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cogent
convincing, reasonable
didactic
intended to instruct
discourse
conversation
implication
the act of suggesting or hinting
lucid
easily understood
pundit
an authority who expresses opinions
arbiter
a judge who decides a disputed issue
exculpate
to free from guilt or blame
impartial
unbiased
integrity
trustworthiness; completeness
jurisprudence
philosophy or science of law
penitent
expressing remorse for one's misdeeds
substantiated
supported with proof
condescending
treating people as weak or inferior
contemptuous
feeling hatred; scornful
despotic
exercising absolute power
disdain
contempt
imperious
arrogantly domineering or overbearing
patronizing
treating condescendingly
convoluted
intricate; complex
cryptic
difficult to comprehend
quandary
state of uncertainty
dilatory
habitually late
insipid
uninteresting
torpor
laziness
servile
submissive
florid
flowery or elaborate speech
opulent
exhibiting a display of great wealth
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
effusive
emotionally unrestrained; gushy
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
flagrant
extremely or deliberately shocking or noticeable
frenetic
wildly excited or active
gratuitous
given freely; unearned; unwarranted
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
copious
plentiful; having large quantity
permeated
spread or flowing throughout
prodigious
enormous
replete
abundantly supplied; filled to capacity
asylum
a place of retreat or security
auspicious
favorable; promising
benign
kind and gentle
emollient
softening and smoothing
ambivalent
simultaneously having opposed feelings; uncertainty
arbitrary
determined by impulse rather than reason
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
inconsequential
unimportant
tenuous
having little substance or strength
diligent
marked by painstaking effort
dogged
stubbornly persevering
intrepid
courageous; fearless
maverick
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group
tenacity
persistence
consensus
general agreement
incumbent
imposed as a duty
malleable
easily shaped or formed
brusque
rudely abrupt
caustic
bitingly sarcastic or witty
fractious
quarrelsome; unruly
incorrigible
unable to be reformed; inveterate; habitual
ingrate
an ungrateful person
pugnacious
combative; belligerent
reprehensible
worthy of blame
heinous
hatefully evil
malfeasance
misconduct or wrong doing esp by public official
putrid
rotten
rancorous
hateful, marked by deep-seated ill will
archaic
old fashion
mediocrity
the state or quality of being average; of moderate to low quality
ponderous
extremely dull
prosaic
unimaginative; dull
sedentary
not migratory; settled
apprehension
anxiety or fear about the future
harbinger
something that indicates what is to come
premonition
a feeling about the future
timorous
timid; fearful about the future
nascent
coming into existence; emerging
candor
sincerity; openness
frank
open and sincere in expression
conflagration
a widespread fire
nocturnal
of or occurring in the night
sonorous
producing a deep or full sound
conception
the ability to form or understand an idea
conviction
a fixed or strong belief
dogmatic
stubbornly adhering to insufficiently proved beliefs
profound
having great depth or seriousness
inherent
built in
innate
possessed at birth
inveterate
long established; deep-rooted; habitual
emigrate
to leave a country
transient
passing away with time
affable
easy going, friendly
camaraderie
goodwill between friends
cordial
friendly; sincere
facetious
playfully humorous
impinge
hinder; interfere with
melancholy
sadness; depression
sanction
an economic or military measure put in place to punish another country
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial understanding of a field of knowledge
medley
an assortment or mixture (music)
realism
artistic representation that aims for accuracy
virtuous
an tremendously skilled artist
prudent
exercising good judgement or common sense
disparage
to speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
pejorative
describing words or phrases that belittles or speaks negatively of someone
vilify
to make vicious statements about
facile
done or achieved with little effort; easy
fastidious
possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to please
laudatory
giving praise
paramount
of chief concern or importance
abstract
not applied to actual objects
paradigm
an example or model; a set of assumptions
cartographer
one who designs or makes maps
vocation
an occupation or profession
spurious
not genuine; false; counterfeit
clandestine
secretive
coup
a brilliantly executed plan
ruse
a crafty trice
stratagem
a clever trick used to deceive or outwit
surreptitious
due by secretive means
wary
on guard, watchful
abjure
to recant solemnly; renounce or repudiate
recant
say that one no longer holds an opinion or belief
repudiate
