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Chapter Eleven

abominable · terrible

alien · foreign or unknown

arrogant · proud or conceited

assault · attack

asserted · stated or declared

blunt · dull

burgeoning · budding or growing

capitulate · submit or give in

chasten · scold or punish

compelling · convincing or forceful

complacently · smugly or self-assuredly

concrete · rock-solid or tangible

concur · agree

crisis · disaster or emergency

decided · definite or certain

defunct · no longer functioning

deleted · erased

disinclined · reluctant or hesitant

dispose · destroy or get rid of

distorted · misshapen

dither · hesitate or waste time

elicit · extract or draw out

enigma · mystery or puzzle

erudite · well-educated

exaggeratedly · overly or excessively

exonerated · cleared or acquitted

exploits · deeds or activities

extemporaneous · sudden or improvised

extended · gave or offered

flourish · thrive or prosper

forestall · prevent

forgo · give up

forum · environment

fret · worry

galling · painful or maddening

gravity · seriousness

grovel · beg or plead

illustrating · showing

immeasurable · huge

implement · tool or instrument

index · directory

ingenuous · innocent or naïve

initiative · lead or control

insidious · sinister

inured · accustomed

irk · annoy

irrefutable · unquestionable

jeopardy · danger

jolly · cheerful

liable · legally responsible

logical · rational or reasonable

massive · huge

maximize · increase as much as possible

medieval · from the Middle Ages (5th–15th centuries A.D

metamorphosis · transformation or change

negligent · careless or inattentive

nurture · encourage or foster

palatable · tasty or delicious

placid · calm

prattle · babble or chatter

pretense · deceit or falseness

primary · main or most important

priorities · goals or concerns

quagmire · swamp

rampant · widespread

repudiating · rejecting

respite · break

restraint · self-control

reveal · tell

revelation · confession or admission

revered · respected

sanguine · confident or optimistic

solicitous · attentive or concerned

stupendous · amazing or wonderful

subjugate · overcome or suppress

systematically · thoroughly or methodically

tactic · strategy or plan

tamper · tinker or meddle

temper · control or regulate

vindicated · blameless or proven right

vitriolic · cruel or spiteful

yoke · join or attach

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