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disdain
a feeling of contempt for someone or something regarded as unworthy or inferior : SCORN
benevolent
marked by or disposed to doing good
reticent
inclined to be silent or uncommunicative in speech : RESERVED
banal
lacking originality, freshness, or novelty : TRITE
apathy
lack of feeling or emotion : IMPASSIVENESS
taciturn
temperamentally disinclined to talk
deference
respect and esteem due a superior or an elder; also : affected or ingratiating regard for another's wishes
insipid
lacking taste or savor : TASTELESS <insipid food> lacking in qualities that interest, stimulate, or challenge :
disparate
containing or made up of fundamentally different and often incongruous elements
pragmatic
relating to matters of fact or practical affairs often to the exclusion of intellectual or artistic matters
stagnation
to be in a state of not advancing or developing
augment
to make greater, more numerous, larger, or more intense <the impact of the report was augmented by its timing>
fallacious
tending to deceive or mislead
virulent
marked by a rapid, severe, and destructive course
acquiesce
to accept, comply, or submit tacitly or passively -- often used with in and sometimes with to
exemplary
serving as a pattern b : deserving imitation : COMMENDABLE
sycophant
a servile self-seeking flatterer
atrophy
decrease in size or wasting away of a body part or tissue; also : arrested development or loss of a part or organ incidental to the normal development or life of an animal or plant
vacillate
to waver in mind, will, or feeling : hesitate in choice of opinions or courses
volition
an act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made
conciliatory
to gain (as goodwill) by pleasing acts
belligerent
waging war; specifically : belonging to or recognized as a state at war and protected by and subject to the laws of war
eccentric
deviating from an established or usual pattern or style
guile
deceitful cunning
audible
heard or capable of being heard
censure
a judgment involving condemnation
relegate
to send into exile
levity
excessive or unseemly frivolity
esoteric
designed for or understood by the specially initiated alone
indolence
inclination to laziness
discernment
the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure
preclude
to make impossible by necessary consequence : rule out in advance
contempt
the act of despising
resolute
marked by firm determination
futile
serving no useful purpose
didactic
designed or intended to teach
ephemeral
lasting one day only
complacent
marked by complacency
cryptic
having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning
efface
to eliminate or make indistinct by or as if by wearing away a surface
coalesce
to grow together
immutable
not capable of or susceptible to change
credulous
ready to believe especially on slight or uncertain evidence
amiable
generally agreeable, being friendly, sociable, and congenial
flagrant
conspicuously offensive
ambivalent
simultaneous and contradictory attitudes or feelings (as attraction and repulsion) toward an object, person, or action
extraneous
not forming an essential or vital part
fastidious
showing or demanding excessive delicacy or care
mitigate
to cause to become less harsh or hostile
engender
to cause to exist or to develop
languish
to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated
astute
having or showing shrewdness and perspicacity
reprehensible
worthy of or deserving of voiced dissapproval
reproach
an expression of rebuke or disapproval
dogmatic
characterized by or given to the expression of opinions very strongly or positively as if they were facts
profuse
pouring forth liberally
ascetic
practicing strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline
disparage
to lower in rank or reputation
deride
to laugh at contemptuously
lucid
having full use of one's faculties
extol
to praise highly
repudiate
to refuse to have anything to do with
provocative
serving or tending to arouse to a feeling or action
prodigal
characterized by profuse or wasteful expenditure
depravity
a corrupt act or practice
revere
to show devoted deferential honor to
denounce
to pronounce especially publicly to be blameworthy or evil
enigma
an obscure speech or writing
discriminate
to mark or perceive the distinguishing or peculiar features of b : DISTINGUISH, DIFFERENTIATE
candid
free from bias, prejudice, or malice, marked by honest sincere expression
provincial
a person of local or restricted interests or outlook
resignation
an act or instance of giving up deliberately
asthetic
of, relating to, or dealing with aesthetics or the beautiful
prosaic
characteristic of speech and writing