Tuesday, September 01, 2009

SEPTEMBER - High frequency words

1. Annihilate - To destroy completely; reduce to nonexistence; defeat decisively; vanquish; nullify or render void; abolish; destroy utterly; obliterate
2. Teem - To be full of things; abound or swarm; be abundant, full; be overflowing; be or become pregnant; bear young; give birth to
3. Trespass - Unlawful entry or possession of property; invasion, offense; infringe, offend; enter forcibly or illegally: break in; violate a moral or divine law
4. Chafe - To make (the skin) raw by or as if by friction; worry over trifles; annoy; feel irritated or impatient
5. Infuriate - To make furious, enrage; make very angry
6. Esoteric - Beyond the understanding of an average mind; mysterious, obscure; not publicly disclosed; confidential; confined to a small group; intended for or understood by only a particular group; of or relating to that which is known by a restricted number of people
7. Spurious - Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine; false; of illegitimate birth; similar in appearance but unlike in structure or function; counterfeit, fake; fraudulently or deceptively imitative
8. Burlesque - A literary or dramatic work that ridicules a subject either by presenting a solemn subject in an undignified style or an inconsequential subject in a dignified style; ludicrous or mocking imitation; a travesty; imitate mockingly or humorously; farcical

9. Doggerel - Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature; crude and comic verse
Rebuke - To criticize or reprove sharply; reprimand; check or repress; blame or scold in a sharp way
11. Polemical - Polemic; controversial; disputatious; given to arguing; of or involving dispute or controversy
Pulchritude - Great physical beauty and appeal
13. Proofread
- To read (copy or proof) in order to find errors and mark correction; to read copy or proof for purposes of error detection and correction
14. Archaic - Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past; of a style or method formerly in vogue; very old; old-fashioned, ancient
Shun - To avoid deliberately; keep away from; avoid; ignore 83. Dapper - Neatly dressed; trim; very stylish in dress; lively and alert
16. Polarize - To cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions; cause to vibrate in a definite pattern; cause to concentrate about two conflicting or contrasting positions; become polarized in a conflict or contrasting situation
Nuance -
A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation; expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone; slight difference; shading; slight variation between nearly identical entities
Prevarication -
The act of prevaricating, shuffling, or quibbling, to evade the truth or the disclosure of truth; a deviation from the truth and fair dealing; secret abuse in the exercise of a public office; collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution; statement that deviates from or perverts the truth; intentionally vague or ambiguous; the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
19. Desiccate - To dry out thoroughly; preserve (foods) by removing the moisture; make dry, dull, or lifeless; make or become free of moisture; make or become no longer active or productive; dehydrate

20. Gossamer - So light and insubstantial as to resemble air or a thin film; gauzy, thin; soft light delicate material
21. Laud
- To give praise to; glorify; pay tribute or homage to; express warm approval of; honor (a deity) in religious worship; acclaim
Adulation - Excessive flattery or admiration; excessive, ingratiating praise; overenthusiastic praise; servile flattery; exaggerated and hypocritical praise
23. Incontestable - Impossible to contest; unquestionable; incapable of being contested or disputed; not open to question; obviously true
24. Gusty - Windy; blowing in loud and abrupt bursts; marked by gusts
25. Thaw - To change from a frozen solid to a liquid by gradual warming; lose stiffness, numbness, or impermeability by being warmed; become warm enough for snow and ice to melt; period of warm weather during which ice and snow melt; become less formal, aloof, or reserved; relaxation of reserve, restraints, or tensions
26. Gimmick - A device employed to cheat, deceive, or trick, especially a mechanism for the secret and dishonest control of gambling apparatus; innovative or unusual mechanical contrivance; a gadget; innovative stratagem or scheme employed especially to promote a project; significant feature that is obscured, misrepresented, or not readily evident; a catch; small object whose name does not come readily to mind; indirect, usually cunning means of gaining an end; clever, unexpected new trick or method
