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nebulous
indistinct, vague
fret (1)
to eat away at, wear away
ratiocinate
to reason
atelier
an artist's or designer's studio
mendacity
untruthfulness; tendency to lie
celerity
rapidity of motion or action
didactic
designed or intended to teach; making moral observations
cavil
to raise trivial objections (to)
abrogate
to abolish by authoritative action; to treat as non-existent
mealymouthed
not plain and straightforward
luminary
a person of prominence or brilliant achievement
nefarious
flagrantly wicked or impious
begrudge
to give or concede reluctantly or with displeasure; to look upon with disapproval
protract
to prolong in time or space; to extend forward or outward
fret (2)
to decorate with interlaced designs; to form a pattern upon; to enrich with embossed or pierced carved patterns
recalcitrant
obstinately defiant of authority or restraint; difficult to manage or operate; not responsive to treatment
splenetic
given to melancholy; marked by bad temper, malevolence, or spite
pulchritude
physical beauty
apotheosis
elevation to divine status; perfect example
obliquity (1)
deviation from moral rectitude or sound thinking;
deviation from parallelism or perpendicularity; the angle between the planes of the earth's equator and orbit
sumptuous
extremely costly, rich, luxurious, or magnificent
hedge
a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement
chary
discreetly cautious; hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks; slow to grant, accept, or expend
bilk
to block the free development of; to cheat out of something valuable; to evade payment of or to; to slip away from
boggle
to start with fright or amazement: be overwhelmed; to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples
seedy
inferior in condition or quality; somewhat disreputable; slightly unwell
hidebound
having an inflexible or ultraconservative character
high-handed
having or showing no regard for the rights, concerns, or feelings of others
vouchsafe
to grant or furnish often in a gracious or condescending manner; to give by way of reply; to grant as a privilege or special favor
obliquity (2)
indirectness or deliberate obscurity of speech or conduct; an obscure or confusing statement
raucous
disagreeably harsh or strident; boisterously disorderly
panegyric
a eulogistic oration or writing; formal or elaborate praise
auger
any of various tools or devices having a helical shaft or member that are used for boring holes or moving loose material
augury
divination from auspices or omens
philately
stamp collecting
numismatic
of or relating to currency; the study or collection of coins, tokens, and paper money and sometimes related objects
pseudopod(ium)
a temporary protrusion or retractile process of the cytoplasm of a cell that functions (as in an amoeba) especially in a locomotor or food gathering capacity
aphorism
a concise statement of a principle; a terse formulation of a truth or sentiment: ADAGE
encomium
glowing and warmly enthusiastic praise
elision
the omission of an unstressed vowel or syllable in a verse to achieve a uniform metrical pattern; the act or an instance of omitting something
descry
to catch sight of; to make known; discovery or view from afar
lachrymose
given to tears or weeping; tending to cause tears
blackguard
the kitchen servants of a household; a rude or unscrupulous person; a person who uses foul or abusive language; to talk about or address in abusive terms
pugnacious
having a quarrelsome or combative nature
perspicacious
of acute mental vision or discernment
epigram
concise poem dealing pointedly and often satirically with a single thought or event and often ending with an ingenious turn of thought; a terse, sage, or witty and often paradoxical saying
pithy
having substance and point; tersely cogent - CONCISE
suppliant
humbly imploring; SUPPLICANT
impanel
to enroll in or on a panel
peccadillo
a slight offense (dim. of Spanish "pecado)
calumny
a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation
precept
a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action
acuity
keenness of perception
carom
to strike and rebound; a rebounding especially at an angle (from billiards)
juggernaut
a massive inexorable force, campaign, movement, or object that crushes whatever is in its path
inexorable
not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped
apocryphal
of doubtful authenticity
craven
DEFEATED, VANQUISHED
lacking the least bit of courage; contemptibly fainthearted
ingenue
a naive girl or young woman