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abscond
to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide (v.)
aberrant
deviating from the norm (adj.)
alacrity
eager and enthusiastic willingness (n.)
anomaly
deviation from the noraml order, form, or rule; abnomality (n.)
approbation
an expression of approval or praise (n.)
arduous
strenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort (adj.)
assuage
to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify (v.)
audacious
daring and fearless; recklessly bold (adj.)
austere
without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic (adj.)
axiomatic
taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth (adj.)
canonical
following or an agreement with accepted, traditional standards (adj.)
capricious
inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable (adj.)
censure
to criticize severely; to officially rebuke (v.)
chicanery
trickery or subterfuge (n.)
connoisseur
an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
convoluted
complex or complicated (adj.)
disabuse
to undeceive; to set right (v.)
discordant
conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound (adj.)
disparate
fundamentally distinct or dissimilar (adj.)
effrontery
extreme boldness; presumptuousness (n.)
eloquent
well-spoken, expressive, articulate (adj.)
enervate
to weaken; to reduce in vitality (v.)
ennui
dissatisfaction and restlesness resulting from boredom or apathy (n.)
equivocate
to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent (v.)
erudite
very learned; scholarly (adj.)
exculpate
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention (v.)
exigent
urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention (adj.)
extemporaneous
improvised; done without preparation (adj.)
filibuster
intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action (n.)
fulminate
to loudly attack or denounce (v.)
ingenuous
artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication (adj.)
inured
accostomed to accepting something undesirable (adj.)
irascible
easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts (adj.)
laud
to praise highly (v.)
lucid
clear; easily understood (adj.)
magnanimity
the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving (n.)
martial
associated with war and the armed forces (adj.)
mundane
of the world; typical or concerned with the ordinary (adj.)
nascent
coming into being; in early developmental stages (adj.)
nebulous
vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form (adj.)
neologism
a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or sentences (n.)
noxious
harmful, injurious (adj.)
obtuse
lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression (adj.)
obviate
to anticipate and make unnecessary (v.)
onerous
troubling; burdensome (adj.)
paean
a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving (n.)
parody
a humerous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art (n.)
perennial
recurrent through the year ormany years; happening repeatedly (adj.)
perfidy
intentional breach of faith; treachery (n.)
perfunctory
cursory; done without care or interest (adj.)
perspicacious
acutely perceptive; having keen discernment (adj.)
prattle
to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner (v.)
precipitate (adj.)
acting with excessive haste or impulse (adj.)
precipitate (v.)
to cause or happen before anticipated or required (v.)
predilection
a disposition in favor of something (n.)
prescience
foreknowledge or events; knowing of events prior to their occurring (n.)
prevaricate
to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead (v.)
qualms
misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy (n.)
recant
to retract, esp. a previously held believe (v.)
refute
to disprove; to succesfully argue against (v.)
relegate
to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position (v.)
reticent
quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings (adj.)
solicitous
concerned and attentive; eager (adj.)
sordid
characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul (adj.)
sporadic
occuring only occasionally, or in scattered instances (adj.)
squander
to waste by spending or using irresponsibly (v.)
static
not moving, active or in motion; at rest (adj.)
stupefy
to stun, baffle, or amaze (v.)
stymie
to block; thwart (v.)
synthesis
the combination of parts to make a whole (n.)
torque
a force that causes rotation (n.)
tortuous
winding, twisting; excessively complicated (adj.)
truculent
fierce and cruel; eager to fight (adj.)
veracity
truthfulness; honesty (n.)
virulent
extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hotile or antagonistic (adj.)
voracious
having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous (adj.)
waver
to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in an opinion (v.)