refuse to accept or be associated with
abrogate
to abolish, do away with or annul, especially by authority
acumen
quickness of judgement or insight
antebellum
belonging to the period before the war
propitious
giving or indicating a good chance of success; favorable
belie
to give false representation to; to misrepresent; to show to be false; contradiction
adulation
obsequious flattery; excessive admiration
obsequious
full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning
bellicose
warlike or hostile in manner or temperament
bowdlerize
to remove material that is considered objectionable or offensive from; expurgate
chicanery
deception by trickery or sophistry
sophistry
the use of fallacious arguments especially with the intention of deceiving
fallacy
a mistaken belief, especially one based on unsound arguments
churlish
of, like, or befitting a churl; boorish or vulgar. having a bad disposition; surly
surly
bad tempered and unfriendly
circumlocution
the use of unnecessary wordy and indirect language. evasive in speech or writing. a round about expression
circumnavigate
to proceed completely around
deciduous
shedding or losing foliage at the end of the growing season. falling off or shed at a specific season or stage of growth. not lasting; ephemeral
ephemeral
lasting for a very short time
deleterious
having a harmful effect; injurious
diffident
lacking or marked by lack of self confidence; shy and timid
enervate
to weaken or destroy the strength or vitality of
quintessence
the fifth or highest essence of a natural body; the purest or most essential part of a thing
enfranchise
to endow with the right of citizenship, especially the right to vote. to free from slavery.
epiphany
a revelation, manifestation of a divine being. a sudden manifestation of the essence or meaning of something, revelation.
evanescent
vanishing or likely to vanish like vapor.
expurgate
to remove erroneous, vulgar, obscene, or otherwise objectionable material from before publication.
factious
playfully jocular, humorous
jocular
giving to jesting, jocular, humorous.
feckless
lacking purpose or vitality. careless and irresponsible.
fiduciary
of or relating to a holding of something in trust for another. of or being a trustee or trusteeship. held in trust. of or consisting of legal tender, especially paper currency, authorized by a government but not based on or convertible into gold.
filibuster
the use of obstruction of tactics especially prolonged speech making for the purpose of delaying legislature actions. an instance of the use of such tactics. an adventurer who engages in a private military action in a foreign country.
gauche
lacking grace or socially awkward or tactless.
hegemony
the predominant influence of a state, region, or group, over people
hubris
overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance
impeach
to make an accusation against.
incognito
with one's identity disguised or concealed
incontrovertible
impossible to dispute; unquestionable
interpolate
to insert or introduce between other elements. to insert into text to insert into a conversation. to change to falsify a text with new or incorrect material.
irony
the use of words to express something different from and often opposite of their meaning. an expression or utterance marked by a deliberate contrast between apparent and intended meaning.
ambivalence
having mixed feelings or contradictory ideas about something or someone
supplant
supersede and replicate
finagle
act in a devious or dishonest manner
winnow
reduce the number in a set of (people or things) gradually until only the best ones are left.
rhetoric
the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.
abuts
(of an area of land or a building) be next to or have a common boundary with
collude
come to a secret understanding for a harmful purpose; conspire
wry
using or expressing dry, especially mocking
sanguine
cheerfully optimistic
ebullient
cheerful and full of energy
extolled
praise enthusiastically
rebuff
reject in an abrupt or ungracious manner
humility
a modest or low view of one's own importance, humbleness
jejune
not interesting, dull; immature; lacking nutrition
kinetic
motion
kowtow
to show servile deference. an obsequious act.
laissez faire
capitalism
lexicon
a dictionary. a stock of terms used in a particular profession, subject, or style, a vocabulary
loquacious
very talkative; garrulous
lugubrious
mournful, dismal, or gloomy, especially to an exaggerated or ludicrous degree
moiety
a half.
nihilism
philosophy that denies existence is real.
nomenclature
a system of names used in a art or science. the procedure of assigning names to organisms listed in a taxonomic classification
nonsectarian
not limited to or associated with a particular religious denomination
notarize
to certify or attest to as a notary public
oligarchy
government by a few, especially by a small fraction of persons or families.
