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hiatus
a pause, gap or space
cabal
group of plotters generally working in secret
despot
oppressive ruler with absolute power
trepidation
fear, dread, worry
caustic
a corrosive or burning substance
dearth
lack, scarcity, shortage
panache
vigor, dash, style
ebullience
zeal, high energy
malaise
feeling of discomfort
jurisprudence
the division, science, or study of law
paradigm
pattern or model containing fundamental assumptions
alacrity
cheerful quickness
harbinger
an indicator or forerunner of future events
malcontent
person unhappy with the present situation
depravity
immorality, corruption
acme
the top, the very best
gradient
a slope, incline, or decline
enmity
strongly held feelings of hatred and loathing
conundrum
an apparently unsolvable riddle or situation
abeyance
suspended action
torpor
a state of inaction, depression or malaise
travail
difficult effort or exertion
patriarch
an elder or ruler of a clan or group
heresy
an opinion/doctrine at odds with the prevailing religious/political dogma
rancor
lasting bitterness or dislike
rapport
a relationship or communication marked by trust and openness
epiphany
a sudden flash of insight or realization
sanction
permission or approval for an action
abnegation
denial, especially self-denial
conflagration
a large fire
paucity
lack, scarcity,dearth
paragon
an ideal example
hegemony
complete dominance
candor
frank honesty
iconoclast
one who attacks popular beliefs
torpor
state of inactivity
ablution
washing the body
hubris
overbearing pride, presumption or arrogance
hyperbole
extravangant exaggeration
slander
a false statement injurious to a persons reputation
efface
to make indistinct
debunk
to reveal the false, inaccurate or exaggerated nature of ones claims
abdicate
to give up, to renounce
nullify
to make null and void
eschew
to evade, avoid, or shun
diffuse
to spread out, scatter or disperse
reproach
to express shame, disappointment or disapproval
vacillate
to waver between positions
garner
to build up, accumulate
capitulate
to give up, surrender, or quit
beguile
to betray, attract, facinate
palliate
to make less severe or easier to accept
belie
to contradict
thwart
to prevent, oppose, block, or frustrate
elucidate
to make simple, clear, easy to understand
coerce
to exert pressure or undue influence
substantiate
to offer evidence or support
embroil
to throw into confusion or chaos
chastise
to punish or verbally reproach
expedite
to make faster or hurry
disparage
to speak to or about in a belittling, demeaning way
absolve
to remove guilt, condemnation, or responsibility
befuddle
to confuse, confound
abrade
to wear away through friction
impugn
to question or attack
coalesce
to come together or join
truncate
to cut off or cut short
begrudge
to look upon with reluctance or diapproval
mollify
to calm, soothe or soften
matriculate
to enroll as a student
abominate
to hate, to loathe to detest thoroughly
ruminate
to chew or to review repeatedly in ones mind
besmirch
to dirty or ruin
deprecate
to put down, insult
espouse
to support
emulate
to strive to equal or excel
admonish
to warn or scold
abridge
to condense or shorten
cavil
to continually find fault or raise trivial objections
abscond
to leave secretly and hide
facetious
teasing, tounge-in-cheek
prudent
showing wisdom and thoughtful judgement
requisite
required, necessary, unavoidable
melevolent
evil, malicious
scrupulous
principled or exact
acrimonious
stinging, caustic
pugnacoius
bellicose, aggressive
sanguine
confident, optimistic, cheerful
esoteric
known or understood by a small group
facile
done with great ease
spurious
doubtful or probably false
incumbent
obligatory, necessary or required
circumpsect
respectful of the situation and its details
hackneyed
tired, old, yesterdays news
specious
having the perception of truth and accuracy
banal
predictably commonplace
nascent
just starting or coming into existence
decorous
proper, civilized, apporpriate
reticent
restrained, keeping things close
austere
lacking decoration or adornment
deleterious
having an unhealthy, damaging effect
mercurial
swift, quick to change
didactic
intended to teach
idyllic
free from worry or concern
bucolic
characteristic of a rural/rustic/country setting
punctilious
loosely attentive to details of ones dress
clandestine
done or kept in private or secret
gregarious
outgoing, sociable
succinct
clear and to the point
assiduous
constantly working and striving
immutable
never changing
diurnal
daily, recurring every day
sublime
impressive almost to an ideal extreme
egregious
espeically or unquestionably bad
superfluous
more than what is necessary
heinous
shockingly evil
ostentatious
pretentious or excessively flashy
pristine
pure or perfect
stoic
indifferent to pain
duplicitous
intentonally false or decpetive
baroque
extravagantly ornamented
surreptitious
dont through secret or hidden means
implacable
not able to be pleased
feral
wild, untamed
dubious
uncertain
benign
kind of mild
acerbic
bitter in speech, taste or temper
magnanimous
forgiving, unresentful
affable
pleasant, polite, easy to be around