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trenchant
adj. 1.incisive or penetrating, as perception or wit. 2. vigorous and effective, as an argument or policy. 3. well-defined; clear-cut.
didactic
adj. 1. intended to educate or instruct, esp. in moral values. 2. showing or having a tendency to teach, preach, or moralize.
machinations
n. 1.scheming or plotting, esp. for a devious purpose. 2. (usu. pl.) elaborate or devious schemes.
acerbity
n. 1.sharpness or severity of temper or manner. 2. bitterness of taste; astringency.
obfuscate
v. 1.to make (something) seem or be difficult to understand; obscure or darken. 2. to baffle or confuse (a person).
cogent
adj. 1.convincing, or compelling by virtue of a strong argument or clear presentation.
concomitant
adj. 1.existing or happening at the same time as something else, esp. as the less important thing or event; accompanying; attendant.
capricious
adj. 1.tending to act on impulse; subject to whim or caprice; erratic and unpredictable.
omniscient
adj. 1. infinite in knowledge; all-knowing. 2. possessing great knowledge; seeming to know everything.
alacrity
n. 1.willing promptness. 2. speed or liveliness.
ingratiate
v. 1.to seek or secure another's favor or approval for (oneself) (usu. fol. by with).
raucous
adj. 1.loud, sharp, and rasping, as a voice or laugh. 2. loud and disorderly.
wreak
v. 1.to inflict or carry out (punishment, revenge, destruction, or the like). 2. to make someone the victim or object of (one's anger, resentment, or the like).
foible
n. 1.a minor flaw or weakness in personality, character, or behavior. 2. a sword blade's weaker part, from the middle to the point.
taciturn
adj. 1.habitually silent and uncommunicative.
desiccate
v. 1.to eliminate the moisture in; dry up. 2. to remove the moisture in (food) so as to preserve it.
enervate
v. 1.to take away the strength or vitality of; weaken.
propitiate
v. 1.To conciliate (an offended power); appease
undulate
v. 1. to cause a wavelike motion in or of. 2. to give a wavelike form or appearance to; ripple.
magnanimous
adj. 1.having or showing a generous, forgiving, or noble nature.
cajole
v. 1. to coax or persuade insistently, as by flattery or false promises.
truculent
adj. 1. extremely hostile or belligerent; inclined to fight. 2. savagely and fiercely cruel or harsh; brutal.
sinecure
n. 1.a paid position or office that requires little or no work.
panache
n. 1. a stylish, dashing manner; flamboyance. 2. a feathery plume, as on a hat.
ineffable
adj. 1.beyond description; inexpressible.
inveigh
v. 1.to utter angry or bitter complaints or criticism; protest vigorously (usu. fol. by against.)
vitiate
v. 1.to make (a legal document or the like) ineffective or invalid. 2. to harm the quality of; mar; spoil.
ignominy
n. 1.the condition of being in disgrace or dishonor; humiliation. 2. behavior or a quality that merits disgrace or dishonor.
maudlin
adj. 1.foolishly sentimental or tearful, as from drunkenness.
paucity
n. 1. smallness of number or amount; scarcity.
scintilla
n. 1.a tiny amount; trace.
satiate
v. 1.to satisfy completely, as a hunger or desire. 2. to glut or fill to excess; oversupply; surfeit.
remonstrate
v. 1.to say in opposition, protest, or objection.
obdurate
adj. 1.stubbornly holding to a position or course of action; unyielding; unpersuadable. 2. hardhearted or without remorse.
pefidy
perspicacious
adj. 1.keenly perceptive or understanding; discerning.
harbinger
n. 1.someone or something that signals or foreshadows a later arrival or occurrence; herald; forerunner.
abysmal
adj. 1.of great extent; unmeasurable; extreme. 2. (informal) very bad.
dichotomy
n. 1.division or separation into two usu. opposed parts, positions, or opinions. 2. in botany, the characteristic of branching or dividing into two equal-sized limbs, veins, or the like.
invective
n. 1.strongly abusive or denunciatory speech or language. 2. an instance of such speech.
gratitous
adj. 1.given or received without charge or cost. 2. given or done without sufficient reason or justification; unwarranted.
disparage
v. 1. to depreciate or belittle, esp. in speech. 2. to lower in esteem or rank; degrade.
rejuvenescence
n. 1.A renewal of youthful appearance or character.
jocund
adj. 1.merry or cheerful in manner or appearance; jovial.
pedantic
n. 1.one who makes an excessive or offensive display of learnedness. 2. one who insists on an overly formal or detailed approach to scholarship.
androgynous
adj. 1. possessing both male and female characteristics or traits; hermaphroditic. 2. in botany, possessing both staminate and pistillate flowers.
erudite
adj. 1.having or showing a high level of scholarly knowledge; learned.
fortuitous
adj. 1.happening or appearing by chance, as a coincidence. 2. occurring or appearing by lucky chance.
quaff
v. 1.to take a drink, esp. a large one, with obvious enjoyment.
exonerate
v. 1.to free from blame; absolve; exculpate. 2. to release from a task or obligation.