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Chapter Twelve

admonishing · scolding or yelling at

aggrieved · distressed

appalled · shocked or horrified

appraising · judging or evaluating

banned · barred

blustery · windy

brink · edge

candid · open or honest

charlatan · fraud or faker

chicanery · trickery or deception

chivalry · gentlemanly behavior

circumvented · dodged or sidestepped

civilian · ordinary citizen (as opposed to a soldier or policeman

comprehend · understand

compromise · middle ground

conciliated · made peace with

concoct · make up

constituted · amounted to

contradictory · conflicting

convoluted · complicated or difficult

culpable · guilty

cunning · slyness or sneakiness

debacle · incident

deteriorating · decaying or falling apart

disconcerting · upsetting or disturbing

dispensing · giving out

divert · distract

domestic · made in this country

droll · funny or entertaining

dwindle · decrease or diminish

eclipsed · overshadowed or overwhelmed

elaborate · complex or complicated

elucidated · made clear

embarked · began or started

emulate · imitate

enmeshed · trapped or tangled

entice · tempt

eradicated · wiped out

exemplify · embody or epitomize

frenzy · flurry or storm

frustrating · blocking or preventing

garbled · muddled or inaudible

garish · bright or gaudy

gibes · taunts or jokes

harass · bother or pester

hermit · loner

hidebound · narrow-minded

hoarding · saving or stockpiling

hors doeuvres · appetizers

hostage · prisoner

illusion · fantasy or daydream

immense · enormous

impound · seize

incidental · beside the point

incompetent · useless or bungling

inconsequential · unimportant or insignificant

inconstant · unreliable or unpredictable

indecision · uncertainty

inevitable · certain or unavoidable

inhibit · stop or discourage

iniquitous · evil or unfair

intensifying · increasing or deepening

intricate · elaborate or fancy

luminous · bright or brilliant

lurid · racy or explicit

mayhem · confusion or chaos

meekly · timidly or tamely

mellow · calm or laid-back

melodramatic · sensational or dramatic

mettle · nerve or guts

mollify · calm or pacify

mutual · common or shared

negotiating · discussing or bargaining

neurotic · irrational or obsessed

obstructed · blocked

pacify · calm

palliate · excuse or cover for by apologizing

parched · very thirsty

pontificate · preach

preconceived · existing beforehand

predecessor · person who held the job previously

prerogative · choice or right

quench · satisfy

radical · extreme or revolutionary

ranted · shouted or raged

rational · sensible or reasonable

reassure · encourage or give confidence

rectified · fixed or set right

rendezvous · meeting or date

resonating · echoing or booming

rival · competitor or challenger

roster · list

savoring · enjoying

soiree · evening party

superficial · shallow or insincere

unkempt · messy or scruffy

unremittingly · endlessly or relentlessly

urgency · insistence or need

vehemently · heatedly or intensely

volatile · unstable or explosive

winced · flinched or cringed

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