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Anecdote


a brief amusing story


Celerity


speed


Dexterous


one skilled with his hands


Extraneous


irrelevant


Incoherent


not clear


Maladroit


clumsy; unskillful


Presumptuous


assuming too much; arrogant


Scrupulous


careful; diligent; painstaking


Unequivocal


clear; obvious


Animosity


hatred; antagonism


Censorious


disapproving; critical


Dichotomy


a division into two parts


Extrapolate


extend; predict on the basis of known data


Incongruous


not fitting in; out of place


Malady


illness


Palpable


easily felt; easily perceived


Pretentious


pompous; self-important


Scrutinize


examine carefully


Unfetter


set free


Annex (n)


a building which is an addition to an existing building


Censure


blame


Abraded


worn away; eroded [abrade (v); abrasion (n)]


Apposite


fitting; suitable


Diatribe


tirade; violent denunciation; stream of criticism


Gerontocracy


government by the aged


Quisling


traitor


Seine


type of fishing net


Tender


to offer


Waffle


talk


Burlesque


1. comic play; 2. lampoon


Exemplar


model type [exemplary (a)]


Homiletics


art of preaching and giving sermons


Impugn


challenge; question someone’s honor etc.


Incubus


encumbrance; nightmarish thing


Lope


run with long strides


Macerate


chop into tiny pieces


Nostrum


remedy


Saw


1. tool for cutting; 2. wise saying


Sibyl


prophetess


Brook


1. small stream; 2. tolerate


Emboss


decorate with a raised design


Eschew


shun; avoid


Limpid


transparently clear


Liturgy


form of worship


Nexus


connection


Odometer


instrument to measure distance covered


Purchase


1. grip; 2. buy


Quotidian


daily; routine


Seminal


essential; formative


Agog


amazed; wide-eyed with enthusiasm


Amortize


pay off a debt in installments


Curmudgeon


grumpy person


Dormancy


state of inactivity


Efficacy


effectiveness


Epithet


phrase used as a label or to express the essential nature of


Figurehead


symbol of power; nominal leader


Fracas


fight; disturbance


Jamb


door post


Milk


to squeeze; obtain by application of pressure


Chorales


simple hymns


Dissonance


discord; disagreement


Frieze


decorative border


Gist


essence; main point


Latent


hidden; real but undeveloped


Partiality


bias


Plodding


walking slowly and heavily; uninspired


Rekindle


relight; revive


Didactic


intended to teach; instructive


Extrinsic


irrelevant; on the outside


Inconsequential


unimportant; insignificant; negligible


Malediction


a curse


Panacea


remedy for all ills


Prevaricate


speak misleadingly and evasively


Scuttle


sink


Unfrock


to remove a priest from his position


Annex (v)


take possession of; seize; capture


Cerebral


intellectual


Diffident


lacking confidence


Fallacious


false


Inconspicuous


not easily seen; subtle; not noticeable


Malefactor


a wrong-doer


Unscathed


unharmed; intact; without a scratch