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abstemious
moderate, sparing (as in eating and drinking); characterized by abstinence and self-discipline


temperate, sober, moderate
censurable
deserving of blame or correction

blameworthy, discreditable, reprehensible
contingent
likely but not certain to happen, possible, dependent on uncertain events or conditions; happening by chance; a representative group forming part of a larger body

conditional, dependent; a detachment
corroborate
to confirm, make more certain, bolster, substantiate, verify
denizen
an inhabitant, resident; one who frequents a place

resident, dweller, habitue
discursive
passing aimlessly from one place or subject to another, rambling, roving, nomadic

disgressive, diffuse, wandering, episodic
disseminate
to scatter or spread widely

disperse, publicize, broadcast, circulate
dowdy
poorly dressed, shabby; lacking smartnes and good taste

frumpy, tacky, frowsy, drab
florid
highly colored, reddish; excessively ornate, showy

flushed, ruddy, flowery, frilly, flamboyant
foist
impose by fraud; to pass off as worthy or genuine; to bring about by stealth, dishonesty, or coercion

pass off, palm off, fob off
gauche
awkward, lacking in social graces, tactless, clumsy

inept, uncouth, maladroit
heresy
an opinion different from accepted belief; the denial of an idea that is generally held sacred

unorthodox belief, heterodoxy
inculate
to impress on the mind by reptition, teach persistently and earnestly

instill, implant, infuse, ingrain, imbue
palpable
capable of being touched or felt; easily seen, heard, or recognized

tangible, plain, obvious, manifest
perceptive
having a sympathetic insight or understanding, capable of keen appreciation

insightful, discerning, observant
pernicious
extremely harmful; deadly, fatal

injurious, deleterious, baleful, noxious
salient
leaping, jumping, or springing forth; prominent, standing out, conspicuous; a projection or bulge, a land form that projects upward or outward

striking, notable, protrusive, obvious
satiate
to satisfy completely; to fill to excess; full, satisfied

gratify, cloy, surfeit, gorge
sear
to make or become dry and withered; to char or scorch the surface of; to harden or make unfeeling; to parch, dessicate, singe
specious
deceptive, apparently good or valid but lacking real merit
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absolve
to clear from blame, responsibility, or guilt

acquit, exonerate, vindicate, excuse, pardon
caricature
a representation (especially a drawing) in which a subject's characteristic features are deliberately exaggerated; to present someone or something in a deliberately distorted way

cartoon, burlesque, parody, lampoon
clangor
a loud ringing sound; to make a loud ringing noise

din, clamor, uproar
continguous
side by side, touching; near; adjacent in time

adjoining, abutting, next door to
cupidity
an eager desire for something; greed

avarice, rapacity, craving, lust
deleterious
harmful, injurious

detrimental, destructive, pernicious, damaging
enhance
to raise to a higher degree; to increase the value or desirability of

improve, magnify, heighten, elevate
enthrall
to captivate, charm, hold spellbound; to enslave; to imprison

fascinate, enchant, attract, bewitch
extenuate
to lessen the seriousness or magnitude of an offense by making partial excuses

moderate, mitigate, diminish, downplay
implicit
implied or understood though unexpressed; without doubts or reservations, unquestioning; potentially contained in

inferred, tacit, unspoken, unconditional
incisive
sharp, keen, penetrating (with a suggestion of decisiveness and effectiveness)

acute, cutting, perceptive, trenchant
ostentatious
marked by conspicuous or pretentious display, showy,

flasy, overdone, affected, flamboyant
paragon
a model of excellence or perfection

explemar, ideal, paradigm, model, good example
paraphrase
to restate in other words; a statement that presents a given idea in new language

reword, rephrase; a rendition, version
politic
prudent, shrewdly conceived and developed; artful, expedient

tactful, diplomatic, judicious, circumspect
prosaic
dull, lacking in distinction and originality; matter-of-fact, straightforward; his characteristic of prose, not poetic