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NOTORIOUS "a notorious gangster" infamous; widley known and usually unfavorably
Utopia "To a warden, utopia is an escape-proof jail" an imaginary and remote place of perfection
Privy "a privy place to rest and think" confidential; secret
Epitome "he is seen...as the epitome of the right-of-central intellectual" a model; a typification; a represenation
Ornate "ornate rhetoric taught out of the rule of Plato" elaborate; lavish; decorated
Plethora "a plethora of workers helped make this possible" an extreme excess or abundance an extreme excess or abundance
Derivative "a highly derivative prose style" taken directly from a source; unoriginal
Forbearance "he needs a calm forbearance until his rage slows" patience; self-restraint
Gallivant "gallivanting around town in his new car" to wander; to roam about in search of amusement
Nebulous "nebulous distinction betwwen pride and conceit" vaguely defined; cloudy
Quagmire "he was struggling in the deepening quagmire of the Algerian war" a messy, difficult situation
Surmise "I surmised that the butler did it" to infer with little evidence
Extol "extol the virtues of one's children" to praise; to revere
Lurid "a lurid account of the crime" ghastly; gruesome; sensational
Usurp "usurp a neighbor's land" to seize by force; to take possession of without right
Succinct "a succinct reply", "a succinct style" marked by compact precision
Ingratiate "She quickly sought to ingratiate herself with the new administration" to gain favor with someone by conscious effort
Myriad "the myriad fish in the ocean", "the myriad life of the metropolis" numerous, countless, (n.) a very large number
Cognizant "our youth are cognizant of the law" aware, mindful
Deprecate "The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts" to belittle; to depreciate
Corroborate "We have no records to support and corroborate what we deliver" to support with evidence; to make more certain
Invective "he let loose at him with a mess of invective about writers" abusive, reproachful, or accusatory language
Bane "the bane of my life" source of harm or ruin
Rhapsodize "poets who know no better rhapsodize about the peace of nature" to be overly enthusiastic about something
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