27. Appropriated - Suitable for the purpose and circumstances; set aside; allocate; steal; take possession of or make use of exclusively for oneself, often without permission
Palliate - To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate; make less severe or intense; mitigate; relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder; loss over; cover up
29. Euphemism - The act or an example of substituting a mild, indirect, or vague term for one considered harsh, blunt, or offensive; use or an instance of equivocal language; polite term
30. Ostentation - Pretentious display meant to impress others; boastful showiness; act or an instance of showing; an exhibition; exhibitionism, flashiness; boastful self-importance or display
31. Portentous - Portending future disaster; of momentous or ominous significance; full of unspecifiable significance; exciting wonder and awe; marked by pompousness; pretentiously weighty
32. Ribald - Characterized by or indulging in vulgar, lewd humor; vulgar, obscene; characterized by coarse indecent humor; offensive to accepted standards of decency
33. Foil - To prevent from being successful; thwart; obscure or confuse (a trail or scent) so as to evade pursuers; trail or scent of an animal; thin, flexible leaf or sheet of metal; one that by contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another; set off by contrast; fencing sword having a usually circular guard and a thin, flexible four-sided blade with a button on the tip to prevent injury; prevent from accomplishing a purpose
34. Taciturn - Disinclined to speak. or inclined to silence; untalkative
35. Analgesic - A medication that reduces or eliminates pain
36. Rotund - Rounded in figure; plump; having a full, rich sound; sonorous; round from fullness or plumpness; portly
37. Comprehensive - So large in scope or content as to include much; full; including everything; inclusive; covering a wide scope
38. Muddle - To confuse or cause to be confused; make turbid or muddy; stir or mix (a drink) gently; think, act, or proceed in a confused or aimless manner
39. Emancipate - The state of not being in confinement or servitude; action or process of setting free, especially from legal, social, or political restrictions; action or process of delivering from slavery
40. Hardy - Being in robust and sturdy good health; courageous; intrepid; brazenly daring; audacious; capable of surviving unfavorable conditions, such as cold weather or lack of moisture; strong, tough
41. Leave - To go out of or away from; have as a result, consequence, or remainder; cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state; give over to another to control or act on; holiday, time off; permission; abandon, renounce; neglect; depart, abandon physically
42. Bolt -
To leave hastily: get out; run quickly away; fasten securely; eat very fast; lock; part of lock; screw that screws into a nut to form a fastener
Plaid - A rectangular woolen scarf of a tartan pattern worn over the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders; cloth with a tartan or checked pattern; pattern of this kind
44. Recalcitrant - Marked by stubborn resistance to and defiance of authority or guidance; disobedient, uncontrollable; stubbornly defiant of authority; unruly
45. Effete - No longer possessing a unique quality; spoiled, exhausted; unproductive; infertile
46. Dissuade - To deter (a person) from a course of action or a purpose by persuasion or exhortation; persuade (a person) not to do something; talk out of
Dissident - Disagreeing, as in opinion or belief; person who dissents from the doctrine of an established church; nonbeliever; disagreeing with an opinion or a group
48. Quinine - A bitter, colorless, amorphous powder or crystalline alkaloid derived from certain cinchona barks and used in medicine to treat malaria; an alkaloid derived from cinchona that is effective against malaria. It is also used as an antipyretic, analgesic, sclerosing agent, and stomachic and in the treatment of atrial fibrillation and myotonia congenita
49. Catastrophe - A great, often sudden calamity; complete failure; a fiasco; concluding action of a drama, especially a classical tragedy, following the climax and containing a resolution of the plot; sudden violent change in the earth's surface; a cataclysm; unhappy conclusion; great and sudden misfortune
50. Foster - To bring up; nurture; promote the growth and development of; cultivate; nurse; cherish; providing parental care and nurture to children not related through legal or blood ties; promote and sustain the development of; give care, accommodation to; promote, support; care for
