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ameliorate
to improve, make better, correct a flaw or shortcoming
aplomb
poise, assurance, great self-confidence; perpendicularity
bombastic
pompous or overblown in language; full of high-sounding words intended to conceal a lack of ideas
callow
without experience; immature, not fully developed; lacking sophistication and poise; without feathers
drivel
saliva or mucus flowing from the mouth or nose; foolish, aimless talk or thinking; nonsense; to let saliva flow from the mouth; to utter nonsense or childish twaddle; to waste or fritter away foolishly
epitome
a summary, condensed account; an instance that represents a larger reality
exhort
to urge strongly, advise earnestly
ex officio
by virtue of holding a certain office
infringe
to violate, trespass, go beyond recognized bounds
ingratiate
to make oneself agreeable and thus gain favor or acceptance by others (sometimes used in a critical or derogatory sense)
interloper
one who moves in where he or she is not wanted or has no right to be, an intruder
intrinsic
belonging to someone or something by its very nature, essential, inherent; originating in a bodily organ or part
inveigh
to make a violent attack in words, express strong disapproval
lassitude
weariness of body or mind, lack of energy
millennium
a period of one thousand years; a period of great joy
occult
mysterious, magical, supernatural; secret, hidden from view; not detectable by ordinary means; to hide, conceal, eclipse; matters involving the supernatural
permeate
to spread through, penetrate, soak through
precipitate
to fall as moisture; to cause or bring about suddenly; to hurl down from a great height; to give distinct form to; characterized by excessive haste; moisture; the product of an action or process
stringent
strict, sever; rigiourously or urgently binding or compelling; sharp or bitter to the taste
surmise
to think or believe without certain supporting evidence; to conjecture or guess; likely idea that lacks definite proof