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cogent
reasonable, convincing
eloquence
ability to speak vividly or persuasively
lucid
easily understood; clear
arbiter
a judge who decides a disputed issue
exculpate
to free from guilt
incontrovertible
not able to be denied or disputed
integrity
trustworthiness; completeness
penitent
expressing remorse for one's misdeeds
substantiated
supported with proof or evidence; verified
vindicated
freed from blame
condescending
treating people as inferior or weak
contemptuous
feeling hatred; scornful
despotic
exercising absolute power; tyrannical
disdain
contempt; scorn
haughty
arrogant; vainly proud
imperious
arrogantly domineering
inherent
built-in
innate
possessed from birth
inveterate
long established
elusive
difficult to capture
transient
passing away with time
transitory
short lived or temporary
affable
easy-going
amenable
agreeable
camaraderie
good will between friends
cordial
friendly; sincere
facetious
playfully humorous
impinge
hinder
truncated
shorten; cut off
dilettante
amateurish understanding
eclectic
made of variety of sources or styles
convoluted
intricate; complex
quandary
state of perplexity
indolent
lazy
insipid
uninteresting
listless
lacking energy
torpor
laziness
disparity
inequality in age, rank, or degree; different
embellish
to decorate
opulent
exhibit great wealth
ostentatious
describing a showy or pretentious display
poignant
profoundly moving; touching
ebullience
intense enthusiasm
effusive
emotionally unrestrained
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
flagrant
extremely shocking or noticeable
frenetic
wildly excited
superfluous
extra; unnecessary
alleviate
to ease pain
auspicious
favorable
virtuoso
a tremendously skilled artist
equanimity
even-tempered; composure
propriety
appropriateness of behavior
prudent
exercising good judgment or common sense
staid
unemotional
stoic
indifferent to pleasure or pain
disparage
to belittle
pejorative
describing words/phrases that belittle someone
vilify
to make vicious statement about
brusque
rudely abrupt
caustic
bitingly sarcastic or witty
fractious
quarrelsome
incorrigible
unable to be reformed
ingrate
an ungrateful person
pugnacious
combative
reprehensible
worth of blame
deleterious
injurious
enmity
mutual hatred or ill-will
heinous
hatefully evil; abominable
malfeasance
wrongdoing; misconduct
malice
extreme ill-will or spite
rancorous
hateful
incumbent
imposed as a duty
malleable
easily shaped or formed
subdue
to restrain; hold back
intrepid
courageous; fearless
maverick
one who is independent and resists adherence to a group
obdurate
stubborn
obstinate
stubbornly adhering to an opinion or action
tenacity
persistence
conception
the ability to form or understand an idea
dogmatic
stubbornly adhering to unproved beliefs
exemplary
commendable; worthy of imitation
idealize
to consider perfect
laudatory
giving praise
paramount
of chief concern or importance
venerated
highly respected
fastidious
difficult to please
meticulous
extremely careful and precise
pragmatic
practical
solvent
able to pay one's debt
anachronism
something out of place in time or sequence
anthropomorphism
attribution of human like characteristics to inanimate things
apposition
grammar construction in which a noun is placed with another as an explanation
archetype
a perfect example; an original pattern or model
chiasmus
inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
lexicon
dictionary
metonymy
figurative language in which one term is replaced by another of close association
paradigm
example or model
benevolent
generous
benign
kind and gentle
mollify
calm or soothe
reclamation
make something useful again
slander
false accusations about someone
spurious
not genuine
astute
clever
clandestine
secretive
coup
brilliantly executed plan
disingenuous
not straightforward; crafty
ruse
crafty trick
stratagem
clever trick use to deceive or outwit
surreptitiously
done by secretive means
wily
cunning
ambivalent
simultaneously having opposing feelings
apathetic
little emotion
arbitrary
determined by impulse than reason
capricious
impulsive and unpredictable
equivocate
avoid making definite statement
inconsequential
unimportant
superficial
shallow
tenuous
shaky; weak; unsure
hackneyed
worn through overuse; trite
austere
without decoration
mundane
commonplace
ponderous
extremely dull
prosaic
unimaginative; dull
sedentary
settled
harbinger
something that indicates what is to come
premonition
a feeling of the future
timorous
timid
trepidation
uncertainty
nascent
emerging
candor
sincerity; openness
acrid
describing dry, rainless climate; arid
conflagration
widespread fire
sonorous
producing a deep or full sound
copious
plentiful
permeated
spread or flow throughout
pervasive
dispersed throughout
prodigious
enormous
replete
filled to capacity