AAA – 72 Words

annulment

an official or legal cancellation

Humphries responded a month later asking for an annulment, claiming the couple’s nuptials were based on fraud.Seattle Times (Aug 15, 2012)
injunction

a judicial remedy to prohibit a party from doing something

A lower court threw out an injunction blocking enforcement of the judgment.
effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

The magistrate raised his eyebrows at our effrontery and then cleared his throat again.O’Neil, Owen Rowe
commensurate

corresponding in size or degree or extent

But it is worth noting that regulators are being asked to do a lot without a commensurate increase in resources.New York Times (Jan 20, 2011)
delineate

represented accurately or precisely

“Clearly, further research is needed to delineate this issue.”
contention

the act of competing as for profit or a prize

Brussels tries to manage fisheries by setting limits on how much fish member states can catch but quotas are a regular source of contention.
distend

cause to expand as if by internal pressure

Swollen; inflated; distended; puffed up, as cattle when gorged with green food which develops gas.Webster, Noah
daunt

cause to lose courage

Launching a successful site, especially one catering to a younger, tech-savvy clientele, can be daunting and involved.
facetious

cleverly amusing in tone

When I say things like “Grow up,” I’m being facetious.Slate (Feb 2, 2012)
apprise

inform somebody of something

Back at our operating room, the pediatric cardiac anesthesiologists have been kept apprised of how things are progressing.
abstemious

marked by temperance in indulgence

He is, I believe, abstemious in eating and drinking, caring only for the homeliest fare.McCarthy, Justin
castigation

verbal punishment

Head teachers have warned “constant castigation” was damaging morale.
endemic

native to or confined to a certain region

Mr. Webster addressed the citizens in his usual felicitous manner.Casseday, Ben
prevaricate

be deliberately ambiguous or unclear

But the “desirable” foreign nationals, particularly capricious dignitaries, can be just as much work, if not more.
felicitous

exhibiting an agreeably appropriate manner or style

Nevertheless, there is a fundamental comity between the brown peoples.Stoddard, Lothrop
capricious

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity

Travel time needs to be as short as possible; every hour between harvest and transplant can have deleterious effects on organ function.
comity

a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility

Wolves kill moose, and ravens help pick the bones clean.New York Times (Feb 27, 2012)
deleterious

harmful to living things

Warren comes across as an effete and slightly deranged liberal professor.Slate (Nov 22, 2011)
raven

feed greedily

He looked at her with effrontery & made a mocking bow.Gilchrist, Anne Burrows
effete

excessively self-indulgent, affected, or decadent

Mr. Kaplan said the police did not know what precipitated the shooting.
effrontery

audacious behavior that you have no right to

Every few years, a new one comes along, each promising unprecedented verisimilitude.Slate (Jul 26, 2012)
palpable

capable of being perceived

It’s a series of one-on-one battles in which dodging, parrying and blocking attacks are just as important as slashing your foes.Seattle Times (Dec 29, 2011)
precipitate

bring about abruptly

Your absence will certainly be construed as indifference — or worse.New York Times (Jul 19, 2012)
parlance

a manner of speaking natural to a language’s native speakers

verisimilitude

the appearance of truth; the quality of seeming to be true

parry

impede the movement of

construe

make sense of; assign a meaning to

parley

a negotiation between enemies

strident

unpleasantly loud and harsh

obtrude

push to thrust outward

realm

a domain in which something is dominant

pellucid

transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity

pariah

a person who is rejected from society or home

obloquy

state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

phlegmatic

showing little emotion

subliminal

below the threshold of conscious perception

subsume

contain or include

salubrious

promoting health

prattle

speak about unimportant matters rapidly and incessantly

perfidious

tending to betray

sojourn

a temporary stay

syllogism

reasoning in which a conclusion is derived from two premises

quaff

swallow hurriedly or greedily or in one draught

rampart

an embankment built around a space for defensive purposes

nugatory

of no real value

steadfast

marked by firm determination or resolution; not shakable

scourge

something causing misery or death

protract

lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer

prodding

a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

perfidious

tending to betray

meretricious

tastelessly showy

firmament

the sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected

gamut

a complete extent or range

respite

a pause from doing something

harangue

a loud bombastic declamation expressed with strong emotion

ignominious

deserving or bringing disgrace or shame

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

purport

have the often specious appearance of being or intending

boor

a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking refinement

protract

lengthen in time; cause to be or last longer

bode

indicate by signs

squalid

foul and run-down and repulsive

syncopation

a musical rhythm accenting a normally weak beat

reprobate

a person without moral scruples

deference

courteous regard for people’s feelings

recondite

difficult to penetrate

adjure

command solemnly

catharsis

purging the body to stimulate evacuation of the bowels

gouge

an impression in a surface, as made by a blow

diaphanous

so thin as to transmit light

affectation

a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display

vicissitude

a variation in circumstances or fortune
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