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acrebic
having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting (adj.)
aggrandize
to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige (v.)
alchemy
a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold (n.)
amenable
agreeable; responsive to suggestion (adj.)
anachronism
something or somoeone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context (n.)
astringent
having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue (adj/n.)
contiguous
sharing a border; touching; adjacent (adj.)
convention
a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude (n.)
credulous
tending to believe too readly; gullible (adj.)
cynicism
an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness (n.)
decorum
polite or appropriate conduct or behavior (n.)
derision
scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment (n.)
desiccate
to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull (v.)
dilettante
one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge (n.)
disparage
to slight or belittle (v.)
divulge
to disclose something secret (v.)
fawn
to flatter or praise excessively (v.)
flout
to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention (v.)
garrulous
pointlessly talkative, talking too much (adj.)
glib
marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial (adj.)
hubris
overbearing presumption of pride; arrogance (n.)
imminent
about to happen; impending (adj.)
immutable
not capable of change (adj.)
impetuous
hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement (adj.)
indifferent
having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice (adj.)
inimical
damaging; harmful; injurious (adj.)
intractable
not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate (adj.)
intrepid
steadfast and courageous (adj.)
laconic
using few words; terse (adj.)
maverick
an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party (n.)
mercurial
characteried by rapid and unpredicatble change in mood (adj.)
mollify
to calm or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity (v.)
neophyte
a recent convert; a beginner; novice (n.)
obfuscate
to deliberately obscure; to make confusing (v.)
obstinate
stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising (adj.)
ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy (adj.)
pervade
to permeate throughout (v.)
phlegmatic
calm; sluggish; unemotional (adj.)
plethora
an overabundance; a surplus (n.)
pragmatic
practical rather than idealistic (adj.)
presumptuous
overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties (adj.)
pristine
pure; uncorrupted; clean (adj.)
probity
adjerence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness (n.)
proclivity
a natural predisposition or inclination (n.)
profligate
excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant (adj.)
propensity
a natural inclination or tendency, penchant (n.)
prosaic
dull; lacking in spirit or imagination (adj.)
pungent
characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste (adj.)
quixotic
foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals (adj.)
quotidian
occurring or recurring daily; commonplace (adje.)
rarefy
to make or become thin, less dense; to refine (v.)
recondite
hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure (adj.)
renege
to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise (v.)
sedulous
diligent; persistent; hard-working (adj.)
shard
a piece of broken pottery or glass (n.)
soporific
causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep (adj.)
sparse
thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals (adj.)
spendthrift
one who spends money wastefully (n.)
subtle
not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern (adj.)
tacit
implied; not explicitly stated (adj.)
terse
brief and concise in wording (adj.)
tout
to publicly praise or promote (v.)
trenchant
sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating (adj.)
unfeigned
genuine; not false or hypocritical (adj.)
untenable
indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable (adj.)
vacillate
to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver (v.)
variegated
multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color (adj.)
vexation
annoyance; irritation (n.)
vigilant
alertly watchful (adj.)
vituperate
to use harsh condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate (v.)
volatile
readily changing to vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive (adj.)