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Sagacious
Having or showing sound judgment, and farsightedness. Shrewd
acutely insightful and wise
Astute
marked by practical hardheaded intelligence; "a smart businessman"; "an astute tenant always reads the small print in a lease";
Obtuse
1. not quick or alert in perception, feeling, or intellect; not sensitive or observant; dull.
Animated
. full of life, action, or spirit; lively; vigorous: an animated debate on the death penalty.
Perfidious
deliberately faithless; treacherous; deceitful: a perfidious lover
Feisty
full of animation, energy, or courage; spirited; spunky; plucky: The champion is faced with a feisty challenger.
Buffalo(v)
1. to puzzle or baffle; confuse; mystify: He was buffaloed by the problem.
2. to impress or intimidate by a display of power, importance, etc.: The older boys buffaloed him.
Badger(v)
to harass or urge persistently; pester; nag: I had to badger him into coming with us.
Ferret (v)
1. to drive out by using or as if using a ferret (often fol. by out): to ferret rabbits from their burrows; to ferret out enemies.
Hawk (v)
to search out, discover, or bring to light (often fol. by out): to ferret out the facts.
Loquacious
. talking or tending to talk much or freely; talkative; chattering; babbling; garrulous: a loquacious dinner guest
Taciturn(ex)
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
Introverted(in)
Shyness
2. Psychol.a person characterized by concern primarily with his or her own thoughts and feelings (opposed to extrovert).
Articulate(in)
using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker.
Scrutable
capable of being understood by careful study or investigation.
Culpable
deserving blame or censure; blameworthy.
Vivacious
lively; animated; gay: a vivacious folk dance
Laconic
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise: a laconic reply
Elucidate (v)
to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain:
Abscond (v)
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, esp. to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
Lethargic
of, pertaining to, or affected with lethargy; drowsy; sluggish.
Truculent
fierce; cruel; savagely brutal.
Imperturbable
incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm
Ardent
having, expressive of, or characterized by intense feeling; passionate; fervent: an ardent vow; ardent love.
Zealous
full of, characterized by, or due to zeal; ardently active, devoted, or diligent
Disconsolate
without consolation or solace; hopelessly unhappy; inconsolable
Profligate
utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute
Jaunty
easy and sprightly in manner or bearing: to walk with a jaunty step
Inveigle
. to entice, lure, or ensnare by flattery or artful talk or inducements
Vindicate
to clear, as from an accusation, imputation, suspicion, or the like:
Audacious
extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless: an audacious explorer.
(in) Tractable
(not) easily managed or controlled; docile; yielding: a tractable child; a tractable disposition.
Gauche
lacking social grace, sensitivity, or acuteness; awkward; crude; tactless:
Urbane
having the polish and suavity regarded as characteristic of sophisticated social life in major cities: an
Tenacious
holding fast; characterized by keeping a firm hold (often fol. by of): a tenacious grip on my arm; tenacious of old habits
Affable
pleasantly easy to approach and to talk to; friendly; cordial; warmly polite: an affable and courteous gentleman.
Congenial
agreeable, suitable, or pleasing in nature or character:
Winsome
sweetly or innocently charming; winning; engaging:
Augment (v)
to make larger; enlarge in size, number, strength, or extent; increase
Sequester (v)
to remove or withdraw into solitude or retirement; seclude
Volatile
1. evaporating rapidly; passing off readily in the form of vapor: Acetone is a volatile solvent.
2. tending or threatening to break out into open violence;
Capricious
subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic
Fastidious
excessively particular, critical, or demanding; hard to please
Intrepid
resolutely fearless; dauntless: an intrepid explorer.
Complacent
1. pleased, esp. with oneself or one's merits, advantages, situation, etc., often without awareness of some potential danger or defect;
Nefarious
extremely wicked or villainous
Notorious
widely and unfavorably known:
Brazen
shameless or impudent:
Conjure (v)
to affect or influence by or as if by invocation or spell.
Mollify (v)
to soften in feeling or temper, as a person; pacify; appease.
Altruistic
unselfishly concerned for or devoted to the welfare of others
Magnanimous
generous in forgiving an insult or injury; free from petty resentfulness or vindictiveness:
Parsimonious
characterized by or showing parsimony; frugal or stingy.
Officious
objectionably aggressive in offering one's unrequested and unwanted services, help, or advice; meddlesome:
Ingratiating
charming; agreeable; pleasing.
Vehement
zealous; ardent; impassioned:
Peremptory
leaving no opportunity for denial or refusal; imperative:
Wary
watchful; being on one's guard against danger
Exacerbate (v)
to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
Placate (v)
to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions or conciliatory gestures
Abstemious
sparing or moderate in eating and drinking; temperate in diet
Pious
having or showing a dutiful spirit of reverence for God or an earnest wish to fulfill religious obligations
Haggard
having a gaunt, wasted, or exhausted appearance, as from prolonged suffering, exertion, or anxiety; worn:
Lascivious
inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl-chasing old man.
Chaste
refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion; virtuous
Circumspect
watchful and discreet; cautious; prudent: circumspect behavior
Reticent
disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved
Brusque
abrupt in manner; blunt; rough:
Instigate (v)
to cause by incitement; to instigate a quarrel
Misconstrue (v)
to misunderstand the meaning of; take in a wrong sense
Sardonic
characterized by bitter or scornful derision; mocking;
Innocuous
not harmful or injurious; harmless:
Vindictive
disposed or inclined to revenge; vengeful:
Enigmatic
resembling an enigma; perplexing; mysterious.
