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aberrant
adj. deviating from the norm
alacrity
noun eager and enthusiatic willingness
approbation
noun an expression of approval or praise
anomaly
noun deviation from the normal order;form or rule;abnormality
assuage
verb to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
audacious
adj. daring and fearless; recklessly bold
capricious
adj. inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic; unpredictable
censure
verb to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
chicanery
noun trickery or subterfuge
connoisseur
noun an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
discordant
adj. conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
disparate
adj. fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
eloquent
adj. well-spoken; expressive; articulate
enervate
verb to weaken; to reduce in vitality
ennui
noun dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
equivocate
verb to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
exculpate
verb exonerate; to clear of blame
exigent
adj. urgent; pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
filibuster
noun intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
ingenuous
adj. artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
inured
adj. accustomed to accepting something undesirable
irascible
adj. easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
laud
verb to praise highly
magnanimity
noun the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
martial
adj. associated with war and the armed forces
mundane
adj. of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
nascent
adj. coming into being; in early developmental stages
nebulous
adj. vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
neologism
noun a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words
noxious
adj. harmful; injurious
obtuse
adj. lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
obviate
verb to anticipate and make unnecessary
onerous
adj. troubling; burdensome
parody
noun a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
perennial
adj. recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
perfunctory
adj. cursory; done without care or interest
prattle
verb to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
prescience
noun foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
prevaricate
verb to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
refute
verb to disprove; to successfully argue against
relegate
verb to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
solicitous
adj. concerned and attentive; eager
sporadic
adj. occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
static
adj. not moving, active or in motion; at rest
stupefy
verb to stun, baffle, or amaze
tortuous
adj. winding; twisting; excessively complicated
truculent
adj. fierce and cruel; eager to fight
voracious
adj. having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
waver
verb to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion