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Acumen
n - keen, accurate judgment or insight
Adulterate
v - to reduce purity by combing with inferior ingredients
Amalgamate
v - to combine several elements into a whole (noun form: amalgamation)
Archaic
adj - outdated; associated with an earlier, perhaps more primitive, time
Aver
v - to state as a fact; to declare or assert
Bolster
v - to provide support or reinforcement
Bombastic
adj - pompous; grandiloquent (noun form; bombast)
Diatribe
n - a harsh denunciation
Dissemble
v - to disguise or conceal; to mislead
Eccentric
adj - departing from norms or conventions
Endemic
adj - characteristic of or often found in a particular locality, region, or people
Evanescent
adj - tending to disappear like vapor; vanishing
Exacerbate
v - to make worse or more severe
Fervent
adj - greatly emotional or zealous (noun form: fervor)
Fortuitous
adj - happening by accident or chance
Germane
adj - relevant to the subject at hand; appropriate in subject matter
Grandiloquence
n - pompous speech or expression (adj. form: grandiloquent)
Hackneyed
adj - rendered trite or commonplace by frequent usage
Halcyon
adj - calm and peaceful
Hedonism
n - devotion to pleasurable pursuits, esp. to the pleasures of the senses (a hedonist is someone who pursues pleasure)
Hegemony
n - the consistent dominance of one state or ideology over others
Iconoclast
n - one who attacks or undermines traditional conventions or institutions
Idolatrous
adj - given to intense or excessive devotion to something (noun form: idolatry)
Impassive
adj - revealing no emotion
Imperturbable
adj - marked by extreme calm, impassivity and steadiness
Implacable
adj - not capable of being appeased or significantly changed
Impunity
n - immunity from punishment or penalty
Inchoate
adj - in an initial stage; not fully formed
Infelicitous
adj - unfortunate; inappropriate
Insipid
adj - without taste or flavor; lacking in sprit; bland
Loquacious
adj - extremely talkative (noun form: loquacity)
Luminous
adj - characterized by brightness and the emission of light
Malevolent
adj - having or showing often vicious ill will, spite, or hatred (noun form: malevolence)
Malleable
adj - capable of being shaped or formed; tractable; pliable
Mendacity
n - the condition of being untruthful; dishonest (adj form: mendacious)
Meticulous
adj - characterized by extreme care and precision; attentive to detail
Misanthrope
n - one who hates all other humans (adj form: misanthropic)
Mitigate
v - to make or become less severe or intense; to moderate
Obdurate
adj - unyielding; hardhearted; intractable
Obsequious
adj - exhibiting a fawning attentiveness
Occlude
v - to obstruct or block
Opprobrium
n - disgrace; contempt; scorn
Pedagogy
n - the profession or principles of teaching, or instructing
Pedantic
adj -overly concerned with the trivial details of learning or education; show-offish about one's knowledge
Penury
n - poverty; destitution
Pervasive
adj - having the tendency to permeate or spread throughout
Pine
v - to yearn intensely; to languish; to lose vigor
Pirate
v - to illegally use or reproduce
Pith
v - the essential or central part
Pithy
adj - precise and brief
Placate
v - to appease; to calm by making concessions
Platitude
n - superficial remark, esp. one offered as meaningful
Plummet
v - to plunge or drop straight down
Polemical
adj - controversial; argumentative
Prodigal
adj - recklessly wasteful; extravagant; profuse; lavish
Profuse
adj - given or coming forth abundantly; extravagant
Proliferate
v - to grown or increase swiftly and abundantly
Queries
n - questions; inquiries; doubts in the mind; reservations
Querulous
adj - prone to complaining or grumbling; peevish
Rancorous
adj - characterized by bitter, long-lasting resentment (noun form; rancor)
Recalcitrant
adj - obstinately defiant of authority; difficult to manage
Repudiate
v - to refuse to have anything to do with; disown
Rescind
v - to invalidate; to repeal; to retract
Reverent
adj - marked by, feeling, or expressing a feeling of profound awe and respect (noun form: reverence)
Rhetoric
n - the art or study of effective use of language for communication and persuasion
Salubrious
adj - promoting health or well-being
Solvent
adj - able to meet financial obligations; able to dissolve another substance
Specious
adj - seeming true, but actually being fallacious; misleadingly attractive; plausible but false
Spurious
adj - lacking authenticity or validity; false; counterfeit
Subpoena
n - a court order requiring appearance and/or testimony
Succinct
adj - brief; concise
Superfluous
adj - exceeding what is sufficient or necessary
Surfeit
n/v - an overabundant supply; excess; to feed or supply to excess
Tenacity
n - the quality of adherence or persistence to something valued; persistent determination (adj form: tenacious)
Tenuous
adj - having little substance or strength; flimsy; weak
Tirade
n - a long and extremely critical speech; a harsh denunciation
Transient
adj - fleeting; passing quickly; brief
Zealous
adj - fervent; ardent; impassioned, devoted to a cause (a zealot is a zealous person)