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lax
lacking in rigor, strictness, or firmness
protocol
the forms of ceremony and etiquette observed by diplomats and heads of state
negligence
a failure to act; Law-failure to exercise the degree of care considered reasonable under the circumstances, resulting in an unintended injury to another party
uniform
always the same, as in character or degree; unvarying; unvaried in texture, color, or design
cursory
done in a quick or superficial way
scuffle
a disorderly confused fight or struggle at close quarters; a hoe that is used by pushing it back and forth
prominent
projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant; immediately noticeable; conspicuous; widely known; eminent
abound
to be great in number or amount; to be fully supplied or filled; teem
prologue
an introduction or preface, esp. a poem recited to introduce a play
rankle
to cause persistent irritation or resentment
relish
something that lends pleasure or zest; a spicy or savory condiment
postscript
a message appended at the end of a letter after the writer's signature; additional information at the end
jettison
to discard (something) as unwanted or burdensome
rouse
to arouse from slumber, apathy, or depression; to excite, as to anger or action; stir up
poverty
the state of not having enough money to take care of basic needs such as food, clothing, and housing; a deficiency or lack of something; lack of soil fertility or nutrients
pivot
a small object such as a bar or pin that supports a larger object and lets it turn or swing; crucial person or thing; turning movement; center point of wheeling movement;
casual
occurring by chance; without ceremony or formality; relaxed; suited for everyday wear or use; informal; not serious or thorough; superficial
relinquish
to retire from; give up or abandon; to put aside or desist from (something practiced, professed, or intended); to let go, surrender; to cease holding physically; release
nonchalance
a casual lack of concern
savor
to impart flavor or scent to; to taste or smell, esp. with pleasure; to appreciate fully; enjoy or relish
harmonious
having component elements pleasingly or appropriately combined; characterized by harmony of sound; melodious
avid
marked by keen interest and enthusiasm
encore
an additional performance in response to the demand of an audience
futile
having no useful result
symmetrical
having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
gaunt
thin and bony; angular
flex
to bend something, especially a joint of the body; to bend or be able to be bent; to move or tense a muscle, or become tense or constructed
whit
the least bit; an iota
aptitude
a natural talent or ability for something, especially one that is not yet fully developed; quickness and ease in learning
angular
measured by an angle or by degrees of an arc; bony and lean; gaunt
tepid
slightly warm; showing little enthusiasm or warmth
painstaking
marked by or requiring great pains; very careful and diligent
diverse
differing one from another; made up of distinct characteristics, qualities, or elements
modicum
a small amount, especially of something abstract, such as a particular quality
maneuver
a strategic or tactical military or naval movement; a large-scale tactical exercise carried out under simulated conditions of war; often used in the plural; a movement or procedure...
accolade
a sign or expression of high praise and esteem for somebody; praise and public recognition of somebody's achievements; the ceremonial bestowal of a knighthood by somebody's shoulder...
delve
to search deeply and laboriously;to dig the ground, as with a spade
intricacy
marked by elaborately complex detail
acclaim
praise somebidy lavishly; pronounce somebody to be something; shout enthusiastically; enthusiastic reception;
cliche
a phrase or word that has lost its original effectiveness or power for overuse; an overused activity or notion
rampant
occurring without restraint and frequently, widely, or menacingly; rife
complex
involved or intricate, as in structure; complicated; a whole composed of interconnected or interwoven parts
trite
overused and consequently lacking in interest or originality
compatibility
capable of existing or performing in harmonious, agreeable, or congenial combination with another or others
flail
to thrash or swing something around violently or uncontrollably, or move in this way; to strike or hit something
crucial
vital to the outcome of something; very important or significant
controversy
disagreement on a contentious topic, strongely felt or expressed by all those concerned
abound
to be great in number or amount; to be fully supplied or filled; teem
teem
to be full of things; abound or swarm
avid
marked by keen interest and enthusiasm
provoke
to incite to anger or resentment
motley
having many colors; variegated; a heterogeneous, often incongruous mixture of elements
chafe
to wear away or irritate by rubbing
savor
to impart flavor or scent to; to taste or smell, esp. with pleasure; to appreciate fully; enjoy or relish
cherish
to treat with affection and tenderness; hold dear; to keep fondly in mind; entertain
futile
having no useful result
accolade
a sign or expression of high praise and asteem for somebody; praise
delicacy
something pleasing and appealing, esp.a choice food; fineness of appearance, construction, or execution; elegance; frailty of bodily constitution or health; sensitivity of perception,...
probe
to delve into; investigate
antagonize
to incur the dislike of; provoke hostility or enmity in
postscript
a message appended at the end of a letter after the writer's signature; additional information at the end
indifferent
showing no care or concern for, or interest in, somebody or something; without bias or preference for one person, group or thing rather than another; lacking importance or significance
token
something that represents, expresses, or is a symbol of something else; a disk of metal or plastic used instead of money; an object kept in memory of something
pliable
flexible and easily bent; easily persuaded or influenced; adaptable to change
crest
the top, as of a hill or wave; a usually ornamental tuft, ridge, or similar projection on the head of a bird or other animal
etiquette
the practices and forms prescribed by social convention or by authority
pivot
a small object such as a bar or pin that supports a larger object and lets it turn or swing; crucial person or thing; turning movement; center point of wheeling movement;
shiftless
unwilling to make the effort to be successful or do something properly; lacking the abilities or knowledge required to do something successfully or properly
lop
to cut off (a part), esp. from a tree or shrub
excise
taxation of or a tax imposed on goods for a domestic market only; to edit or delete a part of something, for example a text; to remove something surgically
abstain
to refrain from something by one's own choice; to refrain from voting
conspicuous
easy to notice; obvious; attracting attention, as by being unusual or remarkable; noticable
encore
an additional performance in response to the demand of an audience
fanatic
somebody who has extreme and sometimes irrational enthusiasms or beliefs, especially in religion or politics; somebody who is very enthusiastic about a pastime or hobby
accomplice
an associate in wrongdoing, esp. one who aids or abets another in a criminal act, either as a principal or an accessory
foil
metal in a thin flexible sheet; metal coating in mirror; good contrast; thwart somebody's success; obscure trail; sword for fencing
trample
to tread heavily on something or somebody so as to cause damage or injury; to behave in an insulting contemptious way or to treat somebody in a hurtful, insulting way
prominent
projecting outward or upward from a line or surface; protuberant; immediately noticeable; conspicuous; widely known; eminent
interval
a space between two objects, points, or units; Music: the difference, usually expressed in the number of steps between two pitches
slapdash
careless, hasty, and unskillful
crony
a longtime close friend or companion
menagerie
a collection of live, wild animals on exhibition; a diverse or miscellaneous group
veer
change direction suddenly; change from one opinion to another; shift clockwise (in N. Hemisphere); sail away from wind; to let out a cable or chain or to make it go slack
instigate
to urge on; goad; to stir up; foment


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