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acquisitive
A2
able to get and retain ideas or information; concerned with wealth or property
A- altruistic, unretentive
arrogate
A4
to claim or take w/o right
A- relinquish, renounce, abdicate, abandon
banal
A4
hackneyed, trite commonplace
A-fresh,novel,original,new
belabor
A0
to work on excessively; to thrash soundly
carping
A2
tending to find faoult especiallt in a petty, nasty, or hairsplitting way; petty, nagging criticism
A-approving, uncritical
coherent
A3
holding or sticking together, making a logical whole, comprehensible, meaningful
A-muddled, chaotic, disjointed
congeal
A2
to change from liquid to solid, thicken, to make inflexible or rigid
A-melt, liquefy
emulate
A0
to imitate w/ the intent of equaling or surpassing the model
encomium
A3
a formal expression of praise, a lavish tribute
A-condemnation,castigation,criticism
eschew
A2
to avoid, shun, keep away from
A-embrace, adopt
germane
A3
relevant, appropriate, apropos, fitting
A-irrelevent, extraneous, innapropriate
insatiable
A0
so great or demanding as not to be satisfied
intransigent
A3
refusing to compromise, irreconcibable
A-lukewarm, halfhearted, yielding
invidious
A3
offensive, hateful, tending to cause bitterness and resentment
A-complimentary, flattery, ameliorative
largesse
A3
generosity in giving, lavish or bountiful contributions
A-stinginess, miserliness, niggaraliness
reconnaissance
A0
a survey made for military purposes, any kind of preliminary inspection of examination
substantiate
A3
to establsih by evidence, prove: top give concrete or substantial form to
A-refuse, disprove, invalidate
taciturn
A4
habitually silent or quiet, inclined to talk very little
A- garrulous, loquacious, prolix, verbose
temporize
A0
to stall or act evasively, in order to gain time, avoid a confrontation, or postpone a decision; to compromise
tenable
A2
capable of being held or defended
A- indefensible, unjustifiable
avid
desirous of something to the point of greed; intensely eager
animadversion
a comment indicating strong criticism or dissaproval
brackish
having a salty tasts and unpleasant to drink
celerity
swiftness, rapidity of motion or action
accost
to approach and speek to first; to confront in a challenging or aggresive way
suppliant
aking humbly and earnestly

one wh makes a request humbly and earnestly, apetitioner, suitor
talisman
an object that serves as a charm or is believed to confer magical powers, an amulet, fetish
undulate
to movein waves or with a wave like motion; to have a wavelike appearance or form
summarily
without delay or formality; briefly, concisely
propriety
the state of beign propwer, appropriateness

standards of what is proper or socially acceptable
sacrilege
improper or disrespectful treatment of something held sacred
pejorative
tending to make worse; expressing dissaproval or disparagement, derogatory, deprecatory, belittling
overt
open, not hidden, expressed or revealed in a way that is easily recognized
myopic
nearsighted; lacking a broad, realistic view of a situation; lacking foresight or discernment
maelstrom
a whirlpool of great size and violence; a situation resembling a whirlpool in violence and destruction
incendiary
deliberately setting or causing fires; designed start fires; tending to stir up strife or rebellion

one who deliberately sets fires, arsonist, one who causes strife
histrionic
pertaining to actors and their techniques; theatrical, artificial, melodramatic
halcyon
a legendary bird identified with the king fisher

of or relating to the halcyon, clampeaceful; heppy, golden, prosperous, affluent
gambit
in chess, an opening move that involves risk or sacrifice of a minor piece in order to gain a later advantage; any opening move of this type
devious
straying or wandering from a straight or direct course; done or acting in a shifty or underhanded way