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Wry

adj. expressing dry, especially mocking humor

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Dramaturgy

n. the study of dramatic composition

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Parvenus

n. a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity

4

Sardonic

adj. grimly mocking or cynical

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Covey

n. a small group of people or things

6

Mote

n. speck or small amount

7

Trove

n. a store of valuable or delightful things

8

Denouement

n. the final part of a play, movie, or narrative

9

Abettor

n. one who encourages or assists someone to commit a crime

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Abeyance

n. state of inactivity, disuse, or suspension

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Abiding

adj. (of a feeling or a memory) lasting a long time

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Abjured

v. solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

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Abrade

v. to scrape or wear away by friction or erosion

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Abrogate

v. to repeal or do away with; cancel

15

Circumspect

adj. wary and unwilling to take risks; cautious; considering all sides

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Circumscribe

v. to restrict (something) within limits

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Circumambulate

v. walk all the way around (something)

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Cicatrix

n. the scar of a healed wound

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Chorales

n. a choir or choral society; simple hymns

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Choleric

adj. bad-tempered or irritable

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Chimerical

adj. of or related to a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve

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Chide

v. to scold or rebuke

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Chauvinist

n. someone excessively patriotic, prejudiced for a particular group, cause or gender

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Chary

adj. cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something

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Charlatan

n. trickster who claims knowledge he doesn’t have

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Chantey

n. type of song sung by sailors

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Execrable

adj. extremely bad or unpleasant

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Exceptionable

adj. open to objection; causing disapproval or offense

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Apprising

v. to value highly or put a price on or inform someone

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Unctuous

adj. (of a person) using excessive flattery

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Utilitarian

adj. useful

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Malapropism

n. use of similar sounding but incorrect word

33

Equivocate

v. use ambiguous language to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself

34

Gauche

adj. lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward

35

Maladroit

adj. unskillful; clumsy

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Plenary

adj. unqualified, absolute

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Fitfully

adv. Not regularly or continuously; unpredictably

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Fickle

adj. changing frequently, esp. as regards to one's loyalties, interests, or affection; unpredictable

39

Profane

adj. relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; (of language) blasphemous or obscene

40

Hapless

adj. (esp. of a person) unfortunate

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Unpropitious

adj. (of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavorable

42

Vicissitude

n. an unexpected change in fortune or circumstances; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

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Untoward

adj. unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient

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Unalloyed

adj. undiluted and pure; total

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Fallow

adj. uncultivated

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Presentiment

n. an intuitive feeling about the future

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Sophistry

n. the use of fallavious arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving

48

Rabble

n. a mob; a disorderly crowd

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Malediction

n. a curse

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Clangor

n. a continuous loud banging or wringing sound

51

Sequelae

n. a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury

52

Cache

n. a collection of items stored

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Blunderbuss

n. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision; a clumsy person

54

Earmark

n. a characteristic or identifying feature

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Vicissitude

n. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

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Encumbrances

n. a burden or impediment

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Contusion

n. a bruise

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Contrapuntal

adj. of or in counterpoint; (of a piece of music) with two or more independent melodic lines

59

Wanton

adj. sexually immodest or promiscuous; (a cruel and violent act) deliberate and unprovoked

60

Maven

n. an expert

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Opus

n. an artistic work

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Patricians

n. a member of a long-established wealthy family; an aristocrat or nobleman

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Farce

n. an absurd event

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Mirth

n. amusement esp. as expressed in laughter

65

Tare

n. allowance made for container when weighing

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Palliate

v. to make less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause;

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Desultory

adj. lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm; aimless; inconsistent with effort

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Pugnacious

adj. eager or quick to argue or quarrel; aggressive, ready to fight

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Garland

v. adorn or crown with a garland; n. a wreath of flowers and leaves

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Puffery

n. exaggerated or false praise

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Pathos

n. a quality that evokes pity or sadness evoking sadness or pity

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Equable

adj. calm and even-tempered

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Ensconce

v. establish or settle someone in a comfortable, safe, or secret place

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Seminal

adj. essential; formative

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Belletristic

adj. of or relating to essays, particularly of literary and artistic criticism, written and read primarily for aesthetic effect

76

Efface

v. to erase from the surface

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Parity

n. equality

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Milieu

n. a person's social environment

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Vim

n. energy or enthusiasm

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Coltish

adj. energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behavior

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Emollient

adj. something that softens

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Salutary

adj. (esp. with reference to something unqelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial

83

Vagary

n. something unaccountable; an inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior; freak

84

Discrepancy

n. something which does not match up; inconsistency

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Provenance

n. something’s origin

86

Liniment

n. soothing lotion intended to relieve pain

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Urbane

adj. (of a person, esp. a man) sauve, courteous, and refined in manner; sophisticated

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Plaintive

adj. sounding sad or mournful

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Capacious

adj. spacious

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Mince

v. speak in an affected manner; walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness

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Prevaricate

v. to speak misleadingly or in an evasive way

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Expatiate

v. speak or write at length or detail

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Drawl

v. speak slowly with words running together; n. a slow, lazy way of speaking or an accent with unusually prolonged vowel sounds

94

Picayune

adj. petty, worthless

95

Epithet

n. an adjective or descriptive phrase used as a label to express the essential nature of

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Asperity

n. harshness of tone or manner

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Noxious

adj. harmful; poisonous

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Inveterate

adj. (of a feeling or habit) long-established and unlikely to change

99

Credulous

adj. gullible

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Credulity

n. gullibility

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adj. expressing dry, especially mocking humor

Wry

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n. the study of dramatic composition

Dramaturgy

103

n. a person of obscure origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity

Parvenus

104

adj. grimly mocking or cynical

Sardonic

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n. a small group of people or things

Covey

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n. speck or small amount

Mote

107

n. a store of valuable or delightful things

Trove

108

n. the final part of a play, movie, or narrative

Denouement

109

n. one who encourages or assists someone to commit a crime

Abettor

110

n. state of inactivity, disuse, or suspension

Abeyance

111

adj. (of a feeling or a memory) lasting a long time

Abiding

112

v. solemnly renounce (a belief, cause, or claim)

Abjured

113

v. to scrape or wear away by friction or erosion

Abrade

114

v. to repeal or do away with; cancel

Abrogate

115

adj. wary and unwilling to take risks; cautious; considering all sides

Circumspect

116

v. to restrict (something) within limits

Circumscribe

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v. walk all the way around (something)

Circumambulate

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n. the scar of a healed wound

Cicatrix

119

n. a choir or choral society; simple hymns

Chorales

120

adj. bad-tempered or irritable

Choleric

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adj. of or related to a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve

Chimerical

122

v. to scold or rebuke

Chide

123

n. someone excessively patriotic, prejudiced for a particular group, cause or gender

Chauvinist

124

adj. cautiously or suspiciously reluctant to do something

Chary

125

n. trickster who claims knowledge he doesn’t have

Charlatan

126

n. type of song sung by sailors

Chantey

127

adj. extremely bad or unpleasant

Execrable

128

adj. open to objection; causing disapproval or offense

Exceptionable

129

v. to value highly or put a price on or inform someone

Apprising

130

adj. (of a person) using excessive flattery

Unctuous

131

adj. useful

Utilitarian

132

n. use of similar sounding but incorrect word

Malapropism

133

v. use ambiguous language to conceal the truth or avoid committing oneself

Equivocate

134

adj. lacking ease or grace; unsophisticated and socially awkward

Gauche

135

adj. unskillful; clumsy

Maladroit

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adj. unqualified, absolute

Plenary

137

adv. Not regularly or continuously; unpredictably

Fitfully

138

adj. changing frequently, esp. as regards to one's loyalties, interests, or affection; unpredictable

Fickle

139

adj. relating or devoted to that which is not sacred or biblical; (of language) blasphemous or obscene

Profane

140

adj. (esp. of a person) unfortunate

Hapless

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adj. (of a circumstance) not giving or indicating a good chance of success; unfavorable

Unpropitious

142

n. an unexpected change in fortune or circumstances; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

Vicissitude

143

adj. unexpected and inappropriate or inconvenient

Untoward

144

adj. undiluted and pure; total

Unalloyed

145

adj. uncultivated

Fallow

146

n. an intuitive feeling about the future

Presentiment

147

n. the use of fallavious arguments, esp. with the intention of deceiving

Sophistry

148

n. a mob; a disorderly crowd

Rabble

149

n. a curse

Malediction

150

n. a continuous loud banging or wringing sound

Clangor

151

n. a condition that is the consequence of a previous disease or injury

Sequelae

152

n. a collection of items stored

Cache

153

n. an action or way of doing something regarded as lacking in subtlety and precision; a clumsy person

Blunderbuss

154

n. a characteristic or identifying feature

Earmark

155

n. a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant; alternation between opposite or contrasting things

Vicissitude

156

n. a burden or impediment

Encumbrances

157

n. a bruise

Contusion

158

adj. of or in counterpoint; (of a piece of music) with two or more independent melodic lines

Contrapuntal

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adj. sexually immodest or promiscuous; (a cruel and violent act) deliberate and unprovoked

Wanton

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n. an expert

Maven

161

n. an artistic work

Opus

162

n. a member of a long-established wealthy family; an aristocrat or nobleman

Patricians

163

n. an absurd event

Farce

164

n. amusement esp. as expressed in laughter

Mirth

165

n. allowance made for container when weighing

Tare

166

v. to make less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause;

Palliate

167

adj. lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm; aimless; inconsistent with effort

Desultory

168

adj. eager or quick to argue or quarrel; aggressive, ready to fight

Pugnacious

169

v. adorn or crown with a garland; n. a wreath of flowers and leaves

Garland

170

n. exaggerated or false praise

Puffery

171

n. a quality that evokes pity or sadness evoking sadness or pity

Pathos

172

adj. calm and even-tempered

Equable

173

v. establish or settle someone in a comfortable, safe, or secret place

Ensconce

174

adj. essential; formative

Seminal

175

adj. of or relating to essays, particularly of literary and artistic criticism, written and read primarily for aesthetic effect

Belletristic

176

v. to erase from the surface

Efface

177

n. equality

Parity

178

n. a person's social environment

Milieu

179

n. energy or enthusiasm

Vim

180

adj. energetic but awkward in one’s movements or behavior

Coltish

181

adj. something that softens

Emollient

182

adj. (esp. with reference to something unqelcome or unpleasant) producing good effects; beneficial

Salutary

183

n. something unaccountable; an inexplicable change in a situation or in someone's behavior; freak

Vagary

184

n. something which does not match up; inconsistency

Discrepancy

185

n. something’s origin

Provenance

186

n. soothing lotion intended to relieve pain

Liniment

187

adj. (of a person, esp. a man) sauve, courteous, and refined in manner; sophisticated

Urbane

188

adj. sounding sad or mournful

Plaintive

189

adj. spacious

Capacious

190

v. speak in an affected manner; walk with an affected delicacy or fastidiousness

Mince

191

v. to speak misleadingly or in an evasive way

Prevaricate

192

v. speak or write at length or detail

Expatiate

193

v. speak slowly with words running together; n. a slow, lazy way of speaking or an accent with unusually prolonged vowel sounds

Drawl

194

adj. petty, worthless

Picayune

195

n. an adjective or descriptive phrase used as a label to express the essential nature of

Epithet

196

n. harshness of tone or manner

Asperity

197

adj. harmful; poisonous

Noxious

198

adj. (of a feeling or habit) long-established and unlikely to change

Inveterate

199

adj. gullible

Credulous

200

n. gullibility

Credulity