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an establishment or reestablishment of harmonious relationsa rapprochement reached between warring factions.
 2panachea grand or flamboyant mannerwhich the latter practised with such panache
 3lampoonedto mock or ridiculeto lampoon important leaders in the government
 4bouffantpuffed outbouffant hairdo
 5visceralcharacterized by or proceeding from instinct rather than intellecta visceral reaction
harboured a visceral enmity towards it
 6cock a snookA derisive gesturecocked a snook at the world's sole superpower
 7reprehensibledeserving of reproof, rebuke, or censure; blameworthyHis methods were reprehensible
 8torridardent; passionate
oppressively hot, parching, or burning, as climate, weather, or air
a torrid love story
to become or cause to become bitter, irritated, etc, esp over a long period of timeresentment festered his imagination
 10hue and cryany public clamor, protest, or alarma general hue and cry against the war
causing or being a subject for censure, reproach, or disapprovalThis room is in deplorable order.
You have deplorable manners!
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary:
to obviate the risk of serious injury
gloomy or depressing; pessimisticHollywood movies seldom have downbeat endings.
to strike against or push repeatedly
to contend against; battle.
The wind buffeted the house
anything that gives mental, moral, or political stability or steadinessthe ballast of a steady income
to hand down; pass on.
She bequeathed her half of the company to her niece.
 17languishto lose vigor and vitality
to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity
to be subjected to delay or disregard
to languish in prison for ten years
a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year
a wide-ranging and impressive array or displaythe dazzling panoply of the maharaja's procession
the panoply of European history
 19stymiea situation or problem presenting such difficulties as to discourage or defeat any attempt to deal with or resolve itfailure to do so has stymied this venture from the start    
suppression or terminationabatement of a nuisance
noise abatement    
an often repeated word, formula, or phrase, often a truism
If I hear the “less is more” mantra one more time, I'll scream
pertaining  or relating directly and significantly to the matter at hand; relevantpertinent details.
to complain naggingly or constantly; grumble
changeable; mercurial; flighty
a volatile disposition
 25unsettlingto vex or agitate the mind or emotions of; upset; render unstableThe quarrel unsettled her.
Violence unsettled the government.
strengthening; invigorating
This mountain air is bracing.
to draw out or lengthen, especially in time; extend the duration of; prolong
a prolonged public dispute, debate, or contention; disputation concerning a matter of opinion.
 29culminate (in)
to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development 
the limit of knowledge or the most advanced achievement in a particular field
the frontiers of physics
 31enviableworthy of envy, very desirablean enviable position
 32explicitfully and clearly expressed or demonstrated; leaving nothing merely impliedexplicit instructions; an explicit act of violence; explicit language
epitome, image, prototype, substitution class

the act or practice of deceiving;  concealment or distortion of the truth for the purpose of misleading; duplicity; fraud; cheatingOnce she exposed their deceit, no one ever trusted them again.
of, applicable to, or referring to all the members of a genus,  class, group, or kind; general.
a generic term
to avoid or escape by speed, cleverness, trickery, etc.; evade; to escape the understanding, perception, or appreciation ofto elude capture.
The answer eludes me.
a level or point at which something would happen, would cease to happen, or would take effect, become true 
 38polariseto divide into sharply opposing factions, political groups, etcThe controversy has polarized voters into proabortion and antiabortion groups.
appealing to the interests or prejudices of ordinary people  
deficient in quantity or quality; lacking fullness or richness; scanty; inadequate a meager salary
an assertion made with little or no proof 
to involve; entangle
a basic or necessary item of food She bought flour, sugar, salt, and other staples.
to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainlyHe manifested his approval with a hearty laugh
to decrease in strength, intensity, etc.Her enthusiasm for the cause is waning.
 46stave off
to prevent in time; forestallHe wasn't able to stave off bankruptcy.
to investigate or examine thoroughly for repair or revisionNext year we're going to overhaul the curriculum.
to replace (one thing) by something else.
the underlying cause of their discontent
fundamental; basic 
 50understateto state  or represent less strongly or strikingly than the facts would bear out; set forth in restrained, moderate, or weak termsThe casualty lists understate the extent of the disaster.
to stop developing, growing, progressing, or advancingMy mind is stagnating from too much TV.
(of a computer) to be restarted.
majority of opinion;
general agreement or concord; harmony
The consensus of the group was that they should meet twice a month.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.
not satisfactory; poor; inferiorMediocre construction makes that building dangerous.
no longer in general use; fallen into disuse; of a discarded or outmoded type; out of datean obsolete battleship.
any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.
a situation from which extrication is very difficulta quagmire of financial indebtedness.
to promote the growth or development of; further; encourageto foster new ideas
to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impedeThe storm hindered our progress.
inflexible, strict, or severea rigid disciplinarian; rigid rules of social behavior.
a person who refuses to agree or compromise, as in politics. 
complete or total; without restraint, reserve, or concealment; openlyan outright loss
an outright refusal.
