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aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power or prestige
alchemy
a medieval science aimed at the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold
anachronism
something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue
harsh
severe
contiguous
sharing a border
touching
adjacent
convention
a generally agreed upon practice or attitude
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment
desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate
to make dry or dull
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
disparage
to slight or belittle
divulge
to disclose something secret
immutable
not capable of change
inimical
damaging
harmful
injurious
intractable
not easily managed or directed
stubborn
obstinate
neophyte
a recent convert
a beginner
novice
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds(courtesy manners)
taking liberties
pristine
pure
uncorrupted
clean
probity
adherence to highest principles
uprightness
proclivity
a natrual disposition or inclination
profligate
excessively wasteful
recklessly extravagent
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency
penchant
prosaic
dull
unimaginative
pungent
characterized by a strong, sharo smell or taste
quixotic
foolishly impractical
marked by lofty romantic ideals
quotidian
occuring or recurring daily
comonplace
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense
to refine
recondite
hidden
concealed
difficult to understand
obscure
refulgent
radiant
shiny
brilliant
renege
to fail to honor a committment
to go back on a promise
shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass
sparse
thin
not dense
arranged at widely spaced intervals
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully
subtle
not obvious
elusive
difficult to discern
tacit
implied
not explicilty stated
terse
brief and concise in wording
tout
to publicly praise or promote
trenchant
sharply perceptive
keen
penetrating
unfeigned
genuine
not false or hypocritical
untenable
indefensible
not viable
uninhabitable
vacillate
to wavwer indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another
waver
variegated
multicolored
characterized by a variety of patches of differant color
vexation
annoyance
irritation
vigilant
alertly watchful
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language
to abuse or censure severely or abusively
berate
volatile
readily changing to a vapor
changeable
fickle
explosive
acumen
quick, keen, or accuarate knowledge or insight
adulterate
to reduce purity by combining with inferior ingredients
archaic
outdated
associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive time
aver
to state as a fact
to confirm or support
dissemble
to disguise or conceal
to mislead
eccentric
departing from norms or conventions
endemic
characteristic of or foten found in particular locality, region, or people
evanescent
tending to disappaer like vapor
vanishing
exacerbate
to make worse or more severe
grandiloquence
pompous speech or expression
hackneyed
rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits esp to the pleausres of the senses
hedonism
devotion to pleasurable pursuits esp to the pleasure of the senses
hegemony
the consistent dominace of one state or idealogy over others
iconoclast
one who attacks or undemrines traditional conventions or institutions
impassive
revealing no emotion
impunity
immunity from punishment or penalty
inchoate
in an initial stage
not fully formed
infelicitous
unfortunate
inappropriate
insipid
without taste or flavor
lacking in spriit
bland
loquacious
extremely talkative
luminous
characterized by brightness and the mission of light
malevolent
having or showing often vicious ill-will, spite, or hatred
misanthrope
one who hates all other humans
mitigate
to make or ebcome elss severe
to moderate
occlude
to obstruct or block
pedagogy
the art or profession of training, teaching or instructing
penury
poverty
destitution
pine
to yearn intensely
to languish
to lose vigour
pith
the essentiqal or central part
pith
the essential or central part
pithy
precise and brief
placate
to appease
to calm by making concessions
platitude
a superficial remark eso one offered as meaningful
plummet
to plunge or drop straight down
prodigal
recklessly wasteful
extravangant
profuse
lavish
profuse
given to or coming forth abundantly
extravagent
proliferate
to grow or increase swiftly and abundantly
queries
questions
inquiries
doubts inthe mind
reservations
querulous
prone to complaing or grumbling
quarrelsome
recalctrant
obstintely defiant of authority
dificult to manage
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with
disown
rescind
to invalidate
to repeal
to retract
reverent
marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect
specious
seemign true, but actually being fallacious
misleadingly attractive
spurious
lacking authenticity or validity
false
coutnfeit
subpoena
a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
succinct
brief
concise
superfluous
exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
surfeit
excess
overindulgence
tenacity
the quality of adherence or persistence to soemthing valued
tenuous
having little substnce or strength
flimsy weak
tirade
a long and extremely critical speech
a harsh denunciation
transient
fleeting
passing quickly
brief
zealous
fervent
ardent
impassioned