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mysterious; obscure; difficult to understand
composed or elements drawn from various sources
refusing to compromise
to grow rapidly or flourish
rustic and pastoral; characteristic of rural areas and their inhabitants
harmless; causing no damage
a universally recognized principle
to deliver a pompous speech or tirade; a long, pompous speech
indifferent to or unaffected by pleasure or pain; steadfast
awe-inspiring; worthy honor
the quality of lively or enthusiastic expression of thoughts and feelings
sociable; outgoing; enjoying that company of other people
one who practices rigid self-denial, esp. as an act of religious devotion
extremely reverent or devout; showing strong religious devotion
to lessen in intensity or degree
to make better or more tolerable
stillness; motionlessness; quality of being at rest
sophisticated; refined; elegant
a mournful poem, esp. one lamenting the dead
existing everywhere at the same time; constantly encountered; wide-spread
free of bias or self-interest
an expression of praise
impenetrable by light; not reflecting light
excessive praise; intense adoration
appealing forcibly to the mind or reason; convincing
marked by stealth; covert; surreptitious
DefinitionWord
burning or stinging; causing corrosion
an exaggerated statement, often used as a figure of speech
a substance that accelerates the rate of a chemical reaction without itself changing; a person or thing that causes change
the act or state of swinging back and forth with a steady, uninterested rhythm
lacking funds; without money
the willingness to comply with the wishes of others
to obtain by deception or flattery
unmoving; lethargic; sluggish
intended for or understood by a small, specific group
regretful; penitent; seeking forgiveness
beginning to come into being or to become apparent
to take the place of; supersede
thick; sticky
authoritative permission or approval; a penalty intended to enforce compliance; to give permission or authority to
an invalid or incorrect notion; a mistaken belief
penny-pinching; excessively thrifty; ungenerous
playful, humorous
greed, esp. for wealth
producing large volumes or amounts; productive
violating accepted dogma or convention
to defame; to characterize harshly
to question or oppose
wary; cautious; sparing
one that precedes and indicates or announces another
evoking intense aversion or dislike
to remove blame
DefinitionWord
deserving blame
harsh, jarring, discordant sound; dissonance
soothing, esp. to the skin; making less harsh; mollifying; an agent that softens or smooths the skin
intended to teach or instinct
an established set of principles or code of laws, often religious in nature
severe criticism or punishment
expressing a rigid opinion based on unproved or unprovable principles
to examine with great care
based on the observation or experiment
sad, sullen, melancholy
a speech honoring the dead
argumentative; quarrelsome; causing controversy or disagreement
smallness of quantity or number; scarcity; a lack
dealing with, appreciative of, or responsive to art or the beautiful
abundant in size, force, or extent; extraordinary
to dress up; to primp; to groom oneself with elaborate care
sordid; wretched and dirty as from neglect
to drink deeply
to rot; to decay and give off a foul odor
extremely harmful; potentially causing death
a literary work that ridicules or criticizes a human vice through humor or derision
lethargic; sluggish; dormant
brief; fleeting
cautious reserve in speech; ability to make responsible decisions

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