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Imperious
Arrogantly domineering or overbearing
impugn
To attack as false or questionable; challenge in argument
interloper
One that interferes with the affairs of others, often for selfish reasons; a meddler.
jingoism
Extreme nationalism characterized especially by a belligerent foreign policy; chauvinistic patriotism.
mellifluous
Flowing with sweetness or honey. 2. Smooth and sweet: "polite and cordial, with a mellifluous, well-educated voice"
misanthrope
One who hates or mistrusts humankind.
moratorium
An authorization to a debtor, such as a bank or nation, permitting temporary suspension of payments. b. An authorized period of delay in the performance of an obligation.
myopic
A visual defect in which distant objects appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it; nearsightedness. Also called short sight.
nebulous
Cloudy, misty, or hazy.
nefarious
Infamous by way of being extremely wicked.
neophyte
A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte.
nepotism
Favoritism shown or patronage granted to relatives, as in business.
niggardly
Grudging and petty in giving or spending. 2. Meanly small; scanty or meager: left the waiter a niggardly tip.
Other forms
nihilism
An extreme form of skepticism that denies all existence. b. A doctrine holding that all values are baseless and that nothing can be known or communicated.
obfuscate
To make so confused or opaque as to be difficult to perceive or understand: "A great effort was made . . . to obscure or obfuscate the truth"
obsequious
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
officious
Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
onerous
Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome.
ossify
To change into bone; become bony.
palatial
Of or suitable for a palace: palatial furnishings.
palliate
To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate. 2. To make less severe or intense;
panacea
A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
panache
A bunch of feathers or a plume, especially on a helmet.
parsimonious
Excessively sparing or frugal.
pedantic
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
pejorative
Tending to make or become worse.
pert
Trim and stylish in appearance; jaunty: a pert hat.
pestilence
A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
philistine
One who lacks knowledge in a specific area.
piquant
Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy
obsequious
Full of or exhibiting servile compliance; fawning.
officious
Marked by excessive eagerness in offering unwanted services or advice to others: an officious host; officious attention.
onerous
Troublesome or oppressive; burdensome.
ossify
To change into bone; become bony.
palatial
Of or suitable for a palace: palatial furnishings.
palliate
To make (an offense or crime) seem less serious; extenuate. 2. To make less severe or intense;
panacea
A remedy for all diseases, evils, or difficulties; a cure-all.
panache
A bunch of feathers or a plume, especially on a helmet.
parsimonious
Excessively sparing or frugal.
pedantic
Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for book learning and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.
pejorative
Tending to make or become worse.
pert
Trim and stylish in appearance; jaunty: a pert hat.
pestilence
A usually fatal epidemic disease, especially bubonic plague.
philistine
One who lacks knowledge in a specific area.
piquant
Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy