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specious
looking good on first sight, but actually not so
anomaly
something that deviates from the normal
amorphous
shapeless; having no definite form
circumscribe
to surround by a boundary; to limit; to constrict the range or activity of
veracity
truthfulness
buffet
v. to slap or hit repeatedly
n. a slap
dearth
a lack of, scarcity; inadequate supply
contemptuous
showing scorn or lack of respect for
avert(ed)
to turn away or to prevent
ingenuous
innocent, simple, frank, sincere
sullen
resentfully silent
complacent
self-satisfied
lamentable
pitiable; regrettable
bellicose
hostile in manner; eager to quarrel or fight; pugnacious
apprehensive
fearful or anxious, especially about the future
indignation
anger aroused by something unjust, unworthy, or mean
vituperation
a severe or abusive scolding; a berating
nebulous
vague, confused, indistinct
arduous
hard to sccomplish or achieve; marked by labor or effort
sophomoric
immature and overconfident
bibliophile
lover of books; book collector
philanthropist
one who loves people, particularly one who gives money to benefit humanity
sedentary
requiring much sitting; not migratory; settled
cryptic
mystifying; having a secret meaning
centennial
a 100th anniversary or its celebration
brazen
made of brass; sounding harsh or loud like struck brass; impudent or defiant; to face with defience or impudence
ingress
the act of entering; entrance; the power or liberty of entrance or access
dauntless
fearless
trenchant
incisive, keen; forceful, effective
revel
to take great pleasure in; a wild celebration
approbation
commendation
decorum
proper behavior, good taste; orderliness
capricious
subject to whims or passing fancies; unpredictable
lethargy
abnormal drowsiness; the quality or state of being lazy or indifferent
retribution
a repayment; a deserved punishment
perfidious
disloyal; faithless; treacherous
placate
to appease, sooth, pacify
duplicity
doubleness of thought speech or action; treachery, deception
supercilious
haughtily contemptuous; showing scorn because of a feeling of superiority
raucous
harsh of voice; hoarse; disorderly
anachronism
something out of its proper historical time
perfidy
treachery
panacea
a remedy for all ills or difficulties (a cure-all)
sylvan
relating to or characeristic of the forest
translucent
allwing light to partially pass through
imperceptible
extremely slight, gradual or subtle
benign
having a kind or friendly disposition
dilatory
not prompt, tending to delay
convoluted
rolled up, coiled or twisted together
ornithology
the scientific study of birds

someone who studies birds
somnolent
drowsy, sleepy; causing sleep
anonymity
the state of being unknown
squalor
the quality or state of being filthy or degraded from neglect or poverty
prowess
distinguished bravery; superior ability
alacrity
cheerful readiness; livliness, briskness
demure
characterized by shyness and modesty; reserved
ponderous
heavy, massive, awkward
patent
exclusive rights to an invention

to arrange such exclusive rights
clandestine
secret, underhanded
tangible
capable of being touched; real
tortuous
having or marked by repeated turns or bends; winding or twisting

not straightforward; deceitful

highly involved; complex
odoriferous
having or giving off an odor
hypocrisy
the practice of stating a belief or feeling that one does not hold or possess; falseness
telepathy
communication through means other than the senses
mellifluous
flowing with sweetness or honey

smooth and sweet
urbane
polite, refined, and often elegant in manner
pejorative
disparaging, belittling

tending to make or become worse
vociferous
making, given to, or marked by noisy, vehement outcry; noisy
abstruse
difficult to understand
strident
loud, harsh, shrill
lugubrious
mournful or dismal
venal
open to bribery; capable of betraying honor or duty for a price; corruptible

marked by corrupt dealings, especially bribery
elusive
tending to avoid capture, perception or comprehension

difficult to define or describe
protracted
drawn out or lengthened by time

in math to draw to scale by means of a scale and protractor
antediluvian
before the flood, old, ancient
pretense
a false appearance intended to deceive

an excuse

something imagined or pretended
fracas
a noisy quarrel or brawl
quandary
a state of uncertainty or perplexity
respite
a short interval or rest or relief
quintessence
the pure, highly concentrated essence of a thing

the purest or most typical instance
ambidextrous
very skillful; able to use both hands equally well
credulous
gullible; believing too readily on too little evidence
acrophobia
an excessive or illogical fear of high places
neophyte
a beginner, novice; something newly planted
obsequious
much too willing to follow or obey; overly submissive
venerable
deserving to be regarded with reverence; impressive by reasons of age, character, and/or attainments
sundry
miscellaneous; several; various
impudent
lacking modesty; marked by contemptuous boldness; insolent
altercation
a noisy or angry dispute; a quarrel
oblique
inclined; not straightforward; devious, underhanded

