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Acerbic
adj - having a sour or bitter taste or character; sharp; biting
Aggrandize
v - to increase in intensity, power, influence or prestige
Alchemy
n - a medieval science aimed as the transmutation of metals, esp. base metals into gold (an alchemist is one who practices alchemy)
Amenable
adj - agreeable; responsive to suggestion
Anachronism
n - something or someone out of place in terms of historical or chronological context
Astringent
adj/n - having a tightening effect on living tissue; harsh; severe; something with a tightening effect on tissue
Contiguous
adj - sharing a border; touching; adjacent
Convention
n - a generally agreed-upon practice or attitude
Credulous
adj - tending to believe too readily; gullible (noun form: credulity)
Cynicism
n - an attitude or quality of belief that all people are motivated by selfishness (adj form: cynical)
Decorum
n - polite or appropriate conduct or behavior (adj form: decorous)
Derision
n - scorn, ridicule, contemptuous treatment (adj form: derisive; verb form: deride)
Desiccate
v - to dry out or dehydrate; to make dry or dull
Dilettante
n - one with an amateurish or superficial interest in the arts or a branch of knowledge
Disparage
v - to slight or belittle
Divulge
v - to disclose something secret
Fawn
v - to flatter or praise excessively
Flout
v - to show contempt for, as in a rule or convention
Garrulous
adj - pointlessly talkative, talking too much
Glib
adj - marked by ease or informality; nonchalant; lacking in depth; superficial
Hubris
n - overbearing presumption or pride; arrogance
Imminent
adj - about to happen; impending
Immutable
adj - not capable of change
Impetuous
adj - hastily or rashly energetic; impulsive and vehement
Indifferent
adj - having no interest or concern; showing no bias or prejudice
Inimical
adj - damaging; harmful; injurious
Intractable
adj - not easily managed or directed; stubborn; obstinate
Intrepid
adj - steadfast and courageous
Laconic
adj - using few words; terse
Maverick
n - an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party
Mercurial
adj - characterized by rapid and unpredictable change in mood
Mollify
v - to clam or soothe; to reduce in emotional intensity
Neophyte
n - a recent convert; a beginner; novice
Obfuscate
v - to deliberately obscure; to make confusion
Obstinate
adj - stubborn; hardheaded; uncompromising
Ostentatious
adj - characterized by or given to pretentious display; showy
Pervade
v - to permeate throughout (adj form: pervasive)
Phlegmatic
adj - calm; sluggish; unemotional
Plethora
n - an overabundance; a surplus
Pragmatic
adj - practical rather than idealistic
Presumptuous
adj - overstepping due bounds (as of propriety or courtesy); taking liberties
Pristine
adj - pure; uncorrupted; clean
Probity
n - adherence to highest principles; complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness
Proclivity
n - a natural predisposition or inclination
Profligate
adj - excessively wasteful; recklessly extravagant (noun form: profligacy)
Propensity
n - a natural inclination or tendency; penchant
Prosaic
adj - dull; lacking in spirit or imagination
Pungent
adj - characterized by a strong, sharp smell or taste
Quixotic
adj - foolishly impractical; marked by lofty romantic ideals
Quotidian
adj - occurring or recurring daily; commonplace
Rarefy
v - to make or become thin, less dense; to refine
Recondite
adj - hidden; concealed; difficult to understand; obscure
Refulgent
adj - radiant; shiny; brilliant
Renege
v - to fail to honor a commitment; to go back on a promise
Sedulous
adj - diligent; persistent; hard-working
Shard
n - a piece of broken pottery or glass
Soporific
adj - causing drowsiness; tending to induce sleep
Sparse
adj - thin; not dense; arranged at widely spaced intervals
Spendthrift
n - one who spends money wastefully
Subtle
adj - not obvious; elusive; difficult to discern
Tacit
adj - implied; not explicitly stated
Terse
adj - brief and concise in wording
Tout
v - to publicly praise or promote
Trenchant
adj - sharply perceptive; keen; penetrating
Unfeigned
adj - genuine; not false or hypocritical
Untenable
adj - indefensible; not viable; uninhabitable
Vacillate
v - to waver indecisively between one course of action or opinion and another; waver
Variegated
adj - multicolored; characterized by a variety of patches of different color
Vexation
n - annoyance; irritation (verb form: vex)
Vigilant
adj - alertly watchful (noun form: vigilance)
Vituperate
v - to use harsh, condemnatory language; to abuse or censure severely or abusively; berate
Volatile
adj - readily changing to a vapor; changeable; fickle; explosive (noun form: volatility)