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Bonanza (Noun) 1. A rich mass of ore, as found in mining 2. A source of great and sudden wealth or luck; A spectacular windfall
Radiate (Verb) 1. To extend, spread, or move like rays or radii from a center 2. To emit rays, as of light or heat 3. (Of people) to project or glow with cheerfulness, joy, etc. ex: She simply radiates with good humor.
Radiate (Adjective) 1. Radiating from a center 2. having rays extending from a central point or part ex: A coin showing a radiate head.
Radiant (Adjective) 1. Emitting rays or bright with hope, joy, etc.
Erratic (Adjective) 1. Deviating(Straying) from the usual or proper course in conduct or opinion; eccentric; weird 2. Having no certain or definite course; wandering; not fixed ex: erratic winds
Shackle (Noun) 1. A ring or other fastening, as of iron, for securing the wrist, ankle, etc.; fetter 2. The U-shaped bar of a padlock 3. Anything that serves to prevent freedom
Shackle (Verb) 1. To put a shackle or shackles on; confine or restrain by a shackle or shackles 2. to restrain in action, thought, etc., as by restrictions; restrict the freedom of
Flounder (Verb) 1. To struggle with stumbling or plunging movements ex: He saw the child floundering about in the water.
Flounder (Noun) 1. A flat fish
Ingrained (Verb) 1. To implant or fix deeply and firmly
Ingrained (Adjective) 1. Firmly fixed 2. (Of fiber or yarn) dyed in a raw state, before being woven or knitted 3. (Of carpets) made of ingrain yarn
Ingrained (Noun) 1. Yarn, wool, etc., dyed before manufacture 2. An ingrain carpet
Skeptic (Noun) 1. A person who questions the validity or authenticity of something 2. A person who maintains a doubting attitude, as toward values, plans, statements, or the character of others
Skeptical (Adjective) 1. Doubtful; Unbelieving
Falter (Verb) 1. To hesitate or waver ex: Her courage did not falter at the prospect of hardship. 2. To speak or utter hesitatingly or brokenly ex: To falter an apology 3. To move unsteadily; stumble
Falter (Noun) 1. The act of faltering; an unsteadiness of gait, voice, action, etc.
Sporadic (Adjective) 1. Appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional ex: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm 2. Appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease 3. Isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others
Toehold (Noun) 1. A small ledge or niche just large enough to support the toes, as in climbing 2. Any slight or initial support, influence, advantage, etc. ex: His knowledge of Latin gave him a toehold for learning French.
Remit (Verb) 1. To send(money, a check, etc.) to a person or place, usually in payment 2. To refrain from inflicting or enforcing 3. To pardon or forgive (a sin, offense, etc.) 4. To slacken; abate; relax ex: to remit watchfulness 5. To pull off; postpone; defer
Remit (Noun) 1. Something remitted 2. The act of remitting
Unremitting (Adjective) 1. Not stopping; endless
Entrenched (Verb or Adjective) 1. To place in a position of strength; establish firmly or solidly ex: safely entrenched behind undeniable facts 2. To dig trenches for defensive purposes around 3. To encroach; trespass; infringe ex: to entrench on the domain or rights of another
Piety (Noun) 1. Respect for God 2. Respect for parents, country, etc.
Pious (Adjective) 1. Religious
Exude (Verb) 1. To come out gradually in drops, as sweat, through pores or small openings; ooze out 2. To send out, as sweat; emit through pores or small openings 3. To project or display conspicuously or abundantly; radiate ex: t exude cheerfulness
Precarious (Adjective) 1. Dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure ex: A precarious livelihood
Dominion (Noun) 1. The power or right of governing and controlling; sovereign authority 2. Rule; control; domination 3. A territory, usually of considerable size, in which a single rulership holds sway 4. Lands or domains subject to sovereignty or control
Brandish (Verb) 1. To shake or wave, as a weapon; flourish ex: Brandishing his sword, he rode into battle.
Brandish (Noun) 1. A flourish or waving, as of a weapon
Tenacious (Adjective) 1. Holding fast; keeping a firm hold ex: A tenacious grip on my arm 2. Persistent, stubborn, or obstinate; not giving up
Tenacity (Noun) 1. The state of being tenacious
Discord (Noun) 1. Lack of harmony between persons or things ex: marital discord 2. Disagreement; difference of opinion 3. an inharmonious combination of musical tones sounded together 4. Any confused or harsh noise; dissonance
Discord (Verb) 1. To disagree; be at variance
Discordant (Adjective) 1. Harsh to the ear or disagreeing
Inaugurate (Verb) 1. To make a formal beginning of; initiate; commence; begin ex: The end of World War II inaugurated the era of nuclear power. 2. To induct into office with formal ceremonies; install
Dissonant (Adjective) 1. Disagreeing or harsh in sound; discordant 2. Out of harmony
Thrall (Noun or Verb) 1. A person who is in bondage; slave 2. A person who is morally or mentally enslaved by some power, influence 3. Slavery; thralldom
Enthralled (Adjective) 1. Captivated; charmed or literally enslaved
Solder (Noun) 1. Any of various alloys fused and applied to the joint between metal objects to unite them without heating the objects to the melting point 2. Anything that joins or unites ex: the solder of their common cause
Solder (Verb) 1. To join (metal objects) with solder 2. To join closely and intimately ex: two fates inseparably soldered by misfortune 3. To mend; repair; patch up 3
Docile (Adjective) 1. Easily managed or handled; tractable ex: a docile horse 2. Readily trained or taught; teachable
Enterprise (Noun) 1. A project to be undertaken, especially one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy ex: To keep the peace is a difficult enterprise.
Enterprise (Noun) 2. Participation or engagement in such projects ex: Our country was formed by the enterprise of resolute men and women. 3. Boldness or readiness in undertaking; adventurous spirit; ingenuity
Enterprising (Adjective) 1. Ready to take on a big project
Typhoon (Noun) 1. Tropical storm or hurricane
Buffet (Noun or Verb) 1. A blow, as with the hand or fist 2. A violent shock or concussion 3. To strike, as with the hand or fist 4. To contend against; battle
Buffet (Noun) 1. A sideboard or cabinet for holding china, table linen, etc. 2. A meal laid out so that guests may serve themsleves
Cantankerous (Adjective) 1. Cranky; argumentative; disagreeable
Blasphemy (Verb) 1. Cursing God or saying something against God
Fuse (Noun) 1. A tube, cord, or the like, filled or saturated with combustible matter, for igniting an explosive 2. A protective device, used in an electric circuit, containing a conductor that melts under heat produced by an excess current, and opening the circuit
Fuse (Verb) 1. To combine or blend by melting together; melt
Resolute (Adjective) 1. Determined
Irresolute (Adjective) 1. Doubtful
Finesse (Noun) 1. Extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, etc. 2. Skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management
Finesse (Verb) 1. To use finesse
Abolish (Verb) 1. Do away with; put an end to
Reprehensible (Adjective) 1. Deserving of blame
Clemency (Noun) 1. Showing compassion or mercy 2. Mild weather
Inclement (Noun) 1. Severe, stormy weather or merciless
Sunder (Verb) 1. To separate; sever
Lowering (Adjective) 1. Dark and threatening, as the sky, clouds, or weather; overcast; gloomy ex: lowering skies 2. Frowning or sullen, as the face or gaze; scowling; angry
Gull (Noun) 1. A type of bird
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