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1

behoove

to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for

e.g. It behooves us to go.

2

bewitch

to influence or affect especially injuriously by witchcraft
to cast a spell over
to attract as if by the power of witchcraft; enchant, fascinate

e.g. bewitched by her beauty

3

bumpkin

an awkward and unsophisticated rustic

4

dashing

marked by vigorous action; spirited
marked by smartness especially in dress and manners

e.g. a brave and dashing soldier

5

dike

an artificial watercourse; ditch
a bank constructed to control or confine water; levee
a barrier preventing passage especially of something undesirable

e.g. an elaborate system of dikes built to protect the lowlands from the relentless onslaught of the sea

6

epistolary

of, relating to, or suitable to a letter
contained in or carried on by letters
written in the form of a series of letters

e.g. an endless sequence of epistolary love affairs
an epistolary novel

7

fetching

attractive, pleasing

e.g. a fetching smile

8

heavy-handed

clumsy
oppressive, harsh

e.g. This heavy-handed prose is merely tiresome.
the government's most heavy-handed efforts to muzzle social protest

9

jettison

a voluntary sacrifice of cargo to lighten a ship's load in time of distress
to get rid of as superfluous or encumbering

10

madcap

marked by capriciousness, recklessness, or foolishness

e.g. a madcap scheme to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel

11

nicety

an elegant, delicate, or civilized feature
a fine point or distinction; subtlety
careful attention to details; delicate exactness; precision

e.g. knows all the niceties of diplomatic protocol
a woman too fond of the niceties of urban living to even consider becoming a farmer's wife

12

pat

in a pat manner; aptly, perfectly
exactly suited to the purpose or occasion; apt
suspiciously appropriate; contrived
learned, mastered, or memorized perfectly
reduced to a simple or mechanical form; standard, trite

e.g. After months of practicing for the competition, the cheerleaders have their moves down pat.
The movie's pat ending was a disappointment.
His explanation was too pat to believe.

13

privy

private, withdrawn
secret
admitted as one sharing in a secret

e.g. privy information/meetings
privy to the conspiracy

14

proscenium

the part of a stage that is in front of the curtain

15

scrimp

to be stingy in providing for
to make too small, short, or scanty

e.g. They scrimped and saved for their big vacation.

16

slink

to go or move stealthily or furtively (as in fear or shame)

e.g. like a thief slinking about in the middle of the night
slink away in shame

17

spoilsport

one who spoils the sport or pleasure of others

18

staunch

strongly built; substantial
steadfast in loyalty or principle

e.g. a staunch advocate for women's rights

19

traipse

to go on foot; walk
to walk or travel about without apparent plan but with or without a purpose

e.g. traipsing from store to store looking for a dress
traipse the country side

20

untrammeled

free, not limited

21

willy-nilly

by compulsion; without choice; also, willing or unwillingly
in a haphazard or spontaneous manner

e.g. He'll have to do it willy-nilly.

22

wrest

to pull, force, or move by violent wringing or twisting movements
to gain with difficulty by or as if by force, violence, or determined labor

e.g. wrest control of the company from his uncle