51. Ostracize - To exclude from a group; to exclude from normal social or professional activities; to force to leave a country or place by official decree; exile, banish; to put into public disfavor
52. Slander - Oral communication of false statements injurious to a person's reputation; false and malicious statement or report about someone; make defamatory statements about; scandalous remark
53. Hail - To salute or greet; greet or acclaim enthusiastically; call out or yell in order to catch the attention of; signal or call to a passing ship as a greeting or identification; to rain small round pieces of ice
54. Mournful - Feeling or expressing sorrow or grief; sorrowful; causing or suggesting sadness or melancholy; sad; filled with or evoking sadness
55. Deluge - An abundant, usually overwhelming flow or fall, as of a river or rain; barrage; great flood; heavy downpour; overrun with water; inundate
56. Sinister - Strongly suggestive of great harm, menace, or evil; nasty, menacing; on the left side; left; situated on or being the side of a shield on the wearer's left and the observer's right
57. Askew - To one side; awry; crooked(ly); out of alignment
58. Frivolous - Unworthy of serious attention; trivial; silly
59. Pliant - Capable of being influenced or formed; able to adjust readily to different conditions; capable of being bent or flexed or twisted without breaking; capable of being shaped or bent or drawn out
Waif - A homeless person, especially a forsaken or orphaned child; abandoned young animal; something found and unclaimed, as an object cast up by the sea
61. Lacerate - To rip, cut, or tear; cause deep emotional pain to; distress; tear in a jagged way
62. Whet - To sharpen (a knife, for example); hone; make more keen; stimulate; sharpen; arouse; excite
63. Bolster - To support or prop up with or as if with a long narrow pillow or cushion; to buoy up or hearten; keep from yielding or failing during stress or difficulty; help; short horizontal timber or steel member placed on top of a column to support and decrease the span of beams or girders; to support; reinforce. To give a boost to someone
Laconic - Using or marked by the use of few words; terse or concise; short, to the point
65. Sentinel - To watch over as a guard; person or special body of persons assigned to provide protection or keep watch over; an electronic device designed to detect danger; military watchtower for defense of a camp or city wall; guard or watchman
66. Nadir - The lowest point
67. Nuance -
A subtle or slight degree of difference, as in meaning, feeling, or tone; a gradation; expression or appreciation of subtle shades of meaning, feeling, or tone; slight difference; shading; slight variation between nearly identical entities
Prevarication -
The act of prevaricating, shuffling, or quibbling, to evade the truth or the disclosure of truth; a deviation from the truth and fair dealing; secret abuse in the exercise of a public office; collusion of an informer with the defendant, for the purpose of making a sham prosecution; statement that deviates from or perverts the truth; intentionally vague or ambiguous; the deliberate act of deviating from the truth
Coo - To utter the murmuring sound of a dove or pigeon or a sound resembling it; talk fondly or amorously in murmurs
70. Rankle - To cause persistent irritation or resentment; become sore or inflamed; fester; embitter; irritate; annoy, irritate
71. Palliate
- To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate; make less severe or intense; mitigate; relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder; loss over; cover up
Exonerate - To free from blame; free from a responsibility, obligation, or task; excuse, clear of responsibility or blame
73. Bedlam - A place or situation of noisy uproar and confusion; chaotic situation; a state of extreme confusion and disorder; scene of great uproar and confusion
74. Nautical - Of, relating to, or characteristic of ships, shipping, sailors, or navigation on a body of water
Heresy - A controversial or unorthodox opinion or doctrine, as in politics, philosophy, or science; adherence to such controversial or unorthodox opinion; unorthodoxy
76. Rambunctiousness - Boisterous and disorderly; loud, energetic; noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline
77. Jejune - Not interesting; dull; lacking maturity; childish; lacking in nutrition
78. Convoke - To cause to assemble in a meeting; convene; summon; call together
79. Clavier - A keyboard; a bank of keys on a musical instrument; a stringed instrument that has a keyboard
80. Vituperative - Using, containing, or marked by harshly abusive censure; marked by harshly abusive criticism; relating to, or characterized by verbal abuse
81. Obfuscate - To render indistinct or dim; darken; to make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand
82. Cognizant - Fully informed; conscious
83. Deplore - To feel or express strong disapproval of; feel or express sorrow for; regret; condemn
84. Lament - To feel, show, or express grief; complain; express grief for or about; mourn; regret deeply; deplore; song or poem expressing deep grief or mourning

85. Grandstand - A roofed stand for spectators at a stadium or racetrack; spectators or audience at an event; perform ostentatiously so as to impress an audience; stand at a racecourse or stadium consisting of tiers with rows of individual seats that are under a protective roof

86. Fluvial - Of, relating to, or inhabiting a river or stream; produced by the action of a river or stream; of or relating to or happening in a river

87. Incontrovertible - Impossible to dispute; unquestionable

88. Sumptuous - Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish; luxurious, splendid; rich and superior in quality
Genteel - Polite or well-bred; sophisticated, cultured
90. Desiccated - Dried
91. Observant - Quick to perceive or apprehend; alert; watchful; pay close attention
92. Disingenuous - Not straightforward or candid; insincere or calculating; insincere; pretending to be unaware or unsophisticated
93. Foliage - Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group; cluster of leaves; ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture
94. Balky - Given to stopping and refusing to go on; uncooperative; difficult to operate or start
Rakish - Having a trim, streamlined appearance; dashingly or sportingly stylish; jaunty; dissolute; immoral; marked by smartness in dress and manners; marked by a carefree unconventionality or disreputableness
Naive - One who is artless, credulous, or uncritical; free from guile, cunning, or deceit; guileless, unsophisticated person; easily imposed on or tricked; childlike, trusting
Carouse - To engage in boisterous, drunken merrymaking; drink excessively; make merry, often with liquor
Modicum - A small, moderate, or token amount
Flagging - Declining; weakening; languid; drooping; pavement laid with flagstones; becoming weak
100. Harebrained - Foolish; flighty; stupid, unthinking; senseless as to be laughable; very foolish
101. Candor -
Frankness or sincerity of expression; openness; complete honesty; freedom from prejudice; impartiality
Natty - Neat, trim, and smart; dapper; stylish; marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; marked by smartness in dress and manners
103. Brazenness - The quality or state of being brazen; state or quality of being impudent or arrogantly self-confident; behavior marked by a bold defiance of the proprieties and lack of shame
104. Unsavory - Distasteful or disagreeable; revolting, sickening; morally offensive; not pleasing in odor or taste
105. Cavil - To find fault unnecessarily; raise trivial objections; quibble about; detect petty flaws in; carping or trivial objection; critic of our own work
106. Aghast -
Struck by shock, terror, or amazement; horrified; very surprised
107. Colossus - A huge statue; something likened to a huge statue, as in size or importance; someone or something that is abnormally large and powerful; a person of exceptional importance and reputation
Destitute - Utterly lacking; devoid; lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished; down and out; wanting; poor enough to need help from others; not having a desirable element
Saunter - To walk at a leisurely pace; stroll; leisurely pace; leisurely walk or stroll; stroll; walk in a confident manner; act of walking, especially for pleasure
Encumbrance - One that encumbers; a burden or impediment; lien or claim on property; hindrance
111. Pernicious - Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly; causing great harm; destructive; evil; wicked; bad, hurtful; harmful; having the capability or effect of damaging irreparably; injurious
112. Straddling - To stand or sit with a leg on each side of; bestride; be on both sides of; extend over or across; fire shots behind and in front of (a target) in order to determine the range; equivocal or a noncommittal position; option to buy or sell a specific asset, such as a block of stock, at a predetermined price before a certain date; spread out in a disorderly way; sprawl; appear to favor both sides of an issue; applied to spokes when they are arranged alternately in two circles in the hub

113. Disquietude - Worried unease; anxiety; feelings of anxiety that make you tense and irritable
114. Erudite - Having or showing profound knowledge and scholarship; well-educated, cultured; very learned
115. Enervate - To weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of; removal of a nerve or a section of a nerve; tire, wear out