Tell me outright what's bothering you.
readily seen; exposed to sight; open to view; visible; capable of being easily perceived or understoodThe crack in the wall was readily apparent.
The solution to the problem was apparent to all.
to become milder; lessen in severity.
to mitigate a punishment
tending to argument or strife; quarrelsome; causing, involving, or characterized by argument or controversya contentious crew
contentious issues
serving as, or being an essential part of, a foundation or basis; basic; underlyingfundamental principles; the fundamental structure
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etcHe aligned himself with the liberals.
a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands.
The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
a strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political changea backlash of angry feeling among Southern conservatives within the party.
habituated; acclimated (usually followed by to)accustomed to staying up late; accustomed to the noise of the subway
 72whittle (away)
to reduce the amount of, as if by whittling;  pare down; take away by degrees to whittle away one's inheritance.
to abandon control ofto unleash his fury
 74confined (to)
to enclose within bounds; limit or restrict Confine your efforts to finishing the book.
 75derive (from)
to receive or obtain from a source or origin 
fighting  between rivals, people closely associated, members of a group, etc 
an apparent probability of advancement, success, profit, etc.; the outlook for the future
good business prospects.
 78akin (to)
allied by nature; having the same propertiesSomething akin to vertigo was troubling her.
devotee, fan, lover
a movie buff
to remove a veil  or other covering from; display; revealThe woman unveiled herself.
a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
very fast or rapid; very severe or intense.a blistering pace.
to recover, as from ill health or discouragement
to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses; to recognize, discern, envision, or understandI perceived an object looming through the mist.
This is a nice idea but I perceive difficulties in putting it into practice.
to treat (someone) with indifference; ignore, especially pointedly or contemptuously; snub to be slighted by society
as much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fitThis car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.
devious in course or purpose; misdirected; contrary; perverse.
to exist; continue in existence
favouritism shown to relatives or close friends by those with power or influence  
any source, real or imaginary, of needless fright or fear; a persistent problem or source of annoyance.
damaging, prejudicial, prejudicious
smoking can be detrimental to health
the act or an instance of going, especially from an enclosed place.
The flight crew is responsible for the safe egress of the passengers.
characterized by flaws;  having imperfections: a flawed gem; a seriously flawed piece of work.
characterized by ease in bending; limber; lithesupple movements
to cherish as sacredThe memory of our friendship will be enshrined in my heart.
hazy, vague, indistinct, or confused: a nebulous recollection of the meeting a nebulous distinction between pride and conceit
 97nuts and bolts
the essential or basic aspectsto learn the nuts and bolts of a new job.
a state of great commotion, confusion, or disturbance; tumult; agitation; disquiet: mental turmoil caused by difficult decisions
to support by a buttress; prop up.;
to give encouragement or support to (a person, plan, etc.)
unable to be avoided, evaded, or escaped; certain; necessary;sure to occur, happen, or unalterable an inevitable conclusion
The inevitable end of human life is death.
 101predicamentan unpleasantly difficult, perplexing, or dangerous situationIt was hard to make his friend understand his predicament.
overpowering wonder or surprise; amazementHe looked with astonishment at his friends.
to injure the credit  or reputation of; defamean effort to discredit honest politicians.
to tower above; overlook; overshadow; to rule over; govern; contro A tall pine dominated the landscape.
a significant or historic event, juncture, achievement, etc
The court decision stands as a landmark in constitutional law.
to be in a vigorous state; thrivea period in which art flourished.
occurring within a short time; happening speedilyrapid growth
a rapid worker
not clearly defined or determined; not precise or exact an indefinite boundary
indefinite date in the future.
indisposed to action or exertion; lacking in energy; lazy; indolent; slow to act or respond: a sluggish disposition
a sluggish car engine
easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; fraila fragile ceramic container
a very fragile alliance.
agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible; having or exercising reason, sound judgment, or good sensea rational plan for economic development.
a calm and rational negotiator.
of very great area or extent; immense; of very great size or proportions; huge; enormousthe vast reaches of outer space
vast piles of rubble left in the wake of the war
 113at loggerheads
engaged in a disagreement or dispute; quarrelingThey were at loggerheads over the distribution of funds.
to feel or show displeasure or indignation at (a person, act, remark, etc.) from a sense of injury or insult. 
austere  quality; severity of manner, life, etc.; sternnessausterities of monastery life.
caution with regard to practical matters; discretion;
provident care in the management of resources; economy; frugality.
a contingent  event; a chance, accident, or possibility conditional on something uncertainNothing was left to contingency.
He was prepared for every contingency.
to dull or deaden; depressto dampen one's spirits
to waste time; idle; trifle; loiterStop dawdling and help me with these packages!
deviating from the regular or proper course; erring;  straying 

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