at a 45 degree angle
acrimonious
caustice, biting or rancorous in feeling, language or manner; bitter
prerogative
a special right, power, or privilege; a distinctive excellence
resilient
springing back; rebounding; buoyant;; not readily discouraged
tacit
unspoken, silent; implied, inferred
myopic
nearsighted; deficient of foresight or discernment
succinct
terse, curt, concise
zenith
the point in the sky directly above an observer or place on earth; the highest point
officious
volunteering one's services where they are neigher asked nore needed, meddlesome
ephemeral
lasting only one day or a very short time; transitory
truculent
fierce and cruel, harsh; aggressive
malefactor
criminal
prognosticate
to know ahead of time, to predict
aqueduct
large pipe for carrying water from a distant source
euphonious
having a pleasant sound, harmonious
abjure
to renounce, underoath, rights or opinions
nonchalant
confident and unconcerned
elucidate
to explain, clarify
facetious
not meant to be taken seriously or lieterally
garrulous
tending toward tedious chatter, loquacious
indemnity
a payment for loss or damage
limpid
clear, transparent; easily understood
mercurial
characterized by unpredictable and rapid mood changes
Spartan
sternly disciplined and rigorously simple

sone who is disciplined; a native of ancient Sparta
reticent
not inclined to speak; restrained in expression
temerity
a somewhat foolish boldness
supple
bending easily
consecrate
to make or declare sacred
tepid
lukewarm, unenthusiastic
compunction
regret, remorse
abberation
a deviation from the proper or expected course
acquiesce
to consent or comply passively or without protest
anipathy
a feeling of intense dislike
bereft
to leave desolate or alone, especially by death
commodious
with plenty of room, spacious
credulous
disposed to believe too readily; gullible
culpable
deserving of blame or censure as being wrong, evil, improper, or injurious
egregious
conspicuously bad or offensive
exhume
to bring to light, especially after a period of obscurity

(to bring from a grave, disinter)
guile
Treacherous cunning; skillful deceit
hackneyed
Overfamiliar through overuse; trite
incarnate
functioning in the flesh
ineptitude
Absurdity; nonsense; foolishness
insatiable
Impossible to satiate or satisfy
integrity
Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code
ludicrious
Laughable or hilarious because of obvious absurdity or incongruity
meticulous
Extremely careful and precise
pinnacle
the highest point; the best
poignant
really important; pertains to conversation
facile
easily accomplished or attained; mild or pleasing in manner; ready, fluent; assured, poised
altruistic
unselfish; concerned with thte welfare or others
disparage
to belittle; to speak slightingly of; to undervalue
assiduous
persistent, attentive, diligent
candor
freedom from prefudice or malice; forthrightness; honesty
heterogeneous
consisting of dissimilar ingredients or constituents: mixed
copious
abundant; plentiful
insolent
arrogant in speech or conduct; exhibiting boldness or impudence; rude
martinet
a strict disciplinarian; a stickler for rules
plethora
an excess
quiescent
inactive; at rest
loquacious
talkative, wordy, fond of talking
commiserate
to feel or show pity for, to sympathize
clarion
a medieval trumpet with a clear, shrill tone; clear and shrill
provident
making provision for the future
magnanimous generous in overlooking injury or insult
apotheosis
provident
making provision for the future
magnanimous
generous in overlooking injury or insult
apotheosis
the exaltation of a person to the rank of a god; the ideal example
adamant
firm in purpose; unyielding, and extremely hard substance
blithe
cheerful, lighthearted; casual
chagrin
humiliation caused by disappointment or irritation, to vex by disappointment or himiliation
conflagration
an extremely large and destructive fire
diminutive
smaller than average or usual
equivocal
capable of two interpretations, ambiguous
vacuous
lacking ideas or meaning; purposeless
craven
cowardly, a coward
entrepreneur
a person who manages an enterprise or business, usually with some risk and initiative
formidable
strong, forceful, powerful; causing apprehension or awe
explicate
to make clear or plaing; to explain; to interpret
implacable
not to be pacified or stisfied; unyielding
itinerary
a detailed plan for a journey, especially a list of places to visit
sinuous
having many curves, winding; lithe and flexible
innocuous
harmless, inoffensive
cursory
performed with haste and little attention to detail
orthodox
adhering to traditional faith
customary or traditional
clamor
a loud outcry, a loud sustained noise, a vehement protest
circumvent
to surround, enclose, entrap

to go around; bypass

to avoid or get around by maneuvering
aspiration
expulsion of breath in speech

a strong desire for acheivement
apogee
the farthest or highest point
phlegmatic
having or suggesting a calm sluggish temperament
aredent
expressing warmth of feeling; passionate

enthusiastic

burning; glowing
cogent
appeling to the intellect; convincing
inherent
existing as an essential element of something
contentious
quarrelsome; controversial
exodus
a departureof a large group of people
impetus
an impulse; a stimulus
covet
to wish for longingly
multifarious
having great variety; diverse
obviate
to see beforehand and make unnecessary

prevent
inexorable
relentless; inflexible
onerous
troublesome; constituting a burden
parsimonious
stingy; frugal
inscrutable
not easily understood; mysterious