorially

delineate

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adj) marked by evil and corruption, devoid of moral principles

depraved

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v) to weaken or lessen the mental, moral, or physical vigor of; enfeeble, hamstring

enervate

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adj) intended for or understood by only a select few, private, secret

esoteric

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adj) fruitful in offspring or vegetation; intellectually productive

fecund

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n) an arbitrary order or decree; a command or act of will or consciousness

fiat

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n) a fabrication of the mind; an arbitrary notion

figment

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v) to acquire as the result of effort; to gather and store away, as for future use

garner

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v) to set apart as holy or sacred, sanctify, consecrate; to honor greatly, revere

hallow

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n) a peculiarity that serves to distinguish or identify

idiosyncrasy

32

n) shame and disgrace

ignominy

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adj) earthly, worldly, relating to practical and material affairs; concerned with what is ordinary

mundane

34

n) a subtle or slight variation (as in color, meaning, quality, delicate gradation or shade of difference

nuance

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adj) conceited, presumptuous; excessive, immoderate

overweening

36

n) a strong attraction or inclination

penchant

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adj) according to reputation or general belief; having widespread acceptance and good reputation;
part) alleged

reputed

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n) reasoning that seems plausible but is actually unsound; a fallacy

sophistry

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adj) costly, rich, magnificent

sumptuous

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adj) present or existing everywhere

ubiquitous

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adj) degraded; base, contemptible; cringing, servile; complete and unrelieved

abject

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n) one who believes that nothing can be known about God; a skeptic;
adj) without faith, skeptical

agnostic

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n) involvement in wrongdoing; the state of being an accomplice

complicity

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n) someone or something that is abandoned or neglected;
adj) left abandoned; neglectful of duty

derelict

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n) a bitter and prolonged verbal attack

diatribe

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n) a crude image of a despised person

effigy

47

n) the state or quality of being just, fair, or impartial; fair and equal treatment; something that is fair; the money value of a property above and beyond mortgage or any other claim

equity

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adj) silly, empty of meaning or value

inane

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n) the act of accusing; a formal accusation

indictment

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adj) certain, not to be doubted or denied

indubitable

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adj) stopping and beginning again, sporadic

intermittent

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adj) open to discussion and debate, unresolved;
v) to bring up for discussion;
n) a hypothetical law case argued by students

moot

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n) a principal idea, feature, theme, or element; a repeated or dominant figure in a design

motif

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n) a new convert, beginner, novice

neophyte

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n) keenness in observing and understanding

perspicacity

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adj) complete in all aspects or essentials; absolute; attended by all qualified members

plenary

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n) a watch kept over a person; careful, close, and disciplined observation

surveillance

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adj) pertaining to or characteristic of forests; living or located in a forest; wooded, woody

sylvan

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adj) easily irritated; characterized by impatience and exasaperation

testy

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n) a grotesque or grossly inferior imitation; a disguise, especially the clothing of the opposite sex;
v) to ridicule by imitating in a broad or burlesque fashion

travesty