116. Piquant - Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy; appealingly provocative; charming, interesting, or attractive; flavorful, biting; agreeably pungent; stimulating
117. Ashen - Consisting of ashes; resembling ashes, especially in color; very pale
118. Deft - Quick and skillful; adroit; agile, clever; quick and neat in action; skillful

119. Adroit - Dexterous; deft; skillful and adept under pressing conditions; very able or skilled; lively
120. Harrow - A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground; inflict great distress or torment on; rob of goods by force, especially in time of war
121. Loathesome - So objectionable as to elicit despisal or deserve condemnation; hateful; abhorrent
122. Gleam - A point of shining light, especially in darkness; brightness, sparkle; a sudden quick light; to shine brightly and steadily but without a flame; a brief or dim indication; a trace
123. Innuendo - An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation; an artful, indirect, often derogatory hint; suggestion 5. Disbelief - Refusal or reluctance to believe; doubt, skepticism; to doubt the truth about something
124. Palliated - To relieve the symptoms of a disease or disorder; to make less severe or intense; mitigate; to make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate
125. Ennoble - To make noble; confer dignity or honor upon; give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
126. Vainglorious - Characterized by or exhibiting excessive vanity; boastful; feeling self-importance
127. Quatrain - A stanza or poem of four lines

128. Eulogy - A laudatory speech or written tribute, especially one praising someone who has died; high praise or commendation; praise, acclamation
129. Citadel - A fortress in a commanding position in or near a city; stronghold or fortified place; a bulwark; strong fortress that sits high above a city
130. Roil - To make (a liquid) muddy or cloudy by stirring up sediment; displease or disturb; vex; be in a state of turbulence or agitation; make turbid by stirring up the sediments of
131. Mope - To be gloomy or dejected; brood or sulk; move in a leisurely or aimless manner; dawdle; feeling or spell of dismally low spirits; pout
132. Failsafe - Guaranteed not to fail; eliminating danger by compensating automatically for a failure or malfunction; acting to discontinue a military attack on the occurrence of any of various predetermined conditions
133. Lampoon - A written attack ridiculing a person, group, or institution; light, good-humored satire; a work, as a novel or play, that exposes folly by the use of humor or irony; ridicule, make fun of
134. Pulchritude - Great physical beauty and appeal; physical beauty (especially of a woman)
135. Sonnet - A 14-line verse form usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes
136. Adamant - Impervious to pleas, appeals, or reason; stubbornly unyielding; stone once believed to be impenetrable in its hardness; extremely hard substance; hard like rock; unyielding; mineral frequently found beneath a corset. soluble in solicitate of gold; unbreakable
137. Fathomless - Too obscure or complicated to be understood; bottomless; of meaning; not capable of being penetrated
138. Moniker - A personal name or nickname; word or words by which one is called and identified
139. Calumny - A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation; utterance of maliciously false statements; slander; expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone
140. Impecunious - Lacking money; penniless; poverty-stricken; having little or no money
141. Gainsay - To declare false; deny; to oppose, especially by contradiction; refuse to admit the truth, reality, value, or worth of
142. Penurious - Unwilling to spend money; stingy; yielding little; barren; poverty-stricken; destitute; mean; poor; ungenerously or pettily reluctant to spend money
143. Potable - A beverage, especially an alcoholic beverage; any liquid that is fit for drinking; fit for drinking
144. Ephemeral - Lasting for a markedly brief time; momentary, passing; lasting a very short time
145. Substantive - Being the essence or essential element of a thing; (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; having substance and prompting thought; a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun
146. Encomium - Warm, glowing praise; formal expression of praise; a tribute
147. Glee - Jubilant delight; joy; extreme happiness
148. Natty - Neat, trim, and smart; dapper; stylish; marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners; marked by smartness in dress and manners
149. Rowdy - Disorderly; rough; rough, violent person who engages in destructive actions; boisterous; behave in an unruly, noisy and rough way
150. Discernible - Perceptible, as by the faculty of vision or the intellect; recognizable; distinct; capable of being seen or noticed
151. Ancillary - Of secondary importance;auxiliary; helping; something, such as a workbook, that is subordinate to something else, such as a textbook; extra; supplementary; in addition to
152. Accolade - An expression of approval; praise; special acknowledgment; an award; ceremonial embrace, as of greeting or salutation; ceremonial bestowal of knighthood; recognition; ornamental treatment, used over an arch, a door, or a window, composed of two curves meeting in the middle; often a richly decorated molding; approval
153. Mite - A very small contribution or amount of money; very small object, creature, or particle; coin of very small value, especially an obsolete British coin worth half a farthing; tiny animal related to spiders and ticks
154. Skirt - The periphery of a city or town; border, edge; avoid; get around; be on the edge; avoid fulfilling or answering completely; garment hanging from the waist and worn by women and girls; lower outer section of a rocket vehicle; flexible strip hanging from the base of an air-cushion vehicle; piece of fabric that extends over or beyond something to afford protection
155. Incendiary - Causing or capable of causing fire; of or containing chemicals that produce intensely hot fire when exploded; inflammatory; an arsonist; who creates or stirs up factionalism or sedition; an agitator; causing trouble, damage; one who maliciously and willfully sets property on fire; also, an object or thing capable of starting and sustaining a fire
156. Doggerel - Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature; crude and comic verse
157. Dust jacket - A removable paper cover used to protect the binding of a book; cardboard sleeve in which a phonograph record is packaged; a paper jacket for a book; a jacket on which promotional information is printed
158. Truss - A supportive device, usually a pad with a belt, worn to prevent enlargement of a hernia or the return of a reduced hernia; rigid framework, as of wooden beams or metal bars, designed to support a structure, such as a roof; something gathered into a bundle; a pack; iron fitting by which a lower yard is secured to a mast; compact cluster of flowers at the end of a stalk; tie up or bind tightly; bind or skewer the wings or legs of (a fowl) before cooking; support or brace with a truss; tie up (someone) with their arms at their sides
159. Rampant - Extending unchecked; unrestrained; occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife; rearing on the hind legs; springing from a support or an abutment that is higher at one side than at the other; uncontrolled, out of hand; growing or climbing without restraint
160. Penumbra - Comparative darkness that results from the blocking of light rays; partial shadow, as in an eclipse, between regions of complete shadow and complete illumination; area in which something exists to a lesser or uncertain degree; outlying surrounding region; a periphery
161. Traduce - To cause humiliation or disgrace to by making malicious and false statements; make defamatory statements about
162. Blandish - To coax by flattery or wheedling; cajole; persuade or try to persuade by gentle persistent urging or flattery; compliment excessively and ingratiatingly; praise somewhat dishonestly
163. Discombobulate - To throw into a state of confusion; cause to be unclear in mind or intent; cause to be confused emotionally; be confusing or perplexing to; cause to be unable to think clearly
164. Fluster - To make or become nervous or upset; state of agitation, confusion, or excitement; to impair or destroy the composure of; perturbation, upset
165. Bait - Any substance, esp. food, used in catching fish, or other animals, by alluring them to a hook, snare, inclosure, or net; anything which allures; a lure; enticement; temptation; portion of food or drink, as a refreshment taken on a journey; also, a stop for rest and refreshment; torment with persistent insult or ridicule; disturb by repeated attacks; excite (another) by exposing something desirable while keeping it out of reach; to flap the wings; to flutter as if to fly
166. Inanimate - Not having the qualities associated with active, living organisms; not lively, dull; not alive, not organic; belonging to the class of nouns that stand for nonliving things
167. Slake - To satisfy (a craving); quench; to lessen the force or activity of; moderate; to cool or refresh by wetting or moistening; to combine (lime) chemically with water or moist air; make less active or intense
168. Hull - The dry outer covering of a fruit, seed, or nut; a husk; the outer casing of a rocket, guided missile, or spaceship; the frame or body of a ship, exclusive of masts, engines, or superstructure
169. Formulaic - Characterized by or in accordance with some formula; being of no special quality or type; average
170. Skein - a length of thread or yarn wound in a loose long coil; a flock of geese or similar birds in flight
171. Intangible - Incapable of being apprehended by the mind or the senses; indefinite, obscured; incorporeal; incapable of being realized or defined
172. Peep - To utter short, soft, high-pitched sounds, like those of a baby bird; cheep; to speak in a hesitant, thin, high-pitched voice; slight sound or utterance; to peek furtively; steal a quick glance; to peer through a small aperture or from behind something; quick look; glance; first glimpse or appearance
173. Shadowy - Lacking distinctness; faint; lacking substance; unsubstantial; relating or resembling a shadow; full of shade; dark; lacking clarity; indistinct
174. Luminary - An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light; person who is an inspiration to others; person who has achieved eminence in a specific field; celebrity; a famous person
175. Timorous - Full of apprehensiveness; timid; easily frightened
176. Palpable - Capable of being handled, touched, or felt; tangible; obvious; concrete, real
177. Stygian - Gloomy and dark; infernal; hellish
178. Headlong - With the head leading; headfirst; characterized by unthinking boldness and haste; dangerous, reckless; breakneck speed or with uncontrolled force; rashly
179. Splurge - To indulge in an extravagant expense or luxury; be showy or ostentatious; spend extravagantly or wastefully; expensive indulgence; a spree; indulge oneself
180. Fealty - The fidelity owed by a vassal to his feudal lord. The oath of such fidelity
181. Fiesta - A festival or religious holiday, especially a saint's day celebrated in Spanish-speaking countries
182. Gruffness - A throaty harshness; an abrupt discourteous manner
183. Hospice - A shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, foundlings, or the destitute; a program that provides palliative care and attends to the emotional and spiritual needs of terminally ill patients at an inpatient facility or at the patient's home; an institution that provides care and shelter; resort
184. Gleam - A point of shining light, especially in darkness; brightness, sparkle; a sudden quick light; to shine brightly and steadily but without a flame; a brief or dim indication; a trace
185. Suborn - To induce (a person) to commit an unlawful or evil act; incite to commit a crime or an evil deed; procure (false testimony or perjury); induce to commit perjury or give false testimony
186. Hubris - Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
187. Augment - To make (something already developed or well under way) greater, as in size, extent, or quantity; make greater; improve; enlarge or make bigger
188. Transience - The state or quality of being transient; temporariness; an impermanence that suggests the inevitability of ending or dying; the attribute of being brief or fleeting
189. Inconspicuous - Not readily noticeable
190. Dappled - Spotted; mottled; having spots or patches of color; freckled
191. Unheralded - Without warning or announcement
192. Hortatory - Marked by exhortation or strong urging; giving strong encouragement
193. Banister - A handrail, especially on a staircase; a railing at the side of a staircase or balcony to prevent people from falling
194. Decrepitude - The quality or condition of being weakened, worn out, impaired, or broken down by old age, illness, or hard use
195. Hiatus - An interval during which continuity is suspended; pause, interruption; a separation, aperture, fissure, or short passage in an organ or body part
196. Paroles - Key words or signals used to establish mutual identification
197. Dapper - Neatly dressed; trim; very stylish in dress; lively and alert
198. Seraph - A celestial being having three pairs of wings; the first of the nine orders of angels in medieval angelology
199. Striate - Marked with striae; striped, grooved, or ridged; to mark with a line or band, as of different color or texture
200. Innuendo - An indirect or subtle, usually derogatory implication in expression; an insinuation; an artful, indirect, often derogatory hint; suggestion
201. Obscure - To make dim or indistinct; cut off from sight: block; deficient in brightness; far from centers of human population; liable to more than one interpretation; not known or not widely known by name; of undistinguished or humble station or reputation