Disheveled
hanging loosely or in disorder; unkempt
Bemused
bewildered or confused
Surly
churlishly rude or bad-tempered:
Cajole
To urge with gentle and repeated appeals, teasing, or flattery; wheedle
Reproach (v)
To express disapproval of, criticism of, or disappointment in (someone).
Feign (v)
To give a false appearance of:
Candid
Free from prejudice; impartial.
Characterized by openness and sincerity of expression; unreservedly straightforward:
Furtive
Characterized by stealth; surreptitious.
Expressive of hidden motives or purposes; shifty
Formidable
1. Arousing fear, dread, alarm: the formidable prospect of major surgery.
2. Inspiring awe, admiration, or wonder:
Diffident
Lacking or marked by a lack of self-confidence; shy and timid.
Irascible
Prone to outbursts of temper; easily angered
Callous
Emotionally hardened; unfeeling:
Placid
Undisturbed by tumult or disorder; calm or quiet
Jaunty
Having a buoyant or self-confident air; brisk
Ruminate (v)
To turn a matter over and over in the mind
Foment (v
To promote the growth of; incite
Analyze
To examine methodically by separating into parts and studying their interrelations
Synthesize
to form (a material or abstract entity) by combining parts or elements (
Gratuitous
given, done, bestowed, or obtained without charge or payment; free; voluntary.
Ostracize
to exclude, by general consent, from society, friendship, conversation, privileges, etc.:
Sarcastic
of, pertaining to, or characterized by sarcasm:
Nepotism
patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics:
Bellicose
inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious
Gadfly
a person who persistently annoys or provokes others with criticism, schemes, ideas, demands, requests,
Beyond the pale
outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour,
Kosher
. Judaism.
a. fit or allowed to be eaten or used, according to the dietary or ceremonial laws: kosher meat; kosher dishes; a kosher tallith.
b. adhering to the laws governing such fitness: a kosher restaurant.
2. Informal.
a. proper; legitimate.
b. genuine; authentic.
Ennui
a feeling of utter weariness and discontent resulting from satiety or lack of interest; boredom
Esprit de corp
a sense of unity and of common interests and responsibilities, as developed among a group of persons closely associated in a task, cause, enterprise, etc
Coup d’etat
a sudden and decisive action in politics, esp. one resulting in a change of government illegally or by force
Coup de grace
1. a death blow, esp. one delivered mercifully to end suffering.
2. any finishing or decisive stroke.
Chagrin
a feeling of vexation, marked by disappointment or humiliation
Faux pas
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faux pas

Pronunciation: (fō pä'), [key]
—pl. faux pasPronunciation: (fō päz'; Fr. fō pä'). [key]
a slip or blunder in etiquette, manners, or conduct; an embarrassing social blunder or indiscretion.
Blase
indifferent to or bored with life; unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.
Risqué
daringly close to indelicacy or impropriety; off-color
Chutzpah
unmitigated effrontery or impudence; gall
Kvetch
to complain, esp. chronically
Melancholy
a gloomy state of mind, esp. when habitual or prolonged; depression.
Phlegmatic
1. not easily excited to action or display of emotion; apathetic; sluggish
Sanguine
cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident:
Choleric
. extremely irritable or easily angered; irascible:
Bilious
. peevish; irritable; cranky
Subjugate
to bring under complete control or subjection; conquer; master.
Subterranean
existing or operating out of sight or secretly; hidden or secret.
Subterfuge
an artifice or expedient used to evade a rule, escape a consequence, hide something, etc.
Imply
. to indicate or suggest without being explicitly stated: His words implied a lack of faith
Subjective
1. existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought (opposed to objective).
2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual: a subjective evaluation.
Spendthrift
a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; prodigal
Prodigal
wastefully or recklessly extravagant:
Gratifying
tending to gratify; giving or causing satisfaction; pleasing.
Frivolity
the quality or state of being frivolous: (frivolous - 1. characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous conduct.
2. self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.)
Invalid (n)
an infirm or sickly person
Relish (v)
to take pleasure in; like; enjoy:
Steadfast
fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze.
2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc.,
Retribution
Something justly deserved; recompense.
Something given or demanded in repayment, especially punishment
Successor
a person or thing that succeeds or follows
Fleeting
passing swiftly; vanishing quickly; transient; transitory: fleeting beauty
Anarchy
1. a state of society without government or law
Subordinate
1. placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.
2. of less importance; secondary
Dirge
a funeral song or tune, or one expressing mourning in commemoration of the dead
Blasphemy
. impious utterance or action concerning God or sacred things
Transgress
1. to pass over or go beyond (a limit, boundary, etc.):
Augury
1. the art or practice of an augur; divination.
2. the rite or ceremony of an augur.
3. an omen, token, or indication
Profane
characterized by irreverence or contempt for God or sacred principles or things; irreligious
Revel
1. to take great pleasure or delight (usually fol. by in): to revel in luxury
Trammel
1. Usually, trammels. a hindrance or impediment to free action; restraint: the trammels of custom.
2. an instrument for drawing ellipses.
3. Also called tram. a device used to align or adjust parts of a machine.
4. See trammel net.
5. a fowling net.
6. a contrivance hung in a fireplace to support pots or kettles over the fire.
7. a fetter or shackle, esp. one used in training a horse to amble
Calamity
a great misfortune or disaster, as a flood or serious injury
Doddering
shaky or trembling, as from old age; tottering:
Base (adj)
1. morally low; without estimable personal qualities; dishonorable; meanspirited; selfish; cowardly
Barrow
a castrated male swine.
Carrion
dead and putrefying flesh.
Infer
to derive by reasoning; conclude or judge from premises or evidence:
Insight
. an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, esp. through intuitive understanding: