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lionize, amalgamate, gainsay, bedaub, adumbrate

lionize - To look on or treat (a person) as a celebrity.
Synonyms: celebrate, lionise
Usage: She lionized her older brother and was always proud to be seen with him.

amalgamate - To combine into a unified or integrated whole; unite.
Synonyms: commix, mingle, unify, mix
Usage: But the three zones mingle and amalgamate along the edges, like the colors in the solar spectrum.

gainsay - To oppose, especially by contradiction.
Synonyms: challenge, dispute
Usage: In vain did the poor old father weep and implore her pity; she was firm, and he dared not gainsay her.

bedaub - To smear; soil.
Synonyms: besmear
Usage: The natives were discernible, not merely to the eye but to the nostrils, by the awful odors of the rancid grease with which they bedaub their bodies.

adumbrate - To give a sketchy outline of; to disclose partially or guardedly.
Synonyms: outline, sketch, intimate, insinuate
Usage: Before beginning his dissertation, he adumbrated his ideas to his professor.
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by scummy | 2010-05-11 21:10 | english

aviary, perfidy, patrolman, legate, driblet

aviary - A large enclosure for holding birds in confinement.
Synonyms: volary, bird sanctuary
Usage: We visited the aviary to see the exotic birds advertised in the brochure.

perfidy - Deliberate breach of faith; calculated violation of trust.
Synonyms: perfidiousness, treachery, betrayal, treason
Usage: Discovering that he had sold her confidences to the tabloids, she was outraged at his perfidy.

patrolman - A policeman who patrols a given region.
Synonyms: flatfoot
Usage: The patrolman was familiar with the area and knew the noises he was hearing were coming from foraging raccoons, not people.

legate - An official emissary, especially an official representative of the pope.
Synonyms: official emissary
Usage: Cardinal Giovanni Battista Caprara was the legate of Pope Pius VII in France.

driblet - A small quantity (especially of a liquid).
Synonyms: drop
Usage: A driblet of water escaped from the corner of her mouth.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:37 | english

Stygian, litigious, obdurate, opprobrious, inexorable

Stygian - Gloomy and dark; hellish.
Synonyms: dark, infernal, Acheronian
Usage: Children feared the monsters that were said to lurk in the depths of the Stygian forest.

litigious - Related to or tending to engage in lawsuits or disputes.
Synonyms: contentious, disputatious, argumentative
Usage: The aide had been so litigious that she was eventually fired for insubordination.

obdurate - Hardened against feeling; hardhearted.
Synonyms: flint, granitic, stony, flinty
Usage: The child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart.

opprobrious - Expressing contemptuous reproach; bringing disgrace.
Synonyms: abusive, scornful, shameful, ignominious
Usage: His opprobrious conduct during an assembly earned him a series of Saturday detentions.

inexorable - Not capable of being persuaded by entreaty; relentless.
Synonyms: relentless, grim, unappeasable, unrelenting, unforgiving, stern
Usage: The inexorable investigator questioned the witness repeatedly, long after she had been reduced to tears and claimed to know nothing more.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:36 | english

quandary, cerumen, anonym, bluejacket, ether

quandary - A state of uncertainty or perplexity.
Synonyms: dilemma, plight, predicament
Usage: The situation was awkward, but nothing like the quandary they had found themselves in when their car had broken down on a deserted road.

cerumen - A soft yellow wax secreted by glands in the ear canal.
Synonyms: earwax
Usage: A buildup of cerumen was irritating Billy's ear, so his mother gently cleaned the area with a cotton swab.

anonym - A pseudonym.
Synonyms: nom de guerre, pseudonym
Usage: Aware that all kinds of people would be reading the bulletin board, he used an anonym when posting messages on it.

bluejacket - An enlisted person in the US or British Navy; a sailor.
Synonyms: sailor, navy man, sailor boy
Usage: The big steam pinnace went off to her ship to bring over a few bluejackets to furl my sails for me.

ether - The element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space above the sphere of the moon and to compose the stars and planets.
Synonyms: heavens, medium, quintessence
Usage: I dreamt that I rose higher and higher, until I was flying through the ether towards the stars.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:35 | english

auricular, perfidious, mellifluous, spurious, mercantile

auricular - Of or relating to the sense of hearing or the organs of hearing.
Synonyms: otic
Usage: This dignitary, conferring in secrecy, bent his head as though stooping to the Papistical practice of receiving auricular confession.

perfidious - Of, relating to, or marked by perfidy; treacherous.
Synonyms: punic, treacherous
Usage: After Frank betrayed him, James swore he would never forgive his friend's perfidious behavior.

mellifluous - Flowing with sweetness or honey.
Synonyms: mellisonant, dulcet, honeyed, sweet
Usage: This he filled up with alcohol, and stirred the fiery and mellifluous ingredients together.

spurious - Lacking authenticity or validity in essence or origin; not genuine.
Synonyms: specious, unauthentic
Usage: The professor explained to the student that her essay had received a "C" due to numerous examples of spurious reasoning.

mercantile - Of or relating to merchants or trade.
Synonyms: moneymaking, commercial
Usage: While the nation's farmers faced a depression, mercantile enterprises flourished.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:35 | english

fugacious, deleterious, hieratic, frowzy, baneful

fugacious - Passing away quickly; evanescent.
Synonyms: ephemeral, passing, short-lived, transitory, transient
Usage: Restless, shifting, fugacious as time itself is a certain vast bulk of the population of the red brick district of the lower West Side.

deleterious - Having a harmful effect; injurious.
Synonyms: injurious, hurtful
Usage: A guest speaker came to the high school to warn the students about the deleterious effects of smoking.

hieratic - Of or associated with sacred persons or offices; a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics used especially by the priests; extremely formal or stylized, as in a work of art.
Synonyms: priestly, sacerdotal
Usage: The figures in Byzantine paintings are arranged in hieratic compositions, used as symbols for religious truths rather than true representations.

frowzy - Unkempt; slovenly.
Synonyms: slovenly, frowsy
Usage: Between his frowzy clothes and late arrival, he made a decidedly bad first impression.

baneful - Causing harm, ruin, or death.
Synonyms: pernicious, pestilent, deadly, harmful
Usage: He made some commonplace observation upon the baneful effect of the night air at the season.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:34 | english

hebetude, Zeitgeist, artistry, mnemonic, stalagmite

hebetude - Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.
Synonyms: lassitude, sluggishness
Usage: After the long weeks of summer hebetude, returning to school was a shock for many students.

Zeitgeist - The spirit of the time; the taste and outlook characteristic of a period or generation.
Synonyms: flavor, spirit, tone
Usage: As much as critics decry reality television, it seems to have become a part of the Zeitgeist.

artistry - A superior skill that one can learn by study and practice and observation.
Synonyms: prowess, art
Usage: They were wrought to such a pitch of nervous dread by the uncanny artistry of their witch-doctor, they were helpless with terror.

mnemonic - A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering.
Synonyms: aide-memoire
Usage: The students came up with a mnemonic to help themselves remember the colors of the rainbow.

stalagmite - A conical mineral deposit built up on the floor of a cavern, formed from the dripping of mineral-rich water.
Synonyms: dripstone
Usage: Navigating through the cave, they passed stalagmites formed in strange shapes that resembled monsters in the dim light.
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by scummy | 2010-03-17 12:33 | english

waft, flummox, perambulate, exculpate, bode

waft - To cause to go gently and smoothly through the air or over water.
Synonyms: drift, float, blow
Usage: The scent of her perfume wafted through the room.

flummox - To confuse; perplex.
Synonyms: baffle, bewilder, nonplus, puzzle
Usage: The game was designed to flummox its players, presenting them with a series of complex riddles.

perambulate - To walk through.
Synonyms: walk about, walk around
Usage: She liked to perambulate the room with a duster in her hand, with which she stopped to polish the backs of already lustrous books, musing and romancing as she did so.

exculpate - To clear of guilt or blame.
Synonyms: acquit, assoil, exonerate, vindicate
Usage: He was exculpated from the charge when the real criminal confessed.

bode - To be an omen of.
Synonyms: augur, portend, foreshadow, presage, foretell
Usage: The peace accord bodes well for the city under siege.
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by scummy | 2010-03-12 05:31 | english

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