omnipotent
having unlimited or universal power, authority, enforce, all powerful
orthography
the art and study of spelling
exonerate
to exculpate; to acquit; to justify
obstinacy
the state or quality of being obstinate; inflexibility
temporize
avoid making a decision or committing oneself in order to gain time
abandon
total lack of inhibition
abate
to decrease, to reduce
abnegate
to give up; to deny oneself
abortive
ending without results
abstemious
done sparingly
acrimony
bitterness or ill feeling
cessation
an end
embroil
involved deeply in an argument, conflict, or difficult situation.
immutable
not being changed
reiterate
repeat to make clear
megalomania
obsessed with power; delusion of own power
commensurate
proportional in size
mollify
appease the anger of someone
neophyte
beginner; novice
internecine
destroying both sides
onerous
burdensome
palpable
being able to be felt
ramification
consequence of an an action, especially when complex
perspicacious
having a ready insight into and understanding of things
tacit
understood without being said
emasculate
make less important
pertinacious
holding firmly to an opinion
contentious
likely to start an argument
acquiesce
accept without argument
disparity
inequality in age, rank or degree
pinnacle
highest point
eclectic
made up of a variety of sources or styles
lament
express grief for
indolent
lazy
trepidation
uncertainty; apprehension
pragmatic
practical
staid
serious; unemotional
abet
aid
idealize
to consider perfect
inculcate
to impress something upon the mind by repetition
propriety
appropriateness of behavior
altruism
the belief of selfless concern for others
hackneyed
worn out through over use
antiquated
old fashion
austere
without decoration
supplicate
to beg
equivocate
avoid making a definite statement
intrinsic
belonging naturally
fastidious
possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to blame
amenable
responsible; agreeable
solvent
able to pay one's debts
fatuous
foolish; silly. esp in smug or self satisfied way
perambulator
pedestrian
exemplary
commendable; worthy of imitation
decorous
proper, marked by good taste
transitory
short lived
ostensible
put forth as having a certain character. apparent and not real. prentend; professed
assiduous
hard working
enmity
mutual hatred
trepidation
uncertainty
staid
serious; unemotional
banal
redundant
flippant
lacking proper seriousness
farce
mockery
espouse
adopt; support
elicit
draw out; call forth
frivolous
lacking in seriousness; self indulgently carefree; unimportant
acquit
free someone from a charge
forthright
outspoken
esoteric
only known to a few
enigma
puzzle; mystery
exploit
deed; to use
gluttonous
greedy for food
esteem
respect
castigate
criticize
admonish
advise; scold; remind
ostentatious
show off
suppress
do away with
jubilation
feeling or expressing joy
circuitous
roundabout
nonchalant
cooly unconcerned
placate
to appease or pacify
dupe
gullible, stupidly submissive
eulogize
to praise
obdurate
stubborn
censure
strong expression of disapproval
vehement
passionate
precocious
advanced for one's age
plaudits
praise
extol
praise
sycophant
brown-noser
toady
brown-noser
rebuke
reprimand
reproach
reprimand
mitigate
alleviate
terse
brief
adversary
opponent
succinct
concise
largess
giving gifts to others
vociferous
outspoken
boisterous
lively
denigrate
disparage
inane
silly
ingenious
inventive
pusillanimous
timid
serendipity
(happy) chance
intractable
unmanageable
astute
shrewd
fervor
passion
grandiose
magnificent
deplore
detest
exalt
praise
divulge
reveal
ardor
enthusiasm
pontificate
hold forth; preach
equanimity
calmness
vindicate
acquit; discharge
reticent
reserve
adept
skillful
enumerate
list
levity
humor
insolent
insulting in manner or speech
pithy
succinct; terse
sumptuous
lavish
palatial
luxurious
affectation
pretend to have something you don't
amicable
friendly
berate
scold
obstreperous
unruly
provident
prepare at a good time
deft
skillful
suppress
do away with
phlegmatic
calm
clamorous
noisy
glib
talkative
perfidious
treacherous
wily
cunning
ersatz
artificial
halting
hesitant
laconic
concise
taciturn
untalkative
craven
cowardly
voluble
talkative
strident
harsh
apocryphal
fictional
tractable
malleable
recalcitrant
uncooperative
sagacious
good judgement
curt
terse
stoic
long-suffering; uncomplaining
amalgamate
combine
abscond
leave quickly in secret
abhor
detest
callow
immature; inexperience
ingenuous
naive
disingenuous
insincere
anachronistic
not appropriate at this day of age
largesse
generosity