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  1. voracious
    devouring or craving food in great quantities
  2. steep
    having a sharp inclination
  3. abound
    exist in large quantities
  4. matron
    a married woman who is staid and dignified
  5. compound
    a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
  6. tinge
    color lightly
  7. gloom
    a state of partial or total darkness
  8. smattering
    a slight or superficial understanding of a subject
  9. badger
    sturdy carnivorous burrowing mammal with strong claws
  10. drudgery
    hard, monotonous, routine work
  11. quarrel
    an angry dispute
  12. scoundrel
    someone who does evil deliberately
  13. chagrin
    strong feelings of embarrassment
  14. throng
    a large gathering of people
  15. accost
    approach and speak to someone aggressively or insistently
  16. panhandler
    a beggar who approaches strangers asking for money
  17. howling
    a long loud emotional utterance
  18. deed
    a legal document to effect a transfer of property
  19. rambling
    spreading out in different directions
  20. hapless
    unfortunate and deserving pity
  21. irate
    feeling or showing extreme anger
  22. warden
    the chief official in charge of a prison
  23. bribe
    payment made to corrupt a person in a position of trust
  24. swerve
    turn sharply; change direction abruptly
  25. alibi
    proof that someone accused of a crime could not have done it
  26. adroit
    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
  27. phony
    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance
  28. scalpel
    a thin straight surgical knife
  29. cajole
    influence or urge by gentle urging, caressing, or flattering
  30. nuance
    a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude
  31. parakeet
    any of numerous small slender long-tailed parrots
  32. jostle
    make one's way by pushing or shoving
  33. inadvertent
    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally
  34. dupe
    fool or hoax
  35. adjourn
    close at the end of a session
  36. loathe
    dislike intensely; feel disgust toward
  37. lackluster
    not having brilliance or vitality
  38. wrest
    obtain by seizing forcibly or violently, also metaphorically
  39. bristle
    a stiff hair
  40. tremulous
    quivering as from weakness or fear
  41. alacrity
    liveliness and eagerness
  42. spring
    move forward by leaps and bounds
  43. stool
    a simple seat without a back or arms
  44. feint
    any distracting or deceptive maneuver
  45. uppercut
    a swinging blow directed upward
  46. gauntlet
    a glove of armored leather that protects the hand
  47. pugnacious
    ready and able to resort to force or violence
  48. brash
    offensively bold
  49. scoff
    laugh at with contempt and derision
  50. belittle
    cause to seem less serious
  51. intimidate
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
Created on September 13, 2011

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