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Assertion
A declaration or statement
Cogent
Convincing; reasonable
Didactic
Intended to instruct
Discourse
Verbal expression or exchange; conversation
Eloquence
The ability to speak vivdly or persuasively
Imperious
Arrogantly domineering or overbearing
Rhetoric
The art of using language effectively or persuasively
Arbiter
A judge who decides a disputed issue
Exculpate
To free from guilt or blame
Incontrovertible
Not able to be denied or disputed
Penitent
Expressing remorse for one's misdeads
Substantiated
Supported with proof or evidence; verified
Vindicated
Freed from blame
Despotic
Exercising absolute power; tyrannical
Dictatorial
Domineering; opressively overbearing
Patronizing
Treating in a condescending manner
Convoluted
Intricate; complex
Cryptic
Difficult to comprehend
Futile
Having no useful purpose; pointless
Impede
To slow the progress of
Quandry
A state of uncertainty or perplexity
Indolent
Lazy
Insipid
Uninteresting; unchallenging
Listless
Lacking energy
Torpor
Laziness; inactivity; dullness
Disparity
Inequality in age, rank, or degree; difference
Servile
Submissive; like a servant
Florid
Describing flowery or elaborate speech
Opulent
Exhibiting a display of greath wealth
Ostentatious
Describing a showy or pretentious display
Ebullience
Intense enthusiasm
Effusive
Emotionally unrestrained; gushy
Egregious
Conspicuously bad or offensive
Flagrant
Extremely or delibrately shocking or noticable
Frenetic
Wildly excited or active
Gratuitous
Given freely; unearned; unwarranted
Auspicious
Favorable; promising
Benevolent
Well meaning; generous
Mollify
To calm or soothe
reclamation
The act of making something useful again
Sanction
To give official authorization or approval
Dubious
Doubtfal; of unlikely authenticity
Spurious
Not genuine
Astute
Shrewd; clever
Clandestine
Secretive
Stratagem
A clever trick used to decieve or outwit
Surreptitiously
Done by secretive means
Wily
Cunning
Ambivalent
Simultaneously having opposing feelings; uncertain
Apathetic
Feeling or showing little emotion
Capricious
Impulsive and unpredictable
Equivocate
To avoid making a definite statement
Whimsical
Subject to erratic behavior; unpredictable
Tenuous
Having little substance or stregnth; shaky; unsure, weak
Assiduous
Hard-working
Dogged
Stubbornly persevering
Intrepid
Corageous; fearless
Maverick
One who is independent and resists adherence to a group
Obdurate
Stubborn; inflexible
Proliferate
To grow or increase rapidly
Tenacity
Persistence
Conception
The ability to form or understand an idea
Dogmatic
Stubbornly adhering to unproved beliefs
Inherent
Inborn; built in
Innate
Possessed from birth; inborn
Inveterate
Long established; deep-rooted; habitual
Omipotent
All powerful
Transient
Passing away with time; passing from one place to another
Transitory
Short-lived or temporary
Affable
Easy-going; friendly
Amenable
Responsive; agreeable
Facetious
Playfully humorous
Sanction
An economic or military measure put in place to punish another country
Truncated
Shortened; cut off
Aesthetic
Having to do with the appreciation of beauty
Anthology
A collection of literary pieces
Dillettante
One with an amateurish or superficial understanding of a field of knowledge
Decorous
Proper; marked by good taste
Equanimity
The quality of being calm and even-tempered; composure
Staid
Unemotional; seroius
Stoic
Indifferent to pleasure or pain; impassive
Disparage
To speak of in a slighting way or negatively; to belittle
Pejorative
Describing words or phrases that belittle or speak negatively of someone
Vilify
To make vicious statements about
Brusque
Rudely abrupt
Caustic
Biting sarcastic or witty
Fractious
Quarrelsome; unruly
Incorrigible
Unable to be reformed
Ingrate
An ungrateful person
Insolent
Insulting in a manner or speech
Pugnacious
Combative; belligerent
Deleterious
Having a harmful effect; injurious
Enmity
Mutual hatred or ill-will
Malfeasance
Wrongdoing; misconduct
Hackneyed
Worn out through overuse; trite
Austere
Without decoration; strict
Ponderous
Extremely Dull
Prosaic
Unimaginative; dull
Harbinger
Something that indicates what is to come; forerunner
Timorous
Timid; fearful about the future
Trepidation
Uncertainty; apprehension
Nascent
Coming into existence; emerging
Conflagration
A widespread fire
Sonorous
Producing a deep or full sound
Replete
Abundantly supplied; filled to capacity
Laudatory
Giving praise
Venerated
Highly respected
Facile
Done or achieved with little effort; easy
Fastidious
Possessing careful attention to detail; difficult to please
Pragmatic
Practical
Solvent
Able to pay one's debts
Anachronism
Something out of place in time or sequence
Anthropomorphism
The attribution of humanlike characteristics to inanimate objects; animals; or forces of nature
Apposition
A grammar constuction in which a noun is placed with another as an explanation
Archetype
A perfect example; an original pattern or model
Chiasmus
An inversion in the second of two parallel phrases
Lexicon
A word book describing language with definitions; a dictionary
Metonymy
A type of figurative language in which one term is substituted for another term with which it is closely assicated
Panegyric
A statement of high praise
Paradigm
An example or model
Pernicious
Causing great harm
Propitious
Presenting favorable circumstances; auspicious
Sardonic
Disdainfully or ironically humorous; harsh, bitter, or caustic
Syllogism
A form of deductive reasoning
Synecdoche
A form of metonymy that's restricted to cases where a part is used to signify a while